Kindle Touch

The all new Kindle Touch is the first Kindle that comes with a multi-touch screen. There are 2 models: Wi-Fi Only model and 3G (+ Wi-Fi) model.

What it can do !

  • E-Ink Display: Multi-touch screen

    • Don’t expect the screen content to flow fluidly when swype.
    • No-glare
    • Completely readable in bright sunlight
    • Adjustable text size
  • Battery Life: 1-2 months

    • It depends on how much you use wi-fi connection to shop, surf, and downloading content.
  • New X-Ray feature
    • View “Bones of the Book” based on various places, characters, ideas or interests found in a book.
    • Jump directly to Wikipedia for more details on select subject.
  • Experimental Browser:Does not support Flash.
    • Let you view most websites
    • Amazon does not make it an selling feature, but it functions acceptably.
  • Text-to-Speech
    • Let Kindle read to you!
  • Whispersync
    • Automatically sync your bookmarks, notes, highlights
    • Great features, if you also read on other devices, like your mobile phones or laptops
  • Share meaningful quotes and let friends know you finish a book on Facebook or Twitter
  • Subscribe to blogs and play some games
  • Rear StereoSpeakers
    • Standard 3.5 mm Audio Jack
  • Documents formats: Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, MOBI, PRC, DOC, DOCX, Audible (AA, AAX), HTML
  • Pictures formats: JPEG, GIF, PNG
    • Also supports converted BMP
  • Audio formats: AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, WAV
  • Video formats: MP4, VP8
    • AVI is not supported, you have to convert them. Painful, I know.
  • Weight: 7.5-7.8 ounces
    • Slightly lighter than the Kindle Keyboard (Kindle 3)
  • Storage 4 GB Internal
    • All Amazon content is stored in the cloud with no cost.
  • Wireless Connectivity: Wi-Fi (and Cellular Network on 3G model)
    • Support only b/g/n(2.4GHz), not n(5GHz) or a
  • File Transfer: Micro-USB
    • Mount as USB Stick like other Kindles
    • USB 2.0
  • No Page Turn Buttons !
    • I find this lack of page turn rather disappointing!
  • There are “with ads” model and “without ads” model.
    • Ads (or Special Offers) appear on the bottom of your home screen.
    • You pay $40 less on with-ads model.
  • Price: $99 on Wi-Fi model and $149 on 3G model

    • With ads, it’s $139 on Wi-Fi model and $189 on 3G model
  • Release Date: November 21, 2011

Available Now !!

**In stocks. Gift wrap available.**


Touch vs. Keyboard

Touchscreen Keyboard

Touchscreen 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..)


Useful Video:

  • Hands on video. See if you like how it looks, how it works, especially how it responds to your finger.

  • Amazon’s TV commercial


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