New Kindles for 2012 – Kindle Touch and Kindle Fire

The Kindle Fire has finally reached the UK – plus a high res model, the Kindle Fire HD.

Unfortunately the most interesting new Kindle (in my opinion) – the Kindle Paperwhite has not been made available here yet.

The Kindle Paperwhite features a higher resolution screen, built in light, improved contrast, and capacitive touch screen.

I’m hoping it will be released in the UK before long.

A selection of Kindle Fire reviews… Looks like it’s not all that great. Will we see a UK release any time soon? It’s possible to get a US model, but it’s next to useless in the UK as there’s no access to Amazon’s videos etc.

Ars Technica

The Register

Marco.org

 

New Kindles – Fire, Keyboard, Touch, and No Keyboard

There are now several Kindles to choose from – If you’re in the U.S. that is.

In the UK, there are two:

The new Kindle with no keyboard,
The old Kindle with a keyboard.

In America, there are a lot more available.

The Kindle Fire is a tablet, from which you can access Amazon’s Books, Videos, Apps etc. You can also surf the web using Amazon’s Silk browser.

The Kindle Touch is a regular e-ink reader, with an IR touch screen.

And then there’s the new basic Kindle with no physical keyboard. It’s more compact than the Kindle 3, but the

battery life is half what it was. (1 month, based on a half hour’s reading per day, versus 1 month based on 1 hour’s reading a day on the old one).

Kindle 4 - Non Touch

The new Kindle 4 - at least the version that's available in the UK

Kindle Keyboard

Kindle Keyboard (Was Kindle 3)

Which Kindle should I buy? What’s the difference?

In the UK, there are 2 Kindles available from Amazon.co.uk:

1. The Wi-Fi model
2. The Wi-Fi + 3G model

Aside from a minor weight difference (The 3G model is a few grams heavier) the thing that sets the 3G model apart is that it can do 3G and WiFi. Pretty self explanatory I’d have thought.

So if you want to be able to download books while on the loo at home, save some money and buy the WiFi model. If however, you want to download books while on the loo in the pub (What? It could happen!), then the 3G might be for you – for it works a bit like mobile internet on your phone, except there is no monthly charge.

If you want to get fancy you can get a few other types of Kindle on Amazon.com, which I’ll cover in another post.