Last week Amazon announced a range of new Kindle eReaders. The new E Ink Pearl display eReaders come with touch capabilities and without and are priced competitively, giving readers such as NOOK Simple Touch and Sony Reader Touch tough competition. In less than a week from announcement, the new Kindle readers have made it to Amazon’s top seller list in Electronics, even before the official release on November 21.
With so many choices, you’d want to know whether to go for a Kindle Touch, NOOK Touch or Sony Reader Touch this season. We’ll help you decide.
What’s the same?
All three eReaders come with 6inch E Ink Pearl touchscreen displays, weigh from 7.4-7.6 ounces, are almost the same in dimension with Sony Reader Touch being the thinnest (0.38″) followed by Kindle Touch (0.40″) and NOOK Touch (0.47″), and include a touchscreen keyboard.
Kindle Touch is available in WiFi only and WiFi+3G models. Kindle and NOOK offer 2 months battery life and Sony Reader Touch just 2 weeks. NOOK and Sony include 2GB internal storage and microSD support up to 32GB. Kindle Touch includes 4GB memory and offers unlimited cloud storage. Kindle’s touchscreen reorients on rotating, the other’s don’t. NOOK and Kindle have reading apps for iOS, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, Android, and PCs. Sony only supports Android.
What about media support?
Kindle Touch offers access to 950,000+ eBooks, 1.8 million public domain books, newspapers, magazines, and blogs; supports AZW, TXT, PDF, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion formats; supports book sharing and library lending; and integration with Facebook and Twitter.
NOOK Simple Touch offers access to over 2 million books from NOOK Book Store; supports EPUB, PDF, JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP formats; supports book sharing and library lending; and Nook Friends reading recommendations and activity feed.
Sony Reader Touch offers over 2 million titles from Sony Reader Store; supports EPUB, PDF, BBeB, TXT, RTF, JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, MP3, AAC, Microsoft Word; supports library lending but not book sharing; and does not integrate with social media.
Finally, price and availability. All Kindle touch models will be available from November 21. The ad sponsored Kindle Touch, Wi-Fi, 6″ E Ink Display costs $99, ad sponsored Kindle Touch 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6″ E Ink Display $149, Kindle Touch 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6″ E Ink Display $189, and Kindle Touch, Wi-Fi, 6″ E Ink Display $139. NOOK Simple Touch is available for $139 and Sony Reader Touch for $230.
There you have it. For the price and capabilities, Kindle Touch seems a great deal, for WiFi and 3G both. And if you don’t mind the special ads and screensavers, you can save another $40.
What’s it going to be then?