Beach season is here, and so is the fancy new Amazon Kindle. Its makeover could not have had a better timing, as the $79.99 e-reader comes in white (or traditional black), lighter, thinner and with significantly more memory.
The company also announced the $119.99 Kindle Paperwhite is also available in both color versions. But wait, there’s more. From 4GB to 8GB, the fresh Amazon Kindle comes with 11 percent less thickness and 16 percent less weight. The result? A more rounded and sleek design.
However, on the downside, Amazon has yet to introduce the Paperwhite and the white Kindle to the waterproof feature.
What the new E Ink e-readers do have is a new feature designed to aid the visually impaired: Bluetooth audio integration. Before, these users had to use an adapter for Amazon’s VoiceView screen reader, but not anymore.
Thanks to the Bluetooth support, readers can sync their headphones (or a speaker) with the Kindle, lay back, and enjoy their Stephen Fry collection.
Over the next weeks, all Kindles will get the over-the-air update to the new version, which comes with a fancy Export Notes feature. If they need their notes and highlights for future reference, e-reader users will be able to send them as a PDF to their email. This is expected to be particularly useful to students.
The improvements brought to the Kindle Paperwhite will only strengthen the position it currently has on the market: the best e-reader – as well as the best Kindle on a budget. Its resolution is nearly double the one of the $80 Kindle, and its backlight makes it a favorite all around.
One thing the revamp did not improve is the Kindle’s page refresh rate, as this spec is tied to the quality of the display.
But there are plenty of other features that recommend the Kindle. Amazon supports the best e-book library; its devices come with weeks-long of battery life and their screens are indeed easy-to-read. What more can you wish for in a reasonably priced e-book reader?
And the best part is that the nifty improvements did not raise the price of Amazon’s cheapest Kindle. The price is still unbelievably good at $80, and you will rarely need to recharge it.
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