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Amazon Kindle – The lightest and most compact Kindle, with extended battery life, adjustable front light, and 16 GB storage – Black

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The lightest and most compact Kindle, now with a 300 ppi high-resolution display for sharp text and images. Read comfortably with a glare-free, paper-like display. The adjustable front light and dark mode make reading effortless, day and night. Get lost in your story. Tune out messages, emails, and social media with a distraction-free device specifically made for reading. Now with extended battery life – A single charge via USB-C lasts up to 6 weeks. Now with 16 GB to store thousands of books – Double the storage capacity of the previous generation. Find new stories – With Kindle Unlimited, get unlimited access to over 2 million titles, thousands of audiobooks, and more. Designed with sustainability in mind. This Kindle uses 30-75% recycled plastics and 90% recycled magnesium and has 100% recyclable device packaging.

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  • The lightest and most compact Kindle, now with a 300 ppi high-resolution display for sharp text and images.
  • Read comfortably with a glare-free, paper-like display. The adjustable front light and dark mode make reading effortless, day and night.
  • Get lost in your story. Tune out messages, emails, and social media with a distraction-free device specifically made for reading.
  • Now with extended battery life – A single charge via USB-C lasts up to 6 weeks.
  • Now with 16 GB to store thousands of books – Double the storage capacity of the previous generation.
  • Find new stories – With Kindle Unlimited, get unlimited access to over 2 million titles, thousands of audiobooks, and more.
  • Designed with sustainability in mind. This Kindle uses 30-75% recycled plastics and 90% recycled magnesium and has 100% recyclable device packaging.

10 reviews for Amazon Kindle – The lightest and most compact Kindle, with extended battery life, adjustable front light, and 16 GB storage – Black

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  1. TC

    Everyone has a smartphone these days, so at this point the Kindle is for one very particular audience: people who want to read a lot of books, and read them with a minimum of distractions. With this version, Amazon has refined the Kindle to the point where it’s just about ideal for this purpose. I’ve owned several previous Kindles, including an early Paperwhite, and currently own a couple of iPads, an iPhone, and a MacBook. For the purposes of long, immersive reading sessions, this Kindle is my best option. The battery life is long enough so that even with constant reading you only have to recharge once or twice a week (you can extend that by turning off wireless). The Kindle also has by far the best screen for immersive reading: it’s sharp and clear, with many options for different lighting conditions ranging from bright sunlight (Kindles leave tablets in the dust as far as bright-sun reading is concerned) to pitch black (the dark mode format is ideal for this). You can choose whether to read with a vertical orientation or a horizontal one — and this option of a horizontal orientation allows you (among other things) to read poetry on a Kindle without imposing premature line breaks. This Kindle is also extremely light and easy to hold for hours on end (my iPad mini is too heavy for that). And as with all Kindles, you can adjust the type size and font so that reading is comfortable for you – I love paper books, I really do, but I need bigger type.In a way, though, what’s best about this Kindle is what it doesn’t have. You can’t read your email. You can’t go on social media. Amazon’s Kindle browser is perpetually “experimental” — good! I pick up the Kindle when I want to read books, not when I want to lose my afternoon down an internet rabbit hole. That said, you do get just enough of the internet to assist in your reading. From within any book you can look up unfamiliar names/places on Wikipedia, and there’s a great built-in dictionary too. (You can download dictionaries for any language you read, and set them as your default in settings). But apart from those features, the internet might as well be on Mars. Fine by me. If I want to look at videos of puppies or lose my temper about politics, I have my phone (and several other machines, unfortunately). When I look at my Kindle, I can feel my blood pressure go down. More to the point, I can hide my phone under a cat and read books for hours and hours.That might not be your idea of an ideal afternoon. If it is, and you know who you are, this Kindle is pretty inexpensive and much lighter and easier to carry than tablets or physical books. It allows you to carry thousands of books around with you and then sit and read them without distractions. It’s limited in its other functions – and that’s exactly what makes it ideal.As you can probably tell from the above review, I have the patience of a gnat when it comes to content I don’t want to see, and for that reason I opted for the ad-free version. This allows me to have the lock screen be the cover of the current book I’m reading, which is extremely endearing. That said, the version with ads does not insert ads into your books; they’re not obtrusive in that way. So you can definitely save a few bucks by getting the version with ads – it won’t mess with your reading experience.

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  2. Kelvin C

    I recently gifted the Kindle, the lightest and most compact version, with a 6-inch display, to my wife, and it has become an absolute game-changer in her reading experience.The compact design of this Kindle makes it incredibly portable, allowing my wife to carry her entire library wherever she goes. The 6-inch display is just the right size – large enough for comfortable reading, yet small and lightweight for extended use. It fits perfectly in her hand, and the anti-glare screen ensures a pleasant reading experience even in bright sunlight.The e-ink technology is a standout feature, closely resembling the look of real paper. This not only reduces eye strain during prolonged reading sessions but also gives the feeling of reading an actual book. The adjustable font size and built-in light make it versatile for any lighting condition, from bright daylight to cozy bedtime reading.The battery life on this Kindle is nothing short of impressive. It lasts for weeks on a single charge, making it a reliable companion for avid readers who don’t want to worry about constantly charging their device.Setting up the Kindle was a breeze, and my wife appreciates the seamless integration with her Amazon account. The ability to sync progress across devices ensures she can pick up right where she left off, whether reading on the Kindle itself or the Kindle app on her smartphone.As a gift, the Kindle has been a resounding success. It combines functionality, practicality, and thoughtful design. If you’re looking for the perfect present for a book lover, the Kindle with a 6-inch display is an excellent choice. It’s a five-star product that has brought a new level of convenience and joy to my wife’s reading habits. Highly recommended!

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  3. DAVIDDAVID

    This is one of the smartest purchases for me, I recommend it to all reading lovers and e-book users. Soon after use, it is noticeable how easily, comfortably and quickly can read books. Most importantly, unlike smartphones and tablets screens, it does not emit harmful blue light, Therefore, the eyes do not get tired after a long reading session. It is also very nice when a lot of books and documents can be easily organized and collected in one small device. its size is very compact and convenient to hold with one hand, also for those who travel a lot and need to have all their favorite books with them.this reader have few downsides only:1. only have cold backlight for dark room reading2. not very responsive interface compared tablet or smartphone (but for reading it’s not necessary)3. sometimes very little screen ghosting while change page or image ( it’s typical for e-ink screen )

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  4. BLD

    This is not listed as paper-white, but the screen indeed is black letters on a white screen, so I don’t get it. Price is good, size is smaller than a paperback and fantastic battery life. She reads a lot and maybe has to charge once a week. Loves the screen and can now read with the bedside lamp off at nigh which I really like. This thing is so lightweight, you hardly notice it in a pocket or purse. Has a minimal web-browser built in , which is nice. You would not want to use it for gaming, but if you need to read email or make a quick purchase from say, Amazon (wink, wink), it works very well.

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  5. Arash

    This is a great device for reading. I used to have a Kindle Paperwhite (6th generation) for nearly 10 years, and I loved it, as it was compact and very portable. Unfortunately, the screen on that device broke, so I had to buy a new Kindle. I am glad to say that this new Kindle is better than my last one in every way.In the pros and cons below, comparisons are made with my last Kindle device, a Kindle Paperwhite (6th generation):Pros:* Compact design: The Kindle is compact and lightweight, making it very portable and easy to handle and carry with one hand. This new Kindle is even more compact and lightweight than my last one.* The screen is bright and high-resolution, which makes it easy on the eyes when reading.* Performance: the performance on this Kindle is quite good. Page turns are fast (faster than my last Kindle), as well as the loading times for all screens.* Price: this Kindle is very cost-effective.Cons:NoneTwo minor things that could be improved (not really cons):* When the device has been locked for a while, and I press the power button to wake it up, it takes 1-2 seconds for it to actually wake up (with a message saying ‘Waking up…’), whereas my previous Kindle device never had this delay.* The material on the back of this Kindle is regular textured plastic, instead of soft touch rubber. The plastic makes my palm sweaty after holding onto the device for a bit.All in all, I am very pleased with this Kindle. I would definitely recommend this Kindle to anyone looking for a great e-reader that they can easily carry around and use on-the-go.

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  6. Sparky

    I’ve been buying Kindles ever since the second model came out way back in 2009 or so. The Kindle is a marvelous invention that got me reading again and reading 3-4 times as much as I ever did with paper books. I have no romantic notions about paper and glue anymore.I’d go as far as saying the Kindle is arguably the most underrated invention of the early 21st century. But you’re here for the review, so…As for why I like THIS Kindle so much, well, I love the fact that all of the most important features have finally trickled down to the base model. I can afford to buy any Kindle I want and I usually buy one of the middle or high-end Kindles. This one was actually replacing an older Paperwhite, but I wanted to give the base model a try since it checked all the right boxes, aside from color temperature adjustment.The fact that all the best features are present on the base model now makes me feel better about Kindles and Amazon in general honestly. My first Kindle was $399, so I love the fact that this one is so affordable and within reach of a lot more people now.This Kindle also gets the fastest SoC (microprocessor) that the newest Kindles have. That means it’s as fast, or faster than any of the Kindle models.It’s finally got a generous amount of memory for anyone with anything but the biggest book collection. I’ll never fill it up I’m sure.It’s even got the higher dpi (resolution) Paperwhite screen now, so you’re no longer penalized with pixelated fonts or less contrast for buying the entry-level model and I LOVE that.One of my favorite features, though, is that it’s super small and light, which I really love. It’s the smallest, lightest, most pocketable Kindle there’s ever been. That’s a nice feature that makes you more likely to take it with you everywhere.The only things you’re really giving up versus a Paperwhite that I know of are the extra LEDs (I don’t miss them a bit, backlighting is more than enough) and the warmer color backlighting option (nice to have, but I can definitely live without it).This model also has a bit less battery life than the Paperwhite (maybe 15-20% less?) But it’s still a Kindle, which means it will last longer than any other device you own. I doubt the battery life will be a complaint from many.The final feature it’s missing is actually a PLUS to me. It’s the fact that the screen is recessed. I actually prefer that (I can’t be the only one). I like being able to tell by touch precisely where the screen begins. It makes it easier to avoid touching the screen accidentally and I just think it looks better to be honest.The only feature I WISH it had is PAGE TURN BUTTONS. I have no idea WHY Amazon has limited them to only the Oasis models. Other eInk book manufacturers like Kobo managed to find a way to include page turn buttons on nearly every model. Come on, Amazon.I had been planning on buying an Oasis for several years, specifically to get the page turn buttons. But I simply got tired of WAITING for Amazon to make an Oasis with USB-C charging already and update the hardware to match the newer models.I finally gave up on waiting for a USB-C Oasis after I read rave reviews of the new base model and Prime Day rolled around with a price drop on it.I’m super satisfied with it though. Lack of buttons aside, I think it’s my favorite Kindle yet due to the exceptional value, ultra-pocketable size and feature set.This model has everything I think most people really need and want in a Kindle at a very fair price (especially when you buy it during Prime Days like I did!).I also really appreciate the opportunity to buy a Kindle in a color other than black or white for a change. The Denim Blue is cool and different and that’s a feature you cannot get in ANY other Kindle model. Amazon should consider making a few more color choices here and there. I guarantee it would juice up sales.If they just added some sturdy page turn buttons to this, a physical switch to disable the touch screen, the “warm” backlighting option and gave it a bigger battery that’s designed to be easily replaced, it would be the PERFECT Kindle for me.That and I wish Amazon would give us greater control over our Home Screen. I just want a simple list of folders or my collections. I don’t want to see “suggestions” or any eye candy marketing fluff. Minor complaint though.All-in-all I think when you take price into consideration, this is the BEST KINDLE Amazon has ever made, hands down.

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  7. Hazard Area

    Now that I’ve had it for more than a month, I’ve come to like it much more. Here’s why:The set up with Amazon was flawless and very fast and easy. My whole library showed up with no problems. It is super lightweight and I was able to purchase a really nice cover at a much cheaper price (<$10) than the cover for my previous Oasis. I like the Dark Mode for night time reading better than the nighttime screen on my previous Oasis. I find I don't miss the page turner button at all now. And now that I've gotten used to turning pages, there is no problem with multiple pages or skipping ahead. There are plenty of fonts to choose from. Unlike the battery life in my old Oasis, which I had to charge almost daily, this one really last for a week or more on a single charge and I read a lot every day. (I do keep the airplane mode on and the wifi off to preserve battery life, except when I'm downloading a new book.) In fact, I'll never purchase another Oasis for nearly $300 when this basic Kindle for a little over $100 is just as good. So I'm bumping my rating from a 3 to a 5.I do still think Amazon should make the battery accessible for replacement; not doing so makes their climate pledge hypocritical, and the fact that the battery on previous models was replaceable, but is not now, and they pretty much keep this a secret is typically nefarious.______________________________________________________________________________________________My original review after receiving it in Sept 2023 was "Pretty Good - meh" Rating: 31. The battery life is certainly much improved over previous models/generations. I read a lot and don't have to recharge for a week or two. With my previous Oasis 10th generation, had to charge daily.2. All features are adequate.3. When turning p ages, it sometimes turns more than one page; not always.4. Amazon's "Climate Pledge Friendly Products with trusted sustainability certification" is a joke. All the Kindles currently available have been designed so that the back cannot be removed to replace the battery when the time comes that it can no longer hold a charge. Earlier versions had back designed to be removed and batteries were available from 3rd party vendors to extend the life of the device. But no more. Now that would have been climate friendly. But instead, Amazon has built in obsolescence by making battery replacement impossible. No, Amazon can't even replace them, nor can a repair shop. So since the max life expectancy of a battery is up to 3 years, I will be buying the cheapest kindle available; no more Oasis models for me. It seems awful greedy of Amazon to make this change wee we will all have to purchases a new Kindle every few years rather than just replace a battery.

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  8. Ivy Reisner

    If you’re considering this, and reading this review, you’re probably considering your first foray into Kindle reading. Good choice. A few things to note about this.The ads are not pop ups. I know some dead tree fans would have you believe, right in the middle of a tense scene, an ad will interrupt the page. That’s not how this works. What happens is, when you put the device in sleep mode, rather than say the cover or the portrait of a famous author, you see an ad. If you use the physical cover to turn on and off the device, you won’t see much if any of the ads. And yes, you can dog ear a page.I have no idea why memes keep popping up to say you can’t. Actually, the things you can do with a print book that you can’t with a Kindle book are: Donate them to the library if the library starts taking books again, give used copies to a friend, sell used copies, have a bookmark accidentally fall out, and use them for, well, kindling. Kindle can do everything else. Things you can do on a Kindle and not a print book are: read in the dark, search for text, carry dozens of books in your pocket, create notes of virtually unlimited size (you run out of room in the margin of a print book), pick up a new book nearly anywhere, anytime, and instantly convert your entire library to large print.Most library systems can send any borrowed e-book directly to your Kindle. And your place and notes are stored in case you borrow the book again or buy a copy. You don’t get that with print.Amazon recently improved their send to Kindle features with a drag and drop web page that makes moving your own documents to the device extremely simple.This comes with a USB-C cable, but not a charger (aka wall wort) so if you don’t have one lying around (I think the expectation is most of us do) you will need to pick one up.16 gig might not sound like a lot, but most books fall under 2K. I’ve seen public libraries (I’m looking at you, Florida) with fewer books than this can hold. Audible eats the memory a bit more, but I find this to be more than enough.You don’t get cellular connectivity with this, but that’s only with the premium Oasis line now. Scribe even missed out on that. I find it convenient, but I understand wifi is ubiquitous enough these days it’s not a big deal for most users. I have an annoying habit of finishing a book on the crosstown bus, then needing the next in the series. Yes, the cell phone tether works. No, that’s not as convenient as built-in cellular.It has fewer LEDs than most, but that’s not a big deal. Four lets you read in the dark. The scribe has 35. Guys, it’s an e-reader, not a disco, no one needs that many separate lights on that small a device. The absence of a warm light and auto adjusting lights are a bigger issue here. The warm light makes a big difference when you’re reading before bed.It doesn’t have the waterproofing, which I thought was a bigger deal when that first came out, but in all the time since I’ve yet to (knock wood) get a Kindle wet. It’s a nice to have, not a have to have.The size can throw people at first. The screen approximates two things – an index card turned portrait and a mass market paperback page. The occasional “ghosting” mirrors the see-through element of the cheaper mass market paperbacks, except on the device it refreshes quickly, and the ghosting goes away.There were some studies done that suggest memory is improved from reading from print rather than e-book. I want to point out a few issues and cite my own experience. First, all the studies I could find cite pop ups and other distractions as the primary issue. That is, the test is on a general-purpose tablet, not a single purpose e-reader. When they either do a study on an actual e-reader or compare with pop ups on the tablet vs someone coming over just as often and tossing brochures on their print book I’ll believe it. Unless all factors are equal, the study is inherently flawed. To my experience, my ability to absorb and either use the information (if it’s non-fiction) or retain it over time (if it’s fiction) is nearly identical in both, with the slight advantage of the e-book being able to search back in the text for prior information. It drives me nuts when a quote resurfaces in a print book, and I can’t find the prior mention again. Or when I need to find a code snippet in a shelf full of computer books rather than just search on device and have it in seconds.So, if you’re comfortable with the mass market paperback format, the size, the quality, then this is a huge step up. If you want to lay your hands on information quickly, then this is a huge step up.If you want portability, then this is a huge step up. I just had to help an elderly woman move into assisted living and the loss of space cost her nearly all of her much-loved library. I find it comforting that nearly all of mine fits in my purse. No more culling the library for space, then finding you need to buy a new copy. If you delete an e-book from your Kindle, you can download it again for free. I remember, in the dark days before the Kindle was invented, being stuck on a flight from Arizona to New York with nothing to read but the most misogynistic, worst written mystery novel I’d ever encountered. If I had a Kindle, I’d have had at least a dozen better choices at hand, not to mention rereads.The downside here is twofold. First, Dune and The Great Gatsby look the same size on the reader, so it’s hard to eyeball that one is a super-fast read and the other a meaty novel. It’s also a little too easy to build up a massive TBR pile, given it takes no physical space, the device memory is ample, and Amazon keeps offering free books to Prime members every month, sometimes more than one, and a crazy number of deeply discounted books Prime or not.If you are concerned about the environment, then this is a matter of economics of scale. On the last study I checked, the magic number was 20. At 20 books the manufacture and transport impact of the e-reader ties the impact of manufacturing and transporting print books. At 21 and beyond, the e-reader has almost no further impact as compared to the printing and transporting of physical books. E-readers have boasted substantial improvements in reducing their carbon footprint since that study, but I can find no more recent information. Even at 20, the worst number, it’s clear that e-readers are a pure win for the environment.It’s a great device. If you want to go with this one as the entry level, you won’t be disappointed.

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  9. Jeff BenderJeff Bender

    This review is for the 6” Kindle Basic from 2022. This is the first kindle/ereader/eink device I’ve ever owned. I was skeptical at first, as I’ve typically been a die hard physical book reader. Growing up in the late 80’s, early 90’s, physical books were all that existed, so it would stand to reason I would have gazed upon ereaders with a bit of haughtiness. Besides, I have a smartphone, and after having tried reading via the kindle app and disliking it, I had sworn off ebooks for good, or so I thought. However, after taking the plunge and gazing upon the sharp text on the grey eink screen and seeing how closely it resembles an actual paper page, my skepticism soon turned to delight. Reading on a dedicated e-ink screen is vastly different from reading on a phone. If I’d have known that sooner, I may have been an ebook convert long ago. The refresh rate of a kindle screen is far slower than that of a smartphone, pc, or tablet, with evidence potentially pointing to this, and the blue-light factor, as being a couple of reasons people get headaches after staring at these screens for awhile. The lights of the kindle screen point inward towards the text, rather than coming from behind the screen as on a smartphone, this means that, when reading at night, it’s far less bright and easier on the eyes. I’m now obsessed with this device, I’ve only had it a few weeks, but in that time I’ve either been reading it, or loading books onto it. Kindle is a supremely apt name because this 6” pocket sized portal to another world has rekindled the intense reading passion of my youth, to the point I’m looking up and reading public domain classics I barely glanced at in the past. I’ve now installed over 91 books onto the device, and with 16 gigs of memory, it seems I’ll likely have room for more books than I could read in the rest of my lifetime.The height of the device is actually slightly shorter than that of my iPhone 11 Pro Max, but about an inch wider. This means I can easily slip the device in and out of my pocket, though it takes up basically the entire width of whatever pocket in goes in, pantswise. I’ve got a flip cover case on the way in order to protect the screen, as eink screens and cells are more fragile than phone screens, and I also like the idea of waking and sleeping the screen just with the flap, rather than the annoyingly placed sleep button. Overall, if anyone is debating on whether or not to pick up one of these, or whether you’ll like it as opposed to physical books, debate no more! If you’re a reader, or thinking about getting into reading, or you struggle with storing or carrying your books places, this is the device for you. Making the transition to reading on an eink screen is easier than you think, and the storage space and small form factor will leave you never wanting for any books in your collection when you travel, ever again. So just pull the trigger and get it already!

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  10. Zach IngramZach Ingram

    I am a die hard paper back book fan, but I can only store so many books!! Traveling is difficult with physical books if you are close to ending one book & starting another! I was hesitant but I love this kindle! It did take a little bit for me to get used to it, but I really do love it! It is smaller than I originally thought but you can change font size to make sure reading is easy. I prefer the smallest size font so the physical book page is the same length as the kindle book page. Ex: on the kindle if the font is larger, you may click through 2-4 screens until you are officially off page 140 and moving onto 141. So I make my font size smaller, just personal preference! I immediately put a case on mine due to reviews saying it scratched easily. I bought one that had automatic “sleep mode” when it closed & it works perfect (only $10-$15). I have no complaints, I still love my paper back books but this has saved me so much money & I’ve read way more than I did with paper books!

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