Amazon Kindle 3rd Gen Paperwhite Review - Remarkable Reading Companion
|Kindle Paperwhite 3rd Gen|
e-Readers are a unique breed of device. It doesn't do anything else besides providing you a sole experience of reading digital books. In a way, it's more cost-savvy to buy a full-fledged tablet. However, for some, full-fledged tablets may be "too cluttered" or "have too many distractions". This is where these single-tasker gadgets come in.
The Amazon Kindle brand is synonymous to this. Their Kindle devices went back over a decade ago with their distinctive e-ink displays. I've been dying to get myself one, especially since they're not available in Indonesia. Fortunately, I was able to get my hands on a Kindle Paperwhite (third generation) a few months back. And after all this time, I'm ready to share my experiences.
Update: Amazon just launched the 4th generation Kindle Paperwhite. Thinner and lighter design, waterproof, more storage, and Bluetooth. This article has been rewritten to adopt to the new device.
Packaging and Design - It's like having a booklet in your pocket
|I originally thought it was a card...|
|Only the bottom side is busy. Everything else is empty.|
With 6" display and tons of bezels, the Paperwhite is a tad smaller than an iPad Mini. But the bezels aren't bad news, though, as you need them to hold the device properly like a book.
Key Features: Screen and BatteryAs I said before, the Paperwhite is equipped with an e-ink display. As the name says, the screen simulates real ink. While it has excellent contrast ratio (making it look really like traditional paper) and consumes very little power, the display is monochrome and has incredibly low refresh rate. That's why every time it changes screen, the screen flickers.
|The e-ink display looks like real ink on real paper in person.|
|A single full charge can last you days, even weeks.|
Special OffersIf you're unfamiliar with Amazon hardware, some of them come with "special offers", which reduce price for a bit in exchange of showing you ads (in the lockscreen, in Paperwhite's case). Depending on how you use Amazon, you might like it. In case you don't, you can contact Amazon support and ask them to lift the ads. In my case, since I live in Indonesia and Amazon isn't here (yet), I use that reason to take away these "special offers".
Wi-Fi (and Cellular)
|Wi-Fi can be used for syncing your ebook collection and software update.|
|Calibre is very useful in managing your ebook collection.|
Conclusion: A Solid Reading Partner
|If you're into reading. You should give one a try. But think carefully, as the successor|
to the 3rd gen is already available.
So, should you invest your hard-earned ~U$120 for a Paperwhite? I'd say hold your horses. Why, because Amazon just launched the successor to this device. It has thinner and lighter design, waterproof, more storage (from 8GB), and Bluetooth audio support. The newer device is sold for a bit higher price (~U$129), so why settle for less? Chances are if you get the latest version now, you won't have to upgrade, at least for the next 3 years.
If you're aiming for a lower price for some reason, though, I'll say go ahead, as this version is perfectly solid and usable, even though I'll raise an eyebrow and ask "Why?".
Well, I guess that's all for now, Folks. This is the first article in a while, and I hope I can deliver new articles more frequently in the near future. Finally, as usual, thanks for reading and I'm looking forward to your next visit. Have a nice day! :D