If you’ve recently received an Amazon Kindle 3, then you are most likely marveling right now at the amazing screen that looks like paper. However this is far from being the full extent of what the Kindle is capable of and if you’re just using it to read then you may be missing out. Here are the top 10 things you didn’t know you could do with a Kindle.
10 Sync With Your Phone
To kick off the top ten things you didn’t know you could do with a Kindle, how about the fact that you don’t actually need your Kindle with you to carry on reading? Download the Kindle app on your phone and have the wireless on your actual Kindle on. Read to whatever point in the book you wish and stop – then when you load up your Kindle app on the phone you’ll be able to start again from where you left off.
9 Listen to Dictation
Too lazy to read? Not a problem – just hold shift+alt+symbol and you’ll begin the dictation. If you didn’t know about this feature then it’s one of the top ten things you didn’t know you could do with your Kindle and it’s perfectly suited to text books and learning books for listening to while cooking or driving.
8 Play MP3s
Or of course you could play MP3s on it – just copy them across onto your Kindle by using it as a storage device and then load the MP3 player hidden under ‘experimental’ when you tap menu.
7 Save Your Eyes
This may not count as one of the top ten things you didn’t know you could do with your Kindle because many people are aware of the eye-strain-avoiding screens. But do you know just how they achieve this? Basically it works by using droplets of ink that are positioned on the screen so it really is just like reading a page in a book. What’s even more impressive is that this doesn’t require any energy at all once the droplets are arranged which is why the screen is always on.
6 Play Minesweeper
Wish your Kindle was a Gameboy? Well it’s not quite, but by holding shift+alt+M it is possible to enjoy a game of Minesweeper.
5 Play Connect Five
And from the Minesweeper menu it’s possible to play connect five (though almost impossible to win). Two fun little features that were seemingly kept a secret by Amazon and two of the top ten things you didn’t know you could do with your Kindle.
4 Store Files
It’s obvious really but many people don’t realize their Kindle can be used as a mass storage device in emergencies – which can be very handy.
3 View PDFs
One of the top ten things you didn’t know you could do with your Kindle is to view PDF files. This means that any e-books you might have bought online for your PC can be ported across and read very conveniently.
2 Browse the Web
The Kindle has a remarkably adept web browser that lets you do lots of things from checking and sending e-mail to reading the news – and there’s something sort of charming about seeing websites as though they were newspapers.
1 Avoid Data Roaming Charges
If you got the Kindle with 3g then that’s a completely free internet connection with no monthly or yearly charges. With the browser that’s pretty great, but what makes this even more impressive is that the connection is also offered in many foreign countries. Desperately need to check your e-mail while on holiday in Spain? Well luckily it’s one of the top ten things you didn’t know you could do with your Kindle!