The Kindle Paperwhite 3G, 6″ is a nice little e-reader to rekindle a person’s love for reading. Even though the Paperwhite is small and compact, you are not losing anything when it comes to quality. The lighting system and touch screen have only been improved with this model. When you hold this kindle in your hand, you get a real “book like” experience.
The reading experience that you get with the display screen is pretty good. It is crisp, clean, and a better quality of the fonts. This is a major improvement than the previous versions of e-Ink Kindle. If you like to read in bed at night, you can do it with ease with the lighting on the display. An additional light is not needed, so you won’t disturb your partner.
For example, if you live with someone who prefers to watch TV when the room is dark, you can read on your kindle without eye-strain while your partner watches TV or is sleeping next to you. If you use the friendly skies often, it comes in handy on the plane at night. You will be able to see a full page of text with no problems.
When you are reading an e-book with Kindle 3G, you will find yourself getting excited about turning the pages on this device. Turning the pages forwards or backwards is as easy as 1-2-3. What you do is tap your thumb on the screen as you hold the Kindle or you can use your finger to swipe the page in either direction.
Navigating through the menu structure of the Paperwhite is just as easy. All you do is touch the top portion of the screen. This is where you can quickly get to the keyboard, read the table of contents, and access the menu.
If you want to surf the Internet, you will get the same experience as you would other models of the Kindle. If you enjoy getting your news from mobile websites like CNN or Fox News, these sites pop right up on the Paperwhite. I found that checking your e-mail accounts can be a bit difficult but this does not matter to me since I mainly got this e-reader for reading. I have other devices for that.
If you have used the Kindle Keyboard or the Kindle Touch, they are OK but the reading experience you get from the Paperwhite is so much better. I say this because the display screen is really crisp and clear adjusting the contrast for the display can be adjusted easily with two taps of your finger.
You can darken or lighten it without having to fiddle around with the navigation menu. The Paperwhite has 8 font sizes like the previous models but now there are six typefaces. The Publisher font allows you to use the embedded font the book publisher’s use. Furthermore, along with the added fonts, you can adjust margins and line-spacing. This allows you to read e-books more easily, especially if they are formatted poorly when you download them.
The menu system has improved since Kindle Touch. Instead of using the basic list display of your books, the Paperwhite uses a graphical display of the book covers you have just like the Kindle Fire. But it will only display 3 book covers. The reason for this is because Amazon reserves the second row for its recommendations, a clever marketing ploy.
If you own over a 1000 books, you can store them on the Amazon Cloud drive. This is free and easy to do. Kindle Collections comes with the KIndle Paperwhite to help you store and organize all of your e-books into specific genres, subjects, and authors. The way the collections are displayed are shown as a list. Even after you move your books into a collection, each book will still be shown on the list. I would have preferred them to be filed using a system where the books are sorted into a collection; and when you open a particular collection folder, only those books will display not your entire library!
The display screen of the Kindle Paperwhite really sets it apart from all the previous models of the Kindle. The display is really nice. It has improved contrast and resolution. It is sharper and uses a front-lit technology with a built-in light, and the e-Ink display has been improved. All Kindles use an e-Ink display that is supposed to mimic real text. Even though people don’t buy a Kindle to look at images; they are even sharper as well.
The lighting on the Kindle Paperwhite functions better than on an iPad or a Nook. The lighting is even and it doesn’t hurt your eyes at all. You can spend hours reading if you wanted to. You will have no problem reading in bright light. The lighting system is customizable because you have 24 levels to choose from. You can change the level very easily without having to toggle through different menus. The screen itself is soft on the eyes and very easy to read.
I could go on and on about how great this handy e-reader is but we both have other things to do. The Kindle Paperwhite is perfect for the person who enjoys reading whether it is at home, school, or on a break at work. It is not for someone who is looking to download scores of music since all of the Mp3 and audio features are no longer there. So, listening to audio books is out of the question.