Thinking about getting a Kindle? If you’ve done some research you might have discovered that as technology has evolved, so has Amazon’s Kindle. Given that there are quite a number of Kindle products out there, in this post I’d like to focus on helping you get to know the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite in particular.
The Kindle was first designed to give the user a chance to kick back and enjoy a book without having to carry the weight of an actual paperback(s). With the device, you can expect to hold an entire library of eBooks, magazines, newspapers and documents all in one portable eReader. Its anti-glare e-ink display was also engineered to let you read for hours without tiring your eyes, like most tablet/computer screens do. So its safe to conclude that the Kindle was made to replace books.
Recently, the release of the Amazon Fires shows that the company is trying to offer more functions to the user – like watching videos, downloading apps, etc. Be warned tech-savvy people: the Amazon Paperwhite only features the essential elements of the earlier Kindle models. In other words, Amazon was clearly focusing its efforts on the actual reading experience with this product. Now lets take a look at the product features:
-it allows for basic web browsing
-you can download content directly on the device, be it eBooks, magazines, newspapers or other documents
-e-ink means no glare in the sun
-the display comes with a built-in light, which unlike a computer screen where the backlight shines into your eyes, the Kindle’s light is actually reflected off the front of the surface, helping reduce eye-strain
-212 ppi resolution gives you very clear and contrasted text (similar to the Kindle Fire HD)
-weighs 7.3 ounces, which is one of the lightest models among the Kindles
-6.7 x 4.6 x 0.36 inch dimension
-6 inch display
-8 weeks of battery life, requiring only 4 hours of recharge time
-supports 3G and Wi-Fi
-and is a very cost-effective eReader
However, since the Paperwhite is all about books, you won’t find the following features:
-it cannot be used for viewing files such as photos, music or apps
-there is no built-in camera
-internal storage is limited to 2GB
-you cannot view in landscape mode
In a nutshell, the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite was made to make the reading experience closest to reading an actual book, and there are no additional features that will distract you from it either. You can decide whether what you need is a high quality e-Reader, in which the Paperwhite is an ideal choice, or a multi-function tablet – which Amazon Fire might is more suitable.