There’s excellent news and dangerous information concerning the “all-new” Kindle, the subsequent iteration of Amazon’s entry-level e-reader. First, the nice: It now has a self-illuminated display and an upgraded design. The dangerous? It prices $90 (£70, $AU139), or $10 greater than the earlier mannequin, the Kindle 2016.
I am going to lower proper to the chase: Until you want a brand new e-reader immediately, you’d do higher ready for the step-up mannequin, the Kindle Paperwhite, to go on sale for $100 (from $130), because it periodically does. That mentioned, this is not a nasty e-reader. It is really fairly good — it is simply that the Paperwhite is even higher. So till Amazon places the brand new Kindle 2019 on sale, which it’ll inevitably do, a reduced Paperwhite is the best way to go.
To encourage folks to improve their Kindles, Amazon is providing an Amazon.com present card for trade-ins of outdated e-readers, plus a 25 % low cost on a brand new machine, together with this new Kindle. No cowl is included, however Amazon sells covers for $30 and third-party covers, similar to this one from MoKo, may be had for nearly a 3rd of the value.
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Obtainable in black or white, the very first thing I observed concerning the new Kindle in comparison with its predecessor is that it seems and feels much less low cost. Earlier entry-level Kindles sometimes had a utilitarian vibe to them — they weren’t way more than a boxy body round an digital ink show. This new Tenth-gen Kindle nonetheless seems fairly fundamental however its edges have been rounded off and it is a bit extra compact and subtly sleeker.
At 174 grams, it weighs barely greater than the earlier mannequin (161 grams), which is presumably as a result of inclusion of the lighting system and another small upgrades. Amazon says it is geared up with the “newest digital ink expertise for higher distinction” and has been upgraded with capacitive contact “to stop unintentional swipes” on its 6-inch 167 ppi show. Just like the earlier mannequin, this Kindle has Bluetooth connectivity for listening to audiobooks, too.
Amazon’s step-up Paperwhite and Oasis e-readers nonetheless outshine this entry-level mannequin, with sharper 300 ppi shows and waterproof our bodies. And the bottom fashions of these e-readers embody 8GB of storage whereas the brand new entry-level Kindle has 4GB (no step-up mobile model is accessible, this mannequin is Wi-Fi solely). That is loads of house to retailer 1000’s of e-books, however audiobooks eat up your storage rather a lot quicker on account of their a lot bigger file sizes.
I spent a while evaluating this mannequin to the Paperwhite and it is easy to see that the textual content and graphics (cowl artwork on books) is noticeably sharper on the Paperwhite. The lighting on the Paperwhite can also be slightly brighter and whiter, which is sensible on condition that the Paperwhite has 5 LEDs in comparison with the Kindle’s 4.
If you did not have the Paperwhite available for comparability functions, after all, you’d in all probability assume the brand new entry-level Kindle is simply high-quality — and it’s. It is also a pleasant improve over its predecessor, which was actually damage by not having a lightweight. Amazon additionally says the distinction on this new mannequin is healthier. I in contrast the 2 screens with the sunshine off on the brand new mannequin and the textual content does look like barely darker — nearer to black than a darkish grey.