Yesterday Amazon make a predictable step to touch screen for Kindle Family. So, here it is Kindle Touch.

Amazon keep the same base recipe for models in the new Kindle touch generation: two ebook readers with the same design and features with only difference in terms of communication: WiFi or WiFi + 3G.

In technology the new generation is always better at least in terms of performances.

But let’s see together if Kindle Touch is a big step or just a old Kindle with touch screen display. So, as usual I bring those two ebook readers in a eight rounds comparison .

kindle vs kindle touch face to face in dimensions battle

Kindle Touch has no keyboard as Kindle 3 but it is lighter


Round 1. Display: Kindle 3 Vs Kindle Touch
Round 2. Storage: Kindle 3 Vs Kindle Touch
Round 3. Portability: Kindle 3 Vs Kindle Touch
Round 4. Autonomy: Kindle 3 Vs Kindle Touch
Round 5. Books: Kindle 3 Vs Kindle Touch
Round 6. Interface: Kindle 3 Vs Kindle Touch
Round 7. Connectivity: Kindle 3 Vs Kindle Touch
Round 8. General experience: Kindle 3 Vs Kindle Touch
Final round:My conclusion

Display: Kindle 3 Vs Kindle Touch
There are no questions, Kindle Touch display is better because touch feature. So, Kindle Touch Vs Kindle3: 1-0. I was a little disappointing of resolution of Kindle Touch as iRiver is still better as you can see in below table.

Model Display
Color Display Display technology Touch screen Resolution Display size
Kindle Touch No eInk Pearl Yes 800×600 6inch
Kindle No eInk Pearl No 800×600 6inch
Nook No eInk Pearl Yes 800×600 6inch
Nook Color Yes LCD Yes 1024×600 7inch
iRiver Story HD No eInk Pearl No 1024×768 6inch

Storage: Kindle 3 Vs Kindle Touch
Nothing was changed in storage. Still 4GB (3GB free for books) internal memory and no SD or microSD or microSDHC card reader… So, no points in this round.

Portability: Kindle 3 Vs Kindle Touch
Kindle Touch is lighter and smaller. Complete data in the table. I add the Nook in table to have a better comparison. Kindle Touch – Kindle 3: 2-0

Kindle 4 Kindle 3 Kindle touch Nook
Weight: 8.70oz (246 grams) 7.80oz (220grams) 7.48oz (212 grams) 7.48oz (212 grams)
Height: 6.5in (166mm) 7.5in (190mm) 6.8in (172mm) 6.5in (165mm)
Width: 4.5in (114mm) 4.8in (122mm) 4.7in (120mm) 5.0in (127mm)
Depth: 0.34in (8.7mm) 0.335in (8.5mm) 0.40in (10.1mm) 0.47in (11mm)

 

Autonomy: Kindle 3 Vs Kindle Touch
The autonomy is the same (1 – 2 months depend of how you use it, 3 weeks with WiFi/3G on), so no points for this…

Books: Kindle 3 Vs Kindle Touch
Nothing change in how you will buy books. Maybe is easier now with touch but still no points for this.

Interface: Kindle 3 Vs Kindle Touch
Here I should give one point to Kindle Touch because it has touch screen interface.
Kindle Touch – Kindle 3: 3-0


Kindle Touch

Connectivity: Kindle 3 Vs Kindle Touch
Kindle Touch is with WiFi or WiFi + 3G, same like Kindle 3G. But there is one big difference: with Kindle Touch you cannot browse Web over 3G! With Kindle keyboard you can. Anyway, to browse Internet with an eink ebook reader is not a pleasant experience but is nice to have the possibility to quick check some website over 3G for free almost everywhere in the World.
Final score: Kindle Touch – Kindle 3: 3-1

General experience: Kindle 3 Vs Kindle Touch
The touch screen make the difference. For example it is easy to teach your grandmother how to use a touch screen ebook reader. Also, the content formats supported by Kindle Touch was improved: Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion.

My conclusion
The touch screen come natural for an ebook reader. Now, Amazon bring the Kindle to our times. I like the keyboard of Kindle 3 but a touch can erase it from my mind.

If you already have Kindle 3 keep it and do not upgrade yet to Kindle Touch. If you don’t have any Kindle this is the moment to buy one: Kindle Touch!

Buy Kindle Touch at Amazon US
Kindle Touch at Amazon UK – coming soon.

Kindle Touch Versus Kindle 3, reviewed by David Stephan on 2011-09-29T13:11:17+00:00 rating 9.5 out of 10