The Cheapest Kindle Just Got Better

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Amazon has just announced some nice improvements to the cheapest Kindle. The price is still crazy good at $80, and the battery still lasts for weeks. (It also still has a middling 167 ppi display.) But it’s also thinner, lighter, and now comes in black and white.


But wait there’s more. Amazon has also doubled the RAM. There’s also new Bluetooth support so visually-impaired readers can sync the Kindle up with their headphones and enjoy their books with Stephen Fry or someone overacting the hell out of them (often at exorbitant prices). Don’t expect changes to the refresh rate of the Kindle’s e-ink page, though. That’s still bound to the display.

If you like the cut of that white Kindle’s jib but want a significantly better e-reader, than rejoice. Amazon is also making the excellent Amazon Paperwhite available in white. The Paperwhite is currently one of our favorite e-readers, but still not the best. It’s got a backlight and is nearly twice the resolution of the $80 Kindle. However, the Paperwhite and the other e-readers in Amazon’s lineup will lack the new Bluetooth feature. That means the visually-impaired are best saving their dollars and going for the cheapest Kindle around.

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I cannot fathom the reasoning behind adding more space. I mean, I get the rationale from a business standpoint: storage is so cheap now that it won’t make any material difference in cost.

But for the consumer? I’ve tried loading up on my Kindle, but it just gets horribly unwieldy trying to navigate when I even get close to capacity on my now five year Kindle. I never tend to keep more than maybe a couple of dozen books on mine at once and that doesn’t even scratch the surface of its capacity.