Amazon Kindle (11th Generation): By the Book (Review)

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With a sleek design and laser-sharp display, the Amazon Kindle (11th Generation) e-book reader makes it easy to take all your favorite books with you wherever you go.

Although you can keep a smartphone in your pocket and/or a tablet in your bag, dedicated e-book readers are far from obsolete. They give avid readers a device that’s much lighter and more comfortable to hold in one hand for long periods of time, with a screen that’s easier on the eyes and battery life measured in weeks rather than hours.

As you’d expect after 11 generations, Amazon’s iconic Kindle e-book reader offers a smooth and tightly integrated reading experience. Also known as the “All-New Kindle (2022 Release)”, Amazon’s new Kindle (11th Generation) expands the current Kindle lineup by up to five.

As the second-cheapest Kindle at $179, there are few surprises with Amazon’s latest e-book reader. Instead, it continues to refine the user experience and deliver the advanced features of the more expensive Kindle models.

Review: Amazon Kindle (11th generation)

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First impressions

The Amazon Kindle (11th generation) is ridiculously thin and light. The longer it’s been since you’ve held a Kindle, the more impressed you’ll be with how they’ve evolved over the years.

Weighing just 158g, the minimalist design has no buttons on the front to turn the page, just tap or swipe the screen. At the bottom of the device, you’ll find a power button and a USB-C charging port, but no headphone jack or speakerphone. Instead, you can connect headphones via Bluetooth to listen to a screen reader, but this Kindle can’t read audiobooks.

This new Kindle sports a 6-inch screen, similar to the entry-level $139 Kindle. Like all Kindles, it’s a monochrome e-Ink display that only uses power when it refreshes the screen as you turn the page — in some ways it’s like an old Etch -a-Sketch.

Like all current Kindles, the display has a built-in adjustable front light so you can read indoors and outdoors, in all lighting conditions. Unlike more expensive Kindles, the 11th Gen light doesn’t automatically adjust to account for ambient lighting conditions, and you can’t adjust the warmth of the light.

Amazon added a dark mode, which flips the page to display white text on a black background. It also jumps from 8GB to 16GB of built-in storage, which is more than enough considering it only supports eBooks and not audiobooks.

More importantly, the big improvement in this new Amazon Kindle (11th Generation) is that it increases the screen resolution from 167 to 300 dots per inch (dpi). As a result, pages look as crisp as if they had just been spit out from a laser printer.

It’s now the most affordable 300 dpi Kindle (previously you had to spend at least $239 for the Kindle Paperwhite). Considering the difference the 300dpi jump makes, it’s hard to see why you’d spend $139 for the entry-level 167dpi Kindle when this new Kindle is only $40 more.

Amazon Kindle (11th Generation) Specifications

Screen size 6 inches
Screen resolution 300 dpi
Screen technology e-Ink 16 levels of gray
Display lighting manually adjustable front light
Storage 16 GB
Formats of books Natively: Kindle 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC format
By conversion: HTML DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, PMP, EPUB, TXT, RTF
Connectivity USB-C
Bluetooth
2.4 and 5.0 GHz Wi-Fi
Battery life up to 6 weeks
Dimensions 157.8×108.6×8.0mm
lester 158g
Colors Black, Denim

Features

Amazon guarantees that the Kindle is very easy to set up, with the ability to set it up automatically over Bluetooth using the Kindle app on a smartphone or tablet. Once connected to your Wi-Fi network, the Kindle will automatically grant you access to your library. There is also an option to create a profile for a child and add content from your Kindle library.

The Amazon Kindle (11th Generation) does not have a built-in SIM card for accessing books via 4G “Whispersync” on the go, which is only available in the high-end Kindle Oasis.

The USB-C charging port will be welcome if you regularly upgrade to USB-C devices. There is a charging cable in the box but no power adapter.

Amazon quotes a battery life of up to six weeks, which is a step up from the entry-level Kindle. Even so, six weeks is rather optimistic given that it’s based on just 30 minutes of reading each day with Wi-Fi turned off and the backlight turned down to 13 (it’s at 18 by default).

It should be noted that the 6-inch screen is smaller than the 6.8 and 7-inch screens of the more expensive Kindles. Realistically, once you’re engrossed in a good book, you’re unlikely to notice any difference other than having to turn the page more often. After a while, you don’t even notice that you are turning the pages, as if you were reading a physical book.

The only real disappointment with this new Kindle is that it lacks IPX8 waterproofing. For that, you need to upgrade to the $239 Kindle Paperwhite, which is protected against accidental immersion in up to two meters of fresh water for up to 60 minutes, or up to 0.25 meters of salt water for up to 60 minutes. up to three minutes. There’s also a $289 Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition, but you might not consider it worth the extra $50.

Of course, the other key feature of every Kindle is the seamless integration with Amazon’s eBook store. It’s easy to buy books directly from the eBook reader and sync your progress with the Kindle app on your other devices. There’s also the Kindle Unlimited subscription, which gives you access to a whole host of titles for $13.99 per month (Amazon offers a 30-day free trial).

Depending on where you want to buy your eBooks, some people might prefer the greater freedom afforded by competing eBook readers like Kobo, which support the widely available EPUB eBook format. Amazon is reportedly expanding Kindle EPUB support later this year, but how well that works remains to be seen.

Quality

As the name suggests, the screen of the Amazon Kindle (11th generation) is not as white as the Kindle Paperwhite. While a Paperwhite display provides a more enjoyable reading experience, it’s not a dealbreaker and you won’t notice it unless you downgrade from a Paperwhite model.

The lack of a Paperwhite display means the contrast isn’t quite as high, although the jump to 300dpi helps compensate for that in terms of readability. It’s also easy to adjust the font size to something that lets you read comfortably for long periods of time.

The e-book reader also offers fast page turn times, to help you get lost in your book and forget you’re using technology. “Refresh display on every page turn” is now disabled by default, which means that the screen does not flash black every time you turn the page.

The screen’s low glare and adjustable backlight provide an excellent reading experience in a wide range of lighting conditions. Plus, the device is so small and light that you won’t get tired of holding it in one hand for hours on end, after which it’s easy to slip it into your bag or even a large jacket pocket. Amazon sells a fabric screen cover for $49.95 in a range of colors.

GadgetGuy’s review

The Amazon Kindle (11th Generation) is the new sweet spot in terms of price and features. If you’re looking for a Kindle e-book reader and don’t need all the bells and whistles of the high-end models, you should weigh up this new $179 Kindle and the Kindle Paperwhite at $239.

If you’re looking for an easy way to hold a vast library of books in your hand, and you’re happy to buy your books through the Amazon ecosystem, the Amazon Kindle (11th Gen) might be the e-book reader you’re looking for. you need.

Would I buy it?

Yes, if I were sure I could live without the Kindle Paperwhite’s whiter screen and IPX8 waterproofing.

Amazon Kindle (11th Generation): By the Book (Review)

With a crisp screen and a slender body, the Amazon Kindle (11th Generation) e-book reader will appeal to many book lovers.

Good points

crisp 300 dpi display

adjustable headlight

negatives

not a Paperwhite screen

the front light does not adjust automatically

no IPX8 waterproof

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