Kindles are improbable little gadgets, however I used to be staunchly towards them till lately. “How may you hand over actual books?” I screamed into the void. Then I attempted the Oasis, and out of the blue I used to be hooked. After studying with the brand new Paperwhite Signature Version, I can confidently verify that Amazon’s newest replace to their beloved ereader continues to be nice.
Nothing compares to the texture of flipping by way of bodily pages, however I’ve spent some huge cash on books. Not all of them have been good. They sit, half-read, gathering mud on a bookshelf and getting moved from residence to residence. It is good to have the ability to spend much less on ebooks or test them out free of charge from the library with out leaving my home.
The Paperwhite has all the time been the midlevel improve within the Kindle household—higher than the essential Kindle, however not as feature-packed because the expensive Oasis. With its first replace since 2018, it has become three fashions of its personal: the usual Paperwhite ($140), the Signature Version ($190), and a children model ($160). I examined the Signature Version right here, however I included info on how all three examine. Costs differ relying on whether or not or not you might have advertisements, so learn the Amazon web page carefully earlier than trying out.
The display on the 2021 Paperwhite is bigger, at 6.8 inches over 2018’s 6 inches. The bezels are additionally smaller, lower than half an inch from the highest and sides. The display will get extra room total, and the entire thing appears a little bit extra subtle. In comparison with the Oasis, the Paperwhite is taller, and since it would not have the page-turn buttons, it is not as extensive, so it is easy to palm for one-handed studying. The matte backing helps to stop slippage, too. (The Oasis nonetheless has a barely bigger, 7-inch display.)
All three of the brand new Paperwhites get adjustable heat lighting—it will get tremendous orange at its brightest—and brighter screens total (10 % brighter, based on Amazon). Fortunately, e-ink screens do not harm your eyes the best way blue gentle out of your telephone does. Facet by aspect, it is not fairly as shiny because the Oasis, however it was nonetheless simple to learn, even outdoors. It additionally now has darkish mode, should you choose that.
Solely the Signature Version has the flexibility to auto-adjust brightness to the lighting round you, so you’ll be able to learn outdoors with out tinkering with settings each time the solar comes out from behind the clouds. At this level, auto-adjust ought to come commonplace on all screens with out having to pay extra for it.
The Paperwhites get sooner page-turn charges, which is noticeable and appreciated. There’s even an animation you’ll be able to activate that offers the slight impact of an actual web page turning. I believed I would hate it, however I did not. Nevertheless, there’s nonetheless an infuriating lag and a few display blinks whenever you scroll by way of menus. There’s additionally a delay between urgent a button and it registering. I hoped by now that form of lag would not exist, however it’s not a dealbreaker. I simply hope it will get addressed in a future replace.
The foremost upgrades that the Paperwhite will get are power-related. The Signature Version now has wi-fi charging capabilities. If you have already got a Qi charging pad, it ought to work, however Amazon lists these that don’t. It additionally has extra storage than the bottom mannequin, with 32 gigabytes as a substitute of 8 gigabytes. That is a major leap, particularly should you learn audiobooks. It is price noting, although, that you would be able to delete books off the Kindle and nonetheless entry them in your Amazon account.