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Canon EOS Rebel T3 12.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR with 18-55mm IS II Lens and EOS HD Movie Mode (Black) Camera & Photo

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Style: Body + 18-55mm lens

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New Technology for Outstanding Images. 12.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and DIGIC 4 Image Processor for high image quality and speed.

Canon?s CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) sensor captures images with exceptional clarity and tonal range, and offers the most pixels in its class. It offers many of the same new technologies to maximize each pixel?s light gathering efficiency that were first seen with the professional EOS-1D Mark III model. It?s an APS-C size sensor (22.2 x 14.8mm), and there’s an effective 1.6x increase in the lens’s marked focal length when attached.

12.2 Megapixel APS-C Size CMOS Sensor

DIGIC 4 Image ProcessorThe improved DIGIC 4 Image Processor ensures that images are captured, processed and saved with remarkable speed. The EOS Rebel T3 DSLR?s new 3:2 multiple aspect ratio, in-camera RAW image processing, creative filters, image resizing and provided S2 and S3 image-recording quality are all possible thanks to the DIGIC 4 Image Processor. With dazzling results, the new DIGIC 4 Image Processor also works to capture and process data of images shot at 12.2 Megapixels at 3.0 fps, as well as 14-bit signal processing for excellent image gradation, enhanced Face Detection Live mode, Full HD video recording, Auto Lighting Optimizer and Lens Peripheral Optimization.

Excellence from Dawn to Dusk.ISO 100 ? 6400 for shooting from bright to dim light.

With a broad range of ISO settings, the EOS Rebel T3 enables shooting from sunrise to sunset and helps ensure capture of the finest detail. With enhanced high-sensitivity optimization, subjects can be captured clearly and easily at high shutter speeds without flash, with minimized blur and noise. In bright scenes, especially long exposures in daylight, optimal exposure can be achieved with a fully open wide-diameter lens, no dark filter needed.

High Definition Made Easy. Improved EOS HD Movie mode with expanded recording [HD: 30p (29.97) / 25p], and with in-camera video editing options.

The EOS Rebel T3 DSLR?s expanded repertoire of technologies includes shooting video in brilliantly clear, exactingly sharp high definition for playback on your HDTV! Shooting at 1280 x 720 at 30 (29.97) or 25 frames per second, HD video can be taken immediately through the EOS Rebel T3 camera?s intuitive operation and layout. Parameters for white balance and picture style are already set ? just grab and go!

Incredible AutoFocus. High speed, reliable 9-point AF system utilizing a high precision, f/5.6 cross-type center point.

The EOS Rebel T3 has a high-precision, 9-point AF system utilizing a high-precision, f/5.6 cross-type center point. The 9-point AF system uses both normal and high-precision focus depending on the aperture and available light. The 9 focus points can be chosen automatically or manually selected.

9-point AF

Accurate Metering for Perfect Exposure. Enhanced metering with a 63-zone, Dual-layer metering system for accurate metering between exposures.

The EOS Rebel T3 features Canon?s newest Dual-layer sensor, with 63 zones. By measuring not only the amount of light, but also taking into account color and luminosity, this new system delivers a very high level of accuracy for better results every time. Since the metering sensor has a color measurement function, exposure errors and focus errors caused by different light sources are minimized; the EOS Rebel T3 gives stable exposure from shot to shot in situations where light changes, such as sports on a cloudy day, or indoor holiday scenes.

Metering zones

Speedy, Precise Operation.3.0 fps continuous shooting up to approximately 3 JPEGs or approximately 2 RAW.

The EOS Rebel T3 operates with such effortless speed that operation is nothing short of intuitive. With instant startup times, speedy autofocus and minimal shutter lag, the EOS Rebel T3 is one of the fastest cameras available today. It can shoot up to 3.0 fps (frames per second), in bursts of up to approximately 3 JPEGs or 2 RAW files, so you won?t miss a shot.

3.0 fps Continuous Shooting

See the Image on a Large LCD with Live View Function.2.7-inch wide TFT LCD monitor (230,000 dots) with Live View function for improved viewing.

The EOS Rebel T3 has a huge, bright 2.7-inch TFT (thin film transistor) LCD monitor with 230,000 pixels and a viewing angle of 170?. It?s perfect for Live View composition or viewing camera settings like AF, ISO, Metering, AF Point selection and flash options. And the maximum brightness of the EOS Rebel T3 DSLR?s LCD monitor is about 30% greater than its predecessor, which is a big benefit when you?re using the camera in bright sunlight.

Live View FunctionLive View Function enables you to view your subjects directly on the huge 2.7-inch LCD monitor. It?s easy to magnify any part of the scene 5x or 10x for precise manual focus. And now, there are two ways to use Autofocus along with Live View Function in the EOS Rebel T3. You can even choose a grid overlay, perfect for keeping straight lines in your subject straight in your pictures. In the studio, Live View Function can be used remotely via a computer through the EOS Rebel T3 DSLR?s USB connection.

Make Your Images As You See Them.Express your creativity with ease using advanced imaging features like the new Basic+ function, Quick Setting function and Creative Auto.

Basic+ is a new creative imaging feature that makes it easy to create the image effects you want. It can be set with the Quick Control screen in Basic Zone modes. Basic+ provides two options:

Shoot by ambience selection:Based on the Picture Style and its parameters (sharpness, contrast, saturation, and color tone), the exposure compensation and white balance correction are adjusted to attain the selected ambience. You can also select the strength of the ambience effect.

Shoot by lighting or scene type:Although the actual parameter set is the white balance, the settings are expressed in more understandable terms.

The EOS Rebel T3 DSLR?s Quick Control screen gives you instant access to the most common settings, all in one place! It?s a great way to quickly confirm or change settings while you?re shooting. The Quick Control screen is particularly useful when you?re shooting from a tripod or monopod, with the camera at eye level, because it eliminates the need to view the LCD data panel on top of the camera while changing settings.

For beginners looking to expand their photographic horizons, the EOS Rebel T3 offers Creative Auto mode. While basic settings are based on full automatic operation, shooting guides on the LCD screen enable you to make corrections based on simple to follow guidelines. In essence, with Creative Auto mode, you can learn about photography while taking stunning photographs.

Photography Made Truly Easy.New Feature Guide offers short descriptions of each function and Quick Control screen for easy operation.

The Canon EOS Rebel T3 DSLR demystifies great photography by including an in-camera Feature Guide. Appearing on the camera?s LCD, the Feature Guide displays a simple description or advice for the respective function. It is displayed in each shooting mode, during Mode Dial operations, and for Quick Control screen functions (during normal shooting, Live View shooting, movie shooting, and playback). The Feature Guide appears automatically during Mode Dial operations and when a function is selected on the Quick Control screen.

Speedy, Wireless Image Capture and Transmission.Compatibility with SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards.

The EOS Rebel T3 uses popular SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards. Compact, inexpensive and available in increasingly large capacities, SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards are a perfect complement to the EOS Rebel T3 DSLR?s compact and lightweight body design.

Additionally, the EOS Rebel T3 is compatible with Eye-Fi* SD cards, which are outfitted with a Wi-Fi transmitter (IEEE 802.11b/g) and internal antenna for wireless, high-speed transfer of images. With an Eye-Fi card installed, the EOS Rebel T3 can display the Eye-Fi?s connection status and error notes with ease, for fully functional wireless uploading of images directly from the camera.

*Canon cameras are not guaranteed to support Eye-Fi card functions, including wireless transfer. In case of an issue with the Eye-Fi card, please consult with the card manufacturer. The use of Eye-Fi cards may not be available outside the United States and Canada; please contact the card manufacturer for territory availability.

Shooting Made Easy Compatible with the full line of Canon EF and EF-S lenses.

EF & EF-S LensesThe EOS Rebel T3 is compatible with all Canon lenses in the EF and EF-S lineup, ranging from ultra-wide angle to super telephoto lenses. Canon lenses employ advanced optical expertise and micron-precision engineering to deliver unprecedented performance in all facets of the photographic process. Special optical technologies, such as Aspherical, ultra-low dispersion, or fluorite elements are featured in the universally acclaimed L Series lenses, and Canon?s Optical Image Stabilizer technology are featured in select lenses to minimize the effect of camera shake. Through Canon lenses, photographers can truly maximize the quality and liberating performance of the EOS Rebel T3.

What’s In The Box:

  • EOS Rebel T3 Body
  • EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Type II Lens
  • Eyecup EF
  • Wide Strap EW-200DB
  • Interface Cable IFC-130U
  • Battery Pack LP-E10
  • Battery Charger LC-E10
  • EOS Digital Solution Disk and Instruction Manuals"Great photography is Easy"Booklet and"Do More with Macro"Booklet

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The Canon 5157B002 includes the EOS Rebel T3 Digital SLR Camera and the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS type II Lens. This camera and lens is perfect for photographers ready to make the move to digital SLR photography. The EOS Rebel T3 delivers beautiful photos and video, speed, simplicity and fun. It features a 12.2 Megapixel CMOS Image Sensor and Canon DIGIC 4 Image Processor for richly detailed images and quick camera response. It has Canon’s amazing 63-zone, dual-layer metering for accurate exposures and features Canon’s Basic+ function, HD video recording and Live View shooting, plus a convenient in-camera Feature Guide.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A great little DSLR worth your consideration., May 25, 2011
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This review is from: Canon EOS Rebel T3 12.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR with 18-55mm IS II Lens and EOS HD Movie Mode (Black) (Camera)
You will probably read a lot of reviews of this camera that are rather dismissive of its look, feel, and feature set. And while I cannot defend the lack of a rubberized handgrip… spend any amount of time with this camera and you will find it simple, yet competent little DSLR which gets the most important thing right.The camera has a glossy plastic finish which doesn’t exactly exude quality or make it feel like a high-end camera. But construction on this camera is very tight. The plastic is light-weight but its not flimsy like you would expect. There is no rubberized handgrip, which I think was a mistake to omit this on this camera. Especially since its predecessor (and its competitors) have them. Outside of that, the hand grip is a very nice size. The one upshot to the lightweight plastic is that the camera feel very light with the kit lens attached.One thing you have to watch out for is that the camera feels very out of balance when attaching a heavier lens. The Canon EF-S 18-200, while a good performer optically when paired with the T3, feels way too front heavy. And this will be true with a lot of the pro-grade Canon lenses that you attach to the T3.The buttons and menu system have the typical degree of straight-forwardness found in most Canons. Canon’s menu system is easy to learn and navigate through. That makes the T3 a good candidate for a student or someone that wants to learn photography in general and wants a camera they can grow with. Of course it offers full Auto mode but when you’re ready to try and manipulate the more advanced manual controls, the Canon Rebel T3 is about as unintimidating as they come. It’s also a great entry into the DSLR realm for hobbyists currently using an advanced point and shoot (and can be found for almost the same price as some advanced point and shoots).With the exception of burst shooting, this camera’s performance is excellent. Excellent start-up, shot-to-shot, and autofocus performance. It has 9 autofocus points compared to its predecessor’s 7 points. I do not reccommend this camera as a budget action shooter. It has a slow continuous burst rate (2.7fps) and a very limited buffer. If you need a budget action shooting DSLR, your best bet is the Pentax K-r.The camera comes with a nice, chunky battery which delivers excellent battery life. The viewfinder is 95% coverage and I found it to be satisfactory, some people say its really cramped but personally I think it’s alright. The screen resolution is rather low at 230k, but in real-world use it’s not as bad as you would think, and somewhat viewable in direct sunlight. I think both the viewfinder and the LCD are of better quality than the ones found on the Nikon D3100. And overall, the T3 is faster and more fluid than the D3100. After having shot with both cameras, I personally think the T3 is more enjoyable to shoot with… despite the D3100’s better plastic and more advanced spec sheet.The camera ships with the standard 18-55 kit lens but I suggest buying the kit which includes the additional 55-250 lens. While I do not like the kit lens performance when paired with the Rebel T2i & Rebel T3i, I think when it’s paired with the T3 it’s a bit of a different story. The lower end kit lenses have an easier time resolving detail on the T3’s 12 megapixel sensor vs. the 18 megapixel sensor on the T2i/T3i. So, do not let a salesperson or anybody else say that the image quality on this camera is inferior solely on the basis that it has a lower megapixel count than its linemates. However, when you put a higher-end lens on the T2i/T3i, they do trounce the T3 when it comes to resoliving detail (not in noise performance though).That said, overall, the image quality is excellent. Detail capture is good, metering is excellent, exposure is excellent, dynamic range is pretty good, color reproduction is punchy without being cartoonish and oversaturated. The ISO performance is excellent. Excellent performance up to and including ISO1600. One minor quibble is that the JPEGS come out just a tad soft. But they respond well to a little bit of in-camera sharpening or of course you can shoot in RAW as well. But overall, a very impressive performance from the T3.The movie mode, while delivering solid video quality, is rather limited. It’s 1280x720 HD and there are very limited manual controls. It’s more like something you would use for quick clips rather than longer videos or movies. I think the Rebel T2i/T3i or EOS 60d are better choices if you’re equal parts into videos and photos as they have far better video modes than the T3 does. But if you’re main interest is stills photography, this probably won’t matter much to you.The Rebel T3 may not be the sexiest camera around but it is a simple, enjoyable camera to shoot with that delivers nice results with minimum effort and it appeals to a broad range of folks from DSLR newbies, to hobbyist, to even professionals looking for a light-weight backup to their higher end gear. At its current price, it is a great value and I highly reccomend it.
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193 of 196 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great bang for the buck, August 23, 2011
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I think the camera is an amazing buy for the money. I was able to unpack the contents & begin shooting good pictures IMMEDIATELY, using the fully automatic settings & the included partially charged battery. You will however, need to supply an SD Card as this is not included, not even a small one.The menu was a LITTLE confusing at first, but I quickly got the gist of things and am taking good pictures with the camera. Having used the full-auto settings and just dabbling with the advanced settings, I’m very pleased with the purchase and I think anyone who is either new to DSLR cameras or who doesn’t want to spend over $1000 for a ‘pro’ or ‘prosumer’ DSLR will also be very happy with it right out of the box… or ANY of the T series cameras for that matter.If you’re going to be shooting in RAW (or like I do in RAW+L) I recommend getting AT LEAST a 16GB card, if not a 32GB card. The included battery is a champ. It lasts a good long time & charges quickly. I was going to get a 2nd battery, but I don’t think it’s necessary at this time as it lasts for several hundred shots. The manual says it takes 2 hrs to charge a fully depleted battery, but the math doesn’t work out that way. The included charger is portable & charges the included 860mAh Li-Ion battey at a 580mAh rate, so a full charge should be about 1.5hrs. I’ll have to time it when I need a full charge & have the spare time to check it every 10 mins or so beyond the 1hr mark.Only a few negatives:* When using the fully automatic settings indoors the white balance is just a little off, but this is fairly common w/all brands in the entry-level range. It can easily be corrected in photoshop, or by manually choosing one of the white balance lighting scenarios (incandescent bulb, fluorescent, or sun) depending on your situation. My outdoor shots look great on full auto settings.* Having not used an SLR type camera in a NUMBER of years (I’ve never owned a DSLR), I found that the manual it comes with is not very thorough, and neither is the larger PDF manual on the included CD. However; it’s not Canon’s job to teach you photography and therefore I think the manual is just adequate. The only real trouble I had was trying to figure out how to attach the included eyepiece cover when shooting on a tripod w/studio lighting using auto exposure settings… it’s not explained anywhere. You need to slide off the cover that is there already (the eye cushion) and slide on the cover… duh! Cripes O Mighty! They explain how to attach the camera strap (like you really need to read that…), but not the eyepiece cover?! Those experienced with SLR photography don’t need any more, those totally new are covered by both the instuctions & the quick-start guide; but, those in-between won’t find the info they’re looking for here… get this book: Canon EOS Rebel T3/1100D For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech))* There is no memory card included. Even a tiny one would be appreciated for the completely new user to start shooting right away when buying the ‘kit’ version. It may be the 1st D-SLR for the majority of it’s purchasers, but it’s probably not anyone’s 1st digital camera in general.. so you probably have one of these lying around already.* A textured grip would be nice, but like the exclusion of a memory card, this is helping to keep the price down on this puppy.In summary:Is it a good camera for the $$: Yes, 5/5Is it a good camera in general: Yes, 4/5 (auto white balance could be better, textured grip would be nice)Is the ‘kit’ worthwhile: Yes, 4/5 (including even a tiny SD Card would be nice for the camera newbie)Good instructions: Barely, 3/5Would I buy it again: YESRecommend to a friend: YESOverall rating: 5/5Bill
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!, April 8, 2011
This review is from: Canon EOS Rebel T3 12.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR with 18-55mm IS II Lens and EOS HD Movie Mode (Black) (Camera)
I purchased this camera a few days ago and I’ve had nothing but FUN with it! Aside from my simple Kodak Easyshare point and shoot, I had a Canon EOS Elan 7 (35mm) and had been wanting to switch it over to Digital for several years. The longer I waited, the better the camera’s got and more affordable they became.I decided on the Canon T3 mostly because of the affordable price. (Nearly 1/2 of the T3i) I felt like I was getting a very good value for my money. I was right!This camera takes amazing photo’s! Clear, crisp, true color.It’s very easy to use, right out of the box.Fit’s all my old lenses and the remote from the Elan 7All the advanced manual settings I could want topped with the instant gratification of seeing how the settings affect the picture instantly.This camera allows you to use live screen shooting which so many people like these days and it takes HD video.The 12 megapixels is plenty even when enlarging OVER 11 x 14”.For a lower end Canon DSLR, it’s a huge value for the money. This camera is an excellent choice for the hobbiest/enthusiast.I am SOO glad I purchased it!Nakiska
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Nikon COOLPIX L24 14 MP Digital Camera with 3.6x NIKKOR Optical Zoom Lens and 3-Inch LCD (Red) Camera & Photo

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Color: Red

From the Manufacturer

Capture life’s best moments.

Don?t miss the moment.
Girls with balloons in a grassy field

Birthdays. Weddings. Baby?s first steps. With the COOLPIX L24, it’s never been easier to keep these memories alive. This compact camera makes it simple to shoot clear photos and movies that you can e-mail, post on a family website or print and frame at home.

With the COOLPIX L24, it?s easy to capture life’s most precious moments. The Scene Mode system lets you choose from 16 scenes to find the best one for your situation, or you can rely on the Easy Auto Mode to automatically select the best settings for your photos. You’ll also catch unforgettable facial expressions with Nikon’s Smart Portrait System, which includes a Blink Warning that alerts you when your subject may have blinked; in-camera Red-Eye Fix? technology that automatically corrects red eye; and Face-Priority that focuses on up to 12 faces.

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This affordable, lightweight camera is easy to carry and requires easy-to-find AA batteries.

Powerful. Affordable. Unbeatable!

The palm-sized COOLPIX L24 is as powerful as it is affordable. It boasts 14-megapixel recording for razor-sharp photos that will retain their detail on prints as large as 16x20 inches. Plus, a 3.6x optical Zoom-NIKKOR? glass lens features a zoom range from 37mm to 134mm, so you can capture an entire graduation class as easily as you can your favorite graduate.

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Zoom range from 37mm to 134mm.

The COOLPIX L24 makes it a breeze to shoot quality photos and movies. It has a bright, three-inch LCD monitor so it’s easy to see the screen, shoot your picture, and share it with friends. Its three-way Vibration Reduction (VR) Image Stabilization System minimizes the streaky images that result from shots taken with shaky hands. Its motion detector identifies moving subjects and then adjusts the camera’s settings to catch the action, so you?re sure to capture a sandlot player’s game-saving catch or first bike ride.

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Large 3? LCD Display
Memories that move?and move you.

Sometimes a still picture can’t preserve a memory like a moving image. School plays. Piano recitals. A child’s first words. For moments like these, the COOLPIX L24 shoots TV quality movies?complete with sound?at 30fps with 640x480 resolution. It’s never been simpler to capture life’s most special moments, and it’s never been easier to relive them because you can watch them on the camera’s LCD, your TV or your home computer screen.

What’s in the box
  • COOLPIX L24 Digital Camera
  • Strap
  • UC-E6 USB Cable
  • Two AA Alkaline Batteries
  • Nikon View NX 2 CD-ROM

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1.0 out of 5 stars Edited Review - Battery Door Problem, April 7, 2011
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It is with regret that I must edit my review on the Nikon L24.Because of a weak design on the battery cover door I cannot recommend this camera. However, I am leaving the original review below this addition because everything I originally wrote about the operation still stands. The 1-star rating I’m now leaving reflects the inadequate closure design and Nikon’s refusal to replace the battery cover under warranty.The battery door cover on mine broke just like the others who have written about the L20 / L24 series Nikon cameras. My defect made itself known to me after 6 months of use. There was never any abuse, no drops, no bumps, camera was kept in a case except when I was taking or transferring pictures.The lip on the inside of the battery door gave way as I was taking a picture - the door popped open and the batteries dropped at my feet. It took me a minute or two with reading glasses to see exactly what happened and where the breakage/weakness was.For those interested, I have close-up pictures of the broken area and they can be seen on this page:[..link removed..]When I contacted Nikon about this, I was instructed to send in the camera for evaluation. I did (it was worth a $6 gamble). After they got the camera, I was told that the repair would cost approximately $50. I replied back stating that I felt that it was a design flaw and that the repair should be covered under warranty. In a subsequent reply, I was told that the issue is not repairable under warranty but the repair itself would be warrantied for 6 months in case another similar failure occurred.I chose to NOT pay $50 to repair a $100 camera and will attempt a repair myself later. In the meantime, I’ll tape the door closed with electrical tape.Again…*** I cannot recommend the purchase of this camera due to the weak design of the battery door ***. The cover is under constant pressure from the battery springs and the design of the plastic lip is inadequate to take this pressure.My advice to existing owners whose cameras have not broken YET is to take the pressure off of the poorly designed door that is subject to breaking by stretching a piece of good-quality electrical tape to secure the door.Other than the flimsy battery door design, this IS a good camera. Nikon really should be covering this repair under warranty and I’ll be sure the check for similar design flaws if I ever consider another Nikon camera purchase.——————————————————————Original review below——————————————————————Disclaimer: This particular review isn’t being written from an avid photographer’s point of view.I needed a small, inexpensive, good-quality, easy-to-use camera for my job. My main use for this camera is taking good, clear indoor before/after photos of various electronic devices and related components. My requirements are a large LCD viewer, the ability to use common AA batteries, have my settings (date/time, photo mode) retained after batteries were removed and replaced, and a quick way to transfer images to my PC’s that doesn’t rely solely on a USB cable.Preferring not to have to deal with camera angle or cumbersome tricks to reduce flash reflection from shiny surfaces, I was hoping to find something that would allow effective non-flash settings where a semi steadily-held camera could take clear, acceptable indoor pictures as required by the companies that I do work for.As much as I tried, I could not get good, consistent results with the e510 but I seem to have found that camera with the L24.So far with the L24, I’ve taken pictures of HDTV televisions (displays powered both on and off), PCB boards, product labels, macro shots of venting capacitors, etc. - *all without flash*, using only ambient room lighting.For me, time is an important factor and with these onsite job shots, I do not have the time or desire to do pre-shot adjustments or after-processing like resizing, gamma-tweaking, or cropping. The shots I take need to be ready to be attached to an email or be uploaded to technician portals. The settings that I have found that work for me is the “white balance” and “motion detect” set for auto, resolution set for 1024x768 (for email-ready small file and dimension), and flash set for “off”.As long as my subjects aren’t in the shadows, the camera is held relatively steady, and the images framed properly, my pictures are clear and all I have to do once I return home is transfer to my PC, attach and send. The settings as described above allow clear pictures for my uses in both regular and macro modes.The camera remembers my settings with its AA batteries out and its 3” LCD viewer lets me verify a good shot (they’ve all been pretty good so far).Connectivity:All of my PC’s have a card slot that accommodates the SD type, so if the included UC-E6 cable isn’t handy, I remove the SD card from the camera and transfer images that way. If I needed more of these cables, I can get them for $4 each on eBay.You don’t have to use a SD card (camera has 17MB built-in) but I do recommend using a card for the extra storage and image-transfer/connectivity options.When buying a SD card, consider the card-reading compatibility with your existing equipment if you intend on using using the card to transfer images. Some card readers do not read SDHC (high-capacity) cards, I was aware of this potential compatibility issue beforehand and bought a standard SD 2GB (not a SDHC) card.I’m sure once more people buy this camera, more features than I covered will be discussed. There are settings on the L24 that I will probably never use. In my quick tour through the menu settings (haven’t read the manual yet - haha) I didn’t see where you can manually adjust aperture or shutter speed independently but there is an exposure control. The lack of manual settings might be a minus for serious photographers but like I said before, photography isn’t a hobby for me - I just want to take good pictures easily and quickly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Compact Digital Camera, April 23, 2011
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I purchased this camera for quick access during vacation and travel. Although the camera cannot zoom very far it still is a very good camera. Takes very clear pictures and can be slipped into your pockets very easily into my pocket. Transferring pictures is very easy just hook up the camera into the computer and click the you want and drag to the desktop. The only problem i have with the camera is that it has a hard time focusing on small texts. For example i want to copy a receipt and send it to the manufacturer it would come out blurry.Overall this is a great camera and i would highly recommend this for travel or for quick takes
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1.0 out of 5 stars Garbage!, July 25, 2011
This review is from: Nikon COOLPIX L24 14 MP Digital Camera with 3.6x NIKKOR Optical Zoom Lens and 3-Inch LCD (Red) (Camera)
Bought this camera for my daughter. One month later, the battery compartment door retention pins break, rendering the unit useless and there was no way to close the door-not even with tape. I learned of this in July as she was away at school, but it is ‘guaranteed’ for 1 year! Yay! I followed Nikon’s directions to return to them. They advised me that they did not consider this covered as it was possible we may have dropped it or forced the door closed. I calmly explained that wasn’t the case AND that we had a friend with the same camera and same problem! ALSO, you can read the reviews of this camera on various sites (or the L-22) to see that it’s a common gripe. They would not fix it and wanted $93. After the postage/insurance to ship it to them, I could buy a new camera. But I will not ever buy another Nikon product. I am sticking with Canon as they have covered their product for me in the past OUT of warranty!!! You’ve been warned.
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Kindle Touch Touchscreen e-Reader with Wi-Fi, 6” E Ink Display

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Kindle Touch$99
Simple-to-use touchscreen, with audio and built-in Wi-Fi
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Read in Bright SunlightKindle’s high-contrast, most advanced E Ink touchscreen reads like real paper, with no glare. Read as easily in bright sunlight as in your living room.Simple To Use TouchscreenKindle Touch features an easy-to-use touch interface. Turn pages, search, shop books and take notes quickly and easily.Light and CompactOur all-new sleek design sports an 11% smaller body, with the same 6” screen size, and is 8% lighter, only 7.5 ounces.Holds 3,000 BooksCarry up to 3,000 books - keep your entire library with you wherever you go.Two Month Battery LifeNo battery anxiety - read for up to two months on a single charge with wireless off and a half hour of reading per day.New - EasyReachTap to turn pages - no need to swipe, so you can hold Kindle in either hand. Books in 60 SecondsFind a book and start reading in seconds with our fast, free wireless delivery. No computer required.Built-In Wi-FiConnect to Wi-Fi hotspots at home or on the road. Includes free Wi-Fi access at AT&T hotspots across the U.S.Simple to UseKindle Touch is ready to use right out of the box - no setup, no software to install, no computer required to download content.Adjustable Text SizesRead comfortably with eight different sizes and three font styles.Fast page turnsKindle Touch has a powerful processor tuned for fast, seamless page turns.PDF and Personal DocumentsEmail personal documents and PDFs direct to your Kindle to read and annotate on-the-go. Read-to-MeWith Text-to-Speech, Kindle can read English-language content out loud to you, including summaries of newspaper and magazine articles, when available from the publisher. Kindle Owners’ Lending LibraryNEW - With an Amazon Prime membership, Kindle owners can choose from over a hundred thousand books to borrow for free - including over 100 current and former New York Times Bestsellers - as frequently as a book a month, with no due dates. Learn MoreMassive SelectionOver 1 million books, newspapers, and magazines, including latest bestsellers, Kindle exclusives, Audible audiobooks and more.Low Book PricesOver 800,000 books are $9.99 or less.Free Book SamplesDownload and read first chapters for free before you decide to buy.New - X-RayExplore the “bones of a book”. With a single tap, see all the passages across a book that mention ideas, fictional characters, historical figures, places or topics of interest, as well as more detailed descriptions from Wikipedia and Shelfari. Learn MoreNew - Instant TranslationsTap any word or highlight a section to instantly translate into other languages, including Spanish, Japanese, and more. Translations by Bing Translator.Borrow From Your Public LibraryBorrow Kindle books from your public library and start reading on your Kindle. Free Cloud BackupWe automatically back up your library in the cloud, so you never need to worry about losing your books. Re-download wirelessly anytime for free.Buy Once, Read EverywhereKindle books can be read on your Kindle, iPhone, iPad, Android devices, BlackBerry, Windows Phone 7, Mac, PC, or web browser with our free Kindle Reading Apps.WhispersyncOur Whispersync technology synchronizes your last page read, bookmarks and annotations across your devices so you can always pick up where you left off.

Technical Details

Display Amazon’s 6” diagonal most advanced E Ink multi-touch display, optimized with proprietary waveform and font technology, 600 x 800 pixel resolution at 167 ppi, 16-level grayscale.
Size (in inches) 6.8” x 4.7” x 0.40” (172 mm x 120 mm x 10.1 mm)
Weight 7.5 ounces (213 grams)
System Requirements None, because it’s wireless and doesn’t require a computer to download content.
On-device Storage Up to 3,000 books or 4 GB internal (approximately 3 GB available for user content).
Cloud Storage Free cloud storage for all Amazon content
Battery Life A single charge lasts up to two months with wireless off based upon a half-hour of daily reading time. Keep wireless always on and it lasts for up to 6 weeks. Battery life will vary based on wireless usage, such as shopping the Kindle Store, web browsing, and downloading content.
Charge Time Fully charges in approximately 4 hours via the included USB 2.0 cable connected to a computer. U.S. power adapter sold separately.
Wi-Fi Connectivity Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication or or Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS); supports WPA and WPA2 secured networks using 802.1X authentication methods using password authentication; does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks.
USB Port USB 2.0 (micro-B connector)
Audio 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, rear mounted speakers
Content Formats Supported Kindle (AZW), Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), TXT, PDF, Audible (Audible Enhanced(AA,AAX)), MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion.
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Included in the Box Kindle wireless e-reader, USB 2.0 cable, Quick Start Guide. Power adapter sold separately.

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Content
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Web
Experimental browser Experimental browser Experimental browser Experimental browser Amazon Silk cloud-accelerated browser
Display
6” E Ink Pearl 6” E Ink Pearl 6” E Ink Pearl 9.7” E Ink Pearl 7” Vibrant Color IPS
Battery Life, Wireless Off
1 month 2 months 2 months 3 weeks 8 hours continuous reading or 7.5 hours video playback
Storage
2GB on device for 1,400 booksPlus free cloud storage for all Amazon content so you never have to worry about running out of space 4GB on device for 3,000 booksPlus free cloud storage for all Amazon content so you never have to worry about running out of space 4GB on device for 3,500 booksPlus free cloud storage for all Amazon content so you never have to worry about running out of space 4GB on device for 3,500 booksPlus free cloud storage for all Amazon content so you never have to worry about running out of space 8GB on device for 80 apps plus either 10 movies or 800 songs or 6,000 booksPlus free cloud storage for all Amazon content so you never have to worry about running out of space
Dimensions
6.5” x 4.5” x 0.34” 6.8” x 4.7” x 0.40” 7.5” x 4.8” x 0.34” 10.4” x 7.2” x 0.38” 7.5” x 4.7” x 0.45”
Weight
5.98 ounces
7.5 ounces 7.8 ounces
8.5 ounces 8.7 ounces
18.9 ounces 14.6 ounces
Interface
5-way controller multi-touch keyboard keyboard multi-touch

E Ink 101

If you’re purchasing a device primarily for reading, an important consideration is the screen technology. Unlike devices with LCD screens, Kindle e-readers use the latest generation of Electronic Ink (“E Ink”) technology ? E Ink Pearl ? designed specifically to deliver clearer, sharper text that makes reading for extended periods of time more comfortable. Here are some of the advantages to reading on an E Ink device:Reads Like Real Paper, Even in Bright Sunlight E Ink screens look and read just like real paper. Kindle e-readers’ matte screens reflect light like ordinary paper and use no backlighting, so you can read as easily in bright sunlight as in your living room. Unlike LCD screens, E Ink screens have no glare.Easy on the Eyes E Ink uses actual ink particles to create crisp, print-like text similar to what you see in a physical book. And Kindle e-readers also use proprietary, hand-built fonts to take advantage of the special characteristics of the ink to make letters appear clear and sharp.
? Less eye fatigue: Every time your eye switches from a bright screen to a dimmer, ambient room, your eyes have to adjust, which may result in fatigue. With E Ink, the page is the same brightness as everything else in the room so there’s no adjustment needed. ? Reduced glare: All E Ink surfaces are treated to be matte like a printed page, reducing glare and increasing legibility. ? Read in any position: E Ink screens have a uniform contrast ratio that does not change with your viewing angle, so you can read in any position. ? Sharp, clear text: E Ink screens have 100% aperture ratio, so there are no gaps between pixels. The blacks and whites on an E Ink screen are uniform, improving image quality.
Read with One Hand Ranging from 5.98 ounces to 8.7 ounces, Kindle e-readers are lighter than most paperback books, and weigh half as much as many LCD tablet devices, making it easy and comfortable to hold in one hand for extended periods of time. Longer Battery Life Electronic ink screens also have the advantage of significantly lower power consumption than LCD screens. E Ink screens do not require power to maintain a page of text, allowing you to read for up to a month or two on a single charge versus hours on a tablet or smart phone.

Detailed Features

Elegant, Easy-to-use design
Lose Yourself in Your Reading The most elegant feature of a physical book is that it disappears while you’re reading. Immersed in the author’s world and ideas, you don’t notice a book’s glue, the stitching, or ink. Our top design objective is to make Kindle Touch disappear ? just like a physical book ? so you can get lost in your reading, not the technology. Ergonomic Design Kindle Touch is easy to hold and read. We designed it with long-form reading in mind. When reading for long periods of time, people naturally shift positions and often like to read with one hand. Kindle Touch has a new ergonomic design so it can be held comfortably however you choose to read. Touch Controls and Virtual Keyboard Kindle Touch features a full touchscreen display that puts page turns, navigation and note-taking at your fingertips. Tap unknown words to call up definitions in the dictionary, highlight sections of text to send to a friend, or search, shop and type with a virtual keyboard that appears on screen just when you need it and provides suggestions automatically as you type. New Touch Experience - EasyReach Amazon invented a new type of touch experience that eliminates the fatigue caused by continuously swiping to turn the page, and that allows readers to hold Kindle with either hand while still turning pages comfortably. With EasyReach, Kindle Touch users can effortlessly page forward in a book or a periodical while holding the device with either hand. Tapping on most of the screen area will page forward, the most common action done when reading; tapping in a narrow area near the left edge of the device turns to the previous page; and tapping on the top part of the screen brings up the toolbars for further options. This is another way that Kindle helps readers get lost in the author’s world. Never Gets Hot Unlike a laptop, Kindle Touch never gets hot so you can read comfortably as long as you like.
Wireless Capability
Built-in Wi-Fi Kindle Touch automatically detects nearby Wi-Fi networks at school, home, or your favorite caf?. At a hotel or caf? that requires a password? Simply enter the password and connect to the network. Once you have added a Wi-Fi network, Kindle Touch will automatically connect to that network the next time you?re near the hotspot. Free Access at AT&T Hotspots Enjoy free Wi-Fi access at AT&T hotspots across the U.S. for shopping and downloading Kindle content ? no AT&T registration, sign-in, or password required.
Reading on Kindle
Adjustable Text Sizes, Font Choices Kindle Touch has eight adjustable font sizes to suit your reading preference. You can increase the text size of your favorite book or periodical with the push of a button. If your eyes tire, simply increase the font size and continue reading comfortably. Kindle Touch also has three font styles to choose from ? all optimized and hand-tuned to provide the best reading experience. Custom Fonts Kindle Touch uses hand-built, custom fonts and font-hinting to make words and letters more crisp, clear, and natural-looking. Font hints are instructions, written as code, that control points on a font character’s line, improving legibility at small font sizes where few pixels are available. Hinting is a mix of aesthetic judgments and complicated technical strategies. We’ve designed our proprietary font-hinting to optimize specifically for the special characteristics of electronic ink. Fast Page Turns Kindle Touch has fast page turns. We?ve done this by fine-tuning Kindle Touch?s proprietary waveform, the series of electronic pulses that move black and white electronic ink particles to achieve an optimal display of images and text. Support for Non-Latin Characters Kindle Touch supports the display of non-Latin characters, so you can read books and documents in the translation that’s right for you. Kindle Touch displays Cyrillic (such as Russian), Japanese, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), and Korean characters, in addition to Latin and Greek scripts. Full Image Zoom Images and photos display crisply on Kindle Touch and can be zoomed to the full size of the screen. Rotate Between Portrait and Landscape Mode Switch between portrait and landscape orientation to read maps, graphs, and tables more easily. Real Page Numbers Easily reference and cite passages or read alongside others in a book club or class with real page numbers. Using the computing fabric of Amazon Web Services, we’ve created algorithms that match specific text in a Kindle book to the corresponding text in a print book, to identify the correct, “real” page number to display. Real page numbers are available on tens of thousands of our most popular Kindle books, including the top 100 bestselling books in the Kindle Store that have matching print editions. Page numbers are displayed when you touch the top of your screen. Carry and Read Your Personal Documents Kindle Touch makes it easy to take your personal documents with you, eliminating the need to print. You and your approved contacts can e-mail documents ? including Word, PDF and more - directly to your Kindle and read them in Kindle format. Your personal documents will be stored in your Kindle library on Amazon and ready to download conveniently anywhere at any time. You can add notes, highlights and bookmarks, which are automatically synchronized across devices along with the last page you read using our Whispersync technology. You can read your PDFs in their native format and convert them to the Kindle format so that it reflows like a regular Kindle book. Learn more.
Dictionary and Search
Built-In Dictionary with Instant Lookup Come across a word you don’t know? Kindle Touch includes The New Oxford American Dictionary with over 250,000 entries and definitions for free. Kindle Touch lets you instantly look up the definition without ever leaving the book ? simply touch and hold the word you want to check and the definition will automatically display at the bottom of the screen. Search Wikipedia and the Web Kindle Touch makes it easy to find what you’re looking for. Just enter a word or phrase and Kindle will search every instance across your Kindle library, in the Kindle Store, on Wikipedia, or the Web using Google search. X-Ray Amazon invented X-Ray, a new feature that lets customers explore the ?bones of the book.? With a single tap, readers can see all the passages across a book that mention ideas, fictional characters, historical figures, places or topics that interest them, as well as more detailed descriptions from Wikipedia and Shelfari, Amazon?s community-powered encyclopedia for book lovers. Amazon built X-Ray using its expertise in language processing and machine learning, access to significant storage and computing resources with Amazon S3 and EC2, and a deep library of book and character information. The vision is to have every important phrase in every book.
Notes and Sharing
Bookmarks and Annotations Add annotations to text, just like you might write in the margins of a book, with a virtual keyboard that appears just when you need it. And because it is digital, you can edit, delete, and export your notes. You can highlight and clip key passages and bookmark pages for future use. You’ll never need to bookmark your last place in the book, because Kindle remembers for you and always opens to the last page you read. Popular Highlights See what millions of Kindle readers think are the most interesting passages in your books. If several other readers have highlighted a particular passage, then that passage will be highlighted in your book along with the total number of people who have highlighted it. View details. Share Meaningful Passages Share your passion for books and reading with friends, family, and other readers around the world by posting meaningful passages to social networks like Facebook and Twitter directly from your Kindle Touch, without leaving the page. Want to post or tweet about a great new novel or newspaper article? When you highlight a passage or create a note in your book or periodical, you can easily share it with your social network. Help your network of family and friends discover new authors and books. Public Notes Share your notes and see what others are saying about Kindle books. Any Kindle user ? including authors, book reviewers, professors and passionate readers everywhere ? can opt-in to share their thoughts on book passages and ideas with friends, family members, colleagues, and the greater Kindle community. Learn more. Lend Your Books Lend eligible Kindle books to other Kindle or Kindle app users. Each eligible book can be lent once for a period of 14 days. Not all books are lendable ? the publisher or rights holder determines which titles are enabled for lending. For more information on how to lend Kindle books, visit our help page. Public Library Books Customers can check out a Kindle book from their local library and start reading on any Kindle or free Kindle reading app. Learn more.
Customize Your Kindle
Choose Your Language You can customize your Kindle with the language you prefer. You can set your default language on Kindle to English (US and UK), German, French, Spanish, Italian, or Brazilian Portuguese. Organize Your Library Organize your Kindle library into customized collections, or categories, to easily access any book you are looking for. You can add an item to multiple collections to make organizing and finding titles even easier. For example, you can add the same book to your “History” and “My Favorite Authors” collections. Password Protection With password protection functionality, you can choose to lock your Kindle Touch automatically when not in use.
Special Offers
Special Offers and Sponsored Screensavers You’ll receive special offers and sponsored screensavers directly on your Kindle Touch, including AmazonLocal deals in select cities. Examples of past special offers include:
? $30 for one month of unlimited yoga classes in your city ($119 value) ? Save up to $500 on select HDTVs ? $1 for a Kindle book, choose from thousands ? $15 for $30 worth of groceries at your local store
Your offers display on your Kindle Touch screensaver and on the bottom of the home screen—they don’t interrupt reading.
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Experimental Features
WebKit-Based Browser Kindle’s experimental web browser is based on WebKit. It’s easy to find the information you’re looking for right from your Kindle Touch. Experimental web browsing is free. Read-to-Me With the Text-to-Speech feature turned on, Kindle Touch can read English newspapers, magazines, blogs, and books out loud to you, unless the book’s rights holder made the feature unavailable. You can switch back and forth between reading and listening, and your spot is automatically saved. Pages automatically turn while the content is being read, so you can listen hands-free. You can choose from both male and female voices which can be sped up or slowed down to suit your preference. In the middle of a great story or article but have to jump in the car? Simply turn on Text-to-Speech and listen on the go. Listen to Music and Podcasts Transfer MP3 files to Kindle Touch to play as background music while you read. You can quickly and easily transfer MP3 files via USB by connecting Kindle Touch to your computer.
Is Kindle Touch or Kindle Touch 3G right for me?
Kindle Touch is a great choice if you already have a high-speed internet connection and wireless router set up in your home and do not need the added convenience of a 3G connection. 3G enables you to download books anytime, anywhere, while on the go. If you do not have Wi-Fi set up in your home, Kindle Touch 3G may be a better option. Kindle Touch 3G is the easiest option because there is no wireless setup?you are ready to shop, purchase, and read right out of the box. Built-in free 3G connectivity uses the same wireless signals that cell phones use, but there are no monthly fees or commitments ? Amazon pays for Kindle Touch’s 3G wireless connectivity. The added convenience of 3G enables you to download books anytime, anywhere, while on the go?without having to find a Wi-Fi hotspot connection. Your Kindle may use wireless connectivity to make other services available, such as wireless delivery of personal documents, which may require an additional charge. For more information, see Wireless Terms and Conditions. With wireless coverage in over 100 countries and territories, Kindle Touch 3G lets you download books anytime, anywhere, whether you’re relaxing on a beach, halfway through a hike, or waiting on the tarmac. Check 3G coverage area For U.S. customers traveling abroad, additional charges apply for wireless delivery of periodical subscriptions. For details, click here. To avoid any charges, you can always download items via your computer and transfer them to your Kindle using USB or a Wi-Fi connection.
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6,067 of 6,191 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 starsA Solid Successor to the Kindle Keyboard, November 14, 2011
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For my review, I’m going to focus it on the differences between the previous Kindle Keyboard, Wi-Fi, 6” E Ink Display - includes Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers (which I’ll refer to as the K3), and the Kindle Touch (KT)USE - As far as the reading experience, I really like the touch compared to the physical buttons on the previous generation. At first I was worried that I would constantly be turning the page from accidentally touching the screen, but this didn’t become much of an issue. The screen is broken up into mapped sections, so if you touch the far left side that covers about 1” of the left of the screen, it goes to the previous page. If you touch anywhere on the other 80% of the screen beside that, it goes forward. Touch the top 1” margin, and it will bring up the menu. There is also a physical button on the bottom of the touch that serves as the Home button and will take you straight to the Home menu. The area where I found the touch most useful is the dictionary. Previously, if I wanted to look up the definition of a word, I had to use the clunky joystick to navigate through the text. If a word was at the very bottom at the end of the sentence, sometimes I’d usually just ignore it rather than go through the trouble of pressing that joystick 15 times. With the Touch, I can simply touch the word and hold it down for about 1.5 seconds (so it knows I’m not trying to turn the page) to access the dictionary, which is incredibly useful and time-saving. Underlining phrases and highlighting works almost the same way. You hold down the first word in the sentence, then after two-three seconds it will recognize what you are doing, and then you drag your finger across the rest. I never used to do this before but now I do it all the time. The Kindle Fire actually handles the dictionary search much better. Though this is probably one of the only things the Fire does better than the Touch as far as ebooks. When you swipe your finger across the page or drag it down to change, the page changes just like it did with the Kindle Keyboard, in that it draws the next page. So there is a very short flash. It does not seamlessly and fluidly switch like it does with an iPad or what you would expect if you scrolled your mouse down a web site. This doesn’t detract from it at all for me. There is a new X-Ray feature that you can click on to bring up more ideas and common features of the book, but it is apparently only available on select titles and none of my books had it so I couldn’t try it out. The Kindle Touch does not allow you to switch the display to landscape mode like the basic Kindle does. I have no idea why but I would be surprised if they did not resolve this in a future firmware update.Form Factor - Even though the changes are fairly small, they feel significant. The KT is only .1” less xxx, and a little over half an inch shorter than the K3, but after several hours of using it, I feel like I can hold it longer with one hand than with the K3. I think the main contributor to this is that this Kindle is one ounce lighter than the K3. This is a very noticeable difference from the K3. One ounce adds up after hours of holding it in front of you with one hand. I never had a real problem holding the previous version, but this one seems even easier.Real Page Numbers - the K3 only displayed a percentage of the book completed or some weird “location” setting that I never understood. The KT displays the actual page number, regardless of what zoom setting you have it on. This is a big improvement for me, especially after I realized how difficult it is for them to be able to do this. This does not work on every book, but most of the popular books I have checked it with have it.Book Lending - This is another huge improvement and just another reason to make the jump from regular books to a Kindle. You can finally lend your books to other people with Kindles. You can lend a book only once, and only for 14 days. I am okay with that because I understand the need to curb piracy. My only problem is that the book has to be eligible for this option and so far, most of the books in my collection aren’t.Display - Same as before on the K3, with a few improvements. The short flash that you get when turning the page (although I never really notice it) while the Kindle loads up the next page, occurs less frequently. This makes the Touch feel a lot more like a real book. Even though the display is monochrome, the KT delivers very crisp black and white images, and renders photos and images very well. I have tried out the Kindle Fire as well, but I still prefer the Kindle Touch due to E-Ink, which I think looks much better than backlit text, especially since I like to read for 4-5 hours at a time. Reading in the sunlight with E-Ink compared to a backlit screen is no contest. It is the difference between night and day (pun intended). Newspapers, magazines, and PDFs all look better on the Fire though (although with some limitations as you can see in my review for that product). If your main purpose of buying a Kindle is to read, I highly recommend the Kindle Touch over the Kindle Fire. Even though the E-ink on the touch is supposed to be improved over the K3, it must be very slight, because I noticed almost no difference. Even photos look pretty much the same across both devices. I have uploaded several photos into the image gallery so you can compare the two.Wi-Fi - I originally ordered the 3G version of the Touch, then cancelled when I realized I almost never used it. If you travel a lot and are a voracious reader, it might be worth it. But if you have access to a computer it is so much easier to download a lot of books at once so you always have something available to read when you finish your current book. You can save a lot of money by foregoing the 3G option. If you don’t have wireless, you can always transfer books through the USB. If you want to save even more money, make sure to order the Kindle with Special Offers. Not only do you save $40, but most people I have seen actually prefer it. The offers are very unobtrusive, and after a couple months with the regular Kindle, you will get sick of looking at that Agatha Christie screensaver over and over. The offers are even fairly useful and will pay for themselves. If Amazon added new screensavers every few weeks or let you add your own, it might not be so bad, but they get really boring after awhile. Trust me on this, and get the Special Offers version.Battery - Advertised as 2 months. Battery life seems on par with the K3, which also advertised as 2 months. Be warned that if you add a lighted cover such as the Kindle Touch Lighted Leather Cover, Black your battery life is going to be diminished since it draws power from the device, however it is still going to be overwhelmingly sufficient for an electronic device. I use my Kindle Touch Lighted Leather Cover, Wine Purple during most of my reading and only have to charge my Touch about every three weeks.Storage - Same 4gb storage as on the K3, which will hold roughly 3,000 books. The average 500 page book is around 500kb. Considering this device also comes with access to Amazon’s cloud storage for saving backups, I think it’s very unlikely anyone would ever need to store more than 3,000 books. If your device is getting full, just back up your old books to the cloud, and they’re there if you ever want them again. 3,000 books on your Kindle makes things rather difficult to manage unless you have everything sorted into separate folders.Text-to-Speech and Experimental Features - The Text-to-Speech option on the kindle is rather useless in my opinion. This is the same functionality as on the K3, and it is fairly difficult to listen to the automated (mostly) monotone voice reading your novels. I don’t know many people who actually use this feature. Audiobooks are better, but I still think they’re just too expensive for me. The experimental browser is nice to have in a pinch, but it is so slow and clunky to use (you can’t really see anything unless you magnify certain sections of the screen), that I don’t really see anyone using it either. The touch feature does make it much easier to use than the previous version, which required you to navigate through the links using a cursor and joystick, but the browser is still too slow to be of any use. I will look things up with Wikipedia occasionally but you can’t do any real extended web browsing with it. If you really want this feature, you should look into the Kindle Fire. The MP3 Payer is back, and much improved since you can now see the artist and title of the song you’re listening to on a visual display, although the Touch is definitely not to be confused with an actual music player. I use this feature sometimes as background music while I’m reading or when I go to sleep, since it uses very little battery.Touch Capability - This is where the device shines. I originally thought it wouldn’t be that much better than the previous version, however I have found the touch function is so intuitive and much more useful than I would have thought. I like to use the embedded dictionary a lot, and it is a bit of a pain to use the joystick from the K3 to scroll down to the word I want and look it up. With the Touch, I can just touch the word and have it jump straight to the dictionary. This is a GREAT feature. I have also found it useful when I read books like the Lone Wolf 1: Flight From the Dark series, which has you constantly using… Read more ?
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5.0 out of 5 starsFirst Kindle: Chose Touch over the Keyboard, November 23, 2011
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I’ve had my Touch for almost a day now, and it’s pretty awesome. I’m not a big reviewer, but I figured several people may be in a similar position as I was yesterday, so here we go…I’m definitely an avid reader. Actually, as I type this, I have roughly 1000 books sitting on a wall of shelves behind me. E-readers have always intrigued me, but I’ve never felt like they were worth $199 or more; however, when the Kindle Fire was announced, I thought they had released the Kindle for me.I watched video reviews, “hands-on” videos, read numerous reviews, etc. I was pretty sure that I wanted a Fire, but as I thought about it, I wasn’t convinced that the Fire really provided me with access to anything that I couldn’t do on my phone (HTC Inspire 4g). Other than a bigger screen, the Fire was actually pretty limited (for my purposes). I mean, I would only be able to use the browser and watch videos in areas with WiFi (i.e. at home, at work, or at retail location with WiFi). If I’m at home, I’ll probably just watch videos on my tv and access the internet on my desktop or my laptop. At work I’m too busy for the Fire to get much use. And other than the occasional trip to Starbucks (and by occasional, I mean like once a month), I don’t really make use of hot spots.SOO…I decided the Fire didn’t really justify the extra money for something I already have access to through my phone, laptop/desktop, or tv. This caused me to run the gambit of reviews for the Kindle Touch and the Kindle Keyboard. Best Buy was advertising the Kindle Keyboard 3G (with ads) for $89, so price wasn’t really a distinguishing feature for me. My thoughts:Touch:- Kindle Touch is full-on touchscreen, and based on video reviews, it looked a little laggy- Kindle Touch will probably drive me nuts with fingerprints/smudges- Kindle Touch seems like a digress in touchscreen technology (like using a late 90s ATM)- Kindle Touch doesn’t have physical buttons for page turns, which seemed like it would be a negative- The $99 doesn’t have 3G, so I’d be limited to Wifi- Highlighting and note-taking seems like it would be difficult on a laggy screen- Looking up words will probably be easierKeyboard:- Kindle Keyboard has a decent keyboard and physical page turn buttons- Kindle Keyboard has strong support through reviews (not many people don’t love it)- The Best Buy sale lets you have free 3G for cheap- Fingerprints/smudges won’t be an issueAfter considering all of this, I went to Best Buy absolutely intending on buying a Kindle Keyboard. I got there, and of course, they had demo models of both. I figured, “What the heck…might as well make sure I like the Keyboard more.”I played with both for over an hour. I read books, made notes, made highlights, looked up words, went to the menu, back to a book, back to the menu. I went forward through a few pages. I went back through the same pages. I did everything I thought I would normally do while reading. My decision?- The Kindle Touch touchscreen does have a slight delay, but it’s definitely not a late 90s ATM. It’s a delay, but just long enough for you to demonstrate a slight bit of patience (and to be honest, if you’re an avid reader, patience is probably a virtue you can easily put into practice. There’s a reason you’re reading a book and not watching a movie.)- Highlighting/note-taking is actually much more convenient on the Touch. Just press where you want to start, wait a second, drag to where you want to stop, and click highlight. Much easier (in my opinion) than moving the cursor down to where you want to start with the d-pad, clicking enter, dragging the cursor to where you want to stop, and then clicking enter again.- Note-taking is slightly more convenient on the Keyboard simply because you can just start typing (if you’re not overly concerned about the exact line the note is attached to). If you are concerned about the location of your notes, then using the d-pad to move the cursor was not only inconvenient but also uncomfortable (I have pretty big hands, so doing all of this one-handed required me to contort my thumb in a very odd way to use the d-pad).- I didn’t really like the keyboard on the Keyboard. The buttons are very heavy, so you have to give them a decent push to register a keystroke. Also, the qwerty layout is not a true qwerty layout, so beware of that. I had to be very conscious of the keys I was pushing otherwise I ended up with notes like: “The Kimdle keynoard is very mice.” VERY ANNOYING (especially if you take a ton of notes…which I do).- The page turn button on the Keyboard was very annoying. The page turn button on the demo model gave two very audible clicks when I pressed it. The clicks were distracting, taking me “out” of the book after every page.- After thinking about it, the free 3G wasn’t a huge benefit. I could only think of a few scenarios where it would have been useful: 1) I’m somewhere with no WiFi and I’ve read everything on my Kindle and I’m absolutely going to die unless I read a book right then (which I could easily do on my phone, which DOES have 3G…not free, but it’d resolve this scenario). 2) I’m reading somewhere and I get an urge to share something via Twitter/Facebook. No 3G, no sharey sharey. Yet, again, if I ABSOLUTELY felt the urge to share something, I have a phone in my pocket that is fully capable of accomplishing this task.Overall, I was almost dumbfounded that I preferred the Touch over the Keyboard. I actually delayed my purchase and took my wife to the store and had her play with both to see if I was just crazy. She agreed: the keyboard on the Keyboard is poorly designed, the clicking is annoying, and the screen on the Touch is actually pretty incredible. (Edit: The clicking page-turn buttons on the Keyboard may be confined to the demo unit I used. I played with another Keyboard at another Best Buy and there was no clicking. Regardless, the tapping/swiping on the Touch is a much more natural movement for me.)So far, I love my Touch. It will definitely be more convenient than carrying my normal 3-4 books around in my backpack.For those on the fence, I hope this helped.UPDATE: Just a few additional notes worth mentioning (notes as of 12/24…my Touch has had a little over a month of use now):- (This may only apply to those who are thinking of purchasing their first Kindle) While the ability to make notes and highlights directly on the device is very handy, a huge time-saver, and a pretty awesome convenience, the dictionary function is by far one of the more intuitive features. It is incredibly useful to simply touch an unknown word and have the definition pop up. I first noticed the convenience of this option when I literally pushed on an unknown word in a paperback book, an action that was observed by my wife, resulting in: 1) my wife laughing hysterically, 2) me feeling a little ridiculous, and 3) I still didn’t known what the word meant. I’m definitely spoiled.- For those not willing to flip through the additional comments: the ad-supported version is actually pretty useful. I’ve purchased a few Amazon Local deals and used one Amazon e-book coupon during the course of this month. (As I mentioned in one of my replies, the ads may not be as useful to those who live outside of a major metropolitan area.)- The battery life is pretty legit. On 12/21, I decided to charge my Kindle for the first time since 11/22. A complete month of fairly heavy use, and I probably had at least a few more days to go, if not a full week, before I really NEEDED to charge it. WiFi was off for the majority of that time, but I’m not too sure why you’d need WiFi on when you’re not downloading new content.- Fingerprints have not been an issue at all. The only slightly negative thing I’ve noticed with the screen is the occasional hair stuck in the edge of the screen. Nothing major, but it is a little annoying.- I love my Touch. I use it daily, sometimes for a few hours at a time. I find myself almost loathing reading a hard-copy book, primarily for no other reason than having to hold the book open (Ugh…), and turn the pages (Moan…), and find a bookmark (Groan…).Maybe I’m just lazy.Regardless, the Touch is awesome. Probably the best $100 I’ve spent in a while.
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5.0 out of 5 starsA worthy upgrade over other Kindles!, November 20, 2011
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Length:: 9:09 MinsPlease watch my video review here. Thanks for watching and I hope it helps.General observations:- Controlling/manipulating things on the screen is so much easier with the touch screen-it’s a lot more intuitive!- Athough I don’t show it in the video, you can swipe instead of tap to turn pages. You may also use your left hand to page forward by tapping slightly more in from the left edge. It works quite well.- Looking up a word is as easy as pressing on that word. No more fumbling with a 5-way controller. You can additionally highlight blocks of text quite easily by just swiping over it.- Kindle Touch also has the new X-Ray feature which is really neat. It can be interesting to see a summary listing of facts from a given book about a person mentioned for instance. The Kindle Keyboard does not include this feature.
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Transcend 16GB Class 10 SDHC Card (TS16GSDHC10) Electronics

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Capacity: 16 GB | Package Type: Retail

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High-end digital devices become more powerful and offer better video and audio quality than ever before. It is therefore important to use a memory card that gives you excellent performance and reliability when you need it most. Featuring data transfer speeds of up to 20MB/s, Transcend?s “Ultimate” series Class 10 SDHC cards allow you to capture every moment with your high-quality digital cameras and Full-HD camcorders.

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With up to 17MB/s write speed, these cards provide enhanced camera response for fast-motion image capture as well as smooth Full HD video recording. Available in capacities up to 32GB, Transcend?s “Ultimate” series Class 10 SDHC cards provide all photography enthusiasts with sufficient space for your high-resolution digital masterpieces. This unique combination of speed and capacity not only helps you record special family memories in smooth 1920 x 1080p Full HD video, but also enables high-speed consecutive shooting - especially important at your child?s sporting events.

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To ensure you get the most from your device, SDHC Class 10 cards guarantee read/write speeds of at least 10MB per second, currently the highest speed class of the SDHC standard. They offer excellent multi-platform compatibility for all SDHC / SDXC devices and require very little power, which helps extend the life of your camera battery. Whether you are an amateur with a compact point and shoot digital camera or a skilled professional using a high-end DSLR camera, Transcend?s “Ultimate” series Class 10 SDHC cards release the full power of your digital devices.

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For an extra layer of security, Transcend SDHC Class 10 UHS-I memory cards include our exclusive RecoveRx? software ? a user-friendly interface which allows you to search deep within a storage device for traces of erased files that can be rescued.

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  8 Megapixel1 12 Megapixel2 RAW3 Full HD4
4GB 960 photos 640 photos 274 photos 60 minutes
8GB 1920 photos 1280 photos 548 photos 120 minutes
16GB 3840 photos 2560 photos 1096 photos 240 minutes
32GB 7680 photos 5120 photos 2192 photos 480 minutes

1Based on file size 4MB. 2Based on file size 6MB. 3Based on total size 14MB. 4Full HD Video based on 1920x1080 9Mbps H.264 AVC compression.

Storage capacity approximations are for general reference only. Actual results will vary depending on resolution, compression quality, video frame rate/interlace settings, and content.

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Transcend 16GB Class 10 SDHC Flash Memory Card (TS16GSDHC10E) - Frustration Free Package Certified Frustration Free Packaging Amazon.com has certified this product’s packaging is Frustration Free. A Frustration Free Package is easy-to-open and comes without excess packaging materials such as hard plastic “clamshell” casings, plastic bindings, and wire ties. It is exactly the same as a traditionally packaged product we’ve just streamlined the packaging to be opened without the use of a box cutter or knife and will protect your product just as well as traditional packaging during shipping. Products with Frustration-Free Packaging can frequently be shipped in their own boxes, without the need for an additional shipping box.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Value for the Price, April 11, 2010
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Length:: 1:10 MinsUpdate 3/6/2012 I own about 20 Transcend cards now. They have all worked without an issue untill today. I dread calling any company for return support because it usually is such a tortured experience…(Ever tried calling SanDisk for product support?) Withing 20 seconds of dialing I was connected to their representative Marc Crawford. He was able to quickly and clearly guide me to the support I needed. It was such a shockingly great experience that I wanted to pass it along to potential purchasers.UPDATE 9-10 I own 4 of these cards now. I have more of these than any other card I own because they are a very good value for capacity/price/and speed. My initial disappointment over the lack of super high speed is outweighed by the reality that this card is an exceptional value.If you own a compact digital camera, or SD/HD video camera, this card will exceed the capabilities of all of them. For compact cameras the card isn’t usually the slowest part of the data write process, it’s the camera.This card unloads very quickly with a 20MB/s read speed. You will need a SDHC card reader if you don’t have one. A standard SD card reader will not read a HC (high capacity) card.These cards make great gifts. I have given several of the 8 Gig cards as gifts and have received appreciation and great comments from all the recipients.UPDATED REVIEW:I purchased this card making the assumption that all class 10 cards had the same read and write speed. This was a poor assumption on my part. In order for a card to qualify for class 10 speed the card needs to be certified to have 10MB/s write and read speed. Some manufacturers classify their cards at a slower speed even though they qualify for a higher class. SanDisk make some cards that would qualify for class 10 and rates them as class 6.The product photo on Amazon does not have the card’s speed printed on it. The card that was shipped shows the front of the card printed with “20MB/s” which is the cards read speed. The cards write speed is 16MB/s.I own a SanDisk Extreme III class 10 card that has (up to) 30MB/s read and write speed. My Nikon D-90 that can take advantage of the SanDisk cards speed. The difference is the SanDisk card can capture 100 photos at fine resolution in 24 seconds. The Transcend card captures 66 photos in the same time/resolution.I reality very few people will ever have the need to drill off 100 photos in 24 seconds, but I can’t stand to lose a good shot because the camera is slow while writing to the card and I can’t fire the shutter. You can hear this happen at about 4.5 seconds in the video review. This does not happen with the SanDisk class 10 30MB/s card.If you own an SLR that is capable of rapid fire, high-resolution photography you may want to consider the SanDisk Extreme III 30 MB/s card. It is expensive.This card is reasonably priced for a class 10 card. Just know what you are getting, what your needs may be, and what else is available. I own other Transcend cards and they have always worked properly without any issues.The video that I attached shows this card with the same 24 seconds that I gave the SanDisk Card.To see the SanDisk Extreme III 30MB/s video demo and review on Amazon go to:Sandisk SDSDX3-008G-E31 8GB Extreme III SD Card 30MB/s (RETAIL PACKAGE)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast, fast, fast!, March 15, 2010
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I bought this card for my Canon T1i. The card I had been using before ordering this one was a Kingston Class 6 micro sd card and it worked well enough for the type of shooting I did. Class 6 was the card speed that Canon recommended when I bought my T1i (Class 10 cards were not yet available) and it seemed fast enough for the way I used my camera - isolated single photos taken at Medium (8 MP) or Large (15 MP) jpg settings and 1280 x 720 video. And while I ocassionally took continuous photos, I had never much exceeded 5-10 photos in a row and had never run into a problem with my Class 6 card.When I first saw the Class 10 cards I did some experiments with my camera. How many continuous Large photos could I take before the camera slowed down? It turned out to be about 30. And how many RAW photos could I take before the camera slowed down? It turned out to be about 9. SInce I did not generally take any photos in RAW and never needed more than about 10 continuous photos at Large, the Class 6 card seemed more than sufficient for my needs. But I wondered about the speed of the Class 10 cards enough that I finally bought one.It turns out that the Class 10 card is sufficiently fast that there does not seem to be a reasonable upper limit on single Large photos. I have taken 60 on continuous without an issue. And although I still cannot take more than 9 RAW photos on continuous with the Class 10 card, when I am finished taking those photos the camera no longer displays a Wait - writing pictures screen. The RAW photos get written from the built-in memory to the card so quickly that the camera does not need to display the Wait screen.So this card is fast! Given the way I take photos this purchase was unnecessary, but still I am glad I bought it. I know I will not run into a situation where speed is an issue with this card.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast!, April 8, 2010
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I purchased this for use with my new Canon T2i. I use it primarily for shooting full resolution 1080p video, although I shoot stills as well.The camera choked on the class 4 chip that I originally purchased, but with this one, it is amazing. I can shoot rapidfire 18 megapixel stills (I’ve tested it up to 30+ shots in a row), and there is no lag. I’ve never had an error when shooting hi-def video.Highly recommended! I’m buying another one.
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Samsung Galaxy Tab (10.1-Inch, 16GB, Wi-Fi) Computers & Accessories

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Size Name: 16GB

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Discover the next generation of portable entertainment with the thin, light, and powerful Samsung WiFi Galaxy Tab 10.1-Inch. Showcasing a 10.1-inch widescreen HD display and a dual-core processor for stunning detail and speed, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 delivers sharper movies, better game graphics, and crystal-clear video chats. Surf the web in its full glory with Adobe Flash compatibility and WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. The Android 3.1 Honeycomb OS provides open access to over 200,000 Android Market apps, giving you the freedom to customize your Tab however you please. At 1.25 pounds, this sleek, 0.34-inch-thick tablet is designed for premium mobile computing around the house and on the go.

WiFi Galaxy Tab 10.1-Inch(16 GB)At a Glance: 10.1-inch HD widescreen display offers high resolution 1.25 pounds and 0.34 inches thick for maximum portability Adobe Flash compatible for unrestricted web browsing Android 3.1 OS with open access to over 200,000 apps for full customization Dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM provide power and speed 3-megapixel camera and camcorder; front-facing video chat camera Compatible with a wide spectrum of Google services, media, and document files Limited one-year warranty Slim, lightweight body is designed for easy grip and portability. View larger. Features a 3-megapixel camera for crisp pictures and 720p video. View larger. Access to Android Market lets you customize your web and entertainment needs. View larger. Dual-Core Processor Provides Speed and PowerA dual-core Tegra 2 processor and 1 GB of RAM deliver lightning-fast speed whether you’re surfing the web, watching HD video, or playing the latest games. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 also features Adobe Flash compatibility, allowing you to experience unrestricted browsing on millions of web pages. And with up to 10 hours of battery life, the Galaxy offers endurance as well as power.

The Galaxy supports WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n and Bluetooth v2.1 connections. A 30-pin IF connector and USB 2.0 compatibility offer easy file transfer and charging.

This version of the Galaxy Tab offers 16 GB of onboard memory. For additional memory storage, Samsung also offers the 32 GB Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Light, Sleek Body with HD DisplayEnjoy your media in beautiful clarity thanks to the Galaxy’s 10.1-inch widescreen display with 1280-by-800-pixel high-definition resolution.

At 1.25 pounds, the Galaxy Tab is remarkably light. Measuring 10.1 by 6.9 by 0.34 inches (H x W x D), this easy-to-grip tablet is designed to fit comfortably in your hand and travel with ease.

Access to Android Market for Full CustomizationThe Galaxy Tab 10.1 features the Android 3.1 Honeycomb operating system, which offers exceptional speed and power for immersive web browsing and multitasking. With open access to Android Market—the fastest growing app market—over 200,000 apps are only a touch away, giving you the freedom to customize your tablet for all of your web and entertainment needs.

Intuitive Android OS Designed for MultitaskingSince Android 3.1 is designed specifically for tablets, computing is visual, fluid, and intuitive, making multitasking a breeze. The Quick App Tray can float above other applications, keeping important tasks at your fingertips, while multiscreen scrolling allows you to view up to five screens at the same time. The system’s enhanced browser includes tabbed pages, form auto-fill, bookmark syncing with Google Chrome, and private browsing.

Integrated Google ServicesAndroid 3.1 also features key Google services that you can easily access through convenient apps on your home screen. Use Google Maps with the Galaxy Tab’s built-in GPS to point out your current location, search for businesses and addresses, and get directions. View your Gmail inbox and conversations side by side, and drop Gmail widgets on your home screen to stay on top of all your accounts. The mobile YouTube app provides a simple way to search, browse, and watch videos on your mobile device, while Google Talk lets you swap between multiple chats at a time, search your chat history, and see previews of videos and images within conversations or video chat.

Back- and Front-Facing CamerasThe Galaxy Tab 10.1 is equipped with a 3-megapixel camera for snapping crisp pictures and capturing 720p video. It also features a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for Google Talk video chat. You can share Tab content on your HDTV through the Tablet Extender feature, or stream it wirelessly with Allshare.

Compatible with Popular Media FormatsDesigned to handle all of your portable entertainment needs, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is compatible with major audio, video, and image file formats, letting you enjoy all of your media whenever and wherever you please. Stay entertained with Samsung’s music and media hubs, where it’s easy to purchase a wide range of content, including music, books, and magazines.

Security Suite Ideal for Business UseThe Galaxy Tab 10.1 is compatible with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF files, making it ideal for handling your business needs as well as your entertainment. An enterprise-friendly tablet, the Galaxy Tab includes a suite of security solutions. Relationships with SAP, Exchange ActiveSync, Cisco AnyConnect, Sybase, and Cisco WebEx make it possible to operate efficiently, confidently, and securely.

The Samsung WiFi Galaxy Tab 10.1-Inch is backed by a limited one-year warranty.

What’s in the BoxWiFi Galaxy Tab 10.1 (16 GB), 30-pin IF connector, USB 2.0 cable, charger and plug, earphones, product registration, and instruction manual.

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Samsung?s WiFi Galaxy Tab 10.1”

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4.0 out of 5 stars A slightly better tablet than an iPad 2, but with a few drawbacks, June 17, 2011
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Although I bought this for my wife as a birthday present during pre-release sales in NYC, I’ve since used it far more extensively than her so I’ve purchased a second Tab 10.1 from Amazon for myself. As a background, I also have a good amount of experience using a Motorola Xoom (none with the other Android tablets though) and an iPad 2. Anyway, here are my thoughts comparing the Tab 10.1 with the iPad 2. I won’t do a comparison with the Motorola Xoom (which, as of writing this review, is the Tab 10.1’s major Android competitor) as the two products are really similar. I’ll leave the Xoom/Tab 10.1 decision to you. Here are my thoughts:Operating System/Interface/Web Browsing - Slight edge to the Tab 10.1 running Android 3.1 (Honeycomb). This may just be more of a personal preference as I don’t like products (like the iPad 2) which are locked down. I feel a company has no right to tell a consumer how he/she is allowed to use a product (as Apple does with theirs). Anyway, Android 3.1 OS is blazing fast and going along with the Android Open Source Project’s philosophy, the OS and by rote, the Tab 10.1, is ultimately configurable. Out of the box, you can easily personalize an Android 3.1 tablet any way you want, and if you can’t, there is free software out there to let you do it — there is no hacking/jailbreaking required. The Tab 10.1’s interface is also a lot cleaner than the iPad 2’s which can get downright cluttered the more apps you have installed. I’ll also note that there doesn’t seem to be a discernible difference in the actual speed/performance (loading pages, etc) of the two products. So, we’re pretty even so far, but Tab 10.1 clearly gets the edge for one thing — Flash. Enough said.Battery life - Strong edge to iPad 2. Both the Tab 10.1 and the iPad 2 are rated for 10 hours. Keeping the screen at about 75% max brightness, I seem to get between about 7 to 8 hours on the Tab 10.1 and 9 to 10 hours on an iPad 2. This may be a result of the screen brightness as I’ve noticed the Tab 10.1 has a slightly brighter screen at 100% than the iPad 2. Regardless, the iPad 2 has better battery life.Resolution/Screen - Strong edge to the Tab 10.1’s 1280?800 screen vs the iPad 2’s 1024x768 one. If you think this is negligible, you are very wrong. This means the Galaxy Tab 10.1 screen has a 30% greater resolution than the iPad 2. You’ll notice this difference in every thing you do — not just when watching movies and photos. The increased resolution causes much less eye strain especially when reading webpages. Additionally, the Tab 10.1’s widescreen aspect ratio seems to work a lot better for watching anything in HD. It’s a shame the iPad 2 uses the dying 4:3 aspect ratio as there is a lot of wasted real estate on the screen in the form of black bars when watching anything in widescreen. With the Tab 10.1, the screen is entirely filled with video.Cameras - Strong edge to the Tab 10.1. The Tab 10.1 blows the iPad 2 out of the water here and it’s not even close. The Tab has a front-facing 2.0 megapixel (vs iPad 2’s 0.3 megapixel) camera and rear-facing 3.0 megapixel (vs iPad 2’s 0.7 megapixel) camera. Sure, you’re never going to replace your P&S/SLR/video camera with a tablet, but it is nice to have a camera on there that can take a decent picture/video when you’re in a pinch.Portability - Even. The Tab 10.1 is a negligible 0.03 lbs lighter and 0.2mm thinner than the iPad 2.Cachet - Strong edge to the iPad 2. Apple has a monopoly on this, it seems. Apple is just the trendier product. Odds are nobody will look at a Galaxy Tab 10.1 and think “Wow, that looks really nice. I need to get me one of those.” I’m not saying the Tab 10.1 is ugly, but the brushed metal finish on the iPad does feel and look a bit nicer.Price - Even. I’m really surprised Samsung didn’t undercut the iPad 2 prices, even by $50.Is this the iPad 2 killer as has been reported here and there in the media? Honestly, no, but that’s more because most Apple consumers purchasing iPad 2s are brand loyal — not necessarily looking to buy the best product. I really wish I could rate the Tab 10.1 with 4.5 stars. For reference, if I were to write a review of an iPad 2, I would give it a 4 stars. Giving the Tab 10.1 5 stars seems a bit too generous as I feel the lack of an SD slot and slight plasticky feel are noticeable drawbacks, as is the price (which isn’t lower than an iPad 2 with the same amount of memory). And giving the Tab 10.1 4 stars seems a disservice as I feel that it is ultimately an outstanding tablet and, in my opinion, definitely has an edge over the iPad 2.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real business tool, June 24, 2011
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Have had my GT10.1 for a couple of days, and so far it has met or exceeded my expectations in just about every area. I think I have finally found my laptop replacement.Look and Feel: Very solid, no creaks or flex. Grey plastic back really does look like brushed metal, feels good and does not feel cheap at all. Dang, it’s REALLY thin and light.Performance: Fast. I have run pretty much all my apps on it and have run videos from YouTube without a hiccup. Very responsive, very smooth. The touch screen in not as sensitive as the one on my HTC Incredible 2 Droid phone , but it is still very sensitive (the one on my phone is almost too sensitive, if that’s possible).Apps: Here’s the cool part. Because my phone was already an Android device and I had a Google account, when I set up the GT10.1 it immediately and automatically synced, downloaded and installed almost all of the apps that are on my phone. There were just a couple that did not download, probably because they are not compatible with Honeycomb (phone runs Froyo). THAT was slick and saved me a lot of time and energy hunting for apps. The ones that did not download, like the anti-virus and stock market apps, I easily found substitutes for in the Android Market. Most games downloaded and seem to work without a hitch.Availability of Apps: I have found PLENTY of apps in the Market that work on the GT10.1 - free, too. I even have one (androidVNC) that syncs to my desktop computer, so I can control it remotely. I had a similar program on my laptop and found it to be a lifesaver at times, when on the road. Can edit MS Office docs - Word, Excel, PowerPoint - although all the features of the main programs are not there. Also am using Google Docs, which has its own pluses and minuses. Am debating whether or not to buy DocumentsToGo Full Version to gain more editability. So far, I can get by with just viewing and tweaking. In general I prefer not to do heavy document creation and editing on the road, even with a laptop, so we shall see. K-9 is an excellent email client and provides more functionality than the basic one that comes with the device.Memory: I bought the 32gig version, just to have plenty of memory down the road. So far, I have only used a small fraction of it. Honeycomb has a nice, small footprint, unlike some other OSs. The entire inventory of office files I could ever need on the road will fit on a 32gig flash drive with over 10 gig to spare, so I am not worried about running out of memory. Connectivity, you ask? See below.Connectivity: Much lamenting has been done about the lack of ports for the GT10.1. Well, so far, I have not missed them. It’s very easy to move data via WiFi. BUT, I know I will need access for things, like the above-mentioned flash drive. And, while most anywhere I go to give presentations these days they ask for the file on a flash drive to put on their own computer/projector, it would be nice to be able to run a video cable out, if needed. At first I thought this would be a deal breaker for me. But, then I read that Samsung is coming out with adapters for their proprietary port. So, I WILL be able to connect a flash drive or video out, when needed. Would it be nice to have these ports on board? Sure. But, frankly, the device is pretty much self-contained and very accessible via WiFi/cloud, so, assuming the adapters come out, I think the lack of ports is a non-issue. And, I am used to buying accessories for my devices as needed. I also use my phone as a WiFi hotspot, to which the GT10.1 connects flawlessly, and the combination of Android phone and Android tablet is pretty killer.Keyboard: On board virtual keyboard is fine, quite large, in fact, if you are used to using one on a phone, as I am. I also downloaded Swype, which works fine on Honeycomb. Finally, just for those times, when I might need to do some more significant typing, I bought a Menotek flexible Bluetooth keyboard (kind of like the one in ‘Live Free or Die Hard’ but wireless). It synced immediately, and it works great. And, the keyboard is almost ridiculously portable (it rolls up/folds up). So, I just leave it in my briefcase and have it, when I need it. Have a leather case on order that will allow the tablet to be propped up like a monitor, so the combination of portable keyboard and angled tablet should be a nice substitute for a laptop.Battery life: Have unplugged the tablet at 0600, used it off and on all day, and it still had just under 20% juice, when I plugged it back in at 0100 - 19 hours later. That was not continuous use, but more real world use - emails (a lot), read docs, downloads, a few YouTube videos, a few games. Not bad. It only reported about 80% charged this morning after 5 hours plugged into an outlet, but from experience with other devices, I expect both the battery life and the charging time to improve over the next week or so, as it cycles several times. As you can imagine, using video-intensive programs, like some games or lots of videos, drains the battery fastest. Even so, I’d say the battery life is pretty good and more than sufficient for a day’s work (and probably play).So, in conclusion, I think I might have found my laptop replacement, a first for me. I thought I was going to get a Xoom, then an ASUS Transformer, and then this one came along. It is really a very powerful device, given its REALLY small footprint. Is it an IPad killer? Who cares? I have handled IPads owned by business associates. Nice device, but all they ever seem to use it for is to show photos and play songs, maybe blog. Large cool factor. I don’t see it as a business tool. I DO see the Galaxy Tab 10.1 as a true business tool. The same goes for my Android phone. So, depending on your needs, one or the other probably will be better for you. As for me, I am really sold on the Android OS; it is fast, powerful and small. There are some differences between my phone and tablet versions, but they are minor. If the new version that is due out at the end of this year really merged them, but was not downloadable to my current devices, I would keep both of them, since the differences are so small. That should tell you something.Hope someone, who is considering the Galaxy Tab 10.1 as a business tool, finds the above useful. My recommendation is to go for it; I do not think you will be disappointed. It is not perfect, but I think it executes beautifully on all of its advertised features and capabilities, and for that reason I give it 5 stars.Bill
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4.0 out of 5 stars It’s Good, It Has Flaws, and It Will Improve… if you can wait a bit., June 17, 2011
This review is from: Samsung Galaxy Tab (10.1-Inch, 16GB, Wi-Fi) (Personal Computers)
Who is this Review for?Anyone considering the Galaxy 10.1” Tablet or not sure whether to go with iPad or this (or any other Android tablet).If you’re very confused by all the entries to the Android Tablet category lately, I’m going to try and help. First things first, if you’re definitely going with an Android tablet, FORGET ALL THE OTHERS, this is the ONE (see why below). That is, unless price is a big concern for you, in which case you probably really should not buy a Tablet to begin with, but if you still want one, go with the Asus Transformer. OK, on to the review of the Galaxy 10.1:The GoodIn time this will be better than iPad2. It’s a beautiful device. Don’t listen to those saying there is some discernible difference in the hardware quality or the “wow” factor between this and ipad2. There really is not. Except for one thing— you really can feel the small weight difference. Galaxy 10.1 is slightly lighter than iPad 2, and if you pick up one right after the other, you will notice the difference. Don’t get me wrong, both are absurdly light, but I love how light and portable the Galaxy is. Don’t even THINK of getting another Android Tablet on the market as of this writing. This is light years ahead of them all even though there is no SD slot. It’s much lighter than the Xoom (and all the others out now), almost to the point that I would put it in a different class of product. It’s kind of like carrying around clipboard (of very sturdy quality). No strain. Whereas carrying around the other Android Tabs is kind of like carrying around a light textbook. If the difference doesn’t matter to you…then don’t pay the price difference for this Tab. Just get an Asus Transformer. The ability to have customizable widgets and apps (like weather on your home screen), to me, makes this device, and Android in general, more powerful than iPad. And, if you already have an Android phone, you really should stick with the Android Tabs, which will allow a much better integration for you. For one thing, you can tether some Android phones VERY easily to the tablet. If you have an iPhone, I’d stick to ipad and their cloud, which will really protect everything on all your devices. Hopefully this advice will help you folks who have one phone or the other and are on the fence over whether to buy iPad or this Tablet (or any other Android Tablet). The screen on this Tablet is just gorgeous. Response, over all is good but not as fluid as Ipad. For most functions (except for one VERY important one, described below) you will not notice a difference. I promise you. I saw a review on here which is, ahem, ranked higher than mine —ugh— saying that ithe Phone’s “cachet” is something to be considered. Utter nonsense. You will look great with this tablet and you’ll enjoy using it and people will say WOW when they see it. This device has better specs than the iPad, is just as sleek, just as functional, has flash (something that I believe is somewhat overrated though as websites move away from flash), and will eventually —EVENTUALLY— have a better app experience than iPad. Eventually. :-) Which leads me to “The Bad”:The BadI saw a previous review saying that the keyboard responded slowly. After using it I can confirm that there really IS a delay between typing and text appearing on screen using SOME features like the browser. WHY? Is it honeycomb? Something that will be resolved with an update? Or is the hardware faulty and just that slow? I really hope it’s the former, but I have no idea and I’m not going to buy one until I find out.UPDATE (6/28/11): Awesome job by Commentor Scott Welch who seems to have found a fix for this. Scott explains,”I experienced the keyboard delay. It appears to be a problem with the Samsung Keyboard. I switched to the Android keyboard and it works GREAT!!! Setting> Language & Input> Current input Method.” THANK YOU Scott.Another disappointing thing is that there isn’t Swype on the tablet (note: I haven’t seen Swype on ANY Android Tablet yet, though, and it’s disappointing).UPDATE(6/28/11): Swype IS now available for the Honeycomb Tablets! Thanks to Commentors C.V. Tang and Brian Mason. C.V. Tang explains that “The Swype Beta are out for Honeycomb [see his comment below for the link, Amazon won’t allow links in reviews]. Brian Mason added that “Swype 3.0 beta is now available for Honeycomb. Very cool how you can set it to small keyboard mode for single finger swyping on either side.”Great job, C.V. and Brian! Based on their comments, bump this review from 4 to 4.5 Stars. I’ve always felt that Swype is one thing that really separates Android from iPhone/iPad and shows the difference between the two systems in terms of power and customization, as Android market has so many variations of Swype that are just wonderful. Having Swype on a screen of this size is just amazing and really speeds up use and usability of the device immeasurably. It’s really difficult to justify sticking with iPad’s tap-tap-tap which is SO 2009.The AppsApps are what Tabs are all about, so it really should be it’s own discussion in any helpful review. Yes, iPad still kicks Android’s Butt in apps. Yes, this will change. Yes, I know you keep hearing this. No, I don’t work for Android or any company related to any of these devices and am just as annoyed as you that Android is still not up to par! But it really is inevitable with the dramatic increase in Android use that the Tablet App market will explode in the same way the Android phone app market has exploded. My Droid X phone has become more and more enjoyable to use as the market continues to grow and provide me with apps I used to have on my iPhone. When i first bought my Droid, I didn’t have Sonos or my Bank’s app and many other apps that were an Iphone. Now, I can’t even think of an App that I had on my iPhone that I don’t have on my Droid. And, best of all, I have cool widgets on my phone home screen that I could never have on my Iphone. This will happen with the Android Tab, too. And when it does and the growing number of customizable apps arrive on the Android Tabs, I do believe these Tablets will destroy the iPad. But not yet…What should you buy?Fortunately, I really think the answer to this question is very simple. If you already have an Iphone or Android phone, don’t even think about getting the other company’s Tablet. It’s a huge waste. There are big advantages with sticking with the same company (tethering for Android, the cloud for Apple, and, most significantly, the APPS FOR BOTH. Why pay twice for the same apps and why go through all the hassle?). The differences between the Apple and Android Tablets are not so monumental as to justify losing all these efficiencies of sticking with your phone’s company. I would compare it to using three different companies for home Cable, home internet and home phone line.UPDATE (6/28/11): Thanks very much to Commentor K. Smits who further explained what I meant here: “I think [the review] is referring to the upcoming iCloud service baked into iOS 5 from Apple. Basically it will over-the-air sync your photos, music, etc. among your iOS 5 devices. Look up “iCloud” in google to see more details. Also, if you purchased apps for your iPhone you will be able to use them on your iPad as well without having to purchase an Android version. Of course this goes both ways. If you have an Android phone and have purchased an App, you would be able to use it on a Android based tablet as well.” Yep, exactly! Smits also added some helpful information, saying “there are other solutions for keeping everything synced (Dropbox, Picasa for pics, Google Music Beta for music) If Flash is an important thing, I would rule out iPad. While I do think Flash is an archaic and not very well designed rich media solution for webpages, it is not going anywhere for a while, so I would make this a big consideration for a device that should give you a “PC like” browsing experience.”If you have an Android Phone and are debating which Android Tablet to buy, STOP THINKING ABOUT IT NOW, and get the Galaxy which is far and away a monumentally superior product than all previous Android tablets. If price is not an issue for you (and this device isn’t really any more expensive than similar Tabs except the much heavier Transformer), you will regret passing up on the sleekness, hardware superiority and overall better experience and portability of the Galaxy. If you can’t afford the Galaxy and don’t mind a heavier Tab, go with the Transformer. If you have an iPhone, I wouldn’t consider this, and definitely not other Android Tablets. Stick with the iPad.Questions, CommentorsFeel free to post messages on here and I’ll try to respond best I can. I’m not an expert, just some guy who played extensively with bunch of these things!UPDATE (6/28/11): Thanks so much to all the wonderful and helpful Commentors. You guys really make this review so much more helpful for people and it’s great to have so many different perspectives. Keep sending helpful comments and I’ll weave them in here as I continue to update my review. You guys have helped confirm that Swype is AVAILABLE, that there IS a fix to the keyboard issue, and have helped explain some common questions from users. I’ll continue to update my review as information comes in. Right now, I have upped it to 4.5 Stars.
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Read in Bright SunlightKindle’s high contrast, most advanced E Ink touchscreen reads like real paper, with no glare. Read as easily in bright sunlight as in your living room.Simple To Use TouchKindle Touch features an easy-to-use touch interface. Turn pages, search, shop books and take notes quickly and easily.Free 3G WirelessOur most convenient Kindle - no wireless set up, no hunting for Wi-Fi hotspots. Download books anywhere with no plans, contracts, or monthly fees. 3G works globally. Learn moreLight and CompactOur all-new sleek design sports an 11% smaller body, with the same 6” screen size, and is 8% lighter, only 7.8 ounces.Holds 3,000 BooksCarry up to 3,000 books - keep your entire library with you wherever you go.Two Month Battery LifeNo battery anxiety - read for up to two months on a single charge with wireless off and a half hour of reading per day.New - EasyReachTap to turn pages - no need to swipe, so you can hold Kindle in either hand. Books in 60 SecondsFind a book and start reading in seconds with our fast, free wireless delivery. No computer required.Built-In Wi-FiConnect to Wi-Fi hotspots at home or on the road. Includes free Wi-Fi access at AT&T hotspots across the U.S.Simple to UseKindle Touch is ready to use right out of the box - no setup, no software to install, no computer required to download content.Adjustable Text SizesRead comfortably with eight different sizes and three font styles.Fast page turnsKindle Touch has a powerful processor tuned for fast, seamless page turns.PDF and Personal DocumentsEmail personal documents and PDFs direct to your Kindle to read and annotate on-the-go. Kindle Owners’ Lending LibraryNEW - With an Amazon Prime membership, Kindle owners can choose from over a hundred thousand books to borrow for free - including over 100 current and former New York Times Bestsellers - as frequently as a book a month, with no due dates. Learn MoreMassive SelectionOver 1 million books, newspapers, and magazines, including latest bestsellers, Kindle exclusives, Audible audiobooks and more.Low Book PricesOver 800,000 books are $9.99 or less.Free Book SamplesDownload and read first chapters for free before you decide to buy.New - X-RayExplore the “bones of a book”. With a single tap, see all the passages across a book that mention ideas, fictional characters, historical figures, places or topics of interest, as well as more detailed descriptions from Wikipedia and Shelfari. Learn MoreNew - Instant TranslationsTap any word or highlight a section to instantly translate into other languages, including Spanish, Japanese, and more. Translations by Bing Translator.Borrow From Your Public LibraryBorrow Kindle books from your public library and start reading on your Kindle. Free Cloud BackupWe automatically back up your library in the cloud, so you never need to worry about losing your books. Re-download wirelessly anytime for free.Buy Once, Read EverywhereKindle books can be read on your Kindle, iPhone, iPad, Android devices, BlackBerry, Mac, PC, or web browser with our free Kindle Reading Apps.WhispersyncOur Whispersync technology synchronizes your last page read, bookmarks and annotations across your devices so you can always pick up where you left off.Read-to-MeWith Text-to-Speech, Kindle can read English-language content out loud to you, including summaries of newspaper and magazine articles, when available from the publisher.

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Display Amazon’s 6” diagonal most advanced E Ink multi-touch display, optimized with proprietary waveform and font technology, 600 x 800 pixel resolution at 167 ppi, 16-level grayscale.
Size (in inches) 6.8” x 4.7” x 0.40” (172 mm x 120 mm x 10.1 mm).
Weight 7.8 ounces (220 grams).
System Requirements None, because it’s wireless and doesn’t require a computer to download content.
On-device Storage Up to 3,000 books or 4 GB internal (approximately 3 GB available for user content).
Cloud Storage Free cloud storage for all Amazon content
Battery Life A single charge lasts up to two months with wireless off based upon a half-hour of daily reading time. Keep wireless always on and it lasts for up to 3 weeks. Battery life will vary based on wireless usage, such as shopping the Kindle Store, downloading content, and web browsing (browsing available only in Wi-Fi mode).
Charge Time Fully charges in approximately 4 hours via the included USB 2.0 cable connected to a computer. U.S. power adapter sold separately.
Wi-Fi Connectivity Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication or or Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS); supports WPA and WPA2 secured networks using 802.1X authentication methods using password authentication; does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks.
3G Connectivity HSDPA modem (3G) with a fallback to EDGE/GPRS; utilizes Amazon Whispernet to provide wireless coverage via AT&T’s 3G high-speed data network in the U.S. and partner networks outside of the U.S. See Wireless Terms and Conditions.
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Audio 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, rear-mounted stereo speakers
Content Formats Supported Kindle (AZW), Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), TXT, PDF, Audible (Audible Enhanced(AA,AAX)), MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion.
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Battery Life, Wireless Off
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2GB on device for 1,400 booksPlus free cloud storage for all Amazon content so you never have to worry about running out of space 4GB on device for 3,000 booksPlus free cloud storage for all Amazon content so you never have to worry about running out of space 4GB on device for 3,500 booksPlus free cloud storage for all Amazon content so you never have to worry about running out of space 4GB on device for 3,500 booksPlus free cloud storage for all Amazon content so you never have to worry about running out of space 8GB on device for 80 apps plus either 10 movies or 800 songs or 6,000 booksPlus free cloud storage for all Amazon content so you never have to worry about running out of space
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If you’re purchasing a device primarily for reading, an important consideration is the screen technology. Unlike devices with LCD screens, Kindle e-readers use the latest generation of Electronic Ink (“E Ink”) technology ? E Ink Pearl ? designed specifically to deliver clearer, sharper text that makes reading for extended periods of time more comfortable. Here are some of the advantages to reading on an E Ink device:Reads Like Real Paper, Even in Bright Sunlight E Ink screens look and read just like real paper. Kindle e-readers’ matte screens reflect light like ordinary paper and use no backlighting, so you can read as easily in bright sunlight as in your living room. Unlike LCD screens, E Ink screens have no glare.Easy on the Eyes E Ink uses actual ink particles to create crisp, print-like text similar to what you see in a physical book. And Kindle e-readers also use proprietary, hand-built fonts to take advantage of the special characteristics of the ink to make letters appear clear and sharp.
? Less eye fatigue: Every time your eye switches from a bright screen to a dimmer, ambient room, your eyes have to adjust, which may result in fatigue. With E Ink, the page is the same brightness as everything else in the room so there’s no adjustment needed. ? Reduced glare: All E Ink surfaces are treated to be matte like a printed page, reducing glare and increasing legibility. ? Read in any position: E Ink screens have a uniform contrast ratio that does not change with your viewing angle, so you can read in any position. ? Sharp, clear text: E Ink screens have 100% aperture ratio, so there are no gaps between pixels. The blacks and whites on an E Ink screen are uniform, improving image quality.
Read with One Hand Ranging from 5.98 ounces to 8.7 ounces, Kindle e-readers are lighter than most paperback books, and weigh half as much as many LCD tablet devices, making it easy and comfortable to hold in one hand for extended periods of time. Longer Battery Life Electronic ink screens also have the advantage of significantly lower power consumption than LCD screens. E Ink screens do not require power to maintain a page of text, allowing you to read for up to a month or two on a single charge versus hours on a tablet or smart phone.

Detailed Features

Elegant, Easy-to-use design
Lose Yourself in Your Reading The most elegant feature of a physical book is that it disappears while you’re reading. Immersed in the author’s world and ideas, you don’t notice a book’s glue, the stitching, or ink. Our top design objective is to make Kindle Touch 3G disappear ? just like a physical book ? so you can get lost in your reading, not the technology. Ergonomic Design Kindle Touch 3G is easy to hold, read and use. We designed it with long-form reading in mind. When reading for long periods of time, people naturally shift positions and often like to read with one hand. Kindle Touch 3G has a new ergonomic design so it can be held comfortably however you choose to read. Touch Controls and Virtual Keyboard Kindle Touch 3G features a full touchscreen display that puts page turns, navigation and note-taking at your fingertips. Tap unknown words to call up definitions in the dictionary, highlight sections of text to send to a friend, or search, shop and type with a virtual keyboard that appears on screen just when you need it and provides suggestions automatically as you type. New Touch Experience - EasyReach Amazon invented a new type of touch experience that eliminates the fatigue caused by continuously swiping to turn the page, and that allows readers to hold Kindle with either hand while still turning pages comfortably. With EasyReach, Kindle Touch 3G users can effortlessly page forward in a book or a periodical while holding the device with either hand. Tapping on most of the screen area will page forward, the most common action done when reading; tapping in a narrow area near the left edge of the device turns to the previous page; and tapping on the top part of the screen brings up the toolbars for further options. This is another way that Kindle helps readers get lost in the author’s world. Never Gets Hot Unlike a laptop, Kindle Touch 3G never gets hot so you can read comfortably as long as you like.
Wireless Capability
Easiest to Use, Free 3G Wireless Kindle Touch 3G is our easiest-to-use, most-convenient Kindle because there is no wireless setup—you are ready to shop, download, and read right out of the box. Kindle Touch 3G uses the same wireless signals as cell phones, so you don’t need to worry about Wi-Fi connections, passwords or internet charges. Unlike cell phones, with Kindle Touch 3G there are no monthly fees or commitments ? Amazon pays for Kindle Touch 3G’s wireless connectivity. Your Kindle may use wireless connectivity to make other services available, such as wireless delivery of personal documents (see below), which may require an additional charge. For more information, see Wireless Terms and Conditions. With wireless coverage in over 100 countries and territories, Kindle Touch 3G lets you download books anytime, anywhere, whether you’re relaxing on a beach, halfway through a hike, or waiting on the tarmac. Check 3G coverage area For U.S. customers traveling abroad, additional charges apply for wireless delivery of periodical subscriptions. For details, click here. To avoid any charges, you can always download items via your computer and transfer them to your Kindle using USB or a Wi-Fi connection. Built-in Wi-Fi Kindle Touch 3G also comes with built-in Wi-Fi. Kindle Touch 3G automatically detects nearby Wi-Fi networks wherever you are, making it easy to connect at school, home, or your favorite caf?. Free Access at AT&T Hotspots Enjoy free Wi-Fi access at AT&T hotspots across the U.S. for shopping and downloading Kindle content ? no AT&T registration, sign-in, or password required.
Reading on Kindle
Adjustable Text Sizes, Font Choices Kindle Touch 3G has eight adjustable font sizes to suit your reading preference. You can increase the text size of your favorite book or periodical with the push of a button. If your eyes tire, simply increase the font size and continue reading comfortably. Kindle Touch 3G also has three font styles to choose from ? all optimized and hand-tuned to provide the best reading experience. Custom Fonts Kindle Touch 3G uses hand-built, custom fonts and font-hinting to make words and letters more crisp, clear, and natural-looking. Font hints are instructions, written as code, that control points on a font character’s line, improving legibility at small font sizes where few pixels are available. Hinting is a mix of aesthetic judgments and complicated technical strategies. We’ve designed our proprietary font-hinting to optimize specifically for the special characteristics of electronic ink. Fast Page Turns Kindle Touch 3G has fast page turns. We?ve done this by fine-tuning Kindle Touch 3G?s proprietary waveform, the series of electronic pulses that move black and white electronic ink particles to achieve an optimal display of images and text. Support for Non-Latin Characters Kindle Touch 3G supports the display of non-Latin characters, so you can read books and documents in the translation that’s right for you. Kindle Touch displays Cyrillic (such as Russian), Japanese, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), and Korean characters, in addition to Latin and Greek scripts. Full Image Zoom Images and photos display crisply on Kindle Touch 3G and can be zoomed to the full size of the screen. Rotate Between Portrait and Landscape ModeSwitch between portrait and landscape orientation to read maps, graphs, and tables more easily. Real Page Numbers Easily reference and cite passages or read alongside others in a book club or class with real page numbers. Using the computing fabric of Amazon Web Services, we’ve created algorithms that match specific text in a Kindle book to the corresponding text in a print book, to identify the correct, “real” page number to display. Available on tens of thousands of our most popular Kindle books, including the top 100 bestselling books in the Kindle Store that have matching print editions. Page numbers are displayed when you touch the top of the screen. Carry and Read Your Personal Documents Kindle Touch 3G makes it easy to take your personal documents with you, eliminating the need to print. You and your approved contacts can e-mail documents ? including Word, PDF and more - directly to your Kindle and read them in Kindle format. Delivery via Wi-Fi is free; there is a small fee for delivery via 3G - see details. Your personal documents will be stored in your Kindle library on Amazon and ready to download conveniently anywhere at any time. You can add notes, highlights and bookmarks, which are automatically synchronized across devices along with the last page you read using our Whispersync technology. You can read your PDFs in their native format and convert them to the Kindle format so that it reflows like a regular Kindle book. Learn more.
Dictionary and Search
Built-In Dictionary with Instant Lookup Come across a word you don’t know? Kindle Touch 3G includes The New Oxford American Dictionary with over 250,000 entries and definitions for free. Kindle Touch 3G lets you instantly look up the definition without ever leaving the book ? simply touch and hold the word you want to check and the definition will automatically display at the bottom of the screen. Search Wikipedia and the Web Kindle Touch 3G makes it easy to find what you’re looking for. Just enter a word or phrase and Kindle will search every instance across your Kindle library, in the Kindle Store, on Wikipedia, or the Web using Google search. X-Ray For Kindle Touch, Amazon invented X-Ray - a new feature that lets customers explore the ?bones of the book.? With a single tap, readers can see all the passages across a book that mention ideas, fictional characters, historical figures, places or topics that interest them, as well as more detailed descriptions from Wikipedia and Shelfari, Amazon?s community-powered encyclopedia for book lovers. Amazon built X-Ray using its expertise in language processing and machine learning, access to significant storage and computing resources with Amazon S3 and EC2, and a deep library of book and character information. The vision is to have every important phrase in every book.
Notes and Sharing
Bookmarks and Annotations Add annotations to text, just like you might write in the margins of a book, with a virtual keyboard that appears just when you need it. And because it is digital, you can edit, delete, and export your notes. You can highlight and clip key passages and bookmark pages for future use. You’ll never need to bookmark your last place in the book, because Kindle remembers for you and always opens to the last page you read. Popular Highlights See what millions of Kindle readers think are the most interesting passages in your books. If several other readers have highlighted a particular passage, then that passage will be highlighted in your book along with the total number of people who have highlighted it. View details. Share Meaningful Passages Share your passion for books and reading with friends, family, and other readers around the world by posting meaningful passages to social networks like Facebook and Twitter directly from your Kindle Touch, without leaving the page. Want to post or tweet about a great new novel or newspaper article? When you highlight a passage or create a note in your book or periodical, you can easily share it with your social network. Help your network of family and friends discover new authors and books. Public Notes Share your notes and see what others are saying about Kindle books. Any Kindle user ? including authors, book reviewers, professors and passionate readers everywhere ? can opt-in to share their thoughts on book passages and ideas with friends, family members, colleagues, and the greater Kindle community. Learn more. Lend Your Books Lend eligible Kindle books to other Kindle or Kindle app users. Each eligible book can be lent once for a period of 14 days. Not all books are lendable ? the publisher or rights holder determines which titles are enabled for lending. For more information on how to lend Kindle books, visit our help page. Public Library Books Customers can check out a Kindle book from their local library and start reading on any Kindle or free Kindle reading app. Learn more.
Customize Your Kindle
Choose Your LanguageYou can customize your Kindle with the language you prefer. You can set your default language on Kindle to English (US and UK), German, French, Spanish, Italian, or Brazilian Portuguese. Organize Your Library Organize your Kindle library into customized collections, or categories, to easily access any book you are looking for. You can add an item to multiple collections to make organizing and finding titles even easier. For example, you can add the same book to your “History” and “My Favorite Authors” collections. Password Protection With password protection functionality, you can choose to lock your Kindle Touch 3G automatically when not in use.
Special Offers
Special Offers and Sponsored Screensavers You’ll receive special offers and sponsored screensavers directly on your Kindle Touch. Examples of past special offers include:
? $10 for $20 Amazon.com Gift Card ? Save up to $500 off Amazon’s already low prices on select HDTVs ? $1 for a Kindle book, choose from thousands of books
Your offers display on your Kindle Touch screensaver and on the bottom of the home screen ? they don’t interrupt reading. You can set your personal Kindle Screensaver Preferences to give us hints on the style and types of sponsored screensavers you’d like to see.
The Kindle Store
Experimental Features
WebKit-Based Browser Kindle Touch 3G’s experimental web browser is based on WebKit. It’s easy to find the information you’re looking for right from your Kindle Touch 3G. Kindle Touch 3G enables you to connect to the Kindle Store and access Wikipedia - all over 3G or Wi-Fi. Experimental web browsing on other websites is only available over Wi-Fi. Read-to-Me With the Text-to-Speech feature turned on, Kindle Touch 3G can read English newspapers, magazines, blogs, and books out loud to you, unless the book’s rights holder made the feature unavailable. You can switch back and forth between reading and listening, and your spot is automatically saved. Pages automatically turn while the content is being read, so you can listen hands-free. You can choose from both male and female voices which can be sped up or slowed down to suit your preference. In the middle of a great story or article but have to jump in the car? Simply turn on Text-to-Speech and listen on the go. Listen to Music and Podcasts Transfer MP3 files to Kindle Touch 3G to play as background music while you read. You can quickly and easily transfer MP3 files via USB by connecting Kindle Touch 3G to your computer.
Is Kindle Touch or Kindle Touch 3G right for me?
Kindle Touch is a great choice if you already have a high-speed internet connection and wireless router set up in your home and do not need the added convenience of a 3G connection. 3G enables you to download books anytime, anywhere, while on the go. If you do not have Wi-Fi set up in your home, Kindle Touch 3G may be a better option. Kindle Touch 3G is the easiest option because there is no wireless setup?you are ready to shop, purchase, and read right out of the box. Built-in free 3G connectivity uses the same wireless signals that cell phones use, but there are no monthly fees or commitments ? Amazon pays for Kindle Touch’s 3G wireless connectivity. The added convenience of 3G enables you to download books anytime, anywhere, while on the go?without having to find a Wi-Fi hotspot connection. Your Kindle may use wireless connectivity to make other services available, such as wireless delivery of personal documents, which may require an additional charge. For more information, see Wireless Terms and Conditions. With wireless coverage in over 100 countries and territories, Kindle Touch 3G lets you download books anytime, anywhere, whether you’re relaxing on a beach, halfway through a hike, or waiting on the tarmac. Check 3G coverage area For U.S. customers traveling abroad, additional charges apply for wireless delivery of periodical subscriptions. For details, click here. To avoid any charges, you can always download items via your computer and transfer them to your Kindle using USB or a Wi-Fi connection.
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6,067 of 6,191 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 starsA Solid Successor to the Kindle Keyboard, November 14, 2011
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This review is from: Kindle Touch, Wi-Fi, 6” E Ink Display - includes Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers (Electronics)
For my review, I’m going to focus it on the differences between the previous Kindle Keyboard, Wi-Fi, 6” E Ink Display - includes Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers (which I’ll refer to as the K3), and the Kindle Touch (KT)USE - As far as the reading experience, I really like the touch compared to the physical buttons on the previous generation. At first I was worried that I would constantly be turning the page from accidentally touching the screen, but this didn’t become much of an issue. The screen is broken up into mapped sections, so if you touch the far left side that covers about 1” of the left of the screen, it goes to the previous page. If you touch anywhere on the other 80% of the screen beside that, it goes forward. Touch the top 1” margin, and it will bring up the menu. There is also a physical button on the bottom of the touch that serves as the Home button and will take you straight to the Home menu. The area where I found the touch most useful is the dictionary. Previously, if I wanted to look up the definition of a word, I had to use the clunky joystick to navigate through the text. If a word was at the very bottom at the end of the sentence, sometimes I’d usually just ignore it rather than go through the trouble of pressing that joystick 15 times. With the Touch, I can simply touch the word and hold it down for about 1.5 seconds (so it knows I’m not trying to turn the page) to access the dictionary, which is incredibly useful and time-saving. Underlining phrases and highlighting works almost the same way. You hold down the first word in the sentence, then after two-three seconds it will recognize what you are doing, and then you drag your finger across the rest. I never used to do this before but now I do it all the time. The Kindle Fire actually handles the dictionary search much better. Though this is probably one of the only things the Fire does better than the Touch as far as ebooks. When you swipe your finger across the page or drag it down to change, the page changes just like it did with the Kindle Keyboard, in that it draws the next page. So there is a very short flash. It does not seamlessly and fluidly switch like it does with an iPad or what you would expect if you scrolled your mouse down a web site. This doesn’t detract from it at all for me. There is a new X-Ray feature that you can click on to bring up more ideas and common features of the book, but it is apparently only available on select titles and none of my books had it so I couldn’t try it out. The Kindle Touch does not allow you to switch the display to landscape mode like the basic Kindle does. I have no idea why but I would be surprised if they did not resolve this in a future firmware update.Form Factor - Even though the changes are fairly small, they feel significant. The KT is only .1” less xxx, and a little over half an inch shorter than the K3, but after several hours of using it, I feel like I can hold it longer with one hand than with the K3. I think the main contributor to this is that this Kindle is one ounce lighter than the K3. This is a very noticeable difference from the K3. One ounce adds up after hours of holding it in front of you with one hand. I never had a real problem holding the previous version, but this one seems even easier.Real Page Numbers - the K3 only displayed a percentage of the book completed or some weird “location” setting that I never understood. The KT displays the actual page number, regardless of what zoom setting you have it on. This is a big improvement for me, especially after I realized how difficult it is for them to be able to do this. This does not work on every book, but most of the popular books I have checked it with have it.Book Lending - This is another huge improvement and just another reason to make the jump from regular books to a Kindle. You can finally lend your books to other people with Kindles. You can lend a book only once, and only for 14 days. I am okay with that because I understand the need to curb piracy. My only problem is that the book has to be eligible for this option and so far, most of the books in my collection aren’t.Display - Same as before on the K3, with a few improvements. The short flash that you get when turning the page (although I never really notice it) while the Kindle loads up the next page, occurs less frequently. This makes the Touch feel a lot more like a real book. Even though the display is monochrome, the KT delivers very crisp black and white images, and renders photos and images very well. I have tried out the Kindle Fire as well, but I still prefer the Kindle Touch due to E-Ink, which I think looks much better than backlit text, especially since I like to read for 4-5 hours at a time. Reading in the sunlight with E-Ink compared to a backlit screen is no contest. It is the difference between night and day (pun intended). Newspapers, magazines, and PDFs all look better on the Fire though (although with some limitations as you can see in my review for that product). If your main purpose of buying a Kindle is to read, I highly recommend the Kindle Touch over the Kindle Fire. Even though the E-ink on the touch is supposed to be improved over the K3, it must be very slight, because I noticed almost no difference. Even photos look pretty much the same across both devices. I have uploaded several photos into the image gallery so you can compare the two.Wi-Fi - I originally ordered the 3G version of the Touch, then cancelled when I realized I almost never used it. If you travel a lot and are a voracious reader, it might be worth it. But if you have access to a computer it is so much easier to download a lot of books at once so you always have something available to read when you finish your current book. You can save a lot of money by foregoing the 3G option. If you don’t have wireless, you can always transfer books through the USB. If you want to save even more money, make sure to order the Kindle with Special Offers. Not only do you save $40, but most people I have seen actually prefer it. The offers are very unobtrusive, and after a couple months with the regular Kindle, you will get sick of looking at that Agatha Christie screensaver over and over. The offers are even fairly useful and will pay for themselves. If Amazon added new screensavers every few weeks or let you add your own, it might not be so bad, but they get really boring after awhile. Trust me on this, and get the Special Offers version.Battery - Advertised as 2 months. Battery life seems on par with the K3, which also advertised as 2 months. Be warned that if you add a lighted cover such as the Kindle Touch Lighted Leather Cover, Black your battery life is going to be diminished since it draws power from the device, however it is still going to be overwhelmingly sufficient for an electronic device. I use my Kindle Touch Lighted Leather Cover, Wine Purple during most of my reading and only have to charge my Touch about every three weeks.Storage - Same 4gb storage as on the K3, which will hold roughly 3,000 books. The average 500 page book is around 500kb. Considering this device also comes with access to Amazon’s cloud storage for saving backups, I think it’s very unlikely anyone would ever need to store more than 3,000 books. If your device is getting full, just back up your old books to the cloud, and they’re there if you ever want them again. 3,000 books on your Kindle makes things rather difficult to manage unless you have everything sorted into separate folders.Text-to-Speech and Experimental Features - The Text-to-Speech option on the kindle is rather useless in my opinion. This is the same functionality as on the K3, and it is fairly difficult to listen to the automated (mostly) monotone voice reading your novels. I don’t know many people who actually use this feature. Audiobooks are better, but I still think they’re just too expensive for me. The experimental browser is nice to have in a pinch, but it is so slow and clunky to use (you can’t really see anything unless you magnify certain sections of the screen), that I don’t really see anyone using it either. The touch feature does make it much easier to use than the previous version, which required you to navigate through the links using a cursor and joystick, but the browser is still too slow to be of any use. I will look things up with Wikipedia occasionally but you can’t do any real extended web browsing with it. If you really want this feature, you should look into the Kindle Fire. The MP3 Payer is back, and much improved since you can now see the artist and title of the song you’re listening to on a visual display, although the Touch is definitely not to be confused with an actual music player. I use this feature sometimes as background music while I’m reading or when I go to sleep, since it uses very little battery.Touch Capability - This is where the device shines. I originally thought it wouldn’t be that much better than the previous version, however I have found the touch function is so intuitive and much more useful than I would have thought. I like to use the embedded dictionary a lot, and it is a bit of a pain to use the joystick from the K3 to scroll down to the word I want and look it up. With the Touch, I can just touch the word and have it jump straight to the dictionary. This is a GREAT feature. I have also found it useful when I read books like the Lone Wolf 1: Flight From the Dark series, which has you constantly using… Read more ?
2,590 of 2,644 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 starsFirst Kindle: Chose Touch over the Keyboard, November 23, 2011
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Kindle Touch, Wi-Fi, 6” E Ink Display - includes Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers (Electronics)
I’ve had my Touch for almost a day now, and it’s pretty awesome. I’m not a big reviewer, but I figured several people may be in a similar position as I was yesterday, so here we go…I’m definitely an avid reader. Actually, as I type this, I have roughly 1000 books sitting on a wall of shelves behind me. E-readers have always intrigued me, but I’ve never felt like they were worth $199 or more; however, when the Kindle Fire was announced, I thought they had released the Kindle for me.I watched video reviews, “hands-on” videos, read numerous reviews, etc. I was pretty sure that I wanted a Fire, but as I thought about it, I wasn’t convinced that the Fire really provided me with access to anything that I couldn’t do on my phone (HTC Inspire 4g). Other than a bigger screen, the Fire was actually pretty limited (for my purposes). I mean, I would only be able to use the browser and watch videos in areas with WiFi (i.e. at home, at work, or at retail location with WiFi). If I’m at home, I’ll probably just watch videos on my tv and access the internet on my desktop or my laptop. At work I’m too busy for the Fire to get much use. And other than the occasional trip to Starbucks (and by occasional, I mean like once a month), I don’t really make use of hot spots.SOO…I decided the Fire didn’t really justify the extra money for something I already have access to through my phone, laptop/desktop, or tv. This caused me to run the gambit of reviews for the Kindle Touch and the Kindle Keyboard. Best Buy was advertising the Kindle Keyboard 3G (with ads) for $89, so price wasn’t really a distinguishing feature for me. My thoughts:Touch:- Kindle Touch is full-on touchscreen, and based on video reviews, it looked a little laggy- Kindle Touch will probably drive me nuts with fingerprints/smudges- Kindle Touch seems like a digress in touchscreen technology (like using a late 90s ATM)- Kindle Touch doesn’t have physical buttons for page turns, which seemed like it would be a negative- The $99 doesn’t have 3G, so I’d be limited to Wifi- Highlighting and note-taking seems like it would be difficult on a laggy screen- Looking up words will probably be easierKeyboard:- Kindle Keyboard has a decent keyboard and physical page turn buttons- Kindle Keyboard has strong support through reviews (not many people don’t love it)- The Best Buy sale lets you have free 3G for cheap- Fingerprints/smudges won’t be an issueAfter considering all of this, I went to Best Buy absolutely intending on buying a Kindle Keyboard. I got there, and of course, they had demo models of both. I figured, “What the heck…might as well make sure I like the Keyboard more.”I played with both for over an hour. I read books, made notes, made highlights, looked up words, went to the menu, back to a book, back to the menu. I went forward through a few pages. I went back through the same pages. I did everything I thought I would normally do while reading. My decision?- The Kindle Touch touchscreen does have a slight delay, but it’s definitely not a late 90s ATM. It’s a delay, but just long enough for you to demonstrate a slight bit of patience (and to be honest, if you’re an avid reader, patience is probably a virtue you can easily put into practice. There’s a reason you’re reading a book and not watching a movie.)- Highlighting/note-taking is actually much more convenient on the Touch. Just press where you want to start, wait a second, drag to where you want to stop, and click highlight. Much easier (in my opinion) than moving the cursor down to where you want to start with the d-pad, clicking enter, dragging the cursor to where you want to stop, and then clicking enter again.- Note-taking is slightly more convenient on the Keyboard simply because you can just start typing (if you’re not overly concerned about the exact line the note is attached to). If you are concerned about the location of your notes, then using the d-pad to move the cursor was not only inconvenient but also uncomfortable (I have pretty big hands, so doing all of this one-handed required me to contort my thumb in a very odd way to use the d-pad).- I didn’t really like the keyboard on the Keyboard. The buttons are very heavy, so you have to give them a decent push to register a keystroke. Also, the qwerty layout is not a true qwerty layout, so beware of that. I had to be very conscious of the keys I was pushing otherwise I ended up with notes like: “The Kimdle keynoard is very mice.” VERY ANNOYING (especially if you take a ton of notes…which I do).- The page turn button on the Keyboard was very annoying. The page turn button on the demo model gave two very audible clicks when I pressed it. The clicks were distracting, taking me “out” of the book after every page.- After thinking about it, the free 3G wasn’t a huge benefit. I could only think of a few scenarios where it would have been useful: 1) I’m somewhere with no WiFi and I’ve read everything on my Kindle and I’m absolutely going to die unless I read a book right then (which I could easily do on my phone, which DOES have 3G…not free, but it’d resolve this scenario). 2) I’m reading somewhere and I get an urge to share something via Twitter/Facebook. No 3G, no sharey sharey. Yet, again, if I ABSOLUTELY felt the urge to share something, I have a phone in my pocket that is fully capable of accomplishing this task.Overall, I was almost dumbfounded that I preferred the Touch over the Keyboard. I actually delayed my purchase and took my wife to the store and had her play with both to see if I was just crazy. She agreed: the keyboard on the Keyboard is poorly designed, the clicking is annoying, and the screen on the Touch is actually pretty incredible. (Edit: The clicking page-turn buttons on the Keyboard may be confined to the demo unit I used. I played with another Keyboard at another Best Buy and there was no clicking. Regardless, the tapping/swiping on the Touch is a much more natural movement for me.)So far, I love my Touch. It will definitely be more convenient than carrying my normal 3-4 books around in my backpack.For those on the fence, I hope this helped.UPDATE: Just a few additional notes worth mentioning (notes as of 12/24…my Touch has had a little over a month of use now):- (This may only apply to those who are thinking of purchasing their first Kindle) While the ability to make notes and highlights directly on the device is very handy, a huge time-saver, and a pretty awesome convenience, the dictionary function is by far one of the more intuitive features. It is incredibly useful to simply touch an unknown word and have the definition pop up. I first noticed the convenience of this option when I literally pushed on an unknown word in a paperback book, an action that was observed by my wife, resulting in: 1) my wife laughing hysterically, 2) me feeling a little ridiculous, and 3) I still didn’t known what the word meant. I’m definitely spoiled.- For those not willing to flip through the additional comments: the ad-supported version is actually pretty useful. I’ve purchased a few Amazon Local deals and used one Amazon e-book coupon during the course of this month. (As I mentioned in one of my replies, the ads may not be as useful to those who live outside of a major metropolitan area.)- The battery life is pretty legit. On 12/21, I decided to charge my Kindle for the first time since 11/22. A complete month of fairly heavy use, and I probably had at least a few more days to go, if not a full week, before I really NEEDED to charge it. WiFi was off for the majority of that time, but I’m not too sure why you’d need WiFi on when you’re not downloading new content.- Fingerprints have not been an issue at all. The only slightly negative thing I’ve noticed with the screen is the occasional hair stuck in the edge of the screen. Nothing major, but it is a little annoying.- I love my Touch. I use it daily, sometimes for a few hours at a time. I find myself almost loathing reading a hard-copy book, primarily for no other reason than having to hold the book open (Ugh…), and turn the pages (Moan…), and find a bookmark (Groan…).Maybe I’m just lazy.Regardless, the Touch is awesome. Probably the best $100 I’ve spent in a while.
4,921 of 5,041 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 starsA worthy upgrade over other Kindles!, November 20, 2011
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This review is from: Kindle Touch 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6” E Ink Display - includes Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers (Electronics)
Length:: 9:09 MinsPlease watch my video review here. Thanks for watching and I hope it helps.General observations:- Controlling/manipulating things on the screen is so much easier with the touch screen-it’s a lot more intuitive!- Athough I don’t show it in the video, you can swipe instead of tap to turn pages. You may also use your left hand to page forward by tapping slightly more in from the left edge. It works quite well.- Looking up a word is as easy as pressing on that word. No more fumbling with a 5-way controller. You can additionally highlight blocks of text quite easily by just swiping over it.- Kindle Touch also has the new X-Ray feature which is really neat. It can be interesting to see a summary listing of facts from a given book about a person mentioned for instance. The Kindle Keyboard does not include this feature.
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1.0 out of 5 starsMy second Kindle was a lemon My first Kindle was the basic version and worked well for me. I had no trouble navigating and managing my account, though the keyboard was awkward. Read morePublished 3 hours ago by Carl Coon
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5.0 out of 5 starsgreat product Being a big reader I find my Amazon touch Kindle excellent.It is very easy to use,and easy to read.The amazon service is excellent and helpfull.It is obviously a good company. Read morePublished 5 hours ago by Roly Brooksbank
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Coby Kyros 7-Inch Android 2.3 4 GB Internet Touchscreen Tablet - MID7012-4G (Black) Computers & Accessories

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Browse the web, watch videos on Youtube, check e-mail, and more on a generous 7 inch LCD screen. Intuitive touchscreen controls powered by Android OS 2.3 . Connect to the Internet wirelessly with high-speed networking support (Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g) Download and enjoy popular apps and games from the AppsLib marketplace. Plays popular video, music, and photo formats. Download and read thousands of books with the included Aldiko E-book reader application, view pages in portrait or landscape with automatic orientation detection. Expandable memory with optional microSDHC card. Rechargeable lithium-polymer battery.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Did you know?, November 22, 2011
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I bought 3 of these for my three grandaughters. You can install the amazon app store on it and get android apps that install easy and play very well. Amazon gives a paid app for free I believe daily. I was able to install apps like Angry birds on them for free and they work very well. I too, was impressed with this tablet, for the money it is a very good buy. I know it’s not an IPad and I would not compare it to it either but, out of most budget tablets, this is one of the best. I played with each one for a while and watched videos online. I did not have any problems. The screen is resistive but yet i was able to scroll and type without the stylus unlike some others tablets that i tried out first.I did a lot of searches on the internet and compared many tablets in the same category.I also bought several and had to return them. For me, this was the winner.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great for the money, November 12, 2011
This review is from: Coby Kyros 7-Inch Android 2.3 4 GB Internet Touchscreen Tablet - MID7012-4G (Black) (Personal Computers)
I have had this for 3 weeks and am very satisfied with it. The get jar apps store is good,plus I downloaded the amazon store apps,kindle, and b&n nook. The speed is decent, connects to wi fi very easily, and works great as an e reader. It comes with headphones,mini usb to usb adapter,stylus, and protective sleeve. The sleeve is just that, fabric to slide tablet in to help protect screen etc. You can store the stylus in a holder on sleeve. I strongly recommend. A great entry level tablet.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Perfect, October 29, 2011
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I had thought and looked into getting an iPad or one of the other larger tablets, but realized that if I was going to spend that much money that I may as well by a laptop. Yeah, they look cool and all, and the number of 3rd party things for it are out there, but I realized that I really didn’t want something that big in size. I wanted something that I could easily carry around, see what email I had awaiting for me to read at some point, could sit and read a book, and play a few games. I had looked at some other 7” tablets, but there was just something about them that just didn’t give me the desire to buy them, then I came across this one.It’s heavier than I expected, and takes longer to start than I would like, but it works for me.I have had no trouble connecting to wifi networks, the apps that I have added work great, going from portrait to landscape is quick, playing video from YouTube and elsewhere works fine, and I have even been able to make Skype calls with no problems.The problem that I have had with it is that the battery doesn’t last long, and it would of been really nice if they had made it a little bigger or added a clasp for the stylist. I also don’t like the fact that if you lay it onto a table the screen will automatically switch to landscape.The Apps store it uses (GetJar) has plenty of stuff to keep me happy, but I am not looking for it to do a billion things. So far I have enjoyed the e-reader (Aldiko) as it is easy to read things.If you need all of the bells & whistles of the iPad, then buy an iPad. If you are looking for something that will do the basics quickly so you can do other things in life, this is a good choice…
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Coby Kyros 8-Inch Android 2.3 4 GB Internet Touchscreen Tablet - MID8125-4G Computers & Accessories

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Size: 8-Inch 2.3 | Color: Grey
Browse the web, watch videos on Youtube, check e-mail, and more on a generous 8 inch LCD screen. Intuitive touchscreen controls powered by Android OS 2.3 high-speed 1 GHz processor. Connect to the Internet wirelessly with high-speed networking support (Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g) Download and enjoy popular apps and games from the AppsLib marketplace. Plays popular video, music, and photo formats. Connect and enjoy 1080p HD video on your HDTV via HDMI (Requires optional HDMI cable 1080p HD video playback requires a video file encoded at 1080p Streaming video quality will be affected by the source and the quality and condition of your network connection) Download and read thousands of books with the included Aldiko E-book reader application, view pages in portrait or landscape with automatic orientation detection. Built-in front-facing camera and microphone and expandable memory with optional microSDHC card. Rechargeable lithium-polymer battery.

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5.0 out of 5 stars my wife loves it, November 3, 2011
This is a review on a Coby Kyros MID 1126-4G tablet. I bought this for my wife. She is not a very tech savvy person, I often have to help her when she does anything but basic operations on her laptop. But, she got a smartphone about 6 months ago and I’ve been impressed at how well she’s mastered it. A while back I noticed that she’s started using her smartphone instead of her computer as much as she can so I started looking at a tablet computer for her because they all seem to use a smartphone OS and so I assumed they operate similar. I haven’t tried a tablet for her before because the price of the better models is to much to risk to see if she’d like a tablet. The resistive touch screens and poor reviews on the less expensive models have ruled them out also, until now. This tablet works great, does not feel cheap or fragile and most importantly, after 24 hrs she fell in love with it. It works so good and is so cool, I want one.At first she wanted to get all the apps she has on her smartphone but some of them are not available through the Getjar app store. Some of the apps she has on her smartphone wouldn’t really be useful on this tablet anyway because it only has wifi, no 3G or 4G or cellular connection of any kind. I know she quickly realized that this device is not a smartphone or laptop replacement. What it does is allow her to use the same smartphone apps she normally uses at home or when there is wifi available with the same touch screen interface as her smartphone but with a much larger viewing screen. So, if you notice that when you’re at home you find yourself reclining in your favorite chair using your smartphone to post something on Facebook or checking the weather forecast or whatever, you’d probably really like one of these little tablets. And it’s a lot cooler to see the pictures of our grandkids on the 10 in tablet screen than it is on the little smartphone screen.Follow up to my original review:Thought I’d do a follow up on my review because after using the tablet an issue came up. My wife had trouble surfing the web with the browser that came on the tablet. I installed Dolphin on it and it really made surfing easier for her. In the process of changing the browser I discovered that the apps are dependent on the browser for internet connection. When I switched to Dolphin it made the tablet operate generally much better. If I can ever afford to order one for me the first thing I’m going to do with the new one is download and install a new browser.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Reasonably Priced Tablet, July 28, 2011
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Length:: 6:12 Mins****THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE COBY KYROS 7-INCH ANDROID 2.3 4GB INTERNET TOUCHSCREEN TABLET, MODEL MID7016-4G**** There are several other models listed under the same product page which can be confusing.Please disregard my “Spanglish” accent! I hope my video review gives you more of a first hand look on the Coby Kyros MID7016 screen resolution and touch screen response. This is a really nice tablet that has great potential if you are looking for something that is affordable.I purchased this tablet for my 12-year old son. I already own an iPad 1G and recently purchased the iPad 2G for my daughter. My young son wanted a tablet but I knew I could not spend hundreds on a tablet because he can be a little destructive. After doing some research (go to Cobys website - they have a more information), I decided the Coby Kyros 7016 was going to serve the needs I was looking for and it was in the right price range.When it arrived I was actually impressed on the size and the overall appearance of the tablet. It is very well presented in the box. Comes with all the necessary cables, a protective traveling case and even headphones. What I found really cute was that once I turned it on it resembled a large Motorola Droid cellphone! It even had the unlock “slide” key feature like the Droid cellphone has. Now don’t get too excited, this by no means is 100% like a Droid. The picture resolution is NOT the best, but is is not bad considering what I paid for it. The touch screen capabilities has issues. Sometimes I found myself pounding on it instead of lightly tapping with the tip of my fingertip. I calibrated the touch screen and that seemed to help some. It does not use the Android Market, instead something called AppsLib marketplace. It was very easy to setup an account. I actually checked out their website first before I purchased the tablet to make sure they offered a variety of apps. There are plenty of FREE applications. You can also connect your account to your PayPal account to pay for apps. One very cool feature about this is that you can have a pin code and rating limit so your kids can not purchase anything without knowing the pin. They can not download games that are a certain content rating neither.Internet use was a bit frustrating. This could be because I am so use to the way I get around with my iPad tablet. Getting connected to my home Wifi network was very simple. This is one place I do give this tablet a thumbs up is for the settings menu. If you are familiar with the settings menu with the Android cellphones, then you will have no problems getting around the settings with this tablet. The connection speed is not lightning speed fast, but it will load. Going to a previous page is not a simple task - still trying to understand this basic task since it has to be done with pushing buttons and the touch screen…I think. I just closed the window and started again. I reckon my son will figure it out on his own.**EDIT FEB. 2012: The silver button on the front of the tablet is the back button. Thank you to all who have commented.**The screen will rotate as you turn the tablet. The volume does not go very loud, but it might sound better with headphones on. It does have a stylus pen included that slides right into the tablet so you don’t lose it.In regards to the memory, the 4GB went really fast. I installed about 10 games like Angry Birds Season, Angry Birds Rio and some other really popular ones and the tablet reached it’s limit. I attempted to uninstall some of the pre-installed apps but that is a no-no, it won’t allow you to do that. That is to bad too because they take up so much of the internal memory. I added a 2GB micro SD card I had laying around but plan on getting him at least a 16 GB card so he does not run into any problems.Overall - if you are looking for an inexpensive tablet that allows you to play games and surf the web this is the way to go. You won’t be disappointed, it is well worth the asking price.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good Tablet if you don’t expect too much *Update at the end**, October 19, 2011
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I have had my tablet about 2week now, and I have installed the Android market, Amazon Market etc. without rooting. (look for instructions for 7022 model). This tablet works great! I use mine for light web surfing, watching netflix and you tube, and reading books. I read mostly, and I have a few issues that are app realated NOT related to the Coby. For example the Kindle app does not allow you to change the default dictionary for your foreign language books. The Aldiko app nor the Kindle app let me search my dictionaries well at all.The wifi works well, and I had it going in under 5 min. I get a good signal all over my house as well.The tablet really works now that I have been able to get apps from the marketplace. I have a 16gig card in mine where I store everything, and that keeps it running fairly well. I have had to reset once, and it wakes up while in standby mode over and over too. Which brings me to the negative: THE BATTERY LIFE IS TERRIBLE! I read a lot on this, and I only get about 4 hrs. battery life. I even downloaded the “no cell” app which did nothing to improve the battery. Other than that it works well enough for my needs. I am thinking about getting both of my kids one to read all the classics that we read together. (I homeschool) This would certainly cut down on costs of purchasing paper books.Tech support says you may use the tablet while it is plugged in, and that has been a life saver for me!All in all I have had no major problems with this device. I would recommend this for those who do not have to use this for anything really demanding. It is nice to read books on, browse the web in bed, or watch an episode of Monk while on my sofa!***UPDATE***Ok, now I have had this tablet for well over a month, and I really wish I could send it back.TWO Big cons:The wifi does not stay connected for very long at all!! I have done everything I can think of. I am even in the same room with it and it disconnects then I try to reset it and there is an “error” message. So I have to restart the tablet in order to restart the wifi connection again!!! That is why I am amending my review! This problem alone is enough to be a deal breaker for most. So please pay attention to those with this same issue. It will make you want to throw this thing through the wall!!!!BATTERY life is worse than I could imagine. I get maybe 3 hours at most reading or surfing the net, playing a game. You can not watch an entire neflix movie without plugging it in. I am very dissappointed in this devices battery. I could deal with the wifi issue if the battery were better. I will be trying to sell this one and get a better tablet in the future. I like to read, and I am very frustrated that this thing does not have a longer time when reading even when turning off wifi etc.So in conclusion, I don’t have a problem with the screen or anything like that, but these two issues have made me aware that you really do get what you pay for. I hope that you have enough info to make a decision. My advice is to save a little more money and get a better device.
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Apple iPod touch 32GB (4th Generation) - Black - Current Version MP3 Players & Accessories

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Capacity: 32 GB | Color: Black

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The world’s most popular portable gaming device is even more fun. Now available in black and white, iPod touch includes iOS 5 with over 200 new features, like iMessage, Notification Center, and Twitter integration. Send free, unlimited text messages over Wi-Fi with iMessage. Record HD video and make FaceTime calls. Visit the App Store to choose from over 500,000 apps. iPod touch also features iCloud, which stores your music, photos, apps, and more?and wirelessly pushes them to all your devices.

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On the front of iPod touch is a built-in camera perfect for making FaceTime video calls.

FaceTime. Oh, I see what you’re saying.

Video calling on iPod touch means your friends can see what you’re up to, when you’re up to it. With a tap, you can call someone on an iPhone, iPad 2, iPod touch, or Mac over Wi-Fi. And come face-to-face with even more fun.

Tap for a more instant, instant message.

Take “LOL” to the next level and actually see friends laughing. Or bring “XOXO” to life when you blow someone a kiss from miles away. FaceTime on iPod touch makes it possible. FaceTime works right out of the box—just enter your Apple ID and email address. Or create a new email account just for FaceTime. Using FaceTime is as easy as it gets. Say you want to start a video call with your best friend over Wi-Fi. Just tap the FaceTime app and find her entry to start the call. An invitation pops up on her screen asking if she wants to join you. When she accepts, FaceTime begins. It’s all perfectly seamless. And it works in both portrait and landscape. See how much fun you can have.

Two cameras make either side its fun side.

iPod touch has two built-in cameras, one on the front above the display and one on the back. The front camera has been tuned for FaceTime. It has just the right field of view and focal length to focus on your face at arm’s length. So it always presents you in the best possible light. Which is especially handy when you’re talking to someone who’s more than just a friend.

The back camera. See and share.

So your friend is sick with a cold and can’t make it to the concert. You can share the encore with a FaceTime call. As the band takes the stage and starts playing one of her all-time favorite songs, just tap a button. And before the lead singer can belt out his first note, iPod touch switches to the back camera and to the sure-to-be-legendary performance. Another tap switches to the front camera and to you. Simple, fast, and fun.

Camera with HD Video Recording. Ready, and action.

The next great Internet meme could be yours. iPod touch and its HD video camera go with you everywhere, so you can capture every “What the?” moment that comes your way.

Trim a little off the ends. Or the middle.

No need to wait until you’re back at your computer to edit video. With basic editing built into iPod touch, you can get right down to business. Just drag to select start and end points on a filmstrip. Keep only the parts of the video you want, and turn it into something you and your friends will watch again and again.

iPod touch Camera
iPod touch features a second camera on the back, which lets you shoot amazing 720p HD video.
Special guest star: iMovie.

You’re on an epic road trip, and you want to create a video postcard of everything you’ve seen and done. Just use the iMovie app—pick it up on the App Store for just $4.99. Built for Multi-Touch, iMovie lets you combine and edit video clips, give them that extra something with dynamic themes, add music and photos, and share your finished movies with the world.

This is so going on YouTube.

Maybe you’re in the middle of texting a friend or browsing the web when you look up and suddenly see something that words just can’t describe. Launch the camera and record on the fly. Then upload your HD movie directly to YouTube. Or select some video from the Camera Roll and attach it to a new email message, ready to send. Posting to your Facebook page or blog is also just a tap away.

Two cameras. Countless photo ops.

A really cool piece of graffiti art. A cupcake too cute to eat. Your cat camouflaged by stuffed animals. If you want to take a quick photo to post on Twitter, either camera on iPod touch can also capture stills. Use grid lines, pinch-to-zoom gestures, and single-tap exposure lock to compose the perfect shot. Then tap to tweet at will.

Retina Display. Seeing is still not believing.

Thanks to the Retina display, everything you see and do on iPod touch looks amazing. That’s because the Retina display’s pixel density is so high your eye is unable to distinguish individual pixels. Which means images in games, movies, and photos pop off the screen. Text in books, web pages, and email is crisp at any size. And everything is sharper. No wonder it’s called “cutting edge.”

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When iPod came on the scene years ago, it was all about music—and it still is. Enjoy your favorite tunes, whether it’s on headphones or wirelessly over AirPlay.
More wow per inch.

Behind the screen of iPod touch, there’s some serious technology going on. By developing pixels a mere 78 micrometers wide, Apple engineers were able to pack four times the number of pixels into the same size screen found on earlier iPod touch models. This many pixels packed this close together—326 per inch—make graphics and text look smooth and continuous at any size. Prepare to be glued to the screen.

LED backlighting.

The Retina display includes LED backlighting and an ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts the brightness of the screen for the best viewing and battery life possible. So you can focus on more important things. Like destroying aliens.

AirPlay. Broadcast live to your HDTV and speakers.

With AirPlay, you can wirelessly stream what’s on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your HDTV and speakers via Apple TV. That’s gonna go over big.

Give your photos and video the big-screen treatment.

You have great photos on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and some friends on your couch. Or you’re in the middle of an epic action scene that could use a little more screen. Tap the AirPlay icon on your iOS 5 device from a specific app—Photos, Videos, or Safari, for example—and everything streams to your HDTV via your Apple TV.* Make sure both your device and Apple TV are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, and the AirPlay icon appears automatically.

DJ wirelessly.

AirPlay isn’t just for photos, movies, and apps. It’s for your music, too. A song, an album, a favorite playlist—if it’s on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you can stream it to your home entertainment speakers via Apple TV. Because rocking out is always more fun in surround sound.

Your speakers and AirPlay. Perfectly in tune.

Conduct a symphony, chill with an indie band, or put on a rock concert—anywhere in the house. Connect any speaker you own to an AirPort Express. Or stream directly to AirPlay-enabled speakers from manufacturers like Denon, Marantz, B&W, JBL, and iHome. Your iOS device automatically detects your speakers: Just tap the ones you want to use. Since it all happens wirelessly, you have the freedom to cue the tunes from wherever you happen to be sitting, standing, or dancing.

Music. The DNA of iPod touch.

Your workouts, your cram sessions, your commute, your late-night dance party of one, your ever-present need to drown out the noise around you. It’s your music that keeps you going. And you know what respects that? iPod touch.

iPod touch Cover Flow
Turn iPod touch on its side and glide through your music by album art with the flick of your finger.
A work of album art.

What a song does for your ears, Cover Flow on iPod touch does for your eyes and fingers. Turn iPod touch on its side and glide through your music by album art with the flick of your finger. Tap an album cover to flip it over and display a track list. Tap again to start the music.

From one great song comes an even greater playlist.

Songs in your library get a newfound rhythm thanks to Genius. When you’re listening to a track you love and want to hear others that go great with it, let Genius take over. It finds complementary songs you own and makes a Genius playlist for you. Listen to the playlist right away, save it for later, or even refresh it and give it another go. Count on Genius to create a playlist you wouldn’t have thought of yourself.

A genius of a mix.

Genius acts as your personal DJ. All you do is sync iPod touch to iTunes, and Genius automatically searches your library to find songs that sound great together. Then it creates multiple mixes you’ll love because it’s entirely your music. Genius Mixes are like stations tuned precisely to your taste. They’re a great way to rediscover songs you haven’t heard in forever—and some you forgot you had.

Shake it like you mean it.

The next time you’re listening to your tunes, turn on Shake to Shuffle, then give iPod touch a shake to shuffle to a different song in your music library. It’s just another way iPod touch keeps your music feeling fresh.

iPod touch Games
It’s hard to be bored when you have instant access to over 500,000 apps, including the latest in gaming titles.
If it’s entertaining, it’s on iTunes.

Add songs and music videos to your iPod touch from iTunes on your computer. Or buy and download new music on your iPod touch over Wi-Fi with the iTunes app. When you do, iCloud automatically downloads it to all your devices over Wi-Fi or 3G. So everything new appears everywhere—on your iPad, iPhone, Mac, or PC. You can also browse your purchase history and choose specific songs or albums to download again at no additional cost. Sign up for iTunes Match and you can access all your other music from iCloud—including music you’ve imported from CDs or purchased somewhere other than iTunes. For just $24.99 a year.

Games + Apps. What iPod touch was made for.

It’s hard to be bored when you have instant access to over 500,000 apps. Available in almost every category, they’re just a tap away at the App Store. And when it comes to games and entertainment titles—over 100,000 and counting—no other platform comes close to iPod touch. Which probably explains why it’s the world’s most popular portable gaming device.

iOS. The world’s most advanced mobile operating system.

Running the show on every iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad is iOS. It lets you browse, read, and see everything just by touching the screen. It also includes all the fun, powerful, and innovative built-in apps you use every day, many times a day. And the latest version, iOS 5, is packed with over 200 exciting new features that will make you say, “Best. iPod. Ever.” Here are a few of our favorite new features in iOS 5:

iPod touch iMessage
iOS 5 is packed with over 200 exciting new features—such as iMessage, pictured above—that will make you say, “Best. iPod. Ever.”
  • iMessageNow you can be all “I was all?” and “She was all?” all you want. Send unlimited text messages to any iOS 5 device free over Wi-Fi with iMessage.
  • Notification CenterYou’re about to beat the final boss. Now’s not the time for an alert to get in the way. And it won’t, thanks to Notification Center.
  • Game CenterGet ready to rumble. Game Center lets you play against friends and people you don’t know. And it recommends new games and new opponents.
  • Twitter IntegrationTwitter users rejoice. iOS 5 adds Twitter capabilities to Safari, Photos, Camera, YouTube, and Maps, so you can tweet directly from them.
  • RemindersForget much? Reminders can fix that for you. Create lists of things to do or remember, set a deadline, and Reminders sends you an alert.
  • SafariWeb articles minus the ads. What bliss. Tap the Reader button in Safari and ads disappear. Add article links to Reading List and read them later.
  • PhotosPhoto Stream in iCloud stores all your latest photos and pushes them wirelessly to your other devices. So every pic is everywhere.
  • PC FreeYou can activate and set up your iPod touch wirelessly, right out of the box. Without the need for a Mac or PC.
  • NewsstandA magazine rack that’s just for you. That’s the idea behind Newsstand. Find all your publications here and even subscribe to new ones.

iCloud. Your content. On all your devices.

Thanks to iCloud, your iPod touch has an even tighter bond with your Mac or PC (and your iPhone or iPad). iCloud stores your music, apps, games, latest photos, and more and makes them accessible on your other devices. And it keeps your email, contacts, and calendars up to date across them, too. It’s all automatic. There’s no syncing required, no management required, no anything required. iCloud does the work for you.

iTunes in the Cloud. Your music and TV shows. Wherever you want them.

You never know when you’ll suddenly be in the mood to listen to a favorite song or rewatch that hilarious sitcom episode. With iCloud, you can have iTunes automatically download new music purchases to all your devices the moment you tap Buy. You can also access past music and TV show purchases from any of your devices—wirelessly and without syncing.

Photo Stream. Snap. And it’s everywhere.

With Photo Stream, you can take a photo on one iOS device and it automatically appears on all your other devices, including your Mac or PC. Import new pictures to your computer from a digital camera, and iCloud sends copies over Wi-Fi to your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. You can even view recent photos on your big-screen TV via Apple TV. There’s no syncing, no email attachments, no file transfers. Your pictures are just there—on whichever device you happen to have handy.

iPod touch iBookstore
Buy a new book from the iBookstore, and iCloud makes sure it appears everywhere—your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Documents in the Cloud. Start here. Finish there.

You can create amazing documents and presentations on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. And now with iCloud, you can keep your work up to date across all your iOS devices. You don’t have to save your work or transfer any files. Your documents—with all your latest edits—automatically appear everywhere. iCloud is already built into Apple iOS apps like Keynote, Pages, and Numbers. It can also work with other iCloud-enabled apps. So you can do things like create a spreadsheet on your iPad and make edits to it on your iPhone. Or start sketching on your iPod touch and add the finishing touches on your iPad at home.

Apps. All your apps. Always at hand.

If you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you have apps. And you probably download new ones all the time. iCloud lets you automatically download new app purchases to all your devices at once. So the app you need is always right where you need it. If an app you bought previously isn’t on one of your devices, not to worry. You can download it again from your purchase history—at no additional charge.

iBooks. All your devices are on the same page.

Buy a new book from the iBookstore, and iCloud makes sure it appears everywhere—your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. So if you have to put it down, you can pick it back up on another device, in exactly the same place. In addition to the best seller you’re glued to at the moment, the iBooks app keeps a list of titles you’ve read before. And just like with apps, you can download them again to any of your devices.

Calendar, Mail, and Contacts. Up-to-date everything.

iCloud stores all the stuff you can’t live without—your contacts, calendars, and email—and keeps it up to date across all your devices. Say you delete an email, add a calendar event, or change some settings. iCloud makes all your changes everywhere. Same with your notes, reminders, and Safari bookmarks.

Backup. iCloud saves the day.

iCloud backs up your iOS device daily over Wi-Fi when it’s connected to a power source. From your Camera Roll and messages to your device settings and ringtones, everything is backed up quickly and efficiently. And since iCloud is built into iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, you can restore your personal data on a new iOS device or one you already have without using a single cable. iCloud does it all for you over Wi-Fi.

Find My Friends. Friend-spotting.

For finding your way to the party, keeping track of family at a crowded amusement park, or getting picked up at the airport, Find My Friends is your app. You can give friends and family permission to see your whereabouts. And vice versa. When you don’t want to be found, a single switch takes you off the grid. Simple as that.

Find My iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac. Lost. And found.

If checking all the usual spots hasn’t turned up your missing iOS device, Find My iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac can help.4 Just sign in at icloud.com or use the Find My iPhone app on another device to locate yours on a map, display a message on its screen, remotely set a passcode lock, or initiate a remote wipe to delete your data.

AirPrint. Wireless printing, right from your iPod touch.

Late for a concert? Quickly print your tickets from your iPod touch. Stumble upon a list of cheat codes for the RPG you’ve been struggling with? Print it and share it with your friends. A few taps is all it takes to go from onscreen to on paper.

Hard copies made easy.

AirPrint on iPod touch makes it simple to print your email, photos, web pages, and documents. There’s no software to download, no drivers to install, and no cables to connect. With just a few taps on your iPod touch, you can go from viewing something onscreen to holding a printed copy. And because all the printing takes place in the background, there’s no waiting around. Instead, you can start printing and then go back to flicking through photos, browsing the web, or doing whatever you were doing before.

True wireless printing.

"No cables required" means exactly that. AirPrint printing is 100 percent wireless. iPod touch automatically locates and connects to AirPrint-enabled printers on your wireless network. Whether you’re on the other side of the house or on another floor from your printer—or you’re walking from one room to the next—you can still print what you need, when you need it. In fact, it’s all so easy and fast that by the time you finish reading this sentence, you could have printed it from your iPod touch.

What you see is what you print.

If you can open it on your iPod touch, chances are you can print it with AirPrint. AirPrint works with Safari, Mail, Photos, PDFs in iBooks, and third-party apps with built-in printing. Print that hilarious photo of your friend dressed up as an ’80s rock star. Running late for a movie? AirPrint lets you quickly print your tickets as you’re heading out the door, so you won’t have to miss the previews.

iPod touch Game Center
Game Center on iPod touch lets you add more players to your gaming network.
Works with AirPrint-enabled printers.

Many AirPrint-enabled printers are available. Just visit the Apple Online Store and find one that’s right for you.

Built-in apps. Fun from the get-go.

iPod touch gives you serious game. But there are so many other things you can do with it that are just as entertaining. Make a FaceTime call to your best friend. Shoot HD video of your favorite band. Take and post plenty of planking photos. Check out your go-to celebrity gossip blogs. All this and you can check email, watch a movie, listen to music, and more. Impressed? That’s just how iPod touch rolls.

Messages with iMessage

Your two-thumb typing skills are about to be put to some serious use. Say h-e-l-l-o to iMessage, the new text messaging service for all iOS 5 users. It’s free over Wi-Fi, so you can say as much as you want, and then say more. iMessage also lets you send a picture, share a video, or text a location. This is definitely going to have people talking.

FaceTime

FaceTime on iPod touch lets you hang out, catch up, and goof off with friends when you can’t be there in person. With just a tap, your iPod touch can make a FaceTime call to someone else’s iPod touch, iPad 2, iPhone, or Mac over Wi-Fi.1 Witness a prank in action. Or watch your friend on the other side of the country crack up at your stories from last night. All you need to get started is an Apple ID and an email account. You can choose an email account you already have or, if you prefer, set up a new one. You’ll never see fun the same way again.

Game Center

Game Center on iPod touch lets you add more players to your gaming network. Invite friends to join. Then totally dominate them. See how your score ranks against your friends and other players of each game. Compare achievements. Put together a select group of friends to play with or have Game Center suggest some new friends based on the games you play. You can even choose to go up against people you don’t know in a multiplayer game. So get in the game. And get your friends in it, too.

Camera with HD Video Recording

"You should have seen it!" is a thing of the past. Because with iPod touch, you’ll always have a great HD video camera with you. So when your dog does that thing where he sounds like he’s talking, you’re ready to capture it in all its glory. In high-definition 720p video. You can record video in low-light settings, thanks to the advanced backside illumination sensor. You can even edit and create your own mini blockbuster right on iPod touch using the iMovie app—with Apple-designed themes, titles, and transitions. It’s available on the App Store for $4.99.

App Store

Tap App Store and you’ll find over 500,000 apps—including over 100,000 game and entertainment titles. With more added every day. Thanks to iCloud, new apps you buy on your iPod touch automatically download to your iPad or iPhone. There are apps for anything and everything—from giving videos you shoot a vintage feel to letting you take on the role of a cunning secret agent. You can download them fast. Many of them are free. And all of them make your iPod touch that much more can’t-live-without-able.

Music + iTunes

With iPod touch, you don’t just play your music. You hear it, and see it, in entirely different ways. Let Genius create a mix or a playlist for you automatically with music you already own and love. Flick through albums in Cover Flow. Or give iPod touch a shake to shuffle your songs. Craving some new music? iTunes is only a tap away. Browse millions of songs you can buy and download right on the spot. And thanks to iCloud, your purchases automatically download over Wi-Fi to your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or PC, too.

Videos

Your favorite movies and TV shows are now playing on a subway train or plane near you. Because you can buy or rent movies and purchase your favorite TV shows right on iPod touch. Shop the iTunes Store and choose from thousands of must-see titles.

Mail

Whether you have one email address or five, iPod touch lets you manage it all. View and open attachments. Format text. Drag to rearrange names in address fields. Add or delete mailbox folders. Search the body of messages. And with iCloud, you get a free email account that stays up to date on your iOS 5 devices and Mac or PC.

iPod touch iBookstore
Tap App Store and you’ll find over 500,000 apps—including over 100,000 game and entertainment titles.
Safari

Safari on iPod touch now includes Reader, a handy feature that removes annoying ads so you can read articles without distractions. Want to read a story but don’t have time? Add it to Reading List and read it later. iCloud keeps your Reading List updated across all your devices, in case you want to check out the story on your Mac or iPad instead.

Photos

So many hilarious, unforgettable, I-can’t-believe-you-just-did-that moments are in the photo library on your iPod touch. And new features in iOS 5 give you more control over the photos you take. Crop, rotate, enhance, and remove red-eye right on iPod touch. Even organize your photos in albums. With Photo Stream in iCloud, all the photos you shoot on iPod touch automatically appear on your other devices.

Maps

Maps on iPod touch shows you where you are and how to get to where you want to be. Or maybe you’re craving something sweet. Type what you’re looking for—“ice cream,” for example—and see what’s nearby.

Reminders

A new feature called Reminders makes iPod touch seem like a sticky note come to life. Create a list for whatever you don’t want to forget—homework assignments to finish, chores to do, concert tickets to buy. Set a deadline and Reminders will send you a notification to keep you on track.

YouTube

From tweens with incredible vocal skills to bizarre-but-real TV commercials, YouTube is a video wonderland. And with the YouTube app on iPod touch, you can keep yourself entertained for hours on end.

Nike + iPod

Get the most out of your workouts with the Nike + iPod Sensor (sold separately) and iPod touch. The sensor slips into your Nike+ shoe and wirelessly transmits data about your workout to your iPod touch. The Nike+ app even works with cardio equipment in many fitness centers.

Voice Memos

If you have something to say, say it. Voice Memos on iPod touch will record it. Whether it’s a lecture on covalent bonds or your friend’s goofy made-up song, you can keep it for posterity. Trim your memos on iPod touch, then sync them to iTunes to use in your podcast or share.

Find My iPod touch

You know your iPod touch is here somewhere because you had it like 10 minutes ago. Don’t freak out. Find My iPod touch was made for situations like this. When you first get your iPod touch, set up Find My iPod touch. Then if you misplace it, you can find its approximate location on a map. Display a message or play a sound to help you find it. You can even remotely wipe it clean of your personal information, if you need to.

More Built-in Apps

Keep all your news and magazine apps in Newsstand. Write about anything and everything in Notes. Do quick math with Calculator. Check the weather. And watch your investments with Stocks.

What’s in the Box

iPod touch (32GB, Black), Earphones, Dock Connector to USB Cable, Quick Start Guide

Product Description

The world’s most popular portable gaming device is even more fun. Now available in black and white, iPod touch includes iOS 5 with over 200 new features, like iMessage, Notification Center, and Twitter integration. Send free, unlimited text messages over Wi-Fi with iMessage. Record HD video and make FaceTime calls. Visit the App Store to choose from over 500,000 apps. iPod touch also features iCloud, which stores your music, photos, apps, and more and wirelessly pushes them to all your devices.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Senior Citizen Review of Ipod Touch, April 30, 2011
I purchased my Ipod Touch 8G in January, 2011 just for fun and to see what all the fuss was about. I use a laptop and have wireless connectivity in my home. But I don’t store music on an Ipod and don’t have “smart” cell phone. After using the Ipod Touch for a few months, all I can say is “WOW”.This device is like carrying a small computer in your pocket. I can connect to the internet wirelessly at home and anywhere I can find a public connection—library, cafe, etc. I check my email (read and compose), facebook, Meetups, Ravelry, take pictures and movies, and with the Skype App, can video call my kids. I have become hooked on the Angry Birds game, which is fun to do while waiting anywhere. I have also downloaded audio books from my library to take with me when I travel. I knit and have any pattern I am working on loaded on my Touch so I don’t worry about losing it. All this in a 2x4 inch little device I can carry with me everywhere.I considered getting a smart phone instead, but Verizon’s additional mandatory monthly cost of $30/month turned me off. It would be nice to have internet access where ever I am, but I don’t need it and don’t want to pay $360/year for it. I like the fact that the Ipod Touch does not require any additional monthly costs.I compared my Touch to my friends Ipad. It appears that my Touch does most everything the Ipad does, but the Touch is so much smaller.My son has a Droid, which does what my Touch does plus it is his cell phone. But games wear his battery down quickly. I don’t have to worry about that since my phone is separate from my Touch.If I needed to be connected to the internet at all times and have a cell phone too, I would probably stick with a smart phone and pay the extra $30/month. But if you want a very versatile tool in a small package to carry with you, I highly recommend the Ipod Touch.So much fun!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Lines Between iPod Touch and iPhone Have Started to Blur, September 7, 2010
This review is from: Apple iPod touch 32GB (4th Generation) - Black - Current Version (Electronics)
Having had a chance to spend a little time with a review model gives me a chance to share the experience with you a bit early (before my own arrives). I’ll take you hands-on with the new model, plus I’ll share from my past two years of iPod touch ownership altogether, especially for those who haven’t yet owned (or been owned by) one of these mobile gems.I’ve also hidden a treasure trove of info on how you can legitimately download tons of quality apps for free. First though, let’s quickly cover what’s new.+ Faster 1GHz A4 Processor - to keep up with the high demands of multitasking+ Ultra high resolution “Retina display” - packs a 960 x 640 resolution at 326 pixels per inch+ 15% larger battery - 3.44 Whr/930 mAh plays 7 hrs of video & 40 hrs of audio+ Rear-facing camera - supports 960 x 720 sized photos (0.6 megapixels), plus 720p HD videos+ Front-facing VGA-quality camera - VGA-quality is a resolution of 640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)+ 3-Axis Gyroscope - allows for higher precision and more motion gestures+ Wireless N - Connect faster and go farther than ever, with this WiFi device (requires a router with 802.11n)+ Built in microphone - but Apple reverted back to using the remote- and mic-less earphones+ Game Center - Apple’s own social gaming platform+ Sleep/Power Button - it’s been moved to the right, but not improved beyond that+ Thinner, lighter than ever* Note - Memory remains at the same 256MB despite several unconfirmed sources touting 512MB. There’s also no vibrate module.Unlike last year’s iPod touch update, this one’s a complete overhaul to the entire line. Last year, the new models didn’t change in appearance. On the inside, faster processors and double-memory were added to the 32GB & 64GB models, but the 8GB got left out. Not this time. Buying the new 8GB iPod touch indeed gets you all the new goodies. You’ll also pay thirty bucks more than before, so consider buying the 32GB model instead. You’ll get 400% of the storage capacity for only 23% more coin!===== Background =====I’m a mobile app developer who’s created a few apps and games for the iPhone, iPod Touch and now iPad. I was initially drawn to the iPod touch because of the popularity and capabilities of its mobile Web browsing—I was primarily a Web developer at the time and no other device could surf the Web so well. After I got one, I was hooked. I racked up over a hundred bucks in app purchases within the first month, and before long, I found myself learning how do develop native apps for the device.Indeed, if you have never had an iPod touch before, you’re in for a real treat. Of course, if you have, then you know first hand: it’s is worth its weight in gold—no, in platinum. And now, with the latest generation, it may even be worth its weight rare gem stones! I digress.===== Out With the Old =====The iPod touch is frequently called an iPhone without the phone. However, until now there have been several other features also missing in the iPod touch besides the phone: a camera, GPS, magnetometer (compass), and some newer amenities from the iPhone 4: front-facing camera, high resolution “Retina display” as it has been dubbed, and the powerful 1GHz A4 processor—indeed a necessity to keep up with multitasking.That all changes, now. The 4th gen iPod touch brings with it some new features and amenities, some of which have been anticipated by iPod touch fans and developers alike, including myself, for several generations of the device. From a developer’s perspective, the more hardware features we can get our hands on, the better and more innovative apps we can create, and the more users that can download, use and enjoy them.===== In With the New =====The striking new design of the latest iPod touch is definitely a looker. Apple has made it even thinner (and I thought it was already too thin before) complete with a beautiful chrome back. While the super thin design is certainly attractive, I’ve found it slightly difficult to keep it well-gripped in your hands. The usual chrome back looks great too, but it’s scratch-insistent. Yes, it’s incredibly easy to scratch it all up, even after the first few days. For these two reasons, definitely get yourself a silicone skin (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0042GVG5G?tag=1pod-20&ie=UTF8) alongside your new touch!For ages, the feature topping everyone’s wishlist for the iPod touch has been a camera. Check! It handles HD video too—bonus! Granted, its not the 5 megapixel camera that the iPhone 4 sports, but again, the new iPod touch is thinner than ever, making it a miracle that we even got a camera in the first place, let alone two! Yes, Apple went the extra mile so we could make video calls with our iPhone toting friends, via their FaceTime app. Brilliant! So, having not had any camera on the iPod touch before, and now having TWO cameras on it, we can’t really complain can we? Nah.I’ll have details on the quality both cameras later, but what excites me even moreso is the new much-higher resolution screen—dubbed “Retina display”. You may not think much of it if you haven’t used an iPhone or iPod touch before, nor have an older model nearby to compare it to, but for those that have and/or do, the difference is clear! (pun intended)Where this really comes in handy is in browsing the Web and reading non-mobile-formatted PDF e-books. Now, I can see things so much clearer at the default zoom level (which shows the full width of a Web page or document). My vision isn’t spectacular by any means, I just don’t mind seeing things smaller on the screen. It allows me to see more content without having to scroll. Indeed, the Retina display was the #1 feature I never knew I wanted (until I saw it in the iPhone 4 that is).Other newness includes: 15% larger battery, HD video recording and editing, built-in mic, wireless-n for nearly double the WiFi connection speed and distance, Game Center: Apple’s new social gaming platform (which seems to be Apple’s attempt to kill-off third party social gaming platforms like OpenFeint and Plus+), 3-axis gyroscope sensor, which complements the existing accelerometer sensor, both of which handle the rotating, swinging and other motion gestures of the device (previously, rotation were roughly calculated from accelerometer data), and new placement of the sleep/power button on the right (but still as difficult as ever to press).Features still missing include: 512MB of memory, vibration, 5 MP quality camera + flash (iPhone apps now support using LED flash as a flashlight, like Android does), magnetometer (compass), and the GPS. I’d happily trade the thinness of the latest iPod touch to have the GPS. WiFi based location is often inaccurate, and the GPS doesn’t need a WiFi or cellular connection, it just needs to see the satellites in the sky.===== iOS vs Android =====So far, Apple has cornered the market of multitouch mobile devices that aren’t phones, but things are slowly changing. Currently, the two hottest mobile and smartphone operating systems out there right now are Apple’s iOS (formerly: iPhone OS) and Google’s Android. Of course, iOS is popular because it runs on not only the iPhone, but also on the iPod touch and now on the ipad as well. Plus, it has garnered support from scores of app developers who’ve gotten behind Apple’s slew of high-demand devices.The iPod touch has really made iOS what it is today. It does a lot of what the iPhone does, without a contract, or carrier exclusivity, as is the case with the iPhone and the iPad (WiFi+3G models). So if it weren’t for the iPod touch, a lot of the market share Apple now has in the industry would have been stifled by their carrier exclusivity. I think Apple will see the light soon, but that’s another discussion.Enter Android. Google has held a different stance on their mobile OS. It isn’t tied to a select few devices, and it’s open source, so it can be further developed by manufacturers who use it. Indeed, several mobile device manufacturers have now latched onto Android as a foundation for numerous devices. Wireless carriers that have been unable to carry the iPhone have also taken a liking to it. Now, tons of Android devices have been released, and there’s no end in sight. Manufacturers have also seen the iPad’s potential and now they want a piece of that pie, too. So, expect to see a lot more Android tablets and media-centric non-phone devices soon. The competition is heating up.But not everything with Android, nor with iOS, is perfect. I own an EVO 4G, one of the most popular Android devices currently available. I’ve also used an iPod touch almost every day for nearly two years, so I’m pretty qualified to share my experience with each platform. Both certainly have their share of unique offerings, and neither of them are without flaws. For this reason, and because of the increasing competition between the two, I plan to dispel some of their key differences for you at various points in this review.===== So What Can the iPod Touch Actually Do? =====Well, what can’t it do?The iPod touch is like a magical little box, only it’s flat. While it cannot cook your breakfast, yet (I’m sure someone is already working on that), it can indeed do some pretty extraordinary things. It’s an amazing catch-all device that can provide hours of entertainment, give you the power of the Web in your hand, and it can even replicate the functionality of countless one-off products. Developers have been creating apps that take advantage of special hardware of the iPod touch to emulate some other product for less, and sometimes even for free.Even expensive products have seen cheap iOS based clone apps. For… Read more ?
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5.0 out of 5 stars RETINA Display Absolutely Rocks! Excellent Media Device and Portable Computer, September 19, 2010
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My original review focused on whether you can successfully use an 8 gb version of this 4th gen iPod Touch in lieu of a more expensive, larger memory version. My conclusion (at the end of this highly revised review) was, and remains, a resounding YES but there is one aspect, that applies to ALL the iPod Touch 4th generation editions (8/32/64 gb), that I now think is MUCH more important:The quality of the screen display.Simply put, this device has near-iPad screen quality in a 3.5” device. (960x640 resolution at 326 pixels per inch, vs. 1024x768 resolution at 132 pixels per inch).That means you can get almost iPad quality video in approximately 3.6 ounces of device vs. 24 ounces of device; in a device that fits a shirt pocket vs. a device you need a separate bag for. In a device you can hold up as a reader vs. a device that tires your arms.This Touch is VERY practical for reading NYTimes articles or USAToday articles in their reader applications, optimized for this size display (crisp, large type). VERY practical for browsing the regular on-line editions of most newspapers (tap once to fit a column to a screen with nice readable type). GREAT for YouTube since the YouTube app included with the device is optimized for delivering high def YouTube content - if available, HD videos are automatically preferred. GREAT for Netflix and Hulu Plus. GREAT for gmail and ok for Facebook (I am sure FB will make its dedicated app more user-friendly in the future).Great, for me, for online banking and stock research/trading.Great for catching up on tech websites in their “mobile” formats.So-so for Yahoo; I don’t like Yahoo Mobile right now and their regular online edition, via the built in Safari browser, doesn’t scale up and down as nicely as the online NYTimes does.And oh yeah, the device can store adequate amounts of your own music library (or stream Slacker or Pandora, customized for you, in free or pay editions) and download iTunes paid video content for later consumption, stream to Apple TV, or you can move your own DVD content to the device via easy conversion programs.Last year I ventured out on some vacations with an iPod Touch, the last generation, as a “backup” to my netbook. I found myself easily reading emails, but preferring the netbook for replies. I didn’t read any books with it until earlier this year, and was surprised by how well book reading worked. I Skyped home.When this new generation Touch came out, I got it as a matter of reflex, justifying the purchase on the basis of the built-in camera and built-in microphone (which means I don’t have to use “inline mics” with ear buds any more). But in reality, the sharpness of the screen is MUCH more important. I have now, simply as a result of this device, switched to e-reading from print reading. On the road, this has largely displaced the netbook (except for reviews like this); most friends communicate in shorter emails these days anyway, and most emails are ads and blurbs, not stuff you need to reply to.But now at home I find myself ALSO using this new generation iPod Touch a LOT. In the morning to check emails for anything really important, to check NYTimes headlines, before I even roll out of bed. Anytime I want to check emails or Facebook the rest of the day, without firing up the regular desktop computer. At bed to read.In short, the darn thing is a working computer. Great for CONSUMPTION, patience-testing for INPUT. (Although forcing my input to slow down, say, for Simple Notes entries may be a good thing - forces me to slow down and be a lot more concise.)***********A word on gaming and pricing. My kids have the 8 gb, 4th gen (this one) model and LOVE it for games. The motion detector is VERY responsive and watching a 3.5 y.o. use “dual thumbs” on the screen blows me away. You will NOT get the same screen responsiveness and motion detection on an Android device. Some developers are even reluctant to develop Android versions because the hardware for Android devices simply has too many variants in the marketplace vs. much smaller overall market share. This can change, but for now Apple dominates the gaming market. This week Apple is offering the Touch in 8 gb mode for slightly over 2 bills but with a 25 gift card. The value for dollar is incredible. Think carefully before you try to find a substitute! (FWIW I love Apple hardware but don’t like the “locked down” system it has become - I hate having to use iTunes as “Grand Central Station” for Touch operations. So I am actually inclined to be biased AGAINST Apple, but in the case of the Touch the results are simply too good to ignore.)***********Best accessory ever: ClassicReader Three-pair Valu-Pac, +3.00 The screen on this new generation of iPod Touches is very, very sharp, but in order to enjoy all that sharpness, you need to bring the screen really close to your eyes (assuming you don’t have presbyopia and can focus close) OR simply carry a pair of cheap reading glasses as an “accessory” to these super sharp 4th generation screens. This lets you actually read the tiny type on the NY Times website, actually see the richness of colors and depth of detail on a video. So even if you don’t need reading glasses for magazine reading, CONSIDER trying a pair of STRONG reading glasses (1.75, 2.0, 2.25, 2.5, 2.75, or even 3.0) to magnify the 3.5” display screen. Strong reading glasses make high-def YouTube, Netflix, and Hulu Plus videos POP for me.My original review, edited to be slightly briefer, is below, so you will know where most of the pre-12/20 comments come from:______________________Can you get by with an 8gb Touch?Yep, based on my experience with a 3rd gen 32 gb, and on my recent local purchase of the 4th gen (this current model) in 8 gb capacity.When using the old 32 gb, I found out that I barely used its greater storage capacity. (I don’t haul around a lot of music or videos - I just transfer what I want to listen to/watch for each road trip or listening/viewing cycle using iTunes). Apps, I discovered, don’t take up much space, even games and books don’t take up much space, unless you want to haul substantially more of your whole collection with you. Amazon’s Kindle app is esp. device friendly, since you can archive books you’ve finished back to Amazon instead of keeping them on the device. iTunes is a great way to manage what content you want to store on your home computer - which becomes a sort of large “docking device” - and what you want top take “to go.”As a netbook substitute, storage isn’t even that important. I can check my bank balance, transfer funds and execute orders on a brokerage account, listen to radio on Pandora or Slacker, watch music videos (and a lot more ) on YouTube, Skype, stream Netflix, and do a whole lot of other stuff on the 8 gb just fine.In fact in hindsight the only real reason for me getting the 32 gb version in the older edition was to get the faster processor. But in the current generation, ALL THE 4th GENERATION HARDWARE IS THE SAME, except only for memory.Do keep in mind on the 8gb edition you give up about a gig to systems operations, leaving only 7 gb or so for your stuff. And you need to leave from for apps and their space. I probably wouldn’t put more than 6 gb of music and videos on the 8gb version. The other editions also give up the same space, but proportionately it is a smaller “hit” to your storage.The 8gb makes a nice intersection on my personal “cheapness” and “minimalist” curves. The price doesn’t get into nose-bleed territory where I start to wonder whether a netbook would makes more sense, and it’s inexpensive enough to subject to the toils of daily wear and tear - keeping it handy in an outside day pack pocket, instead of more safely stowed deep inside the pack.
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Toshiba Thrive 10.1-Inch 16 GB Android Tablet AT105-T1016 Computers & Accessories

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Size: 16 GB

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Introducing the Thrive Tablet by Toshiba, powered by Android 3.1 (Honeycomb), offering a better way to browse the web, enjoy e-books and HD videos, play games, listen to music and more. Complete, convenient and customizable, it’s everything a tablet can and should be, with a gorgeous 10.1-inch diagonal high-res multi-touch widescreen display, features you can personalize and speedy performance so you can multitask your way through your digital life (and favorite entertainment) with ease.

Toshiba Thrive
The Toshiba Thrive Tablet featuring the power of Android 3.1 and the NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile processor (see larger image).

Your Entertainment Hub

The Thrive tablet lets you enjoy and organize all your favorite music and videos in one convenient, portable place. Rock out on the go using its stereo speakers with Toshiba sound enhancements or built-in headphone jack—or plug in to our convenient Toshiba Multi-Dock (sold separately) to connect your own sound system. Use its built-in HDMI port to watch your videos on any compatible HD display. And thanks to our preloaded Toshiba Media Player, keeping your collection organized is easier than ever.

On the go
With Adaptive Display technology, the 10.1-inch HD display looks great anywhere—even in direct sunlight (see larger image).
At home
The pre-loaded PrinterShare application makes it easy to connect to a printer over a wireless network (see larger image).

Brilliant Clarity

Give all those movies a makeover with Resolution+ video enhancement technology—Toshiba’s exclusive innovation that instantly improves sharpness and color on standard-definition content, for visuals that look and feel more like HD. Toshiba’s Adaptive Display technology ensures that you get the best visual experience, automatically adjusting the display’s brightness and color to the lighting environment—making it readable even on the sunniest parts of the patio. Plus, you can use the tablet’s built-in HDMI port to share your favorite videos on any compatible HDTV.

Accelerated Everything

Offering serious horsepower for its size, the Thrive tablet is powered by the world’s first mobile super-chip, NVIDIA Tegra 2. Enjoy extreme multi-tasking with the first mobile dual-core processor, plus hardware-accelerated Adobe Flash and console-quality gaming with visuals powered by NVIDIA GeForce—so you can enjoy your favorite games, thrill to high-def video and much more.

Android 3.1, Honeycomb Operating System

Smile. Because this tablet quite simply delivers everything on the Android platform. It’s founded on the tablet-optimized Android 3.1 (a.k.a., Honeycomb), designed from the ground up to improve your experience with devices just like this.

Dual Front and Back Cameras

The Thrive tablet gives you plenty of options with two onboard cameras. Use its convenient 2-MP front webcam and built-in microphone to video-chat with clarity, while its 5-MP auto-focus rear camera lets you capture photos and video in beautiful high-definition (HD 720p).

Easy Grip Finish

Now it’s easier than ever to get a grip on your fast-paced mobile life—and grab some well-earned attention, too. This slip-resistant, rubberized surface is comfortable to hold, so you’ll never miss a beat when chatting or emailing on the run. It’s also available in your choice of six vibrant colors (sold separately), making it easy to personalize the look of your tablet.

Tons of Connectivity Options

Feel free to transfer and share files with your other gear and many of today’s most popular gadgets, courtesy of USB 2.0, mini USB, and HDMI ports on your Thrive tablet. Plus you can use its full-size SD card slot to easily view photos and movies, or connect wirelessly to any compatible device with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.


Specifications

Display

10.1-inch LED-backlit capacitive multi-touch display (1280 x 800 pixels; 16:10 aspect ratio)

Processor & Graphics

1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core mobile processor with GeForce graphics

Storage

8 GB internal flash memory

Memory

1 GB internal DDR2 memory

Wireless

Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking (802.11b/g/n) plus Bluetooth 3.0

Audio

Built-in stereo speakers with SRS Premium Voice Suite

Weight and Dimensions

1.6 pounds; 10.75 x 0.62 x 6.97 inches (WxDxH)

Sensors & Location

GPS, gyroscope, accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass

Multimedia Playback
  • Adobe Flash support
  • Audio compatibility: MP3, WMA, AAC, eAAC+, Ogg Vorbis, WAVE
  • Video compatibility: MPEG4, H.263, H.264 
Ports & Expansion
  • HDMI port (full-sized) for 720p video output
  • 2 USB ports (1 full-sized, 1 mini-USB)
  • Dock connector port
  • 3.5mm stereo headphone jack
  • Secure Digital (SD) card slot, compatible with SD, SDHC, and SDXC media
At home

To learn more about Toshiba products, visit the Amazon.com Toshiba Store. Toshiba Store

Toshiba Thrive Accessories

Back Cover Multi-Dock
  • Toshiba Thrive Back Cover: Personalize your Thrive Tablet with a user-interchangeable rubberized back cover available in your choice of five vibrant colors: Silver Sky, Blue Moon, Green Apple, Raspberry Fusion, and Lavender Bliss
  • Toshiba Thrive Battery Pack: Unlike other tablets, the Thrive Tablet battery is user-replaceable—no need to send it back to the manufacturer to be replaced. Simply remove the back cover and switch it out in seconds.

     

  • Toshiba Thrive Global AC Adapter: A second AC adapter for your Thrive Tablet—at home and/or at work—makes power access convenient and tailored to your needs
  • Toshiba Thrive Multi-Dock Docking Station: Store, view and charge your Toshiba Tablet—quickly and conveniently—with a customized Thrive Tablet dock featuring two USB ports as well as a HDMI output for connecting to a compatible HD monitor or HDTV

     

  • Toshiba Thrive Standard Docking Station: Keep your Thrive Tablet safe and secure while optimizing everyday productivity. This standard docking station includes a USB port plus audio output

Product Description

Introducing the Thrive? Tablet by Toshiba, powered by Android? 3.1, Honeycomb, offering a better way to browse the web, enjoy e-books and HD videos, play games, listen to music and more. Complete, convenient and customizable, it?s everything a tablet can and should be, with a gorgeous 10.1? diagonal high-res multi-touch widescreen display, features you can personalize and speedy performance so you can multitask your way through your digital life (and favorite entertainment) with ease.

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5.0 out of 5 stars For me, Thrive beats Galaxy Tab and Acer Iconia, July 9, 2011
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*UPDATE 8* Now Up: See the addendum at the end of this review.I pre-ordered the 32gb Thrive here on Amazon, but got impatient and went to a local retailer just to check them out. We loved this tab so much, we got a 2nd for my husband in 16gb.Toshiba BrandFirst off — No — I do not work for Toshiba. But I fell in love with the brand a little over a year ago when I bought a new Qosmio laptop, and it’s BY FAR the best computer I have ever owned. I love it as much today as the day I got it, so when I found out Toshiba had an Android Tab, I had to take a serious look.Galaxy & Iconia in BriefPrior to learning about Thrive, I was seriously considering the new 10” Galaxy Tab. I had been coveting the 8” model for some time, but just wasn’t ready to take the leap. So when the 10” came along, I just had to stop by a local retailer to try one out hands-on. And I must say, I really fell in love with it — the screen is vivid and stunning, the interface is clean and responsive. And it’s super thin for sure. But, the first thing I noticed was there’s no inputs of any kind; no SD slot, no USB, no nada. The sales rep said that’s because everything is trending toward the “cloud.” Well, that’s all well and good, but I like products that I control, not products that control me (hence why I’m no fan of Apple’s line of iShackle products. I’m all for “the cloud” and have one here on Amazon for my music, but I’m also the type that prefers to have my own stuff stored locally. I also like to get into the nuts and bolts of my peripherals and use them my way, so having no inputs on the Galaxy was a huge letdown for me. I left the store feeling underwhelmed, and like it wasn’t the right time to buy a tablet. But I was bitten by the bug so I went home and started researching other tabs.Reviews here on Amazon had me convinced Acer Iconia was better than Asus Transformer. And the Acer had USB inputs, so I was happy with that. But I’ve never been a big fan of Acer, so I still wasn’t feeling the itch just yet. But then I stumbled upon the Toshiba Thrive, and still being so highly impressed with their laptop, I immediately felt a connection to the Thrive.Every Input I’ll Ever NeedThrive has SD card, USB, mini-USB and full size HDMI ports. And for me, this is where Thrive clobbers the competition — Toshiba just “gets it;” they make products that keep the end user in control and offer a truly freeing experience. I have a full size HDMI port on my Toshiba laptop too, and let me tell you, it completely changed my computing experience! My laptop is connected to a 50” plasma TV and I use a wireless keyboard and gyration remote for a mouse. Let me tell you, once you use a computer that way, there’s just no going back. So all those inputs on the Thrive was a big clincher for me — and once again, Toshiba stands head and shoulders above the rest in this department. I fully expect to connect my tablet to my HDTV as well. And the on-board SD and USB ports assure I’ll have all the computing freedom and control I’ve come to expect.Vibrant Screen and ColorWhen I first saw the Thrive at my local electronics store, I was a bit concerned the screen wasn’t as vibrant as the Galaxy. But then I remembered Thrive has an auto brightness feature, so I was wondering if that was limiting the saturation in some way. I was easily able to find and navigate the setup menus right there in the store, turned off auto-brightness — and voila! — the Thrive’s screen was every bit as vibrant and rich as the Galaxy! The colors and clarity are nothing short of stunning. I hate to say it, but the screen is probably better than my 50” plasma (it’s only a couple years old, which already makes it a relic in tech world.)Ease of UseFor me, the truest test of any piece of tech, is the ability to use it straight out of the box with NO help from user manuals. I got a new printer recently and had to fiddle with it for days because the install didn’t set it up properly — and in my book — that’s a sure sign of a piece of junk. This Thrive, however, was very simple and easy to get the hang of within minutes right there in the store. Naturally, that’s as much a testament to Android 3.1 as it is to Toshiba Thrive. Either way, I was doing everything from surfing the net, to customizing the entire interface and settings in minutes, all right there in the store — no user manuals, no nothing. I even tethered it to my cell phone just for fun. The interface is so smooth and responsive, and the Tegra CPU is clearly a beast; no hangs, locking or delays of any kind. Everything was fast, smooth and clean; just the way it should be. In fact, Thrive loaded and buffered YouTube videos better than the Galaxy, though there could be many reasons for that given all the devices on the store’s WiFi network.Rubberized BackSome might not think much of this, but believe me, it’s pretty awesome and makes the Thrive feel like velvet in my hands! It also gives me confidence in the tablet’s durability and build quality. By contrast, both the Galaxy and Iconia have a hard, slick back, and as a result, I personally found them both harder to hang on to. I’m disabled and easily drop things, so I never felt fully confident holding either the Galaxy or Iconia. All of these tabs are just a few weeks old, and it’s worth pointing out that the backs of both the Galaxy and Iconia were scuffed and scratched to the point of making them look junky. Granted, they’re both display models in a high traffic store, but the physical condition of both these tabs after only a couple weeks on display suggests one can expect the same blemishes from personal use over time. By contrast, the Thrive’s rubber backing assures there’ll be no scuffs or scratches on my tab or anything I set it down on. And if it does wear out, I can just buy a new backing in one of 6 cool colors.ThicknessYes, the Thrive is probably twice as thick as the Galaxy, but I’m ok with that. Especially since it isn’t all that much heavier. I think the added thickness is due to the USB and HDMI inputs the Galaxy is lacking. Personally, I’d rather have a slightly thicker tab with all the inputs I want, than a wafer thin tab that has a USB dongle dangling from it that I always have to remember to carry. Smaller and thinner isn’t always better, at least not for my taste. I don’t want a 10” wafer thin screen that I’m scared to drop or set down anywhere, or that will easily get scratched or cracked. The Galaxy just doesn’t feel very durable, nor did the Iconia. While the added thickness and rubberized back make the Thrive feel more durable; like it could survive being accidentally dropped, or if placed on a table, the rubber backing would help it survive minor spills. Being disabled, I need something durable, and to that end, the Thrive feels like it will easily outlast both the Galaxy and Iconia. And we’re not talking a super thick tablet here; it’s still plenty thin. It’s also very light; if not, my hands would cramp up and I wouldn’t be able to grasp it to begin with.Wider Body - More To Get My Paws On!The Thrive is a bit wider than both the Galaxy and the Iconia — the screen size is the same on all 3, but the Thrive’s casing is about half an inch wider, which is great because it gives me a little more edge to hang on to without my fingers covering part of the screen. I have big hands, so this all adds up to a good thing for me. Overall, the Thrive just feels better in my hands, and more sturdy and durable.Screen ProtectorsI’m a fan of those “helicopter blade” screen protectors and have been using them on all my touch screen devices for years. I went ahead and ordered a full body protector for my 32gb Thrive pre-order. But after getting my hands on my husband’s 16gb Thrive, I’m realizing I don’t want to cover the velvety rubber back of my Thrive with a screen protector. They haven’t arrived yet, but I’m hoping we can use the back of the screen protector on the front of our 16gb Thrive (both pieces appear to be the same shape and size. If not, no biggie, we’ll just order another screen protector. I’m a big believer in screen protection and they’ve saved me from accidental scratches more than once.Entertainment HubI’ve read that Tablets are trying to edge themselves into being the conduit that connects all your devices — TV, cell phone, computer, etc. And after getting this Thrive in my hands, I can see how tablets can easily fill that void. I love my Qosmio laptop, but prefer not to take it away from home. And my smartphone is great, but the screen is just too small to enjoy surfing the net on it. But now with the Thrive, I can stay connected and still enjoy a full-fledged experience on the go, or even at home, all in the palm of my hands. I’ve never been much into social networking, but I’m realizing that for someone with limited mobility, this might be my conduit to the outside world. I can totally see how using this tab in a social aspect while watching TV would broaden and enhance my experience. I just may get into Twitter too, and all that thanks to this Thrive! Duh — I’m starting to get why they named it that to begin with!Replaceable BatterySome people might find this meaningless. But I just had to replace the battery in my expensive Harmony remote and it’s only 2 years old. So for me, having a replaceable battery in an expensive tablet its HUGE! No other brand offers this but Thrive.Bottom Line — my head is reeling a bit from the thought of owning 2 tablets. It’s really not an expense we can afford and I should probably cancel my 32gb pre-order here at Amazon or return this 16gb. But we love it so… Read more ?
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262 of 275 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Innovative, Best tablet yet!, July 8, 2011
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I’ve had the 16gb Thrive for 3 days now. The Thrive is in my opinion the best tablet available. The things that set it apart from other tablets are: Removable battery, Full size HDMI port, Full size USB 2.0 port as well as a mini USB port. All on board with no dock or adapters necessary. You can take your SD card right out of your camera and plug it in to the Thrive ( Handles up to 128 GB SDXC, what?!!) . Toshiba was smart enough to include a file manager that makes it super easy to move data or media between the tablet and SD card or external hard drive, etc. Running Honeycomb 3.1 right out of the box as well. The wifi is the best I have seen, better than any device in my house and I have a lot. Tethers to my Android phone with no problem. The audio is the best I have heard on a tablet.Toshiba worked with SRS and it shows. (One note, the default volume levels are low. Go into settings and adjust right away) The screen is better than the Xoom but not quite as good as the Samsung (in my opinion) and it seems to do better with higher quality and higher resolution content. Looks phenomenal when viewing pictures from my Canon Digital with an L lens. Color accuracy is excellent,not just oversaturated like some other tablets. The screen response is great. Ran a multitouch test and it recognizes 4 separate touch points simultaneously. 2mp front camera and 5 MP back camera are both very good with good lighting. All in all this tablet offers more interoperabilty than anything on the market. It charges really fast, 90% in 90 minutes. Very, very happy with my decision to go with the Thrive. I had considered the Asus but with the horrific build quality issues and lightbleed I decided against it. I am so glad I waited because Toshiba got it right, right out of the box! This thing is solid! No creaking or flex. No loose bezel. Zero lightbleed. A tablet is the sum of all its parts and in the words of Charlie Sheen, #Winning!Update: 14 hrs today on the battery with fairly heavy surfing and some music and video. The battery gave me 6-7 hrs the first few charges. Wow, I didn’t think it would improve this much! Really happy with the Thrive!
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382 of 407 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice product but not problem free (for now), July 6, 2011
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TIR “TIR” (Houston, TX, USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Toshiba Thrive 10.1-Inch 16 GB Android Tablet AT105-T1016
I purchased two 16gb tablets from a local retailer yesterday. First let me say this tablet is not perfect but I am am very pleased. It is like having a large smart phone. I love my smart phone! My husband was able to get most of his apps installed, but some of mine are not available for the tablet yet. I am able to use my cloud service and access several of my paid apps (spreadsheets, word docs, etc). The widgets & apps that are missing from the market are not an issue because I can access these items online (banking, personal finance site). I am optimistic that the android community will remedy this eventually. I am a techie and I love it.The interface is flawless & smooth, saved photos look really good (even when zoomed in), wireless connection excellent (no connection issues). So far my battery life has been 6hrs; but let me say I did not turn off wireless or Bluetooth. My screen brightness was on maximum. I played Need for Speed briefly, surfed the web alot (3-4 hours), downloaded apps and files, looked at several youtube videos. I think the speaker quality is good; picture quality OK; used tango and talked to hubby while he was at work.Remember this tablet is thicker than the Ipad 2, Samsung, etc; some may experience fatigue from holding it long periods of time. I typed this entire review on the keyboard. I like it and unless something really bad happens in the next 13 days I plan to keep it.07/19/11 UPDATED REVIEW — Well I decide to update my review. (I was able to purchase the tablets early at Fry’s on 07/05/11) I had the sleep issue and called Toshiba the first time on 07/07/11. While they were nice there was no resolution given. So I exchanged by tablet at Fry’s on 07/08/11. Then my husband’s tablet had the issue. I decided to be patient and started surfing the internet to see if anyone else was having the problem. Slowly, I saw more postings about this problem. My new tablet was starting to have a sleep issue too and rebooting by itself. I called Toshiba again on 07/13/11 and the rep told me that he had never heard of that problem before. By 07/15/11 it was on Toshiba’s thrive forums and the internet extensively. I even looked to see if it was an Android issue that plagued other tablets. My 14 days to return the tablets for a refund were quickly approaching and I was hoping that Toshiba sent an update or that some of the fixes would work. While I realize any technology can have hiccups I felt that I needed to decide what to do. I did not want to be stuck with a problematic tablet. I returned both tablets last weekend.I been checking the internet and I am glad to see that Toshiba finally realizes they need to fix this issue. I am surprise that it never showed up in testing. I hope it is a software issue and not a hardware issue because I am sure some of you have met your return time limits. I still think the tablet has some really nice features and I hope they work them out. I decided to buy the Xoom- no surprises.
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