The Kindle Paperwhite could be the most advanced e-reader around with its patented built-in light, 62% more pixels for a higher resolution, an eight week battery life and room for over 1,000 books. Matt Mira and Rob Huebel test out the features on Amazon's latest e-reader for Gadget Pr0n.
What You Need To Know
The new Kindle Paperwhite has a 6" eInk display with a higher contrast and higher resolution than the previous model.
It features a new LED lighting system that simulates bright white paper.
The design has only one physical button for the power.
The weight of this was surprisingly a little heavier than expected.
The Paperwhite feels very balanced with the extra weight feeling evenly distributed.
The back has a slight texture which helps with the grip.
The front plastic really tends to ipck up the oil on your fingers.
The advantage of the Kindle ofr a tablet is that the screen is easy on the eyes.
In this case, the Paperwhite screen is excellent: the contrast levels are perfect for tricking your eyes into thinking you are actually reading ink on paper.
Our problem was the touch screen itself: the screen is broken up into sections where touching different portions will do different things.
For example, turning the page requires you to hit either the left or the right side of the screen.
The inclination is to read with one hand, so this function made changing pages somewhat of an annoyance.
The touch screen was also very sensitive when we didn't want it to be and not response enough when we needed to select specific things, such as text size.
The Paperwhite has new software that can tell you slowly you read, which you can access by hitting the very bottom of the screen.
It gauges the reading time to tell you how long you have left in the chapter or even the book itself.
When you hit the top of the screen, you find other controls, including X-Ray (just indexes the book on available titles).
The backlight is a welcome addition and we found ourselves using it even when there was a lot of light around.
We did find it to be a bit uneven and sometimes the contrast on the lettering towards the bottom was weaker than at the top.