Amazon introduced an up to date Kindle Paperwhite in September final 12 months. The refreshed e-book reader comes with numerous enhancements together with the next distinction show, a quicker processor, improved contact know-how, and several other software program enhancements.
Whereas the Wi-Fi variant began transport in US the identical month, the Wi-Fi + 3G variant grew to become obtainable nearer to the vacation season. The Kindle Paperwhite 3G (2013) was listed for pre-orders in India final month, and is now obtainable by way of Amazon.in in addition to offline retailers throughout the nation.
Does the brand new Kindle Paperwhite include sufficient enhancements to remain forward of the likes of the Kobo Glo? We spent a bit over three weeks with the e-book reader in a bid to seek out out. Let’s dig in.
Appear and feel
At first look, you will be hard-pressed to discover a distinction between the Kindle Paperwhite 3G (2013) and its predecessor. The 2 have similar dimensions (169x117x9.1mm). Whereas the present mannequin (222g) is marginally heavier than the Kindle Paperwhite 3G (2012), which weighed 215 grams, the distinction is, after all, too small to note. Equally, the 2013 Wi-Fi-only mannequin (213g) is 7 grams heavier than the corresponding Kindle from the 12 months earlier than, however all 4 fashions have the identical dimensions. This implies you possibly can hold on to the covers, skins and sleeves you’ll have gathered to your present Kindle Paperwhite.
The astute will observe that the ‘kindle’ branding just under the 6-inch display is now in a barely thicker font. The Micro-USB port and energy button are on the underside edge as earlier than.
Modifications on the again, nonetheless, are extra outstanding. The spot the place the phrase ‘kindle’ was written has given method to ‘amazon’ in larger and extra legible letters. FCC and numerous different certification logos might be discovered in the direction of the underside.
Included within the pack is a Micro-USB cable, however, in typical Amazon custom, there isn’t any charger. You should buy the overpriced Kindle charger individually or use any customary USB charger that you simply may need mendacity round.
Improved show and processor
Now we have to confess that we have been fairly pleased with the show on the earlier technology Kindle Paperwhite, so when Amazon got here out claiming enhancements on the brand new mannequin, we have been curious to see what was in retailer. Once you set the 2 fashions facet by facet, the textual content on the 2013 Paperwhite is certainly simpler to learn, due to the higher distinction ratio and the improved front-lit show. Nonetheless, the change shouldn’t be so important that switching again to the earlier mannequin could be an issue.
The Kindle Paperwhite 2013 version sitting atop its predecessor.
Equally, within the side-by-side checks, books load considerably quicker and web page turns are a bit bit faster on the brand new Kindle Paperwhite, due to the improved processor. Once more, whereas the enhancements are a pleasant contact, we by no means felt that pace was an issue on the earlier mannequin.
Software program enhancements
The software program modifications on the Kindle Paperwhite 3G (2013) are a bit extra important. Maybe the best amongst these is an improved Good Lookup function that lets you choose any phrase or phrase inside the textual content of a ebook, and look it up within the dictionary or on Wikipedia, with out leaving the web page you’re studying. This works much like the Look Up function in OS X and iOS, and is available in actually helpful if you bump into a brand new phrase or the title of an unfamiliar historic determine.
All phrases that you simply lookup are mechanically added to a listing known as the Vocabulary Builder. You should use this record to refresh your reminiscence at a later stage and even quiz your self with flashcards. Whereas we think about this might come in useful for college kids, it is also helpful for anybody seeking to enhance their vocabulary. The performance might be disabled altogether, in case you don’t need any ’embarrassing’ lookups tracked.
Swiping up from the underside of the display brings up the brand new Web page Flip function that allows you to view one other location within the ebook as an overlay on the present web page. You may skip to the tip of the ebook, a selected chapter, or navigate page-by-page. Sadly, there isn’t any method to soar rapidly to customized factors within the books (like your bookmarks). New inline footnotes allow you to learn the entire textual content of every footnote with out leaving the present place.
The brand new Kindle OS options integration with Goodreads, a web based neighborhood of ebook lovers that Amazon purchased final 12 months. You may see what your pals are studying, share highlights, price the (bodily and e)books you learn (or wish to learn), and extra. Goodreads might be invoked by tapping the ‘g’ icon on the highest bar, however you must join individually for the service.
The Kindle Paperwhite leather-based cowl (left) is offered individually
Kindle FreeTime is one other new software program function that lets dad and mom resolve which books to share with their youngsters and set studying targets for them within the course of. Youngsters are inspired to get into the behavior of studying with rewards similar to badges, whereas dad and mom can monitor their progress by monitoring the entire variety of books learn, the phrases appeared up, and extra.
Different software program options unchanged from earlier model(s) embody the flexibility to have limitless notes, highlights and bookmarks for every e-book; sharing quotes or different passages to Fb and Twitter; the helpful X-Ray that allows you to zoom in on a personality’s biography and extra; and the ‘time to learn’ indicator that tells you the way a lot time it can take to complete a chapter or a ebook primarily based in your present studying pace.
One other helpful function is the flexibility to ship numerous paperwork to your Kindle by emailing them to a ‘secret’ electronic mail deal with. The Kindle accepts numerous file codecs together with PDF, Microsoft Phrase (doc, docx), Wealthy Textual content Format (rtf), HTML information (htm, html) however not URLs, textual content paperwork (txt), archived paperwork (zip , x-zip), compressed archived paperwork, and the Mobipocket format.
Efficiency, 3G and battery life
Amazon claims that the contact grid on the Kindle Paperwhite 3G (2013) is 19 % tighter, and whereas the contact efficiency has improved barely, these used to super-sensitive contact panels like these utilized in smartphones and tablets will proceed to be dissatisfied. Like earlier than, you’ll have to kind slower than you’re used to, however that is a superbly acceptable tradeoff given the character of the system, particularly when you may be doing comparatively little typing.
The actual spotlight of the system after all is the battery efficiency, which is unchanged from earlier than. Amazon claims single cost lasts as much as eight weeks, primarily based on half an hour of studying per day with wi-fi off and the sunshine setting at 10. Even for those who learn round an hour a day, depart the wi-fi on, and like the next brightness stage, the system ought to final you round three weeks, which is sort of exceptional.
The 3G Kindle Paperwhite (2013) is being offered at a premium of Rs. three,000 in comparison with the Wi-Fi-only variant. Whereas the Wi-Fi model undoubtedly presents extra worth, the 3G is useful when, say, you’re at a Wi-Fi-free airport and must seize a ebook earlier than getting onto your flight. 3G Kindle e-book readers after all include pre-activated 3G that can be utilized in most nations the world over with none related fees, topic to sure situations and protection areas. Sadly, the 3G entry is proscribed to the Kindle retailer and in-book performance like lookups and you can’t use it with the ‘Experimental Browser’, which works over Wi-Fi solely.
Amazon sells ad-supported (or ‘With Particular Affords’, as Amazon calls them) Kindle fashions within the US and different markets at a slight low cost, however our overview unit was one with out particular presents. If the Amazon.in listings are any indicator, all items being offered in India are ‘With out Particular Affords’.
Amazon presents ‘over 2 million’ free and paid books, newspapers and magazines within the Kindle retailer – together with titles which can be obtainable completely on the Kindle – and you may pay in INR as a substitute of USD when you have a Visa or Grasp Card debit or bank card issued by an Indian financial institution. In case you are uncertain about shopping for a title, you possibly can obtain and skim a pattern totally free earlier than spending your cash. Books you buy can be learn on the Internet, cellular and desktops utilizing the assorted Kindle apps.
Every Kindle Paperwhite comes with round 1.25GB of free storage (however no free ebooks, in case you have been questioning). This is sufficient to preserve greater than 1,000 books with you at any given time, which ought to fulfill even the largest bibliomaniacs. In fact there isn’t any restrict on the variety of titles you should buy and retailer within the ‘cloud’.
The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2013) is clearly supposed as an incremental improve over its predecessor. Whereas it lacks a stand-out function that makes it a compelling improve for present Paperwhite homeowners, it does sufficient to remain forward of the competitors. The Wi-Fi model is the one to get in case you are available in the market for an e-book reader; go for the 3G variant for those who really feel like giving your self a deal with.