E-Reader: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

KindleMy wife prefers reading books with an e-ink screen rather than the glossy screen of a phone, tablet, or computer. She has had an older Kindle for some time. Last year, I decided it was time for an upgrade, so I purchased the 2015 update Kindle Paperwhite Reader.

As with all Kindle products, you have access to a vast e-library through Amazon. If you are a Prime member, you also get special free Prime books and magazines each month, which is a nice bonus. Note – all these items are accessible on any device connected to your Amazon account, not just the Paperwhite.

The point of products like the Paperwhite is to make reading easier and reduce eye fatigue. They are handy little readers.

Another nice bonus for us is that fact this version has backlighting, so it can be read at night without needing to keep a light on. Like say, in bed while the other person is trying to sleep (ah, my real reason for buying this version comes out).

In terms of use, it’s pretty simple and easy to use, although using the sparse interface to navigate around menus can be a little bit of a chore. But the primary point is reading, and it works great for that.

In terms of gripes, I still feel like the screen area is a little small and the menu system can be a little bit of a pain to navigate (like say, for updates and such). And the device doesn’t come with a wall charger, just a USB cable. Since we have 10 million wall chargers, that’s not really an issue for us, but it could prove frustrating for some folks and seems a bit chincy for Amazon to not include. It would also be nice if it were waterproof.

Regarding function, it works flawlessly. Battery life is good, although maybe not quite as strong as prior generations of Kindle. And it is very easy to pick up and become immersed in a book or magazine.

Specs from Amazon:

Display Amazon’s 6″ Paperwhite display technology with E Ink Carta™ and built-in light, 300 ppi, optimized font technology, 16-level gray scale
Size 6.7″ x 4.6″ x 0.36″ (169 mm x 117 mm x 9.1 mm)
Weight Wi-Fi: 7.2 oz (205 g); Wi-Fi + 3G: 7.6 oz (217 g)
Actual size and weight may vary by configuration and manufacturing process
System Requirements None; fully wireless and doesn’t require a computer to download content
On-Device Storage 4 GB; holds thousands of books
Cloud Storage Free cloud storage for all Amazon content
Battery Life A single charge lasts up to six weeks, based on a half hour of reading per day with wireless off and the light setting at 10. Battery life will vary based on light and wireless usage.
Charge Time Fully charges in approximately 4 hours from a computer via USB cable
Wi-Fi Connectivity Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication or Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)
Content Formats Supported Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion
Accessibility Features The VoiceView screen reader, activated by the Kindle Audio Adapter, enables access to the vast majority of Kindle Paperwhite features. VoiceView features a natural language text-to-speech voice. Visit the Kindle Paperwhite Blind and Visually Impaired Readers Bundle to purchase the latest Kindle Paperwhite with a Kindle Audio Adapter. Please visit the Accessibility for Kindle page to learn more.
Documentation Quick Start Guide (included in box); Kindle Paperwhite User Guide (pre-installed on device) [PDF]. Additional information in multiple languages available online.
Warranty and Service 1-year limited warranty and service included. Optional 1-year, 2-year, or 3-year Extended Warranty available for U.S. customers sold separately. Use of Kindle is subject to the terms found here.
Included in the Box Kindle Paperwhite, USB 2.0 charging cable and Quick Start Guide

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