Amazon’s latest Kindle 10th Gen is the new entry-level model. If you want a Kindle but you don’t want to spend a lot then this is the best choice for you. It’s the most basic version the Kindle could get with no notifications whatsoever.
They have added adjustable front light, and with the glare-free screen, reading for hours will not be a problem. It is light-weight and slim which makes it easy to hold with just one hand. It’s also distraction-free and allows you to read for a week without having problems with the battery.
Release Date: April 10, 2019
Kindle 10th Gen Technical Details
|Display||Amazon’s 6” display with built-in light, 167ppi, optimized font technology, 16-level grayscale.|
|Size||6.3” x 4.5” x 0.34” ( 160 x 113 x 8.7 mm).|
|Weight||6.1 oz (174 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.|
|On-Device Storage||4 GB; holds thousands of books.|
|Cloud Storage||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 light settings, wireless usage. Audible audiobook streaming over Bluetooth will reduce battery life.|
|Charge Time||Fully charges in approximately 4 hours from a 5W USB power adapter or computer via USB cable.|
|Wi-Fi Connectivity||Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use 802.11b/g/n standards with support for WEP, WPA, and WPA2 security using password authentication or Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS).|
|Accessibility Features||VoiceView screen reader, available over Bluetooth audio, provides spoken feedback allowing you to navigate your device and read books with text-to-speech (available in English only). Kindle also includes the ability to adjust font size, font face, line spacing and margins.|
|Content Formats Supported||Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, PMP through conversion; Audible audio format (AAX).|
|Documentation||Quick Start Guide; Kindle User Guide. Additional information in multiple languages available online.|
|Warranty and Service||1-year limited warranty and service included. Optional 1-year, 2-year or 3-year Extended Warranty available for U.S customers sold separately. Use of Kindle is subject to the terms found here.|
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Well, the design is not different from all the other basic Kindle models but compared to high-end models like the Kindle Oasis or Paperwhite, the difference is palpable. For instance, the body of the 10th Gen Kindle is made of plastic while Oasis is made of metal. However, it is lightweight and easy to hold in one hand with a 6-inch display and 160 x 113 x 8.7mm dimension.
The buttons and micro USB port are placed at the bottom edge of the Kindle, which is perfect to make sure that while reading you do not accidentally hit the button or nudge the charging cable.
The all-new Kindle comes in Black or White. You may also invest in a waterproof case as this model is not good with water.
The 6-inch glare-free display is common in most e-readers, even with the Kindle Paperwhite model. The biggest feature for the Kindle 10th Gen is the backlight. The convenience of being able to read even in the dark with it being hard on the eyes is the biggest upgrade. They say that the front light is a bit bluer than most would like and it does not have auto-brightness mode but you can manually control the backlight.
Performance and Battery Life
Access to the Kindle library is one of the most amazing things about Kindle. But you don’t get as big storage for it. The Kindle 10th Gen only has 4GB of storage. For most people, this is not an issue because ebooks files are tiny. Audiobooks are a different story, though.
For battery life, if you only use it for 30 minutes a day, with wireless turned off and front light set to 13 — you can use the Kindle for 4 weeks. In reality, you can use this Kindle as an enthusiastic reader for a week. Though Wi-Fi capable, this Kindle does not have an option for 3G/4G connectivity.
“Don’t buy into the petty negative reviews. The improvements to the basic Kindle are great! I’ve been reading on mine the past several days and I’m extremely impressed. The lighting is the brightest, whitest and most even I’ve seen. It’s comfortable to hold, easy to read, and just as responsive as my Oasis and my husband’s Paperwhite. Highly recommend!” – Lynn on Amazon
“I had a Kindle touch years ago and had stopped using it. But I want to be able to focus on reading and not pop-ups from other apps so I bought this new Kindle to avoid the distractions of reading on my phone.
The device is smaller than both my original Kindle touch and my husband’s Kindle Paperwhite. I was able to quickly get connect to the internet and begin downloading Kindle books I checked out via Overdrive. The device can be held in one hand comfortably, and it’s lightweight enough to feel quite portable without appearing flimsy.
This Kindle has some buggy-feeling holdovers from previous generations: occasional leftover pixels during page/screen pages. However, I find the touch screen to be responsive without being jumpy. The bottom/power button sometimes takes an extra push to activate, or perhaps just needs me to focus a bit more. I don’t mind the “special offers” and generally ignore them completely, yes, this is a generally annoying feature, but I’d rather spend that $20 on books. The backlight can be adjusted to read outdoors or in your bedroom in the dark (handy if your partner nags about keeping a booklight on).
Another reviewer commented on the PPI. Personally, as I don’t use the device for pictures/illustrations/detailed charts, I frankly don’t care. The images that appear in the special offers are clear enough, and the default sized print is crisp and clean and I have no issues reading without my glasses. If you frequently read books that are illustration/graphic-heavy, you may prefer a Paperwhite or other device.
I’ll adjust my review if my sentiments change but for now I am very happy with my new Kindle.” – A.B. on Amazon
“This is the first Kindle I have ever owned or used for more than a couple seconds. My current employer actually told me to pick one up, and I could have chosen any Kindle I wanted. After reviewing the choices I decided to purchase this one, despite it being the cheapest. Honestly, I’m quite thankful.
I wanted something of a small size, and a device that would be comfortable and easy to hold with both or either individual hand. I do not need to store a million books, nor do I plan to read in a river, or while taking a shower. If that changes, then I’ll update you on the water resistance of this device 😉
As far as the actual devices goes, it is a nice size, capable of shoving into a small pocket in a bag, and is easy for me to palm and hold in a variety of ways. It is extremely light, and I could easily hold this for hours. The touch screen is responsive and flipping pages is easier and faster than I anticipated, while also avoidable when just holding the Kindle to read. I was hesitant about the lack of physical buttons, and although I still wished they were present (e.g. on the sides), I lack no confidence that they will soon be forgotten. Since I read a good bit of technical books, and like to take notes, I was wondering how well this would function. Although typing up paragraphs would be challenging, I was pleasantly surprised with the responsiveness. I will probably leave shorter notes and markers on my Kindle and elaborate more when on a computer or tablet. Although it is certainly not a smartphone or computer, it superseded my expectations.
I do not have experiences to compare against, being my first Kindle, nonetheless the screen itself is bright and clear, whites being a light gray, and blacks being… well, dark. I did not find an option to invert the colors (font white, background black), which was unfortunate. I also find it odd the power button is on the bottom. I definitely foresee this being bumped while resting against a surface. At this point, I am also a bit disappointed this does not use USB-C. I am guessing Amazon is saving this for a newer, more expensive device, but honestly, I feel all devices like this moving forward really should have this.
Having freedom in my choice here, I am thankful I chose this Kindle variant, and given the price point, I am doubtful anyone would complain once they held it in their hands. Any shortcomings I do have, and minor and I am doubtful they will be an ongoing annoyance. Definitely recommend.” – CR on Amazon
What Do We Love About The Kindle 10th Gen?
The new Kindle 10th Gen is definitely a recommendation for anyone on a budget. It’s the best e-reader out there with amazing access to the Kindle Library. And if you can’t simply put a book down, the battery life of Kindle is definitely a plus.
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