Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Final Thoughts
The first Amazon Kindle was released in November 2007. Since that time, Amazon has continued to work to provide readers with a great e-book experience. With it’s lightweight design, lighted screen and adjustable fonts the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is a good e-reader. The addition of the Amazon Kindle ecosystem, really gives readers a great reading experience.
The additional features such as X-Ray, Dictionary Lookup and Language translation are great additional features. Add them to the base features of the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite and you have an excellent reading device. I will say that these additional features, while great, will probably go unused by most people.
There aren’t many changes I would make to the new Amazon Kindle Paperwhite. However, I do have a couple of changes that I would like to see. First, I’d like to see the audio return. Amazon owns Audible books and I would like to be able put my Audible books on my Kindle to maximize my reading options. Second, I would like the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite to support the games supported by earlier versions of the Kindle. Admittedly, I rarely played the games. But I hate losing access to games for which I have paid.
The performance of the Amazon Kindle Fire is excellent. With it’s well lit, anti-glare screen, the Kindle Paperwhite makes reading easy regardless of lighting conditions. The ability to change the fonts increases the readability of the device.
The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite looks nice. The device is made of high-quality plastic and the soft-touch back gives the device a premium feel. The screen on the Kindle Paperwhite resists fingerprints well. The same cannot be said for the back of the device.
The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite feels like a well made device that will hold up over time. The power button feels sturdy and has a solid click when pressed. There is only a single port and there’s no cover that can break over time.
As an e-book reader, the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite functions perfectly. The screen is easy to read and the device is easy to navigate. However, I hate to see any device lose functionality and with the Kindle Paperwhite there is a loss in functionality compared to previous iterations.
I’m afraid the value proposition for the Amazon Kindle Fire is a little lower than I would like. For $119 (Amazon), the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite E-reader is priced above that of an impulse buy for most people. Plus you have to deal with ads at that price.
Is the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite a perfect device? No. However, if you are looking for an excellent e-reader with a strong ecosystem, then the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is the device you are seeking.
+ No glare screen makes for easy reading outside
+ Adjustable Fons
+ Lighting is evenly distributed over entire screen
+ Long battery life
+ Small, light device makes it easy to hold for extended periods
+ Strong ecosystem
- $119 price
- Lack of audio
- Does not support games that were available on older Kindle models
- No support for “I Can Read” series of children’s books
- Includes advertisements
Final Score: 8.5 out of 10.
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