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Amazon's cheapest Kindle trims down, adds Bluetooth featureThe Kindle (2016) has an improved design and a few small feature upgrades that make it a recommendable budget e-reader.
[SOUND] [MUSIC] Amazon's most affordable Kindle e-reader has been refreshed for 2016, is now 11% thinner and 16% lighter. It also 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. And the latest entry level Kindle is actually the second-lightest Kindle at 5.7 ounces, or 161 grams. Okay, so it's missing the integrated lights found in the step up Paperwhite, Voyage, and Oasis Its resolution isn't as crisp, 167 pixels per inch compared to 300 pixels per inch. But it does have a touch screen and is equipped with four gigabytes of memory, which enables you to store thousands of eBooks. New on features front is Bluetooth audio for accessibility so visually impaired readers can hear VoiceView audio That's automated reading of what's on the page as well as navigation prompts. And you can listen to that on wireless headphones or speakers. Sorry, but you can't listen to audible audio books or music for that matter. But I don't think you'd necessarily want to use your Kindle to do that. This is a wi-fi only e-reader. By that I mean theer's no version that bundles 3D cellular data service. This spaceball has ads on it for special offers as Amazon calls them. To get rid of them you'll have to spend an extra $20. Because of the integrated light we generally steer readers towards the paperwhite. Aside from the missing light, this is a perfectly good eReader for the money, particularly if you can pick it up during an amazon flash sale. It gets discounted to $60. I'm David [UNKNOWN] and that's the thinner, lighter, entry level Kindle. Thanks for watching. [MUSIC]