Amazon released a fresh Kindle Paperwhite in July and the tech specs are basically the same as the 2015 edition, except this model is available in white. Tradtionally Amazon has always released e-readers that are black and now that a white one is lightly accessible in North America and Europe many people are wondering if the fresh white bod hinders or enhances the e-book reading practice. Our review will look at the hardware, software and see if the fresh color makes a difference.
The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Trio has a e-ink Carta display screen with a resolution of 1430?1080 and 300 PPI. This device has a sunken screen, whereas the Oasis and Voyage both have flush screens and bezels. This is one of the big reasons why the Paperwhite is affordable at $119.
This e-reader has a front-lit display, that permits you to illuminate the screen so you can read in the dark. It has four LED lights that power the front-lit display, whereas the Voyage has six and the Oasis Ten.
Underneath the fetish mask is a 1 GHZ processor and 512 MB of RAM. There is Four GB of internal storage and the majority of your content will be held in the cloud. There is certainly enough space to have a thousand e-books on your device at any given time. Amazon does not include SD cards in their modern e-readers so you will not be able to increase the memory beyond Four GB.
Does the fresh white color make a difference? I noticed that the white bezel makes the screen look more grey than the black model. I don’t know if this phenomenon in indicative to just the revised Paperwhite because the Kindle Basic 2016 model has the same problem.
The home screen and overall design of the UI were strenuously revised last year with an all-new typesetting engine that lays out words just as the author intended for beautiful rendering of pages. With improved character spacing and the addition of hyphenation, justification, kerning, ligatures, and drop cap support. There is also support for larger font sizes without compromising your reading practice. Page layout and margins will automatically adapt to work well at even the largest font sizes.
Amazon doesn’t control the digital book market because it makes good hardware, but it has software elements that no rival can match. X-Ray is a fine example because it permits you to get a sense of the people, places and things in a book and how often they are referenced. This is tremendously useful for people who bounce numerous books at once or come back to a book that they put down for a few months and leave behind who all the characters are.
Amazon also has Wordwise, which basically gives you a list of synonyms and homonyms in a book, good for learning a fresh language. If you normally share your e-reader with numerous family members, Family Sharing permits you to share the same content using different Amazon accounts. You can also take advantage of the translate capability by tapping any word or highlight a section to instantly translate it into other languages, including Spanish, Japanese, and more. Translations are provided by Bing Translator and you can even do it with PDF files, which is totally awesome.
Likely one of the thickest selling points is the social book discovery site, GoodReads. Placed right on the navigation bar you can talk about your dearest books with a community geared towards discussion and reviews. You can form or join a book club and bring a little bit of socialization to a otherwise solitary reading practice. You can go after your dearest authors and ask them questions, sometimes they even do community Q/A’s. One of the features I like is how you can import in your Kindle collection and GoodReads will make solid recommendations.
The 2016 Kindle Paperwhite has a font that was exclusively developed to make reading on a Kindle much more intuitive. Bookerly has substituted Caecilia as the fresh default font their e-readers, tablets and Amazons fleet of apps. Bookerly is a serif style of font that has been custom-made by Amazon to be as readable across as many different types of screens as possible. Like Google’s Literata. Bookerly is meant to address many of the aesthetic issues surrounding e-book fonts.
Does Bookerly make a big difference while reading an e-book? According to Amazon’s internal tests, that means it’s about 2% lighter on the eye. That may seem like a petite improvement, but spread that 2% across millions of Kindle users and billions of pages of e-reading, and it all starts to add up. In real world conditions tho’, this font is a big improvement. There are fewer large spaces inbetween words, something that has been my bane for awhile, but in order for it to indeed shine Amazon needs to launch their fresh typesetting engine.
I wish Amazon had included their fresh Ember font, which tends to eliminate weird spacing issues inbetween words and paragraphs, but right now Ember is only available on the Oasis and Voyage.
Like all Kindles, Amazon has their own proprietary format that makes other e-books from other companies incompatible. For example, if you buy something from Barnes and Noble or Kobo, they use EPUB which cannot be loaded or read. This is somewhat of a mixed bliss, Amazon could laser concentrate on providing a fine reading practice and make dramatic improvements, while the EPUB format languishes.
Reading on the Kindle is good, there are enough options to optimize your practice but doesn’t overburden with a ton of advanced features. You can adjust the margins, line spacing, choose inbetween 7 fonts and have superb control over the size of them. There are Three different tabs that all of these options, which is a welcome switch, since in the latest past all of these settings were on a single menu.
The vast majority of the e-readers on the market are jet black and they all look similar. The Kindle Paperwhite 2016 white edition bucks the trend and right now this model and the B&N Nook Glowlight Plus are the only two presently being sold.
I would recommend this device to anyone who wants to stand out in a crowd and doesn’t want to break the bank doing it. You can buy this right now from Amazon for $119 and many times a year Amazon discounts it.
Solid Front-Lit Display
The Bookerly font makes e-book reading more intuitive
X-Ray, Whispersync, Flashcards etc.
Screen looks more grey then prior models
No SD Card
PDF practice is lacking
I read the article and had no comments since «tech specs are basically the same as the 2015 edition, except this model is available in white» and well…
I will add this for a comment however since I have been triggered. This is now the beginning of the end of innovation for eReaders from Amazon and given they are by far the largest purchaser of e-ink screen displays, the resulting technology advancement curve will slow down.
Gravely, an entire year, and the only substantive switch is the color of «white»… No competitors, so this is the natural result.
While you are making an effort for innovation, it ultimately comes down to the display and I do not see the competitive drive for color e-ink displays which would truly enable the next generation.
If B&N had of managed the Nook business decently, we the consumer, would already have the very first generation e-ink color devices(Magazines, Manga, Visual Novels, Text Books…).
In my prior comment of a few weeks ago for a Board presentation, add that to the list for a Vision that can drive employees and investors to believe in the Nook again.
Innovation will never come from suppliers, it comes from the purchasers setting a vision with objectives and negotiating joint investments to achieve those goals.
Without Nook as a counter-weight to Amazon, E Ink Corp is not going to do it on their own. Just no reason.
Visual novels, high growth, ideal for the fresh color e-ink displays.
Bold vision, audacity of hope(nevermind that one) that energizes an organization is what is needed here. Practical moonshots as it were.