Before I go into Amazon’s latest base-model Kindle, let’s get some perspective first: The original Kindle was arguably THE e-reading device that defined this category, and when it debuted, it cost $400. Fast forward to the present, and Amazon has now unveiled a budget offering alongside its new capacitive Kindle Touch ereader and Kindle Fire tablet.
This Amazon Kindle (with ads, i.e. “special offers”) is priced at just $79. That’s the lowest cost of entry for the company’s huge stock of ebooks, library rentals and shared book notes. And it’s all loaded on a tiny, super-thin device that practically feels like a sheet of paper. Little wonder how that happened — this Kindle has neither physical keyboard nor capacitive display. (Navigating the onscreen keyboard is done via the hardware buttons at the bottom.)
Could digital book seekers find some joy in this sleek little ereader? Maybe — if they’re pinching pennies, but want an attractive, minimalist experience that weighs next to nothing. But don’t take my word for it, check out the unboxing and hardware tour. Stay tuned for a full review, including features run-through and keyboard functionality, coming soon.
Amazon Kindle (with Special Offers) Specs
- 30% lighter (5.98 ounces)
- 18% smaller (6.5 x 4.5 x 0.34 inches), but with same 6-inch screen size
- e-ink display
- 2GB memory (1.25GB accessible to user), holds up to 1,400 books
- 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
- Month-long battery life
- Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion
- $79, with ads/special offers ($109 without offers)
So what do you think so far? Anyone interested in this super affordable Kindle?