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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
Member Name: InchyInchy
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
Advantages: An improvement over other kindles and the light feature is great for night time reading
I have been a proud owner of a kindle for a while but it wasn't until recently that my husband decided to surprise me with an upgrade from the Kindle (4) to the Kindle Paperwhite. The Kindle Paperwhite is in my opinion a far superior model and a much more user friendly e-reader.
I never thought there would come a day when I actually started to prefer e-books over real books. I have been a book lover all my life and I still love looking at my beautiful book collection, but really nowadays if I am forced to pick I prefer to read on my kindle as it is for me more comfortable and convenient even if it doesn't have the same texture and smell that a good book does. Particularly at the moment because I seem to do the majority of reading whilst breastfeeding my daughter, which would be a real struggle with a real paperback and probably impossible with a hardback book. The Kindle Paperwhite weighs a little more than the kindle but coming in at 213 grams it is still a relatively lightweight device and I can hold the kindle for hours without it ever feeing heavy or cumbersome. I imagine that the lightweight aspect of all the kindles is a huge selling point, especially if like me you have ever been put off buying a huge hardback or not being able to read something in hardback because it would be a nightmare to carry around with you if you read out and about and on the go.
Anyway, for me the kindle Paperwhite's best feature really has to be the integrated light that makes the kindle comfortable to read in any light or time of the day. When I received my kindle Paperwhite I was very impressed with the light, it was even better than I had expected and now after months worth of use I am still hugely impressed with the light. Unlike a light inbuilt into a cover or attached to the outside of the kindle the kindle Paperwhite's light evenly covers the screen and doesn't have to be tilted or adjusted to make sure that you can read to the bottom of the page without straining. The Paperwhite kindle light is also adjustable with lots of slight adjustments available to make the best of tailoring the light levels to your personal choice and what is best for the time of day or your location. In fact there are 24 light options available and with the touch screen it is really easy to adjust the light of the screen to be whatever you want. I also assume the Paperwhite kindle gets its name from the light feature because when you select the higher light options it does make the page look white. Really for me the light is just fantastic, it allows me to read comfortable at night time (which I do a lot of these days) without waking my husband and the low light levels also mean that I don't have to squint by being blinded by something too bright and I can still comfortably see around me in the dark.
Probably my absolute favourite thing about the Paperwhite kindle besides the integrated light is the option to display the book covers of the books you own on your kindle. In my previous kindle I hated having to pick the book I wanted to read next based only on title along, it often meant that I forgot what the book was or why I wanted to read it. I don't tend to judge books completely on their covers alone, but covers are important and visually I often remember a book more for its cover than for just the title or author. I also love the kindle Paperwhite's touch screen, it is just so easy and intuitive to swipe through the pages of books that I own in search for my next read. It really is a small touch but something that I like.
The capacity on the Kindle Paperwhite is good and so far I usually have somewhere around 60 -80 books on my kindle at any given time. I do tend to delete the ones that I have read, but I can still re-download them again at a moment's notice from my Amazon cloud account when I'm connected to my home wireless connection. I opted for the non 3G kindle option because I am more than happy to just download my books when at home but there is a Paperwhite 3G kindle available for people who do like to download and buy books whenever and where ever they like. Personally thou, I usually prefer to do my book shopping and browsing via my laptop and very rarely even bother to use the kindle Paperwhite's shop option.
Even for the tech un-savvy the Kindle Paperwhite is really easy to use and in my experience so far it's been very successful designed to be user friendly. Opening a book is straightforward with the touch screen surface and moving back and forth between pages couldn't be simpler, the 6 inch touch screen is dived into three quadrants. The top quadrant will allow you access to the home bar, the right quadrant turns the page forward and the left quadrant turns the page back. The quadrants aren't all equal sized but after a couple of minutes of using the Kindle it becomes natural and now I don't even give it any thought at all. So far with even lots of use my touch screen surface is in perfect condition even thou I don't use a screen protector, I also find that it isn't overly bad for attracting unwanted finger print marks.
The Amazon Paperwhite kindle boasts 8 weeks of battery use even with using the light, however, personally I wouldn't say that was an accurate figure. Or at the very least I have never got anywhere near 8 weeks let along 4 weeks, but as I have mentioned previously I do read a lot. It would be more useful if Amazon would let the customer know how many hours the Kindle Paperwhite's battery would hold out with a medium light setting being used. But I still do get a full week or week and a halfs worth of reading before I even have to think about charging the kindle and when I do the kindle charges within a few hours and you can still use it while it is charging. So all around I don't really have any complaints with the battery life.
There are also lots of small features that I really like about the Paperwhite kindle, such as the ability to predict how long you have left of reading time to finish a chapter. For example in the book I'm currently reading I can just look down to the bottom left corner and in small print is the duration to the end of the chapter - 7 minutes. I do find that I have come to rely on this quite often for fitting in just a little bit more reading before I really need to get up or get on with whatever I should be doing. And so far I have found that the Kindle Paperwhite has learned my reading speed and tailored itself to me fairly accurately. There is also lots of other little features, such as is possible to password protect your kindle if you don't want anyone else reading your books or as with other kindle's it is possible to make collections and organise your books.
The Kindle Paperwhite is available to buy from Amazon for £109 or £169 for the 3G option. Even with the pretty hefty price tag I still think that for me I have had value for money considering how much I use mine.
Just as a side note -I have never had any problems with my current Paperwhite kindle but my previous kindle decided to stop working within it's years warranty and I found Amazon's costumer service to be really good and when I contacted them I received a new Kindle with no quibbles.
To sum, I love my Paperwhite Kindle. I am currently breast feeding my baby and she hasn't yet completely grasped the concept of night and daytime so having the ability to comfortably read in the dark with one hand with something that is lighter than the majority of paperbacks never mind hardbacks really makes a difference in my life.
If I could give the kindle Paperwhite more than five out of five stars I would. I love mine and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it anyone looking for a good, reliable and well designed e-reader.
I am off to have a look at the kindle daily deal to see if there is yet another book that I want to add to my growing e-book collection!
Summary: Five out of five stars
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