2013 Kindle Paperwhite is the best e-reader
When Amazon started the eBook revolution 5 years ago the first readers were big, clunky and needed an external light to read in the dark. Well, with the release of the excellent Paperwhite last year all that changed.You could read the Paperwhite in the dark but the light left a lot to be desired..it was kind of splotchy in places especially at the bottom. Well, the 2013 version comes with a faster processor, more responsive touch screen, and a better integrated light that’s brighter and whiter and is much more even across the screen. Pages also require a refresh less frequently.
the new Paperwhite is the first shipping product to feature E Ink’s Pearl 2 display, which offers better contrast. There is a 1GHz processor which is 25 percent faster than the 800MHz found in the original Paperwhite, a next-generation built-in light, and a more responsive touch-screen display (1,024×768-pixel resolution with 212 pixels per inch) that has a tighter touch grid. It’s also a tad lighter, weighing 7.3 ounces instead of 7.5 ounces. The size hasn’t changed from 6.7″ x 4.6″ x 0.36″ (169 mm x 117 mm x 9.1 mm) in fact from the outside it is pretty much identical the the original, with the exception of the screen and a new Amazon logo on the back. It still doesn’t come with a charger..just a USB cable.
The improved light is what really sets the Paperwhite apart from other e-Readers. It designed to illuminate the text through reflection, rather than by shining a light in your face. You can read in complete darkness but, I prefer a lamp when I read but even with a lamp the brightening effect of the light improves the experience. I found the light set at a bit over 50% works for daytime reading and even on a flight in and out of dark clouds I didn’t have to adjust the level. Compared to the original the improved lighting is spectacular..whiter, perfectly even and easier on the eyes. This is by far the most comfortable e-reader to use under any lighting conditions.
The 2013 Kindle Paperwhite has all the features we loved in the original: Time to Read is really clever. It analyses the speed at which you read and estimates how long it will take you to read the next chapter, or the rest of the book book. If you’re wondering if you have enough time to read the next chapter before then plane lands, it can tell you with decent accuracy.
I couldn’t see the point of the X-Ray feature last year but now Kindle Paperwhite’s Smart Lookup feature integrates a full dictionary with X-Ray and Wikipedia so you can access definitions, characters, settings, and more without leaving your page or losing your place. This is great for textbooks or novels with complex plots and huge casts of characters.
Swipe up from the bottom of the and you get Kindle Page Flip, which makes it much easier to scan through books using a large thumbnail preview of each page as you go through; it’s about as close to flipping through a real book you can get on a screen. It still isn’t as natural as a real book but it is a huge improvement and gets the job done.
If you are looking for an e-Reader and want the best, the 2013 Kindle Paperwhite is certainly the best e-reader you can buy period. The combination of performance, great screen and the Amazon ecosystem is just unbeatable.
The Kindle Paperwhite is $139 from Amazon.com or Amazon.ca In the US you can also order the Special Offers version for $119 in you are prepared to put up with ads on the lock and home screens. A 3G version is is $179 in the US and $209 in Canada but for the life of my I can’t see the justification since free WiFi is available pretty much everywhere.