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 .
|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.
|Color Display||Display technology||Touch screen||Resolution||Display size|
|Kindle Touch||No||eInk Pearl||Yes||800×600||6inch|
|iRiver Story HD||No||eInk Pearl||No||1024×768||6inch|
|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)|
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.
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.