Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (10th Generation) WiFi Detailed Review
When the name of a device or company becomes synonymous with a product category, you know that the device or company has become very successful in that category. For example, people usually say Xerox instead of photocopy, iPod instead of MP3 player and of course Kindle instead of e-book reader. There are a few ebook readers available in India, but when you talk to people about ebook readers, chances are they will use the word Kindle in the conversation. Today we bring with us the update to one of the most popular Kindle devices, the Kindle Paperwhite. The new Paperwhite brings twice as much storage space as its predecessor, is waterproof and has twice as much storage space as its predecessor. Is it worth the upgrade?
In the box
In the box you get the Kindle Paperwhite along with a charging cable and the quick start guide. That is it. If you need a case (and I recommend it), you’ll have to invest in it separately.
Key specs at a glance
Storage: 8GB (32GB variant available)
Screen size: 6 inch
Waterproof: Yes – IPX8
4G: Only in the 32GB variant
Weight: Wi-Fi – 182g, Wi-Fi + Free 4G: 191g
Price: 8GB variant – Rs 12,999. 32GB variant – Rs 17,999
No support for 5GHz Wi-Fi
Build and design
Compact and sturdy are the first things that come to mind when you hold the new Kindle Paperwhite. The e-reader has a plastic back with a rubber finish that makes it easy to hold. On the front you have the 6-inch screen, with thick bezels all around and in the race to make devices less bezel, I’m glad the Paperwhite has bezels as it makes the Kindle easier to hold for extended reading. It is not very heavy and even fits in a jacket pocket. At the bottom you have the microUSB port along with the power button and that’s it.
The screen feels like it can withstand more than a few scratches and over the week I’ve been using it I haven’t scratched the screen. That said, I highly recommend keeping it in a case for longevity. When it comes to design, the new Paperwhite is indistinguishable from its predecessor, which is certainly not a bad thing. You’ll be using the touchscreen display to turn the pages and I wish it had the page turners on the bezel like the Kindle Voyage. I’m not sure how this would have affected the cost of the device, but it would have been nice to have.
The biggest change with the new Paperwhite is that it is waterproof. It has an IPX8 rating, which means it can survive up to 60 minutes in water 2 meters deep. If you’re someone who takes this to the pool or likes to read in the bath, you can rest assured that it won’t spoil if accidentally dropped into water.
The Paperwhite 2018 looks and feels like its predecessor, with water resistance being the biggest change.
The 6-inch Kindle Paperwhite has a fantastic e-ink display. It’s clear and bright and that’s what matters. The 6-inch screen has a pixel density of 300 ppi and 5 LEDs for a bright, unified reading experience. There is no light sensor to automatically adjust the brightness, which is a shame. So if you’re going from reading in the sunlight to the darkness of your bedroom, you’ll have to manually adjust the brightness. One feature translated from its more expensive siblings is the ability to invert the black and white colors. This is a feature that many will appreciate as it helps with reading in the dark.
The Kindle has a touchscreen that is very responsive without any lag. The QWERTY keyboard layout to search for books, enter your Wi-Fi password, etc. is comfortable to type on and responsive to touch.
Overall, the display of the new Kindle Paperwhite is a joy to read. The pixel density makes the text sharp, the brightness works well for reading in sunlight and pitch dark. Being able to invert black and white colors is a nice option for those who want it and overall the Kindle Paperwhites screen is functional for what it’s supposed to do, give a good reading experience.
Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Oasis
If you’ve used the Voyage of the Oasis (red our review of the Oasis here) in the past, then you should feel at home with the user interface. On the home screen, you’ll see three of your books, along with a row of recommendations at the bottom. You can access your entire library of Amazon Kindle books or view the locally stored books or navigate the store to buy a new book. You can also log into your goodreads account to keep track of which books and genres you like.
When reading a book, you can simply select a word to see what it means, use Amazon’s X-Ray feature to identify characters in the book, and more. Simply put, it’s easier to have the Kindle with you than a physical book, dictionary, and encyclopedia about the series you’re reading (Game of Thrones anyone?)
The Kindle Paperwhite also comes with 8 GB of storage instead of 4 GB (which was on the previous generation). Of the 8GB, about 6GB is available for use, which is a lot. You can carry thousands of books with only 6GB of available space, so don’t worry about that.
Audible support, but unfortunately not in India
One of the biggest additions to the new Kindle Paperwhite is support for Audible audiobooks. If you have an Audible audiobook, you can connect a pair of Bluetooth headphones to the new Paperwhite and listen to it. Unfortunately, the feature is not active in India, which is a shame. This is pretty sad Amazon has officially launched support for Audible in India and this could have been an ideal move to launch Audible with Kindle in India. The company has done the same with the Oasis – removed audible support in India at the launch of the reader.
Being an e-book reader, we can expect some crazy long battery life for the device. Amazon says the device can be used for weeks, and we agree. Read about an hour a day and based on the brightness of the device you can easily last 3 to 4 weeks.
If you want to buy a Kindle, you can choose from three options. You have priced the entry-level Kindle at Rs 5,999. Then you have the new Paperwhite which is priced at Rs 12,999. The older generation Kindle Paperwhite is available online, but Amazon says they will only sell it while supplies last. The previous generation Paperwhite costs Rs 10,999. At the top we have the Kindle Oasis. Priced at Rs 21,999, the Oasis brings a plethora of features that you can read about in our in-depth review. here† So if you are looking for an e-reader, these are your three options from the Kindle umbrella. The question is which one is right for you? Honestly, the Paperwhite is the way to go. If water resistance isn’t important to you, you may want to get your hands on the previous generation version before it sells out. But if you like to spend a long weekend in the bath with a good book or read at the beach, the new Paperwhite is a good choice. It has a good screen, amazing battery life and some of the features of its more expensive sibling. However, the absence of Audible is a bummer. We only wish Amazon had kept the price of the new Paperwhite the same as its predecessor.