Update: The $114 Kindle has been deprecated, please try the new $79 Kindle linked above
The Gadget Wisdom labs got in the $114 Kindle with Special Offers today, on launch day for the item. As previously mentioned, the Kindle with Special Offers is, hardware-wise, identical to the Kindle Wi-Fi, currently listed at $139.
So, what do you get for your $25 savings? You get ads on the bottom of the home screen and as the screen saver, instead of random images of authors and such, you get ads. Ironically, you will likely have more dynamic screensaver options on this Kindle with Special Offers than you will on the more expensive Kindles, which do not let you customize your screensaver at all, unless you hack it.
Aside from that, the Kindle, no matter what version, has its place. Even Joe Wikert, who shuttered his Kindleville blog when he went out and bought an iPad, came back a year later, declaring the Kindle the perfect iPad accessory. We’re not quite so sure about that, but a lightweight reading device at $114, while not the magic $99 price people speak of, is inexpensive enough to feel comfortable taking it anywhere.
With Whispersync, even if the Kindle is stolen, it can be deregistered and nothing(save the device) is lost. You cannot say that about an iPad. While e-readers may change over the years, and get cheaper, we cannot say, like some pundits, that the tablet computer will make the e-reader obsolete any time soon.
That said, buy the Kindle with Special Offers. Save yourself $25. You aren’t losing anything by having ads.
- Amazon Releases New Ad-Supported Kindle – Save 25 (gadgetwisdom.com)