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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

Because of the different screen technologies and device capabilities of each eReader, you can expect a very different experience with either. The Nook Color's LCD screen enables it to do a lot more with things like web browsing and even a limited assortment of apps, whereas the Amazon Kindle Touch has only the eReader function worth anything. You certainly pay for the extra features, but users who want more of a tablet experience may want to spring for the Nook Color.

Screen

While the Amazon Kindle Touch has an eInk touchscreen, the LCD touchscreen of the Nook allows it to better animate different functions, and skirt all the problems of an eInk display at the cost of all of its upsides. The Nook Color has an extremely reflective screen.

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Battery

Because LCD screens draw a lot more power than eInk to display an image, it's no surprise that the battery life of the Nook Color is far worse than the Amazon Kindle Touch. The Nook color does have impressive eBook reading battery life for having its LCD screen, but it's definitely handicapped by its screen technology in terms of battery life.

eReader

As eReaders, it's hard to speak against a dedicated machine, and we're not about to buck that trend. With vastly superior support, the Amazon Kindle Touch takes this one in a landslide, as the Nook Color was designed to be a jack of all trades, not as an ace of eReading.

Internet

The Nook Color takes this one simply because it has a browser that isn't terrible. That's really all it takes; the Amazon Kindle Touch doesn't have any browsing or email options worthy of note that won't make you want to tear your hair out.

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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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