If you’re looking to lớn buy an ereader in Australia, your options are refreshingly slim. The first và most important decision you’ve got to lớn make is whether you want to lớn go with Amazon’s tried & true Kindle range or Kobo’s more open ereader ecosystem (typically, we lean towards Kobo). After that, it’s a simple matter of balancing specs và price.
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If you’ve landed on this edquebecor.com of 2019’s 10th generation Kindle, it’s because the cost is your primary consideration và you’ll be happy to lớn know there are fewer compromises you need to make with Amazon’s budget Kindle option these days. With that said, spending a little extra with the Kindle Paperwhite can still get you a whole lot more and there are still some confounding omissions from the local Australian model.
10 generations in and the Amazon Kindle is still your best option when shopping for an ereader on a budget. If you"re upgrading from an older model, you"ll be happy lớn hear that even the baseline 10th gen Kindle comes with an in-built backlight. Amazon still doesn"t offer support for .epub files and here in Australia, we can"t access audiobooks via Kindle like you can in the US & UK but these are small grievances that won"t make a difference for most. For me, the biggest giảm giá breaker is the lack of waterproofing in Amazon"s base Kindle, something that"s reserved for the premium Oasis và Paperwhite models. Otherwise, the addition of a backlight only makes the entry-level Kindle even better.
Here in Australia, the 10th generation Kindle costs $139 from Amazon. That makes it the cheapest mã sản phẩm across the entire range of Kindle và Kobo ereaders. Once upon a time, spending less on the standard Kindle mã sản phẩm meant forfeiting the backlight, but that’s no longer the case. The 10th gene Kindle is packed with 4 LEDs which is more than enough khổng lồ illuminate the page in the dead of the night without putting too much strain on the eyes.
There are a few deals available on the Amazon Kindle from Australian retailers. Here"s what was available at the time of writing:
As you"d expect, saving money with the base Kindle mã sản phẩm means you miss out on a few features, such as waterproofing, adjustable warm lights, auto-brightness và physical page turn buttons.
Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the 10th generation Kindle, the Kindle Paperwhite và the Kindle Oasis:
|Kindle||Kindle Paperwhite||Kindle Oasis|
|$139 at Amazon||$199 at Amazon||$399 at Amazon|
|8GB||8GB or 32GB||8GB or 32GB|
|Yes, 4 LEDs||Yes, 5 LEDs||Yes, 25 LEDs|
In general, ereaders are kept feature-light by design. This is mostly to preserve their incredible battery life but in the case of the standard Kindle, it’s also lớn keep costs low. Still, adding a backlight in the default option is good news for everyone.
I’ve been testing the 2019 Kindle against 2014’s gen 7 Kindle và I’m beginning to wonder how I managed for so long without it. There are only four LEDs in the Amazon Kindle but it’s more than enough light for night-time reading. I even bumped the brightness down a few notches after a while because I found the default brightness a little harsh for my sleepy peepers.
Upgrading to the Kindle Paperwhite will get you five backlight LEDs while the Kindle Oasis offers a whopping 25 LEDs. I just can’t imagine any scenario where you’d need the backlight to lớn be any brighter. One benefit of electronic-paper displays is their readability in sunlight và as I’ve mentioned, the Kindle’s lowest brightness settings are more than enough so anything more seems redundant.
Still, there are benefits to lớn upgrading if you’re a bedtime bookwork. Most notably, the $399 Kindle Oasis has an adjustable warm light & auto-brightness, which allow the Oasis to best match the brightness to your lighting conditions. This optimises the brightness of the Oasis display, ultimately reducing the strain on your eyes.
The other benefit of spending big with Oasis is the larger 7-inch display, compared khổng lồ the 6-inch screen of the Kindle 10 và Kindle Paperwhite. Both the Paperwhite & Oasis also cram in more pixels-per-inch, resulting in a more crisp display. There aren"t many cases where this will make much of a difference. The display kích thước and resolution are perfectly suited khổng lồ reading traditional books but I will say I found reading graphic novels on the 10th generation Amazon Kindle lớn be tough. There’s a large number of comics & graphic novels available via Amazon’s ebook subscription service, Kindle Unlimited, so I took the opportunity lớn read Marvel’s House of M during this review.
Black and white ereader displays aren’t suited khổng lồ the colourful world of comics, for one, but the cramped display and low resolution certainly didn’t help.
Larger ereaders like the Oasis also allow for landscape viewing, which is a nice option khổng lồ have, just not a significant one.
Take one look at my bookshelf và you’ll immediately know by the waterlogged pages & bloated bindings that I’m an avid bath reader. It’s the only time & place that I can give my undivided attention lớn a good book. That’s why the baseline Amazon Kindle probably isn’t the best choice for me, personally. It’s the only device in Kindle’s range that isn’t waterproof or even water-resistant. There are some heavy-duty waterproof cases available on the Kindle 10 but if you’re forking out $40 to $60 for a waterproof case, you might as well spend a fraction more for the $199 Paperwhite. On the other hand, Kobo’s cheapest waterproof ereader is the Libra H2O.
The battery life of the Kindle (or any ereader, for that matter) has never been in question. Lasting for yonks is kind of their whole schtick. The 10th generation Kindle is no exception but the addition of a backlight means it won’t last quite as long if you’re used lớn the barebones Kindle experience of generation’s past.
I’ve been using the Kindle for roughly ten days & the remaining battery life is sitting at 27%. Kindles should typically last for around 25 to 28 hours of reading time, & so far my experience is on-track lớn match those expectations. If you bởi vì experience shorter battery life than normal, you can try switching the WiFi off when it’s not required (e.g. When you’re not shopping for books) & bumping the brightness down during the day but all in all, you shouldn’t notice much of a difference.
The 10th generation Kindle is still charged via an included micro USB cable. That’s fine as there’s no real reason for the Kindle lớn make the switch khổng lồ USB-C (besides faster charging) but it’s worth mentioning as more and more devices make the jump, you’re bound to have fewer micro USBs lying around the house.
The baseline Kindles are still operated by a touchscreen & a single power/wake button on the bottom of the device. If it ain’t broke, etc. Etc. It"s a small gripe but I find the button"s placement lớn be inconvenient, even if I am only ever pressing it once or twice per reading session. I also prefer to lớn have the page turn buttons of Amazon’s pricier Kindles. Still, the touchscreen controls are as simple as ever.
The touchscreen of the 10th gen Kindle also feels a lot smoother to operate than the 2014 mã sản phẩm I have for comparison. The electronic-paper display doesn’t require a lot of grunt to operate, but the changes Amazon has made with its tenth generation processors bởi make typing và searching the store a little snappier at the very least.
Just like the Oasis và Paperwhite, the 10th generation Kindle features audiobook playback via connected công nghệ bluetooth headphones… if you purchased it in the US or UK. For reasons unknown, there’s no option to lớn connect bluetooth không dây audio to Kindle devices in Australia. That means you can’t listen to lớn Audible audiobooks, but it also means you can’t use accessibility features lượt thích VoiceView screen reader, something that Amazon advertises on its Kindle sản phẩm page.
Amazon’s standard Kindles are as reliable as ever. If you’re upgrading from an older model, the slimmer profile, included backlight và snappier touchscreen controls are all good reasons to lớn get the latest model. With that said, some core issues with the entry-level Kindle remain. For one, you’re still locked khổng lồ Amazon’s proprietary ebook formats, whereas Kobo allows you to lớn use the more popular (and library-supported) .epub format.
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The 10th generation Amazon Kindle will also be a risky purchase for anyone who likes reading in the bath. Where spending a little extra on the Paperwhite will get you the same waterproofing as the Oasis, the base Kindle mã sản phẩm won’t appreciate a steaming hot spa as much as you do.
Brodie Fogg is the Australian editorial lead at edquebecor.com. He has covered consumer tech, telecommunications, video games, streaming and entertainment for over five years at websites like WhistleOut và Finder and can be found sharing streaming recommendations at 7NEWS every month.