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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite: The Best Choice Among E-Ink Screens

Recently, Amazon released its newest e-ink-based e-reader – the Kindle Paperwhite. It is a far cry from the Kindle Touch in so many ways.

The two devices, which were released a year apart, have numerous striking differences. The Paperwhite is smaller, thinner (6.7” x 4.6” x 0.36”), and black as opposed to Touch which is 6.8” x 4.7” x 0.40” and slate gray. What is more, the new Amazon Kindle has the Kindle logo at the bottom edge. It also takes away the audio-out capabilities and home button found in the Touch. Though the screens have similar sizes, the Kindle Paperwhite has built-in light inside the grayish display.

Connection

The new Amazon Kindle, like the first Kindle launched in 2007, have offered e-readers free access to the Whispernet – the 3G network of AT&T. The Paperwhite’s Wi-Fi/3G version still works well with the Whispernet as long as there is decent connectivity. Generally, its Wi-Fi connectivity works smoothly and connects easily home and office networks.

If you love shopping, Kindle Paperwhite gives you convenience. There is e-ink-style scroll in the touchscreen. The image blinks when you scroll or select books. You can easily see the list of Best Sellers, Deals, New Noteworthy, new Serials, Magazines, Newspapers, among others.

Like Barnes and Noble’s Nook Simple Touch Glowlight, the new Amazon Kindle can be bought for $139. There are special offers where you can get the 3G model for $179 and the Wi-Fi version for $119.

Light

The Kindle Paperwhite, like the Nook Glowlight, includes a series of LEDs which are found at the bottom edge. The light spreads evenly across the 6-inch display because of the patented fiber-optic technology. As a result, you can read Kindle books without any external light source.

Unlike the Nook Glowlight, the Paperwhite is almost white at its full brightness. The effect is further enhanced by the black body, which is unlike the blotchiness in the light coverage of Glowlight. Moreover, both e-readers allow you to adjust light brightness through the touchscreen. However, only the interface of Amazon Kindle explains which light setting is right. You can experience this using the easy-to-use slider that commands you to use low setting in dark rooms and high setting in brightly lit rooms. The idea behind this is that the brightness should match the light of the surrounding to achieve maximum comfort for the eyes.

Touch

The new Amazon Kindle is an impressive touchscreen device because it responds very well to gestures and taps. It is faster than the Kindle Touch and is actually a little better than Nook Glowlight.

Like the previous Kindle, the Paperwhite maintains a user-friendly touch interface. You just have to tap at the top of the screen to display the full menu which includes Home, search, shopping, reading options, Go-to, font sizes, light control, X-Ray feature and Share options. Moreover, you can use the device to tweet and update you status in Facebook.

The interface is also made better with the addition of Reading Progress. You can access it from the menu’s main drop-down. With it, you have the option to display the feature in the manner that you want like the original Location in the book. Other smart additions are Time Left in Book and Time Left in Chapter. It will tell you how long it takes to finish a chapter or the entire book based on your reading speed.

Lastly, the X-Ray feature allows for a snapshot of the how often a character or topic appears in a chapter or the whole book.

Very clearly, Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite is better than Barnes and Noble’s Nook Glowlight in terms of screen quality and useful features.

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