We know there are those who swear by paper, but there can be no denying the attraction of the Kindle, Amazon’s e-book reader, for those who really love reading. And even in the Kindle series, a special place is reserved for the Kindle Paperwhite, whose frontlit display allows people to read books on it even when the light is dim or in pitch darkness. Although it is perhaps the highest selling Kindle of all, Amazon has not updated the Paperwhite for a while, perhaps choosing not to meddle with a winning formula. This year, however, the e-commerce giant has introduced a new edition of the Paperwhite beginning at Rs 12,999. And well, while we are not giving up our collection of paper books yet, the new Kindle Paperwhite does make us realise that it is perhaps the best friend a bookworm could have. And if that sounds a little extreme, check these six features that just won us over:
The flush display
The display stays at 6 inches and remains an e-ink one as in the previous Paperwhite but it no longer lies slightly recessed inside the frame but stays flush with it. The result is a much more immersive reading experience. The bezels are still in place so you can grip it comfortably, though, but this is a huge step forward for the Kindle display we think.
A brighter display
The Kindle Paperwhite is known for being able to be used even in the dark, thanks to its frontlit (not backlit – the lighting is along the sides and not behind the display to minimise eye strain). We never really had any problems with the brightness levels of the device in the past but Amazon has still gone and improved it by placing some light on the lower part of the display too. Reading in the dark was never this much fun.
Water cannot harm it
The new Kindle Paperwhite is totally waterproof – it comes with an IPX8 rating, which in simple English means that it can survive being immersed in 2 metres of fresh water for sixty minutes without any damage. So yes, you can read without being worried about coffee spilling on your device or even take it to the poolside without any fear of water damage.
Lots more storage – keep thousands of books
The new Kindle Paperwhite literally lets you store thousands of books on it, with its increased storage capacity – it now comes in 8 GB and 32 GB variants. You can literally carry a whole library of books along with you wherever you go and read at will – all this in a device that can slip into your coat pocket easily and weighs about 190 grammes, Most paperbacks are heavier than the Kindle!
An always open bookstore – buy thousands of books
You are never far from a bookstore with the Kindle Paperwhite. The e-book reader lets you connect to Amazon’s Kindle Store which has millions of books, allowing you to browse, read free samples of titles and of course, purchase and download books as well. All you need is an Internet connection – the device is available in both Wi-Fi and 4G and Wi-Fi models. You do not need to download any application of any sort to get books. Everything is in the device itself.
Great battery life – charge a few times a month (perhaps)
One of the biggest assets of the Kindle is its almost never ending battery life, and the new Kindle Paperwhite carries that tradition forward. Battery life still is measured in days rather than hours and if you are the type that reads for a couple of hours a day, you can easily get through close to a couple of weeks on a single charge, provided you do not go mad downloading books or keep the brightness maxed out. This is a charge it, read it, forget it device (remember those fill it, shut it, forget it Hero Honda ads? Never mind…)
Traveller’s Tip: If you were the type that likes to browse and buy books wherever you are, we strongly recommend going for the 4G variant. Because it allows you to browse and download books wherever there is a network collection – and you do not need to pay a penny for the 4G connection. Talk about carrying a bookstore with you wherever you are.