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5.0 out of 5 stars
Paperwhite - awesome hardware but slightly disappointed ..?, 26 Oct 2012
I have had a Kindle since the Ver 2 was released in the UK - what about 4 years ago now .. ? and I LOVE it!
The Ver 3 ( Kindle Keyboard) felt like a real step change both in technology and ergonomics and my KKB is my constant companion.
I have been gagging for a Paperwhite since I saw it on Amazon.Com and was delighted when the UK release was announced Mid-October.
I didn't spend the extra £60 for the 3G version. Who needs it when you can create your own hotspot from any phone these days ... Also £60 (more than 50% of the cost of the device) so you can buy books when you are on holiday seems a bit steep - and cheeky!
It arrived yesterday.
All the reviews talk about initial experiences so I won't repeat.
The touch screen is excellent - I tried the Kindle Touch and disliked the "prod force" it took to turn a page and overall it wasn't enough of a step change to warrant further investigation and investment. But the capacitance screen on the Paperwhite is brilliant. There is also a sweet texture on the screen as well - it feels a bit like paper - and provides nice tactile feedback.
The hardware is fantastic! Feels good, looks good, works good. Forget what people say about the light effect on the bottom of the screen. Overall the Paperwhite lighting solution is so much better than the collection of stupid clip on lights I have bought over the years! It really really works well with an even distribution of light across the entire screen. Also, the "spotlight problem" is only visible at full brightness. Why anyone needs that level of illumination (and indeed why Amazon saw fit to include it) is beyond me. The unlit screen is perfectly readable in any lighting that is suitable to read a "proper" book. Whatever THAT is ... :)
So what is the root cause of my disappointment? I can't put my finger on it but I think it's the software. The Ver 5 software doesn't feel as complete to me as Ver 3. I also find that trying to select the "Order by" functions on the Home screen often result in selecting the top book on the list.
The good news is that Software can be updated. Either that or Stockholm syndrome will make me forget how great the V3 software was.
This remains a fantastic piece of kit and I am proud to whip it out in the crowd of Apple-holics with whom I commute.