After reviewing the Onyx Tab Ultra C last month, I got used to using the gesture-based navigation on it and it’s so much smoother and more intuitive than the interface on Kindles.
Every time I go back to using a Kindle it feels like going back in time ten years. Just about every action requires a series of multiple taps to get anything accomplished, and there are a number of inconsistencies with the user interface that makes things unnecessarily confusing.
If you’re reading in landscape mode on a Kindle, navigating the interface is even more cumbersome because every time you go back to the homescreen or library or the main settings menu the interface reverts back to portrait mode because only the reading interface supports landscape.
One thing I really like about the gesture-based navigation on the Tab Ultra is the ability to go back to the homescreen by swiping up from the bottom of the screen, and you can also swipe from the left side to go back. You can do things like adjust the frontlight level by swiping up and down the side of the screen, or open a list of recent apps to easy jump back and forth between notes and books, and you can set other actions to gestures as well.
Swiping is simply a lot faster and easier than tapping the screen and hunting for back buttons and different menu icons. It’s also nice not having to open a menu to adjust the frontlight level, and not having the menu cover most of the screen so you can’t see what the actual text looks like while adjusting the light level.
Jumping around between multiple documents and notebooks on the Kindle Scribe is an especially clunky process. It could really benefit from some navigation upgrades. I didn’t realize just how clunky the UI was until using the Tab Ultra.
Kindles have a lot of good things going for them, but when it comes to navigating the interface some improvements need to be made. I have no idea how people manage to navigate large libraries on Kindles.