Top positive review
This is the Kindle you have been waiting for.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 October 2021
Christmas has come early.
We have been using Kindles since they first came out, and we are a great fan of e-reader.
In our opinion this is the e-reader to rule them all.
We didn’t upgrade to the last generation, as we were waiting for our old ones to pass on - they didn’t, despite all the abuse we gave them. So we can’t say how much better this is than the last version but compared to earlier ones, the improvement is outstanding.
Set up was very easy for both of us. Update the Kindle app for your phone, and enable “Amazon Device Simple Set-up” in the apps setting. Switch on the Kindle, set language and country and select set up from phone. Job done. One Kindle picked up the WiFi password from a stored one on Amazon, while my wife’s one needed the password entered (this took three attempts, and got an odd failed message on the Kindle for the first two times). Pretty much totally painless and took about five minutes each.
The display is flawless. Just like a printed book. Even under a magnifying glass the font looks good, and small font display is outstanding. Pinch zoom in/out for font size is very responsive, just slightly shy of active led displays like iPads etc. The backlight is very even and makes reading in the dark a joy.
However, the speed improvement of the device it the feature that makes you weep for joy. Searches appear like magic, switching in the library between All and Downloaded no long makes you think the device has crashed. Pressing the home key works without the five minute wait (I exaggerate a little). Even Goodreads actually displays without an hour long wait, and personalised recommendations appear appear like fairy dust.
Finally, opening a book, is less than a second - brilliant or what?
I can’t testify to battery life, given that it is supposed to be a month, but I don’t doubt it will be anything other than outstanding given the past performance of our old Kindles. Also, joy of joys, gone are the rubbish power connectors that only go in one way. Hurrah for USB-C power connectors, and we can use our Ipad leads and chargers too, when on holiday.
So, if you are in any doubt, just get one, it’s great. The only other choice would be if you use audible books and want more storage; but if you just read books, you are never going to fill up 8GB of memory.