A warm welcome to my blog, especially to all the reading aficionados. Today I’m reviewing the Kindle Paperwhite e-reader, available from Amazon at Rs.10,999/-
So, let’s start with the box contents; it comes with the device, a USB 2.0 cable for charging and adding files to the device, and a Quick start guide. That’s about it, there’s no Travel Adapter included for charging, nor does it come with any kind of protective cover or case included.
If you notice, there is a cheaper version available for the Kindle, which is a basic e-ink WiFi based Kindle. The differences are very minor, however, for someone who likes to read on-the-go and in low-light, it can be a deal breaker.
Paperwhite boasts a better resolution at 300dpi as compared to 167dpi for the basic Kindle, which isn’t that bad as well. However, the basic Kindle doesn’t come with any backlight whatsoever, whereas Paperwhite has built in backlight, which enables it to be readable in any lighting conditions.
As per our tests, it took almost 3 and a half hours to charge it completely, and I’ve been using it for 3 days now, and it hasn’t reduced even 1/4th capacity with WiFi on light settings at 10. It should last at least 8-10 more days with continual usage.
The fonts are legible and modifiable easily through the soft touch menu options in top part of the reader screen.
Personally, I feel this is a good alternative to paper bound books, as it reduces the hassle of carrying many books, and also since Amazon has a large collection of e-books many of which are free-to-read, and others available at a lesser cost than their printed counterparts.
As compared to reading the same book on amazon kindle app using my tablet and phone, kindle has less glare and didn’t strain the eyes, meaning it’s good for prolonged reading.
Kindle has support for most of the e-book file types such as epub, mobi, pdf, azw3, rtf, html, bmp, png, txt, doc, docx and jpg. However, on the downside, it’s not a device with led or lcd display, hence it’s not suitable for reading graphic comic strips or viewing graphic novels, although it will show the image, but the experience will not be comparable to viewing the same file on a tablet or iPad.
All in all it’s a good option for avid readers, as an alternative to printed books, or maybe reading on other portable devices. The cost however, is a bit on the higher side, although you could go for the basic version of Kindle and buy an aftermarket case with an LED light included. My personal choice would be the basic one, as I can easily buy a case with LED light included at ~Rs.2.5k, however it will make the kindle slightly more heavy than it is. It’s a trade-off I’m willing to bargain, if you don’t want to get into that, just close your eyes and buy the Paperwhite, it’s a good device, no issues with that.
That’s it from me, for now, let me know in the comments if you have any questions.
Here’s the link to both the versions, do check them out: