5,336 of 5,444 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The perfect Kindle (almost!)
Almost two weeks ago (at the time of writing this review; October 2012) I received an email from Amazon, showing off the Kindle Paperwhite. I recently purchased the Kindle Touch in August, and my initial reaction to seeing Amazon replace the UK market with this device so quickly was not positive. Being unaware of the US-exclusive existence of the PaperWhite, I took some...
Published 13 months ago by Fireball Dragon
1,734 of 1,859 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost there.. but quality control needs more attention.
I was looking forward to the Kindle Paperwhite sooo much I originally pre-ordered one from the states until I read about the unexpected UK release. I love my current Kindle and originally the only reason I was looking to upgrade is because I read a lot in complete darkness (when my wife is asleep) or in very low light. I used a Mightybright clip on light with my old...
Published 13 months ago by Mr. T. Shaw
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134 of 148 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't wait,
This review is from: Kindle Paperwhite, 6" High Resolution Display with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi [Previous Generation] (Electronics)I was introduced to Kindle by my friend back in June this year whilst we were on holiday - I bought a Touch. Two things let it down, 1. the lack of a decent light to read in the dark (I'm an insomniac so its handy!) and 2. its weird ability to jump several chapters whilst turning a page, and finding it hard to find where you last were.
So when the Kindle Paperwhite with its lighted screen was announced to become available in the UK, I was thrilled... but having being bitten regarding the second problem mentioned above on my Touch, I wanted to wait for a few reviews first to see if the annoying chapter jumping was still there. Once I was happy that it didn't seem to be a problem on the Paperwhite, I duly sat at my computer to order myself one from Amazon to find that the item was out of stock until 17th December - not impressed!
I hate proper shopping and probably do 98% of my shopping online, but off to Cambridge I went and straight into Waterstones, purchased my Paperwhite, and was back home again in 1.5 hours- happy face.
The Paperwhite has indeed lived up to my expectations, I can now read when I can't sleep without waking my husband and I have not had the same trouble with losing my place in the book.
Another thing I will mention, is once I had registered my Paperwhite to my Amazon account, I went to the Cloud and there were all of my books that I had purchased on my Touch - one touch later and there they were downloaded to my Paperwhite. I was worried that it may be more complicated than that but no, it really is simple.
Sorry Amazon that you didn't get my money directly this time round - I just couldn't wait for 7 weeks!
161 of 178 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Upgrade,
This review is from: Kindle Paperwhite, 6" High Resolution Display with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi [Previous Generation] (Electronics)This is my first review so bare with me.
I picked up my new kindle paperwhite and was taken back on how small and conpact it is compared to the Kindle keyboard with I had until last week when i sold it to upgrade. It has the one thing everyother kindle was missing the light. I have had a quick play and can see the 5mm shadow that people talk about at the bottom but don't think its going to be a problem.
The first thing i have done is turned the light off so no shadow at all :-) fantastic and i'll turn the light on when im in dark room eg bed other that than that can see just like any other kindle.
Like the adverts at the bottom makes me look into new read and can download samples straight away.
The touch screen is welcoming from the keyboard which was basic compared to this. I can't wait to start using it probably and not wake partner in bed now with silly lights on.
Now as i had an older kindle not sure if this was on the touch but I LOVE THE SMALL CLOCK at the top right hand corner - something that i felt was missing off the keyboard.
Overall looks and feels perfect - So happy !!!!1
69 of 76 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The last reader you'll buy... for a couple of years!,
This review is from: Kindle Paperwhite, 6" High Resolution Display with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi [Previous Generation] (Electronics)So, their headline for this new Kindle is that 'it's the Kindle they always wanted to make', and to be honest, it's pretty much the eBook reader I've always wanted to buy!
I am a seasoned eBook reader/owner, having had the very first commercially available Sony Reader (the PRS-500), then an imported Sony Touchscreen Reader with built in light - the PRS-705 (yes... this tech HAS been done before; and I had it over 4 years ago!).
I 'downgraded' to a PRS-600 Touch, and then moved in to the Amazon ecosphere by getting Kindle Keyboard 3G, switched allegiance to Apple for a while using iBooks on the iPad, then got a Kindle 4th Gen, then a Kindle Touch - but I've never yet found 'exactly' what I was looking for in an eReader.
The Kindle Paperwhite is probably very nearly 'it'. From my perspective it has married together all the things I've enjoyed from all the readers I've owned, and I think may well be the first reader I get a full couple of years use out of.
I think Amazon are a bit arrogant calling it the 'paperwhite' - let's be honest, the screen is a minor upgrade on the Kindle Touch with some LEDs cleverly positioned inside the unit to light the screen. Because of the way they've implemented the lights, it's not going to be entirely 'artifact free' on the screen - giving 'uniform whiteness' as they claim. Maybe on some heavily optimised demo devices perhaps, or the odd 'fluke'.
Certainly on mine, I can 'see' where the lights are emitting from; but the effect is nice on the screen, and suits is purpose very well indeed.
The screen itself feels lovely - it has a 'grainy' feel to it, not unlike natural paper which I find quite nice indeed.
The screen resolution doesn't appear to be markedly different to that of the Kindle Touch, though I am assured it's 62% better. The improvement comes when you check out the other fonts and their various sizes.
From a software perspective, I agree that the 'Amazon Recommends' section of the homescreen is a bit naughty, and I'd like to remove that and save it only for visits to the Kindle Store thank you Amazon! But I do like the tile/book cover layout - it reminds me very much of the way the Sony Reader interface is designed, and gives you a better feel for your book collection. Buying eBooks these days - you rarely even see the covers; so it's nice to be able to judge your collection by their appearance again ;-)
The 'time to complete chapter' function of the latest software was a BIG selling point for me. As I commute, I love being able to see if my next chapter will likely be finished before the train gets in; the algorithms they use for calculating this are very good and accurate, and I've been able to solidly rely on it to help me decide whether to tear through another chapter, or wait until the journey home. Similarly, 'time to complete book' is great as it helps you work out whether you need to get another book queued up or not. Genius Amazon - really!
I don't care for the audio features of previous Kindles, so these are no loss to me at all. Similarly the lesser storage is non-impactful as I don't honestly need more than a handful of books available to me.
Battery life? I guess it'll last about 8 weeks as Amazon advise! I'm about 2 weeks in and it's still going strong 'with the light on' all the time. In dark reading conditions I turn the light down to 'barely on', and in brighter conditions I whack it up to near full. In real terms I understand the battery would last one full day of reading.
So; that's it! In a nutshell - this is an awesome reader. If you're in the market for one - this is the one to go for! (until a lighter, more ergonomically designed and colour screen version comes out...)
59 of 65 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lighting and battery issues,
Update 1- ive just received Kindle no4 and it is no better than the other 3. Still has a green cloud effect in top left hand corner of screen. So will be returning this one as well. Have Amazon got a defective batch?
Update 2- After speaking to a Kindle support supervisor ive now been informed that the 4 replacement kindles came from what they class as replacement warehouse, they could have received a bad batch. I am now awaiting one from new shipment due 14th Dec. I did wonder how they could replace so quickly when there is a delay for new orders. This does make me wonder if return kindles were being re-shipped.
41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shadow not a problem for me.,
The screen feels lovely, slightly textured and very responsive, much more so than the touch. The screen refresh is lovely and incredibly clear. I love it and am much happier with it than any previous kindle. I think the wake/sleep case will be great for it too once I can pick a colour.
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the new kindle.,
My partner bought me this as a christmas present.. Due to the amount of people unhappy with the screen and the fact it took a plunge from my letterbox I was allowed my present early. Yay!
I already owned the kindle keyboard so I am comparing it to that. I haven't really looked at the newer models so I cannot make any comments on whether this item is an improvement on them.
The paperwhite is much better looking than the keyboard version. It's much faster which is most noticeable when turning the pages, the print is better and it is much easier to navigate by touch than having to use the buttons. I do have the uneven lighting at the bottom of the screen but it doesn't even reach the bottom line of text and is barely noticeable. The only time it is really obtrusive is when the lighting is at max which it never is. I have also noticed slight (very slight) uneven lighting on the screen but again compared to your average book light and lamp it's still 100 times better. Had I not been actively looking for it due to the complaints I don't think I would have even noticed, it does not affect my reading what so ever. I have seen a few pictures of bad screens on the net and some are truly bad but some I feel are just being overly critical especially as it is still better than the other light ereaders on the market.
I do miss the page turning buttons but the touch is so easy to use and I can still do it with both hands so it doesn't bother me too much but if i had a choice I would still choose page turning buttons. I ordered the ink blue case with it which is really nice and does the kindle justice.
I never used any of the other functions on the kindle keyboard such as the audio side of it so I do not miss these. As for the space issue again I see no problem with the reduced space. It still holds hundreds of books and they are stored in the cloud even if you haven't bought them from amazon but have emailed to yourself.
I'm not going to go into to too much detail as there are loads of reviews on here which will tell you the specifics. I am happy with my upgrade; I wanted an ereader to solely read books with the advantage of taking it to bed and not disturbing my partner which is exactly what I got. I didn't want any fancy extras so this device was perfect for me.
I am sure for the people who want the fancy extras won't have to wait too long until amazon upgrade this model.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product - surely the best ereader,
This review is from: Kindle Paperwhite 3G, 6" High Resolution Display with Built-in Light, Free 3G + Wi-Fi [Previous Generation] (Electronics)I've tried the Nook and iPad but for pure reading pleasure neither come close to the Paperwhite. Bougt for an elderly parent with poor eyesight the Paperwhite has rekindled her delight in books and with the bright large fonts, easy page turning and no buttons to inadvertently press she just LOVES IT! No hesitation in recommending the Paperwhite to anyone considering buying an ereader.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Differences between Paperwhite, Kindle and Keyboard 3G,
Now the downside. The touch screen, although it doesn't seem to get dirty (like my iPod does), takes quite a lot of getting used to and I quite often find I have somehow gone to the index by mistake which is annoying. In this case press the menu at the top and use the < key to return to your previous page. You are best to swipe rather than just touch the screen for page turns. I really miss the buttons at the side for forwards and backwards which are nearly perfect on the standard Kindle (a little too large on the Keyboard as it is quite easy to change page by mistake). The touch screen makes it quite awkward to use the Paperwhite one handed as you need to be able to touch both sides of the screen and not just the buttons on one side. The lack of these buttons means that I can't use the Paperwhite in my waterproof cover that I use for reading in the bath.
At night the LEDs are noticable at the bottom of the page and, on a blank page such as the beginning of a chapter, there are barely visible horizontal lines all the way down the page which I presume are to evenly spread the light, but I can't really say that either of these are really annoying, the horizontal lines are not visible on a full page of text.
So, and I'm obviously a Kindle fan as between me and my spouse we have three, the Keyboard is obviously easier (but only just) to type on, I never use the 3G function - why bother when wifi is so much quicker and easier? The ordinary Kindle is an excellent product but, if I had to choose just one it would be the Paperwhite. Allow yourself time to get used to it, it is not a device which you can turn on and use like my other two Kindles and I still have to go back to the internet instructions when I come across something I can't do.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it !!,
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice item,
This review is from: Kindle Paperwhite 3G, 6" High Resolution Display with Built-in Light, Free 3G + Wi-Fi [Previous Generation] (Electronics)Having waited for this item after pre-ordering, I feel as apposed to others it was worth it. My only gripe is that the mains charger was an expensive assessory.
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