September 4th 2012 5:05 pm

Heads up! A newer version of this product is out!

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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Display / readability With the background light, the text is easier to read than ever. great!
  • Battery life It feels like I almost never have to charge it. Just as good as the Kindle Keyboard. great!
  • Store and selection of titles Amazon always has every title I'm looking for. great!
  • Ease of use The touch screen makes this even easier to use than my old Kindle. great!
  • Document support Sure it doesn't support every document type, but I've never found the need for it to use EPUB. good
  • Storage capacity 2GB sounds like not much, but it holds quite a large number of books. good
  • Durability Very solid in the hand, no creaking like I had with the Kindle Keyboard. good
  • Design and form factor Perfect size to hold in one hand. great!
  • Portability (size / weight) So small and light I can read anywhere and it's so easy to hold. great!
Detailed review
I had a Kindle Keyboard previously, and I was hesitant to upgrade at first. I thought about how I had a light on my Kindle case, and why would I need one built in. It might be more convenient, but is it worth spending the extra money when I already have a Kindle that works perfectly fine? I finally decided to upgrade, and I'm so glad I did. I absolutely love the built in light, it makes it so easy to read. Even if I'm in sunlight, I'll turn the light on because it makes the text look so beautiful.

The battery life has been just as good as my previous Kindle, even with the light on all the time. It seems like the touchscreen has improved over the last model, and it's very responsive.

I love the size and feel of the new design, and even though I miss the physical page-turning buttons, I've grown accustomed to touching the screen to turn the page. It easily fits in one hand while reading and it's nice to hold while reading in bed.

I purchased the Amazon leather case for it, and I am glad that they were able to reduce the bulk from the last one, by eliminating the light. It's very slim and a nice quality. A lot of the time I take it out of the case to actually read, and use the case for transporting the Kindle so it doesn't get damaged in my purse. But having the Kindle turn on when you open the case is a nice feature.

I decided on the WiFi only version with no ads. I never find myself downloading books on the go, and I'm almost always reading where I have WiFi for Whispersync to update my progress on my iOS devices. (Occasionally I read on my phone at work, so having Whispersync available to sync my progress is nice). Overall, I love this new Kindle iteration, and I'm so happy I decided to upgrade.