PROS / The Kindle has a touchscreen display.
CONS / The screen resolution is only 800 x 600.
VERDICT / The new Kindle gives users a full touch interface without raising the price, making it a good entry-level eBook reader.
Older versions of the Kindle were always affordable, but their designs were ages behind the current trends in mobile devices. Fortunately, the new Kindle has some big improvements without a higher price. Its controls and features are similar to the Voyage and Paperwhite, so if you're curious about eBooks, the new Kindle is a low-cost entry-level option.
Compared to Amazon’s Fire tablets, the Kindle does not have much content. It is great for eBooks, magazines, newspapers and even comics, but its low-resolution screen doesn't do justice to images. Still, the Kindle benefits from Amazon's excellent content offerings. The company's store features books from popular authors that you can purchase or rent. Its strong software options include parental controls and a cleanly designed reading user interface.
Although the new Kindle has an upgraded touchscreen display, its resolution hasn't improved. The device’s display is optimized for text and reading, and because of this, its fidelity is limited; it still has a 6-inch screen with only 800 x 600 resolution. Also, the battery has not improved with its new design, though with a 14-hour charge, it is still far better than the Fire tablets. In addition, integrated Wi-Fi support makes it easy to purchase and download new books directly from the Kindle.
While its flaws are evident, they also keep the price low. For those who've never used an eReader, the low-priced Kindle is a great point of entry. The charm of eReaders is their focus on reading, and using this model you don't have to worry about distracting apps or games. If you like the simplicity of the dedicated eBook reader platform, you can upgrade to something with more features, like a Voyage or Paperwhite, with your next purchase.
New improvements make the Kindle look and act like the better Voyage and Paperwhite eReaders. It doesn't have the capabilities or multimedia performance that you find in a Fire tablet, but if you're curious about eBook readers, the Kindle is a low-priced entry-level device.