Amazon Kindle

89
Global
Score
89

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Model
late 2012

Key Specs

Screen type
E Ink
Screen size
6 inches
Touchscreen
no
Mobile broadband (3G)
no
Internal storage
2 GB
Battery life
Up to15 hour

General

Screen type
E Ink
Color
Monochrome (16 grayscale levels)
Screen size
6 inches
Resolution
600 x 800
Touchscreen
no
Screen PPI
167 ppi
Illumination
None

Alternate display

Secondary display
no

Reading / content

Reading features
Array
Downloadable media
yes (Books, Magazines, News) (yes)
Text format support (native)
Array
Integrated dictionary
yes

Media

Audio playback
no
Photo viewer
yes (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG)

Input

Keyboard
no
Navigation type
Array

Software / platform

Operating system
Linux
Browser
yes
Upgradeable firmware
yes

Connectivity

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Mobile broadband (3G)
no
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)

Storage

Internal storage
2 GB
Memory card support
no

Power

Battery type
Li-ion
Battery life
Up to15 hour

Compatibility

Requires desktop software
no
Model
late 2011

Key Specs

Screen type
E Ink
Screen size
6 inches
Touchscreen
no
Mobile broadband (3G)
no
Internal storage
2 GB
Battery life
Up to15 hour

General

Screen type
E Ink
Color
Monochrome (16 grayscale levels)
Screen size
6 inches
Resolution
600 x 800
Touchscreen
no
Screen PPI
167 ppi
Illumination
None

Alternate display

Secondary display
no

Reading / content

Reading features
Array
Downloadable media
yes (Books, Magazines, News) (yes)
Text format support (native)
Array
Integrated dictionary
yes

Media

Audio playback
no
Photo viewer
yes (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG)

Input

Keyboard
no
Navigation type
Array

Software / platform

Operating system
Linux
Browser
yes
Upgradeable firmware
yes

Connectivity

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Mobile broadband (3G)
no
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)

Storage

Internal storage
2 GB
Memory card support
no

Power

Battery type
Li-ion
Battery life
Up to15 hour

Compatibility

Requires desktop software
no