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Kindle Touch review

8/10 AVG.
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8/10
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The Kindle Touch currently has an Informr score of 8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 13 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Amazon Kindle Touch is a version of the new Amazon Kindle that has been fitted with a 6-inch touchscreen e-ink display. It doesn’t have the various navigational buttons found on the non-touch Kindle, so instead, users have to rely on touchscreen controls to navigate and interact with the device.

There are two versions of the Kindle Touch. The main difference between them is that the first one comes with built-in Wi-Fi and sells for $99, while the second one features not just Wi-Fi but also 3G wireless connectivity and sells for $149. Other than that, they are exactly the same, offering 4GB of onboard storage, free online cloud storage on Amazon’s servers, plus 2 months of battery life per charge. And they both fit in most pant pockets, to boot.

What makes the Amazon Kindle Touch truly interesting is the fact that it has been fitted with built-in speakers and also features an experimental Web browser called Amazon Silk. So it’s more than just an e-book reader; it’s also an audiobook player and an on-the-go Internet browsing device, provided that you can get used to these newfangled functions, that is.

If you want to enjoy reading your favorite books—whether from Amazon’s online store, a public library, or your own collection—in what is referred to by many as the best screen for reading books on the go, then the Amazon Kindle Touch is a great deal for as low as $100.

Need To Know: Amazon Kindle Touch

1. 6-inch touchscreen e-ink display is much better for reading than color LCD screens. (The Good)

2. 2-month battery life is simply outstanding and fully eliminates the need to worry about running out of charge in the middle of reading sessions. (The Good)

3. Built-in experimental Web browser leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to actual usage. (The Bad)

4. Lack of support for expandable memory limits the amount of onboard storage to just 4GB. (The Bad)


Screen Size
6"
Backlight
No
Storage
4 GB
3G
No


What the Critics Are Saying...


Techradar

There's no doubt that the Kindle Touch 3G is a great device. It's not a question of whether we recommend it or not – we do – but whether it's the right Kindle model for you. For academic use, we recommend the Kindle Touch over its £89 sibling. It's so much easier to search, highli...

- Matthew Bolton, Techradar
Techradar

There's no doubt that the Kindle Touch 3G is a great device. It's not a question of whether we recommend it or not – we do – but whether it's the right Kindle model for you. For academic use, we recommend the Kindle Touch. It's so much easier to search, highlight and annotate using the...

- Matthew Bolton, Techradar
TrustedReviews

The latest Kindle has gained weight and girth since getting the touchscreen treatment. But it has gained a lot more besides, too - MP3 playback, voice synthesis, and a much larger battery. It is a fantastic ereader, with ease of use benefits that'll outweigh the flexibility bonuses on offer from oth...

- Andrew Williams, TrustedReviews
Techradar

There's no doubt that the Kindle Touch 3G is a great device. It's not a question of whether we recommend it or not – we do – but whether it's the right Kindle model for you. For academic use, we recommend the Kindle Touch over its £89 sibling. It's so much easier to search, highlig...

- Matthew Bolton, Techradar
BWOne

The Kindle is simple and easy just as all of Amazon’s products are. This is a great e-reader for those looking to go digital with their books. The touch screen will appeal to those who use multi-touch for most of the tech they have. It’s a great buy at $99 and for $149 you get unlimited...

- Bowman, BWOne


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Screen Size
6"

The Kindle Touch's screen size is 6 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
800 MHz
OS
Storage
4 GB

Internal memory is 4 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
Unknown
Battery life is rated for up to 60 days standby time according to Amazon's.

Kindle Touch Specs

Overview
Release date November 21, 2011
Regions available USA
Networks
No
variations
SIM card size No
Operating System No

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Processor Cortex-A8 800 MHz
Internal Storage 4 GB
RAM No
ROM No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual
Power & battery
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 4 hours
Reading Time Up to: 30 hours
Standby Time Up to: 60 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 17.2 x 12.0 x 1.0 cm (6.8 x 4.7 x 0.4 in)
Weight 213 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Grayscale
Technology E-ink
Colors Unknown
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 6 inches
Backlit Illumination No
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Anti Glare No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Page Turn Key No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth No
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WPA/WPA2
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info No
PC Synchronization No
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Vibration Alert No
Content Formats Supported
Content Formats Supported No
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Amazon Kindle Touch

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