My family gave me an Amazon Gift Card for my birthday, so I used it to get the Kindle PaperWhite. I have 'upgraded' from the Kindle Keyboard
, which I still find is a wonderful e-ink device; however, I was getting tired of having to use a book-light for bedtime reading, and was intrigued by the PaperWhite's built-in light and touch screen.
The light is wonderful for reading, even with adequate room lighting. In the complete dark, with the light set at about 8, bed time reading is a pleasure. I have NO 'problems' with shadowing or abnormal colors reported by some PaperWhite users. My lighting is even and screen-wide. Being able to adjust the light to different levels, as well as being able to customize the font type and size, has allowed me to read even longer than before, because I have literally no eyestrain.
One thing I noticed right away is how crisp and perfect the text looks on the screen. This is a noticeable and welcome difference from the Kindle Keyboard, though I never had a problem with the text on the KK.
I, at first, felt a little awkward turning the 'pages' of my books, because having had the Kindle Keyboard for two years, my fingers kept 'looking' for the page turn buttons. Now, after having used the PaperWhite for a few days, I find just lightly tapping the screen to turn the 'page' very easy and it has now become second nature. There is no effort; I just use my left thumb. I do not miss those 'page turn' buttons at all now.
Using the features such as the dictionary and highlighting is much improved with the PaperWhite compared to the Kindle Keyboard--NO SCROLLING with a cursor! Looking up the definition of a word is instantaneous, and hardly disrupts the story as much as having to scroll down to the word did with the Kindle Keyboard. The ease of tapping, holding, and swiping along the desired text I want to highlight has caused me to make more highlights, too, because it is just so easy to do, in an instant.
I like how I can customize the Home screen. The first thing I did was 'hide' Recommendations, and set my books to 'List View'. The 'Cover View' is nice to look at, but 'List View' works better for me.
Because I am almost always near a WiFi network, I chose to get the WiFi-only PaperWhite model. Though the 3G sounds very nice, I could not justify the extra cost for my situation. Also because I'm almost always near a WiFi network, I choose to keep about 20 items on my PaperWhite at a time. With a quick turning on of WiFi, I can add books I have previously purchased, or purchase new material. I so dislike clutter. I love that I can create Collections though. I only have four--'Pending to Read', 'Finished', 'References', and 'Samples'. The items I am currently reading all show up under the Collections listed, and all appear on page one on the Home screen. Perfect!
I chose to get the PaperWhite WITHOUT Special Offers because I have Special Offers on my Kindle Fire 2nd Generation. I DO like having them; I have saved a lot of money taking advantage of the Offers on my Kindle Fire; I just don't need them on both devices, so I decided to not get them on the PaperWhite. I find the Screensaver screen images to be tasteful, yet unassuming; though I hardly ever see them because I have my PaperWhite in the Amazon Kindle PaperWhite Royal Purple Leather Cover
that wakes the PaperWhite when the front cover is opened.
I do recommend that one choose a cover with their PaperWhite. I find the one I got very protective, and also makes the PaperWhite a little more 'bulky', making the PaperWhite easier to hold while reading.
I, at first, disliked that 'Airplane Mode' (to turn on or off WiFi) had you first go to 'Menu' then to 'Settings', but if you choose the 'Shopping Cart' (Kindle Store) or selected 'Sync & Check For New Items' or 'Sync to Furthest Page Read', or use the 'X-Ray' feature, the PaperWhite will prompt you to connect to WiFi, with a pop-up window to connect, so that helps. It would be nicer if one could access WiFi/Wireless with less steps. This is a very minor issue though.
Do note that the Kindle PaperWhite does not have any audio capabilities, if you need text-to-speech or own audio books. I don't miss that; my Kindle Keyboard and Kindle Fire have audio capabilities for my audio book needs.
To those who do not already have a wall charger, I recommend getting one. I had one from the Kindle Keyboard, (Kindle US Power Adapter
) so that works fine for me. Most cell/smart phone chargers will work with the PaperWhite, as long as it has the micro USB plug on the end plugging into the PaperWhite. I also noticed that the PaperWhite charged, when hooked to my computer via USB, from about half-charged to fully charged, in about an hour. I wasn't paying too much attention to how long it took, but was surprised that it was fully charged when I disconnected.
The other accessory I purchased with the PaperWhite was the Service Net 2-Year Protection Plan plus Accident Coverage for Kindle Paperwhite, US customers only
I would just rather be safer than sorry, though I do tend to treat my electronic items with kid gloves.
All-in-all, I am very happy with my PaperWhite. I highly recommend the Kindle PaperWhite as either your first purchase of an e-ink device, or as a replacement for or an upgrade from other models of Kindles.