This is the fifth e-ink Kindle reader that I’ve purchased. My spouse and I had been early adopters of Kindle, and after we purchase a brand new Kindle, the previous one goes to the following niece or nephew in line. I liked the unique Paperwhite, with its small measurement, contact display, entrance-lighting, and digital keyboard. The all-new Paperwhite is a particular step up, and for me, it was definitely worth the transfer, however others must resolve for themselves. If you learn lots, and you do not have already got one of many newer e-ink Kindles, it is undoubtedly value upgrading to the Paperwhite. If you could have the unique Paperwhite, the improve is effectively price contemplating. Although I’ve solely had the brand new Paperwhite just a few hours, I’m already glad I upgraded. Here’s a abstract of my preliminary impressions of the brand new Paperwhite.
SIZE: It’s the identical measurement as the unique Paperwhite – S.S”x4.S”x0.36″. The weight has been decreased barely from S.H ounces to S.3 ounces. The Paperwhite could be very snug to carry in a single hand, which is how I normally learn. The actually excellent news is that if in case you have a case for the unique Paperwhite, it would additionally match the brand new one (thanks, Amazon). If you purchase a case, I extremely advocate that the case embody the magnetic AutoWake perform. It’s a lot simpler to show the Kindle on and off with out fumbling for the small energy change.
LIGHTING: The entrance-lighting is noticeably improved over the unique Paperwhite, which had barely seen shadows coming from the underside edge the place the LED lights have been positioned. (It did not trouble me, however some readers have been aggravated by that.) I could not see any shadows within the new Paperwhite, the place the lighting seems brighter and extra uniform. With the Paperwhite’s entrance lighting, you may by no means want a clip-on mild, even in whole darkness.
TOUCH SCREEN: The textual content seems a bit crisper with extra distinction, despite the fact that the 212 ppi decision is similar as the unique Paperwhite (but it surely’s significantly better than the 169 ppi of the sooner Kindles). Unlike backlit tablets and telephones, which wash out badly in daylight, the Paperwhite could be very readable in any lighting situation from complete darkness to brilliant sunshine, just by adjusting the lighting degree. The contact display’s responsiveness has been noticeably improved. Swiping the web page with a finger or touching the left or proper sides of a web page turns it instantly. With my previous Paperwhite, I typically needed to swipe or contact twice. The new Paperwhite is unquestionably extra responsive with quicker-turning pages.
BATTERY: According to Amazon, “A single cost can last as long as eight weeks (based mostly on a half hour of studying per day with wi-fi off and the sunshine setting at ten).” Certainly not all Kindle readers match this profile. As a lot as I learn, and since I obtain so many books that I go away the wi-fi turned on, I routinely recharge it about as soon as each week or so simply to carry the battery to full cost. In any case, the battery life is a number of instances that of backlit tablets and telephones. With the excessive-velocity chargers which are accessible now, battery life should not be a difficulty with the brand new Paperwhite.
OTHER COMMENTS: As a contact display e-ebook reader, the Paperwhite has no bodily I/S, apart from an influence button and a recharging/knowledge port. Unlike earlier e-ink Kindles, there isn’t any provision for audio output, so you will not be studying audiobooks on the Paperwhite.
NEW OR IMPROVED FEATURES: The X-Ray characteristic from the unique Paperwhite has been retained and improved to be extra context delicate. The new in-line footnotes that may be learn with out dropping your house will make footnoted nonfiction books a extra gratifying expertise, as would be the new navigation function that permits you to scroll ahead and backward with out leaving the web page you are on. I have not had an opportunity to mess around with these very a lot, however what I’ve seen to date seems to be very promising. The new Paperwhite doesn’t embrace FreeTime for teenagers or the constructed-in model of Goodreads (now owned by Amazon), however these options are anticipated to be added in a software program replace by the top of this yr.
SPECIAL OFFERS: It’s $20 extra if you wish to remove the particular presents. You can do that on the time you purchase the Paperwhite, or you are able to do it later on-line. Honestly, you get used to the particular gives in a short time, and in my view, it is not well worth the cash to eliminate them. Also, they do not intervene together with your studying – you solely see them if you activate the Kindle, and after swiping the display together with your finger, they go away.
THE VERDICT: The new Paperwhite is the state-of-the-artwork e-ink e-book reader. With improved display screen distinction for higher readability, a extra delicate contact display screen with quicker web page turns, and a few new or improved options that improve the studying expertise, it was value upgrading from the unique Paperwhite.
Note: I even have a Kindle Fire HD S”, which I use for net shopping, emails, apps, and music, however for many studying, I desire the Paperwhite, until a ebook has coloration images or illustrations.
Update (10-31-2013): After utilizing the brand new Paperwhite for a month, the added function that I love probably the most is the Page Flip. When you are on a web page, swipe up from the underside, and a barely smaller pop-up of the web page seems. The pop-up has web page flip arrows to return or go ahead within the ebook (you may also simply swipe the pop-up web page). When you are able to return to your authentic web page, press the “X” within the higher proper nook of the pop-up, and the pop-up web page goes away. It’s as shut as you will get to holding your finger between pages in a printed e book whilst you flip pages. This is known as a useful characteristic.