Amazon Kindle Review (2022) | Trusted Reviews

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Verdict

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The most basic Kindle model is the easiest for most people to recommend. It’s affordable, has a fantastic display for reading, and finally USB-C for charging.

advantage

  • Compact size sets it apart from larger Paperwhites and Oasis
  • The very sharp screen makes reading a pleasure.
  • The switch to USB-C is welcome
  • Access to the Amazon Prime e-book and audiobook ecosystem

Cons

  • slight price increase
  • A waterproof body is lost
  • feels a bit cheap

Availability

  • United KingdomRRP: £84.99
  • USARRP: $99.99

  • sharp screen300 PPI display produces sharp text in books

  • lots of storage space16GB of storage gives you plenty of room for large books and audiobooks

Introduction

Amazon’s Kindle remains the best line of e-readers on the market, and the Kindle (2022) packs some welcome improvements to the more affordable version.

The Kindle (2022) is the entry-level e-reader in Amazon’s range, sitting below the Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Oasis Y Kindle Scribe. It is the cheapest of the bunch and also the most compact.

Importantly, it doesn’t sacrifice too much, and some of the additions that have leaked since Oasis and Paperwhite make this the Budget Kindle Easiest to Recommend even.

Design and Screen

  • A smaller screen than Paperwhite makes it more compact
  • Two colors: black and blue.
  • Very sharp panel reproduces text fantastically well

The Kindle (2022) gets a major update over its predecessor that makes it a fantastic upgrade from a previous model and a valid alternative to the higher-end Paperwhite.

This update is the screen, which now matches the Paperwhite at 300 pixels per inch (PPI). The sharper resolution makes everything you do on Kindle look better: text in books and throughout the interface is sharper, covers are sharper, and everything is a little easier on the eyes.

The previous base Kindle always suffered with a slightly blurry display thanks to the meager 167ppi resolution – it was perfectly adequate for the price, but couldn’t quite compete compared to the Paperwhite. With this version, there is now no reason to pay more just for a sharp display and that’s great to see.

The home screen on Kindle 2022
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Amazon has also stuck with a smaller screen on the Kindle than on the Kindle Paperwhite. There’s a 6-inch panel here (instead of 7 inches), which makes this e-reader feel much more comfortable to hold in one hand than any other Kindle currently available. It’s also the most compact, taking up less space in a bag and even fitting into larger pockets. For comparison, the Kindle is actually shorter than a iPhone 14 ProMax and only an inch or so wider.

The Kindle 2022 next to the iPhone 14 Pro Max
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Of course, sacrifices have to be made to reach that lower price. Gone is the handy warm lighting around the E Ink display that makes reading a bit easier on the eyes when it’s dark, and there are fewer LEDs so lighting isn’t as even.

Putting the Kindle next to the Kindle Paperwhite, I can notice more even lighting around the screen on the more expensive model, however I found the brightness to still be perfectly adequate for nighttime reading on the Kindle.

There’s no waterproofing here either, a feature that makes both the Paperwhite and Oasis much better suited for beachside or bathroom reading.

The design here is very basic, but for a device that needs to function for a single task, I actually prefer the simple look. There are no flashy design elements, just a slab of plastic in either black (pictured) or denim blue. There are no page-turn buttons, a feature reserved for Oasis’ flagship reader, and the screen is slightly recessed, rather than flush with the bezels.

I’ve mentioned this in previous Kindle reviews, but the position of the on/off switch is a huge hassle. It sits on the bottom and is very responsive to even the slightest touch. I have accidentally pressed it many times. Placing it at the top or at the back would make much more sense.

The Kindle certainly feels like the cheapest model in Amazon’s current lineup of e-readers. The plastic on the back of my review unit has already started to smudge and picks up greasy fingerprints very quickly.

The side of the Kindle 2022
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Performance

  • Access to Amazon’s vast ecosystem of books and audiobooks
  • Updated UI is a nice update
  • Switching to USB-C for charging is welcome

amazon updated its tired Kindle UI in late 2021 and that software works well here and is still a massive improvement over what came before. The home screen received a facelift, with more visual cues and a smartphone-like quick settings panel that made it easier to activate features like dark mode or quickly turn on Wi-Fi.

Getting around the UI is quick here, while it’s a similar experience flipping through the pages of a book. Navigating the store seems a bit tedious to me, though that’s to be expected on any device with an e-ink screen, and it’s a similar story on more expensive Kindle models.

The Amazon experience here is still excellent. Previously purchased books appear as soon as you sign in, while services like Prime Reading and Kindle Unlimited are available if you’re willing to spend a little cash each month. There’s tight integration with GoodReads, so you can post to the service when you finish a book.

And it’s not just about books, Audible audiobooks are also supported if you pair a set of Bluetooth headphones. There’s 16GB of onboard storage, of which just under 13GB is available, meaning there’s plenty of room even for multiple large Audible downloads. This is a healthy improvement from the 8GB that was standard on the previous Kindle.

Another big update here is a move to USB-C from the tired Micro USB port of yesteryear. it is not only USB-C a more modern connector used by most laptops, iPads, Android phones, and handheld game consoles, but it charges the Kindle faster than before. However, it won’t charge the device as often as a phone or tablet, as Amazon claims this Kindle will last 6 weeks on a single charge.

I have been reviewing this model for about 10 days, and after charging it to 100% when I first unboxed it, it is now down to 60%. That’s with more intense use than usual, including a couple of hours of reading each day with the light enabled and Wi-Fi on. If you’re going on a multi-week trip, I’d be comfortable leaving the included charging cable at home. Standby time is great too, so you’ll conserve battery life if you leave it in a backpack and only use it sparingly.

The Kindle 2022 on the settings page

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Should you buy it?

You want an affordable device to read: For the price, the Kindle (2022) feels like a great deal. The display is a big improvement, it’s got plenty of speed, and the move to USB-C is a welcome one.

Waterproofing is key: The main reason I’d still go for the Paperwhite is waterproofing, a feature that makes the more expensive version a bit more durable.

final thoughts

The Kindle (2022, 11th generation) is an easy recommendation for anyone who wants a basic reading device that’s easy to fit even in a small bag. The reading experience is much better than before. Basic Kindle due to the much better screen, while the switch to USB-C is also very welcome.

The price isn’t as cheap as before (£84.99 or £94.99 without ads/$99.99 or $114.99 without ads) but it still undercuts the White paper just enough to make the savings worthwhile if you’re not interested in features like waterproofing or a larger screen.

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We thoroughly test every e-reader we review. We use the device during the review period. We’ll always tell you what we find and we never, ever accept money to review a product.

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frequent questions

Does the Kindle (2022) come with a charger?

You get a USB-C charging cable in the box, but there’s no plug.

What colors does the Kindle (2022) come in?

You can get it in black or denim blue.

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