The ‘New’ Amazon Kindle Review (WiFi-only, No Touch, e-Ink, $79, £89)
- 30% lighter than before, less than 170 grams
- 18% smaller body, same 6″ screen size – fits in your pocket
- Most advanced E Ink display, reads like paper
- Built-in Wi-Fi – Get books in 60 seconds
- 10% faster page turns for seamless reading
So, I caved into temptation.
First of all, on build quality, I’m pretty impressed. The Kindle feels great to the touch, feels solid and well built, and nothing about it feels ‘cheap’. If anything, it makes the older models look ‘cheaper’. Battery life seems to be ok, at least longer than my obsessive compulsive desire to charge it, so I haven’t had a ‘month’ of battery life to test it, but I’m sure it would be feasible without WiFi turned on.
In terms of the next most important thing, the screen and effectively, the reading experience… I’m pretty pleased with it. It is what I expected. The screen is of the right size so that you don’t feel like you have to be page turning every five seconds, the fonts are nice and clean and not pixelated, there is only very very minor ghosting of fonts after a few page flips, and in the sunlight it performs beautifully. Can’t complain at all.
One point to make here between the reading experience and the design of the device, I find that the power button is poorly placed and that they next page buttons are a bit too big as well. Basically, if you’re holding this one handed, one of two things can accidentally happen too easily, first, your finger that is supporting the kindle from the bottom, can accidentally turn the device off, and two, the fingers that are holding one of the sides of the device can sometimes accidentally trigger a page flip. I find both circumstance quite annoying and the designers could have easily put the power button on the top where most devices have it.
In terms of the Kindle interface via the 5-way rocker and dedicated buttons. Well, it is slow and painful, but thankfully you only have to do this very occasionally. First, to set it up on your home wifi network, and then after, to either buy books, bookmark pages, and or synchronize your device with Whispernet.
The operating system and device speediness is quite slow as the refresh rate on the screen prevent it from really ‘cooking with gas’, but whatever.. you know this going into your purchase anyway.. frankly, I haven’t been too bothered by these limitations, and although it would be nice to have some of the flexibility to annotate my readings like I do on my iPad, I find my Kindle supplements my ongoing reading that may be more interactive on the iPad, but less ‘ruggedly mobile’.
In conclusion.. would I recommend it? If you own and iPad and have the money to want to remedy the issues I highlighted above, yes.. it will do the job, and very nicely. If you only want to own only one device, I would still recommend it, but having had both an iPad and a Kindle, it is clear in my mind which is the superior device overall (price excluded).
- New Kindle, Wi-Fi, 6″ E Ink Display (philbradley.typepad.com)
- Sony Reader Wi-Fi drops permanently to $130 (electronista.com)
- Kindle or Nook? (foxnews.com)
- Amazon introduces new Kindles (ziggytek.com)
- Kindle Fire: WiFi Problems Fixed, Cool Device! (smoothspan.wordpress.com)
- Amazon Kindle Fire vs. Touch vs. Keyboard: Which E-Reader Is Right For You? (ibtimes.com)
- Kindle Touch 3G: Hands-on Review (mashable.com)
- Amazon Announces the $79 Kindle (justgottasharethis.info)
- Sony Reader WiFi officially drops to $129.99 (engadget.com)
- Kindle Touch compared to Nook Simple Touch, Kobo Touch, and Kindle 4 (marco.org)