Kindle is traditionally minimalist in appearance. The plastic case looks solid, the bezel with the screen is inserted on the back, which also covers the sides. The reader is slim and almost weightless, weighing only 213 g (221 for the 3G version). It cannot be compared to tablets. The case uses soft touch plastic, the front panel is smooth.
There is a large Kindle logo embossed on the back and service information on the bottom. A small bulge at the bottom hides a microUSB connector and a small locking key. There is also a hidden LED that signals charging and turning on the device. There are no other controls, the touchscreen is responsible for everything.
Basically, the Kindle Paperwhite is just a “better” version of the Kindle Touch. In which they simply removed all the shortcomings of the previous version, except maybe the hardware buttons to turn the pages, if you missed them. The resolution has been increased, some “turbidity” of the screen has been eliminated, the letters have become more contrasting, and the background – whiter. Although I won’t go into saying for sure if it has really turned whiter or if this effect is achieved through the backlighting. Indeed, even at zero level, the LEDs operate at minimum power.
The backlighting is achieved by a thin transparent layer on the screen and four LEDs that shine in its end, distributing the light almost evenly over the surface of the screen. Almost, because unevenness is still visible in the lower part. But she hardly bothers. The backlight is adjustable over a wide range, there are 25 gradations. At the most, it is excellent to read during the day on the street, the screen is white. Indoors, evening or night can be removed so as not to strain your eyes. Unfortunately, there is no automatic adjustment.
The sensitivity of the touchpad is excellent. The screen is not easily dirty, there are hardly any fingerprints on it. For its safety, you can of course buy a touch case, as some users complain about scratches. On the other hand, others speak of their absence even while carrying the reader in a bag. So everything is very individual. The speed of updating information on the screen while scanning has also increased compared to the previous generation of Amazon readers. But if you compare with the Kindle 5, there is a rough parity. Although the difference in contrast and display resolution is obvious, of course.
What’s great about the Paperwhite besides the display is the interface. At Amazon, it seems someone has realized that minimalism is awesome, but you don’t have to go overboard. There are beautiful things. The books are not displayed as a list, but also as covers, you can organize them into collections, search by authors, etc.
Those who are used to the line-by-line display can choose it in the settings. While reading, progress is displayed not only in percentages or pages, but also in the remaining time. Kindle roughly analyzes your reading speed and shows how much is left until the end of a chapter or the entire book. Much clearer than conventional pages. As I wrote above, all control is based on touching the screen.
The right area scrolls the page forward, the left side scrolls back. By pressing the lower part you can toggle the reading progress display, and at the top – call up settings. To see the translation of a word, you need to click on it and hold it for a few seconds. The font size, by the way, can be changed with a two-finger “pinch” without going into settings. a word, you need to click on it and hold it for a few seconds.
The font size, by the way, can be changed with a two-finger “pinch” without going into settings. a word, you need to click on it and hold it for a few seconds. The font size, by the way, can be changed with a two-finger “pinch” without going into settings.
Like all Kindle devices, the Paperwhite only reads its own proprietary formats, namely MOBI, AZW, AZW3, as well as standard TXT, DOC, and PDF formats. I can’t say this is a big deal, as making MOBI from common FB2 and EPUB is a matter of a few minutes with the Caliber program or one of the many online converters. The books are downloaded inside from a USB drive (standard mass storage is supported), in the same way that you can add third-party dictionaries.
You can also email the file to an address like [email protected]and it will appear on the player after it appears on the Wi-Fi network or immediately, in the case of 3G versions. Also, a cool “trick” of all Kindles is the support of these readers by many delayed reading services. For example, readability allows you to send an interesting article to Kindle with just one click from the browser, so that you can read it offline.
It will appear in the device cleanly formatted as text and images, without advertisements and all third party information on the site. Of course, the device has several “buts”. Branded accessories are expensive, the cover will cost over .png “src =” https://en.noticiasgadgets.com/ media / files / u1 / 2010/08 / gagadget_award_recommended.png “/>
PSA small poscript of the author personally. When testing on Twitter, I was often asked if it was worth picking up the Paperwhite or, better, the usual fifth Kindle. I myself faced such a choice, because I was finally ripe to buy a reading room.
And in the end I settled on Kindle 5. Let me explain why. For me, the hardware paging keys turned out to be more important and the price difference is almost double. And I read mostly at home, where there is no problem with the light. But, at the same time, I advise everyone to take Paperwhite, if the budget allows. The best display, built-in backlighting and convenience of working with dictionaries make it worth it.