Amazon Kindle 2012
Yes, tablets and smartphones can double as e-readers. But the $69 Amazon Kindle has a long-lasting battery and a paperlike screen that avid readers will appreciate. And unlike more-versatile devices, there won't be any calls, e-mails, or texts to distract the reader, either. Amazon is keeping this 2012 model in the line, and it remains the most affordable Kindle you can get without stepping up to the the self-illuminated, touch-screen 2013 Paperwhite version for $119.
- Overall score: 7.7 (3.5 stars)
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Starting at: $69.00
The good: The entry-level Amazon Kindle is a compact, lightweight, and ultra-affordable e-book reader with a crisp e-ink screen and Wi-Fi. It offers access to a massive catalog of books, magazines, and newspapers via Amazon.com's familiar online store, plus online loaners from your local library. The Kindle can hold hundreds of books and the battery lasts for weeks.
The bad: Lacks the touch screen and self-illumination found on more expensive e-readers. All accessories -- including an AC charger -- cost extra.
The bottom line: The $69 Amazon Kindle is an excellent no-frills e-book reader for anyone who’s willing to forgo a built-in light or a touch screen.Read CNET's Full Review Back to Holiday Gift Guide
October 31, 2013 3:28 PM PDT
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