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Initial post: Nov 10, 2012 3:02:49 PM PST
S. Schmidt says:
How many of you really like your Paperwhite? Would you choose PW over the basic Kindle? I have the basic and I really don't like any of the lights I have tried. Is the PW better?
Thanks - I really enjoy reading all your comments. I'm a senior citizen new to Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 3:08:00 PM PST
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The Blade says:
I love my PW. I have a K1 & a KK as well, and the PW is far superior to either.

I didn't think that I'd like the touch screen, but I do and there are several new, cool features (like time left in chapter/book) that are fantastic. You'll find that a lot of us in these fora are senior citizens, whether we like to admit it or not, so you're not alone in that.

Best of luck making your decision.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 3:14:35 PM PST
I really liked the basic kindle but I love the Paperwhite. The time left in chapter is a feature I never knew I needed.
The light is so much easier for those of us with eye issues.

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 3:14:57 PM PST
Captain says:
Also a senior who was new to Kindle when I bought a used Kindle Touch in Sept. Screen was too dim for me, gave it to one of my kids. Just received my paperwhite yesterday and it's perfect. Since the one with lighting is available you will always wonder if you get one without. You never have to worry about illumination and to me that's important. Also I bought and downloaded a book a little while ago, took about two seconds for the download. This thing is super fast. Great build quality. You won't regret it.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 3:16:11 PM PST
S. Schmidt says:
Thnx, I think I will get the PW and give my basic to my 11 yr old granddaughter. I'll have to learn how to delete everything on it, but she's a bright kid and can probably do it for me!!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 3:18:18 PM PST
Or you can keep it as a spare.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 3:31:11 PM PST
B. Marks says:
I have the Basic Kindle and I liked it just fine till I got the Paperwhite. Now there's no going back. I'm using the Basic to loan books to my neighbor since I doubt I'll be using it anymore.

I also don't like book lights much. I've tried 3 of them and they're all okay but they take the fun and simplicity out of reading. I generally used a lamp behind my favorite reading chair but I'd have to stop reading when I get up for some reason and I always had to find an optimal location for reading.

With the PW I have the light set pretty low, generally between about 4 and 7, and it looks a little better in normal light than the Kindle Basic. When I get up and walk around I can carry the PW with me and just keep on reading. If I get into a dark area I can still read, although not as well. If I want to stay in a darker area for a while I turn the light up a bit.

Generally I prefer decent room light and the light turned low on the PW. I doubt I'll ever really enjoy reading in the dark for more than a minute or two at a time. The rea difference is that now I don't have to care much about the quality of the room light. I just read.

I'm 72 years old and I well remember those long reading sessions where it would begin to get darker and darker in the room and I'd just keep on reading till it was very dark and I'd have to stop. I can't do that anymore but this gets me closer to that than I've been in decades.

The Kindle was a great idea and the Paperwhite is Amazon getting it right.

Oh yeah, to answer your question, I really like my Paperwhite. :)


In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 3:40:34 PM PST
GnomeEd says:
Just reset it to factory settings before/if you give it to her

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 3:46:44 PM PST
Just Peachy says:
Love it!
Love the light (that I didn't think I needed). Love the "time left to read" (that I didn't think I needed).
Love the touch screen, the built-in translator.
Learning to use X-ray and like it.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 3:47:25 PM PST
Just Peachy says:
Same here about the time left. I'm getting really used to that and not sure how I can go back to my KK that doesn't tell me how long is left in the chapter or book.

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 5:23:32 PM PST
R. D. Clark says:
I have a Basic and K3, but I find myself unable to stop using my PaperWhite. I really, really like the Basic, particularly its lightness and how easy it is to hold, but the PW just seems more comfortable to my eyes. I'm 61 and my eyesight is bad, but not horrible. Only one eye can focus on reading material without glasses, which I don't like to wear in bed when reading in case I fall asleep; it just seems easier to read the PW with that one eye using its internal light than to read the Basic with an external light.

But of course, everybody's different, and the Basic is a really nice e-reader.

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 5:46:38 PM PST
I love my PW! :-) While I wish it had retained the larger memory of my past two Kindles (Touch and before that the K3 keyboard), I love the new features. Especially the front lit screen. I went to the movies this week and they no longer keep the theatres lit before the movies and it was great to read on the PW before the film without having to use an external light.

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 6:07:17 PM PST
K. Howard says:
I LOVE my PW!!!!! I still have my Kindle Keyboard, but have trouble with it rebooting frequently because I've got so much on it. Wish the PW had more storage, but it's easy to pull stuff out of the cloud. It's a perfect size, and I'm thrilled with the light and how it's adjustable. I didn't think I'd like the touchscreen, but I'm very pleased. Its texture doesn't show fingerprints. It's very easy to categorize books, and downloads very quickly. And the PW case from Amazon is totally worth it - love that it turns my device on and off!

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 6:14:25 PM PST
L. Curtis says:
Well, I guess I'll be the odd man out and say that I still like my basic Kindle best. I tried the PW and couldn't deal with the color splotches and the uneven lighting. The LED lights are very visible and too bright across the bottom and left hand side. I returned it.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 6:24:55 PM PST
My first one was like that but the replacement is fine.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 6:38:57 PM PST
Sarida says:

I'm a grandma. I've had the Kindle Keyboard for 18 months now. I love it!

Interestingly enough, I went to Staples today and found myself alone at the Kindle counter - FINALLY. Usually, it is too crowded.

Between the basic and the Paperwhite, I'd pick the basic. NOW, for someone who has never used a Kindle before, I'd say the Paperwhite is the way to go. I think the learning curve is a bit higher on the PW. I picked up the basic and used it instantly, but then I'm used to the KK.

The Paperwhite wasn't as responsive as I would prefer, but it was a demo, so it could be well worn, and again, it could be user error on my part.

It was impossible to try out the lighting setting in the store. There was no way to have a realistic test of the Paperwhite with those overhead lights.

So as a first time user, I'd suggest the Paperwhite, and if you have wi-fi, save your money and don't get the 3G. Don't worry about the special offers, either. They do not interfere with a thing.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 6:46:08 PM PST
S. Kessler says:
I love the Peperwhite. I much prefer touch screens to the button navigation, as in the basic Kindle. And the lighted screen is great.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 6:46:50 PM PST
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The responsiveness was definitely something going on with that unit.

I have determined how to place my thumb on the bezel so I use the exact same movement for page turning as the kk. I have RA so am acutely aware of finger joints.

I was hesitant to order the pw since it did not have a button option but it has worked out much better than I thought it would. The touch screen is nothing like the kindle touch or phones I have used that have caused me problems.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 6:53:39 PM PST
Sarida says:
I think it is great that we have so many options. I think the black case bothered me, too since I'm so used to the graphite. It seemed boxy, compared to the dimensions of the KK. The Basic didn't so it was just my own visual perception along with the lights in the store.

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 7:30:30 PM PST
B. Marks says:
I like the black case of the PW. I do like having page turn buttons but that's a minor point. I'm fine with the touch screen for changing pages.

I just ordered the case for my PW. I'm not sure if I'll use it. I don't keep most of my devices in cases but I do like to have a case to use when I'm on the move.


In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 7:39:16 PM PST
Sarida says:
I carry my KK back and forth from work in a sleeve.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 8:26:47 PM PST
Nobody says:
Once you put it in the case (if you got the Amazon one), I doubt you'll want to be taking it out. It's not easy.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 8:37:36 PM PST
Dorsie says:
There's a trick to that. Put the Paperwhite face down, hold the case by the edges, and push with your thumbs from the back. It pops right out of the case. Of course, make sure there's something soft underneath.

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 8:40:35 PM PST
DinDC says:
I love the PW. Haven't picked up my KK since I got the PW. Love the size, touch screen, and light.

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 9:34:34 PM PST
Arual says:
I still prefer my Keyboard, with it's manual buttons, over a touch screen - it goes with me everywhere else. But at bedtime, the Paperwhite can't be beat. The light is SO GREAT. I used to use an M-edge booklight, and that was okay, but I had to keep adjusting the hot spot. No problems anymore!
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