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Kindle review

7.9/10 AVG.
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7.9/10
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The Kindle currently has an Informr score of 7.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 9 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The new Amazon Kindle is one of Amazon’s most advanced e-ink screen-equipped e-book reading devices to date. It weighs less than 6 ounces and has an 18% smaller body than it predecessor, yet it offers the same amount of onboard storage space and better performance in terms of usage and battery life. To top it all off, it can be bought from Amazon in the US for only $79. That’s one bargain that’s definitely hard to pass up.

Many have referred to the Amazon Kindle e-book reader as the absolute best e-book reading device there is. It has a 6-inch e-ink Pearl screen, up to 1 month of battery life, and the ability to hold up to 1,400 books so that you can carry your entire library and more with you wherever you go. It also has built-in Wi-FI, which lets users access the digital content they’ve got stored in Amazon’s servers in the cloud, so getting new books in and out of the device is no problem at all. And all of these features are contained securely in a case that’s thin and light enough to carry in your pocket.

This Kindle works with regular USB 2.0 ports and supports a wide range of digital content formats such as TXT, PDF,MOBI, DOC, DOCX, JPG, HTML, and Kindle’s own AZW. The base model is priced so low because it is ad-supported, meaning ads show up on the screen every now and then while reading—though they are fairly unobtrusive. Those who have wanted to purchase and use a no-frills e-book reader that’s easy on the eyes as well as on the wallet have gone with the Amazon Kindle and never looked back.

Need To Know: Amazon Kindle

1. 6-inch e-ink Pearl screen is among the best in its class and really helps users maximize and prolong battery life. (The Good)

2. Built-in Wi-Fi helps users sync their digital content wirelessly any time there is an open Wi-Fi network. (The Good)

3. Lack of microSD card support limits maximum number of books or documents that can be stored on the device. (The Bad)

4. Lack of built-in backlighting mandates the use of cases with lights on them or avoiding reading at night altogether. (The Bad)


Screen Size
6"
Storage
2 GB
3G
No
Reading Time
-


What the Critics Are Saying...


Recombu

With the Kindle Fire on the way - although we’ve yet to have a date of when this will come to the UK. It’s easy to think ‘I’ll hang on for that.’ And if you are looking for a tablet/e-reader that might be a wise move. However if your main priority from a portable device is reading, then the Kindle s...

- Hannah Bouckley, Recombu
TechCrunch

As I said before, the Nook Tablet is an ereader with extras. You’re looking at a nice media device that also displays books. It has a few near-fatal flaws, but those can be remedied by the tech-savvy and ignored by everyone else. As it stands it is a strong and impressive improvement to the un...

- John Biggs, TechCrunch
TabletPCReview

Since the new Kindle is missing several features that have been hallmarks of the original line since its introduction, notably the physical keyboard, music playback, and text to speech, this model really shouldn't be considered and upgrade for current owners or for students and others who want to ta...

- Jen Edwards, TabletPCReview
AnandTech

This new, low-end Kindle isn’t necessarily designed to be anyone’s first Kindle or anyone’s only Kindle, though its impulse-buy price will ensure that it is purchased as one or both. For that, I would look to the Kindle Touch, which will offer up much simpler and more intuitive nav...

- Andrew Cunningham, AnandTech
TechRadar

The Amazon Kindle is small and light, has access to the largest selection of ebooks, and has thoroughly road-tested software in its fourth iteration. It's screen is state of the art and a pleasure to read on, and of course it now costs just £89.  If you want a straightforward dedicated er...

- Stuart Anderton, TechRadar


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Screen Size
6"

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

Backlight
No

There is no built-in backlight.

Storage
2 GB

Internal memory is 2 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

3G
No

This model has no 3G wireless capabilities.

Kindle Specs

Overview
Release date September 28, 2011
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Operating System
Processor Cortex-A8 800 MHz
Internal Storage 2 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 3 hours
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 30 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.5 x 11.4 x 0.9 cm (6.5 x 4.5 x 0.4 in)
Weight 170 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 No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Anti Glare No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen No
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Page Turn Key No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
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 No
Audio Formats No
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Vibration Alert No
Content Formats Supported
Content Formats Supported No
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Amazon Kindle, Latest Generation Kindle, Kindle 4th Gen

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Recombu

User-friendly interface, very light to hold, text is sharp and easy to read

from Recombu

With the Kindle Fire on the way - although we’ve yet to have a date of when this will come to the UK. It’s easy to think ‘I’ll hang on for that.’ And if you are looking for a tablet/e-reader that might be a wise move. However if your main priority from a portable device is reading, then the Kindle should be your first choice. For long periods of reading E-Ink is far superior to a smartphone app....

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With the Kindle Fire on the way - although we’ve yet to have a date of when this will come to the UK. It’s easy to think ‘I’ll hang on for that.’ And if you are looking for a tablet/e-reader that might be a wise move. However if your main priority from a portable device is reading, then the Kindle should be your first choice. For long periods of reading E-Ink is far superior to a smartphone app.

Combining the Kindle Store's excellent selection of ebooks, with a user-friendly interface and more pocketable format and the new Kindle is a winner and the best e-reader on the market.

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TechCrunch

A strong and impressive improvement to the underpowered Nook Color

from TechCrunch

As I said before, the Nook Tablet is an ereader with extras. You’re looking at a nice media device that also displays books. It has a few near-fatal flaws, but those can be remedied by the tech-savvy and ignored by everyone else. As it stands it is a strong and impressive improvement to the...More

As I said before, the Nook Tablet is an ereader with extras. You’re looking at a nice media device that also displays books. It has a few near-fatal flaws, but those can be remedied by the tech-savvy and ignored by everyone else. As it stands it is a strong and impressive improvement to the underpowered Nook Color and it is probably one of the better Android tablets I’ve used. Whether you go Nook or Kindle is actually a matter of preference for the parent companies as the hardware is nearly identical and most ways and if you already have a great deal invested in B&N content, this is a worthy and exciting upgrade to anything you’ve used in that family thus far.

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TabletPCReview

Those in the market for their first Kindle will likely love this new lightweight eReader

from TabletPCReview

Since the new Kindle is missing several features that have been hallmarks of the original line since its introduction, notably the physical keyboard, music playback, and text to speech, this model really shouldn't be considered and upgrade for current owners or for students and others who want to...More

Since the new Kindle is missing several features that have been hallmarks of the original line since its introduction, notably the physical keyboard, music playback, and text to speech, this model really shouldn't be considered and upgrade for current owners or for students and others who want to take copious notes on the books they're reading. For those new to the joys of electronic reading, however, this newest Kindle is an excellent choice. It's smaller and lighter than ever, and the $79 price tag for the special offers version is impossible to beat. If you're more interested in reading books than taking notes on them, and want the advantages offered by the smallest possible reader with a clear 6-inch eInk display, look no further.

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AnandTech

It promises to deliver the traditional Kindle experience in a lighter and less expensive package

from AnandTech

This new, low-end Kindle isn’t necessarily designed to be anyone’s first Kindle or anyone’s only Kindle, though its impulse-buy price will ensure that it is purchased as one or both. For that, I would look to the Kindle Touch, which will offer up much simpler and more intuitive...More

This new, low-end Kindle isn’t necessarily designed to be anyone’s first Kindle or anyone’s only Kindle, though its impulse-buy price will ensure that it is purchased as one or both. For that, I would look to the Kindle Touch, which will offer up much simpler and more intuitive navigation, roughly double the storage space, audio support, and a slightly cleaner look for just $20 more. Serious travellers may find the Kindle Touch 3G’s ubiquitous connectivity worth the extra $50 on top of that. For many, the advantages to having a touchscreen on a device like this (for text entry, navigation, and the purchasing of books) are too many to dismiss, and the low-end Kindle’s biggest problem is that the Kindle Touch gets you quite a bit for that extra $20.

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TechRadar

Neat form factor, superb book choice, amazing screen and eye-catching price

from TechRadar

The Amazon Kindle is small and light, has access to the largest selection of ebooks, and has thoroughly road-tested software in its fourth iteration. It's screen is state of the art and a pleasure to read on, and of course it now costs just £89.  If you want a straightforward dedicated...More

The Amazon Kindle is small and light, has access to the largest selection of ebooks, and has thoroughly road-tested software in its fourth iteration. It's screen is state of the art and a pleasure to read on, and of course it now costs just £89.  If you want a straightforward dedicated ereader, it's hard to see past the neat form factor, superb book choice, amazing screen and eye-catching price of the Amazon Kindle.

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The Register

Decent build quality, inexpensive, pocketable

from The Register

The Kindle 4's small flaws prove to be less important than the much more obvious reduction in size. Amazon's offering was always cheaper than its nearest rival, Sony's Reader, but bigger. Now it's effectively the same size.

Ignore red herrings such as storage capacity and storage expansio...More

The Kindle 4's small flaws prove to be less important than the much more obvious reduction in size. Amazon's offering was always cheaper than its nearest rival, Sony's Reader, but bigger. Now it's effectively the same size.

Ignore red herrings such as storage capacity and storage expansion - the Kindle 3 has sufficient space and the Cloud behind it for the rest - and you're really just left with brand and format personal preference, and pricing. If you only care about the latter, the Kindle 4 is the only e-book reader to consider.

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Wired

Look, but don’t touch

from Wired

Hardware is lighter, snappier and all-around improved. Ads in the “special offers” versions only appear in the home screen and screensavers, never in the book. Great battery life — five days of use, even with the night light, and it isn’t yet half empty.

Typing is...More

Hardware is lighter, snappier and all-around improved. Ads in the “special offers” versions only appear in the home screen and screensavers, never in the book. Great battery life — five days of use, even with the night light, and it isn’t yet half empty.

Typing is t-o-r-t-u-r-e. Power switch is now a button, not a slider, and easier to trigger when you don’t want to. Screen can get scuffed if you carry it everywhere, necessitating an accessory cover or sleeve.

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V3

Faster page turning, lightweight and small, excellent value, good storage

from V3

Overall the Kindle 4 has some clear improvements on the previous Kindle models, with the small, lightweight form factor likely to attract many new buyers, while the improved page turning speed could also help tempt existing users to switch devices.

Add to that the very respectable £89 price tag and the device should be an out-and-out winner. However, the new graphical keyboard is an irritation many may quickly tire of, leaving users eagerly awaiting the launch of the touchscreen Kindle in the UK....

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Overall the Kindle 4 has some clear improvements on the previous Kindle models, with the small, lightweight form factor likely to attract many new buyers, while the improved page turning speed could also help tempt existing users to switch devices.

Add to that the very respectable £89 price tag and the device should be an out-and-out winner. However, the new graphical keyboard is an irritation many may quickly tire of, leaving users eagerly awaiting the launch of the touchscreen Kindle in the UK.

Of course, Sony's Reader device solves this problem and shouldn't be overlooked in the e-book market. It even won a recent head-to-head with the Kindle on V3, thanks in part to its touch-screen functionality.

One thing is clear, though. Amazon knows how to make quality hardware and whatever small problems the Kindle 4 has are unlikely to stop the firm shifting millions of units.

This all bodes well for the Fire tablet too, and creates the possibility of the bizarre situation that the first genuine challenge to Apple iPad's dominance in the tablet market could come, not from Samsung, Motorola or HP, but from online retailer Amazon.

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The Verge

Amazon's latest Kindle isn't just affordable — it's good, too

from The Verge

The ultimate goal for any e-reader is to melt away, to become invisible and leave only words on a digital page behind. Thanks to an almost impossibly small, thin, and light shell, Amazon's latest (and cheapest) Kindle nearly pulls it off. I suspect that the Kindle Touch will be the better value w...More

The ultimate goal for any e-reader is to melt away, to become invisible and leave only words on a digital page behind. Thanks to an almost impossibly small, thin, and light shell, Amazon's latest (and cheapest) Kindle nearly pulls it off. I suspect that the Kindle Touch will be the better value with its audio support and simpler interface for just $20 more, but in the meantime, for $79, you really can't go wrong.

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