Amazon Kindle (8th Gen) review

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7.8/10
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The Amazon Kindle (8th Gen) currently has an Informr score of 7.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 6 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Light and thin
  • Rounded edges make it easier to hold
  • More RAM for faster responsiveness
  • Bluetooth connectivity for blind or visually impaired users

What's bad

  • No front lighting
  • Not enough changes from 2014 version to warrant an upgrade
  • No 3G connectivity

It’s been two years since Amazon revamped their entry-level Kindle. The 8th generation Kindle comes with a handful of upgrades and comes in two colors: black and white. When compared to the 7th generation Kindle, the 2016 Kindle is 11 percent thinner and 16 percent lighter and has a more rounded design making it easier for experts to hold for long amounts of time.

As far as the screen goes, there’s no change from the previous version. It uses the same 6-inch, 167ppi resolution touch screen. While good enough, critics did notice text looked blurry from far away, although they mention at regular reading distance the text was sharp enough. Those hoping for page turn buttons will have to pay extra for the Oasis or Voyage as this entry-level device only offers a touchscreen. For most, this is no issue as they found the touch screen perfectly usable for turning pages and navigating the user interface. The one issue they did notice, however, was the darkness of the screen. Unlike other members of the Kindle lineup, his one does not offer front lighting, The eBook Readers states “My biggest problem with the new Kindle is how dark and gray the screen looks. Maybe it’s partially because I got a white one and it highlights how not white the screen background color is.”

While it might come with the same 1GHz processor and 4GB of storage, Amazon doubled the RAM to 512MB making it twice as fast as its predecessor. Critics estimate battery life at around 4 weeks reading around 30 to 45 minutes a day.

A new feature on the 2016 Kindle is Bluetooth audio support. This feature is tied to an accessibility feature called VoiceView designed for those who are blind or visually impaired. This feature will provide spoken feedback to describe actions taking place on screen without the need for an adaptor. Unfortunately, this Kindle does not support music files so it cannot double as an audio player.

However, being the cheapest in the upgraded Kindle lineup also means it is missing a few features such as 3G connectivity, front lighting and a micro SD slot. The cheapest version also includes ads though consumers can pay additional to have these removed. And like the rest of the Kindle lineup, this one does not offer waterproofing.

Despite some slight cosmetic changes and new accessibility features, the 8th generation Kindle is largely unchanged from its predecessor. While reviewers believe it might lure some book readers to try out an eReader, most find it hard to recommend. Digital Reader states, “It is much prettier than the 2014 model and it is in every way an improvement, but my enthusiasm is tempered by the fact that I was satisfied with the 2014 model…” PC Magazine adds, “The new Kindle is the best eBook reader you can get for the least amount of money, especially if you don’t care about edge lighting or have less than $100 to spend.”


Screen Size
6"
Storage
4 GB
3G
No
Reading Time
14 hours


What the Critics Are Saying...


Alphr

The plasticky design leaves a little to be desired, but the new Kindle is a great performer and reasonably priced.

- Jonathan Bray, Alphr
TechRadar

The 2016 version of the Amazon Kindle has improved the design and internals to make the best affordable ereader even better than before.

- James Peckham, TechRadar
Expert Reviews

With so many features on board, it's hard to begrudge the new Kindle, even if its overall design is still a little lacking. If you don't mind the plastic finish and aren't planning to read at night, then the new Kindle has plenty to recommend it. It's definitely worth spending the extra £10 ov...

- Katherine Byrne, Expert Reviews
Good E-Reader

I would recommend this e-reader to anyone who has never owned one before and does not want to spend a lot of money. This unit is available in the Specific Offers version for $79 (it will show ads on the homescreen and bottom of your library) or the ad free model for $99.99. If you own the 2014 Kindl...

- Michael Kozlowski, Good E-Reader
Cnet

The most affordable Kindle is now thinner, lighter and has a few other small upgrades.

- David Carnoy, Cnet


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Screen Size
6"

The Amazon Kindle (8th Gen)'s screen size is 6 inches with 600 x 800 pixels resolution.

Backlight
No

There is no built-in backlight.

Storage
4 GB

Internal memory is 4 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

3G
No

This model has no 3G wireless capabilities.

Reading Time
14 hours
Battery life is rated for up to 28 days standby time according to Amazon's.

Kindle (8th Gen) Specs

Overview
Release date July 7, 2016
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kindom
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Operating System Other
Processor Unknown
Internal Flash Memory 4 GB
RAM No
ROM No
Flightmode Yes
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 4 hours
Reading Time Up to: 14 hours
Standby Time Up to: 28 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.0 x 11.4 x 0.9 cm (6.3 x 4.5 x 0.4 in)
Weight 161 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Grayscale
Technology E-ink
Colors Unknown
Resolution 600 x 800 pixels
Pixel density 167 pixels
Size 6 inches
Backlit Illumination No
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Anti Glare No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Page Turn Key No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info No
PC Synchronization Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Audio / Video
Audio Playback No
Audio Formats No
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack No
Vibration Alert No
Content Formats Supported
Content Formats Supported No
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Kindle 8, Kindle (2016)

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Critic Reviews


Alphr

The best e-reader for under £100

from Alphr

Once you look past the features the basic Kindle lacks, however, a highly capable e-reader emerges. It’s responsive, lightweight, reads well, and when it comes to the most important things – usability and content – it’s just as good as any of its pricier rivals. Simply put...More

Once you look past the features the basic Kindle lacks, however, a highly capable e-reader emerges. It’s responsive, lightweight, reads well, and when it comes to the most important things – usability and content – it’s just as good as any of its pricier rivals. Simply put, the Amazon Kindle remains the best e-reader you can buy if you can’t – or don’t want to – spend more on your next e-reader.

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TechRadar

An update to a classic

from TechRadar

The Kindle Paperwhite is going to cost you more than the entry-level Kindle, but it does offer up some extra functionality. The screen is the main difference. There's a backlight for easy reading in the dark, and you get a higher-resolution display – 300ppi, rather than the 167ppi of the ba...More

The Kindle Paperwhite is going to cost you more than the entry-level Kindle, but it does offer up some extra functionality. The screen is the main difference. There's a backlight for easy reading in the dark, and you get a higher-resolution display – 300ppi, rather than the 167ppi of the basic model. Apart from that, and a few design tweaks, the Kindle Paperwhite isn't massively different, so unless you're a devoted bed-reader it may not be worth the extra cash.

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Expert Reviews

The best cheap e-reader there is

from Expert Reviews

With so many features on board, it's hard to begrudge the new Kindle, even if its overall design is still a little lacking. If you don't mind the plastic finish and aren't planning to read at night, then the new Kindle has plenty to recommend it. It's definitely worth spending the extra £10...More

With so many features on board, it's hard to begrudge the new Kindle, even if its overall design is still a little lacking. If you don't mind the plastic finish and aren't planning to read at night, then the new Kindle has plenty to recommend it. It's definitely worth spending the extra £10 over the 2014 model, and now that Kobo's stopped producing its entry-level Touch and Glo e-readers, the new Kindle is the only e-reader worth considering under £100.

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Good E-Reader

Thin and Light, affordable, PDF experience is lackluster

from Good E-Reader

I would recommend this e-reader to anyone who has never owned one before and does not want to spend a lot of money. This unit is available in the Specific Offers version for $79 (it will show ads on the homescreen and bottom of your library) or the ad free model for $99.99. If you own the 2014 Ki...More

I would recommend this e-reader to anyone who has never owned one before and does not want to spend a lot of money. This unit is available in the Specific Offers version for $79 (it will show ads on the homescreen and bottom of your library) or the ad free model for $99.99. If you own the 2014 Kindle Basic you will notice, it is also worth the upgrade. It is thinner, lighter, has Bluetooth and has double the RAM and internal storage.

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Cnet

Cheapest Kindle loses weight, adds Bluetooth feature

from Cnet

While the 2016 Kindle isn't a huge improvement over its predecessor, it's a perfectly good e-reader with a clearly improved design and a big upgrade for the visually impaired.

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While the 2016 Kindle isn't a huge improvement over its predecessor, it's a perfectly good e-reader with a clearly improved design and a big upgrade for the visually impaired.

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PC Magazine

The best option for budget ebook readers

from PC Magazine

Reading on the Kindle is a lot like reading an actual book, at least when it comes to viewing its E ink screen. Since there's no lighting, you can only see words on the display when you have light from an outside source. Tapping the edges of the screen turned pages quickly, but sometimes the...More

Reading on the Kindle is a lot like reading an actual book, at least when it comes to viewing its E ink screen. Since there's no lighting, you can only see words on the display when you have light from an outside source. Tapping the edges of the screen turned pages quickly, but sometimes the thin bezel caused my wide thumb to accidentally page-turn or highlight words, but it wasn't a persistent problem.

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