Amazon launched a handful of new devices recently, among which was the new e-book reader the “Paperwhite”. Now, you must be thinking that if there are tablets and phones, which can run pdfs and open word documents why is there a need of a separate device? The simple fact is that there are no distractions, its easy on the eyes and the battery lasts longer, it would take 5 recharge(s) of your phone to match up with e-book’s battery timings. The paperwhite is a sleek device weighing only around 0.47 pounds for WiFi only model and 0.49 pounds for the 3G model, that’s not a huge difference and I doubt anyone would feel it.
The first feature that you will be interested is its display. It uses the same e-ink display but with a blue tint that is easy on the eyes and makes text easy to read, you can control the brightness and saturation through on screen controls.
The display looks fabulous and it coupes well with its competition Kobo Touch, and Barnes & Noble’s Glow Light. The light is even and thorough through out the screen and there are no leeks on medium brightness, however if you dim the screen down, there is noticeable screen bleed at the bottom of the screen; we don’t know if it is device specific or a design flaw’ but, it is forgivable as it does not cause mas much of a distraction.
Usually e-book readers such as paperwhite suffer from low screen resolution, thankfully it is one thing you would be least worried about as paperwhite boasts a pixel density of 212 pixels per inch, so the text is crisp and clear, much like what you would expect from an iPad or the Nexus 7. So concluding the display, it is “excellent” and so far, the best display for a book reader.
Hardware and specifications and design
For a book reader, paperwhite boasts pretty impressive hardware; the front is measured at 6.7” out of which the screen covers 6” of it. Like the new Kindle fire HD tablets, the screen is covered around with thick bezel, which “compliments” the e-ink display and works for paperwhite, overall – the design seems awfully similar to fire HD which is a fresh breath of air.
With a Two-point multi-touch screen you can scroll around your text pretty comfortably; as far as connectivity goes you have two options, either you can go for a Wi-Fi only model or Wi-Fi + 3G model, both models will offer you memory storage of 2GB and a space on amazon cloud storage – enough for storing books isn’t it? Sadly there is no support for audio, so you will be missing out on those audio books and mp3’s.
Software and Battery performance
The software that resides in Kindle paperwhite Is not you fancy android or any other uber complicated Operating system, it is however a newly designed interface, which acts and behaves like the on you would find on new kindle fire. Press the hardware button and the screen will light up, you now have to swipe across the screen to resume you previous session. Once on home screen you will be greeted with your recently read items on the top and amazon’s recommendations at the bottom. There is a drop down menu as well, which will allow you to set options like setting brightness, toggling Wi-Fi, accessing store or searching.
A fun X-ray feature on the home tab allows you to highlight important characters in your reading material, navigation options are located at the top along with latest read material. Since there is only one hardware button on the kindle, you would have to rely on the touch inputs to navigate, a little hard at first but it catches on as you spend more time reading.
When choosing a book reader you are not particularly looking for an incredibly fast device or a fancy colored device, instead you look for a good battery. Amazon promises an 8-week of battery life with Wi-Fi off and around 24 days with Wi-Fi on and the screen on – impressive is the only thing we can say.
There are two options available for paperwhite, you could either go for Wi-Fi only model which will cost you $119 or if you want to stay connected on the go the 3G plus Wi-Fi model will snatch $179 from you.
For the features and options paperwhite sports, it is modestly priced. You get a clear perspective when you look at its competition, the Barnes & Noble Glow Light will cost you $119 as well, but the only device that will bother you is the Kobo Touch, which sells for around $99.
Is it worth buying?
Absolutely, we are absolutely certain that book readers will love to add Kindle paperwhite in to their arsenal of gadgets, impressive battery, easy on the eyes display, beautiful design, Wi-Fi connectivity and thousands of books on amazon store, what more do you need. You can order your paperwhite directly from amazon.