Review: Kindle New Paperwhite

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Amazon released a new Kindle Paperwhite in July and the tech specs are basically the same as the 2015 edition, except this model is available in white. Tradtionally Amazon has always released e-readers that are black and now that a white one is easily accessible in North America and Europe many people are wondering if the new white body hinders or enhances the e-book reading experience. Here is my review to see if the new color makes a difference.

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The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 3 has a e-ink Carta display screen with a resolution of 1430×1080 and 300 PPI. This device has a sunken screen, whereas the Oasis and Voyage both have flush screens and bezels. This is one of the big reasons why the Paperwhite is affordable at $119.

This e-reader has a front-lit display, that allows you to illuminate the screen so you can read in the dark. It has four LED lights that power the front-lit display, whereas the Voyage has six and the Oasis 10.

Underneath the hood is a 1 GHZ processor and 512 MB of RAM. There is 4 GB of internal storage and the majority of your content will be held in the cloud. There is certainly enough space to have a thousand e-books on your device at any given time. Amazon does not include SD cards in their modern e-readers so you will not be able to increase the memory beyond 4 GB.

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The vast majority of the e-readers on the market are jet black and they all look similar. The Kindle Paperwhite 2016 white edition bucks the trend and right now this model and the B&N Nook Glowlight Plus are the only two currently being sold.

I would recommend this device to anyone who wants to stand out in a crowd and doesn’t want to break the bank doing it. You can buy this right now from Amazon for $119 and many times a year Amazon discounts it. Personally I have ordered this particular model because of the plastic body and the color.
PROS

New Color!
High Resolution
Affordable
Solid Front-Lit Display
The Bookerly font makes e-book reading more intuitive
X-Ray, Whispersync, Flashcards etc.

CONS

Screen looks more grey then prior models
No SD Card
PDF experience is lacking

Rating: 9/10

 

 

 

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