The Kindle4 is the new e-book reader by Amazon, and it’s the product we’re going to talk about today, for netbooknews.it. Compared with the Kindle3, the big news that you have surely seen, is the lack of the QWERTY keyboard here on the lower edge, replaced with this directional pad and this four side buttons. The keyboard is on-screen, it appears pushing this button and can be controlled by the pad itself, in this way; if you hold the button down, you can run through the letters more quickly. Without the physical keyboard, the new Kindle weighs only 170 grams, that is the 30% less than the previous model and it’s the 20% thinner, it’s easy to handle considering the compact dimensions. Although the low price, this device has good technical specs and a good construction quality too, it’s firm and the materials are well refined. The shade of color marry beautifully with the grey-tones of the screen, it is made to be anti-glare and allows to read without eye strain. Among the technical specs, there are: the 2 Gb hard disk, but actually you have 1.3 Gb left for books and contents; the Wi-Fi connectivity, you can see the little icon up here; the battery life, that according to Amazon lasts about one month. I didn’t tested it for so long but in one week the discharge has been about the 25%, so I can say that the valuation of the manufacturer is reasonable. The package includes exactly what you see here, really minimal: the only “extra”, of course besides the e-book reader, is the micro USB cable, used to connect the Kindle4 to the computer and charge it. It lacks the battery charger for the wall socket, but you can find it in the Amazon shop at the small price of 10 dollars. The format are those usually supported by the Amazon products, among which .txt, .pdf, .mobi and .PRC , and some others using the converter made available by the company itself. There are no speakers or headphone jacks, so we don’t have audio features and we cannot listen to audio-books. At the first start, we’ve been asked to connect the Kindle to the Wi-Fi and download our own Amazon library, if we have one, or to buy contents using the search function included. The strong points that come out in the daily use are the battery, the screen and the lightness of the whole device. The Kindle4 it’s easy to handle, I can hold it between my thumb and forefinger; well I have big hands but many people, I think, can hold the device in this way, without touching the two buttons below used to turn pages, on both sides. The button to move forward in the pages is bigger, because it’s more used. These buttons are made to not turn over pages unintentionally: if I push it here, it happens nothing; to make it work I have to push it a little down. The Ink Pearl screen it’s a 6 inch with a resolution of 600×800 pixel; it does a complete refresh every six pages, but it’s a setting that can be changed in the menu, using the new firmware. With pdf files, on the other hand, the complete refresh happens every page. According to the experts, talking about e-book readers, the contrast of this new screen is lower than that used in the previous Kindle model, but however the reading quality is very high. There are some personal settings, in fact the size of the scripts (with a real-time preview) can be modified, as well as the font type, the line-spacing and the border spaces, using this option “words per row”. Of course, you can also set the rotation to read horizontally. Talking about the battery capacity, the screen saver disables the Wi-Fi signal, so it saves much more battery life. Personally, I didn’t find too much annoying the advertising, on the contrary these images can be seen in a particular and different way on this e-Ink screen. Let’s wait to see if it’s better to buy this Kindle4 right now, spending 79 dollars, or wait for the new touch-screen version out, that for only 20 dollars more will give you a great touch graphic interface, audio features, more space on the hard disk, 4 Gb instead of 2 Gb, and the 3G internet connectivity if you want. Anyway, I feel I can recommend you this Kindle4, maybe for people who already have a more advanced e-book reader or to make a beautiful Christmas gift, at this time of year it will be perfect! For further technical considerations, I recommend you to read the article, of which you can see the link on the screen. Visit netbooknews.it for review on tablets, e-book readers, netbooks and the whole mobile world!