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Kindle Touch - A Touch in the right direction for technology
Amazon Kindle Touch
Member Name: h_perry
Amazon Kindle Touch
Date: 05/07/12, updated on 23/01/13 (72 review reads)
Advantages: Large memory, easy use, great battery life
Disadvantages: No back light cannot be used in low lighting
Why did I buy the Kindle Touch?
I decided to purchase the Kindle Touch as I enjoy reading and travel a lot; the slim design of the Kindle Touch is a mere fraction of the size of one ordinary book. This makes airport travel a lot easier for me as I frequently fly and take approximately two books with me at each time, buying the Kindle means I can carry
more in my hand luggage and also have hundreds of books with me at any time so I can freely pick and choose what I would like to read and when.
The kindle touch has new technology called E ink display; this mimics the pages of a book and provides users with a daytime anti-glare screen from bright artificial light and sunlight. This has both advantages and disadvantages, the advantages to me are great, I live in Cyprus and the weather is typically bright sunshine so reading with this new technology is brilliant the screen isn't affected so I am able to sit in the garden or at the beach and read freely. Whereas, if this had a LCD or LED screen which are typically used in electronic screens then this would be impossible to use as the screen would be brightened to the point of being unable to make out the words on the screen. However, the disadvantage to this is that the screen does not have a back light so you are unable to read at night without the use of a reading light or other artificial light source. Everything, but the power switch is done via the touch screen, the touch screen has fast response and depending on where on the screen you touch it; it will change the page, go to the menu and allow you all the option of the normal Kindle but without the use of unhelpful buttons, the area you can use for each function is of a decent size so you do not have to worry about the "fat finger" problems, that a lot of these products have.
This design has been reviewed and changed for the better since the original Kindle, the Kindle Touch is now 8% lighter (weighs 7.5 ounces) and 11% smaller than the previous Kindle and also has a bigger internal memory, as the original Kindle had a reasonable memory of 2GB which held approximately 1400 books however the new and improved memory is now 4GB and can hold up to 3,000 books at a time. The books can be organised into collections as they would be in a library, this helps you pick your book faster than having to scroll through your whole list. The book that you are currently reading will appear at the top of the home page and will have a blackened dotted line underneath each book to emphasise how far you through the book you are, this is helpful as it keeps the page you are on without you having to make note of the page number every time you switch off the device.
The Kindle Touch has 4 new experimental additions; these are products in which they are trialling to see whether there would be any use for them. If you use these products they kindly message you to ask for your opinion to help them with further developments of the product. The first of these additions is the webpage browser, I personally think this needs more work before it would become an addition to any Kindle, I like the idea of being able to browse from the Kindle, however, the previous page can be seen on the screen as the system is unable to cope with fast internet browsing, it is very basic and also all of it is in black and white so perhaps they could do with rethinking this specific idea to make it more user friendly. The text-to-speech is also very hit and miss, it is a good idea as it enables people to transform any written book into an audio book but it does not have the same effect as an actual audio book. The voice is very slow and has problems with the pronunciation of certain words, it sounds very boring and robot like and I turned this function off within about 3 minutes of use as I was finding it highly frustrating to understand half of what was being said. I would say in the future that this definitely needs more work to make it the product it could be. Another experimental addition is the traditional audio books these feature the original voice artist and can be listened to easily with the use of the built in speaker or headphone input. Finally, you are able to input MP3 music into the Kindle and listen to it on the speaker or through headphones, this function is easy to use and I think is a valuable addition to the Kindle experience.
The Kindle Touch has built in Wi-Fi technology which means that if you are in an area with Wi-Fi then you can clearly browse the Amazon Kindle list to purchase your reading material, the download speed for a full book is incredibly fast as it takes less than 60 seconds for a full book to be downloaded wireless straight to your Kindle menu. The Kindle can also be managed directly from the Amazon website. Another feature is that many Libraries in the UK now have a Kindle Library where you can borrow books on your Kindle and return them when you have finished reading. This is an excellent idea but I am unable to give any information on the actual service itself as I do not have the service near me.
The battery life is exceptional with this product, I am constantly using it and have been using it for more than 2 hours a day for the past month and still have a good proportion of battery left. They state the Kindle can be used for up to two months of a single charge when used without wireless as this drains the battery faster than normal. Please fully charge your Kindle when you first buy it as it helps the battery to last for longer and do not let it drain completely as this can also cause irreversible damage.
The Kindle is ready to use when it is purchased you do not have to link it to a computer for any installations, the only thing you need is an Amazon username to be able to download your books, this doesn't take long to do and they can store your details if you wish to make it possible to do one click buying which you just click on the book you wish to purchase and its yours, without the fiddling around with credit cards. It also has the help manual built into the memory of the kindle instead of their being a printed version in the packaging.
The text size can be adjusted to eight different sizes, which is incredibly useful if you have problems reading standard print, there are also 3 font styles to choose from to help you find the font which is easier for you to read.
The prices for the Kindle books are definitely cheaper than your standard printed books, if you are able to manipulate Amazon you can find many free books or books for less than £3.00. There are many websites which give you information on how to successfully find Kindle freebies and bargain books, there are many to be found if you have the time to look. Another thing is that you can download a free sample from any book on the Kindle library and read the first few chapters for free.
Overall, the Kindle touch is a great piece of technology, if I was to suggest any improvements it would be that they improve the internet browsing facility and also to think about adding a back light to enable users to read in minimal/no light.
Summary: A must have for any book reader
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