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Amazon Kindle Touch

Thursday 31 May 2012

G-Rating

Rating of 4

The basics

Amazon’s Kindle Touch is an e-Reader that that stores digital books, and displays them using an advanced E Ink display that gives the illusion of resembling printed words, resulting in less strain on the eyes. The Amazon Kindle Touch also features built-in Wi-Fi, audiobook compatibility, MP3 support and an X Ray feature that lets you look up facts on historical figures, and phrases. The Amazon Kindle Touch weighs 213 grams, holds up to 3,000 books, and has up to a two month battery life.

The good

The E Ink display remains as clever an addition as it always has, never jarring on the eyes. You may be looking at a screen, but it doesn’t feel like you are at all. It really is a marvel. Everything about it and what’s on display is designed to get your reading, and swiping through those pages. Sure, the display isn’t as eye-catching as other tablets, but images are still clear, and the Kindle Touch more than does what it’s supposed to. Swiping feels completely natural. You can even change the size of text by pinching the screen and tapping the image size you prefer. The keyboard also works a treat, with good sized keys, well spaced for quick and comfortable typing. It makes searching for terms, new books and information from the web that much more pleasant. Using Wi-Fi, the Amazon Kindle Touch is a smooth operator, letting you you download books on the go in no time at all. The battery life is also incredibly efficient - you’ll be able to use it for a good few hours and still have the majority of life left.

The bad

There is a slight delay when scrolling through lists, but it’s not a problem you’ll encounter top much, though it remains a little area for improvement for the next generation of Amazon Kindle e-Reader. The Amazon Kindle touch is also a tad bigger than the original Kindle, although admittedly not by much. There’s little difference in weight anyway. There is, however, the problem of reading in the dark. With no light source you’ll need to rely on an alternative until Amazon stuffs a backlight in.

The bottom line

If you’re an avid reader of books and want to go digital, the Amazon Kindle Touch is a good value tablet has everything you need to get enjoying ebooks. It’s near faultless in operation, and comes well recommended.
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