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Last year, we awarded the entry-level Amazon Kindle our Editors' Choice for its excellent value, slim form factor, and robust ebook ecosystem. This year, Amazon introduced the higher-end Kindle Paperwhite, which got most of the press ink thanks to its new edge-lit lighting. However, the company also saw fit to release a modestly updated version of the base model, with a slightly improved screen and a lower ($69 direct) price. After testing it, we found that the new improvements help keep this little ebook reader solidly in the lead among budget models, even if its lack of a touch screen is beginning to feel a bit dated. Design and DisplayThis year's Amazon Kindle has the same form factor as before. It measures 6.5 by 4.5 by 0.34 inches (HWD) and weighs 5.98 ounces. You can now get one in black as well as the standard gray. And the new black version looks sharp. Both models have the same plastic bezel and soft touch back panel as before, and are quite comfortable to hold for long reading sessions. In fact, you could argue it's easier to hold one of these than it is a touch screen version, since you can place your fingers on the screen without accidentally turning pages.
That appears to be Amazon's design philosophy with the 2012 version of its entry-level Kindle e-book reader. If you're familiar with the 2011 Kindle, you'll find very little changed on the new version. The body is now available in black as well as gray; the screen has slightly higher contrast and some additional fonts; the page-turns on the e-ink screen are 15 percent faster; and Amazon's added support for children's books (and parental controls). Otherwise, this is pretty much the same as the previous Kindle. But that's a smart move, since the earlier Kindle was -- and is -- a great no-frills e-book reader. In lieu of a big design overhaul, the entry-level Kindle has two main selling points. The first is price: just $69 for the ad-supported â??Special Offersâ? version, or $89 to go ad-free. That's $10 less than last year, for a product that's a tad better. The second is Amazon's best-in-class e-book â??ecosystemâ? -- which offers a total of 1.8 million titles, including more than 180,000 exclusives (and the ability to borrow thousands of titles at no additional charge if you're an Amazon Prime subscriber). Amazon has reserved the real innovation for the step-up model, the Kindle Paperwhite.
Amazon is hoping to make a big impact in Europe with its fourth generation Kindle e-book reader. At £89, it's cheaper than many of its rivals, but offers just the bare minimum, without support for 3G, no sound and no touchscreen interface. It's still an attractive proposition, with a WiFi connection to Amazon's wide catalogue. A mobile device needs to be compact, of course, but it's even better if it's light too. The latest Kindle manages to meet both criteria with room for a six-inch, 600 x 800 pixel display. It's slim, and at 170 g, doesn't weigh much more than a large smartphone. A single paperback can easily weigh 380 g, so you can clearly move a lot more content around on a Kindle. The design hasn't changed much, apart from a rubber finish at the back which is a treat to hold, we really can't complain about the top quality manufacturing of the product overall. The display uses the famous e-Ink Pearl technology, which has sixteen different shades of grey and has enough contrast to be easy to read as long as you have enough background light. It isn't, however, quite as good as displays that use the e-Ink Pearl HD technology. There's a slight hint of ghosting when you turn the pages, with a trace of the previous page still just about visible on the next.
The latest Amazon Kindle electronic reading device is, in some ways, a game changer. It is an evolution of the product that brought eBooks to the masses, but it's also the first major eReader to come in well under the magic $100 price point. Two versions are available, one with special offers for $79 (ads in the form of a screen saver) and one without for $109, both prices at launch. The models feature a 6-inch eInk display, 2GB of storage, Wi-Fi connectivity, and up to a month of battery life in a device small enough to tuck into a purse or even a large coat pocket.BUILD & DESIGN The newest Amazon Kindle is a radical departure from the previous generation devices, as it has abandoned the physical keyboard in favor of an even smaller and lighter design. Measuring just 6.5-inches long and 4.5-inches wide, the new Kindle is significantly shorter than the last model and slightly narrower. By comparison, it is almost the same size as the latest generation touchscreen NOOK, though a bit narrower and thinner. The front of the device is dominated by the 6-inch E Ink Pearl display, with the five-way navigator centered below the screen and two buttons on each side.
The Amazon Kindle 4 (aka Kindle 4th Gen, Kindle Touchless or just plain Kindle) was announced as a sidenote to the colour Kindle Fire and touch-enabled Kindle Touch. But in many ways it was the most significant of the three, because of its extraordinary price.The UK remains the poor cousin to the US in the world of dedicated ebook readers. While many are on the market, to be a real success they need the vertical integration of being linked with a book seller, both for usability and the subsidy to the initial purchase price. A stand-alone reader needs to make a profit for the manufacturer from the retail price alone, while a book seller device can make its money from the books and so can afford to be priced cheaply. And Amazon as the biggest book store can subsidise its ereaders the most.As a result we really only have Amazon's Kindle, missing out on other book seller-tied devices such as the Nook and Kobo.Worse, we currently only have one of the new generation of Kindles, the others being restricted to the US (presumably for supply reasons). And to add salt to the trans-Atlantic wound, our new Kindle costs £89 compared to $79 (around £50) in the States.But we do at least have one of the next-gen Amazon Kindles, and it's still very, very cheap.
When's the last time you bought a quality piece of technology for less than $80? Yeah, we can't remember either. The Amazon Kindle's $79 price tag is impulse-buy low. And the ad-supported, Wi-Fi-only model of Amazon's eReader lineup might just be worth it, assuming you won't need a keyboard, touchscreen, or color. Though the page turn buttons ought to be bigger and entering text with the on-screen keyboard is a drag, the Kindle saves you money not only with its low price but also with a new eBook lending feature that lets you take books out of the library or borrow them from friends.Wrapped in the familiar graphite gray of the Amazon Kindle 3G, the new Kindle looks as if someone chopped the keyboard off its predecessor and added a shiny bezel. It's attractive, but we found that the darker exterior of the Barnes & Noble Nook's bezel kept our eyes better locked onto the page for a more immersive reading experience.The back is adorned with the sans serif Kindle logo and covered in an easy-to-hold, textured material. Toward the bottom, you'll find two silver squares that are used to connect to and power the reading light on the Kindle's Leather Case ($39).The Kindle is strikingly light, weighing a hair less than 6 ounces.
Over a decade after the first ebook readers launched, and four years after Amazon debuted the original Kindle, we finally have a device that could conquer the mainstream. At just $79, the fourth-generation Amazon Kindle is the least expensive, lightest, and easiest to use reader we've ever tested. If you don't need a touch screen or hardware keyboard, and just want to read books, there's little reason to pay more. As a result, it's our new Editors' Choice for ebook readers, toppling the reigning Barnes & Noble Nook Touch ($139, 4.5 stars). Design, Screen, and SetupThe new Kindle measures 6.5 by 4.5 by 0.3 inches (HWD) and weighs six ounces. It's made of a matte gray plastic, with a soft touch back cover that makes it easy to grip. There are prominently sized Next Page buttons on both sides on the frame, along with smaller Back Page buttons. They're a little awkward to press, because you have to do it at an angle. This is probably the biggest concession to the new tiny size, aside from the lack of the QWERTY keyboard. I got used to them quickly, although using the Kindle one-handed felt a little awkward. Beneath the screen are Back, Keyboard, Menu, and Home buttons, along with a nicely raised, five-way control pad.
Amazon has reinvented the Kindle yet again, cutting the weight, size, features and, crucially, cost of its ebook reader. At £89, it's the cheapest Kindle ever, turning what was once an indulgence into a pocket-money proposition. It will ship in the UK on 12 October, but we tested the very similar US version, which is available now. If the Kindle keeps shrinking like this, it'll soon be the size of a book of stamps. The new entry-level model is 30 per cent lighter and 18 per cent smaller than its predecessor. It now takes up less room in your bag than the slimmest paperback and weighs about half as much. Amazon calls the Kindle's browser 'experimental' for a reason -- pages can look messier than a mad scientist's lab. Incidentally, Amazon has also taken an axe to the device's name. This Kindle, version four by our count, is once again called simply Kindle, with the previous model being renamed the Kindle Keyboard. That's great for branding purposes, but there will inevitably be confusion when you come to buy cases, accessories or second-hand devices.
A lot of people have been waiting a long time for Amazon.com to drop the price of its Kindle to less than $100. Well, that day is here, but Amazon has thrown a little wrench into the equation: it's offering two sub-$100 models, the $79 entry-level Kindle reviewed here and the $99 Wi-Fi Kindle Touch, which is due to ship in mid-November. To be clear, to get that sub-$100 pricing for the devices, you'll have to purchase the ad-supported Special Offers versions. The ad-free versions cost $30 and $40 more, respectively. The Touch is also offered in a version that adds free 3G wireless for $149 (Special Offers) and $189 (ad-free). Whether you opt to pay more for the ad-free version is up to you, but we must say that we didn't find the ads to be intrusive (they don't appear in books; they only appear at the bottom of the home page and as screensavers when you turn off the device). That issue aside, the bigger question is whether you should choose the budget $79 Kindle or hold out to spend the extra $20 on the Kindle Touch. The short answer is: hold out for the Kindle Touch if you can afford that extra $20.
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