I got tricked by Amazon and thought the release date for the Kindle Touch was November 21 so I had mine sent to my parents’ house since I would be there for the holidays. I am just now getting to try out my new Kindle first hand, and very pleased with it so far.
As many know, the Kindle Touch was released a week early along with the Kindle Fire. Both hit the market at rock bottom prices, and well before Black Friday. That gave developers time to create apps and games for the e-reader and tablet. Reviews are good for both overall.
The Kindle Touch‘s screen has a glow like quality to it. At first I thought it might glow in the dark, but it doesn’t. It is just the big upgrade in screen quality and e-ink quality between the Kindle 2 and Kindle Touch. I decided to skip the Kindle 3 generation because when it came out, my Kindle 2 was barely 6 months old.
So far, I’m loving the compact size of the Touch, the crisp screen, and the grip on the back. My Kindle 2 seems incredibly clunky now especially because of the keyboard. The touch screen on the new Kindle works great, and I’m able to turn pages with ease. I’ve already finished one book, and adjusted the font size to where I could read it without straining my eyes.
I noticed a comment in another post about the Kindle Touch on this blog that made a good point. The Easy Reach software makes it easy to tap and move to the next page, but it can be a challenge for lefties. I am left handed, and do see that it is a little more challenging to turn pages. Amazon could probably add a next page tap on the left side like they did with the buttons in the past. That is really the only criticism I have so far.
I can hold the whole Kindle in one hand. It is about 3/4 the size of my Kindle 2. It is amazing how quickly technology can change in just two short years!
I chose the wi-fi only with special offers version, so I am also getting used to not having 3G available on a whim. It isn’t too much of a hindrance because I can access a wi-fi hotspot just about anywhere. Even if I don’t have wi-fi, I can use the USB to connect my Kindle to the computer and download the book files that way.
So, I give the Kindle Touch a thumbs up, and recommend it for anyone looking to upgrade or try a Kindle for the first time. I am a hard core reader, and I can see the e-reader holding it’s own for the foreseeable future. E-readers have the look and feel of a regular book. To me, they don’t fit in the same category as computers, tablets and smartphones. I don’t find myself looking for a break from my Kindle like I do the other gadgets.