We're having a very wintry and frosty day here, in Prague, this morning. The current temperature is -9 C/16 F, and the weathermen say we're experiencing a freezing fog. Looking out the window, I can confirm the freezing fog. Mornings like this make me want to curl up under the covers and read away the day. However, I have work to get done, so no reading the day away today.
Every so often I like to tell you about gizmos that help expats. Today, I'd like to tell you about a gizmo that has literally changed and enhanced my expat life. This gadget was a birthday present, and I now have almost 6 months experience using it daily.
Love my KindleI have the version of the Kindle known as Kindle 2nd generation. This Kindle version offers GSM technology to connect to Amazon's Whispersync network all around the world. I've used my Kindle in rural parts of the U.S. (including my home in the Rockies of New Mexico), as well as in rural parts of the Czech Republic. The Kindle works great everywhere I've traveled.
Kindle's Enhanced my Expat LifeHow has this gizmo changed my life? For one, it offers a cheaper way to obtain books in English. English books can be found in Prague, but they are very expensive. However, the Kindle offers many books for the price of $9.99 and up, but also offers access to many free books on Amazon and on other sites such as Project Gutenberg. With it's free GSM (cellular) connection, the Kindle also offers a great and free way to send emails and view the Internet. The Kindle's browser is a simple browser, but does offer a way to connect to your web-based email accounts (Google, Yahoo, etc.), and is great for viewing text-based websites such as Google and others. I've been able to send a quick email to my daughter back in the States while sitting in my doctor's waiting room--for free.
The Kindle is also easy to take anywhere. It fits very easily in your purse, backpack or brief case. This e-reader also has a long-lived battery. The battery will hold a charge for up to one week with the wireless connection turned on, or up to two or three weeks with wireless turned off. The Kindle's also easy to recharge either via USB, or wall socket. One last reason I love my Kindle--it's great for people like me who have allergies, asthma and chemical sensitivities.
Recommended Kindle Version
There are a couple of newer versions of the Kindle out now--the Kindle WiFi for and Kindle 3G + WiFi. Both of these would be great, but I would recommend the Kindle 3G + WiFi for expats or travelers, because it offers two wireless ways to connect to Amazon's Whispersync network and the Web.
That's all for today. My next post will tell you about another gadget that has enhanced my expat life.
Have a great day!
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