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This review is from: Kindle Touch, Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Touch Screen Display (Electronics)BASIC KINDLE vs KINDLE TOUCH
Compared to the basic Kindle 4 this is a big step up. Kindle Touch has an onscreen keyboard which, when stacked up against the
Kindle's D-Pad navigation will save you a lot of time. The KT also supports music and audiobooks with built in speakers and a
3.5mm audio jack for headphones. The battery life has been doubled to 2 months as well as the storage space which is now 4GB or
3000 books. Just like every other Kindle it has a 6" E-Ink Pearl screen & supports English, German, French, Spanish, Italian &
Brazilian Portuguese languages. It's a tiny bit bigger and heavier, but it's hardly noticeable. The best part is the Kindle Touch
costs just 20.00 more than the basic Kindle at 109.00. The Kindle Touch is superior to the basic Kindle in every way.
KINDLE KEYBOARD vs KINDLE TOUCH
Compared to the Kindle Keyboard 3G, the Touch is smaller and lighter and will save you time whilst navigating because of its
touch screen. When it comes to typing though it will vary on each person. I find that i am just as capable on a QWERTY touch
screen as i am on smaller physical keyboards so the difference here is negligible. Everything else about the Kindle Touch and
Keyboard are near identical, bar the Touch's new X-Ray feature. All it comes down to is whether you prefer using a touchscreen,
or a physical keyboard and D-Pad. In my opinion touch is truly the future, so getting accustomed to it now isn't a bad idea!
KINDLE FIRE vs KINDLE TOUCH
Even though the Kindle Fire is yet to launch in the UK i thought i'd try to keep my review as up to date as possible. The Fire
is a completley different device compared to the rest of the Kindle family. It's meant as an iPad competitor so it comes with a
backlit LCD touchscreen with its main focus being media consumption - primarily from Amazon's services. Making comparisons
between the Fire and the rest of the Kindle family is pointless as they are designed to do very different things.
KT MULTI TOUCH DISPLAY REVIEW
The 6" E-Ink Pearl screen remains unchanged from previous Kindle's but the short, black refresh flash seems to occur less often
in the new Kindle Touch. The touch interface itself is brilliant and feels very natural. Touching a small section on the left
side of the screen will go to the previous page, and touching the remainder of the display will take you to the next page.
Touching the very top of the screen brings up the menu, although there is also one physical button on the device itself which
acts like the Home button found on Apple's devices. Looking up definitions is a breeze; simply tap and hold the word for a
second or two and the dictionary pops up. Other actions such as highlighting and underlining words work in the exact same way.
KT X-RAY FEATURE REVIEW
This is a neat feature exclusive to the new Touch. Pressing the X-Ray button from the menu will bring up a list of a book's
"insides", or as Amazon refers to it - the "bones of the book". Everything from the novel's ideas, characters, historical
figures and locations is displayed onscreen. Clicking an item of interest instantly brings up a wikipedia description, as well
as some info from Amazon's own "book encyclopedia" dubbed Shelfari. Everything is done instantly because its pre-programmed
into Kindle books by Amazon, and all the important phrases have been indexed by Amazon in advance for most books. Not every
single book supports X-Ray, i assume it's only books purchased from the Kindle store. It's a nice feature to have, and when
combined with the dictionary adds that extra layer to reading which a regular book just cannot offer.
KT AUDIO FEATURES REVIEW
Like the Kindle Keyboard the Touch has built in speakers and a 3.5mm headphone jack allowing support for music and audiobooks
which is great. The Kindle can now be the go-to device for books and audiobooks, whilst the background music player means no
need to have a seperate device with you just for audio. There is also an experimental text-to-speech read aloud option as
found in the Kindle Keyboard, but i suspect most publishers will disable this to encourage sales of their audiobooks now.
KT WIRELESS & 3G REVIEW
As always the Kindle Touch supports 802.11b, 802.11g or 802.11n Wi-Fi, and for an extra 60.00 the Kindle Touch 3G includes
free, global 3G coverage. The UK provider is Vodafone but outside the UK Amazon states you'll get paired up with partner
networks. If your a "home reader" like me then 3G will be useless. Even if you do travel occasionally, most places now do have
some sort of Wi-Fi access. Although the free 3G might seem tempting, your paying an extra 60.00 up front which is quite a bit,
enough for a few years worth of data plans, or several books. Which one you choose depends on how you use the Kindle really.
There is not much to dislike about the new Kindle but, despite having an excellent reading screen the display is still only
monochrome. It's 2012 and i would have thought Amazon would have had colour e-ink screens by now. Also it's a shame you only
get a USB cable included for charging, the Kindle wall charger is sold seperatley for £12.99. The price of Kindle accessories
such as the charger and cases are very "premium", despite the device itself being good value for money - my only gripes really.
The Kindle Touch is a fantastic reading device and in my opinion, the best e-reader available right now. An extra 20.00 for
the Touch against the basic Kindle is an absolute no brainer, you'd be a fool to ignore the value on the table right now.
Compared against the Keyboard the difference is negligible and comes down to user interface preference, although the lack of
a Wi-Fi only Kindle Keyboard means you need to get the 149.00 3G version if you desire a physical keyboard. Plus the smaller
form factor of the Kindle Touch just feels much better to me, more like a book versus the Kindle Keyboard. Amazon have priced
the new Touch very smartly making the Wi-Fi Touch incredibly appealing. I would recommend opting for the Wi-Fi only Kindle
Touch for 109.00 because i can see colour e-ink screens coming very soon (this year!). KINDLE TOUCH VERDICT: 5/5
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Initial post: 20 Apr 2012 22:53:34 BDT
Wow. I was really hoping you were going to claimyou'd bought a US Touch to save yourself from accusations of dumb ass fakery. But no. In a horror film: TSTL. You published too early. You got sooooooooo much wrong.
But here's one for you: if the 3G is so useless, why'd you feel the need to buy the warranty?
No sign of a Verified Purchase badge ANYWHERE. Multiple inaccurate reviews posted BEFORE the general release date of items. I'd trust your viewpoints at the length of a bargepole!!!
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Apr 2012 23:06:38 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 20 Apr 2012 23:38:01 BDT
Cool. Because I have only challenged you TODAY on items reviewed by you before their general shipping date. Weirdly you seem to provide inaccurate details, be unwilling to acknowledge this, AND unable to include Verified Buyer status - which Is Amazon's new default. In the circumstances, I'm more than happy to see this through. I'm not stalking you - only questioning reviews with BLATANT irregularities. Such as receipt 24hrs before anyone else on device/cases and lack of specific product knowledge. Anything else is your own paranoia/guilt speaking.
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Posted on 21 Apr 2012 00:18:00 BDT
Jeanette x says:
Well I enjoyed your review and you have made up my mind for me as I really wasn't sure. Thank you !! x
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Apr 2012 00:39:05 BDT
It seems like a great review. Shame about the borrowing really.
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Apr 2012 08:37:32 BDT
Joe Leobo says:
So what bits of this review are inaccurate Beth? I would really like to know.
Posted on 21 Apr 2012 10:13:20 BDT
Don't bother with the overpriced plug in charger any micro usb smart phone charger will do the job.
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Apr 2012 13:16:19 BDT
Neil Brough says:
Great informative review, thanks. Can you tell me if this can handle email or do I have to wait for the fire?
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Apr 2012 13:36:00 BDT
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It's specifically a reading device, so while there is a web browser that could conceivably handle webmail, it would be a tedious job and not really what the Kindle was designed for.