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(Pocket-lint) – With the launch of each new generation of Kindle, we start to see some of the more premium features move down the line to the cheapest model. That’s certainly the case with the latest standard Kindle for 2022.
With a price that stays comfortably below £100 to £84.99 ($119 in the US), and with an updated screen and front light, the latest Kindle offers a lot of features for the money, and just might convince you that you don’t that. need the Paperwhite after all.
It almost goes without saying that this is Amazon’s best entry-level Kindle to date. And – in fact – it only required one change to really elevate the experience of the most affordable model: An updated screen.
With its much sharper text, faster refresh rate and dark mode support, it’s a great reading device. In addition, it is the easiest model from Amazon to put in your pocket and the most compact at the same time, which makes it extremely practical.
It may not have a premium finish or the waterproofing of high-end models, or adjustable heat or automatic brightness, but it ticks all the boxes that matter. It’s a great e-reader that won’t cost you a penny.
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- Compact and lightweight design
- USB-C charging
- sharper screen makes the text clearer
- Large ecosystem of books.
- No sealing
- No automatic heat or brightness adjustment
- More expensive than the old model.
Light and compact
- 157.8 x 108.6 x 8.0mm – 158g
- Available in black or denim blue
- USB-C charging port
Unlike the previous Paperwhite upgrade, Amazon resisted the urge to stick a bigger screen in the entry-level Kindle, and we think that’s a good move. If only because it makes the base version feel smaller and lighter. It’s small enough to hold comfortably in one hand and weighs just 158 grams, so it’s not heavy either.
This means you don’t really feel it when you carry it in your everyday bag and you can hold it for long periods of time without your hand or wrist getting tired. It’s just a bit more convenient than a larger Kindle.
It’s still an entry-level Kindle when it comes to design materials and styling. In other words, it’s pretty basic. The body has the same black (or denim blue) plastic front and back, without the soft silicone texture that comes on the Paperwhite. In addition, the frame around the screen is raised and provides a practical small space where dust and fluff can collect. It’s also not waterproof, so you can’t take it in the bath or near a pool unless you’re sure you won’t drop it.
There are no physical buttons on the front for scrolling, so this model is touch-only, making it quite simple to use. The power button on the bottom of the device wakes it up or puts it to sleep. You select a book in your library and then press on the right side to go to the next page, and on the left side to go back. Easy.
Another added convenience – finally – a USB-C port. There’s no longer microUSB on the standard Kindle, which means you can use the same cable and charger you have for pretty much any other device you have around the house. And it charges pretty fast too.
You don’t need to charge it that often as it lasts about 6 weeks on a full charge. This figure is based on reading 30 minutes a day. If you are an avid reader who reads more than an hour every night, you may find that it is more like once every 3-4 weeks. After reading it every night for a week, sometimes several hours a night, we still had plenty of battery left. Compared to the other more expensive models, this means it lasts longer than the Oasis, but not as long as the Paperwhite.
Of course, the actual mileage depends on many things. For example, the brightness of the front light, the use of dark mode, the activation of Wi-Fi or listening to audiobooks. The faster you read – and scroll – the more the screen needs to be refreshed, and the faster the battery drains. But there is no need to worry. Even the most avid readers should be able to count on a full charge for several weeks.
An improved reading experience
- 6-inch E Ink screen
- 300 pixels per empty
- Dark mode and 4 LED front lighting system
The biggest update to the Kindle 2022 is undoubtedly the screen. Amazon has dropped the low-resolution 167 pixels per inch E Ink screen featured on the previous model, bumping it up to 300 pixels per inch. empty. It is almost twice as sharp and as detailed as the screens on much more expensive Kindle models such as Oasis and Paperwhite.
This means that the text is much sharper and the finest lines and curves are smoother and sharper than before. It’s an uncompromising reading surface that delivers an experience close to ink-on-paper, and – while it lacks some of the more advanced features like automatic brightness and adjustable heat – it means you don’t have to suffer with readability if you can like small font sizes. This means you can adjust it to fit more text on the screen.
There are nine font families to choose from, including the popular Bookerly, Helvetica, Baskerville and Futura, plus the OpenDyslexic font designed to make text easier to read for people with dyslexia. For all of these fonts, you can adjust the size with 14 sizes to choose from, plus five levels of boldness. In addition, you can adjust line spacing, line alignment, margin width and reading mode (portrait or landscape). There are many customization options.
The new screen, combined with a four-LED front lighting system, finally offers dark mode as an option. You can turn it on manually at night to reduce glare and give you a more relaxing view.
As always with a Kindle E Ink screen, you don’t always need these LEDs to turn it on. Its strength lies in the fact that it reflects light from outside, and that the reading is that much clearer, the brighter the surroundings. The front lighting system allows you to read the screen even at night.
The fact that it’s e-ink means the refresh rate isn’t super fast, there’s a short delay between when you tap the screen and when you see the page turn or interface change, but it feels faster than older versions of the Kindle. These lag times seem to be getting shorter and shorter as Kindles are updated.
Features and software
- Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connection
- 16 GB storage (13 GB available)
- Audiobook support
From a software and features perspective, there’s nothing new here, as Amazon has rolled out an updated user interface to most Kindles over the past year. It offers easy navigation that gives you quick access to your library or home screen. And if you like to read books from the same series, it can stack them for better organization.
Other handy features include the ability to highlight parts of text or save words in your personal dictionary so you can go back, find definitions or even translations for specific words and phrases whenever you want. . You can also save the quotes you really like.
Amazon’s strength, of course, is its ecosystem. Millions of books are available for sale in the Kindle e-book store. But on top of that, if you’re a Prime subscriber, you get access to a rotating collection of books and magazines with Prime Reading, or you can subscribe to Kindle Unlimited and get access to an even bigger library of books at no cost. additional.
Again, like the latest Kindles, it can also be used as an audiobook player. You can download books from Audible, plug in a pair of Bluetooth headphones and listen to your favorite books if you prefer to consume literature that way. Plus, with 16GB of storage space (of which 13GB is actually available), you have double the download space of the previous model.
It not only supports Amazon’s Kindle e-book format, which allows you to load open source e-books.
With its much sharper screen and USB-C charging port, the entry-level Kindle is better than ever, and it’s the Kindle we recommend for most people. It meets all the important criteria perfectly. It is an excellent reading device.
Written by Cam Bunton. Edited by Verity Burns.