Kindle, 6" E Ink Display, Wi-Fi (Previous Generation - 5th)
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- Less than 170 grams - lighter than a paperback, fits in your pocket
- New darker, hand-tuned fonts for easier reading
- Reads like paper with no glare, even in bright sunlight
- Download books in 60 seconds with built-in Wi-Fi
- Holds over 1,000 books - take your library wherever you go
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All the Books You Love
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Comparing the two, I cannot see too many differences between the reading experience. Yes, this screen is whiter than mine and the contrast is better and it doesn't refresh after each page but in terms of usability are very close.
The built quality is the obvious improvement as mine seems a lot cheaper when compared to this one. It's light, the battery lasts for ages, very very easy to use if you pair it up with Calibre and comfortable to hold in your hand.
I also like the fact that amazon maintained this product as an ebook reader and didn't fall into the trap that so many manufacturers and designers jump in these days: let's put a camera, and bluetooth, and apps and stuff. Moreover, Amazon decided to strip it down even further - this generation of Kindles doesn't have speakers, keyboard and audiobooks features and so on... compared to the previous generation - all the better.
So yes, I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys reading and only reading.
P.S.: I do recommend getting a proper cover for it which you can get for as little as £10.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
I bought the Kindle for my wife, who is not such a big reader, because of the now competitive price and also gives me the opportunity to compare the two products.
OK one has a touch screen, one doesn't. But realistically this is the only difference on the actual mechanics of the reader.
If at a later date I was to upgrade my reader, I would go with either, depending on what deals were available.
Firstly, it is a very complicated process if you buy one as a gift and want to put some books on it. You automatically
Y have it registered as your kindle and on your account. It then takes time and additional hassle to have that kindle changed to anothers. Contact Amazon first and they will guide you seamlessly through the process.
Secondly, my partners kindle only has had use occasionally as real books are still the favourite at home. The kindle only being used for the odd train journey and holiday once a year which usually happen together except for approximately 3 journeys pet year. Now the WiFi does not work, circuitry failed and no downloads are possible. This means that a manual doiwnload of books via computer USB is the only way to add new books. If you ask Amazon how to fix it they advise it's not possible and offer you info on new ones.
So although my own kindle is still OK I expect it also to fail to download via WiFi soon as its only 2 months older.
When I first heard about the kindle, I wasn't too sure (I'm huge book fan who loves the feel of an actual book), I thought the eReader was a great idea, but due to personal preference, I wasn't too sure about owning/using one.
But receiving one at Christmas changed my mind. It's a great simple little device that's easy to use. It's lightweight, and does exactly what it was designed for - perfect eReader! Now, don't get me wrong, I haven't completely reverted to using this and getting rid of my books - still can't beat an actual book, but I use my Kindle a lot more than I thought I would. There's over 30 books currently on my Kindle and plenty of room for hundreds more so it's more convenient and easier to carry round if I wanted to read on the go (ie, travelling to work, or going on holiday). Also, it's an excellent shelf-space saver!
Overall, this is a great little device, does exactly what you'd expect. And it does only that. No extra nonsense that's not needed.
As it was a gift, it was free (obviously), but if it wasn't then it's definitely worth the money (but it's not exactly expensive is it? It's the cheapest one here!)
I'd definitely recommend this!
(i) that it does not pick up our home wifi (even though we have numerous devies which use it all the time). My solution to this is that buy my books on my PC or laptop and I choose that the new books are downloaded onto that device. I then plug the Kindle into it and copy them all into the Kindle drive that has appeared on there. Not hard, but annoying when it's supposed to be alot simpler.
(ii) that the battery does not last long at all, even when I have it in aeroplane mode, which is all the time.Sometimes it last 5 days, others only 2 or 3. I do not read it for long, maximum for 1 hour/day, most imes 30 minutes or less. The wifi doesn't need to be on as described above, so I think it should last longer than this as I always run the battery right down then charge it right up again.