Amazon Kindle evaluation

For those who’re trying to purchase an ereader proper now, it’s virtually sure you’ll be trying to purchase one thing from Amazon’s Kindle vary.

With three merchandise on provide, the Kindle household gives one thing for everybody, with top-end options restricted to merchandise just like the Kindle Paperwhite or, much more so, the Kindle Oasis.

That mentioned, the most affordable and most elementary Kindle choice – the one we’re reviewing right here – is getting higher with every passing technology. The truth is, the tenth technology (launched in early 2019) is among the most succesful ereaders ever.

Whether or not you’re trying to improve your present ereader, swap from studying ebooks in your cellphone, or take step one in direction of your elibrary, the 2019 version of the Amazon Kindle could also be precisely best for you.

We might see some fairly good Kindle reductions for Black Friday or Cyber Monday, as Amazon sometimes reduces the value of its personal merchandise. We would not see the 45% off we did on Amazon Prime Day, however for those who missed that wait till Black Friday.

We would subsequently suggest holding off till then for those who’re tempted by the Amazon Kindle, particularly since we would see offers that bundle it with protecting circumstances and the like. If we see any nice worth cuts we’ll submit them right here so test again on the day for that.

Amazon Kindle worth and launch date 

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The most recent Amazon Kindle was launched in April 2019, and you should buy it immediately from the web site now in addition to a wide range of third-party retailers world wide.

As for the value, it begins at £69.99 / $89.99 / AU$139 for the essential mannequin. All variations of this Kindle include the identical quantity of storage, however the worth distinction comes into it as a result of with this cheaper variant you’ll have adverts on the lock display.

If you wish to keep away from all these adverts, you may pay £79.99 / $109.99 (about AU$150) for a mannequin that doesn’t include them on board. That is not the case in Australia although; as a substitute the corporate simply gives a model with out advertisements.

It’s price noting that is costlier than the last-gen Kindle mannequin. It’s round $10 or £10 greater than the beginning worth for the last-gen mannequin, however that’s not a serious worth distinction, particularly contemplating that right here you might be getting a back-lit model for the primary time.


The design right here is remarkably much like all the opposite primary Kindle fashions, as as a substitute of shaving off areas or redesigning the whole look, Amazon has caught to its weapons with what’s change into a constant design for the ereader vary.

While you decide this up, it instantly doesn’t really feel as premium because the Kindle Paperwhite and it’s in a special – and lesser – league totally in comparison with the Kindle Oasis.

It’s notably straightforward to carry within the hand although, with its 6-inch show making it straightforward to carry in a single hand even whenever you’re being thrown about on a prepare and you should maintain on for pricey life with the opposite hand.

The precise dimensions are 160 x 113 x 8.7mm, which whereas thicker than costlier ereaders isn’t noticeably totally different. The physique of the ereader itself is plastic, and that is largely why it feels much less premium than the all-metal physique of the Kindle Oasis.

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There are additionally large bezels with a lip that retains them raised above the display. That makes the display much less prone to scratch, however these are greater than lots of people shall be anticipating on an ereader like this.

It does give your finger someplace to sit down whenever you’re studying although, and offers you place to carry on to the machine from.

To activate the show, there’s a button on the underside fringe of the ereader alongside the micro USB port that’s used for charging it up. There aren’t any different buttons across the outer fringe of the ereader, making it straightforward to carry with out hitting them by chance.

It’s an odd selection that the corporate hasn’t adopted USB-C on any of its Kindle fashions but. USB-C would permit for sooner charging and imply you’re extra probably to have the ability to use the charger that got here together with your Android cellphone too, but it surely’s one thing the corporate hasn’t seen match to do but.

You’ve bought the selection of both black or white colours for the Kindle, and for those who don’t like these appears to be like there are a number of third-party circumstances – in addition to some designed by Amazon itself – that can assist you defend it.

Speaking of safety, this gained’t survive a dip within the pool in your vacation and there’s nothing stopping sand getting in that micro USB port.

Amazon has supplied water resistance on its newest top-end Kindles, however you gained’t get that with this primary Kindle, so that you’ll need to regulate it and ensure it doesn’t get broken for those who’re utilizing it on vacation or within the tub.


There’s a 6-inch glare-free show on the Kindle, which is similar dimension as a variety of different ereaders together with the favored Kindle Paperwhite mannequin. We discovered it to be a cushty dimension for studying, though the decision isn’t the most effective we’ve seen.

It’s 167 pixels per inch, whereas the Paperwhite for instance is sort of double that at 300 pixels per inch. When studying most books the decrease decision is ok, however we did discover it a little bit of a battle for those who’re studying different types of titles resembling comedian books or magazines on the ereader.

The massive spotlight right here is that Amazon has now included a backlight on essentially the most primary Kindle mannequin. That’s an enormous improve, and means you’re now capable of learn on this at midnight.

It’s not pretty much as good an expertise as for those who had been to get the Paperwhite or Oasis because it solely has 4 LEDs (the previous has 5 whereas the latter has 12), however we discovered it supplied loads of mild once we tried to learn at midnight.

That is the primary state of affairs that you simply’ll need this backlight for, but it surely additionally makes studying in direct daylight a extra comfy expertise than it has been on earlier Kindle fashions. 

You’re capable of manually management the lighting on the Kindle’s backlight, but it surely doesn’t have an auto brightness mode like those that personal the Kindle Oasis are used to.

General, the display is a significantly better expertise to make use of right here than on the older primary Kindles. For those who ever end up getting pissed off with the shortcoming to learn at midnight, chances are you’ll need to take into account upgrading to this newer Kindle mannequin.

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