Reviews and Problems with Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 3G Review (2013): Good just got much better!
11 February 2014
Summary: So is this the best ebook reader you can buy right now? Absolutely! Should the existing first-gen Kindle Paperwhite users consider upgrading to the new Kindle Paperwhite? Not really. Sure, the new Paperwhite offers improved display, faster speeds and other goodies, but spending over Rs 10,000 just to access these features is not advisable. Think of the number of new books you can buy with that money.
Summary: The revamped Kindle Paperwhite E Ink e-reader maintains its compact and lightweight design while adding some useful features such as parental controls and a vocabulary builder. We're also excited by the social features that will come with the Goodreads roll-out. Plus, if you're an Amazon Prime member, you'll be hard pressed to find a better deal on e-books.
Summary: At Rs. 11,000 for the Wi-Fi only version and Rs. 14,000 for the Wi-Fi+3G version, the Kindle Paperwhite is expensive. But if you are someone who reads a lot of books and doesn't care about tablet functionality, or is a part of the Amazon/Kindle ecosystem, you can consider this device. After all, it gives you the ability to carry 1,100 books and more wherever you go.
Pros: Good display, Snappy performance, Large library of books, Good battery life
Cons: No charger in the box, Expensive, No Audiobook capabilities, Browser feels gimmicky
Summary: Going by the overall performance and ease of use, not to forget the quality of display, the Paperwhite is undoubtedly one of the best e-readers available in the market. It is available in two variants – you can opt for the Wi-Fi only model that will cost you Rs 10, 999 or the Wi-Fi + 3G model that will set you back by Rs 13,999. For 3G, Amazon has partnered with Vodafone and is offering free connectivity for lifetime.
Conclusion: Several reviewers have said that the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is the best E-Ink reader on the market and I agree, with a few caveats. Not everyone wants the same things: some of you may prefer ePub for its greater openness (you can buy books from more sources), others of you may want a card slot or audio capabilities.
Pros: Excellent E-Ink display that's sharper with good frontlighting. Slim and light.
Cons: No expansion slot, no hardware page turn buttons.
Conclusion: The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 3G offers always-on connectivity, bright, even edge-lighting, and numerous other improvements, but it's simply too expensive. The Wi-Fi-only version is a better buy.
Pros: Crisp edge-lighting. Sharp new fonts. Fast, smooth, touch-based UI. Improved home screen. Robust app ecosystem.
Cons: Ads cost $20 to remove. No more headphone jack. 3G version costs as much as 7-inch color tablets.
Summary: With soft but bright backlighting, a higher-res display, an improved user interface, and, of course, Amazon's capacious library, the Kindle Paperwhite 3G is a highly evolved e-reader. We're not fans of the $179 price tag just for 3G access. After all, you can get a full-fledged Kindle Fire HD tablet for just $20 more. But the $119 non-3G version of this device is a great deal.