New Kindle with Bluetooth audio: first impressions
That’s my first impression of the
which was just released and arrived today.
It’s $79.99 right now with ad-support. I like the feel of it, even though the bevel (the area around the reading area) is going to seem big to some people.
The thing I wanted to know about right away, and tested, was the Bluetooth connectivity.
I connected it via Bluetooth to our
The process was easy, even if not that intuitive (you had to hold the power button in for just so long, then put two fingers spread out on the screen).
Once it was set up (paired), voila!
It read a book to me, using text-to-speech.
Now, it’s important to note that this is working with “Voice View”…it’s also going to read out to you each button you touch, since it’s designed for those with print challenges. You hold and press a button for it to recognize it and tell you what it is, and then typically you double tap to make it happen. So, yes, it is more contacts for each action.
TTS on an EBR (or, um, from an EBR to a speaker), though? A very welcome return!
Once it was paired, it was very simple: any time I turn on Voice View, my Tap connects immediately and starts working. Turn it off, and the Tap disconnects. Note that the Voice View option is under Device Options in Settings, not under Reading Options (since it’s not just about reading, but all the menus).
The new Page Flip feature also works well.
This device doesn’t have a light, so that doesn’t match up to the Paperwhite…and when the Paperwhite gets Bluetooth (as I’m sure it will), that will overshadow (so to speak) this one.
This, though, is a great first hour!
I haven’t been able to test the TTS with an e-book where the publisher has blocked access…I don’t want to buy one of those, and the sample I tried for one didn’t have the access blocked, so I’m not sure.
I have more testing to do later (Is there a way to play an audiobook/music? Does it do immersion reading, where it lights up the words as I reads them?), but I wanted to share this with you right away.
I will say that the screen doesn’t seem as responsive as my Paperwhite or Voyage…but I did really like the package graphic. 🙂
Let me know if you have specific questions…I expect to explore it more this weekend.
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