Amazon’s Latest Kindle

Amazon recently released its latest version of its cheapest Kindle model. Now available in both black and white, the new Kindle is thinner by 11 percent and is lighter as well by 16 percent.

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While the design has remained pretty much the same, the weight reduction and the more rounded edges do make a noticeable difference. Weighing at 161 grams, the latest Kindle is the second lightest version of the Amazon reader after the Kindle Oasis.

With a hard and smooth plastic body, the Kindle tends to be slippery at times, however this can be easily dealt with using a protective cover.  There are an array of covers to choose from on Amazon, including some form-fitting designed cases.

As this model is the entry level edition of the e-reader, there are certain features of the higher-end models which are missing in the new Kindle. The integrated light is one of these features. This new device has only 167 PPI (pixels per inch), as compared to the 300 PPI of the high-end models. This means that the screen quality is not as sharp as that of the more expensive versions.

The new Kindle has a touchscreen and is fitted with a storage capacity of 4GB which effectively translates to a library of thousands of e-books. The amount of RAM included has also increased, with the Kindle now running on 512MB of RAM.

In order to allow visually impaired users to be able to use the Kindle, Amazon has now included a Bluetooth audio feature in the device. You can now initiate an automatic VoiceView reading of everything on a page, hear prompts for navigation within the device and use Bluetooth speakers or wireless headphones to hear your book read out.

Using the Kindle’s WiFi capability you can access and browse through millions of e-books from the Amazon library. This version also includes several special ad offers that can be seen as you browse through the book store.

You can also now add notes and export them to your email. Finally the personalised home screen of the new Kindle is an interesting touch, as it allows GoodReads to make recommendations for books based on your reading. While it does not include some of the features of the Paperwhite and the Oasis models, the new Kindle is priced at around Rs. 5300, making it a good budget-friendly e-reader.

Picture courtesy – wsj.com


by techtalks @TechTalks September 30, 2016 6:36 AM UTC

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