Amazon Kindle (2011)

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Reviewed by Nilay Patel (Currently owns)

The new Kindle is pretty great — it's hard to knock a $79 product that does exactly what it promises to do — but for whatever reason I don't think the screen is quite as crisp and easy to read as the Kindle 3. I think it's because the new Kindle only refreshes the entire screen every six page turns or so, while the Kindle 3 blacks out and refreshes entirely every time; the new Kindle starts to look a little blurrier after the third page or so and then snaps back to clear when it does a full refresh. It's not a dealbreaker by any means, just something I've noticed.

Still, I really like the new Kindle — it's small, cheap, and the battery lasts basically forever.

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