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Amazon Kindle Touch review

Touchscreen is great addition to the popular ereader
Mon Jun 04 2012, 12:15

Product: Amazon Kindle Touch
Website: Amazon
Specifications: Up to two months' battery, 6in E-Ink 600x800 display, 4GB (3GB available to user) for up to 3,000 books, Kindle 5.1 OS, 172x120x10.1mm, 213g
Price: £109 WiFi only

AMAZON launched its first touchscreen Kindle in the UK in late April, aiming to tempt existing and new e-book fans with an easier reading experience, along with other new features. The Kindle Touch WiFi-only model we've been testing is priced at a very reasonable £109, while the Kindle Touch 3G retails at £169.

The first thing we wanted to know when we got our hands on the latest Kindle was, has Amazon managed to deliver a decent touch experience? The electronic paper display has 600x800 resolution at 167ppi (pixels per inch).

Amazon Kindle menu options e readerOnce you're reading, the Kindle devotes the full 6in screen to the text. Extra functions are accessed by tapping the top of the screen, and this brings up a bar along the top to go back, access the Kindle market, search and access the menu. From the bottom of the screen, you can change the font size or jump to a different section of the book.

With the advent of tablets, namely the Ipad, there was a feeling that the e-book market would disappear as users turned to their tablets to fulfill their reading requirements. However, the e-ink display on the Kindle means you get clear, sharp text to support reading even in the sun's glare, and a visit to any park, pool or beach on a sunny day will confirm that the e-reader market is still going strong.

Tap to turn
Amazon has included its Easyreach touch technology, which lets users tap rather than swipe to turn pages. When reading a book, you can now turn back and forth through pages by just tapping the screen - tap the left of the screen anywhere within an inch from the left-hand edge to turn back a page, and tap anywhere on the rest of the screen to turn forwards. Tapping the search bar will bring up an on-screen keyboard at the bottom of the screen.

One point worth noting here is that for people used to the touchscreens on smartphones and tablets, you'll probably find yourself swiping rather than tapping, but thankfully, swiping works fine as well.

The page-turn on the touch Kindle is as smooth and quick as with the previous edition, with text rendering in no more time than it takes to turn a page in a book. However, be warned that the screen is a bit over-sensitive at times, and accidentally leaning on it or pressing it can cause the text to jump forwards several pages.


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