Amazon Kindle (10th Gen) Review

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Kindle (10th Gen) design

The Kindle (10th Gen) has a pretty basic and functional design. It has a 6-inch e-ink display with generous bezels on all sides of the screen. This isn't a problem because people often want to grip the device with one hand. Your thumb can rest on the bezel and you can quickly tap the screen to flip to the next page. There's a power button at the base of the Kindle (10th Gen) along with a Micro-USB port for charging.

There are two colour variants of the Kindle (10th Gen) — black and white. We received a white unit for review, and we wouldn't recommend using it without a case. The finish got dirty quite quickly even though we didn't place the device on any dusty surfaces.

Kindle (10th Gen) software and ecosystem

There have been no major changes to the Kindle software or ecosystem in the recent past. The home screen has been pretty much the same for a few years now — a mixture of your library, reading lists (via Goodreads, the Amazon-owned social network for books), and recommendations from the Kindle Store. You can disable this to make the home screen show only books from your library if you wish.

The introduction of services such as Prime Reading, which is bundled with your Amazon Prime subscription, has made it a lot easier to get into the Kindle ecosystem. We found some good books in Prime Reading such as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and started reading these for free. This is a nice option to have, and when you also consider the fact that the Kindle Store in India has quite a few books listed for less than Rs. 100, it becomes clear that the ecosystem is pretty accessible in terms of pricing in India.

You don't have to be locked into the Kindle ecosystem, however. You can read DRM-free books that you have purchased from other sources online. We've bought several DRM-free books over the years, and have downloaded others for free when publishers were giving them away. We used the app Calibre to convert these books to the AZW3 or MOBI formats to read on the Kindle (10th Gen). This step would be unnecessary if Amazon's devices supported the popular EPUB ebook file format.

Once you start reading a book, some minor tweaks might help improve your reading experience. You can choose from a small number of fonts. It would be nice to have more choices, but we were able to find a font that we like a lot (Bookerly) so we don't have any complaints. You can adjust the font size and even the weight (making the text bolder), which is a nice touch that many will appreciate.

Kindle (10th Gen) performance and battery life

For any ebook reader, the screen is everything. If the display isn't good, the ebook reader immediately becomes less useful. The Kindle (10th Gen) does suffer quite a bit due to its inferior display relative to the Kindle Paperwhite. Fonts, book covers, and illustrations (such as maps in books) don't look great at times.

To be honest, we stopped noticing the low-resolution fonts after a while, but book covers and illustrations continued to bother us on the Kindle (10th Gen). The low-resolution screen will bother you a lot if you've used a Kindle Paperwhite or Kindle Oasis before, but if this is your first Kindle you might not notice this.

The front light on the Kindle (10th Gen) uses four LEDs, as opposed to five on the more expensive Kindle Paperwhite. This made no real difference in our experience. There's no auto-brightness adjustment feature, so you'll have to adjust it manually when needed. We found it comfortable to read books on the Kindle (10th Gen) even in dark rooms.

The Kindle (10th Gen) performed well during the one week that we used it. We got through about 80 percent of an 800-page book in this time with a few hours of reading per day, which we'd consider to be above-average use. New pages loaded almost instantly, and there was no noticeable delay when reading the text.

The battery went from 100 to 30 percent over this period with airplane mode enabled after the initial setup and a couple of purchases. If you use the Kindle (10th Gen) for an hour each day, it won't need to be charged more than once every fortnight.

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