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The Kindle Touch is centered around a six inch infrared multi-touch E-Ink display. Navigation is performed through what Amazon refers to as EasyReach, which divides each page into three distinct touch areas. The new X-Ray feature complements purchased content by gathering all historical references and topics of interest within a given book and providing detailed information from Wikipedia and Shelfari for each. Integrated Wi-Fi allows free access to AT&T hotspots within the United States.

Description

The Kindle (2011) forgoes the keyboard of its predecessors and gets 30 percent lighter and 18 percent smaller in the process, making it Amazon's most svelte e-reader yet. Users can navigate the device through use of physical buttons found beneath the 6-inch E-ink display. The Kindle is offered with Special Offers at a reduced rate.

The second generation Nook from Barnes & Noble ditches the touchscreen LCD menu bar of the first model while adding touch sensitivity to the 6-inch E Ink display. This results in the e-reader having a substantially more compact footprint, and the 16 levels of grayscale offer fifty percent greater contrast than the original Nook. On Nov 7th, 2011 the Barnes & Noble relaunched the Simple Touch at a new price (down from $139.99) with software that improved both screen rendering and battery life.

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Nov. 21, 2011
  • Price at launch: $99.00

Availability

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Sep. 28, 2011
  • Price at launch: $79.00
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Jun. 10, 2011
  • Price at launch: $99.00
  • SKU description: Kindle Touch, Kindle Touch with Special Offers

Pricing / SKUs

  • SKU description: Kindle, Kindle with Special Offers
  • Height: 6.77 inches
  • Width: 4.72 inches
  • Thickness: 0.4 inches
  • Weight: 0.47 pounds
  • Primary orientation: Portrait
  • Color: Silver
  • Speakers: Yes

Hardware

  • Height: 6.54 inches
  • Width: 4.49 inches
  • Thickness: 0.34 inches
  • Weight: 0.37 pounds
  • Primary orientation: Portrait
  • Color: Silver
  • Speakers: No
  • Height: 6.5 inches
  • Width: 5 inches
  • Thickness: 0.47 inches
  • Weight: 0.47 pounds
  • Primary orientation: Portrait
  • Color: Black
  • Screen size (diagonal): 6 inches
  • Resolution (X): 600 px
  • Resolution (Y): 800 px
  • PPI: 167
  • Screen shades: 16
  • Technology: E Ink Pearl
  • Touchscreen type: IR
  • Multitouch: Yes

Display

  • Screen size (diagonal): 6 inches
  • Resolution (X): 600 px
  • Resolution (Y): 800 px
  • Screen shades: 16
  • Technology: E Ink Pearl
  • Touchscreen type: None
  • Screen size (diagonal): 6 inches
  • Resolution (X): 600 px
  • Resolution (Y): 800 px
  • Screen shades: 16
  • Technology: E Ink Pearl
  • Touchscreen type: IR
  • Operating system: Other
  • File support: PDF
  • Audio file support: MP3

Software

  • Operating system: Other
  • File support: PDF, .DOC
  • Operating system: Android
  • Text-to-speech: No
  • File support: ePUB, PDF
  • Internal size: 4 GB
  • External storage: No

Storage

  • Internal size: 2 GB
  • External storage: No
  • Internal size: 2 GB
  • External storage: Yes
  • External type: microSD
  • Max. external size: 32 GB
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11g, 802.11b

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Headphone jack: 3.5mm
  • Data connections: Micro USB

Ports

  • Data connections: Micro USB
  • Data connections: Micro USB
  • Removable: No

Battery

  • Removable: No
  • Removable: No
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