As you can read in my earlier post on Kindle Fire Review, I was not really into reading books. Amazon kindled my passion for reading books and made me a regular reader (not exactly an addict or a bookworm). Amazon announced a new lighted E Ink reader today, which will be known as Kindle Paperwhite. After almost the entire year of not-so-exciting product launches — KindlePaperwhite for sure is the one, which I want to buy next and I fear I may become a bookworm soon!
Lighted E Ink readers have been available for some time, like Barnes & Noble’s Nook Simple Touch With GlowLight. The front-lit technology unveiled today is proprietary the difference is pretty immediately clear: it’s all about distribution of light through out the device. Nook has top as the light source, with a stronger concentration and somewhat even distribution. The Kindle’s light however, is hard to spot, thanks in part to a much thinner bezel: you can’t just angle the reader and see the lights here.
Here’s our review of Kindle Paperwhite 3G to help you understand if it is the right product for you.
Kindle Paperwhite 3G Review
Availability: Kindle Paperwhite 3G is available in two variants
- Kindle Paperwhite 3G for $179 (with special offers)
- Kindle Paperwhite 3G for $199 (without special offers)
You can pre-order Kindle Paperwhite now to reach you by Oct 1st, 2012.
Amazon is calling it the Paperwhite because the display now has 62% more pixels, and renders exceptionally sharp, clear text and images. It has 25% better contrast for sharp, dark text. Even in bright sunlight, Paperwhite delivers clear, crisp text and images with no glare. Amazon also went wild with new hand-tuned fonts – 6 font styles and 8 adjustable sizes!
Hold the old and the new Kindle together and the difference is obvious. Here’s an picture to show the difference between the old and the new Kindle in terms of contrast and pixels. The Kindle Paperwhite feels like you’re reading a freshly minted book!
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. At the same time, reading in bed also got much 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.
Paperwhite guides light towards the display from above instead of projecting it out at your eyes like back-lit displays, thereby reducing screen fatigue. You can adjust your screen’s brightness to create a perfect reading experience in all lighting conditions, from bright sunlight to bedtime reading. Amazingly all this comes at an uncompromised battery life! A single charge still lasts up to 8 weeks (based on 30 mins reading per day with wireless off and light setting at 10).
Amazon recommends leaving the light on at all times rather than having to turning it on and off a lot like with the Nook. Adjusting the light is also quite nice, with a dimmer switch that runs up and down and a whole lot of brightness levels.
Kindle Paperwhite just lovely and glamorous. Physical buttons are all gone and the reader is a bit shorter and thinner than its predecessor. Kindle logo sits in the place, which used to be for the menu button. The silver of the last version has been dropped for a matte black, which is really just nicer to look at, with a rubberized back that makes it harder for it to slip from your hands.
Exceptional Features of Kindle Paperwhite 3G:
- 3G feature ensures that you need not go hunting or paying for Wi-Fi hotspots, no annual contracts or monthly fees. 3G wireless works globally – download books anytime, anywhere.
- Holds up to 1,100 books (about 1.25 on drive storage).
- Built-in Wi-Fi available. 3G is optional.
- At just 1/3″, it is thinner than a pencil.
- Weighs just 7.5 ounces, which makes it lighter than a typical paperback.
- Size is 6.7″ x 4.6″ x 0.36″
- Free cloud storage for all Amazon content
- 8 week battery life
- Supports Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion.
Adjustable Text Sizes
You can design your own perfect reading experience by customizing the text size to suit your tastes and reading comfort. You get to choose from eight text sizes to prevent tired eyes and keep you reading longer.
All six fonts on Kindle Paperwhite have been hand-tuned at the pixel level for maximum readability and comfort. Higher resolution allows for unprecedented sharpness. The new high-resolution display allows for elegant typeface options including Baskerville and Palatino.
Bookmarks and Annotations
Kindle lets you add your own notes to the text just like writing in the margins of a book. Edit, delete, and export your notes. Highlight and clip key passages.
Known as X-Ray technology, which is exclusive on Kindle, with a single tap, you can see all the passages across a book that mention relevant ideas, fictional characters, historical figures, places or topics of interest.
Notes and Sharing
Share highlighted sections, notes, and meaningful quotes on Facebook and Twitter directly from Kindle Paperwhite without leaving the page. See passages frequently highlighted by other Kindle readers to discover interesting and meaningful passages in your books.
Real Page Numbers
Amazon Kindle matches the pages of a Kindle book to the text in a print book to identify the corresponding “real” page number. You can easily reference and cite passages or read alongside others in a book club or class.
Read with One Hand
Lighter and thinner than a paperback, you can comfortably hold Kindle Paperwhite in either hand for long reading sessions without fatigue or discomfort.
Fast, Easy Page Turns
EasyReach tap zones on Kindle Paperwhite’s responsive touchscreen let you tap lightly to turn pages. No need to swipe or use two hands for fast, seamless page turns.
Supports Children’s Books and Comics
Kindle Paperwhite supports children’s books with Kindle Text Pop-Up, and comic books with Kindle Panel View which allows you to read a comic book panel by panel.
Time to Read
Time to Read is a new feature for Kindle Paperwhite that helps you know how long it will take to finish a chapter or book. Time to Read is personalized based on your reading speed and is constantly updated as your speed and habits change. With Time to Read, it’s never been easier to decide when to start a new chapter or finish the chapter you’re reading.
Whispersync technology from Amazon synchronizes your last page location, bookmarks, and annotations across all your devices so you can pick up exactly where you left off reading.
Free Library Backup
All your entire Kindle library is backed up in the cloud so there’s never a worry about losing your books. Re-download wirelessly anytime for free.
Search Wikipedia and the Web
Kindle Paperwhite makes it easy for you to search. Enter a word or phrase and Kindle will search every instance across your Kindle library, in the Kindle Store, on Wikipedia, or the Web using Google search. Kindle Paperwhite features an experimental WebKit-based browser to provide a better experience on your e-reader.
Built-In Dictionary with Instant Lookup
Kindle Paperwhite includes The New Oxford American Dictionary with over 250,000 entries and definitions for free. Instantly look up the definition without ever leaving the book.
Tap any word or highlight a section to instantly translate into other languages, including Spanish, Japanese, and more. Translations by Bing Translator.
Global Language Support
Kindle Paperwhite supports the display of non-Latin characters, so you can read books and documents in your favorite language, including enhanced support for Japanese and Chinese (Simplified and Traditional). Kindle Paperwhite also displays Korean, Cyrillic, Latin, and Greek scripts, and provides free access to several international dictionaries.
Carry and Read Personal Documents
Kindle makes it easy to take your personal documents with you, eliminating the need to print. E-mail documents – including Word, PDF and more – directly to your Kindle and read them in Kindle format. You can also send documents to Kindle Paperwhite using Send to Kindle.
Kindle Paperwhite Cover – Protect Your Kindle Paperwhite
Protect and personalize your Kindle Paperwhite using Kindle Covers. Available in 6 different colors, these Kindle Paperwhite covers have been designed by Amazon to be the lightest and thinnest protective cover.
The Kindle Paperwhite cover features a premium textured leather exterior and a subtle woven nylon interior to provide the lightest and thinnest form of protection.
The cover automatically wakes your Kindle Paperwhite upon opening and puts your device to sleep when closed, making it easy to dive right back into your book.
The magnetic clasp ensures cover is securely closed and the textured leather exterior protects with style.
Kindle Paperwhite Review Verdict
We still believe that 3G is not really needed as you can load your Kindle when going on a long trip. Also, now-a-days, it is not at all difficult to find a wireless hot spot. Kindle Paperwhite 3G is a product everyone should own! Rated 4.5 stars. We’re giving it 4.5 and not 5 because we still believe that Kindle Paperwhite is a better value than Kindle Paperwhite 3G.
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Availability
Kindle Paperwhite is available in two variants in two categories:
- Kindle Paperwhite 3G+Wi-Fi for $179 (With Special Offers)
- Kindle Paperwhite 3G+Wi-Fi for $199 (Without Special Offers)
- Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi for $119 (With Special Offers)
- Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi for $139 (Without Special Offers)
When you buy Kindle Paperwhite 3G with special offers, you’ll receive special offers and sponsored screensavers directly on your Kindle Paperwhite. Examples of past special offers include:
- $10 for a $20 Amazon.com Gift Card
- Save up to $500 on select HDTVs
- $1 for a Kindle book, choose from thousands
Demand for Kindle Paperwhite 3G is unprecedented. You can pre-order Kindle Paperwhite 3G now to ship by Oct 1st, 2012.