Overview of Kindle Paperwhite Review
In the Kindle paperwhite review I will be discussing my thoughts and recommendations for the device. I have been using the paperwhite non-stop for over a month now and have come to many conclusions about the device. If you are in the market for an e-reader read my Kindle paperwhite review first before making a decision.
My First Impressions
I was impressed by the two day prime shipping. Next I was impressed by the initial unboxing experience. Lastly I was impressed by how easy it was to begin using the device (sort of).
After I took the Kindle out of the packaging and held it in my hands I knew why people enjoyed the device so much. Also the Kindle has a premium feel in the hands with the soft rubberized back and hard plastic front.
Additionally the most impressive aspect I found in my first impressions was the device’s weight. The Kindle Paperwhite is LIGHT. Furthermore the device weighs slightly heavier than your average smartphone. The overall weight of the Kindle paperwhite makes it perfect for long reading sessions.
With the initial impressions out of the way lets cover what I really liked about the device and what I think could use some improvements.
- The Kindle is lightweight making it a perfect device for traveling.
- The device has a premium build quality making it easy to hold.
- The device is simple with only power button, screen and charging port.
- The rubberized back and plastic front are prone to fingerprints.
- Ads often don’t display relevant book suggestions.
The overall build quality of the device is premium. The back of the Kindle is covered in a soft rubber material making it perfect to hold. On the other hand the front features a hard plastic which makes the device feel sturdy.
The only complaint I have about the build quality is that it is prone to fingerprints and smudges. The back of the device is a fingerprint magnet and not suitable for the OCD type. I purchased my Kindle with a leather case which fixes the fingerprint issue for the back of the device.
Overall I was extremely impressed by the build quality of the Kindle paperwhite. The materials are premium, the design is premium and the weight is premium.
The Kindle Paperwhite features a 300 ppi (pixels per inch) display. The display is high resolution for an e-reader and makes text sharp and pixel perfect.
The Kindle’s display has great viewing angles because of the anti-glare properties. Users can read read the Kindle in direct sunlight because of the anti-glare property. Users can also read during nighttime because of the Kindle’s front light.
Overall the Kindle features a high resolution display which can be read in any environment. What more could a person ask for in an e-reader? The paperwhite display receives high remarks from me.
The Kindle paperwhite is a sleek and simple device. Users will find the familiar amazon logo imprinted into the back. While on the front of the device “Kindle” is etched into the bottom bezels.
With minimal and discrete branding the Kindle paperwhite is nothing flashy. Overall the aesthetics make the device feel premium and the design seems timeless.
If you order the Amazon Kindle through the online store then setup is a breeze. Simply connect the device to WiFi and you instantly have access to the store and your library.
One issue I ran into when setting up my father’s Kindle Paperwhite was connecting to WiFi. The Kindle would recognize the 5GHz home network but would not connect to it.
After simply resetting the router, the Kindle connected to the WiFi. I’m not sure if this is a known issue but it did provide some frustration during the initial setup.
Amazon Kindle Store
The Amazon Kindle Store makes it quick and easy to order almost any book. Once the Kindle is connected with your Amazon account you have access to the entire library of free and paid e-books.
One missing feature of the Kindle Paperwhite is audiobook capability. In my first Kindle (2010) there was a headphone jack. Some e-books in the Amazon store had the option of listening as an audiobook. I wish the Kindle Paperwhite had built in audiobook capabilities.
Reading on the Kindle Paperwhite is the best experience I have had on any electronic device. With the high resolution display I have experienced no eye-strain.
Additionally with the ability to turn the page with a single tap of your finger it makes it easy to use. Simply tap on the book you want to read and the rest is self-explanatory.
The Kindle Paperwhite has several first party and third party accessories that are worth purchasing. When I purchased my Kindle I also purchased a leather cover case. When the leather case opens, the Kindle automatically turns on. Having the case makes the device even simpler because users never need to press the power button.
Here is a list of recommended accessories for the Kindle Paperwhite:
- Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Leather Case, Onyx Black – fits all Paperwhite generations
- Fintie SmartShell Case for Kindle Paperwhite – The Thinnest and Lightest PU Leather Cover with Auto Sleep/Wake for all-new Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (Fits all 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016 Versions), black, EKD0021AD-US
- Bear Motion ® Premium Slim Sleeve Case Cover for Kindle Paperwhite and the All-New Kindle Paperwhite (2012, 2013 and current versions with 6″ Display) (Brown)
- MoKo Sleeve for Kindle Paperwhite / Kindle Voyage, 6-Inch Nylon Cover Pouch Bag for Amazon Kindle Paperwhite / Voyage / All-New Kindle(8th Generation, 2016) / Kindle Oasis E-Reader, Dark Gray
- Bear Motion for Kindle – Premium Felt Sleeve Case for Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Voyage
The battery life of the Kindle paperwhite is incredible. I have had the device for over a month now and still haven’t had to charge it. Amazon claims that the paperwhite will keep a charge for six weeks when used thirty minutes a day. This is an incredible statistic for a front lit display.
With the everlasting bunny keeping the Kindle charged for weeks means less charging and more reading for the user. Overall the battery life of the Kindle receives the highest marks for this review.
If you are in the market to upgrade your older Kindle or purchase an e-reader I highly recommend the paperwhite. The display is impeccable, the device is easy to use and the battery lasts forever. If you want to have any book at your disposal then the Kindle paperwhite is the best option.
Lastly there are other Kindle’s such as the original, Voyage and Oasis offered at different price points. In my opinion the Kindle paperwhite is the best valued e-reader at $119.
I hope you enjoyed my Kindle paperwhite review, if you liked it please comment and let me know!
Purchase a Kindle Paperwhite
- Kindle Paperwhite E-reader – Black, 6″ High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers
- Kindle Paperwhite E-reader – White, 6″ High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers
Other Kindle Options
- Kindle Oasis E-reader with Leather Charging Cover – Black, 6″ High-Resolution Display (300 ppi), Free 3G + Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers
- Kindle Voyage E-reader, 6″ High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Adaptive Built-in Light, PagePress Sensors, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers
- Kindle E-reader – Black, 6″ Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers
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