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- "I did have to purchase the case with the light that takes power from the battery but the battery life is so much better than an iPad or iPhone so that's okay." in 25 reviews
- "I thought that I wouldn't like reading on screen, but the pages do not stress my eyes in the same way that back-lit devices do, and I love having so many books at my fingertips. " in 23 reviews
- "Downfall of the Kindle: is that if you do not watch what is being done on there, something could be bought because there really isn't a security on it and where it has to be linked to Amazon, makes it very easy to purchase things." in 20 reviews
- "First, I don't have a lot to spend on books, so Amazon's free books and my library's ebook lending program save me a ton of money." in 19 reviews
- "I go for chemo for Crohn's Disease and it is much easier to hold the lightweight Kindle Touch when sitting in the chair hooked up to an intravenous line." in 18 reviews
There was a lot of things i took into consideration when i settled on this e-reader vs another e-reader or an iPad.
The most popular and perhaps most beneficial part is the e-ink display. For those who are familiar with iPads, reading outside is never ideal. I found myself struggling to read my friends iPad outdoors and so i figured an LED screen was probably not the most ideal choice for me since all i wanted was a device to read with. Had i needed a device to watch videos in and download apps into, i probably would have gone with the iPad or at least a Kindle Fire.
That brings me to my next point. I think naming the kindle fire that way is a bit confusing, as we tend to associate the Kindle brand to e-readers, whereas the Kindle fire is more of a tablet than and e-reader.
The Kindle Touch comes with WiFi capabilities which makes it incredibly easy to download books. You no longer have to connect your kindle to your computer to download the book directly to the e-reader. Instead your books are instantly downloaded wirelessly though your WiFi connection. This proved to be incredibly useful and convenient when traveling. I often take the Amtrak and being able to connect to their WiFi makes downloading a new book (when necessary) extremely easy. Often times hotels provide WiFi which makes traveling with a computer unnecessary.
This Kindle has a 6" screen with touch screen capabilities. You can easily change the text size on your screen. By removing the keyboard from their previous model allowed them to add a touch keyboard that you can easily access though your home screen. This in turn made it so that the Kindle can be smaller and more efficient.
As far as the keyboard goes it really depends on your preference. I really didn't mind the keyboard on the actual e-reader, but some people might prefer the actual keyboard over a touch screen keyboard. The drawback to the touch screen keyboard is the response time is a bit slow but for the amount of time you actually use it, it's really not a huge issue in my opinion.
The battery life is great. A single charge will last you days!!! Keep in mind this e-reader is supposed to read like paper so you're not going to get a lighted up screen or background which is part of the reason the battery will last you so long. However this means reading at night is impossible without the aid of a lamp or some sort of accessory which must be purchased separately. In some cases you can find a case that comes with an attached light for easy night reading which is what i opted for.
Amazon offers an additional $20 off in order to reserve the right to send adds to your kindle. Now before you freak out keep in mind the only time the adds are actually visible is when your kindle is turned off or when browsing the kindle store. You NEVER have adds popping up anywhere on the screen to distract you while you read. Considering you're probably not sitting there looking at your kindle while it's off and the fact that you probably wont spend hours on the kindle store (and even if you do) i think the adds are a good trade off for the additional savings. I have heard that you can hack your kindle to remove these adds but i am neither tech savy enough to figure it out, nor am i that hung up on the adds enough to try it.
This kindle is extremely light weight and compact which is great for travel. I find i can carry it in my purse at all times for some great reading on my spare time.
I've had my eye on a new Kindle for a while, because I could see the improvements in it... clearer e-ink, larger screen, smaller/thinner body, faster page turns, better interface. But my Kindle 2 was still kicking and I couldn't justify the purchase.
A lot of people have been talking about the Kindle Fire, Amazon's new tablet. But I just don't consider it to be a true 'Kindle' e-book reader. It's a tablet, it's backlit, and you can watch movies on it. I love my quiet Kindle, how it rarely needs charging, how it lets me read books without bells and whistles. I don't get eye strain because it's not a glaring screen; it mimics a page. I don't read books on my laptop or iPhone. I love my Kindle.
Back in 2009, I paid almost $300 for my first e-reader, but it paid for itself in savings on the books I bought through Amazon. It made me a convert, even as a former library employee and lover of old, smelly books. But now you can get a Kindle for under $100. Brilliant.
So I bought the Kindle Touch for $99, and I love it. Its size is awesome, and I can toss it into a purse easily. It took me a little while to pick up how to navigate the touchscreen, but it is sensitive enough to work well, and I notice the improved speed. I have already read three books on it in 48 hours; it inspires me to read more, like my first Kindle did! It's be latest gadget and beloved toy. Even if I get an iPad, I'll still read on my Kindle. It's light, soft, and not flashy. And I like it that way.
My old Kindle is still on my account, so I gave it to my Mom so she could read all of my books. I'm passing on the love for Kindle to another. It will continue to be loved!
P.S. My ONE gripe about the new Kindle Touch? It only comes with a USB charger, without the additional clip-on charger for an outlet. BOO. You'd have to pay an additional $10 for the power adapter. Come on, Amazon.
They're also getting rid of the touch. The new kindle models don't include one. I think that's a huge mistake. When I got my kindle I specifically wanted this exact model. Touch with Wi-Fi (no 3G because that requires a data plan). The touch capabilities are awesome. It's actually touch sensitive, which means you can use more than just your fingers on it. I commonly use a pencil eraser as a stylus. It also makes it easy to poke a link with a fingernail when you're too lazy to zoom in and you don't want to fat-finger it and risk having to load another page.
So, in summary. I love my kindle touch. There are certainly some improvements that could be made, but I don't think that should deter you from buying an ereader. Just shop smart and buy with your opinions at the forefront of your mind.
First Impression: after weeks of comparing this ereader to one other ereader in particular, I decided to go for this one, which is definitely the sexier product in terms of aesthetics. the fact that there are no physical buttons except the home button was pretty attractive to someone like myself, who loves simplicity (I'm the person who tears off that wrapping from water bottles and such). I also had no idea the product would be so light!
Now: I still love my Kindle with ads, to be honest. I'm not nitpicky about seeing an advert because I have a case for my Kindle anyway, and as soon as I unlock it, the ad goes away! Like magic! You can also edit your homepage settings to remove the book recommendations at the bottom of your screen.
The light feature is great, although not as butter smooth as I though, but overall it DOES light my entire screen fairly evenly, so what more can a girl ask for? I tend to have my lighting between 3-5 because I use my Kindle for night reading. I've yet to see any glitches or ghosting on my screen, and I've had it for about four months now, so I hope I don't see any for a while. The response to touch can be a bit insensitive (meaning I have to make a significant SWIPE, not a feathery glide to flip a page) but not so drastic that it bugs me.
The experimental browser is...well it's an experimental browser. It's not up to par with a tablet or smartphone, but if I am ever in need of internet and my phone, laptop, or desktop aren't within reach, I know I'll have somewhere I can do a little web-sploring.
I love that the Kindle is so light, because with my case, it's still pretty light! And that's all I have to say about that.
I do wish it had a page/page feature, but the percentage works just fine, as well as the time remaining feature.
The battery life on this puppy is grand, as opposed to 30 minutes a day, I use my kindle for about an hour to an hour and a half every few days, but the battery is still great! Of course, as a reminder, I do keep the lighting settings quite low, and restrict use to night time only (the only quiet time around my pad, yo).
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