Amazon Kindle 2016

The Good The most affordable Kindle gets a subtle but worthwhile design upgrade (it's slimmer, lighter and less angular) and adds Bluetooth audio for accessibility, so visually impaired readers can hear VoiceView audio.

The Bad No integrated light; price hasn't gotten any lower.

The Bottom Line While the 2016 Kindle isn't a huge improvement over its predecessor, it's a perfectly good e-reader with a clearly improved design and a big upgrade for the visually impaired.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Ecosystem 10.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 7.0
7.8 Overall

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Amazon Kindle (2016, white)
Amazon Kindle 2016
Kobo Aura One
Kobo Aura One
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2015)
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2015)
Amazon Kindle Voyage
Amazon Kindle Voyage
Laser EB101 E-Book Reader
Laser EB101 E-Book Reader
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Design
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Ecosystem
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Review

Cheapest Kindle loses weight, adds Bluetooth feature

Amazon's most affordable Kindle e-reader ($80; £60; AU$109) has been refreshed for 2016. It's now 11 percent thinner, 16 percent lighter, has more rounded edges and comes in white as well as black.

The design changes may not seem major, but any time you can shave some weight off an e-reader it makes a difference. At 5.7 ounces or 161g, the latest entry-level Kindle is actually the second lightest Amazon reader, trailing only the top-of the line Amazon Kindle Oasis.

It feels light in hand, but it's worth noting that the shell and edges are made out of of hard, smooth plastic (it retains the same no frills look, making it a touch slippery). Optional protective covers are available, including Amazon's well-designed form-fitting case -- though it's a bit pricey at $30, £20 or AU$30 (it's slimmer and lighter than previous covers).

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