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Offline hewittst

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Kindle Paperwhite Review
« on: December 17, 2012, 05:41:50 AM »
This review was originally posted on my website.

Unlike the color tablets like the Kindle Fire, Amazons Kindle Paperwhite  is made solely for people who like to read books. For anyone who has owned an older version of the Kindle (or another ebook reader) the immediately obvious difference is that the Paperwhite screen is, well, whiter. The page looks more like a real paper page, thanks to the innovative way in which it lights the screen from above the reading surface, and the increased screen resolution.

The screen is matte (rather than reflective) so you dont get the glare that you typically experience on cell phones or tablets. The brightness of the screen is adjustable so you can read comfortably on the beach or in bed. The screen still has a certain glow to it, and we found the bottom of the screen was a bit patchy, but this is something youll probably get used to.

TIP: Unless you opt for the 3G version, you need to have access to a computer and a Wi-Fi connection in order to register and to download reading material. If you buy you device through your Amazon account, it will be automatically registered to you. If you receive it as a gift, or you dont have an account at Amazon, you will need to sign up, log in and register you Kindle in order to download books. (If you dont have a PC, or access to Wi-Fi, at home, you will need a friend who has!).

The Paperwhite is a touch-screen device, so there are no buttons to press (except for the on/off button). It can be charged by the supplied USB cable (connected to a computer), which will be fine for most people, but, if you dont have regular access to a PC, youll need to buy a Power Adapter , as the battery will only last up to 8 weeks (with Wi-Fi setting off) and in our experience its actually much less than this, but this depends of course on how much reading you do and how high the lighting is set.

 To turn the page you touch the right of the screen, or swipe across the screen, as with smart phones. Touching the left side takes you back a page, and to call up the toolbar and menu you just tap the top half inch of the screen. Tap the bottom inch or so of the screen to see how many pages you have read. The Paperwhite also displays an estimate of how long it will take you to finish the book

 The size and font of the text is adjustable, as are the line spacing and margins, so the Paperwhite is flexible and suited to anyone with near-sighted vision impairments. As already stated, this is a readers gadget; theres no multimedia, so audio books and MP3 music are a no-no. You are able to access the internet though (with Wi-Fi or 3G) for basic browsing - and shopping for books on Amazon of course.

Amazon says the Paperwhite only weighs 7 ounces, and weighs less than a typical paperback, but to us it feels heavy and a lot heavier than the old Kindle models. That said, its still easy to hold for long periods, and will accommodate 1000 books or more! You can store your Amazon purchases in the cloud for download when required.

 A dictionary is pre-loaded on the Kindle Paperwhite, with over 250,000 entries. You can instantly look up the definition of a word without ever leaving the book youre reading. This is a valuable tool for those learning a language and for students generally. Youre also able to highlight and share quotes via social networking sites. Another bonus for Amazon Prime members only, is access to borrow books, including the New York Times best sellers, for free!

 Its worth noting that Amazon offers a risk-free 30 day trial on the Kindle. If youre not 100% satisfied you can return your Kindle in new condition for a full refund. We dont think you will want to do this, as the Paperwhite is, for the time being at least, the best ebook reader on the market.

« Last Edit: December 17, 2012, 06:56:34 AM by Ann in Arlington »

Offline chenoweth

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Re: Kindle Paperwhite Review
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2012, 05:46:19 AM »
Where is the 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack?
"Q: Does the Kindle Paperwhite come with speakers or an audio out port?
A: No" (Amazon site Customer Reviews).
Lacks ability for Read-to-me text to speech audio.
"There's no headphone jack or loudspeaker for listening to audio books or playing background music" (Schofield 26Oct12).
   "Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite do not have speakers, a microphone, or audio features like Voice Guide, Text-to-Speech, MP3 music playback, or audiobook support. These models were designed to provide an optimal and economical visual reading experience" (Amazon New Kindles).
   "Amazon has taken away the headphone jack that meant you could listen to audio books on the Kindle. Not many people used it, Amazon has said" (Warman 15Nov12).
   "Its ditched its speakers and headphone jack, which means that it cant play digital music and Audible  audiobooks or use text-to-speech technology to narrate books in a voice that sounds like a Scandinavian cyborg. Amazon apparently concluded that people buy e-readers to, well, read." (McCracken 30Spt12).
   "There's no headphone jack on the ereader, and no internal speaker either. This stops you from being able to use the voice synthesis feature or MP3 player, "experimental" features in the Kindle line ever since the Kindle 3" (Williams 19Oct12).
Amazon site Customer Reviews
Amazon site New Kindles: Frequently Asked Questions
McCracken, Harry 30 Spt 2012 Time Tech "Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Review: The Screen Makes It the Best E-Reader Yet"
Schofield, Jack, Friday 26 October 2012 "Amazon Kindle Paperwhite review"
Warman, Matt Consumer Technology Editor 15 Nov 2012 The Telegraph "Kindle Paperwhite review"
Williams, Andrew 19 Oct 2012 Trusted Reviews "Amazon Kindle Paperwhite review"

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Re: Kindle Paperwhite Review
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2013, 07:27:24 AM »
Great I will consider buying one now.