Amazon Kindle Review (2019): A Cheaper Way to Read at Night


For 12 years, Amazon’s Kindles have been profitable by working on a strict “much less is extra” precept. Kindles do not have Alexa, and so they do not ping you with infinite textual content message notifications. They simply make e-book studying straightforward. Every time I obtain a free library e-book, I marvel on the conjunction of inexpensive know-how and public coverage that disseminates books so broadly and simply. My husband additionally appreciates that it prevents me from turning our house into a fireplace hazard of moldy mud jackets and bedbugs.

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The Paperwhite has lengthy been Amazon’s best-selling book reader. Last yr, in the event you’d requested me if the lights and higher-resolution display was price the additional $40, I might’ve stated sure. But this yr’s $90 commonplace Kindle is small and inexpensive. It additionally has lights, is Bluetooth-enabled, and helps Audible. Unless you actually like studying within the tub, that is the very best entry-level ereader you should purchase proper now, and it is lower than $100.

Light Is Might

For the previous 4 days, I’ve been studying on the brand new Kindle and listening to books on Audible. At 6.Three inches tall, 4.5 inches broad, and round 6 ounces (extra with the case), it’s noticeably smaller and lighter than the Paperwhite. I might simply learn one-handed, and it took up barely any area in any respect in a backpack.

Amazon additionally despatched the brand new magnetic material cowl with our check unit. It protects the Kindle and robotically wakes the machine once you open it. It did add to the load, however I might additionally end my evening’s studying with a satisfying snap closure.

It has a 6-inch capacitive touchscreen, with E-ink and 167 pixels per inch. When I in contrast it to the 300-ppi display of the newest Paperwhite, the font (Bookerly in measurement 3) was a little bit grainier, however to not the purpose the place I discovered it distracting.

One of the massive variations between the brand new Kindle and the Paperwhite is that it has 4 entrance LEDs as an alternative of 5. If you squint, you possibly can see them beneath the sting of the bezel on the backside of the show. Amazon makes use of its “mild information” layer—a skinny, imprinted sheet—to distribute the sunshine evenly over the floor of the show.

Surprisingly, it does not look dangerous! It is noticeably much less vivid when in comparison with my 2017 Paperwhite, however I did not see discoloration or blooms of white close to the underside. For nighttime studying—which is generally after I discover the sunshine most helpful—I set the Kindle’s brightness to low and didn’t miss the additional LED. Amazon additionally claims that the entrance mild is simpler in your eyes than most backlit screens.

One of the Kindle’s huge promoting factors has at all times been its lengthy battery life. The new Kindle touts a battery lifetime of as much as 4 weeks of studying, based mostly on a half-hour of studying per day (commonplace for book readers, at this level). After three days of my odd, intermittent studying habits—sneaking in pages whereas brushing my tooth or mendacity in mattress—I decreased the battery life to 89 %.

If you turn between studying textual content and listening to audiobooks in your commute, the brand new Kindle is Bluetooth-enabled and may stream Audible books to a pair of related headphones. However, it has solely Four gigabytes of storage; I downloaded 4 average-length novels and was left with solely 2.Three GB. Also, listening to audiobooks makes use of the battery a lot quicker. I took an hour-long stroll whereas listening to Little Fires Everywhere and, after I bought again, the battery had gone down from 80 to 60 %.

Wrapped in Books

When my second child was born in 2017, my partner offered me with the Kindle Paperwhite. The light-up display, lengthy battery life, and tender, rubbery cowl propped me up by means of lengthy nights of nursing at Three am. Now, it lets me secretly learn ugly Irish homicide mysteries in our dim lounge whereas my youngsters watch, and rewatch, The Lego Movie each Friday evening.

In phrases of providing you with a pleasurable studying expertise, studying on the brand new Kindle feels rather a lot like studying on my previous Paperwhite. No, it’s not waterproof, which is probably essentially the most thrilling function to have come out on a Kindle up to now few years. But I’ve gone years with out dropping my Paperwhite into a bath or swimming pool, and I have not notably missed this function.

I additionally didn’t discover any lag time when waking it up or turning pages, though, as with every Kindle, slowly typing phrases within the search bar or coming into passwords for Wi-Fi networks is an train in endurance.

It additionally has all of Amazon’s similar considerate software program that enhances, moderately than detracts, out of your studying expertise. Whispersync and Whispersync for Voice nonetheless work; it nonetheless suggests books (on Amazon) that you just may prefer to learn; and it nonetheless has on the spot definitions and X-Ray, an in-depth function that helps me maintain observe of characters and explains obscure references. Kindle Unlimited can also be price a glance in the event you do not wish to purchase books à la carte and like the choice.

And as with the brand new Paperwhite, you can too save particular font and web page settings as themes—larger fonts for once you’re understanding, or orienting it sideways once you’re mendacity in mattress. I did discover it irritating that you could’t save brightness settings, since that’s the one function that I at all times tinker with as I transfer from the lounge to my bed room and out once more.

Not solely is the brand new Kindle the smallest in Amazon’s Kindle lineup, it is also essentially the most inexpensive—particularly in the event you money in on the trade-in program, which will get you an Amazon present card and 25 % off the brand new Kindle.

There’s no cause for me to commerce in my present Paperwhite for what’s principally the identical e-reader. And in the event you’re a bath reader, or if a 167-ppi display will irritate the bejesus out of you, it is price saving up for a Paperwhite. (You can learn extra about the entire line in our Best Kindle information.) But in the event you do not personal a Kindle, otherwise you personal the fundamental mannequin, it is a nice improve to Amazon’s entry-level e-reader. Especially if you may get it for $65 by buying and selling in your previous mannequin.

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