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Kindle, 6" Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, Wi-Fi

Touchscreen display that reads like real paper-no screen glare, even in bright sunlight; Exclusive Kindle features-now includes Goodreads integration, Kindle FreeTime, Vocabulary Builder, Word Wise, ...

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As has been the case for years, Amazon sloooowwwwly adds new changes and features to the Kindle. This one is no exception. If you've used a Kindle in the past, you're not going to notice much of a change with this one, but since there are some minor upgrades and so forth, I'll briefly go over them:*** SCREEN ***The new Kindle is touchscreen and has the typical matte finish with the slightly gray/off-white paper looking background. It's certainly not bright white, but it's also not LCD looking (dark gray.) It does NOT have buttons for page-turning as the older generations do. If you simply must have the page-turning buttons, please search for the older Kindles that offer that. One last thing regarding the screen: this is not a Kindle PaperWhite or Voyage where you have a back-lit screen... this has an unlit, off-white Kindle screen. I will say, the text is noticeably crisper and bolder than I've seen with previous generation Kindles and I believe that's because Amazon is using E-Ink's new "Carta" displays instead of the previously used "Pearl" displays. I love that and have been waiting for years for E-Ink, the Taiwan based company that makes the Kindle screens for Amazon, to improve them. It looks like they're finally getting it!The new Kindle's screen resolution is 167 ppi which is slightly lower than the Kindle PaperWhite which is 212 ppi, and substantially lower than the Kindle Voyage which boasts an impressive 300 ppi (individual pixels at this density can not be distinguished by the naked eye.) Price-wise though, the base model PaperWhite runs $99 at the time of this review, and the Voyage base model runs $199 so you can see, the more you pay, the better the resolution and features. 167 ppi is fine though...Read more ›
November 28, 2014
I've had this Kindle for a while now. Many of the reviews say it all so I don't think I could add much. But I feel like I need to speak on behalf of this Kindle to shield it from reviewers and owners who seem to have no idea what they bought. If this could help clear up any confusion for a first time buyer then writing this is worth it. So I have to begin by asking reviewers that confuse us all?Do you have any clue what you bought? Let's all say it out loud: THIS KINDLE DOES NOT HAVE A LIGHT!!!!!! It is an entry level model with no light. Amazon has always sold non lighted Kindles, and I still have many of them. They are a cheap way to get into the e-reader scene. Can you read a real book in the dark? Of course not. So these non lighted Kindles are not epic failures for not having a light just as the last novel you bought was not an epic failure for not having a built in light. It is ridiculous to buy this Kindle then give it a 1 star review because it doesn't have a light. Read the product descriptions. This Kindle has no light, the Paperwhite and Voyage do.Scream all to the heavens: THIS KINDLE DOES NOT HAVE PAGE TURNING BUTTONS!!!! To buy this Kindle then give it a 1 star review because your old Kindle had page turning buttons and this one does not is insane. Could you not see when you clicked on "BUY" that this Kindle had no page turning buttons. Sometimes I think there are two kinds of Kindle owners: those who want page turning buttons and those who don't mind moving their thumb a nano meter to turn a page. If you can tell by my sarcasm, I belong to the latter bunch.Then of course there are the technically deficient that have no clue what wifi is, are unable to sign on, and blame it on the Kindle. BAM! another 1 star review.Read more ›
November 7, 2014
I am writing this from the perspective of being a long-time experienced Kindle user vs. someone brand new. From an overall perspective, considering the pricing of the Kindle with Special Offers at $79 vs. higher amounts for the different flavors of Kindle available today, this one is a bargain. If you have wanted to get your kids a Kindle to encourage reading as well as sharing of books but hesitated because $119 to $400+ is a lot of money to risk with a child, maybe at $79 this is your price point.From a size standpoint, the reading screen is the exact same size as the other e-Ink Kindles. It is slightly thicker - but slightly lighter - than the Kindle Paperwhite, but to me it's not really a noticeable difference when you're holding it in a protective cover.Opening up the box, included with the Kindle is a micro-USB cord but no power adapter. That's really annoying. Interestingly, and it seems rather chicken of Amazon, a power adaptor has to be purchased separately for $15 if you purchase it at the same time as you purchase the Kindle (or $20 if you purchase it later), so if you already have a micro-USB charger handy I wouldn't order one of the chargers.There are no page buttons - no buttons at all except for the power button - and turning the page is as easy as tapping the side of the screen with your thumb while you're reading, or swiping the screen with your finger.Reading is easy on this one: in comparison to my Kindle Keyboard, the previous version of Kindle, and a Kindle DX the letters on the screen are much, much darker and easier to read: the display is crisp and dark.Read more ›
October 3, 2014

It feels like only a year ago that Amazon released the 1st edition of the Kindle and the world started to embrace the concept of reading via an e-reader.  Only a few months ago though, Amazon released the 7th generation of the basic Kindle.  As we will see from the following review of the newest addition to its growing family, there are many good reasons why book lovers should buy Amazon Kindle in South Africa.

In order to look at the Kindle comprehensively we will break it down and discuss the design, performance, usability an actual value of money that it offers.

Design

Following the award winning formula of past models, the new Kindle has the same slick, rectangular shape that fits into the user’s hand comfortably.  The screen is 6.7 by 4.7 inches and uses the Pearl e-paper with a resolution of 167 ppi and features optimise font technology.  To be perfectly honest though, not a lot has changed from the 5th to the 7th generation; simply because it didn’t need to.  The Amazon Kindle was and still is the best e-reader available in terms of the price, choice of books available, screen and overall design.

Features

As much of the features are the same as previous models there is not much new to write about.  However, as a standard now, Amazon have retired page turning buttons and opted for touchscreen capabilities even on this the most basic of the range of Kindles by the online retailer.  Along with the touchscreen display, the new model also features like Vocabulary Builder, Smart Lookup and Word Wise

Performance

The performance is one aspect of the Kindle that Amazon has obviously worked hard on.  The processor in the new model reportedly allows pages to be turned 20% faster.  In terms of the battery usage side of things, the Kindle by Amazon has always been a winner compared to other models out there and when used every day for half an hour without the wireless switched on it can last for 4 weeks on one single charge.  The wireless connection is as unproblematic as it always has been.

Usability

Amazon have made a name for themselves for creating devices that are aimed directly at the user and the latest Kindle is as intuitive an uncomplicated as ever.  The touchscreen is sensitive enough to enable the owner to change page, browse and whatever else they need to do without hassle; while not being so sensitive that it flicks past pages too quickly.

Besides the usability of the actual handset, where Amazon has really pushed themselves ahead of the competition is with their store.  As well as having the biggest and widest range of books available to download at the touch of a button, the Store is also very easy for people to browse round and find what they are looking for.

Value

In terms of value for money that the Kindle offers compared to other e-readers, the basic edition is a good entry level model for anyone looking to read e-books without all the thrills and spills that come with more expensive models.  The fact is that the Amazon Kindle price in South Africa makes it much better value for money than most of the competition when, as the above review shows, the design, features, performance and usability are taken into consideration.

Kindle, 6" Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, Wi-Fi

Touchscreen display that reads like real paper-no screen glare, even in bright sunlight; Exclusive Kindle features-now includes Goodreads integration, Kindle FreeTime, Vocabulary Builder, Word Wise, ...

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8.9 Total Score
Perfect Companion!

Design
9.5
Features
8
Performance
8
Value
10
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