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Amazon Kindle Review

This new Kindle from Amazon is the most affordable to date.

September 30, 2011
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Device & Specs

Both devices are very similar, but with the one glaring change: the lack of a keyboard on the Amazon Kindle WiFi. While for many this means that their eReader will be more portable, it does have the unintended consequence of making searching for new titles extremely annoying.

While the Amazon Kindle WiFi does have that one flaw, the reduced weight leavens fatigue over long reading sessions, and the reduced size also makes the unit much easier to carry around in a bag. Amazon elected to keep the eInk screen, and we agree that this was a good idea; both iterations of the Kindle have an outstanding picture for eReaders.

Screen

The eInk Pearl screens of both the Amazon Kindle WiFi and the Kindle Keyboard Wireless have a high DPI and work well in all lighting conditions, with the exception of low light. You really can't go wrong with either here, they're virtually identical.

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Battery

Both the Kindle Keyboard and the Amazon Kindle WiFi have similarly-sized batteries and similar power requirements, and each have an impressive battery life: they will both last you over 24 hours of constant eBook reading with plenty of battery to spare.

eReader

Because they're on the same platform, you will have roughly the same experience from a software standpoint, but as a pure eReader, the Amazon Kindle WiFi is probably the better bet, as its lightened weight and thinner profile make it easier to carry around and read for hours on end.

Internet

Both have similarly poor internet features from a browser standpoint, but the Amazon eBook store and the cloud storage is a very nice feature to have. Both eReaders are great in this regard.

Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.

Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Email & Web Browsing
  7. Amazon Kindle Keyboard Wi-Fi Comparison
  8. Barnes & Noble Nook Touch Comparison
  9. Kobo eReader Wireless Comparison
  10. Conclusion
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