The Kindle (not to be confused with the original kindle, kindle 2 or kindle 3G), is this year’s latest Kindle and is Amazon’s attempt to make ebook readers as accessible as possible.
With a price tag of just £89, it is the cheapest ebook reader Amazon have ever produced, but how does it compare to the rest of the Kindle family, and other ebook readers out there this season? Lets find out shall we…
What is new with the Kindle 2011?
The first thing you will notice with the new Kindle is that Amazon have kept the crisp 6-inch 167ppi display, but have made the device smaller and lighter by removing the usual keyboard. Instead you get access to 4 buttons and a five way pad.
This change alone makes the new Kindle 18% smaller and 30% lighter than the Kindle 3G. Weighing in at just 130g, it feels really light but also incredibly solid as you would expect from Amazon.
In terms of design Amazon have produced one of the nicest ebook readers around, it looks polished and minimalistic.
This Kindle does not include a 3G connection, instead you can buy books from the Amazon ebook store and browse the web using the WIFI connection, or transfer books from your pc or mac. Both are really easy to do, and unless you are somewhere where there is no WIFI, this should not really be an issue.
In terms of memory you get 2GB instead of 4GB with the Kindle 3G, which is more than enough considering you can store over 1400 books
The reading experience on the Kindle 2011
Apart from the visual changes, this new Kindle works in the same way as the Kindle 3G.
It’s lightweight, packs easily in your things, and feels just right when reading for extended periods of time.
The navigation works well, the keyboard-less design is actually quite usable as long as you don’t do many searches or use the internet browser much.
You get access to Amazon’s huge ebook store, where you can buy books with one click and can load up a vast range of different ebook/content types including: Kindle (AZW), PRC/MOBI (non DRM), PDF, PDF (non DRM), HTML, DOC, TXT, MP3, Audible (format 4, Audible Enhanced (AAX)), JPEG, GIF and PNG.
This price, flexibility, and the instant access to one of the largest ebook stores in the world makes this ebook reader heads and shoulders above the other ebook readers in the market.
Is this the Kindle for you?
In the UK Amazon has 2 main Kindles:
The 2011 Kindle – At £89 is the entry level Kindle, featuring the same screen and functionality as the other Kindles, but does not have a keyboard or 3G connection.
The Kindle Keyboard 3G – At £149 is the top of the range Kindle, featuring a keyboard, and free worldwide 3G connection as well as WIFI so you can buy books and surf the web anywhere for free without needing a computer or WIFI connection.
Therefore whatever your budget or requirements there is a Kindle for you.
The 2011 Kindle is an amazing device which makes reading as accessible as ever. The device is light, compact, and the excellent screen makes reading for long periods a pleasure.
If you are looking for a budget device with a premium design and functionality look no further than the Kindle. Click here to find out more about the Kindle 2011
But if your budget can stretch to £149, we would highly recommend the Kindle keyboard 3G. As a frequent traveller the free 3G connection is fantastic, and lets you buy ebooks anywhere you are, even abroad. Plus you can use the kindle to browse the internet for free to check your emails when abroad saving you £££ on roaming charges. Click here to find out more about the Kindle 3G.