Christmas came early for me this year. I got a Kindle Touch (Wi-Fi, 6″ E Ink Display with special offers) and I LOVE it. Yes I know, I’m always ridiculously excited when I get a new Kindle but this time for real! I think this is the best E Ink Kindle yet.
I didn’t think I’d want a touch screen e-reader. I got a Kindle Fire for my birthday and I really like it but for me, it’s never going to be my main e-reader simply because I prefer E Ink technology. It’s a nice little tablet and I don’t mind reading on it now and then but for my serious reading, I need E Ink. Having the convenience of the touch screen on the Kindle Fire made me realize how nice it would be to have the same feature on my dedicated e-reader though. My hubby is straight up awesome and he decided that a special treat was in order for Christmas and he got me one. Woo and Hoo!
So I thought I’d tell you why I like it so much.
For all you techies that like the specs, you can find them here, just scroll down on the page.
Here is what I like and what I think about my Kindle Touch:
The touch screen is very responsive but not overly sensitive. The touch screen makes it so much easier to navigate and creating and editing collections is a breeze. Pretty much anything you need to do on your Kindle is a tap away, no more multiple clicks to navigate.
Shopping at Amazon is much easier with the touch screen as well. There’s a handy-dandy shopping cart on the top tool bar. One tap and you’re in, ready to spend. Try a sample, purchase it…whatever.
There is a feature called X-Ray. If your book is X-Ray enabled you can select the option and it will essentially do this:
Amazon invented X-Ray, a new feature that lets customers explore the “bones of the book.” With a single tap, readers can see all the passages across a book that mention ideas, fictional characters, historical figures, places or topics that interest them, as well as more detailed descriptions from Wikipedia and Shelfari, Amazon’s community-powered encyclopedia for book lovers.
Amazon built X-Ray using its expertise in language processing and machine learning, access to significant storage and computing resources with Amazon S3 and EC2, and a deep library of book and character information. The vision is to have every important phrase in every book.
I haven’t used it yet since none of my review books seem to be X-Ray enabled. However if you are purchasing a book from Amazon via the Kindle Touch, it will tell you if the book is X-Ray enabled or not. I did notice that the information is not available when browsing for books in the Amazon store on my laptop. At least the books I looked at didn’t have the information.
The keyboard is easier to type on. I struggled a little with the keyboard on the Kindle Keyboard but I’ve found the keyboard on the Kindle Touch much easier to use. There is no auto-correct though. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad. (Damn You Auto Correct)
Page turns are much easier. You can tap, or swipe, whichever you prefer.
The size is great. I don’t have my cover yet but being able to hold this Kindle on the sides without accidentally clicking the page turn buttons is a huge improvement. Also this Kindle is slightly thicker than the Kindle Keyboard. I like it having a little more to hold on to. It doesn’t feel as fragile.
The display seems better. As far as I know there have been no updates on the E Ink display but when I put the touch side by side with my Kindle Keyboard it’s crisper. Maybe I just need to refresh my Kindle Keyboard, I don’t know.
I got the version with special offers. They only show on the screen saver and a small strip at the bottom on the home screen and don’t detract from reading at all. I haven’t taken advantage of an offers yet but I do check them out just in case something comes up.
I haven’t used the “experimental browser”. I never used it on my other E Ink Kindles either. I have a Kindle Fire for that I guess.
I ordered an M-Edge cover with a book light but I don’t have it yet. I clipped my regular book light on the Kindle last night and it works great. Plenty room for clipping.
I’ve only had my Kindle Touch for a day, so I’m sure there will be things that come up that I either like or dislike but these are my first impressions. Have you considered getting a touch screen e-reader? Do you have one? What do you think?