New Amazon Kindle reader (late 2011 model or Kindle 4) hit UK on 28 September. On the same day, Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s CEO announced new 4 Kindles including the new plain Kindle, Kindle touch, Kindle touch 3g and Kindle Fire tablet.
Only basic kindle 4 is available in UK. I’ve just received my kindle 4 from Amazon. Here’s my review on my second kindle.
Smaller, lighter and faster
The new Kindle 4 is significantly lighter and smaller than the previous model. Screen size remains unchanged. The body is made of high quality plastic with metal frame on the top and bottom. I think this version looks tougher than Kindle 3. The e-ink screen is impressive, it produces no glare in bright light and comfortable to read for a long time. Text size and font are adjustable. Amazon claims this new Kindle has most advance e-ink display. Page turning is also strikingly faster with shorter blink during transition.
Kindle 4 has no physical keyboard which I rarely used on kindle 3. Instead, the virtual one will pop up when you press the keyboard button. No keyboard may be an issue if you frequently use Kindle to browse the web or take a lot of notes. To type a word, you have to select each letter using 5-way controller. However, typing experience is not as sluggish as I thought.
The new Kindle 4 does not support musics and audio books (which are options in Kindle 3). Storage size is also decreased because there’s no need to store these large audio files. This may in part make the new Kindle cheaper than previous version. Despite decreased internal memory, it can hold up to 1400 books while the rest will be stored on the cloud.
The new Kindle does not have 3g connection. In UK, this is unlikely to be troublesome because WiFi access is abundant and you can also download e-books via USB cable.
Overall, I give the new Kindle 4.5 out of 5. Slimmer and faster. Brilliant e-ink display. Amazon Kindle 4 is a basic kindle with all essential functions at more affordable price.
Read more review on kindle 4 here.
Despite the new Kindle release, Kindle 3 (now named Kindle keyboard) is still available on Amazon UK website.
Amazon didn’t say when the Kindle Touch will be available in UK. However, expected release date is later than its official release in the US (21 Nov). Kindle Fire tablet will not be available in UK soon.