Amazon's Kindles have long had a hold on the e-reader market, but its new finger-friendly model is a departure from its buttoned-up brothers. Is it a touch of class?

Amazon Kindle Touch review – sharp, sensitive display

The Touch's 6in screen has the same specs as Amazon's other Kindles, but this is the sharpest-looking e-reader yet – almost like reading a 'real' book. Unlike its brethren, the Touch has a recessed screen, which makes room for the infrared touch sensors and stops you from accidentally swiping the page. It's a little odd, but you soon get used to it.

The Touch is sensitive and responsive, if not quite iOS-fast. Tapping most of the screen will turn a page, the left edge turns back and the top edge brings up the menu. You can also swipe to and fro as if flicking through a book, with only a miniscule pause as the page refreshes – though you might notice a little slowdown in complex menus.

Amazon Kindle Touch review – improved controls

The touchscreen keyboard is a huge improvement on past Kindles, making text input smartphone-simple. Getting dictionary definitions and highlighting text is easier than ever – just use your finger – and you can even pinch to change font size. But it's not all touch: there are physical buttons for home and sleep, although sleep is too easily nudged.


As you'd expect from Amazon, the Kindle store is a joy to navigate – and the touch functions make it easier still to get around. Books are delivered in seconds over Wi-Fi and 3G, but unlike on its predecessors, you can't web browse over the 3G connection.

Amazon Kindle Touch review – versus Amazon Kindle

At just 170g, the baby in the Kindle range is 50g lighter and appreciably smaller than its bigger brothers – and cheaper too at £90. But unlike on the Touch or Keyboard, there's no 3G option – and having used the touchscreen, we're finding it hard to go back to boring old buttons.

Review by Adam White.

Stuff says... 

Amazon Kindle Touch review

Faster, crisper and more book-like than ever – the Kindle Touch is the best e-reader out there