So, after enjoying it for a little over a month, I thought it might be time to share my observations.
I was bubbly and excited when I first got it, as you might have read, here.
And now… weeks later…. drum roll, please ….
I still love it.
The Touch Screen
The touch screen is excellent. After my horrible experience with the Kindle Touch, I was very apprehensive. The Touch jumped all over the place, but happily, the Paperwhite does not.
A simple tap on the screen, and the page flips to the next one. Touch the far left of the screen to go back a page. It’s very intuitive. Makes sense.
To get the menu, you just tap the top of the screen and the menu appears. This is the spot to change your fonts, go to your home page, adjust your light, etc. Easily accessible and easy to use.
However, to turn this into the perfect e-reader, I would add real buttons on the sides to use to change the page as an alternative to the touch screen. An either-or kind of thing. Now, that would be perfect. Usually the touch screen feels right, but there are times (like on-the-side bed-reading or zip-lock-bag bath-reading) that the buttons would be preferable to the touch screen.
Just right. Love it.
The light is the reason that I bought the Paperwhite. It hasn’t disappointed me.
There is a lot of criticism to be found on the internet about the light, and this fuss is usually about the look of a smudge down at the bottom, in low light conditions.
Yes, there is a little smudge-like appearance at the bottom, and this has to do with the embedded light.
For some people this has been a deal breaker, but I have to say that I think they are being unfairly critical. The Paperwhite is an e-ink screen that is lit, NOT a back lit tablet screen. This is a very important distinction.
I am a night time reader. With my previous Kindle, I had to use a book light. This would mean bending and adjusting it to hit the screen perfectly. But no matter what I did, the screen was never lit uniformly (of course). The Paperwhite lit screen is a HUGE improvement, although on the lower light choices you might find some smear on the bottom of the screen. This does not impact reading at all.
Click here to go to the Amazon website to see the Paperwhite in low-light conditions, and you can see the smudge at the bottom. How the screen looks in different lighting conditions.
The light is adjustable, and I am delighted with that. You can turn it way down and this is just perfect at night. The soft lighting does not interfere with sleep at all.
In the daytime, if you turn the light all the way up, the page looks white (hence, the name of the device 🙂 ). If you turn it all the way down, it looks like the regular old e-ink screen.
Today I had a doctor appointment and brought along my Paperwhite to read in the waiting room. I opened it and started turning it to get the best light. You see, I had last read on it last night, in the dark, so the screen light was way way down low. The screen looked like a regular e-ink screen. Of course I quickly remembered that this is the Paperwhite, and I instantly turned up the light. Like magic, my page was white and perfect to read. Hard to explain, in that it doesn’t “look” lit, it just looks white. Lovely.
Battery life has been excellent. I read until it alerts me that it is getting low. Then I charge it fully. I honestly can’t even remember the last time I charged it.
The Not-that-Bad: A bit of smudging on the bottom in low light.
The I-Wish: It would be great to have hardware buttons to turn pages in addition to the touch screen.
The Good: The Kindle Paperwhite. It’s a great e-reader.