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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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Controls

With the exception of the lone menu button and the power button on the bottom of the unit, all of your interactions with the device will be conducted via the touchscreen. Not to worry, though, as the IR grid on the Amazon Kindle Touch is exact enough to pick out finger taps on the virtual keyboard, as well as swiping motions and taps on small links. It can get a bit difficult for those with huge hands, but overall the control interface is very intuitive and easy to use.

Connectivity

There are two iterations of the Amazon Kindle Touch , the WiFi only version, and the 3G variation. While the difference in cost is enough to sell some on the WiFi only version, globetrotters who find themselves in countries with an AT&T presence should know that the 3G version will allow you access to your cloud storage and the Amazon Kindle eBook store anywhere you can find a signal, which is a huge plus.

Owners of the Amazon Kindle Touch WiFi only version will be pleased to know that the onboard 802.11/n wireless card is quick enough to download books very quickly, hitting a download speed of almost 1.2 MB per second in our labs. Aside from the wireless connection the only other option available to you for the purpose of transferring content is the same USB cable used to charge your device. Simply drag and drop files to put on the Amazon Kindle Touch 's tiny hard drive before you go on a new adventure.

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Battery Life

Like the previous iterations of the Kindle eReader, the Amazon Kindle Touch lasts well over 24 hours on a single charge both reading eBooks and listening to audio files. What is different is how much battery life is left after each; after 24 hours of reading an eBook, only about 10% of the battery had run off, meaning that if you had enough caffeine and a death wish, you could conceivably read a eBook for 10 days straight.

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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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