Amazon Kindle (2019) Review: Straight to the point

The Kindle 2019 finally gets an update that gives the entry level e-book reader the saving it needed

I’ve always considered the Amazon Kindle one of the most unique products of the past decade. Usually someone would say this about a product that does way more than it should, but when it comes to the Kindle I say it because the device has a singular focus and does exactly that.

If by some crazy chance you’ve been under a rock for the past decade, the Amazon Kindle is an e-reader. This is currently its tenth generation and its latest backlight feature makes its a very interesting purchase considering it takes away one of the main features from the Kindle Paperwhite, which is quite a bit more expensive.

The simple but pretty box of the Amazon Kindle 2019. Image: Daanesh Kalyaniwalla
The simple but pretty box of the Amazon Kindle 2019. Image: Daanesh Kalyaniwalla

Amazon Kindle 2019: Body and Design

The Amazon Kindle 2019, or tenth generation or whatever you want to call it, comes in a simple tall box with the device, its reading manual and a USB type-B cable inside.

The Kindle itself is a small and light device. Its comes in a plastic matte body measuring 160 x 113 x 8.7 mm. The device will be available in Black and White.

The body of the Kindle 2019 does catch smudges but nothing that can't be sorted by a quick wipe down or a case. Image: Daanesh Kalyaniwalla
The body of the Kindle 2019 does catch smudges but nothing that can’t be sorted by a quick wipe down or a case. Image: Daanesh Kalyaniwalla

While the body is prone to smudges and needs a wipe-down every little while, it remains extremely light to hold, even if that might be for prolonged periods.

On the bottom of the Kindle you’ll find the USB type-B port and the power button. While a lot of people have an issue with the USB type-B port, since it means carrying and extra cable around, I personally didn’t find it to be the biggest issue. My guess is that Amazon has continued with the port to keep costs low and type-B ports are still not too difficult to come by even if you’re not carrying your own.

Unfortunately you find a USB type-B charging port on the Kindle 2019. Image: Daanesh Kalyaniwalla
Unfortunately you find a USB type-B charging port on the Kindle 2019. Image: Daanesh Kalyaniwalla

Most importantly of all, the Kindle has such great battery life that it’s not an issue like it is on smartphones or tablets where charging is a daily annoyance. The Kindle 2019 comes with a singular 4GB memory option.

Amazon Kindle 2019: Display

The E-Ink display on the Kinlde is capacitive and comes with a resolution of 167ppi. The main upgrade on the device is not on the device itself but under it. For the first time ever, the base model Kindle comes backlit.

The Kindle 2019 uses a four-light system behind the display that provides 24 levels of brightness. The backlight is supposed to also enhance contrast even though the resolution of the display is unchanged from the previous generation.

The 167 ppi resolution E Ink display of the Kindle 2019. Image: Daanesh Kalyaniwalla
The 167ppi resolution E-Ink display of the Kindle 2019. Image: Daanesh Kalyaniwalla

Text looks good on the Kindle and the lesser resolution on plays a role when the text is at a smaller size. Legibility in the sun-light is decent and the backlight isn’t too harsh in dark rooms either. Overall, the Kindle provides a decent reading experience.

The touch on the display is a tad bit slow and I did find myself clicking faster than the Kindle could process, which would lead to misclicks, but I think its a matter of getting used to it if you’re new to the Kindle.

Amazon Kindle 2019: Battery life

As I mentioned when I started this review, I like the Kindle because it does one and only one thing: Letting you read your favourite books. Amazon claims you will see four weeks of reading without having to charge your device.

The Kindle 2019 comes with WiFi and Bluetooth. Image: Daanesh Kalyaniwalla
The Kindle 2019 comes with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Image: Daanesh Kalyaniwalla

In its tenth generation, the Kindle 2019 is backlit, has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to connect to your headphones since it doesn’t have a headphone jack. This obviously means more power consumption on the device.

The four-week claim on the Kindle is based on 30 minutes of reading per day, halfway brightness, with Wi-Fi off and no Bluetooth usage. Now I haven’t used it long enough to make judgement on the same, but as per my current usage I highly doubt you’ll need to charge for at least two weeks on regular use, even with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth being used reasonably.

Amazon Kindle 2019: Final thoughts

At Dh359, the Kindle 2019 provides a great reading experience. Now that it is usable at night as well, it adds huge value the money you are spending.

The Amazon Kindle 2019 is available for Dh359. Image: Daanesh Kalyaniwalla
The Amazon Kindle 2019 is available for Dh359. Image: Daanesh Kalyaniwalla

That being said, the Kindle Paperwhite, which also jumped into its tenth generation last year, is for just a mere Dh170 more. At Dh529 for its 8GB version and Dh649 for its 32GB version, the Paperwhite comes with a higher resolution of 300ppi and water-resistance. If you’re nit-picky about your screen resolution, spend time around water or are just careless the Paperwhite might be a better buy for you.

There was a time I would always suggest the Kindle Paperwhite to people just because I couldn’t believe the regular Kindle was device you couldn’t use in low or no light. Now that that is a non-issue, I don’t see a reason for people who enjoy reading to not go and pick up the new Kindle 2019. It’s a device that’s comes straight to the point: Pick it up and get reading.