Kindles newes e-Reader taking the market by storm.
Is it Worth the Money?
In December of 2012 I purchased Kindle's newest e-Reader; the Kindle Paperwhite. I love to read, and believe that the e-reading market is in full swing. I have even published a couple of ebooks myself on the Amazon platform. I was excited to get this newest e-reader and try it out.
I paid just over $100 dollars for my Kindle and purchased the one that stated "with special offers". I will get to that part later in this review. This is my first real Kindle, though I have the Kindle App on my desktop, iPad and iPhone. I purchased the Nook when they first came out, but returned it soon afterwards, due to the difficulty of use. I believe Nook has made great strides since then, but I have never gone back.
Before giving you the "low down" on the Paperwhite, let me just say that I love it! I have downloaded well over a dozen books and read almost exclusively on this device. If you are in the e-reader market, this would be well worth your time to consider. If you are looking for a color tablet, this is not it. The Paperwhite is solely an e-ink reader: no color.
The Paperwhite can be purchased with two internet options.
- The first, and least expensive, is the wi-fi only option. This means you can connect to the Kindle store when you are near a wi-fi connection. Like other wi-fi devices, the Paperwhite will remember wi-fi connections so reestablishing a connection will not be required once the information has been entered into the device.
- The second option is 3G+wi-fi and increases the price by $50-$60 dollars. The 3G option is convenient in that it allows the user to connect to the internet anywhere in the world with no contract or monthly fee.
The Paperwhite is reasonably priced with four different pricing options available. You will need to pay attention to the words "with special offers". The Paperwhite can be purchased "with special offers" and without. The term "with special offers" refers to onscreen advertising when the Paperwhite is in sleep mode or on the Home screen. The "special offers" option is available on both the wi-fi only and 3G units. The advertisements may be turned off in your "Manage My Kindle" but you will be charged the difference you saved in the original discount. The special offers do are not displayed while reading an eBook and do not hinder the reading experience at all, so you may consider the cost savings a good deal. If not, just pay the unsubsribing fee and the special offers will no longer appear on your device. Currently, on the Amazon store the prices are as follows:
- Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi only. $119.00 (With Special Offers)
- Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi only. $139.00 (No Advertising)
- Kindle Paperwhite 3G+Wi-Fi. $179.00 (With Special Offers)
- Kindle Paperwhite 3G+Wi-Fi. $199.00 (No Advertising)
The Kindle Paperwhite comes with a brand new backlight system that makes reading in the dark possible, without the harsh glare. The backlight is adjustable which makes it easy to read in almost any light. As with other e-ink readers, the Kindle Paperwhite can be read in direct sunlight.
Amazon's own website boasts of a possible 8 week battery life for this new Kindle. My personal experience has been somewhat less. I read often, and use the backlight only when reading in dim light, but I have not seen the battery last longer than 8 or 9 days. That is still impressive, but I do not know how they expect it to last 8 weeks. Perhaps this is only in standby mode.
The Paperwhite comes with a usb charging cable, but no 110v connector. However, any usb-capable wall charger will work, and can be picked up at any major retailer. This will be needed if charging your Kindle from your computer would not be convenient. I have found that it takes about two hours to charge mine while connected to my computer.
The Paperwhite is lightweight and extremely comfortable. The back is made of a soft rubber which feels great and makes the device easy to hang on to. No need to worry about it slipping out of your hand. I have not yet tried out any cases for mine, so I have nothing to offer on that topic. Perhaps someone reading this review would care to comment if they have any experience.
I would give this Kindle high marks for quality, readability and easy of use. While the Paperwhite boasted of a higher contrast screen than earlier models, I honestly could not see a difference when compared to an earlier model. Still, this is a great tool for those who like to read and love eBooks. Purchasing a new book is quick and can be accomplished in seconds once your Kindle is connected to the store. I often search, find a book, order and start reading the downloaded book in less than 60 seconds. It is hard to complain about that. I have used the beta internet browser, but I was unimpressed. It is a black and white screen after all, and if surfing the internet is your goal, this is not the device for you. Just my opinion!