The new thinner, lighter Amazon Kindle gets Bluetooth, double RAM and new color option


Armed with the Kindle, Amazon has been at the forefront of the digital e-reader revolution. Through the generations, the device has gotten progressively better, and today, bookworms should rejoice at the new-and-improved model. Not only is the updated Kindle now thinner and lighter, but there's Bluetooth support which will enable users to hook up some headphones and listen to books read out loud. There's also a new white configuration on offer, double the RAM from 256 to 512 MB, and miraculously, the price is still a mere $80. 

The price of the Kindle has long been one of its most attractive attributes, so it's good to see that the online retailer hasn't upped the cost to the consumer. Amazon knows that there's plenty of money to be made in the sale of books once the Kindle is in as many hands as possible, and if you do like to sit and read on the subway into work, the $80 Kindle is a bit of a no-brainer. 

All tablets, from the iPad to the Samsung Galaxy Tab series, can handle eBooks in myriad formats, but their displays are not quite adept to comfortable concentration. The e-ink panel of the Kindle—unchanged with the new version—is easy on the eyes, although that rather annoying, flickery refresh rate remains a blot on the Kindle's proverbial copybook. 

The Paperwhite edition of the Kindle, which better emulates the feeling of a traditional book (though you don't quite get that new-book smell), is now also available in white. There's no Bluetooth, but with a higher-res paperwhite display, it does have its advantages. 

For eighty bucks, will you be snapping up the new Kindle? 

source: Gizmodo

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3 Comments

1. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

$80 it is cool... But I still prefer the old style of reading ie, reading on books. I know it is kinda uncomfort carrying books ,if they are large and quite in number. but I just feel more joy reading on books than our latest gadgets. I'm not against our technology replacing our conventional way of doing stuffs but for me the books are here to stay.:)

2. 48Chevy

Posts: 72; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

I can understand your view, and, for the most part, there was a time when I felt the same. However, I'm on the road for a living and am a heavy reader. The Kindle goes everywhere with me. Being able to have many books, for my every mood on one device is a godsend. I have books on my Kindle Keyboard for myself and my grandchildren. I add audiobooks that we can listen to through either earbuds or from the pair of external speakers on the back of the device. I don't have to worry about text being too small to comfortably read as I can adjust font size. I have a case with a light for reading when dark, and, I never lose my place! I just wish it was available in a smaller size to fit better in a pocket. Plus, fewer trees are harmed for my pleasure.

3. Elfmonster unregistered

How about $20? I'd buy it for $20.

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