Amazon Kindle Touch on sale – new Kindles compared [Updated]
Two new Kindle ebook readers are coming to the UK. The Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G from Amazon are now available to UK customers, several months after their US launch. The new Kindle Touch will cost £109 for the non-3G version (£169 with 3G), compared to the £89 standard Kindle.
Update: Amazon has released it a week ahead of its announced 27 April date.
Amazon Kindle and Kindle Touch compared – what’s the difference?
Touch screen – The most obvious difference is that, as the name suggests, the Kindle Touch has a touch screen. Instead of 5-way control and dedicated buttons, you touch the screen to turn pages and select words in books.
Heavier - The Touch (213g) and Touch 3G (220g) are heavier than the basic Kindle (168g).
Bigger - The Touch models are slightly longer, wider and thicker overall overall, but the differences are small. The thickness is 1 cm compared with 0.8cm.
Longer battery life - A larger battery is the likely reason why the Touch models are a little bigger. Amazon claims they will run for two months with wireless internet switched off, double the one month of the basic Kindle.
More storage – 4GB offers space for 3,000 books according to Amazon, compared with 2GB/1,400 on the basic Kindle.
Audio support - There’s now an MP3 player, speakers at the back and a headphone jack so you can listen to music and audiobooks. You can listen to music as you read.
X-ray - Wikipedia-based information relating to ideas, people, places and events mentioned in compatible books.
Touch 3G – what do you need 3G for?
Both Touch models are wi-fi enabled so you can download books wherever you can connect to a wi-fi hotspot. Like previous 3G Kindles, the 3G version lets you browse, buy and download books on the Kindle without any data charges.
The Touch 3G costs £169, while the non-3G Touch costs £109. Both models are available for pre-ordering from Amazon.co.uk now, with an estimated delivery date of around 27 April.
We have already pre-ordered ours and will whisk them to the lab for a thorough test once they’re released.
What do you think?
If you’re thinking of buying one of these Touch models, which one do you think you will go for? Our initial impression is that we don’t think the Touch 3G is worth the £60 extra over the non-3G.
Do you? Let us know below!
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