- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 4.5 x 0.4 inches ; 163 g
- Shipping Weight: 281 g
- Batteries 1 Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)
- Item model number: SY69JL
- ASIN: B0186FET66
- Date first available at amazon.ae: April 1, 2019
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
Kindle (8th Gen) - 6" Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, Wi-Fi, Black
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- Easy on your eyes—touchscreen display reads like real paper.
- No screen glare, even in bright sunlight, unlike tablets.
- Indulge your love of reading without e-mail alerts or push notifications.
- Single battery charge lasts weeks, not hours.
- Lighter than many paperback books and holds thousands of eBooks.
- Browse over 1 million eBooks in the Kindle Store on Amazon US, including thousands of Arabic titles.
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Thin And Light For One-Handed Reading
Kindle is 11% thinner and 16% lighter than the previous generation Kindle, making it easy and comfortable to hold in one hand.
No Eye Strain, Reads Like Real Paper
Kindle uses actual ink particles and proprietary, hand-built fonts to create crisp text similar to what you see in a physical book.
Unlike Tablets, No Blue Light To Disturb Your Sleep
Studies have shown that evening exposure to blue light from backlit screens like tablets and smartphones can suppress the body’s production of melatonin, a naturally occurring hormone that helps the body fall asleep. Because the Kindle display emits no light, you can read anytime without losing sleep.
No Glare In Bright Sunlight
Unlike reflective tablet and smartphone screens, the high contrast touchscreen display eliminates glare in any setting—even direct sunlight.
Battery Lasts Weeks, Not Hours
Kindle doesn’t need power to maintain a page of text, allowing you to read for weeks on a single charge.
Build your Kindle library with ease
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Now supporting thousands of Arabic titles
With an Amazon account, you have access to over a million Kindle eBooks in English, Arabic, French, Hindi and 40 other languages. Try a book before you buy with a free sample. Switch your reading seamlessly between devices - including your phone, tablet, or Kindle e-reader. Set up your Kindle e-reader using your Amazon login credentials or download the free Kindle reading app to start reading however you want, whenever you want.
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- Display: Amazon's 6" display technology with E Ink Pearl, 167 ppi, optimised font technology, 16-level grey scale
- Size and Weight: 6.3” x 4.5” x 0.36” ( 160 x 115 x 9.1 mm). Weight: 5.7 oz (161 g). Actual size and weight may vary by configuration and manufacturing process.
- System Requirements: None; fully wireless and doesn't require a computer to download content
- Storage: 4 GB; holds thousands of books. Free cloud storage for all Amazon content
- Battery Life: A single charge lasts up to four (4) weeks, based on a half hour of reading per day with wireless off and the light setting at 13. Battery life will vary based on wireless usage. Fully charges in approximately 4 hours from a computer via USB cable.
- Wi-Fi: Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication or Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)
- Content Formats Supported: Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion
- Included in the Box: Kindle, USB 2.0 charging cable and Quick Start Guide.
- Generation: Kindle 8th Generation - 2016 release.
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Just two months following Amazon's introduction of their premium-priced (and somewhat controversial) Kindle Oasis E-reader with Leather Charging Cover, Amazon has brought out their 8th-Generation Kindle. Imagine, the Kindle was first released on November 19, 2007, for $399!
This is the least expensive model in the current Kindle lineup and bookends the Oasis at about a third of the price, with the Paperwhite and Voyage in between. In the eight and a half years that have now gone by since the first Kindle, Amazon continues to make incremental improvements, and this new refinement of the Kindle has a couple of significant differences that make the product and experience better, for some users at least.
I ordered this model because I wanted to see how much different this Kindle is from my other models (I have one each of the others mentioned above). Does it really make that much difference to have a Kindle without the built-in lighting?
IN BRIEF - WHY PURCHASE THIS PARTICULAR KINDLE MODEL?
-- It's the least expensive Kindle (and the price is unchanged from the 7th generation version).
-- As an e-reader it does everything that the more expensive Kindle models do - it runs the same e-reader software, it has the same processor as the more expensive Paperwhite and Voyage models, and it synchronizes with your Kindle book library and downloads books via wi-fi.
-- It has exactly as much storage for books as any other current Kindle model, 4 GB, enough for 'thousands' of books.
-- It will operate for almost as long on a battery charge as any of the Kindle models (see more details below)
-- Plus, if you want to have the new VoiceView capability (see explanation later) then this Kindle can do that too (and some of the others cannot, at least at this point in time).
WHAT DOESN'T IT DO THAT THE MORE EXPENSIVE MODELS DO?
-- It does not have a lighted screen. It works great and is totally readable under all normal lighting conditions.
-- The screen resolution is a bit less sharp – the specifications are 167 ppi and 16-level grayscale (see more detailed discussion below).
-- It does not have 3G capability for downloading books away from a wi-fi network.
-- It does not have page turn buttons, the controls are only touchscreen.
-- Other Kindle's have different style covers available from Amazon (in particular the 'origami' cover for the Voyage, for those who like that particular cover style).
HOW IS THIS KINDLE DIFFERENT FROM THE PREVIOUS MODEL?
The previous Kindle can still be viewed on Amazon here: Kindle E-reader, 6" Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, Wi-Fi (Previous Generation - 7th)
This new version is priced the same as the previous one (and note that they are sometimes discounted by twenty dollars or more). There are only a couple of changes, however they are significant:
-- It's a bit smaller and thinner (6.3" x 4.5" x 0.36" compared to 6.7" x 4.7" x 0.40"), and it's significantly lighter (5.7 oz vs 6.7 oz, which may seem like not much difference at just 1 oz but it's actually quite noticeable). This is now the second-lightest Kindle. Only the Oasis without cover is lighter, and the Oasis is a different concept with most of the battery in the cover rather than in the device itself.
-- It has BLUETOOTH!! For the first time, a Kindle includes Bluetooth capability, which doesn't mean that it can play your audio books but does mean that the Kindle VoiceView capability can be used (see explanation later).
-- after several years when Kindle's were only offered in black, Amazon has re-introduced the option of a Kindle in WHITE!! (OK, it may not sound like a big deal, but for some Kindle fans who fondly recall the first Kindle's that were ONLY available in white, this is a welcome change).
AMAZON HAS FOUR DIFFERENT KINDLE MODELS? WHICH ONE SHOULD I PURCHASE?
Well, I may be able to help with that, because as it happens I have each of the current models and can give at least my own perspective on what the pros and cons are of each:
-- Lighted Kindles: Three of the four current models have self-illumination:
---- Kindle Paperwhite: least expensive of the lighted Kindles, has the same display resolution as the Voyage or Oasis, touch screen control only, the best value for lighted Kindles and I believe this is Amazon’s best selling Kindle model.
---- Kindle Voyage: Adds page turn buttons to the sides of the display as well as touch screen, the lighting technology is improved, the case design is a bit sleeker and similar to some of the recent Fire models, and it has the ‘origami’ style case available which is nice for propping the Kindle up for reading.
---- Kindle Oasis: Newest and most expensive Kindle, further improved lighting technology, has a significantly different style with battery both in the Kindle and in the case, page turn buttons plus touch screen. Lighter than any of the other Kindles.
The choice comes down to how important the differentiating features are. If you want the ability to turn pages with buttons instead of or in addition to the touchscreen, then either the Voyage or Oasis have that ability. If you want the lightest Kindle and like the style of the Oasis, including the need to purchase it bundled with the case and then have the case available for supplementing the battery of the Oasis itself, and you’re ok with the price of the Oasis, then it is a good choice. If you simply want a great Kindle with self-illumination, and touchscreen controls are ok, then the Paperwhite is the best value.
And of course if you do not require a Kindle with the built-in lighting, if most of your reading is done under conditions that would be acceptable for reading a ‘real’ book (remember those?), then this least expensive Kindle works great for that and operates in exactly the same way as all of the other Kindle models.
I’M NEW TO THE KINDLE. WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?
I’ll offer a few basics in getting started with Kindle:
-- An inexpensive case is a good investment that will protect the screen when not in use and provide some drop protection as well, depending on the kind of case that you purchase. The Kindle is pretty rugged, but like any device with a screen, it can be damaged.
-- Protect your Kindle by entering a passcode that must be provided in order to use it. Then, if it’s lost or stolen, there is less chance of someone using your account without your knowledge or permission.
-- This Kindle does not include a USB charger (nor do any of the other current Kindle models), but it does include a USB charging cable. If you don’t have a charger, any phone or tablet charger with a micro-USB connection will work, and you can also plug it into your computer or other device with a USB power output, for charging. There are lots of inexpensive chargers available on Amazon, including their own chargers which are a bit expensive but work well.
-- Read the users guide! It comes pre-installed on the Kindle and it will walk you through the features and how to adjust the various settings. I also recommend that you return to the users guide from time to time, as your familiarity with the Kindle develops, because it is a lot to absorb all at once and each time you read through it you will probably pick up more nuances in how to make best use of the Kindle’s features.
(Also note that the users guide can be downloaded even if you don’t own the Kindle, if you want to browse through it to see how the Kindle works. See ‘Technical Details’ on the Kindle product page.)
BUT OTHER KINDLES HAVE BETTER DISPLAY RESOLUTION!
Yes, they do. If you look at the ‘Compare Kindle E-Readers’ chart on the product page, it’s clear that this Kindle has ‘only’ 167 ppi resolution, and the others all have 300 ppi. That’s double the resolution and it must make a big difference, right?
Well, it depends. In my video review I place this Kindle next to my Oasis model and although the video is not a close up view that would better show the clearness and sharpness of the display, you can see that they look just about the same. I love the sharpness and clearness of my Voyage and Oasis models, but when I pick this Kindle up to use it, I really don’t notice a big difference. I think that it looks perfectly fine and I would not suggest spending more for one of the higher end Kindle’s simply for the display difference. For the lighting – yes. And if you are very particular in the sharpness of what you’re reading, it may make a difference to you. In that case – get the Paperwhite!
WHAT IS VOICEVIEW AND WHAT DOES IT DO?
VoiceView is an accessibility feature that is intended for blind and visually impaired users of the Kindle, and it does two things:
-- it allows this Kindle to be paired with a Bluetooth speaker, so that audio feedback can be heard and the kindle software can be navigated with audio assistance. Please see my video review for a brief demonstration.
-- it provides a text-to-speech function where the text of Kindle books is read and can be heard through the separate speaker. Again, my video review includes a short demo of this.
Note that this Kindle does not have it’s own speaker, you have to supply that (or Bluetooth headphones or earbuds).
Here is some additional information on VoiceView:
- This page on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/b?node=14100715011 provides information on their accessibility features for the Kindle, including VoiceView.
- Here is Amazon's guide to VoiceView: https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201829340. It gives an idea of how VoiceView works and what the various features are.
- for the Kindle Paperwhite model, it's possible to purchase a separate adaptor - Kindle Audio Adapter - or you can get the adaptor bundled with a new Paperwhite - Kindle Paperwhite Blind and Visually Impaired Readers Bundle.
The audio adaptor sold for the Paperwhite does not work with this basic Kindle model (see comment section below for remarks from one of the other Kindle users who checked this out).
WHAT ARE ‘SPECIAL OFFERS’ AND WHY DO THEY MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE PRICE OF THE KINDLE?
For the past few years, Amazon has incorporated a limited amount of advertising in the Kindle. For example, when the Kindle is ‘sleeping’, the display will show a promoted book, or something else Amazon is trying to sell. A banner ad at the bottom of your home page will also show a similar promotion. Those are ‘special offers’, and if you don’t like that, then for $20 extra you can purchase a Kindle without them.
They are not particularly intrusive. I have Kindle’s both with and without special offers and the ads aren’t a big deal, really. A Kindle without special offers will show a geometric pattern as a kind of screen saver display when it is sleeping, and that’s the biggest difference.
If you buy your Kindle with the Special Offers, and later decide you don’t like them and want them removed, you can do that easily by paying the extra $20, either on the Amazon website or by contacting customer service. (And to be honest, after using this Kindle for just a week and a half with the 'special offers' turned on, I had them removed. I just didn't like having the screen of my Kindle used as an advertising billboard when it was turned off and sitting on the table.)
If you’re interested in really getting into specifics regarding this Kindle, as well as the other Kindle models, the following sections will cover various aspects of the designs and usage.
SIZE AND WEIGHT
All of the Kindles are similar size and weight, but the differences may be significant for some users:
-- Oasis: 4.6 oz without cover + 3.8 oz for cover = 8.4 oz total
-- Voyage: 6.3 oz without cover + 4.8 oz (origami leather cover) = 11.1 oz total
-- Paperwhite: 7.2 oz without cover + 4.7 oz (Amazon leather cover) = 11.9 oz total
-- Kindle: 6.7 oz without cover + 3.8 oz (Amazon leather cover) = 10.5 oz total
BATTERY CAPACITY AND LIFE
Amazon does not give the actual battery capacity (in mAh) in their specs although eventually that information should be available online and I'll add it to this review. In the meantime Amazon does state how long the various Kindle models will operate on battery, and a comparison can be made.
Here is what battery life actually works out to be, in terms of actual available reading time between charges for the current Kindle models, using Amazon's own stated specs which all assume "wireless off and the light setting at 10:
-- Kindle: 4 weeks @ ½ hr of reading/day = 14 hrs
-- Paperwhite or Voyage: 6 weeks @ ½ hr of reading/day = 21 hrs
-- Oasis (including cover): 8 or 9 weeks @ ½ hr of reading/day = 28 - 31.5 hrs
-- Oasis (without cover): 2 weeks @ ½ hr of reading/day = 7 hrs
The differences could be significant, but in my own use with each of the models, I find that I am only needing to recharge the batteries occasionally and it is not at all disruptive to using the Kindle.
WANT MORE INFORMATION?
If Amazon’s own product information, plus this rather lengthy review, have not answered all of your questions, there is an extensive help page for this Kindle, with lots of information on just about every aspect of the device itself and how to use it: