Amazon Kindle Touch Conclusion

December 31, 2011 by Jen Edwards Reads (16,336)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 8
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 8
    • Usability
    • 8
    • Design
    • 8
    • Performance
    • 8
    • Features
    • 8
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 8
    • Total Score:
    • 8.00
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

CONCLUSION

The Kindle Touch is the flagship eInk Kindle device right now, and for good reason. Amazon has finally done away with the hardware keyboard and added a touchscreen display for easier navigation and text entry. Though it’s disappointing that the 3G wireless is limited to Kindle book shopping and delivery, the Kindle Touch is an improvement in every other way over the previous generation of Kindle devices. The easy to use Kindle interface has been retained, and the new X-Ray feature is pure genius.

While the cost might be prohibitive for those looking to upgrade from previous Kindle devices, for new users, the smaller size, touchscreen, text-to-speech and Audible support, as well as the X-Ray make the Kindle Touch the best option. And if your budget can expand enough to treat yourself to the new model, the Kindle Touch is an excellent upgrade. Afte all, you can always pass along your old Kindle to a friend or family member.

Pros

  • Small and light
  • Excellent and simple touchscreen navigation
  • Text-to-speech, Audible support, and MP3 playback
  • X-Ray feature is pure genius

Cons

  • 3G wireless is limited to buying and downloading new Kindle books, not web browsing
  • Some Active Content apps not compatible
  • USB charging only out of box, power adapter sold separately
  • No microSD card slot


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