Last month Amazon had announced that it would start shipping it’s brand new e-reader Amazon Kindle Paperwhite on 4th of Feb and as promised has started shipping all the pre-booked e-readers to customers. Apart from this Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is now available in 250 retail outlets across India i.e., Croma, Reliance Digital, E-Zone, and Vijay Sales stores to name a few. You may also order it online on Amazon.in website.
The new version on Amazon’s flagship e-reader brings a host of new features like improved built in light which is actually responsible for back light of the screen and helps reduce strain on your eyes while reading your favorite book. A higher contrast ratio in this device is responsible for better readability and color reproduction. We get 2 variants for Amazon’s second generation slate first is only WiFi enabled while the second one works seamlessly both on a 3G network as well as a WiFi connection. A high contrast display translates to higher reflectivity thus giving it a look similar to a good old physical book.
Kindle Paperwhite weights 206 grams compared to the 222 grams of it’s predecessor and it’s dimensions are 169 x 117 x 9.1 mm, with a 6-inch capacitive touchscreen(pixel density of 221 ppi) as was seen with the previous version. This new e-reader also boasts of a 25% faster processor which results in faster e-book opening and smoother scrolling. Another new feature by the name “Kindle Page Flip” has been introduced which allows the customer skim page-by-page, scan by chapter, or skip to the end of your book, all without losing their place.
You also get access to Amazon’s cloud storage service which can be used to store e-books purchased online. New Kindle Paperwhite has 2 GB of on board storage and can carry around 1,100 e-books at a time. The new Kindle Paperwhite comes with an integrated battery which takes around 4 hours to charge fully and lasts up to eight weeks of limited use.
Using it’s “Goodreads” service users can share anything worth reading with their friends. However this is functional only on a WiFi connection. Another good functionality we found is “Vocabulary Builder” which basically picks up and compiles the words which you look up in dictionary into a list. This list later on can be used as instant flash cards to improve your vocabulary.
Users can also share their reads within social circles on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Apart from this Kindle Paperwhite comes with parental control which restricts children’s access to Kindle Store, Cloud Storage etc.
The series price starts at Rs. 10,999 for WiFi variant, while WiFi+3G version sets you back by Rs. 13,999.
- 6 inch high contrast touchscreen
- pixel density of 221 ppi
- 2GB of on board memory
- Cloud storage for Amazon content
- can store around 1,100 e-books
- Battery life of 8 hours
- Connectivity: 3G, Wi-Fi