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Why The Amazon Kindle PaperWhite Is Worth The Upgrade


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Why The Amazon Kindle PaperWhite Is Worth The Upgrade

Author : John Stone   Top Author

Submitted : 2014-01-10 04:23:39    Word Count : 812    Popularity:   Not Rated

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I loved the original Paperwhite, with its small size, touch screen, front-lighting, and virtual keyboard. The all-new Paperwhite is a definite step up, and to me, it was worth the move, but others will have to determine for themselves. If you read lots, and you don't already have one of the newer e-ink Kindles, it's definitely worth upgrading to the Paperwhite. If you have the original Paperwhite, the upgrade is worthy of considering. Although I've only had the new Paperwhite a period of time, I'm already glad I improved. Here's a summary of my initial impressions of the new Paperwhite.

SIZE: It's a similar size as the original Paperwhite - 6. 7"x4. 6"x0. 36". The weight have been reduced slightly from 7. 8 ounces to 7. 3 ounces. The Paperwhite is extremely comfortable to hold in 1 hand, which is how I read. The really good news is that in case you have a case for the first Paperwhite, it will also fit the new one (thank you, Amazon). When you buy a case, I recommend that the case include the actual magnetic AutoWake function. It's much easier to turn the Kindle on and off without fumbling for the small on / off switch.

LIGHTING: The front-lighting is noticeably improved in the original Paperwhite, which had slightly visible shadows coming from the bottom edge where the GUIDED lights were located. (It decided not to bother me, but some viewers were annoyed by that. ) I couldn't see any shadows inside the new Paperwhite, where the lighting appears brighter and even more uniform. With the Paperwhite's entry lighting, you'll never need the clip-on light, even in entire darkness.

TOUCH SCREEN: The text appears a tad crisper with more contrast, even though the 212 ppi resolution is equivalent to the original Paperwhite (but it's as good as the 169 ppi of the sooner Kindles). Unlike backlit tablets and phones, which wash out horribly in sunlight, the Paperwhite is extremely readable in any lighting issue from total darkness to vibrant sunshine, simply by adjusting the actual lighting level. The touch screen's responsiveness have been noticeably improved. Swiping the page using a finger or touching the left or right sides of your page turns it immediately. Having my old Paperwhite, I sometimes were required to swipe or touch twice. The modern Paperwhite is definitely more sensitive with faster-turning pages.

BATTERY: As outlined by Amazon, "A single charge can last nearly eight weeks (based on the half hour of reading each day with wireless off and the actual light setting at ten). " Most certainly not all Kindle readers fit this particular profile. As much as We read, and because I download so many books that I leave the wireless started up, I routinely recharge it about once every week just to bring the power supply to full charge. In any case, the battery life is several times that of backlit tablets and phones. With the high-speed chargers that exist now, battery life shouldn't be a worry with the new Paperwhite.

SOME OTHER COMMENTS: As a touch tv screen e-book reader, the Paperwhite does not have any physical I/O, aside from an energy button and a recharging/data vent. Unlike earlier e-ink Kindles, there is not any provision for audio output, and that means you won't be reading audiobooks for the Paperwhite.

NEW OR IMPROVED FUNCTIONS: The X-Ray feature from the original Paperwhite has been retained and improved to get more context sensitive. The new in-line footnotes which might be read without losing your place is likely to make footnoted nonfiction books a more pleasurable experience, as will be the new navigation feature that lets an individual scroll forward and backward devoid of leaving the page you're with. I haven't had a chance to play around with those greatly, but what I've seen to date looks very promising. The new Paperwhite doesn't include FreeTime for kids or even the built-in version of Goodreads (now owned by Amazon), but these features are hoped for to be added in a software update through the end of this year.

SPECIAL DEALS: It's $20 more if you wish to eliminate the special offers. You can apply this at the time you acquire the Paperwhite, or you are capable of doing it later online. Honestly, you get accustomed to the special offers very speedily, and in my opinion, it's not worth the money to eradicate them. Also, they don't hinder your reading - you only see them once you turn on the Kindle, and after swiping the screen using your finger, they go away.

YOUR VERDICT: The new Paperwhite may be the state-of-the-art e-ink ebook reader. Having improved screen contrast for greater readability, a more sensitive touch screen with faster page turns, and a few new or improved features that enhance the reading experience, it was worth upgrading through the original Paperwhite.

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