OPINION: Amazon’s new Kindle Paperwhite lastly hit cabinets this week, ending plenty of years and not using a notable improve to the most effective e-reader round.
A number of days earlier than Amazon unveiled the Paperwhite 2021, I wrote a chunk eager for a brand new model of the drained studying machine. Hoping mod-cons like USB-C, wi-fi charging and thinner bezels would lastly be added. Properly, Amazon actually listened…
I’ve been utilizing the common model of the Paperwhite 2021 for just a few days now, so whereas it’s not fairly lengthy sufficient for a full overview I do have plenty of ideas – and on the entire, they’re very constructive.
Coming from the earlier Paperwhite, there are a selection of speedy variations. First off it’s so much greater – however not a lot that it’s onerous to grip or feels heavy. That is undoubtedly a tool you’ll be able to nonetheless maintain for prolonged studying periods.
The display now measures 6.8-inches (up from 6-inches) and it’s paired with thinner borders so the scale leap doesn’t really feel fairly as dramatic because it may, The chunky bezels surrounding the show on the earlier mannequin have been at odds with what we anticipated from a contemporary machine, so it’s good to see the brand new mannequin repair that.
The standard of the 300ppi e-ink display is nice too. Textual content is sharp and jagged edges are nearly unattainable to identify except you actually go searching. The larger measurement simply makes the reader way more nice because it’s extra akin to a measurement of a paperback e book.
Across the display, there are actually extra LEDs (17, quite than 5) and these make an enormous distinction. The sunshine is much extra even, nearly on par with the Kindle Oasis on first look, this rids it of any darker spots. Having extra LEDs additionally let the panel get brighter, though that is much less noticeable up to now.
Different new options like longer battery life and sooner web page turns haven’t been immediately noticeable both – however this might very nicely change as I get additional into the overview course of. There’s additionally a brand new homescreen and UI rolling out quickly, nonetheless the software program on my overview unit appears to be precisely the identical because the older Paperwhite I’m upgrading from with no new look in sight but.
It would sound ridiculous, however most likely my favorite improve is the change to USB-C. In my overview of the previous-gen Paperwhite, which got here out over three years in the past in 2018, I mentioned “A change to USB-C – a more moderen, reversible connector seen on most new telephones and laptops – would have been welcome; micro-USB feels nearly antiquated at this stage. Nonetheless, you’ll probably have lots such cables mendacity round.
If micro-USB felt antiquated in 2018, it felt positively prehistoric in 2021 and it’s nice to lastly see it ditched. Not will I want to hold round that sole micro-USB cable to cost this one machine.
In case you are within the new Paperwhite, then there are two choices to think about. The common mannequin (£129.99 with adverts or £139.99 with out) which I’ve right here has 8GB storage, a light-weight that may be manually adjusted and commonplace wired charging. The Signature Version (£179.99) ups the storage to 32GB, provides in Qi wi-fi charging and has just a few sensors to routinely alter the show.
If you happen to use the Kindle so much for audiobooks, the additional worth might be value it for that 32GB of storage alone. If you happen to take one audiobook at being round 500MB, you’ll want an excellent quantity of house if you wish to carry round so much. Wi-fi charging is a neat trick however possibly not essentially the most very important of options right here. For most individuals, the cheaper model will most likely suffice.