It has arrived, the Kindle Touch

It’s actually a bit smaller than I expected.

Well after waiting almost two months, my Kindle Touch finally arrived a couple days ago. I’ve spent the time playing with the device, and of course digging into some books that I’d bought.

I must say I’m very pleased with the experience I’ve had.

Now, keep in mind this is my first e-reader, so I really don’t have anything to compare to. The size feels just right. It just sorta fits in my hand. I’m also very easily able to hold the Kindle one handed, and tap to turn pages. Makes it very easy to read while I’m eating or drinking something.

On a related note, the weight feels pretty good. Just going off of rough estimating, I’d call it a little lighter than my phone (HTC EVO 4G). The device still feels solid, not flimsy at all.

Reading is a breeze, text is crisp and easy to read, and of course changing font sizes is simple with the multi-touch.

I had bought a couple books before my Kindle actually arrived, and was reading on the Kindle app on my phone. Now that I have the device, it’s so much nicer being on the e-ink display rather than the lcd. There’s a lot of eye-strain involved in reading on a screen that is essentially blasting a bright light into your eyes. Even for me, and I’m used to being on the computer 12+ hours a day.

What was surprising to me, was that what I thought was a speaker, those four lines on the bottom front of the device, is actually a single button. This button is simply a home button, it takes you to the home screen and that is it.

The actual speakers on on the back of the device, and they sound about as well as you would expect the tiny things to sound. It’s basically the same as a cell-phone speaker.

I like having the experimental features such as the built in mp3 player and web browser. Granted browsing the web isn’t the best experience on an e-ink display, but it’s still neat to have the option if the need arises.

The mp3 player is very basic, and with only 3 gigs of memory, it’s not like you’re gonna be storing your entire music collection on here. But if you have an album or two that you like to listen to while reading it’s handy.

Final Musings

Overall I have to say I really like the device and would recommend it to my friends, and to you as well. I would also say though, that if you’re in the market for an e-reader, to look into the Nook Simple Touch as well. I’ve heard some pretty good things about that device as well, and they seem fairly comparable in features, and they’re matched on price.