e-Readers worldwide are expressing their excitement for the esthetic change Amazon has chosen for its new and improved Kindle.
The company has not released a device in a color other than black since the Kindle Keyboard in 2010, and now e-readers can choose between the standard black or white. Moreover, it is not just the color difference that has Kindle fans talking about this new version; it is the memory.
The sleek new device has a thinner, lighter, more rounded design that is intended to make it easier to hold so readers can remain enchanted by their novels for hours with greater ease and comfort. Furthermore, the high contrast screen display prevents glare, even in direct sunlight.
Another addition to the latest version is the Bluetooth audio support; which is different to the previous version where visually impaired e-readers, or those who preferred to listen, had to purchase a separate piece.
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Battery battle amongst Kindle devices
Although the Amazon Kindle is said to have a strong battery life, it’s more extravagant counterpart Kindle Oasis boasts the longest battery life of up to nine weeks if the daily reading time is between 30 to 45 minutes. One thing Amazon Kindle has that outshines Kindle Oasis and resonates with consumers is its relative affordability: $79.99 compared to $289.99, respectively.
Also, studies have shown that the blue light from backlit screens found in smartphones and tablets can decrease the body’s production of melatonin, thus making it harder to fall asleep. The Kindle display does not emit any light, therefore making it easier to get to bed after a good read.
The new device also sports features such as Chinese Word WiseHints, where e-readers can choose between English and Simplified Chinese Word Wise hints by changing the language settings. Export notes is another new feature, facilitating sending notes from an e-book to email, as well as a personalized home screen making it easier for the reader to find a new book.
Simultaneously, despite the recent changes, there is not much of a difference between the latest version and the previous one. The upgrades do not, unfortunately, match the features of its high-end counterparts such as Kindle Oasis, Paperwhite or Voyage. It is still a more affordable device, compared to pricier Kindle products, which can make the reading experience an easier one.
— Kindle (@AmazonKindle) June 22, 2016
The Amazon Kindle will be released in stores soon but is currently available for pre-order at $119.99.
Source: Wall Street Journal