Latest in Amazon

Image credit:

Amazon Kindle (2011) impressions

Brian Heater
09.28.11
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

Price was one of the recurring themes at today's Amazon event in New York City, and nowhere was that factor more present than with the new Kindle. At $79, this truly is an entry level device, and certainly the company made some sacrifices to hit that price point -- most obviously, the reader doesn't have the touchscreen featured in both the Kindle Touch and the latest Nook and Kobo devices -- though like those products, the Kindle did lose its physical keyboard, giving it a much smaller footprint than the last generation. In place of the infrared touchscreen are a series of buttons: Home, Menu, Keyboard and Back. In the middle is a toggle button that lets the user scroll through menus -- that activity can be performed pretty quickly with the physical buttons, and flipping through pages is not problem with the familiar buttons on either side of the screen. Where one really misses the presence of touch, however, is with the on-screen keyboard -- typing is performed by clicking one's way through the virtual keyboard, a familiar task for anyone who has ever entered their name at the beginning of a video game with a console controller. Of course, typing is a secondary task on a device like this, so for many users this may not be a deal-breaker. For those who foresee the need for such functionality, however, $20 will buy you an upgrade to the Kindle Touch.

Gallery: Kindle 2011 impressions | 14 Photos



All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Engadget's 2019 Back-to-School Guide

Engadget's 2019 Back-to-School Guide

View
Mercedes unveils A-Class and B-Class plug-in hybrids

Mercedes unveils A-Class and B-Class plug-in hybrids

View
‘Kerbal Space Program’ gets an interstellar flight sequel

‘Kerbal Space Program’ gets an interstellar flight sequel

View
HBO's 'Westworld Awakening' VR game arrives August 20th

HBO's 'Westworld Awakening' VR game arrives August 20th

View
Hideo Kojima debuts six-minute 'Death Stranding' gameplay video

Hideo Kojima debuts six-minute 'Death Stranding' gameplay video

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr