Kindle 4 vs Kindle 3

This Kindle 4 vs Kindle 3 review will compare the new Kindle 4 (the $79 new Kindle) against the Kindle 3.

This post does not cover the Kindle Touch – please read my Kindle Touch Review for that.

Kindle 4 vs Kindle 3 – Top 7 Initial Thoughts

Have the new Kindle 4 and Kindle 3 side by side and the first things that are apparent are:

  1. The $79 price of the Kindle 4 is amazing ($79 for the version with Ads included). Kindle 4, apart from the keyboard and speakers, is very similar to Kindle 3 and delivers a similarly great reading experience. Getting that for $79 is a steal.
  2. You can now get the Kindle 3 for $99 (with Ads included). Kindle Touch is also $99. These are both great prices and, in my opinion, much better value for money than the Kindle 4.
  3. Lack of a keyboard, when coupled with lack of a touchscreen, makes some things painful on Kindle 4. Typing notes longer than a few words is out of the question and even things like searching for a book become difficult.
  4. Lack of speakers means Kindle 4 gets neither text to speech nor background music. Neither is a necessary feature – but they are both nice things to have.
  5. There is no 3G model for the Kindle 4. That might be an issue for you.
  6. Kindle 4 takes a lot of inspiration from Nook Touch. We see it in things like the black border around the screen and the new Page Turn mechanism where the screen is flashed only on every 6th page turn. It’s good to see Kindle and Nook incorporate each other’s best features and push eReaders forward.
  7. Kindle 4 is actually more like Kindle 3.25 (+.5 due to some improvements but a -.25 due to no keyboard or touch screen). Kindle Touch does seem like a Kindle 3.5 (perhaps even a Kindle 3.75 if Amazon can squeeze in more features by November 21st).

At this stage in this Kindle 4 vs Kindle 3 review, my gut feeling is – Kindle Touch is the best choice overall, Kindle 3 is the best choice if you must have a keyboard, and there really is no reason to ever get the $79 Kindle 4.

There’s also the wild card i.e. Nook Touch is already available and is better than Kindle 3 and Kindle 4. Of course, it’s better only if you don’t mind stepping away from the comfortable Amazon ecosystem.

Let’s dig deeper into Kindle 4 vs Kindle 3 and see what we come up with. References to Kindle Touch are included throughout since it is probably the best Kindle for you – even if you start off thinking Kindle 4 vs Kindle 3 you are likely to decide on Kindle Touch.

Kindle 4 vs Kindle 3 – Areas the new Kindle wins

The new Kindle does do some things well -

  1. The screen seems to be a bit better. However, it is not a big jump like the jump from Kindle 2 (normal eInk) to Kindle 3 (eInk Pearl). Note: I’m taking lots of Kindle 4 vs Kindle 3 photos and will put them up in another post.
  2. The lightness and compactness are cool. It’s noticeably light at just 6 ounces whereas Kindle 3 is 8.5 ounces. It’s also 18% smaller in size. Kindle 4 is 6.5″ by 4.5″ by 0.34″ while Kindle 3 is 7.5″ by 4.8″ by 0.34″.
  3. The Nook inspired features are valuable – The black border around the screen makes the background seem whiter plus it probably is a bit whiter to begin with. The screen flashing every 6 turns (instead of every single time) is a big improvement.

That list ends quickly because the underlying software is almost identical. If you look at things like Settings Pages, Book Menus, Options – they are the same across Kindle 4 and Kindle 3. If the hardware changes are 3.0 to 3.25 then the software changes are 3.0 to 3.0.5. Amazon is calling it 4.0 but the software is the same for all practical purposes.

The shortness of the above list is a big indictment of the $79 Kindle 4. For comparison, Kindle 3 improved on Kindle 2 in 12 to 15 different areas and had lots and lots of software improvements and changes.

Kindle 4 vs Kindle 3 – Areas the Kindle 3 wins

Kindle 3 holds its own due to the following reasons -

  1. The eInk Pearl screen is stellar and Kindle 4 and Kindle 3 both have it. If you consider reading the main use of the Kindle (apart from time travel) then the screen readability becomes critical and Kindle 4 vs Kindle 3 is almost a tie in readability (to the best of my perception).
  2. The Keyboard. Try to search a book for appearances of ‘Mr. Darcy’ and the Kindle 4’s one button keyboard will remind you of some of Mr. Darcy’s traits. It’s very proper and there are things like accented characters – and at the same time using it with a 5-way is a sweet type of torture. Note: The $79 Kindle 4 has no Touch. It’s quite possible that Kindle Touch makes up for the lack of the keyboard in a far more elegant manner.
  3. The cost-cutting in the $79 Kindle 4. This is apparent from the 50% lower battery life, the 50% lower memory, and the lack of speakers. The 50% lower memory translates into only 1.2 GB of available memory (as opposed to 3.3 GB on the Kindle 3). Losing all of that just to save $20 is the type of short-sighted thinking that would qualify you to work at Goldman Sachs.
  4. If you like the feel of something somewhat solid in your hand, you’ll prefer the Kindle 3. The Kindle 4 suffers from the same ailment the Sony Reader Pocket Edition does – it’s so light it’s discomfiting. Kindle 4 looks better but it just doesn’t feel very good. Note: Kudos to Amazon for making a 6″ screen device so small – Not sure it thought about how customers would feel when holding it in their hands.
  5. Kindle 3 wins on button placement and feel. You might find it annoying/awkward that the Kindle 4’s 5-way placed at the bottom-center of the device. If you’re right-handed, then you will probably prefer the Kindle 3’s 5-way placement (it was at the bottom-right of the screen and felt very natural). Kindle 4 also has strange page turn buttons – even less area to hit than the kindle 3. The page turn buttons are literally as thin as the border of the bezel. The power on switch is better on the Kindle 4 but it doesn’t make up for the other two things.

To be quite frank, the Kindle 4 is dropping down in desirability far faster than I would have guessed. The sacrifices made to get it to $79 are not good ones and the usability was sacrificed to accommodate for compactness and a slightly prettier design.

Kindle 4 vs Kindle 3 – The Elephants in the room

Look closely at Kindle 4 vs Kindle 3 and three things jump out -

  1. Kindle Touch is the natural choice. Kindle 4 is just Kindle 3.25 and makes too many sacrifices to save $20. It’s incredible value for money and good – it’s also not competitive (at all) when compared with either Kindle 3 or Kindle Touch.
  2. Nook Touch is a better choice than both Kindle 4 and Kindle 3 – provided you don’t mind leaving Amazon’s ecosystem, and that you won’t miss the physical keyboard. If you look at the direction Amazon is moving in – touch screen, only 1 flash per 6 page turns, black border around the screen, more compact design – it seems that it’s endorsing Nook Touch and Kobo Touch.
  3. It almost seems as if Amazon released Kindle 4 to make Kindle 3 and Kindle Touch look better. It’s perhaps retail strategy – have a lower priced model that loses badly to the higher priced model; then sell tons of the higher end model. Amazon has played it to perfection.

It’s strange to see Amazon follow Nook Color with Kindle Fire and Nook Touch with Kindle Touch. All the innovation seems to be limited to the Cloud and the Store. When it comes to hardware, Amazon seems to be willing to let others experiment and take the big risks. Not a bad strategy – especially when we consider that Amazon’s expertise doesn’t lie in hardware. Come to think of it, Amazon did the same thing with the Kindle – It let Sony take the first steps and stumble around.

Kindle 4 vs Kindle 3 – Final Recommendation

The Kindle Touch would be my recommendation. Amusing, considering we are comparing the Kindle 4 and Kindle 3.

Kindle 3 would be my recommendation if you’d like a physical keyboard and a more friendly feel with better page turn buttons and an easier-to-access 5-way.

There’s also one important qualifier – The Kindle Touch will compete with the Nook Touch, and possibly with Nook Touch 2. If you love the Amazon ecosystem, then Kindle Touch is the clear choice. However, if you are willing to switch and/or want to be extra safe, then you really should wait until Nook Touch 2 is announced. Kindle Touch vs Nook Touch 2 might be a far more competitive contest than Kindle 4 vs Kindle 3.

55 Responses

  1. Of course I need a keyboard — for all the crossword puzzles

    I’ll stick with my beloved Kindle 3.

  2. Strangely enough…. I wanted an e-reader for under $100. Now that I have at least three choices in that price range – I don’t like any of them.

    Kindle 4, with no keyboard and no touch screen = dismal failure, even for $79. I’ve no plans to buy one – not now, not ever.

    Kindle Touch or K3 wireless – I don’t object to them being ad-supported, but I do object to the lack of a physical keyboard, so no Kindle Touch for me, and also very much object to the lack of 3G support…Plus, I just don’t like the idea of a touch screen device at all.

    So, to get my 3G and keyboard, and some improvements over my old Kindle 2, the K3, (in the version now known as Kindle Keyboard 3G+ Wi-Fi) would be my obvious choice. Nook and Kobo readers were never in the running, as far as I am concerned.

    Now, I just have to decide if I’m willing to cut costs by going for ad-supported or if I want to wait a bit longer and forgo the Kindle special offers. Either way, it’s not going to be money out of pocket for me. I’m saving my survey $$$ for my next Kindle. I’m in no hurry as long as my K2 continues to work as well as it does now. I can’t tell any difference from how it worked about a year ago, when my K2 was new.

    • Lady D, after half a day with the Kindle 4 (the one for $79) I can assure you there’s little reason to upgrade from Kindle 2. An upgrade to Kindle 3 would be good but it’s not critical. Perhaps by Christmas they drop the non-Ads version to $99. Then it would be worth getting.

    • 3G (including service), plus everything else, under $99 won’t happen in the next generation, let alone this one.

      When Kindle Touch comes out, I highly recommend seeing if you can find a copy to play with to test the on screen keyboard. Given how crappy the K3’s keyboard is, it’d surprise me if the OSK isn’t better.

  3. Does the $79 Kindle come with that “X-Ray” feature? That, not the touchscreen, is what I’m most looking forward to in the Kindle Touch. If I thought that it was coming to the Kindle 3 via a software upgrade I’d e tempted to bypass the Kindle Touch altogether.

    • Interesting. The Kindle 4 page doesn’t mention it while Kindle Touch page mentions it quite clearly. So the $79 Kindle probably won’t get it.

      • Given that it downloads the wikipedia pages with the initial book download, it will bloat file sizes probably by a factor of 1.5 at least.

        On the K4, that’d be horrendous given it’s already at 1/3 of the effective capacity.

  4. I was concerned about this, and rightly so it seems:

    Lack of a keyboard … makes some things painful on Kindle 4. Typing notes longer than a few words is out of the question and even things like searching for a book become difficult.

    Notes have been a big help while going through MOBI-rendered drafts of my book. Slower than editing on paper, mind you, but it has saved a lot of paper. At this point, if I were going to upgrade from my Kindle 2, I’d go for the top-end Kindle 3 (3G+wifi, no ads).

  5. The Kindle 4 smells like an educational model to me. Simple and cheap enough to hand out to students. I think anyone buying a Kindle to use as a e-reader for themselves would spend the extra $20 on the Touch model.

    • Actually, I think a parent can get Kindle Fire for herself/himself, Kindle touch for a high-schooler, and Kindle 4 for an elementary school child. The Amazon plan is that a family with get multiple kindles.

      • I suppose the K4 is easier to protect with a hard case — one that covers the screen, in particular.

    • Dave the Swabian said:
      “The Kindle 4 smells like an educational model to me.”

      A smart observation. Amazon needs a low-cost offering, regardless of how crippled it is, because numerous budget-constrained organizations and marginally interested members of the public will only buy a bottom-of-the line product. If Amazon doesn’t capture them as customers, it will lose them to low-end competitors–and it doesn’t want to do that, for sound long-term strategic reasons.

      • So true. Budget constrained organizations and marginally interested members of the public. Those are two of the new Kindle’s target groups. Throw in kids who might break a Kindle and we get another important group.

    • PS: Apple made a mistake by not offering a low-end, 7-inch or 8-inch iPad. SJ’s perfectionism will hurt Apple’s bottom line. He left a chink in the armor that competitors are using to prevent the iPad from establishing an unbeatable lead and market-penetration as THE tablet.

  6. This review is stupid to say the least. The reviewers comments are completely biased towards the use of the kindle as anything more than a book reader. And lets be honest, that is all the kindle 4 is aimed at! Amazon is saying, if you only use your kindle for reading books, i.e you will only need to type on an extremely rare basis, then hey this kindle is for you! If you do more typing and use the book for more than reading then the kindle touch is for you. Its a no brainer for the rest of the world, weird how the reviewer couldnt come to terms with this? Kindle 4 is the 2nd top seller on amazon, above the kindle touch (at the moment i wrote this) and that is for a reason, most people like the kindle 4, because it cut size, is more light weight and yes because its $20 less than the kindle touch and performs more than perfectly for just reading.
    Lets be honest here, if you want to read the internet, type etc…. pull out your iphone!

    Kindles are for sole e-reading and that is what the Kindle 4 does best!

    • Thank you for your passionate comment.

    • Craig: people write what they know — Switch11’s a Kindle App developer, with things like Notepad, which won’t help endear the K4 to him. Even without that, though, if you’re a *serious* reader, you will also need typing. I wouldn’t want to manage collections without a keyboard of some sort, for instance.

      IMHO the K4 is for people who want only to read and who rarely have more than 5 books on there. Those are the people who would be totally happy (apart from the fact that the page turn buttons are apparently worse than on K3 and I’ve heard lots of people complain about even those).

      K4 outsells KF and KT, obviously — the latter two are not even out for two months yet. Preorders are never bestsellers.

      • Jasper – This review only considers what is best for someone deciding on a new Kindle. I am not factoring in any personal benefit.

        In fact, the best personal benefit for me would be to write –

        both are great.

        Truth is that Kindle 4 is not very good. Kindle 3 is very, very good. Kindle Touch promises to be an improvement on the Kindle 3 (but we don’t know yet).

        That’s what this post is saying – Don’t get a Kindle 4. Get a Kindle Touch or a Kindle 3 depending on whether you need a Keyboard or not.

      • I didn’t mean to imply that you were reviewing with an eye toward your own business (although I can see how you read it as such). My apologies for that.

        What I meant to say was that as a user, you (and many/most other current Kindle users) we are used to being able to easily take notes, bookmarks (beyond current position), and input searches (and I’ll not get into share to twitter/facebook and inputting websites).

        We would miss a keyboard function, for all of the above, and the tendency is to consider that a universal reaction. However, when you’re comparing to paperbacks, very few people make notes or leave bookmarks in them (except for preserving current position), and Search is obviously not even an issue.

        Compared to many people’s usage of paperbacks, and as a low-cost alternative for casual reader with a less than a book-a-month habit, I think K4 may well hit the mark. Keyboard is something many people don’t need — my mother for instance uses hers so rarely it might as well not be there. But those people are almost by definition not the people who are reading along here on a regular basis, although they might be the curious consumer who googled here for a review.

  7. As an avid Kindle reader, who wants an e-reader that is light in weight (and always uses a leather cover when reading), who doesn’t feel the need to take notes, make annotations and play games on the Kindle, who prefers to read rather than listen to audio text and who searches and downloads books from the web, then the Kindle 4 sounds absolutely perfect for me. And Amazon, with its vast sources of data on how Kindles are used, probably knows that there are lots of people like me when they designed the Kindle 4.

    • I agree, but I wish there was a way to hold K3, Kindle Touch, and K4 in hand to make comparisons about their weight and size.

  8. One thing people should keep in mind when considering Kindles with special offers. You don’t have the option to turn off wireless on those devices. The battery will need to be recharged more frequently.

    • Thanks Irish. that’s very useful information.

    • Really? That seems a bit stupid. Not even for a “Connect only once every 24 hours” mode?

      Yikes.

    • “You don’t have the option to turn off wireless on those devices.”

      Presumably that’s to ensure that owners don’t miss their daily dose of deals. But Amazon could have found a better way to do that. It could have turned wireless on every 12 or 24 hours for five minutes, for instance. It could still do that, with a software update.

    • Er. My $79 Kindle can turn off wireless just fine.

      And I love it, frankly. Admittedly, I was upgrading from a 1st Gen Kindle, so the difference in size alone is amazing. But I do love it.

      I just wish I could get Notepad and Calendar for it.

  9. It’s a shame that Amazon has decided to once again use the same exact plain vanilla user interface for the Kindle 4. Steve Jobs once said about Bill Gates that he doesn’t have any style. As much as I like the Kindle, it’s UI, at least in the non-touch version, lacks style. Why, foe example, would it be so hard to have a menu with book covers as an option? At this point, I have to assume this is a very conscious design decision, perhaps with older users in mind.

    • “It’s a shame that Amazon has decided to once again use the same exact plain vanilla user interface for the Kindle 4. … Why, for example, would it be so hard to have a menu with book covers as an option?”

      I e-mailed that suggestion to Kindle Feedback, but no action so far–nor on dozens of other suggestions I’ve sent. Here’s what may be happening. The company, I suspect, “froze” most software upgrades while these new models were under development, in order to give their developers a stable “base” to work with. That’s common in the software biz.

  10. “Kindles with special offers. You don’t have the option to turn off wireless on those devices”

    Page 16 of the Kindle 4 manual tells how to turn wireless off.

    • Mercer,

      I did more checking and that appears to be something that has changed. I know that when I was deciding which version of k3 to buy, it did say that wireless could not be turned off for “WSO.”

      I just went to the Kindle forums to check on it. If you don’t have the special version kindle, you get a pop up when you try to do something that needs the wireless. If you have the WSO Kindle, when you click something that needs wireless, there is no pop up. Wireless is turned on without letting the user know. (While on, it uses more power.) Wireless will stay on until the user notices and turns it off.

  11. Are you talking about a Kindle 4 with special offers? When you get special offers, turning wireless off hasn’t been an option before now.

  12. Which is the best for PDF? Kindle Touch or Kindle 3 (Kindle Keyboard)?

    When I saw the Nook, though it was small, it felt big (fat)? When I see the Kindle images on Amazon, I keep wondering if K3 is the best model and will become a classic. Amazon knows this and so have not reduced prices.

    • I wonder the same – whether the Kindle 3, due to its keyboard, will end up being a long term survivor.

      For PDF – neither. The screen is too small.

      • It’s a shame that eInk’s refresh rates simply don’t allow meaningful implementation of pinch to zoom, but double-tap-to-zoom-in-and-out could make PDFs, if not useful, at least bearable. Especially in landscape.

        Speaking of, did you try landscape on K4? How is it, and does the more or less orientation agnostic design help?

      • It’s quite good. It’s exactly the same as on Kindle 3 in terms of how it works.

        Does the design help? That’s a good question. Yes, I would think so. Since it’s much smaller and lighter. So landscape mode feels more natural.

        Haven’t tried PDFs though. Just websites and books.

  13. “Are you talking about a Kindle 4 with special offers?”

    I was referring to the user guide on the website. The same guide mentions special offers on page 7.

  14. Two things to think about regarding the “small” memory of the K4-

    1) Although it is less than the K3, it is the same amount as the K2,
    2) Since the K4 has no speakers, it presumably has no MP3 support and, hence, less of a need for storage.

    So, unless you plan to carry around the equivalent of the library of Alexandria, the amount of memory in the K4 is really not a dealbreaker.

  15. Seriously? “Losing all of that just to save $20 is the type of short-sighted thinking that would qualify you to work at Goldman Sachs.”

    So insulting a potential buyer of the Kindle 4 was your goal with this uber-biased review right? If that’s the case, you nailed it.

    if 1400 books isn’t enough to keep you going then yeah, you’ve made a mistake buying the Kindle 4, but I don’t think that number is going to limit anyone’s reading enjoyment.

    And not everyone needs to take notes, lots of folks will just read. They’ll add books via their desktops, laptops, phones, whatever, then just read them on the Kindle, that’s all they want it for, in which case the budget oriented Kindle 4 is a killer product.

  16. @switch11, normally I agree with your comments, but in this case I think Craig has a point (though he could have been politer about it).

    You say there’s no reason to get a Kindle 4. I strongly disagree.

    There are a lot of people like myself who want an e-reader for one reason only: to read a book. They want the experience to be identical to reading a book.

    If that’s the case, then you don’t need a real or virtual keyboard. All the stuff you mention (taking notes, surfing the web, listeing to text to speaach, listening to mp3s) are added bonuses — they are NOT reading. I can certainly understand why people would enjoy those features. If so, then buy a Kindle keyboard or Kindle touch.

    But for those of us who simply want to read, then Kindle 4 should be our TOP choice.

    • This review is aimed at people who are trying to decide which eReader to get.

      Not to make people happy about what eReader they have already gotten.

      Let me give you an example of why that $20 you save (and it is just $20) will be a pain.

      How do you do a highlight on Kindle 4?

      1) Press Down on 5-way.
      2) Choose ‘Start Highlight’ from a small menu at the top.
      3) Move 5-way.
      4) Press down on 5-way.
      5) Choose ‘End Highlight’ from a small menu at the top.

      During which the screen flashes 2 times.

      How do you do a highlight on Kindle 3 keyboard?

      1) Press down on 5-way.
      2) Move down.
      3) Press down on 5-way again.

      During which screen flashes once.

      2 less steps. Plus those two steps involve choosing ‘Start Highlight’ and ‘End Highlight’ from a Menu.

      How do you do a bookmark on Kindle 3?

      Either press Alt+B or get cursor and press down on 5-way twice.

      How do you do a book mark on Kindle 4?

      Press Menu, move to bookmark by pressing down 4 times on 5-way, press it.

      ***********

      All these little things add up.

      We can keep claiming these things don’t matter and the list keeps adding up –

      no music, no text to speech, less memory (50% less), less battery life (50% less), awkward highlighting, awkward bookmarks, awkward typing in of website addresses, difficult note-taking, slower search typing, tiny page turn buttons, awkward 5-way placement.

      At some point, no matter how much ‘I only use it for reading’ justification you use – it gets to the point where you will regret not spending that extra $20.

      Just to be clear – My aim as a reviewer is to stop people from getting a Kindle that they will not like – regardless of whether it makes them happy or not.

      We all want the $79 Kindle to be great. It’s not. Too many compromises. Too many bad design decisions.

      I have both Kindles in front of me. I’ve spent something like 6 hours reading on new Kindle and taking photographs and exploring every aspect.

      The value difference is something like $50.

  17. I think your review would have been better if you would have differentiated. You could have said: “For those of you who listen to text to speach, and for those of you who take a lot of notes, I recommend getting the Kindle Touch and staying away from the Kindle 4. However, for those of you who never listen to audio and never take notes, then getting the Kindle 4 is a no brainer.”

    In other words, you seem to be worried about making one list ranking e-readers. That’s the wrong approach. Amazon’s decision to offer 12 different versions of Kindles is based the idea that no two customers are a like. They have a Kindle to fit every need and every taste. Your reviews should do the same.

    It’s like when someone asks me whether a movie was good. I can’t give a simple yes or no answer. I usually say, “Well, it was an over the top action thriller with a silly plot. If you’re into that kind of movie, you’ll love it. If you hate that kind of movie, you’ll dispise this. Your call.” That’s what you should have said about Kindle 4: “If you take notes, you’ll hate this. If you don’t take notes, you’ll love this.” That would be better than “there’s no reason to get a Kindle 4.”

    • Let me differentitate now.

      Those of you who would like to save $20 and are OK with a Kindle that is not as good an experience for –

      turning pages
      using the 5-way (placement isn’t as comfortable as Kindle 3)
      highlighting
      making notes
      writing website addresses
      doing searches
      battery life
      and a few other things

      Should get a Kindle 4.

      ************

      Just to be clear – NOT getting a Kindle 4 is a no-brainer.

      In my opinion and in my experience. If the list above is not an issue then please go ahead.

      Otherwise, please consider the Kindle Touch or the Kindle 3 very carefully.

      • Yeah but uve completely forgotten why the kindle 4 is better,

        Cheaper
        Lighter
        Smaller
        And did I mention lighter smaller and cheaper?

        Those make the deal breaker. For anyone with a apple tv we all know what 5 way typing is like. Annoying BUT doable if not the sole purpose. Once every month I’ll have to type I’ll live. Every time I have to bookmark by hitting a button 5 times rather than three. I’ll live. And guess what…

        I’ll get to read and enjoy a lighter smaller cheaper kindle than urs.

        Maybe I’ll buy another one for my wife, now I’m $40 ahead :)

      • This isn’t meant for someone who’s already bought a Kindle 4.

      • The 5 way on the kindle3 might be nice for righthanders but what about leftys?

      • It’s not that difficult to use with the other hand.

  18. I think you made the same mistake people make when comparing iPads to Kindles. Those are two different devices, meant for different purposes, and targetted and differnet audiences. The same is true for Kinde 4 versus Kindle Touch. Kindle 4 is for people who simply want to read. It’s *perfect* for that purpose. Kindle Touch is for people who want a bit more pizzazz. It’s perfect for that purpose. Not better or worse than Kindle 4, just different. Similarly, iPads and Kindle Fire are for people who want even more pizzazz. Those devices are perfect for those people.

    • ATOM, with all due respect:

      It’s *perfect* for that purpose

      ****

      It’s not. Please see the list in my previous comment. That’s my job – to point out when a device that is supposedly ‘perfect for reading’ isn’t perfect.

      There’s past history too. I pointed out how the Sony touch Reader’s interface spolit the benefit of touch. Amazon has managed to make the interface for Kindle 4 awkward enough to detract from reading.

  19. @switch,

    I read your post. You pointed out that Kindle 4 is not perfect for taking notes and listening to audio. I agree. But since when are taking notes and listening to audio synonymous with reading a paper book? You’re making the same mistake as iPad fans — you’re confusing bells and whistles with the core reading experience.

    Again, I understand that some of those bells and whistles are “must haves” for some e-reader purchasers. My point is, they are not must haves for everyone.

    • What about highlights and turning pages and adding a bookmark?

      The decision to have neither a keyboard nor a touchscreen affects everything. Plus the page turn buttons aren’t very good.

      I think I’m not being able to express this correctly.

      1) It bothers me that Amazon made design decisions that detract from reading – design decisions that it did not have to make. The narrowness of the page turn buttons is one good example.

      2) It’s not that I’m saying ‘Kindle 4 isn’t as good a choice because it has no keyboard and no speakers’. It’s that Amazon has further limited it by not making intelligent choices. Once you get your Kindle 4 and start using it you’ll understand what I mean.

      It’s Sony Touch Reader with awkward note-taking and highlighting all over again. Not as bad, but close.

  20. Has Amazon stopped selling the Kindle Keyboard Wi-Fi? I cannot find in listed for sale on the Amazon website. Why did they stop selling it? I thought it was the best Kindle ever.

    • Not sure. I don’t see it listed any more. Perhaps it’s out of stock or perhaps Amazon got upset that everyone prefers Kindle 3 WiFi over their ‘new Kindle’.

  21. Having purchased and used all Kindles (except the DX) the Kindle 4 by far is my favorite. I have always shopped for books on my computer and just used the Kindle to read. So the only features I need are the buttons to turn the pages. It is nice and light and easy to hold and I’m sure is the perfect Kindle for a lot of people.

  22. When i was deciding which to buy i looked around too see what people said. One MAJOR issues with the touch is NO page turning buttons! Im sorry but that is totally fail for me. It turned me off to the touch in a heart beat.
    So i have have the Kindle 4 for a while now, and i love it! i have a lot of books on it and have not taken a single note at all or highlighted a single word. i dont mind that it doesnt do mp3’s or talk to me, i have an iphone for a reason. I played with the k3 and was happy to save the $20, anything that is not on the kindle itself is slow to render at times and can be useless.
    Also, the ads only show when you are not reading, and some are really good offers, like $10 for a $20 giftcard, oh look with the $20 i saved i was able to buy $40 in giftcards and buy books with it.
    So to those looking for a kindle to JUST read with, go with the kindle 4, save the $20 and use it to buy some books. You will love it. And if you dont, take it back. Easy as that.

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