Kindle Paperwhite, 6" High Resolution Display with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi [Previous Generation]
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- Patented built-in light evenly illuminates the screen to provide the perfect reading experience in all lighting conditions
- Paperwhite has 62% more pixels and 25% increased contrast compared to the previous generation Kindle
- 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
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First-Ever Paperwhite Display
Read in Bright Sunlight with No Glare
Kindle Paperwhite has a matte screen that reflects light like ordinary paper so you can read as easily in bright sunlight as in your living room with no glare.
Read at Night
With Kindle Paperwhite, reading in bed just got better. The patented built-in light illuminates the screen, not the entire room, so you won't disturb your partner when you can't put your book down at night.
Patented Built-in Light
All the Books You Love
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That said, is this Kindle such a big deal, compared to previous versions. I'd say yes, overwhelmingly so. For reasons mentioned previously, I used my older Kindle and Kobo reader whenever I was sitting down to read for more than 10 minutes. But I have been very frustrated with illumination issues (no clip on light was user friendly or light enough). If I was in a well-lit room, the grey on grey still niggled at me, but once you're reading, you forget that. It's still superior to the non-e-ink options.
I wasn't going to spring another $200 for yet another device, but two things made me change my mind. Contrast (i.e. Paperwhite) and built in frontal illumination. Just what the doctor ordered (almost literally). It's a bit pricey, given it's sole purpose as a reader, but since I read many books a week, this is good investment in my eyes -- and my wrist. The Kobo isn't good enough, because it's not Kindle :) (It's a nice try, but not in this league at all). Sony Reader no longer a good experience for me. My older Kindles were still better than my newer Kobo and Ipads for reading, but wanted to move it up a notch with the light and contrast.
WHAT I LIKE
Screen and contrast No reflections, gentle on the eyes, just white enough without being too glaring (which can be tiring).
The light: can't say enough good about it. Other reviews mentioned uneveness on the bottom, but you definitely don't notice when you're reading -- it's even across the reading page.
Weight is just right, especially after wielding the iPad (which inevitably ended up in a prop-up case on a table to avoid arm fatigue--or awkwardly on my chest when reading in bed)
Sole purpose device. Some people might like multifunction, and I do sometimes, but not when there are compromises
3G convienience. I sprang for this, because my first Kindle had it, and it's a luxury I appreciate. No need to fuss with settings.
Battery. Love it. It's lasting a long time, even with the light on most of the time. That's such a nice feature after Ipads that I seem to have to charge every 2 days and my Note phone which needs daily juice.
The leather Kindle case... too expensive, but it really is durable, attractive and light enough. I recommend it, if you can see past the ridiculous price.
Handling of Kindle through Amazon account in the Amazon store is pretty user-friendly.
WHAT I DON'T
Not much to quibble, as it's a sole purpose device.
Handling of PDFs, since I do like to use this feature, not very good. It's okay, just would like it if they could solve resizing algorithm so that the PDF can flow like an ebook.
Browser useless, but I don't care.
I'd like a "send excerpt to email" sharing function, rather than just social media. For research it'd be priceless, instead of having to rely on bookmarks.
Price of both device and case, but I'd still buy again just because these things last (at least my last couple did -- my first keyboard 3G kindle is still in the family, and works great!)
I recommend it to passionate readers who read a lot of books, and who don't faint dead at the price. Frankly, even the 3G version at $200 is worthwhile. You do get what you pay for here. For the light or casual reader, I think I'd recommend the non-3G one. In fact, 3G is just a luxury, so forgo it to save money by all means. But either one of these two (3G or without) is, in my opinion, the 2013 benchmark for e-ink readers.
Since it was already opened I decided to keep it for me as an early Xmas or B'day present to me, (my B'day is in Feb, oh well.),
I really enjoy the fact that I can read in bed without turning the light on. I have only been sampling books which is quite enjoyable since it costs nothing and it feels like I'm browsing in a book store only I'm able to lie in my bed and leisurely browse.
It was easy to set up and to learn the essentials to begin to access the ebooks.
I gave it 4 stars as I wish the border was a bit wider so wouldn't mistakenly press on the screen causing it to go elsewhere. I also appreciate the ability to enlarge the print so I don't need to wear my glasses in bed, what a treat.
I think this preset will be enjoyed for years to come.
I have been trying to buy the paperwhite for a whole year and finally you made it available to Canadians. Thanks. It was a long wait.
I had an earlier Kindle without the built in light which was a problem in low light. The Kindle paperwhite solves this problem. It is also easy to navigate with the touch screen instead of mechanical keyboard. However, there is a flaw in the lighting system that shines through too much at the bottom left of the screen.
As always, it is your great system that makes Kindle most appealing; find book, buy, and read in an instant. Still amazed at the smoothness of this system.
Algis Consulting, President