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Perfect for Kindle fans and beginners alike
, 27 Dec. 2013
This review is from: Kindle Paperwhite, 6" High Resolution Display with Next-Gen Built-in Light, Wi-Fi (Electronics)
I received my Kindle Paperwhite as a Christmas present after having owned the Kindle 4 for a couple of years. I absolutely loved my Kindle 4 and was confident I'd love the Kindle Paperwhite too, but was a little concerned it might not be a very significant upgrade.
I'm delighted to say that the Kindle Paperwhite seems like pretty much the perfect e-reader to me and is even more user-friendly than the Kindle 4. Unlike the Kindle 4 it has a touchscreen rather than buttons on the side of the device. I find the screen responsive without being too sensitive. Some have suggested that the touchscreen means you can't turn the pages both back and forwards while only using one hand, because the 'back' area is on the left of the screen and the 'forward' area is on the right. I don't find this to be the case at all, however! I think perhaps people don't realise that you don't *have* to tap on either side to turn back and forth - you can also swipe in either direction on the right hand side of the screen too, which requires only the smallest movement of your thumb. I can easily operate my Kindle Paperwhite with one hand, and I have smaller hands than most. You can also bring up a touchscreen keyboard to make notes and enter search terms and passwords, which is a big improvement on the fiddly navigation keys needed to type on the Kindle 4 and less cumbersome than the physical keyboard on the Kindle Keyboard model.
The Kindle Paperwhite has lots of ingenious extra features to enhance your reading experience if that's your thing - although of course, you don't have to use them and they aren't intrusive in the slightest. You can access them if you want to but they won't get in your way if you don't. There are also many different settings and options to cater for your particular preferences, including a good range of fonts, of which you can adjust the size, and different options for line spacing, margins and even orientation (you can switch from portrait to landscape, which I would imagine could be useful if you're looking at images or diagrams as well as text).
However, my favourite thing about the Kindle Paperwhite is the screen itself. I hate backlit screens for reading books, but also found the screen on my Kindle 4 a little too grey for comfortable reading in certain conditions, and tended to use my Kindle 4 with a lighted cover. With the Kindle Paperwhite, you don't need a an extra light, but don't have to deal with eyestrain from a backlit screen. Instead, the screen is lit by what I assume are microscopic LEDs embedded in the device that light the screen gently from the front. This gives a pleasant, evenly distributed light that illuminates the page in such way that you barely register it as light at all, while making the page crystal-clear and comfortable to read in any light conditions. You can read in the dark, you can read in bright sunlight, you can read in all types of artificial light, and it won't strain your eyes any more than reading on paper - probably less, in fact, as you can adjust the brightness to suit any situation and any preference.
All in all the Kindle Paperwhite is a real winner for me and I'd recommend it as an upgrade from the Kindle 4 or as a first e-reader. It's so simple and intuitive to use that most people who'd never used an e-reader before would get to grips with the Kindle Paperwhite very quickly.
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