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5.0 out of 5 stars Hesitated unnecessarily, 15 Jun 2012
This review is from: Kindle Touch, Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Touch Screen Display (Electronics)
I thought about buying a Kindle for several weeks before taking the plunge a few weeks ago. I was worried that I might not like it or might not use it very much, and waste my money (the UK price is almost twice the US price - shame on Amazon). I needn't have worried. It's brilliant. But in a funny way.

Using a Kindle is weird compared to using a smartphone or tablet. The device is dowdy (battleship grey, with rubberised rear) and so is the interface. Instead of your smartphone's colourful, fun, fast, swipey, multi-touch, zoomable interface, you are confronted with a dull, slow, black and white, text only, stark interface that will have you running to the Returns department within minutes of turning it on... until you realise what a brilliant reading device it is. But be prepared -- the Kindle's hardware and software is Steve Job's worst nightmare. Your first 15 minutes with the device is likely to leave you underwhelmed and checking your receipt for the returns policy.

But after a day or two it slowly dawned on me that it is actually brilliant. The Kindle does one thing brilliantly. It's a brilliant reading device. E-ink isn't as good as paper -- it's better. Honest. I find reading on my Kindle easier than reading paper. The ability to touch the screen to do stuff feels very intuitive and adds to the "natural" experience that Amazon is clearly trying to create.

Reading a Kindle book is great, but I also read PDFs and it doesn't handle them so well. However, it's simple to convert these to Kindle format (simply send PDF files to your Kindle e-mail addess, and use "Convert" in the subject line and Amazon will automatically convert the file and add it to your reading list). The converted files look fine.

I'll let other reviewerss explain why the Kindle Touch is so good, but let me assure you that you will not regret getting one.
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Initial post: 15 Jun 2012 18:47:24 BDT
Last edited by the author on 15 Jun 2012 18:47:55 BDT
Katy says:
It's not quite twice the price. The Amazon Kindle Touch in the US offers two version - one with ads and the other without. The one without (same as ours) costs $139 usd which equates to about 89 so really only about 20 difference which is alright...

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jun 2012 17:40:03 BDT
I didn't realise that the $99 model was ad supported. It would be nice to have that option in the UK. An ad supported Kindle Touch for 60 would be very popular, I am sure, since it would be almost half the price of the current model.

Posted on 18 Jun 2012 14:14:25 BDT
Mr D.K Lind says:
They also add the VAT in the till so you don't get the full price until you're actually paying for it. So in the end the price difference is too small to mention. You'd know all this if you read the forums here on Amazon or read the hundreds of reviews where ignorant people moan about it.

In your case I'm glad you actually made the effort of reviewing the Kindle and not letting the so-called "price difference" be the only thing mentioned.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jun 2012 10:59:52 BDT
The ad supported Kindle Touch costs $99 in the US. There is nothing more to pay. That is 63 at current exchange rates. The Kindle Touch costs 109 in the UK. There is only one version available. That makes the UK version 43% more expensive that the US version (ignoring ads).
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