Well, Amazon says Kindle 4 is lighter, smaller, faster, better, blah blah blah. To me, I still prefer Kindle 3. Why?
First, Kindle 4 does not have audio playback capability. That basically means NO Text-to-Speech, and Audiobook, music, song, and such.
Furthermore, you have to use 5-way navigator button to move your way around your virtual on-screen keyboard every time you do some typing. What a tedious task!
Keyboard vs. No-Keyboard
Most people buy Kindle to read books and just that. They don’t use the built-in browser to surf the Internet, cause they might find it frustrating to move their way around. If you think you’re one of them, then go for the Kindle 4, as it is cheaper, faster, smaller, lighter, and considered as newer models. Kindle Touch is also a good choice if don’t like Kindle Keyboard, as it has the new X-Ray feature and Audio playback. However, if you are not interested in X-Ray feature or don’t like the idea of E-Ink Touchscreen, and believe that you will utilize the physical keyboard for browsing, emailing, and so on, then you might want to consider Kindle Keyboard..
Let’s look at the Touch and Keyboard, and also the new Kindle base model, Kindle 4, with nothing but a few navigation buttons.
Touch vs. Keyboard
I have a Kindle 3, now “Kindle Keyboard“, and at first I found the typing is somewhat awkward and difficult. However, it gets easier and less painful to the point that I find myself type relatively fast with it. The keyboard is also used by many tweaks and hacks after I jailbroke it, but I guess touchscreen keyboard is not a problem for this. To me, the touchable screen itself that makes me prefer keyboard, since it feels more natural to drag my fingers across the page when I read, like I sometimes absently do with real books. The decisive point of Keyboard over Touch for me, however, is the lack of page turn buttons. It’s not a big deal, but too disappointing. I might end up confuse myself when and when not to touch. 😆
Touch vs. No-Touch
This is a no-brainer. I find only 2, but weak, advantages of the Kindle (No touchscreen) over Kindle Touch: cheaper price tag and page turn buttons. The Touch is only $20 pricier than the base Kindle, and it comes with 4GB storage space, Text-to-Speech, speakers and headphones jack, ability to play audio content, a better way to type. Really, just go ahead and grub Touch. (Although I rarely listen to music from my Kindle, but still..)
***Note: Be aware that Kindle Touch 3G !, Amazon says you cannot surf the web on 3G network anymore !***
Welcome to Kindle VS Mac ! This is the first post EVER ! ! For the hype of the just-introduced Kindle Touch and Kindle Fire. I, like many gadget lovers out there, am excited about these new Kindle and couldn’t help to start doing a bit of research and compare its usability to my Kindle 3 (now “Kindle Keyboard“). So, I’d like to share my opinions about these new stuff from Amazon.
Let’s start of with the long-awaited Fire…
Fire vs. iPad?
Kindle Fire is announced with really a low price tag. Compared to many tablets out there, I personally think it’s a great choice for someone who want a tablet but does not *need* an iPad. Remember that these tablets are Post-PC devices, as long as they let you surf the webs, listen to music, watch movies, read books, go on facebook and other social networking, they do the job. Also, Amazon’s ecosystem is strong, may or may not be stronger than Apple’s, but it’s strong enough to make Kindle Fire sales soar up sharply after it becomes available.
Continue with the comparison of Fire vs Other tablets after the break !