A Return to the Kindle Touch

If you missed the fuss about the Kindle Touch, believe us — you’re not alone. We wanted to quickly go over the features and specs of the Kindle Touch before you get too pulled away by the newest Kindle offerings.

Why? Well, a lot of people assume that the only market for technology today is with super fans that hang onto every new piece of technology. But that’s just not the case at all. Everyone embraces technology in their own different way, at their own pace. Some people have never had an iPhone — does that mean that suddenly the iPhone 4S isn’t important? Just because something is new doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily suitable for everyone’s consumption. You have to always think about what your needs are, and then weigh them against the actual items that are available for purchase.

The Kindle Touch was first released in May 2012, making it “old news” in the tech world but it definitely has some good points to it.

The great thing about the touch is in the name — this is truly a touchscreen device. When you look at it, you might miss the keyboard. Yet it’s worth it, we promise. You still get a 3G version, but you can indeed choose just Wi-Fi only. It’s completely up to you.

That touch interface is very responsive, giving you finger-friendly menus everywhere you go. If you’re in the middle of reading something, different parts of the screen are going to give you multiple options when you tap them. If you touch the screen on the right, you’ll move forward a page. The far left of the screen can be tapped to go backwards.

Yet it’s not just about tapping. There are also gestures to be had here. You can always go with using gestures to move to the next page. That’s done through “swiping” your finger right to left, and then reversing the motion to go back a page.

You can even swipe upwards to move quickly to the next chapter, and downwards to go back.

Naturally, these gestures indicate navigation in books that are properly formatted in Kindle. There might be small snags in your experience if you’re getting a book that isn’t as well formatted as it should be.

You still have a 6 inch, 600 x 800 E-Ink display, with a 16 level grayscale. Sorry, color fans — this is not a color device, but that’s okay. If you’re someone that just wants to be able to read basic books on the go, you will benefit from the Kindle Touch.

We found the screen very bright, though not as bright as an iPhone 5 — that’s in a class of its very own.

If you’re expecting this to be directly comparable to the Android or even an iPhone of any kind, you’re not going to be receiving good news. The device is a bit slow when compared to a smartphone, but fast when you look at it for what it is — an e-reader.

Give the Kindle Touch a spin — you won’t regret it at all!