Thursday, February 23, 2012

Kindle Touch : Hands (and Fingers) On.

Although the Kindle Fire is's flagship model, it doesn't quite excite me as much as it is just a stripped down Android tablet. Granted it has most of the features of an Android tablet, it no longer has the great features that made the Kindle one of the best e-book readers on the market.

Enter, the Kindle Touch. With all the best qualities of the original, the new Kindle Touch has added a touch screen, reduced overall dimensions, and improved screen contrast. It is, in my opinion, Amazon's BEST e-book reader to date.

No longer sporting a hardware keyboard, the Kindle Touch still has the 6" screen of the original, is now 1.5" shorter and a bit lighter.

Just as a disclaimer, I am NOT a book worm. I don't really like reading books. I'm an Android/iPad kind of guy. But I do see the advantages of the Kindle over a ful-blown tablet. Battery life being the main one. The Kindle battery life is far more impressive than the 5 hours on any current tablet. Sure they can make one that can probably hit 7-8... or even 12 hours. But 3 weeks is normal for a Kindle. The Touch is even more impressive with a 2 month battery life! (Wireless off) It is also more rugged and can take more everyday abuse than a  tablet.

Design-wise, I like the new Touch. It feels more polished and solid than the previous generations. That's saying a lot since the previous generations were built really well. Shape is smoother and feels better in the hand.

If you're in the market for an e-reader, I highly recommend the Kindle Touch.

It comes in 2 versions:

$139 is the regular model
$99 is ad-supported (so you get $40 off the regular price)

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