Amazon Kindle Touch Review

 

Amazon Kindle Touch
Amazon Kindle Touch
Amazon Kindle Touch

Feature set summary for Amazon Kindle Touch review

Download whole books or samples from the market, using the Kindle, as well as listen to audio books, read PDFs or listen to some music. It is also possible to do quick Wikipedia searches and translate passages.

 

Style and handling summary for Amazon Kindle Touch review

The wide border around the screens seems a tad strange, but it’s small enough to pop into a bag and light enough to hold.

 

Battery power summary for Amazon Kindle Touch review

Even with the new touchscreen, you should still get a good month of use out of a full battery.

 

 Performance summary for Amazon Kindle Touch review

The Kindle Touch proves responsive in use, although the onscreen keyboard is a tad sluggish.

 

User friendliness summary for Amazon Kindle Touch review

There’s a good-sized 4.3in screen, which works well with Android Gingerbread, which has been customised by Alcatel.


Amazon Kindle Touch Review Scoring Summary

Style & Handling
User Friendliness
Feature Set
Performance
Battery Power
Overall Score 3G.co.uk grey star

 

Pros :
Responsive display, great online store can be accessed via Wi-Fi, fantastic battery life, transport thousands of books with you 

Cons :
A bit big, not enough new features to persuade existing owners to upgrade

 

Verdict:

If you already have a Kindle, the Amazon Kindle Touch may not offer enough to persuade you to upgrade, but it’s the best of the ereaders on offer at the moment – and we love the way you can add notes using the touchscreen controls.

Full Review and Specification for the Amazon Kindle Touch

Here we have one of the smallest ebook readers to date; the Amazon Kindle Touch weighs in at just over 200g – and has a truly innovative feature in the shape of a touchscreen display. So you get the convenience of a tablet but with a battery that will last weeks before needing to be charged.

 

But how does it compete with its predecessors and other ereaders? Well, even though it is dinky, it remains rather chunky. It feels rather like you are holding a picture frame, with the edge protruding about 4mm from the display. But as it measures 10.1mm it still slips easily into a bag, making it ideal for taking on holidays or on your usual journey to work.

 

You’ll find the power/standby button is on the bottom as well as a 3.5mm audio jack and a Micro USB port.

 

 

Create a library


The device boasts 4GB of onboard storage, which is enough for a whole library of books. To get them onto the Kindle Touch you can copy them across from a PC or download them via Wi-Fi from the Amazon Kindle store. It’s easy to find your way around the store, as the books are categorised by genre and you can choose to find cheap titles or look among the bestsellers. There are literally millions of titles to choose from, so you should find something to read - although we still don’t know why an ebook costs as much as a ‘real’ paperback.

 

New features


There are a few new features on the Kindle Touch – it is possible, for instance, to translate a section into other languages should you wish, and to search Wikipedia for details about specific places or characters – it’s a neat way to jog your memory or learn a bit more about places you are unfamiliar with.

 

The first Kindles that appeared had real keyboards, but the more recent eschewed them in favour of a slimmer body. It means that inputting notes was dreadfully slow, as it was necessary to use a virtual keyboard instead of a directional pad. But the Kindle Touch now has touchscreen controls – like on a tablet or phone. It’s not that quick to respond, so you won’t be typing at breakneck speed, but nevertheless it’s decent enough for making notes.

 

Browse around


If you want to move back or forward between pages, you can swipe in either direction, and by swiping up or down the screen it is possible to skip whole chapters. To change font size you pinch to zoom – and should you want to highlight text, you hold your finger at the start and end of the text you want to highlight. It is then possible to share it over Facebook or Twitter or add a note.

 

So if you’re already a Kindle owner, will you want to be splashing out to upgrade to the Kindle Touch? Well, the only big change are the touchscreen controls, so unless you’re desperate to be able to take notes and really don’t like the directional pad, it’s not really worth splashing out a hundred quid or more..

 

Our conclusion


This is the best Kindle so far for students, thanks to its note-taking abilities and touch controls. If you are already a Kindle owner, you won’t want to be paying out, but if you’re on the lookout for an ereader, this is definitely the one to choose.

 

 

Amazon Kindle Touch Specification

Type of device

eBook reader

Operating System

N/A

Dimensions

172x120x10.1mm

Weight

213g

Form factor

Touchscreen

Input

Touch Screen

Processor speed

N/A

CPU

N/A

Graphic chipset

 

Status

Available

DISPLAY

Screen size

6 inches

Screen type

N/A

Resolution

N/A

Display type

N/A

Memory

RAM

N/A

Internal storage

4GB storage

Memory card slot

 

Camera

Camera

N/A

Secondary camera

N/A

Special camera features

N/A

Sound

3.5mm Jack

 

Music player

Yes

Audio recording

 

Radio

 

FM Radio description

No

Video

Video recording

 

Video player

 

Video calling

 

Video streaming

 

Additional Features

Browser

Kindle Store

Games

No

Voice control

 

Voice dailing

 

Other

 

Messaging

SMS

 

MMS

 

Email

 

IM

 

Connectivity

Band

N/A

Wi-Fi

 

Bluetooth

 

USB

 

NFC

 

GPS

No

Network

EDGE

 

GPRS

 

HSDPA

 

4G/LTE

 

Other

Colors (Standard)

Grey

Handsfree speaker phone

 

Customisable ringtones

 

What's in the box

Charger

Website

www.amazon.co.uk

Battery

Standby

N/A

Talktime

N/A

Battery life multimedia

 


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By Simon Thomas on 05th June, 2012


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