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The Kindle Touch is the latest instalment in the now five-generation line of Amazon e-readers. Finally equipped with a touchscreen, the new Kindle appears to have all the features that users have been waiting for. It comes in two different models, the Wi-Fi version for £109 and the 3G version for £169 (with no additional contract charges). The Kindle has slightly increased in size (172 x 120 x 10.5 mm) and weight (213 g), compared to its predecessor, the Kindle 4, yet that doesn't make it any less enjoyable to use. It weighs just about the same as your average paperback book (200 g). The plastic body contains traces of metal that give the device an elegant touch, and the overall finishing is excellent. The 6" multi-touch screen with 600 x 800 pixel resolution and a 16-level grey scale uses E-Ink Pearl technology, reputed for being as comfortable on the eyes as a real book. It contains 4 GB of storage space, or 3,000 e-books (about 3 GB are available for user content). That's twice as much as the Kindle 4. . The sensor we use to measure contrast has shed light on the excellent quality of this e-reader's display, the first ever to earn our coveted 5 stars. We decided to make use of one of the rare rays of sunlight in May to verify the manufacturer's claims that it "reads like real paper, even in bright sunlight". Well, they're right. It does. The Kindle Touch has a headphone jack for listening to audio books, music and the text-to-speech function. The headphone audio is dynamic and well-produced, with decent stereo rendering and a more-than-honourable volume level.
Here we have one of the smallest ebook readers to date; the Amazon Kindle Touch weighs in at just over 200g – and has a truly innovative feature in the shape of a touchscreen display. So you get the convenience of a tablet but with a battery that will last weeks before needing to be charged. But how does it compete with its predecessors and other ereaders? Well, even though it is dinky, it remains rather chunky. It feels rather like you are holding a picture frame, with the edge protruding about 4mm from the display. But as it measures 10.1mm it still slips easily into a bag, making it ideal for taking on holidays or on your usual journey to work. You'll find the power/standby button is on the bottom as well as a 3.5mm audio jack and a Micro USB port. Create a library The device boasts 4GB of onboard storage, which is enough for a whole library of books. To get them onto the Kindle Touch you can copy them across from a PC or download them via Wi-Fi from the Amazon Kindle store. It's easy to find your way around the store, as the books are categorised by genre and you can choose to find cheap titles or look among the bestsellers. There are literally millions of titles to choose from, so you should find something to read - although we still don't know why an ebook costs as much as a ‘real' paperback.
The latest batch of Amazon Kindle ebook readers has been a bit slow to filter out to the UK.We got the new 89 Kindle fast enough, but the Kindle Fire has been totally absent anywhere outside the US since its launch, and it's only now that the Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G have arrived.More Kindle reviewsAmazon Kindle reviewKindle Keyboard reviewKindle Fire reviewThe 89 Kindle was a simplified device, losing the keyboard and 3G access to keep its size, weight and price down. The Touch is a little more flexible, even though it's arguably simpler still. There's only one obvious button on it now, below the screen, like the iPad, but it does come in a 3G version for 169 (which is what we have here for review), or a Wi-Fi only model for 109.The interface is controlled entirely by touch, with new finger-friendly menus on offer. When you're reading, different parts of the screen offer different options when you tap them – most of the screen is dedicated to turning the page forward one when you tap it, but the far left takes you back, while the top of the screen brings up the menu buttons.Instead of tapping, you can use gestures anywhere on the screen. Swiping your finger right to left will move you onto the next page, while going the opposite way takes you back.
Amazon's newest Kindle has shed buttons like an autumn tree losing its leaves. But is the first touch-sensitive Kindle the closest thing yet to a true digital book, or just a black and white iPad wannabe?The Amazon Kindle Touch took its time to make the leap across the pond from the US, but is now on sale in the UK, costing £109 for the Wi-Fi version or £169 for the 3G version. Ask anyone who shuns ebook readers why they dislike the digital devices and you'll hear a common theme: they miss the physicality of books. It's hard to let go of the cover art, the book jacket, the whisper of pages under the finger, the turning down of a corner to bookmark a spot... There's no freshly inked paper to wistfully sniff when this delivery arrives in the post from Amazon. The first touch-sensitive Kindle goes some way to addressing that. Instead of clicking plastic buttons, you simply tap the screen to turn a page -- or better still, swipe naturally from right to left to flick through pages. Swiping upwards shifts to the next chapter, or downwards heads back. Amazon has clearly thought long and hard about the interface. Tap anywhere in the right or lower sides of the screen and you'll go forward a page, or tap a much smaller area to the left to go back. It's a solution that seems to work well for either right or left-handed readers.
The Kindle has shed the buttons, and seems to be handling this facet of its personality very comfortably. While it is still not officially available in India, you can order it from Amazon or any of the shopping websites that allow global shopping. Amazon accounts work seamlessly across devices - be it the Kindle app for the PC, iPad, Android or the Kindle Reader itself. Buying books will not be a problem either. The Kindle Touch is slightly heavier than the Kindle (the plain-Jane edition), but is considerably less bulky than the one with the keyboard. Since the Kindle Keyboard wasn't considered heavy or uncomfortable to hold and read on for long durations, this one certainly isn't either! It is slightly thicker than the Kindle and the Kindle Touch, because of the touchscreen. The bottom of the Kindle Touch has the standby/power button, and the micro USB slot for charging and data transfer. Press the power button for 7 seconds and that'll put the Kindle in sleep more. Press it once and it goes into stand-by mode. For the version with the advertisements, it'll show an advert, and pending any gesture, will turn off after 10 minutes. The Kindle Touch has a 6-inch display with multi-touch capabilities.
Amazon's Kindle family finally includes an eReader with a touchscreen. No, we're not talking about the Fire, but the Kindle Touch 3G, which uses infrared sensors to enable finger input on a crisp E Ink display. New features such as the Kindle Owners' Lending Library for Amazon Prime members and X-Ray are also intriguing additions. But, at $149, is this version worth the splurge?Click to EnlargeSimple would be the best word to describe the Kindle Touch 3G's design. Its gray face is a shade lighter than the non-touch Kindle, which we found kept our eyes better focused on the screen.At 6.8 x 4.7 x 0.4 inches, the Kindle Touch is more rectangular than the Nook Simple Touch (6.5 x 5 x 0.5 inches). The Kindle Touch and Nook Simple Touch both weigh 7.5 ounces, but the 3G version of the Kindle Touch is 0.3 ounces heavier. We found the Touch 3G easy to hold in either hand for extended periods of time.Click to EnlargeAlong the bottom of the screen is a home button made up of four horizontally stacked lines, which doesn't indicate "home" to us. The On/Sleep/Off button sits on the underside--only a minor inconvenience--along with the microUSB port and headphone jack.
The Kindle Touch (Wi-Fi + 3G) is the flagship of Amazon's Kindle e-reader line. The addition of touch navigation aligns Amazon's Kindle with its competition, but a few debatable interface and physical design choices reduce my enthusiasm for this product. Still, if you want a connected-anywhere dedicated e-reader, the Kindle Touch (Wi-Fi + 3G) is the way to go; no other e-reader maker currently offers a 3G version. Like Amazon's nontouch base-model Kindle, the Kindle Touch comes in advertisement-supported and ad-free versions. The Wi-Fi-only model starts at $99 for the version with "Special Offers" ads on the unlock and home screens; the price jumps to $139 for the ad-free version. The Wi-Fi + 3G model costs $149 with ads, and $189 without. (All prices are as of November 29, 2011.) The Kindle Touch's touch design differs significantly from most that of most rival e-readers. The top inch-plus of the 6-inch display is reserved for accessing the menu and toolbar with a single tap. Below that, Amazon has divided the screen into regions: A 0.5-inch-wide strip running the length of the left-hand side is set aside for tapping to return to the previous page.
With so many new Kindles to choose from, it's important to make the right decision for you and your family. Do you go all-in with a Kindle Fire? Skate by with the bargain basement Kindle? Or, like Goldilocks, do you choose something in the middle? The $100 Kindle Touch ($139 without ads) is that middle option. While the touchscreen might feel like a "new and fresh" twist on the typical e-reader, in reality the device is still riffing on Amazon's original Kindle, with few tweaks to shake up that landmark experience. It's still about reading books. So, what's new, and how well does it work? Well, that's what the review is for. Hardware Unlike some products (the Droid line, for instance), the Kindle seems more staid design-wise with every generational refresh. The last generation (now known as the Kindle Keyboard, still available for $99), a minimal, razor-thin work of art, might've been Amazon's peak. There's nothing wrong with the Kindle Touch's looks, they're just plain. Amazon might argue that this is all about making the device "disappear" while you read a book, which certainly still holds true, but there's minimal perfection and there's just bland.Fun anecdote: my dad is sort of "gray blind," which means, among other things, that he sometimes has trouble seeing gray cars.
Amazon's newest Kindle has shed buttons like an autumn tree losing its leaves. But is the first touch-sensitive Kindle the closest thing yet to a true digital book, or just a black and white iPad wannabe? The Kindle Touch is only available to US customers, although if you can get hold of one, it should work with UK Kindle accounts (items may be priced in dollars).The Amazon Kindle Touch is available for $99/£64 or $149/£96 for the 3G version. Ask anyone who shuns ebook readers why they dislike the digital devices and you'll hear a common theme: they miss the physicality of books. It's hard to let go of the cover art, the book jacket, the whisper of pages under the finger, the turning down of a corner to bookmark a spot... There's no freshly inked paper to wistfully sniff when this delivery arrives in the post from Amazon. The first touch-sensitive Kindle goes some way to addressing that. Instead of clicking plastic buttons, you simply tap the screen to turn a page -- or better still, swipe naturally from right to left to flick through pages. Swiping upwards shifts to the next chapter, or downwards heads back. Amazon has clearly thought long and hard about the interface.
Here it is, folks, the Kindle we at CNET have been wanting for a while: a $99 e-ink e-reader with a touch-screen interface in a smaller, lighter body and that does away with the integrated keyboard of its predecessor while retaining extras like audio support and (on step-up versions) free 3G wireless for frequent travelers. What's not to like? Well, not much, but in the ever-competitive world of e-readers, in which your nearest competitor (Barnes & Noble) drops the price of its Nook Simple Touch e-reader to $99 in advance of the Kindle Touch's arrival, the devil's in the details, so read on to find out why we think this is an excellent e-reader--but certainly not your only choice. If you're shopping for an e-ink Kindle in 2011, you've got several options. Amazon.com is still selling last year's model, now dubbed the Kindle Keyboard, for $99 to $189. (Unless you have a particular affinity for hard keyboards, don't buy it.) Amazon also has the entry-level Kindle, a perfectly serviceable e-reader you can buy at the insanely low price of $79 ($30 more if you don't want "Special Offers" ads). The catch? There's no touch screen. That's where the Kindle Touch comes in.
If you're a Kindle fan, but don't want to bother with physical buttons, Amazon finally has an ebook reader for you. The Kindle Touch 3G ($149 direct) adds an impressive array of features to the entry-level Amazon Kindle ($79, 4.5 stars) including an easier shopping experience, the ability to take notes (thanks to the on-screen QWERTY keyboard), and a cool X-Ray feature that lets you delve deeper into your books. The recently renamed Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch ($99, 4.5 stars) retains our Editors' Choice award for touch-screen ereaders, thanks to B&N's $40 price drop, ad-free design, and recent speed improvements, but the Kindle Touch runs a close second. Design, Screen, and Reading BooksThe Kindle Touch 3G comes in four varieties: Wi-Fi only with ads ($99), Wi-Fi only without ads ($139), Wi-Fi + 3G with ads ($149; the subject of this review), and Wi-Fi + 3G without ads ($189). When turned off, the Kindle Touch 3G looks slightly more attractive than the Nook Touch, thanks to its slimmer design and smooth, gray plastic bezel. The Kindle Touch 3G measures 6.8 by 4.7 by 0.4 inches (HWD) and weighs 7.5 ounces.