Pros: It's pretty lightweight. It has 16GB of memory (half as much as my iPhone ::coughcough::). It fits in my hands fairly well, though I notice the edges are pretty sharp when I hold the Kindle certain ways. The screen is very vibrant. I love that the samples of the books are several chapters! LOVE!♥ I ordered a bluetooth keyboard/case combo for blogging purposes while I'm away. I'm hopeful some of you readers will follow along. The pictures I post during the trip will have to be crappy iPhone pictures because I will end up having to go through so many channels to load the picture to the image host, grab the link, make a blog post, add the image. . . Well, I just went off on a tangent.
Cons: The edges are pretty sharp. I haven't figured out a way to download pdfs directly to the Kindle from the internet. From google searching, it seems the only way to do this is by transferring the file from a computer to the kindle via USB. The Prime subscription starts as soon as you register your kindle. I don't have a reliable wifi connection and I purposely didn't register for Prime because I wasn't going to be able to take advantage of the trial. I wanted to wait until next year (possibly late spring) to activate the Prime free trial before dropping $79 a year on it. That's a big con in my book. The Amazon person I chatted with was nice enough about it and she said she passed my comments on to the marketing team to see if there was a way to delay the Prime subscription for people in the future. I can get a new free trial of Prime after 12 months. Lame, right?
"On the Pacific coast, there is good snorkeling in the Golfo de Chiriqui 'click here' (takes you to the page before Golfo de Chiriqui is mentioned) and in the Archipielago de las Perlas 'click here.'"(takes you to two pages before the Archipielago de las Perlas is mentioned)