07 October 2012 ~ 5 Comments

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Everyone that knows me, knows that I’m a major Kindle fangirl. I ordered the Paperwhite within just a few minutes of the link to order came live. *laughing* Yes, I might have a bit of a Kindle problem. I’ve spent the past week playing around with it before I wrote a review on it so I could figure out what was wrong with it. Kind of a fail on my part because I couldn’t find too much to nitpick at.

I’ve ordered every Kindle since K2, so I’ve seen the progression over the past few years. I’ve been using a Touch since they came out and, while I liked it, there were things, over time, that I wished were different. They addressed each of those with the Paperwhite, except for the fact that they still left it touch screen. I’m starting to think I’m in a very small minority that really misses the buttons on the side, but we’ll get to that in a second.

The display is pretty awesome. The text is really dark and crisp. I was impressed when I got the Touch and was surprised that they were able to improve on it as much as they have. It’s dark, very stark. I will admit that I wasn’t sure about the light at first, but my husband has declared it worth every penny because I can adjust the light level down and it doesn’t keep him awake like the other lights/covers I’ve used in the past. The background is very light/white so it really makes the text pop off of the page. Some might find this a little distracting, I think I liked the slightly darker background a little more myself, but I can adjust the light level to my liking and it helps get rid of some of that super starkness that was bugging me.

This version has done away with all buttons except for the “on” switch on the bottom. I do find myself wishing it were still there as a quick way to get to the home screen at times. But again, I appear to be in the “button minority” as touch screens are fast becoming the norm.

There’s now an option to have it show the covers of the books instead of list view. I thought I’d really like that (and I do at times, especially when I’m just browsing trying to figure out WHAT to read – yes, I judge books by their covers) but I found myself quickly looking for a way to make it go back to list view again just to be able to fit more titles on the page when I was looking for something in particular. It’s a nice option to have for sure, especially for those that really need to see those covers.

They appear to have completely done away with the text-to-speech and audio options. I did occasionally use this while in the middle of a book and driving so I am a little annoyed at this appears to not be an option at all anymore. Yes, I can listen to Audible on my smartphone or Fire, but that means figuring out where I am in the book. Not exactly sure what the point of not even offering that up was, but a bit of a bummer.

I played with this without special offers for about 10 minutes before I paid to get rid of them. Mostly because I bought the cover too. The benefit of that was that my Kindle would turn on when I open the cover. Which it did, but you had to swipe the screen. Once I paid the special offers opt-out, it opens to right where I left off in the book, no swiping. Again, that might be minor to some, but I was already getting annoyed with it.

The new font options are nice, for sure. I’ve played around with different settings and I think I found the one I really like (which is very individualized, I’m sure!). I also like that it now gives you an idea of how much time it calculates you have left to read the chapter you are on and/or finish the book. Kind of a nice little feature.

The touchscreen itself is VERY responsive. I still find myself accidentally turning pages, as I did on my Touch, but not as often. I’m not sure if I’m just learning to deal with touchscreen easier or if this one is less touchy, but it definitely does what I want it to more often than my Touch did. I suppose it just reacts easier to what and where I’m touching.

Overall, a solid kindle. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do until yesterday, but I’ve moved my books over from my Touch to the Paperwhite and it is, indeed, my new primary reading device.

Recommended for readers everywhere, of course!

World’s most advanced e-reader – higher resolution, higher contrast touchscreen with built-in light and 8-week battery life
  • Patented built-in light evenly illuminates the screen to provide the perfect reading experience in all lighting conditions
  • Paperwhite has 62% more pixels for unsurpassed resolution
  • 25% better contrast for sharp, dark text
  • 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
  • New Time to Read feature uses your reading speed to let you know when you’ll finish your chapter
  • Massive book selection. Lowest prices. Over a million titles less than $9.99
  • 180,000 Kindle-exclusive titles that you won’t find anywhere else, including books by best-selling authors such as Kurt Vonnegut
  • Supports children’s books and includes new parental controls
  • Kindle Owners’ Lending Library – with Amazon Prime, Kindle owners can choose from more than 180,000 books to borrow for free with no due dates, including over 100 current and former New York Times best sellers and all 7 Harry Potter books.

Rating: ★★★★★


5 Responses to “Amazon Kindle Paperwhite”

  1. JudyAnn Lorenz 7 October 2012 at 12:10 pm Permalink

    I love my Kindle Fire; the graphics at the opening when I do have to swipe to get to the book are so intriguing that I don’t mind looking at them.
    Touch screen is all I’ve ever known because the Fire is where I started. Share it with dh.
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  2. E.S. Ivy 7 October 2012 at 1:10 pm Permalink

    I wish I could give a report on the Kindle Paperwhite too – but my touch screen arrived not working in one area. It’s right in the middle of the keyboard affecting numerous keys so I can’t use it at all because I can’t access my Wifi. It took 2 phone calls totaling well over two hours, numerous emails, and 3 days to get them to agree to replace it!

    I was so looking forward to it. 🙁 This is the first time I pre-ordered and now I would be reluctant to do so again.

  3. noumena12 11 October 2012 at 5:01 pm Permalink

    I too am Kindle fan. I have a K2, Fire, and Touch. I bought the Touch when I had shoulder surgery in August because it is so much lighter than the K2 or Fire. I am really not a fan of the Fire so I never use it. But I have been lusting after the Paperwhite. I would like to stop moving between my Touch and my Samsung Galaxy tablet when reading with the light out. I also wanted the ability to view covers. I can do that using the Kindle reader on my tablet and really like it.
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  4. Suzanne Faris 9 November 2012 at 8:43 am Permalink

    Candy, I really appreciate your reviews. My daughter first asked for a Paperwhite for Christmas but now says she wants a Fire. Which do you prefer?

  5. Dy 28 November 2012 at 10:54 am Permalink

    The sole reason I’ve never upgraded my K3 is the lack of buttons on all the models that came after. I LOVE my buttons & hate having to tap, touch, or swipe to turn a page. If they made a paperwhite w buttons I’d be on it, but til then me & my K3 will keep on trucking.

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