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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

While both devices are no-frills eReaders without crazy or uesless features, the Nook Touch adds the element of a functioning IR grid to simulate a touch screen on the eReader. This makes the fielding by Barnes & Noble far easier to interface with as a user, as you can actually type on the virtual keyboard, and not pick out each individual character with a d-pad like the Amazon Kindle WiFi. Outside of that, though, the Amazon Kindle WiFi is far lighter, has a smaller profile, and it's cloud storage allows it to sync with your library without ever connecting to your computer.

Screen

Both devices are built around a small eInk Pearl screen, though the Nook Touch's screen has an IR grid to simulate a working touchscreen. You will have a virtually identical experience with both in reading eBooks, although the Nook's screen allows you to swipe to turn pages.

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Battery

The Amazon Kindle WiFi should has a similarly long battery life (over 24 hours straight) reading eBooks with the wireless turned off. The Nook Touch impressed with breaking the 10 day mark.

eReader

As a standalone eReader, the Nook Touch has the better interface, while the Amazon Kindle WiFi has the better hardware. It's very hard to trump a touch-based interface with an eReader. Still, you are more likely to be able to read longer with the Amazon Kindle WiFi, as it has a smaller profile, and less weight, leading to lower fatigue in the long run.

Internet

Neither eReader has access to the apps that you'd see on an iPad, so it seems a bit silly to compare the two in terms of internet features. That being said, the Amazon Kindle WiFi having cloud storage is actually quite nice, as you can store your library on Amazon's cloud storage for free.

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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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