Kindle Paperwhite Review
A week or so ago I acquired a Kindle Paperwhite, their latest stand-alone dedicated eBook reader. While all the trending data indicate that stand-alone dedicated eReaders are going the way of all flesh, I still prefer them as my favorite way to read eBooks. I do not much care for backlit screens for any lengthy reading sessions. Let me simply say here that the Paperwhite is a definitely a home run. The lighting technology is somewhat hard to describe, but it is not a backlighting method so much as a way of illuminating the screen so the e-ink really “pops” and when the light is adjusted properly it really does live up to its namesake. It is as if you are reading from a piece of paper. It is plenty fast and responsive and turning pages is quick. Everything is now controlled from the touchscreen, there are no external buttons; consequently, the PaperWhite is small and light. I went ahead and got a cover for mine, which bulks it up just enough to make it more comfortable, in my opinion, for reading. Plus, the cover closes with a magnet and turns the screen on/off when open/closed.
So, for anyone who was wondering if the Kindle Paperwhite was worth it, I would say, “Yes, definitely!”
As usual, Amazon offers you a range of buying options, with the least expensive version offering WiFi connectivity and advertisements when you go to the home page, never ads while you are reading. That version is priced at: $119. I opted for the 3G model, because I really like how easily it syncs everything across any device I may use to read my Kindle files: my iPhone, iPad and computer, etc.
If you have never used a dedicated eReader and are hesitant to put any money toward one much beyond the minimum required to get one, I’d suggest taking a look at this model, only $69.
Here are the features of the Paperwhite:
- Patented built-in light evenly illuminates the screen to provide the perfect reading experience in all lighting conditions
- Paperwhite has 62% more pixels for unsurpassed resolution
- 25% better contrast for sharp, dark text
- Even in bright sunlight, Paperwhite delivers clear, crisp text and images with no glare
- New hand-tuned fonts – 6 font styles, 8 adjustable sizes
- 8-week battery life, even with the light on
- Holds up to 1,100 books – take your library wherever you go
- Built-in Wi-Fi lets you download books in under 60 seconds
- New Time to Read feature uses your reading speed to let you know when you’ll finish your chapter
- Massive book selection. Lowest prices. Over a million titles less than $9.99
- 180,000 Kindle-exclusive titles that you won’t find anywhere else, including books by best-selling authors such as Kurt Vonnegut
- Supports children’s books and includes new parental controls
- Kindle Owners’ Lending Library – with Amazon Prime, Kindle owners can choose from more than 180,000 books to borrow for free with no due dates, including over 100 current and former New York Times best sellers