I just received the new non-touch Kindle with Offers. This must be the lightest ereader that's currently being produced. Even lighter than Border's ultra light Kobo ereader. The other things that I like is that the margin spacing is utilized well, just like with the previous Kindles, as opposed to the Nook Touch I tried in the store. And while I do like that the keyboard is no longer in the way of being accidentally pressed by my hand, I don't like the excessive need to use the 5-way controller to perform any sort of action besides page turning.
I have the unfortunate luck to have been born with an abnormally large thumb on my dominate right hand. This makes it extra cumbersome to complete any task on this version, compared to the previous. The controller on this version is also a tad more flush and smaller than the K3's. And because I never had a need to use it all that much on my old Kindle, I never noticed how hard it is to use. So I either have to work on getting a phalangy surgery or train at becoming excessively skilled at ambidexterity.
And while I think this is a great ereader for the money, I don't think it's the right one for me long term. For those with petite thumbs and some patience with set-up, I think this is an excellent choice for those who love to read, travel, and don't want to spend a lot of money.
Having said all that, I plan to enjoy my new toy while I wait for the Kindle Touch. For more IRL customer photos of this device, go here. And here is a nice presentation/preview on the Kindle Touch.
So here is my likes:
-18% Smaller (fits in a quart sized Ziplock)
-Extra Font Choices
-New Lighter Grey Case color
(I find it blends to the background better)
-Same Page controls and a added back button on the bottom
-Same great Contrast
(Some claim it's lighter, but I don't see it)
-Easy book transfer
I just hooked up both my Kindles to my CPU and copy/pasted the non-amazon files I wanted moved to the new one, including the .mbp files to retain book data on current reads (such as last page read and bookmarks). Accessing Amazon bought books is also a cinch, because when I registered the new Kindle, it uploaded all my archives.
I didn't see a big change in the Page Turning Speed. It still sort of flashes IMO.
Not reader specific but still truly annoying is the stupid notifications on the screen saver and home screen, when you don't turn on your wireless after a extended period of time. It reminds you in a dialogue box that you need to connect wirelessly to download the latest Special Offers. It's more annoying than the ads themselves and the warning box doesn't go away until I connect. At least it doesn't flash.
What I don't like
-The "Next Page" buttons are harder to press. (Not as loose)
-Power button is more recessed.
(Making it more difficult to press as well.)
(Not conducive to big hands or thumbs)
-Takes too much time typing out words
Note: I posted the following images for those not familiar with the Kindle. But if you've owned a Kindle, most will look very familiar.
|Home Screen w/ Menu Selected|
|Home Screen w/ Keyboard Selected|
|Home Screen w/ Collection Editor|
You can create folders or collections to keep your library organized. I got to this point by selecting Menu while at the Home Screen and choosing "Create New Collection".
|Screen Saver w/ Advirts|
How Collections are Organized in Kindle:
|K3 Home Screen w/ Collections|
|Inside a Collection|
Previously, I've always had them listed as "Most Recent First" which is not as organized. I didn't even know until now that I could organize my collections by Title, so I would check to see if this is an option on the Nook Touch (directed at Heather). Just a FYI, the reason the title repeats on the books listed is because that's how I named them, not because of the Kindle.