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Kindle Paperwhite (6th generation), 6" High Resolution Display (212 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi

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  • No screen glare in bright sunlight
  • Read with one hand - lighter than most tablets
  • Battery lasts weeks, not hours
  • Next-generation built-in light - read without eye strain

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By Farefax TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Feb. 2015
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REVIEW OF THE 6TH GENERATION KINDLE PAPERWHITE

Measuring 169mm (height) x 117mm (width) x 9.1mm (depth), and weighing only 206g (Wi-Fi version), the 2014 Kindle Paperwhite is easily small enough and light enough to be carried almost anywhere. Here's what I think are its good points and bad points:

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+ Although it's made in China (isn't everything?), the Kindle Paperwhite feels sturdy in the hand and features a nicely rubberised finish to the casing. In fact, its general appearance bears more than a passing resemblance to my Wacom Intuous Pro grahics tablet...so perhaps the two are made by the same company...?

+ The screen measures 112mm (height) x 90mm (width), which is a comfortable size for reading; and rather than being perfectly smooth, its lightly textured surface suggests the paper of a book (and perhaps means that fingermarks aren't too conspicuous, either!)

+ The screen also makes use of energy-saving Carta e-paper 'electronic ink' technology, which displays to a resolution of 212ppi and delivers crisp and well defined characters - even in the brightest sunshine! However, either the Kindle Voyage or the new 7th Generation Kindle Paperwhite models (with their 300ppi displays) might be the better choice if your preference is for highly illustrated non-colour media (graphic novels, Manga, etc.
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I love it but I had a first generation Kindle and there were a couple of features I preferred, namely the MP3 player (which was a real bonus and is sadly missed) and the page turner buttons on the left and right hand sides of the screen. To move forward/back now you have to tap or swipe the screen. With the original Kindle I could hold the device with my thumb on the page button and just press it lightly to move forwards or back, now I have to tap or swipe. It might sound like a trivial complaint but it is quite a niggle when you consider how many times you turn a page whilst reading.
The integrated reading light is very welcome but I still think removing the MP3 player and page buttons is a backward step.
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Your kindle will fail after 12-16 months of use. Amazon have no repair service and will offer no advice on repairing it yourself. Instead, they will use the opportunity to sell you a more expensive kindle with a laughable discount. This is a good e-book reader, but it is not built to last.
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I really didn't think I would ever need a Kindle as I could read books from other devices. As I was travelling however and not taking my iPad with me, I decided to take the plunge. Wow! How did I ever survive before without one?!! It's absolutely brilliant. I have been able to download my travel guides onto the Kindle as well as pub quiz books, leisure books - I carried a whole library around with me in a tiny object. The light is fantastic for nighttime reading. Just pure brilliant!
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I didn't think anything would be able to replace my precious Kindle Keyboard but I love the Paperwhite. I llike learning languages and this is so useful. Instead of imposing one dictionary on me, I'm able to choose which dictionary I want to use without exiting my book. Since it ships with a number of same language dictionaries, if the dictionaries you bought don't have the answer, then these usually fill the gap.
Then there's the vocabulary builder which remembers the words you've looked up and lets you use them as flashcards.

It is a bit crafty about trying to get into WiFi mode at any excuse and switching it on and off Wifi into the confusingly named 'aeroplane mode' takes a few steps more than on the Keyboard but I'm used to it now.
I've noticed that the WiFi does run down the battery faster. On that subject, it can't beat the Keyboard for battery life but it does do very well, though I don't think it would ever last for 8 weeks without a charge but that isn't really necessary. It certainly lasts more than a week (WiFi Off) even with the light turned up, loads of books loaded and pretty heavy use so I can't imagine a situation where I'll have a problem.

My favourite thing is being able to read in bed without waking anyone. The light doesn't glare, like most lighted apps do (eg my computer or phone) and the screen can be viewed at any angle so I can read lying down.
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Kindle Paperwhite is a wonderful piece of tech. I had a keyboard version on which I replaced the screen (after I dropped it) which I loved, however the second drop was more terminal. I read so many 1 star reviews of this Kindle that I came to the conclusion that many reviewers deserved One star themselves. Simply put the battery life is way beyond any tablet and most other e-readers, the interface is so simple a child should be able to grasp it and for those that really cant understand the onscreen prompts just look up the manual online, its not that difficult and you are using an internet connected device so you should be able to. For the "over 60's" complainers my mother is over 80 and she took to it straight away. The light is a godsend as I do need that now to read, the build quality is superb and the cover I bought with it means never having to touch the power switch again, just open the cover and its on. All I can suggest to anyone disturbed by the 1 star negative nellies is buy it direct from Amazon and if you really cant get on with it they take it back no questions, it doesn't get better than that. I'm sure after a few days you will be another Kindle convert. Short of reading the book out loud to you I cant imagine the Kindle getting much better.
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