What I Like About My Kindle Touch

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.

Kindle Touch

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:

From Amazon:

X-Ray
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?

Comments

  1. says

    I want one SO BAD! Wonder if PK will get it for me, despite his jealousy of my obsession with electronics/the internet/books. (they take me away from spending time with him or some such nonsense)

    If PK doesn’t get me one, I’ll just have to get it, myself!

  2. Dani says

    I want one too, but I guess I don’t NEED one… Shipping to Brazil almost doubles the price, so I’ll wait… Ps: be glad your husband is not a Christmas torturer, I would make you wait until Christmas morning to have it =)

  3. Marq says

    I’ve been thinking about getting the Kindle Touch. I still use my Kindle Keyboard for reading. I’ve tried to read on the Fire and it’s good if you’re reading a novella. But a full-length novel? No bueno. The strain on my eyes is terrible. Now I need to find a way to justify purchasing a new Kindle after buying the Fire and still having a perfectly working Kindle Keyboard.

    Hmmm….any ideas?

  4. Mary says

    I upgraded from the Kindle 2 and I love the Touch. I like the smaller size (without a keyboard). I found a cover from Verso: http://amzn.to/t9GfUN
    I notice that it only lists the Fire but I swear it said Touch when I ordered it several weeks ago. Anyway, it fits snugly and looks great – like an old leather bound book.

    Thanks for a great Touch review!

  5. says

    I got the FIRE for Xmas from my bro in law Brian. I know what ppl mean when they say its harder to read on. I have a tablet and I am trying hard to “ween” myself off of that to my KFire. The screen is 10.1 inch VS the 7″ on the KF.
    I do like how the screen “feels” when I type on it and sometimes it takes a few pushes to make something register. Its all done on screen no buttons other than the power button. That did not take long to get used to.
    I considered the Nook Tablet or Nook Color or another type of Kindle and keep my tablet. I may still do that to be honest. Get a Kindle like yours.
    I am gonna do a full review on the fire and on my tablet. I know they dont compare but it will be fun :)
    Your blog looks fab btw.
    W.O.W@Books&Bey0nd

  6. says

    Love my Kindle Fire! I’m working with some others to give one away over the holidays. So far people are intrigued. I had the old Kindle and the only difference is you can’t organize books like you did, yet. I hope they change that. Without a built in light, the e-ink tech never appealed to me. I can read while my hubby watches TV and not turn on extra lights. I know that might be bad for my eyes though…

  7. pamelia says

    I love my Kindle Touch. It’s my first e-reader so I don’t have much to compare it to. What I found really funny was after reading about 6 books on my Kindle I grabbed a paperback from my TBR pile and found myself tapping the pages before remembering I had to actually turn them. ;)

    • says

      It just depends on what you’re looking for. If you want a dedicated ereader then Kindle Touch. If you want an affordable tablet that you can read on sometimes, then the Kindle Fire. Some people don’t mind reading on a back lit screen. If that’s you, then the K-Fire. I suggest you go to Best Buy or Target and test them both out first.

  8. Martha Lawson says

    I finally broke down and ordered me one. It is in the post office now, so I will have it in my hot little hands tomorrow!! I’m so excited..

  9. says

    I’m worried about the size of the Kindle Touch. I have the Kindle 3, or the Kindle Keyboard, and I always felt it was the perfect size for bedside reading. I saw one at Target and wasn’t sure if the size for me. I love the features that you described, like X-Ray and the easier keyboard.

    Happy reading on your new Kindle Touch!

    • says

      I though this one might be a little small at first but I find holing it and page turning easier. I had to put my Kindle keyboard in a cover because I would do accidental page turns without it. Not a problem with the touch. Don’t get me wrong, I still love old faithful but the K-touch has bumped it from the favorite spot.

    • says

      I didn’t need either the Fire or the Touch. But birthday and Christmas only come once a year right? LOL.

      You should get the kiddo a Fire and you should get the touch. There. Settled.

  10. Anne says

    I was considering the Fire, but all I really want is an ereader. I was debating about the free offers, but as you’ve confirmed, they aren’t really intrusive and I could buy a few more books with the $25 savings. I was also debating between the basic style keyboard and touch screen and your comments are now steering me towards the touch.

    I’ve got about 800 books stored on my computere that I’d love to get on a portable device. Fingers crossed I win one. If not my b-day is in Jan. so I’ll be hinting loudly.

  11. says

    I never should have read this post. Darn it. Now I need to spend the next hour telling myself why I DO NOT need a K-touch as well as my Fire and regular Kindle.

    You are bad for me.

  12. Renee Bennett says

    I have a Sony eReader (older style) and really like it. But it is 5 years old now. I have been thinking about getting a Kindle fire, but I just want a newer eReader. After reading your post about the kindle touch, I pretty much figure that’s what I’ll get if I can. I really can’t afford even the low price of the kindle touch, so I’m trying to win one. If it’s possible to load ebooks from my computer to the kindle touch, that’s the one for me. I only got the Sony one cause it was super easy to load. I really don’t need all the apps that come with the Fire, I need a dedicated eReader. thank you so much for the information. You haved helped me make a decision. Now all I need to do is WIN.

    • says

      Renee, it’s very easy to load books from your computer to your Kindle. Just plug it in and drag the book into the documents folder of the Kindle. If you use Calibre it’s just a matter of clicking a button. Also, if you shop at Amazon, you can have the book send straight to your eReader. :)

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