Certified Refurbished Kindle, 6″ Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers

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Product Features

  • A Certified Refurbished Kindle is refurbished, tested, and certified to look and work like new
  • Touchscreen display that reads like real paper-no screen glare, even in bright sunlight
  • Exclusive Kindle features-now includes Goodreads integration, Kindle FreeTime, Vocabulary Builder, Word Wise, and more
  • Double the on-device storage-holds thousands of books
  • Page turns fly with a 20% faster processor
  • Lighter than a paperback-fits in your pocket
  • Battery lasts weeks, not hours
  • Massive book selection, lowest prices – over a million titles less than $4.99
  • Download books in less than 60 seconds with built-in Wi-Fi
  • Encourage kids to read even more with Kindle FreeTime

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3 Responses to Certified Refurbished Kindle, 6″ Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers

  1. Detailed Review of the Kindle As has been the case for years, Amazon sloooowwwwly adds new changes and features to the Kindle. This one is no exception. If you’ve used a Kindle in the past, you’re not going to notice much of a change with this one, but since there are some minor upgrades and so forth, I’ll briefly go over them:*** SCREEN ***The new Kindle is touchscreen and has the typical matte finish with the slightly gray/off-white paper looking background. It’s certainly not bright white, but it’s also not LCD looking (dark gray.) It does NOT have buttons for page-turning as the older generations do. If you simply must have the page-turning buttons, please search for the older Kindles that offer that. One last thing regarding the screen: this is not a Kindle PaperWhite or Voyage where you have a back-lit screen… this has an unlit, off-white Kindle screen. I will say, the text is noticeably crisper and bolder than I’ve seen with previous generation Kindles and I believe that’s because Amazon is using E-Ink’s new “Carta” displays instead of the previously used “Pearl” displays. I love that and have been waiting for years for E-Ink, the Taiwan based company that makes the Kindle screens for Amazon, to improve them. It looks like they’re finally getting it!The new Kindle’s screen resolution is 167 ppi which is slightly lower than the Kindle PaperWhite which is 212 ppi, and substantially lower than the Kindle Voyage which boasts an impressive 300 ppi (individual pixels at this density can not be distinguished by the naked eye.) Price-wise though, the base model PaperWhite runs $99 at the time of this review, and the Voyage base model runs $199 so you can see, the more you pay, the better the resolution and features. 167 ppi is fine though… in fact, most webpages are 72 dpi to give you a comparison.*** SPECIAL OFFERS OR NOT ***Like other Kindles, you have the choice of purchasing one with “special offers” which is simply a marketing tactic Amazon uses, which, although some people may find annoying, I actually like as it recommends books that I’m actually interested in versus random crap I’d never buy.*** ON-BOARD STORAGE AND PROCESSOR SPEED ***One upgrade the new Kindle has is the amount of on-board storage which now allows you to hold thousands of books and of course, it also comes with a slightly faster processor which Amazon claims is 20% faster although honestly, I don’t notice the increase in speed. Pages turn quickly and that’s all that really matters to me speed-wide. The on-board storage is 4GB, although you also have unlimited access to the Amazon Cloud so there really shouldn’t be any worries about storage.*** BATTERY LIFE ***Even going back a few years, the Kindle Paper White bragged about a battery that lasted a week versus a day. For very casual reading, that was true with the Paper White although with regular daily use, it was more like 4 days or so, not a week. The new Kindle has a similar claim in that the battery lasts weeks, not days; that appears to be true. You can easily go two weeks with casual reading and most of that is attributed to the fact that there is no on-board light draining the battery.*** WI-FI CAPABILITY (NOT 3G!)Books are downloaded quickly through WiFi, usually in less than 30 seconds, and definitely under a minute, unless you have really crappy internet service. THIS IS NOT 3G so you CANNOT download books unless you have access to WiFi. I have never found this a problem as I download my books at home in advance of leaving for a trip or something. Besides, nearly every McDonalds, Starbucks, and hundreds of other retailers and restaurants now offer free WiFi so if you simply must download that book while travelling, go park in a McDonalds parking lot and download the book. It’s not worth paying the extra money for the 3G access, especially when it oftentimes raises the product price by $50 or more.*** DICTIONARY AND HIGHLIGHTING FEATURES ***Like all new Kindles, the touchscreen has some major advantages, one being that you can click on a word you don’t know and pull up the dictionary to learn what it means. Also, you have the option of turning on the “highlight” feature where you can highlight important text AND see what areas of text others have highlighted the most. For someone reading a book for research purposes (writing a paper, review, etc.), this is a nice feature as the parts of the book people find most helpful are usually highlighted, alerting you to its importance.*** AMAZON PRIME BENEFITS ***As is the case with all Kindles, subscribing to the Amazon Prime service is going to give you a lot of bang for your buck as you can “borrow” thousands of books for free, and also get special pricing on some items.*** ACCESS TO YOUR BOOKS ***Books are stored in the cloud and are accessible by any…

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  3. Michael Gallagher

    Good Value at $79 with a Few Nits I am writing this from the perspective of being a long-time experienced Kindle user vs. someone brand new. From an overall perspective, considering the pricing of the Kindle with Special Offers at $79 vs. higher amounts for the different flavors of Kindle available today, this one is a bargain. If you have wanted to get your kids a Kindle to encourage reading as well as sharing of books but hesitated because $119 to $400+ is a lot of money to risk with a child, maybe at $79 this is your price point.From a size standpoint, the reading screen is the exact same size as the other e-Ink Kindles. It is slightly thicker – but slightly lighter – than the Kindle Paperwhite, but to me it’s not really a noticeable difference when you’re holding it in a protective cover.Opening up the box, included with the Kindle is a micro-USB cord but no power adapter. That’s really annoying. Interestingly, and it seems rather chicken of Amazon, a power adaptor has to be purchased separately for $15 if you purchase it at the same time as you purchase the Kindle (or $20 if you purchase it later), so if you already have a micro-USB charger handy I wouldn’t order one of the chargers.There are no page buttons – no buttons at all except for the power button – and turning the page is as easy as tapping the side of the screen with your thumb while you’re reading, or swiping the screen with your finger.Reading is easy on this one: in comparison to my Kindle Keyboard, the previous version of Kindle, and a Kindle DX the letters on the screen are much, much darker and easier to read: the display is crisp and dark. Looking at the display side-by-side in the same location of an eBook against the versions of Kindle mentioned above, the text on this Kindle is much darker and reads a lot better. Compared to a Paperwhite it is not as dark but those results are to be expected since the Paperwhite has 25%+ more pixels per inch, but at this price point that’s not too big of a concern for me as each new version of the Kindle gets better and better with the fonts and screen display and this one is pretty darn good – you want to be able to read what you’re supposed to, right?If you like the text-to-speech feature of previous Kindle models or listened to music with your previous Kindle, please be aware there are no speakers nor is there a plug for headphones.Web surfing speed with the wireless is about the same as with other versions of the e-Ink Kindles: slow as Christmas! My usual test of the connectivity on a Kindle was hitting the main pages of the mobile websites of Fox News, CNN, and Google. I pushed “go” or “enter” buttons / icons at the same time on each and did not see a visible difference in the load speeds start to finish: I was about 50 yards away from my wireless router at home with a couple of walls in the way for the wireless test, with similar results at my office after the Kindle arrived. I did try to check one of my Google email accounts but it crashed. I learned a couple of years ago to not try and surf the Internet with an e-Ink Kindle because it’s so darn slow; besides, I use the Kindle to read a book and I can surf the Internet or check my email on my other devicesIn comparison the previous version of Kindle this one is replacing, other than the crisper text / fonts from the improved screen display, as far as I can tell this new version of Kindle has the same technical specifications of the previous Kindle: about the same size, same internal memory. If you had a precious version of the Kindle this version is replacing, that means you can use the same cover as the previous version.Battery life is supposed to last “…weeks on a single charge” but I doubt it: I charged it up 100% late yesterday afternoon and, 24 hours later, the battery meter is indicating about 50% left. This was with the Wi-Fi left on but the Kindle not being used overnight as I left it in the office in sleep mode. Time will tell if this is going to be a problem or not.It did take a few minutes to get this model up and running as, in addition to the normal making sure it is registered and going through a mandatory tutorial on which areas of the screen to tap to perform various functions, there is a lot of Amazon marketing you have to weed through: do you want to sign up for Goodreads (an Amazon affiliate), would you like to sign up for Kindle Unlimited (for a monthly recurring revenue stream to Amazon), would you like to link your Facebook and Twitter accounts so your’re friends / family / perfect strangers can be voyeuristic on what you are reading (absolutely not for me).You can also sign up for parental controls with this version which I think is a great idea – sometimes you don’t want your children to read what you are reading.One annoying thing (to me, at least) is the automatic import of the various categories / collections…

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