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A great addition to the Kindle family,
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This review is from: Kindle Paperwhite, 6" High Resolution Display with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi [Previous Generation] (Electronics)An avid Kindle fan and reader, I was keen to upgrade my 4th generation Kindle to the Paperwhite, and I must say that so far, I'm impressed. It feels much more compact than the Kindle Touch which I could not get on with, and the screen is amazingly good. Firstly, the fonts seem sharper (and you've now got six different styles to choose from), and the background is of course (courtesy of the lights) whiter. In daylight, you wouldn't even notice that you're reading from a lit screen. The net effect is just a brighter, sharper reading experience. In darkness, you'll want to turn the light right down or the screen would be too bright for prolonged reading. There are patches at the bottom of the screen, noticeable when you have the screen at full brightness in a dark room, but you wouldn't want to read with the screen this bright anyway, and with the screen light set at a comfortable level, I don't find them a distraction.
The screen is far more responsive than the one on the Kindle Touch, and it isn't set so low beneath the bezel, which contributes to the overall device feeling slimmer. I like the fact that you can now view your books with "cover view", rather than as a list on my Kindle Keyboard and Kindle 4, although the list option is still available if you prefer that. Other than that, the controls will be pretty familiar to you, if you are upgrading from an earlier Kindle. The experimental web browser is usable over WiFi (I bought the WiFi paperwhite) but you'll get a better experience from a tablet for browsing, and there are parental controls if you want to give this product to a child. The onscreen keyboard is a definite improvement over the Kindle 4 and I would say even over the Kindle Keyboard so if you are someone who likes to add lots of notes to your books, then you'd appreciate this feature. There's no text to speech here (not something I ever used on my trusty Kindle Keyboard which is still going strong), and you can't play MP3s either (again not something I ever tried), so don't buy this if these features are important to you.
A couple of features new to me are X-ray, which enables you to track characters etc in a book. Be aware though that X-ray isn't yet activated in all Kindle titles though. Also new is the Kindle Paperwhite's ability to tell you how much time you need to read to get to the end of a chapter or a book, based on your reading speed. I can see this being quite handy. I haven't owned this long enough to comment on battery life, but will update this review when I've spent more time with my Paperwhite.
Overall, I'm pleased with this new Kindle. It doesn't have as many bells and whistles as some of its predecessors, but for reading and taking notes, it seems to be the best of the Kindles I've owned.
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Initial post: 28 Oct 2012 08:31:08 GMT
N. jennings says:
Thanks for the review, my pw is due second week in november and i cant wait, but can u tell me if there is any advertising on the uk model as someone mentioned it in an other review, many thanks.
In reply to an earlier post on 1 Nov 2012 21:54:26 GMT
Mr. A. J. Cruse says:
The only advertising on mine is a list of Amazon recommendations that appear below your book cover library. Not a major issue.
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