A new e-book reader from Amazon
Amazon recently revealed the new Kindle Touch, an e-book reader that offers all you would expect from Kindle, along with some new features like X-Ray and Easy Reader, about which we’ll give more details later in our review. The new Kindle Touch comes in two variants, WiFi or 3G, the latter being somewhat more expensive. However, the 3G apparently continues to be free worldwide, so the money is well spent. Our team has tested the new e-reader and this is the review for this gadget.
Comparing this Kindle Touch with the Nook e-reader, the most obvious difference would be that Kindle Touch no longer has any control buttons; everything you need is available on the touch screen. This new feature can be a drawback in some extent, as some of us really feel the need for some physical buttons, but the other features it has come in handy and save the day. For example, you would want real buttons in order to keep the screen clear and clean for your reading, but the screen Kindle uses is not that shiny one, often seen on tablets. You can touch it all you want, flipping the pages back and forth without leaving any smudges.
Regarding the screen tapping, it is designed in such a way that when you tap it is set to go forward. Therefore there are no extra buttons on the screen to block the reading.
4GB internal memory
For going back, you just have to tap in an area on the left side of the screen. Or, for a more elegant move, you can also swipe to turn the pages. You don’t have to worry about the speed. Turning pages is smooth in the test made for this review; moving between screens performs fast and the scrolling functions works good enough for an E-ink screen. Even if there is no keyboard, the on screen one is as well fast and responsive. What makes Kindle Touch and Sony reader, Nook and Kobo Touch similar is the infrared screen, which allows you to enjoy your reading even in the bright sun.
Amazon’s Kindle Touch is very thin and also very light, which makes it even easier to carry it around. It also has a new touch interface, a brushed dark silver color giving an elegant look.
Kindle Touch has an internal memory of 4GB and a good battery life.
It doesn’t differ too much in its functionalities than before, but it still comes with a couple of new things. Firstly, Amazon introduced the X-Ray function, a smart feature offering details about the book you are reading, like characters, context of the book and other meta-data. What is even cooler for this new feature is that it’s also available offline, so you don’t have to wait to connect to internet just to get some details of the book.
Dual core processor
Secondly, we have EasyReach. This new feature was developed on the basis of a study, which showed how people hold the Kindle while reading. For making page turning easier regardless the hand you are holding the tablet, EasyReach means narrow areas on the screen, the size of a thumb that allow flipping backward or forward. We think this is really smart, as you don’t have to use your other hand also, while reading.
As about other specifications, the 7-inch multi-touch display is LCD, and has no camera or microphone. It runs a dual core processor and Amazon’s version of the Android.
With the specifications Kindle Touch has, we would say it is not mind blowing, but it does its job just fine in any test. It is light and has a wider display thanks to the removal of the keyboard and has an elegant look.
|* Internal Storage capacity: 4 GB internal memory|
|* Total weight: 220 grams|
|* Size: 6.8inch x 4.7inch x 0.40inch|
|* Display: Amazon’s 6inch diagonal most advanced E Ink multi-touch display|
|* Resolution: 600 x 800 pixel resolution at 167 ppi|
|* Wi-Fi Connectivity 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2|
|* System Requirements: None|
|* 3.5 mm stereo audio jack|
|* Audio / sound: rear-mounted stereo speakers.|
|* Battery Life: Official measurements claims that a single charge lasts up to two months with wireless off based upon a half-hour of daily reading time|