Amazon originally released the Kindle Paperwhite as a higher resolution e-reader to take over the Kindle 3G. The newer version has the same design but beefed up internals, with Amazon content on keeping the same design and name as last year.
In a bid to make sure the Kindle Paperwhite is still the best e-reading experience, Amazon launched the new version. The Kindle rules the e-reader market, with Barnes & Noble hanging up their coat after a few years of failed products against the mega-giant Amazon.
The Kindle Paperwhite is an incredibly well built device and serves the purpose of making reading an incredible experience. With a 6-inch high resolution E-ink display and big changes in brightness depending on the area, users can find a perfect brightness for a perfect spot and text is always crisp, with multiple typography options.
As for the design itself, the Kindle Paperwhite is small enough to not be a nuisance, but the screen is large enough to be easily visible and display a lot of text, this does depend on reader preference however, with Amazon allowing users to change the text font to ridiculously small and large sizes.
This is a device capable of doing one thing incredibly well – showing book text and some black and white images. Amazon does not seem ready to dabble into color and this makes performance and clarity on the Kindle Paperwhite superb.
Amazon has packed in a web-browser and some other niceties, but realistically the browser is only used for links and the main source is books, with the operating system designed around selling and providing books to the user. The web browser does not work well, but Amazon has said this is experimental.
As for page turning speed, Amazon has nailed this down with the improved performance on the 2013 edition of the Kindle Paperwhite. All these performance upgrades do not harm the battery life, with users capable of grabbing at least a few weeks out of the e-reader.
Amazon has packed their e-reader OS onto the Kindle Paperwhite and it is all about making the user want to read. The main features are the library where all books are stored, either on the device or in the cloud, and then there is Amazon’s Book Store, where there is hundreds of thousands of titles.
The design of the operating system works well with the E-Ink display, it does not have any flashy design animations like iOS7 or any big functionality applications like you will find on Android, but it works for people looking, buying and reading books.
At 109£, the Kindle Paperwhite is a good buy in the e-reader market. The question you have to ask is do you want an incredible reading device or an average reading device with tablet apps, movies and color. For 60£ more you could grab the Kindle Fire HDX or Nexus 7.