Is it just me or do any other Paperwhite owners feel miffed about the new release.
Let's face it the reason we originally bought the Paperwhite was for that screen, that flawless, crisp, sharp, black & white screen with the built in light. The screen was the deal maker & for those of us with partners the built in light seemed to be the solution to no longer disturbing our other half's while reading in bed. Finally an end to the dirty glance at 1:00am, no more playful ridicule, lightsaber references or sound effects when we came to bed. It appears Amazon did their homework & got rid of the light on the stick. The Paperwhite is perfect.
On actually receiving your new device there's a few flaws, thankfully they've mostly been remedied by software updates. Another clever design feature the Paperwhite team thought of, with only one physical button, the on & off switch, the interface can simply be updated & changed by software updates pushed out to each device silently & hassle free. Perfected tweaks from user feedback improving it with each update. This is it people, the fifth generation device is perfect, the dedicated eBook reader that some of us have been waiting for since we saw the original e-readers in 1999. The only other update after this is when they perfect & release the colour e-ink devices, but even then I'm sure some of us will still want to stick with the black & white version.
It's not all perfect though, the only major problem & disappointment with the Kindle Paperwhite ( I admit it only has one) is also its major selling point the reason we bought it for starters & it's the screen. Every & I mean every single one sold has a design flaw much discussed here on the customer forums. As you all know at the bottom near the four LEDS there's some sort of halo effect disrupting the light pattern of that supposedly crisp, flawless screen. The result is a shadow something that looks like a light graphite or charcoal stain on a traditional printed page & each Paperwhite seems to be effected to varying degrees some customers needing to send devices back because it's that bad, others fortunate enough that their device is only slightly affected can try & deal with it by following the official Amazon advice regarding the issue "Adjust the lighting amount to try & reduce the problem" . Yeah it's a small problem some ignore it, I was happy enough living with it, always conscious of it until what I was reading grabbed my thoughts & took it away.
This was fine until today when Amazon released the new Paperwhite, you think I'd be happy this is what I've been waiting for they've fixed the screen. Well no what I found myself feeling was infuriated, annoyed, why didn't I receive a support email? What exactly is NEW about this Paperwhite. It looks exactly like mine, it's the same form factor, in fact the only thing I found that's updated about the new Paperwhite from the seven new features listed, is the screen & the processor so that's two proper updates. Of the seven newly listed features three are simply software updates that could be integrated into your current Paperwhite - let's see if that happens. The other four are screen related & then the 25% faster processor.
So they've fix the screen & the new Kindle has a 25% faster processor for faster device feedback resulting in a "seamless reading experience" sounds pretty good. Although I've never saw or heard any complaints about input feedback or device responsiveness. In fact any reviews I've read already praised the speed of the devices feedback with most reviewers highlighting the onscreen keyboard as being lighting quick to demonstrate responsiveness . The screen on the other hand needed work & has been fixed, no more ugly shadows. So we now have the kindle that was originally promised & advertised, the one that peaked our interest, we now have that sharp, crisp, black & white screen that is finally flawless. We just have to buy it.
I'm I being ridiculous in expecting some sort of exchange program or even a discount of the new Paperwhite for us current owners who stuck with the device even though we knew it was flawed?
Shouldn't there be some sort of legacy support as the new Paperwhite effectively makes the original obsolete?
Ok this is my last comment on this issue. I really do appreciate all the responses from everybody some of you think I'm whining & I can see your point.
Gata de Luna made some decent comments & some of you made me feel like I wasn't completely nuts so thank you for that lol.
Wherever you stand on this issue Amazon have released a new kindle & I just wanted to note:
The new PW offers very little in improvements, the majority of the update is software related & could be applied to the present PW just as easily as the new one. The addition of the 25% faster processor effectively lets you turn the pages of your books 25% faster & in my opinion is nonsense, just something for the feature list. The only reason anybody currently with a PW would update would be for an improved screen especially if you encountered like I did the halo issue. Some of us who ordered the original PW felt disappointed with the screen, I at least felt disappointed that the unique selling point for the device (the screen) wasn't all that it was made out to be. Amazon did admit after customers gave them feedback that there were issues with the screen & updated the kindle page with information regarding the issue so fair enough.
If they haven't fixed/improved the halo issue:
I honestly don't see the point of the new release, a 25% increase in performance in a e-reader isn't a selling point (for me at least) these devices aren't tablets. People buy these things so they can read with as little distraction as possible & the e-ink screens.
If they have indeed fixed/improved the halo issue:
I really do hope that they have fixed/improved it & it's finally flawless I can't wait to be able to enjoy it.
I just feel that I'm being enticed by a feature I thought I was already getting with the original PW.
Thanks for reading :-)
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