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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Review

Sally XuReviewed By: Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5) Updated On: Jul 7, 2014

In today’s day and age, where Smartphones and tablets rule the roost, is there still room for an e-reader? The answer is yes. In September 2013, Amazon announced an updated version of the Kindle Paperwhite, which is loaded with upgrades like a faster processor, a higher contrast display, tons of software enhancements and improved touch technology. So does it make sense for e-reader enthusiasts to make the switch? Let’s find out.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Review

Amazon Kindle on Readability

Many say that the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is the coronated king of e-readers, and a lot of this has to do with its readability factor. The screen is one of the most significant changes that the 2013 edition of the Kindle has made. While there aren’t any spec changes to note here as compared to the earlier model, both the screen and the light that illuminates it have been given a makeover. The Paperwhite boasts of a 6-inch 1,024 x 768 resolution E-ink screen, just like its predecessor. But this is a next-gen screen known as Carta, which offers improved contrast, making print appear darker and more readable than before. Carta offers a pretty fantastic reading experience.

The light of the Kindle Paperwhite has had some significant improvements as compared to the previous edition, in which the screen was a bit uneven, with a clear brighter area where the side-firing LEDs were. The new Paperwhite has fixed this issue, resulting in an even light dispersal. The device is much less fatiguing than a tablet display, as the light comes from in front of the screen rather than behind it.

Amazon Kindle Review on Portability

The best thing about e-readers is their portability factor. You can lug them pretty much anywhere and they fit snugly even in the sleekest designer handbag. Weighing in at a mere 222 grams, and measuring 169x117x9.1mm, the Paperwhite’s compact size makes portability a breeze.

Kindle Paperwhite Review - Size

Amazon Kindle Review on Features

The Kindle Paperwhite is one of the fastest e-readers in the market today, thanks to its blazing-fast processor. Once you turn the Kindle Paperwhite on, it means business. It starts up in a flash, and once it as booted up (which takes only a few seconds), it gets right down to business, and offers you a homescreen, from where you can go straight to the book you’re reading. You can navigate around the menu system pretty fast and switching from one page to another is seamless and effortless. No unsightly refreshes or screen flashes, like other e-ink screens.

The touch is very responsive and you won’t need to jab your screen vehemently for a response. The keyboard of the Kindle Paperwhite is worth a special mention here, with its well-spaced keys and quick response. It doesn’t lag and is not sluggish in response in any way, and easily be said to be one of the best e-ink keyboards on the market.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Review

The Kindle Paperwhite supports MOBI, PRC, PDF, TXT, DOC, and DOCX files. It has 2GB of internal storage, which offers you room to store up to 1,000 books. The only thing is, that there is no memory card slot. You can however, connect the Kindle Paperwhite as a USB mass storage device with a Mac or PC, so you won’t be stuck with only Kindle Store downloads. But the absence of Audible support and a headphone jack will disappoint audiobook fans.

Amazon Kindle Review on Quality

When you hold the sleek Paperwhite in your hand, it almost feels like you are holding a freshly sanded piece of wood. Its super smooth and slick finish is worth a mention. Its rounded off edges and matted black finish make the Paperwhite effortless to hold, even for longer periods of time, when you just can’t seem to put that book down. So now, no more straining your arm!

Customer Support

Amazon’s Kindle bookstore has over 2.1 million books for you to choose from, including monthly and daily deals, top lists, suggestions and more. Subscribing to magazines and newspapers is a piece of cake, and with a $79 Amazon Prime subscription, you can borrow from over 180,000 books in Amazon’s store for free.

If you seem to need a helping hand while using your Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, there is always Amazon’s trusty Customer Support to save the day. Amazon also supporting provides on troubleshooting.

Amazon Kindle Review on Pricing

For the wealth of features and intuition that this little e-reader offers you, the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite comes to you at a pretty affordable pricing of $119.

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Review Overall

Strongly Recommended
Summary: The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite does its bit to stay ahead of the competition. All the upgrades that we have read about help to substantiate the Paperwhite's claim as a truly fantastic e-reader.
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