Kindle Paperwhite Ereader Review
The Kindle Paperwhite is one of Amazon's latest new ebook reader models, an update to the previous Kindle Touch model. The other e-ink Kindle models include the Kindle 5, Kindle Keyboard (Kindle 3) and Kindle DX. The Kindle Paperwhite's closest competition is Nook's Touch Glowlight.
Kindle Paperwhite Built-In Light Display
Kindle's patented built-in light uses front light technology, meaning instead of the light shining toward your eyes as in back-lit displays, the light instead shines towards the e-ink screen surface, decreasing eye-strain. There's a bunch of technical jargon about how they perfected the light by flattening out fiber optic cable, using nanoscale diffractive patterns and such...all you need to know is that it's evenly distributed across the screen and balanced for easier reading. It's also nice because it is adjustable depending how dark your surrounding are for reading.
Kindle Paperwhite Features
Upgrades from the Touch include the built-in light, higher resolution and contrast, Time-To-Read function and 2-month battery life with WiFi off. Most users who have used E-Ink ereaders in the past notice the Paperwhite's screen is indeed much whiter looking and prefer it over the Nook's Glowlight. The font is also sharper compared the Kindle 5 model from Amazon.
Some Highlighted Features:
- 6" E-Ink Pearl, 1024x758, 212 ppi, 16-level gray scale, 62% more pixels
- Adjustable built-in light
- 2-Point Capacitive Touch
- Time-To-Read calculates reading-to-end of chapter and book time based on your reading speed.
- 2GB memory holds up to 1,100 books
- Battery lasts up to 2 months, depending on model and WiFi use
- Free Webkit Web Browser
- Supports Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion.
- Plus More - View the Kindle Comparison Chart to see more specifications and compare other Kindle models and prices.
Four Prices for The Kindle Paperwhite - WiFi/3G and Ads
The Kindle Paperwhite comes in both Wifi and 3G+WiFi models, each of those available with and without sponsored offers (coupons) and screensavers (ads). You can save $40 on each model if you don't mind the ads (about special offers). The Kindle Paperwhite WiFi model prices are $119 and $139; 3G model is $179 and $199.
What's The Difference Between WiFi and 3G E-Readers?
With the WiFi-only models, you will only be able to connect via WiFi through hotspots like at a coffee shop, hotel, etc. or your own home WiFi network or any of AT&T hotspots for free. With a 3G connection, it's like having a cell phone - anywhere you can get cell service you can connect, download books, use the web browser and best of all, the 3G connection is provided for free with no extra use fees. Even better yet, Kindle's 3G coverage is in over 100 countries so if you like to travel abroad, you will likely be able to connect.
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Ebook Reader Comparison Chart - A comparison between the Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader and iPad ereaders.
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