Originally Posted by AintLDS
The New $69 Kindle arrived via FedEx about an hour ago. Some initial impressions:
1. I like the black bezel, slightly more rubberized back, and fit/finish. It somehow feels "softer" in the hand. I don't notice fingerprints. The silver Kindle logo on top looks classier. Overall, a nicer looking device than the K4NT.
2. The screen is noticeably better - more contrast and whiter (less grey?) background. The fonts seem a little bit cleaner and blacker but it may just be the improved contrast with the lighter background.
3. The page turns are slightly faster and cleaner - I'd say the 15% improvement feels about right if that's the case.
I've owned every Kindle since day one. My favorite is the K4NT and with the improvements made in the new $69 Kindle, this is the best yet.
A darker bezel would make the eink screen appear to be relatively brighter. But yours may also be actually brighter due to manufacturing variations in the eink Pearl screens.
Page turn speed is purely software. It is good if they improved that in newer firmware.
If it is running 4.x firmware, it would still be a K4. Of course, you can call it a K69 if you wish.