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Kindle Touch review

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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 "1-Minute" Review

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"
Storage
4 GB
3G
No
Reading Time
30 hours


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 600 x 800 pixels resolution.

Backlight
No

There is no built-in backlight.

Storage
4 GB

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

3G
No

This model has no 3G wireless capabilities.

Reading Time
30 hours
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 cellular data
variations
SIM card No
Operating System Kindle OS 2.3 (Update Available: 5.0.1)
Processor Cortex-A8 800 MHz
Internal Flash Memory 4 GB
RAM No
ROM No
Flightmode 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 600 x 800 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
DLNA Support No
NFC 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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Critic Reviews


Techradar

The Kindle Touch's interface works really well for general reading

from 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, highlight and annotate using the touch interface that it's no competition. Similarly, if you like to buy a lot of books on your device on the go, the fact that there's a 3G option could sway you....

More

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, highlight and annotate using the touch interface that it's no competition. Similarly, if you like to buy a lot of books on your device on the go, the fact that there's a 3G option could sway you.

However, if you just want a simple high-quality ebook reader for taking everywhere in your bag and reading your library, the cheaper, smaller, lighter £89 Kindle might be the way to go. You won't be disappointed with either.

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Techradar

Crisp, clear screen and intuitive interface with great price

from 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 touch interface that it's no competition. Similarly, if you like to buy a lot of books on your device on the go, the fact that there's a 3G option could sway you....

More

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 touch interface that it's no competition. Similarly, if you like to buy a lot of books on your device on the go, the fact that there's a 3G option could sway you.

However, if you just want a simple high-quality ebook reader for taking everywhere in your bag and reading your library, the cheaper, smaller, lighter Kindle might be the way to go. You won't be disappointed with either.

Read full review

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TrustedReviews

It is a fantastic ereader, with ease of use benefits that'll outweigh the flexibility bonuses on offer from other manufacturers

from 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...More

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 other manufacturers. However, we're not convinced touchscreen operation is better than good old buttons here, and the Kindle Touch doesn't eclipse the cheaper model.

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Techradar

The Kindle Touch's interface works really well for general reading

from 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, high...More

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, highlight and annotate using the touch interface that it's no competition. Similarly, if you like to buy a lot of books on your device on the go, the fact that there's a 3G option could sway you. However, if you just want a simple high-quality ebook reader for taking everywhere in your bag and reading your library, the cheaper, smaller, lighter £89 Kindle might be the way to go. You won't be disappointed with either.

Read full review

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BWOne

A great e-reader for those looking to go digital with their books

from 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 3G a great deal for the price.

Read full review

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 3G a great deal for the price.

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TabletPCReview

Excellent and simple touchscreen navigation

from TabletPCReview

The Kindle Touch is the flagship eInk Kindle device right now, and for good reason. Amazon has finally done away with the hardware keyboard and added a touchscreen display for easier navigation and text entry. Though it's disappointing that the 3G wireless is limited to Kindle book shopping and delivery, the Kindle Touch is an improvement in every other way over the previous generation of Kindle devices. The easy to use Kindle interface has been retained, and the new X-Ray feature is pure genius....

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The Kindle Touch is the flagship eInk Kindle device right now, and for good reason. Amazon has finally done away with the hardware keyboard and added a touchscreen display for easier navigation and text entry. Though it's disappointing that the 3G wireless is limited to Kindle book shopping and delivery, the Kindle Touch is an improvement in every other way over the previous generation of Kindle devices. The easy to use Kindle interface has been retained, and the new X-Ray feature is pure genius.

While the cost might be prohibitive for those looking to upgrade from previous Kindle devices, for new users, the smaller size, touchscreen, text-to-speech and Audible support, as well as the X-Ray make the Kindle Touch the best option. And if your budget can expand enough to treat yourself to the new model, the Kindle Touch is an excellent upgrade. Afte all, you can always pass along your old Kindle to a friend or family member.

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Computer Shopper

Amazon delivered a winner with the Kindle Touch

from Computer Shopper

We feel that Amazon’s extra functions and services (notably, MP3 Player, Text-to-Speech, and the Web browser) give the Kindle Touch a slight edge over the Nook Simple Touch—provided you'll actually use those features. Ultimately, though, if you already have an extensive library of Noo...More

We feel that Amazon’s extra functions and services (notably, MP3 Player, Text-to-Speech, and the Web browser) give the Kindle Touch a slight edge over the Nook Simple Touch—provided you'll actually use those features. Ultimately, though, if you already have an extensive library of Nook or Kindle e-books, letting your library dictate your purchase is smart. After all, both devices are backed by excellent ecosystems, and both deliver a slick reading experience.

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PCWorld

Its hardware and software offer little in the way of imagination and useful innovation

from PCWorld

Though the Kindle Touch is a necessary catch-up upgrade for Amazon, this model's hardware and software introduce little innovation and imagination to separate it from the competition. The most compelling aspect of the Kindle Touch is its inclusion of 3G, and you'll pay a steep premium for it over the cost of Wi-Fi-only model.

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Though the Kindle Touch is a necessary catch-up upgrade for Amazon, this model's hardware and software introduce little innovation and imagination to separate it from the competition. The most compelling aspect of the Kindle Touch is its inclusion of 3G, and you'll pay a steep premium for it over the cost of Wi-Fi-only model.

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AnandTech

Its more of a niche product than ever before

from AnandTech

At the end of my Kindle 4 review, I said that the low-end Kindle “isn’t necessarily designed to be anyone’s first Kindle or anyone’s only Kindle” and was aimed primarily at people who already own another tablet or Kindle. I still think that the Kindle 4 is a great se...More

At the end of my Kindle 4 review, I said that the low-end Kindle “isn’t necessarily designed to be anyone’s first Kindle or anyone’s only Kindle” and was aimed primarily at people who already own another tablet or Kindle. I still think that the Kindle 4 is a great second e-reader for someone who already has one, but if all you’re doing on your Kindle is reading (and I’m sure that describes a lot of you) then I’m going to adjust my previous opinion slightly - save yourself the $20, because the Kindle 4 is a pretty good gadget at an impulse-buy price.

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Ars Technica

The touch screen doesn't really make the page turning experience that much better

from Ars Technica

Even with the more responsive screen, newspaper and magazine content (which requires a lot of diving in and out of articles) isn't a great experience on the Kindle. Getting used to reading that material on the responsive color screens of tablets has made it seem even worse in comparison. You can...More

Even with the more responsive screen, newspaper and magazine content (which requires a lot of diving in and out of articles) isn't a great experience on the Kindle. Getting used to reading that material on the responsive color screens of tablets has made it seem even worse in comparison. You can use a Kindle for something other than books, and it now does a much better job with that material, but the device still works best as a book reader.

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