Amazon Kindle 2016 evaluation
Replace: Amazon has since launched a newer novel, the Kindle 2019. The remainder of this evaluation was written in 2016, so a few of its suggestions could also be a bit old-fashioned!
The Amazon Kindle, up to date for 2016 and now in its eighth iteration, is a superb purchase for e book worms. The RRP is low at simply £59.99 from Amazon, however as a part of its Black Friday offers we may see it go even decrease – proper now the Amazon Kindle is going for simply £56.99 at Amazon. See our decide of the very best Black Friday offers.
Let’s not fake – Amazon makes the very best eReaders. The Kindle is 9 years previous, and in that point we’ve got now arrived at this, the eighth iteration of everybody’s favorite, least expensive digital technique of studying a e book. The Kindle Oasis could have prompted a stir by being extremely costly, so what has Amazon modified on this, the ‘All-new’ Kindle? Right here’s our Amazon Kindle 2016 evaluation.
Worth and the place to purchase
The Kindle is out there to buy now by, you guessed it, Amazon. It prices £69.99, which is the model we favor – the £59.99 mannequin is £10 much less since you get advertisements on the lock display. It’s solely a small factor, however we don’t like the thought of getting Amazon promoting pushed on us from one more supply, particularly when it’s on a product we’ve paid Amazon for. It’s out there in basic black or the white mannequin that we used for this evaluation.
Design and construct
Solely these spoilt by the ridiculous luxurious of the Kindle Oasis will balk in anyway on the construct high quality right here. Positive, its cheaper plastic casing isn’t high of the road, however the Kindle’s simplicity is its secret weapon. There aren’t any distractions; it has touchscreen enter, no backlight and only one bodily button (sleep/wake/off). Whenever you’re studying a e book, you may’t get a lot easier than the web page and a clean white border. It’s similar to (whisper it) a e book.
At first we had been sceptical in regards to the white mannequin however it’s truly very inoffensive. If something, it’s extra comfy to learn as it’s nearer to the white of a web page, whereas some black Kindles give the sensation of a boxed-in display, which is finest to keep away from as a way to get misplaced within the newest John Le Carré.
The brand new Kindle measures 160mm x 115mm x 9.1mm. That is truly smaller than the Kindle Paperwhite and just one.4mm thicker than the Kindle Voyage. Like each Kindle out there in the mean time, the display is 6in diagonally. It’s additionally the second lightest Kindle within the vary at 161g – the one mannequin lighter is the Oasis, and even that one is heavier you then’ve obtained the battery cowl connected.
Here is our comparability of all the present Kindles out there.
The brand new Kindle is significantly svelte, with a flat again in comparison with the earlier technology’s angled casing. We may match the brand new mannequin into the within pocket of a coat however it’s not cellphone sized so don’t attempt shoving it in your denims. In brief, you’ll battle to discover a better-designed e-reader at this value. It’s fairly plasticy although. Then once more, it’s manufactured from plastic.
Specs and options
As talked about, the display is 6in throughout diagonally, however the place the Kindle’s low value level does present barely is within the decision. The pixel density is 167ppi, whereas all the opposite pricier Kindles have 300ppi. In actuality although, this doesn’t matter. We powered by a novel with no legibility issues on the brand new Kindle.
It’s cool to see Amazon maintain the touchscreen performance from the final technology on the 2016 mannequin. Taking away the buttons from its design offers the Kindle one easy process – show the e book. You possibly can faucet wherever on the display (bar the acute left and high) to show the web page. Tapping on the far left, or swiping again such as you may on a pill takes you again a web page. It’s intuitive and works each time.
The contact enter technique can be essential to make use of the Kindle Retailer and among the Kindle’s options. Faucet on the high of the display at any time and also you’re given a menu bar. From right here you may go to the house display, settings or the Kindle Retailer, in addition to Goodreads, the characteristic the place you may share and skim critiques of books in your library with associates and the broader Kindle group.
You too can search within the e book you’ve open. The contact controls make this far simpler to do than on earlier generations with buttons. It’s additionally very easy to bookmark and fold over pages, useful when you’re the one one at e book membership with a Kindle and also you wish to earmark sure passages.
The Kindle retains the worth down once more by solely being out there with Wi-Fi connectivity, so if you’d like to have the ability to obtain books on the go over 3G, you’ll must decide for the Paperwhite no less than. Right here, Wi-Fi permits you to obtain books, and likewise share passages to Fb and Twitter, although this characteristic is reasonably clunky.
The perfect cause to maintain Wi-Fi on is as a result of it syncs the place within the e book you’re as much as together with your different units. When you neglect your Kindle on the commute, the Kindle app in your smartphone will merely sync to precisely the place you might be.
Retaining Wi-Fi on will have an effect on the battery life, although. With it turned off, the 2016 Kindle will final for no less than a month between expenses. That is normal for a Kindle, however stays excellent given how we’re all used to charging our telephones no less than as soon as a day. Bookworms will likely be in heaven – you may go on a three-week vacation and never even take the charger with you.
There are different good options like prompt translation of phrases and the X-Ray characteristic that enables you, in some books, to view character descriptions and necessary passages to remind you of occasions. It’s additionally the primary Kindle to ship with built-in Bluetooth for the visually impaired. Referred to as VoiceView, sadly we couldn’t take a look at it as we didn’t have the fitting equipment, however it’s good to see Amazon together with it.
Weirdly, the largest praise we will pay the Kindle is that we didn’t actually use any of those secondary options. Inside minutes of taking it out the field we’d downloaded a e book and had been studying away with out taking a look at any directions. Its simplicity and low cost value (in comparison with the remainder of the vary) are the explanations it really works so nicely.
If you’re new to the eReader recreation or in case your battered five-year previous Kindle is displaying its age that is the right alternative. The 2016 Kindle does the fundamentals simply in addition to the Kindle Oasis, which prices £200 extra. Why not spend £200 on books as a substitute? We extremely advocate the entry-level Kindle when you don’t want a backlight and also you need a clear, straightforward studying expertise.