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Review: Amazon Kindle — A Great Reading App

Available On: Android, iOS

Price: Free

Download: Google Play | iTunes

One of the best e-Readers for Android and iOS devices is the Barnes and Noble Nook in my personal opinion. It offers a lot of stability and some really cool book like features. That’s not to say there are not any other good e-Readers out there. In fact, there are a lot of good ones. I think Kobo is a great one, definitely not as good as the Nook but it is a good standard one. Another good one is Alkido. None of those live up to the Kindle or Nook, the top leading e-Readers for smartphones all around the world.

As much as I love the Nook (I’m not picking favorites here!) I do have to admit that the Kindle offers a great experience too. The Kindle experience feels more aesthetic than anything, which is great. It just seems less stable when it comes to comparing it to the Nook. I don’t know if they store bookmarks on the cloud or not because that could be another reason why it does not feel very stable to me. Which means, it could be my connection on my phone and not the app itself, therefore my opinion on this matter has been wrong.

After officially deciding not to use the Amazon Kindle app and exclusively use the Barnes and Noble Nook app months ago, I decided to give it another test run after a few of their updates. I still get stability issues, but again, that could just be my smartphone’s connection. The Kindle App overall offers a great experience for users. It provides an easy way to store your book and even look through your book collection. You can do this by looking at it in a grid format or just sliding through the list of books you have in your collection.

I did manage to find at least one bug in the app though. Upon finishing reading a book, the Kindle App will never, ever tell you that you finished that book. It always stays at 99% complete and never 100%. This isn’t a huge issue because you know whether you finished the book or not, but having the book stick around on your home screen when you’d like to make room for other books can get rather annoying. Obviously this will not pose you an issue if you have a minimal amount of books. It’s just a bit of an annoyance when you know that you’ve finished said book.

Overall, since I downloaded the app again. I have liked it. It seems to do a lot better over Wi-Fi though. I also think that it indeed does store your book progress on the cloud as for some reason, I am never able to access my book spots when my wireless is offline. I wonder if my phone just isn’t very well supported for it. Again, I do like the app and the Nook and Kindle are the top e-Readers I feel, Alkido and Kobo still has a long way to go.


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