As per usual, I’ll start out simple: the Paperwhite is better than the Kindle.
After we believe the Kindle lineage, what we’re dealing with is usually a group of gadgets that continues to grow and evolve so as to suit the needs of its clients. First, there was the Kindle and its successors, then the Kindle Fire developed upon that concept as a simple to use, Internet-ready portable device. The Kindle Fire is an all-purpose lifestyle peripheral that encompasses Online world, cultural output, social media plus much more and is arguably the best such device in its price range.
The Kindle Paperwhite, on the other hand, is a return to the simple, basic (some might say ‘noble’) intentions of that inventive Kindle. The Paperwhite is definitely an eReader, nothing more, nothing excluding.
After a major quantity of study (including all the standard writers, online threads and magazines which you’re no doubt informed about by now), I chanced upon the site of blogger C.G.P Grey, who had written by far the foremost elegant, enlightening and buyer-friendly evaluation of this Paperwhite that I’ve read. I’ll quote it extensively here, but, if you want to buy a Paperwhite, I suggest you look at the whole blog. Grey states,
“I used to read a lot, but as I aged and gained responsibilities, books became less central to my life. When I moved to a new city with a poor local library that was just a little too far out of the way my habit of reading died a silent death – and it took more than a year before I even realized. Then, one day, it hit me: ‘I’ve forgotten about reading. I need to fix this’. My local library wasn’t going to move any closer to my apartment, so I looked into getting a Kindle and settled on the non-touch, D-pad version. Access to books was no longer a problem, and my reading went up. But not by a lot. Why? I loved my new Kindle and, reading my first book on it, The Diamond Age was a joy. But my optimal reading time is just before bed and, though the D-pad Kindle’s screen was great, its low contrast made night-time reading, even with an Anglerfish-style book light, difficult”.
I think we can all associate towards the dilemma above. So, what benefits does the Paperwhite have over its predecessors? Well, for a start, there’s the reading light. Grey says,
“The paperwhite has achieved what I thought impossible: an illuminated screen that doesn’t blast light in you eyes. The effect is as though there’s a magic lamp in the room that only shines evenly across the Paperwhite’s screen. In comparison the D-pad Kindle’s screen looks hopelessly low contrast with its dark gray text on light green-gray background.”
It’s true, the principle advantage this new Kindle has over its elders is the screen. The best screen is chief to a healthy eReader and, though just about everything else has been tweaked and improved in the process (specially the Net connectivity) much of this could almost certainly have been better anyway by the release of a essential upgrade.
However, we can say that the Kindle Paperwhite is more durable, faster and much more intuitive than the old Kindles and genuinely does represent an improvement on its lineage.
Elsewhere, the lack of the ‘page turner’ button seems like a step backward initially, especially if you see your Paperwhite like a spiritual successor to a bookshelf. This is principally the Kindle’s ‘page button’ was an ideal psychological replacement for the fulfillment of the physical page turn. It also does not help that the Paperwhite’s Touch Screen is slightly more sensitive, hence, you may occasionally turn a page by accident, but let’s not forget that physical readers (if they’re something like me, that is) often drop their publications and thus lose their spot in it.
There are many other advancements too. A great one, also acknowledged by Grey, is the counter that estimates just how much time is left on each chapter based on your collective reading speed. Now that’s development!