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Paperwhite - awesome hardware but slightly disappointed ..?,
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This review is from: Kindle Paperwhite, 6" High Resolution Display with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi [Previous Generation] (Electronics)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.
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Initial post: 28 Oct 2012 22:07:25 GMT
I was wondering if you could tell me whether this version finally displays books (samples and bought books) with covers, rather than just as a list. It's this change I've really been waiting for! It just seems like such a simple want from the Kindle, especially when you can view your books like this on other devices, such as your iPad or phone.
In reply to an earlier post on 28 Oct 2012 22:22:02 GMT
Last edited by the author on 28 Oct 2012 22:24:40 GMT
Hi there. There is indeed an option to view book and sample covers or as a list. I must add since my review I am loving my Paperwhite more!!
In reply to an earlier post on 28 Oct 2012 23:02:50 GMT
That's excellent! Thanks for that. Think I'll definitely get one but may try to sample the display in Waterstones and buy via that route.
In reply to an earlier post on 29 Oct 2012 08:36:21 GMT
You are welcome. You could try John Lewis as well - I know they carried the earlier models. Good luck! I believe you won't be disappointed!
Posted on 15 Nov 2012 20:34:18 GMT
Mr. R. P. Ellaby says:
I note that Kindle, like Nintendo, no longer supply mains chargers with their products. Does the charger for my "keyboard Kindle" fit the Paperwhite? Pointless spending another £17 on one if it does
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Nov 2012 21:40:59 GMT
The charger for your Kindle Keyboard will work just fine. It's what I'm using.
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Nov 2012 22:17:00 GMT
Mr. R. P. Ellaby says:
Many thanks. That's saved me £17!!
Posted on 4 Dec 2012 18:25:56 GMT
Roy Brocklebank says:
The Apple adaptor works as well.
"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"
We use a Kindle 2 which is only 3G. It is indispensable on holiday as we can use email as we cruise off shore keeping in touch with friends. When we replace the K2 it will still come on holiday with us.
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2012 22:08:55 GMT
Completely agree - in fact that is exactly what I do as well. I still love my K2 and actually would prefer the PW to have page turn buttons as well as touch.
In reply to an earlier post on 6 Dec 2012 09:52:08 GMT
M C says:
Unfortunately (as you may know) if you get a paperwhite you won't be able to send emails using the free 3G from it as it is restricted to using amazon and wikipedia from the 3G connection, so essentially it's £60 to buy books abroad and use wikipedia
Although of course for a certain group of people who don't have internet access in general I'm sure it's indispensable.