As standard, I’ll start out easy: the Paperwhite is better than the Kindle.
After we think about the Kindle line, what we are managing is usually a number of devices that continues growing and evolve in order to suit the requirements of its customers. First, there is the Kindle and its successors, then the Kindle Fire developed upon that idea as a simple to utilize, Internet-ready portable gadget. The Kindle Fire is definitely an all-purpose lifestyle peripheral that encompasses Online world, cultural output, social media plus much more and is arguably one of the best such gadget in its price range.
The Kindle Paperwhite, on the other hand, is the return to the simple, classic (some might say ‘noble’) intentions of that earliest Kindle. The Paperwhite is an eReader, nothing more, nothing less.
After a significant quantity of examination (including all the standard writers, online threads and magazines that you’re no doubt knowledgeable about by now), I chanced upon the web site of blogger C.G.P Grey, who had written by far the most sophisticated, informative and customer-friendly review of this Paperwhite that I have read. I’ll refer to it extensively here, but, if you are looking to buy a Paperwhite, I suggest you take a look at the whole blog. Grey says,
“I used to read a lot, but as I aged and gained responsibilities, books became less central to my life. When I moved to a new city with a poor local library that was just a little too far out of the way my habit of reading died a silent death – and it took more than a year before I even realized. Then, one day, it hit me: ‘I’ve forgotten about reading. I need to fix this’. My local library wasn’t going to move any closer to my apartment, so I looked into getting a Kindle and settled on the non-touch, D-pad version. Access to books was no longer a problem, and my reading went up. But not by a lot. Why? I loved my new Kindle and, reading my first book on it, The Diamond Age was a joy. But my optimal reading time is just before bed and, though the D-pad Kindle’s screen was great, its low contrast made night-time reading, even with an Anglerfish-style book light, difficult”.
I think we could all associate towards the dilemma above. So, what advantages does the Paperwhite have over its predecessors? Well, for a start, there is the reading light. Grey states,
“The paperwhite has achieved what I thought impossible: an illuminated screen that doesn’t blast light in you eyes. The effect is as though there’s a magic lamp in the room that only shines evenly across the Paperwhite’s screen. In comparison the D-pad Kindle’s screen looks hopelessly low contrast with its dark gray text on light green-gray background.”
It’s true, the main advantage this new Kindle has over its elders may be the display. A better screen is principal to a healthy eReader and, though almost everything else is tweaked and enhanced in the process (specially the Web connectivity) much of this would almost certainly have been better anyway by the release of a key upgrade.
However, we could say that the Kindle Paperwhite is more resilient, faster and much more intuitive than the old Kindles and genuinely does represent an advance on its family tree.
Elsewhere, the lack of a ‘page turner’ button seems like a step backward at first, especially if you see your Paperwhite as a spiritual successor to a bookshelf. This is principally because the Kindle’s ‘page button’ was an ideal psychological substitute for the satisfaction of a tangible page turn. It also doesn’t help that the Paperwhite’s Touch Screen is somewhat more responsive, hence, you’ll occasionally turn a page by accident, but let’s not forget that physical readers (if they’re anything like me, that is) regularly drop their books and thus lose their place in it.
There are many other advancements too. A terrific one, also identified by Grey, is the counter that estimates the amount of time is left on each chapter based on your collective reading speed. Now that is progress!