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Amazon Kindle 5 (5th gen, 2012)

Amazon Kindle 5 (5th gen, 2012)
alaScore 90

38 reviews

Jul, 2019

alaTest has collected and analyzed 38 reviews of Amazon Kindle 5 (5th gen, 2012). The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Opinions about the size and screen are overall positive. The portability and usability are also appreciated.

price, usability, portability, screen, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Amazon Kindle 5 (5th gen, 2012) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Editor's Choice!

Expert review by : Jamie Lendino (

Amazon Kindle (2012)


Last year, we awarded the entry-level Amazon Kindle our Editors' Choice for its excellent value, slim form factor, and robust ebook ecosystem. This year, Amazon introduced the higher-end Kindle Paperwhite, which got most of the press ink thanks to its...

New lower price. Lightweight. Even better contrast than last year's model. Packed Kindle Store

No touch screen. No memory card slot or ePub support. Ad-free version costs $20 extra

The $69 base version of the Amazon Kindle is even better than before, thanks to a price drop and a slightly improved display.

Nov, 2012

Expert review by : John Falcone (

Amazon Kindle (2012) review: Excellent no-frills e-ink reader


“If it ain't broke, don't fix it.”

The entry-level Amazon Kindle is a compact, lightweight, and ultra-affordable e-book reader with a crisp e-ink screen and Wi-Fi. It offers access to a massive catalog of books, magazines, and newspapers via's familiar online store, plus...

Lacks the touch screen and self-illumination found on more expensive e-readers. All accessories -- including an AC charger -- cost extra.

The $69 Amazon Kindle is an excellent no-frills e-book reader for anyone who’s willing to forgo a built-in light or a touch screen.

Nov, 2012

Expert review by : Dave McClintock (

Amazon Kindle (With Special Offers, 2012 Version) Review and Ratings


The cheapest major-bookstore e-reader, the 2012 basic Kindle is a serviceable model for the budget-strapped, but it lacks a physical keyboard or touch-sensitive display, so typing and searching on it is awkward.

Lowest-price mainstream e-reader ; Lighter than the competition ; Easy-to-reach page-turn buttons ; Cloud-based storage of notes and page location

Ads in the screensaver ; Lacks touch input, memory-card slots, or audio playback ; Virtual keyboard is tiring to use ; AC adapter costs extra ; Meager font choices ; Still no support for ePub

In keeping this low-priced, entry-level e-reader in its Kindle line, Amazon is bucking the e-reader trend—or perhaps it’s a big enough player to be a trend of its own. The 2012 Kindle is the only major non-touch e-reader released in 2012, and it’s also...

Nov, 2012


Expert review by : Andrew Williams (

Amazon Kindle 2012


We take a look at the cheaper alternative to the Paperwhite to see if it has that Kindle magic.

Lightweight ; Good screen ; Excellent ebook infrastructure

No Paperwhite-like light ; Black finish shows up E-ink contrast issue

The Amazon Kindle 2012 doesn't change all that much in the blueprint laid down by the excellent not-touch 2011 model. It's light, it's affordable and it's better-made than many an entry-level ereader. Next to the top models, which offer integrated...

Nov, 2012

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Amazon Kindle 2012 review


Is this still the Kindle you're looking for? Or has the basic Kindle's thunder been completely stolen by the Paperwhite?

It’s not the very best ereader available, but it is the very best for under £100

Nov, 2012

Expert review by : David Ludlow (

Amazon Kindle (2012) review


It's basic, but the price is spot on and the screen quality is excellent. If you want a device for pure reading, this is it

There’s no doubting that the Kindle Paperwhite is the king of eBook readers. Its high resolution and lit touchscreen make it a pleasure to use. However, if you just want to read and don’t want to spend that much money, there’s no denying that this...

Oct, 2014

Expert review by : Jim Martin (

Amazon Kindle 5 (2012) review


Until recently, when Amazon announced its tablets - the Kindle Fire devices - plus the Paperwhite (which adds a backlight so you can read books in the dark), you had only a choice of a touchscreen Kindle or the basic non-touchscreen one.

Given that last year's Kindle cost £89, the new version is great value at £69. Yes, you're effectively locked into Amazon's system, but that's like being locked into Willy Wonka's chocolate factory: no-one is going to mind. The choice of books is...

Oct, 2012

Expert review by : Laique Khan (

Amazon Kindle (Wi-Fi) Review


The world has indeed become a happy place to live because of the various gadgets that have come and made our lives simpler. The all new Amazon Kindle with many new changes is definitely the talk of the town. It is that one device that would certainly...

Light in weight ; Great build quality ; Excellent battery life ; Nice collection of e-books ; Supports various formats ; Mimics newspaper

Memory cannot be expanded ; Lacks wall charger ; Doesn’t support EPUB format

Our Amazon Kindle (Wi-Fi) Review tells us that if you are the person who enjoy reading articles, news and latest happenings around the world, then this device is a perfect bid for you. It keeps you connected with the social life and things happening in...

May, 2012

Consumer review (

Great fun to use, gets you reading again.


I was mostly worried that I wouldn't like the reading experience compared to "real" books. I was also concerned that the lack of color might dampen the enjoyment factor as well. But..I love it! Easy to use, fairly basic but straightforward operation....

lightweight, cheap, lots of space, easy to use, addictive

options for sorting books in your collection are rather limited. Locked in to Amazon

Feb, 2014

Consumer review (

The best eBook reader you can get for the best price!


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Price E-Ink Size and weight ease of use

No mp3 support keys are clumsy to use

Dec, 2013

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