[Review] Kindle Paperwhite (2nd Generation)

Back in June, I posted a review to the incredibly sturdy Otterbox Defender case for the Paperwhite. And here is the review to what goes inside that case: The Kindle Paperwhite, by Amazon!

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Kindle Paperwhite (2nd Generation)

In my eyes, the Kindle is the ultimate little minimalist’s device. It is smaller than the average book, yet it has the capacity to store thousands of books on it.

Months ago, when I was considering buying a new Kindle, I was trying to weigh the pros and cons of which version to buy. Amazon markets them very well — making you believe you should buy the newest and the best, even if you just need a Kindle for some casual reading. Ultimately, I ended up buying a used Kindle Touch. And I like it, a lot. In a way, I was left wondering how could the new Kindles be much better than this one?

The backlight is the real selling point of the Kindle Paperwhite.

The backlight is the real selling point of the Kindle Paperwhite.

After using the Kindle Touch and the Kindle Paperwhite (which also has a touch screen), I can’t really notice any speed improvements, although Amazon boasts that this Kindle has a 25% faster processor than the previous generation. Unless you are using this device side by side with an older generation, you probably won’t really even notice the speed difference.

This generation also has several new features: Vocabulary Builder, In-Line Footnotes, Goodreads integration, and Kindle FreeTime (builds custom reading profiles for your children).

With all these great features, though, the real reason I chose this model was for the backlight. I figured that with all the camping and backpacking I do, it would be great to have a Kindle that I can lay in bed (or the tent) with at the end of the day and read without a lamp or headlamp. The backlight is fully adjustable — from a ‘nearly-off’ position to a very bright setting that could almost pass for a nightlight.

The screen has a slight glare if using outside or near a lamp (although Amazon claims there is no glare).

The screen has a slight glare if using outside or near a lamp (although Amazon claims there is no glare).

The glare on the screen is minimal and is easy to remove by simply changing the angle of the screen.

And if you’re new to Kindles or e-readers, here are a couple other cool features they come with:

  • Rent one book at a time for FREE with your amazon prime membership
  • Rent free ebooks from your local library
  • Download samples of books to your kindle before purchasing from the Kindle store
  • Lend books you’ve purchased to a friend through the Kindle app
  • Your books and reading progress will sync between devices, if you happen to have several Kindles or devices with the Kindle app

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So, as you can probably tell, I am a huge fan of the Amazon Kindle. I highly recommend that you ditch those old paperbacks taking up room on your shelves and start your digital collection of books!

I rate the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 5 out of 5 stars!

It’ll be interesting to see what the next generation of the Paperwhite brings!

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One comment

  1. With this latest electronic chic device there is no need to carry heavy books along with you and
    to choose which book to carry, rather by entering the kindle world one can
    access the downloaded books, magazine, newspaper, blogs, as it has plenty of space and gives an opportunity to become a complete techno savvy reader carrying your reading world with you.
    Do you think that e – Books should be kept to a reasonably low price,
    even for new books. Now that the price is right in Europe compared to that of
    the competition then there should be no holding the Kindle back.

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