Kindle Paperwhite – Now with a 6.8” display and thinner borders, adjustable warm light, up to 10 weeks of battery life, and 20% faster page turns.
Why do you think buying the Kindle Paperwhite is a great deal?
The Kindle Paperwhite has remained largely unchanged over the years. While still a pocket-sized electronic book reader, it has a battery life that can last for weeks rather than hours. In addition, the IPX8 waterproofing and excellent Audible compatibility of the previous model are still present.
However, considerable alterations are underway, the most visible of which is the increase in screen size from 6 to 6.8 inches. It’s also much slimmer, thanks to the slashed bezels. Those who enjoy reading at night will be glad to learn that this year’s model has 17 LEDs, compared to the five in the previous year’s model.
Amazon claims that the new Kindle can last ten weeks on a single charge, up from six weeks on the previous model, and it now uses USB-C instead of micro USB for charging. Even though it isn’t blazingly fast, the new processor is 20 percent faster than the old one, resulting in faster boot times.
It’s also nice to have an ambient light sensor, which adjusts the screen brightness automatically based on the brightness of the surrounding environment.
Finally, the standard model’s 8GB of internal storage is replaced by 32GB in this model. Yes, that’s a significant improvement, but it’s important to pause and consider if you really need to go from 3,100 to 15,100 volumes. Is it really necessary to have that many books installed?
Because of this, the additional £40 isn’t worth it for me. If reading is a priority for you, you may want to investigate the Kindle Paperwhite, which costs £230.
Go hands-free – Pair with an Audible subscription and Bluetooth headphones or speakers to listen to your story.
New Kindle Paperwhite arrived in the mail and it looked just the same as the old one. However, when I compared the two devices side-by-side, it became clear that the 2018 Kindle Paperwhite was noticeably different from the 2017 model. With this image, you can clearly see how much bigger it is. However, this increase in the display area is largely due to a reduction in the top and side bezels.
The new model is somewhat heavier, weighing in at 205g, compared to the 2018 model’s 182g, but the weight is distributed equally, so I can’t detect the difference in the hand. As before, the screen is flush with bezel rather than indented, and it’s still comprised of a slightly rubbery-feeling plastic.
The back, on the other hand, has undergone an unexpected transformation. It was once embossed with the whole Amazon logo, but this has been pared down, with only the arrow portion remaining. A pleasant addition even if the logo is virtually unnoticeable until you specifically seek it out is hard to overstate.
To put it another way, you can now access the swipe-down menu lot faster thanks to the improved software. A swipe-down menu has been introduced to the Kindle’s operating system that includes toggles for things like airplane mode, Bluetooth, dark mode, and sync settings, as well as sliders for brightness and color temperature adjustment.
For better or for worse, the new software highlights the Paperwhite’s primary purpose: a pipeline for Amazon’s ebook shop You can no longer hide the recommended Kindle books that appear on the home screen.
There was no other way to fairly compare the new Kindle Paperwhite to the older model than to read half of a short book on both devices. I chose to re-read Jon Ronson’s Elephant in the Room, a short story that, if it were published in paperback, would only be 42 pages long. Astonishingly, the new form factor allows for so much more text to be displayed on a single page. The 2021 Kindle Paperwhite couldn’t have had a lower rating than five stars. That’s quite unlikely. A good ebook reader is one thing that Amazon excels at, and the new Paperwhite does so even by Amazon’s high standards. As for the £10 price rise, you have three years of inflation to consider, so you can’t really complain about that much.
Aside from that, everything has improved: the larger screen is fantastic, the smaller bezels are less distracting, and the speed improvement is much appreciated. That would be fantastic if the anticipated battery improvements came to fruition, even though that wasn’t an area that cried out for change.
The additional LEDs didn’t seem to have any effect on brightness, but the color warmth they bring is a welcome addition. From barely visible to uncomfortably bright orange, the assumption is that the absence of blue light will make it easier for nighttime readers to nod off because of the lack of blue light. There’s no arguing that it’s a good investment for individuals who enjoy reading in bed.
Comparing the new Kindle PaperWhite 3 with 4
|Kindle Paperwhite 4 Review||Wi-Fi, 4G optional||Capacitive, 2 point touch||8GB, 32GB||1448×1072 E Ink Carta 300 PPI||1GHz Freescale i.MX6SL||Bluetooth, Audible, VoiceView||2-4 weeks||6.4 oz
|Adds support for audiobooks, flush front screen with front light, more storage, waterproof||No page buttons, frontlight color not adjustable|
|Kindle oasis 3||Wi-Fi, 4G optional||Capacitive, 2 point touch||8GB, 32GB||1680×1264 E Ink Carta 300 PPI||1GHz Dual-core Freescale i.MX7D||Bluetooth, Audible, VoiceView||1-4 weeks||6.6 oz
|7″ screen, warm light, waterproof, page buttons, audiobook support, invert colors||Wider design, cold slick metal back, expensive|
Everything you need to know about kindle paperwhite
In keeping with tradition, many of the most important features of this Paperwhite update come straight from Amazon’s most expensive Kindle Paperwhite, including a bigger display and color temperature options. In addition to the Paperwhite’s distinctive form factor (which features physical page flip buttons), the Paperwhite’s 6.8-inch display, and the progressively bigger 7-inch display on the Paperwhite, there are a few more changes worth noting.
6.8-inch E Ink display with 1246 x 1648 resolution and a 17-LED front light. The 2021 Paperwhite model offers the highest screen-to-body ratio of any Paperwhite device to date. For Amazon, it wasn’t just a matter of increasing screen size while keeping the same hefty bezels in place. The bezels were lowered, and the screen was enlarged by 0.8 inches, bringing the diagonal dimension from 6 to 6.8 inches.
Paperwhite has undergone one of its most significant rebrandings in the almost decade-long history of the e-reader model with the new Paperwhite. By slightly enlarging and decreasing the bezel size around the screen, Amazon has expanded the display size for the Paperwhite for the first time, from a six-inch panel to a 6.8-inch one. It retains the same 300 PPI resolution as the previous model while having a bigger screen. In addition to the new design, the new screen space for reading is a pleasant addition, and the color temperature options for better imitating the color of genuine paper are also great additions to the overall experience of using the tablet.
Because of these improvements, the gap between the $249.99 Paperwhite and the $139.99 Paperwhite is now smaller than it has ever been. The LED count is the most notable, but it’s not worth paying nearly twice as much just because the Paperwhite lights up much brighter. Even in a dim setting, I could only tell the difference between the Paperwhite 2021 and the Paperwhite 2021 by comparing them side by side.
Unusual for the online retail giant, Amazon is also using Paperwhite to introduce numerous new capabilities to the Kindle series (with premium upgrades coming first to the Paperwhite and then later to the other models). Amazon’s midrange model is paradoxically its most technologically sophisticated at the moment, even though an updated Paperwhite will put it back to parity with the Paperwhite in the future.