Kindle (5th Generation)
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- Wi-Fi Enabled
- A single charge lasts up to one month with wireless off based upon a half-hour of daily reading time.
- Up to 1,400 books or 2GB internal
- Free cloud storage for all Amazon content.
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If you're purchasing a device primarily for reading, an important consideration is the screen technology. Unlike devices with LCD screens, Kindle e-readers use the latest generation of Electronic Ink ("E Ink") technology - E Ink Pearl - designed specifically to deliver clearer, sharper text that makes reading for extended periods of time more comfortable.
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She can not avoid touching screen and can not grasp how to get back. She is deaf with glaucoma and enjoys reading.
Please please please bring the 5th generation back
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There are a few things to know about this particular Kindle that can help you decide if it's right for you...
Here is a list of things to know about this Kindle.
1. You'll be using an onscreen keyboard with the 5-Way Controller. This is not a problem for setting up WiFi and a little writing but if you are an avid note-taker or do a lot of writing with your Kindle, you might want to opt for the Kindle Keyboard.
2. NO AUDIO - If you are planning on listening to audiobooks, Mp3s, or Text to Speech on your Kindle, this is not the device for you. There is not even a headphone jack, so there is absolutely no audio support.
3. 2GB! This device has 2GB of storage, which is half of all the others... if you seriously need to keep over 1,400 books or so on your Kindle, you should opt for one of the others, all of which have 4GB. I only keep a hundred or so books on mine and the rest are up in the Amazon Cloud waiting for convenient download.
4. There's no 3G version but the WiFi works just fine.
5. There is a shorter battery life. Amazon reports the battery life is only one month of reading, compared with the others that clock in at two months. If you are going to be away from electricity for over a month, first of all RESPECT!, second of all, you may want a Kindle that has the 2 month battery life.
6. It's lighter than all the other versions. It weighs in at just under 6oz (170g). The closest competition is the Kindle Touch which is about 7.5oz.
7. It has 5 buttons on the face at the bottom. In the middle is the big 5-Way Controller button as found on other Kindles. There are two small buttons on either side of this. On the left side, from left to right are the "Back" button and the "Keyboard" button. The "Back" button is the same as on other Kindles. The "Keyboard" button calls the onscreen keyboard onto the screen. On the right side of the 5-Way Controller are (again, from left to right) the "Menu" button, and the "Home" button. The "Next Page" and "Previous Page" buttons are the same as on other Kindles.
8. Because of the above 5 buttons, I find it much easier to use than the Kindle Keyboard. On the Kindle Keyboard, the "Back" button was right below the 5-Way Controller, and I accidentally hit it on more than one occasion.
9. On the bottom there is only the mini-USB port, the charging light, and the On-Off Button.
10. There are not a whole lot of covers available for this Kindle yet. (Amazon's won't be available until the end of October.)
As for reading, and as a pure reading device. It is awesome... in fact, without the keyboard, audio, and other features I don't need. This is actually the best one for someone like me who just wants to read.
I've already successfully transferred my library, downloaded books over WiFi, and borrowed library books through the Overdrive Library eBooks System. My only small point of dissatisfaction is that there are so few good covers and accessories right now (though there ARE some available that look pretty good).
All in all, I believe this is the BEST of all the Kindles currently available. Only consider others if you:
a. Really want the touch screen version.
b. Need audio.
c. Need 4GB
d. Need a big Kindle DX.
e. Take a lot of notes or do a lot of writing that requires a keyboard.
f. Prefer the design of another version.
g. Need more than a month's battery power.
Hope this helps someone make a good decision!
(Brief update: I love this Kindle, but right now the scarcity of good, inexpensive covers for it is a little troubling. The Amazon made leather one with light won't be available until November or so and there are currently no inexpensive ones to use in the interim. I'll just have to use it gently for a month or so.)
Update on cases:
I mentioned this in the comments section, but I'll repeat it here for people who can't yet find a good case -
Checking the specifications for the Kindle, Nook Touch, and Kobo:
6.5 x 5 x 0.5 inches
6.5 X 4.5 inches
Kindle (4th Generation)
6.5 x 4.5 x 0.34 inches
It looks like the Kobo is about exactly the same size and the Nook Touch is slightly longer. If you need a case but can't find one that you like yet, it may be worth a little hunting to see if a nook or kobo case or cover might fit the bill.
There is no built in light, but I purchased a case (I'm sure it's not meant for this generation, but I did my research and it fits perfectly so why not) that has a light attached....see pictures please:).
I find it disappointing that customers will review a product and give it 1, 2, or 3 stars because they failed to properly read the product description. You have to research any product that you are purchasing online so that you know what to expect, don't just assume. Please know that I am giving this Kindle 5 stars because it does the job in its descriptions perfectly. Although it does allow me to login to Facebook or Twitter to review books, it will not (I don't think) allow me to chat back and fourth with others on FB. Ugh. This is an e-reader, I love it, it has not failed me yet. If it does decide to die on me I look forward to doing more research on the Paperwhite, or Voyage before I purchase either of them. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" right? Until then I will continue to faithfully use this 2nd Generation until I can't any longer then I will start a new journey with another Amazon e-reader.