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Amazon Kindle eReader Review

An impressive e-reader in its own right, at a price that undercuts the rest of the market.

November 14, 2011
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Device & Specs

Though they both bear the Amazon Kindle branding, the Amazon Kindle Touch and the Kindle Keyboard are very different tablets. Though they have much of the same software, an IR grid touchscreen and the lack of a physical keyboard makes the Amazon Kindle Touch a much more user-friendly tablet. Some people still prefer the buttons, so if you don't trust the screen, you may want to stick with the Kindle Keyboard.

Screen

Both screens are remarkably similar in performance, and it's no mystery why: both employ very similar eInk Pearl screens. The biggest difference between the two is the IR grid touchscreen used by the Amazon Kindle Touch .

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Battery

Both the Kindle Keyboard and the Amazon Kindle Touch have impressively long battery lives, and will not let you down on a long trip.

eReader

Because of the near-identical software and the ease with which one can hold their Kindle, the most drastic changes as eReaders have to do with the differing screen technology. The Amazon Kindle Touch has a touchscreen that doesn't refresh as often as the Kindle Keyboard, but it also has more artifacts left over from page turns as well.

Internet

Amazon supports both the Kindle Keyboard and the Amazon Kindle Touch with the same online support, though the browser on both is absolutely terrible and hardly worthy of any special mention. Both have stellar support from their maker, and the new features like the library loaning are absolutely remarkable.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Email & Web Browsing
  8. Internet Apps
  9. Amazon Kindle Keyboard Wi-Fi Comparison
  10. Barnes & Noble Nook Touch Comparison
  11. Barnes & Noble Nook Color Comparison
  12. Conclusion
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