I recently bought myself a gadget that I have been wanting for about 2 years now. I really wanted it but I either couldn’t afford it or I would come up with reasons not to buy it. Kindle Paperwhite WiFi only, no special features: This Kindle is of the 6th generation of Kindles. After owning it for just over 2 weeks, here is my Kindle Paperwhite unboxing and review.
The packaging was simple. I also got a cool cover for my kindle that fits nice and snug.
Why I love my Kindle:
The battery lasts ages! I charged mine the evening on the day that I got it (Friday 22nd May) and 17 days later, it gave me the “battery low” warning.
The E-ink display is amazing and refreshing. It has a matte screen. It looks just like paper and has no glare. No more eye strain! It has lights on the edges that shine light on to the screen kind of like how you would use a torch on a book at night. A phone or tablet will have a back light shining into your eyes. The comments and questions from people are funny! – Is that a page? Am I tripping? It looks like a page! Do you have to take that page off to see the screen? Why is there a piece of paper on your tablet?
Easy reading. You can change the fonts, line spacing, and margins. If you don’t understand a word, just highlight it and you’ll get the dictionary definition and Wikipedia entry. Words that you highlight, get saved in the Vocabulary builder section.
No distractions and saves space! I love that my Kindle is for books only and nothing else. I could read books on my laptop or phone or on a tablet but I don’t because: 1. It’s uncomfortable. 2. Reading on a those devices can quickly turn into a Facebook/Instagram session. It saves storage space when you don’t have a proper bookshelf or you have a very small room/house. It can hold over 1000 books on the device (based on average book size I think) plus amazon has cloud storage so you can move things from device to cloud to free up space.
X-Ray feature. Highlighting a character’s name will give you any available info of the character (so far I’ve just seen their full names and a notable quote). I think they only tell you what you need to know so far. You can also see how often a character, place, or idea is mentioned in the book.
Front-lit display. Instead of having a back-lit display that shines right into your eyes, the Kindle has a front-lit display where the light shines on to the screen. I love that I can change the brightness of the screen to match the environment I am reading in. When I’m reading in the lounge or in my bed in the dark or even in bright sunlight, there is no glare and it feels very comfortable on the eyes.
Free books. I got most of my classic books for free on Amazon! It’s cool.
The cool screensavers that show up when you put the Kindle to sleep. It’s always something related or books, writing, typewriters, pens, pencils, ink, words, letters, etc. Each time I switch it off, it will display a random picture. I love them all and they look like ink and paper!
Run down of specifications:
- Screen type and display: E Ink, 6 inch screen, Carta e-paper technology, 212 ppi, 16-level gray scale
- Supported formats: TXT, PDF, MOBI, PRC, HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP
- OS: Android 4.0
- Internet connection: WiFi only
- Internal memory: 2GB
- On-device storage: 4GB (3.25GB available for user storage)
- Cloud storage for Amazon content
- Battery life: Up to 8 weeks, based on 30 mins a day with light setting at 10 and WiFi turned off.
- Charge time: Approximately 4 hours from a computer via USB, faster when plugged into a wall. After the first charge it takes mien about 2 hours or so to charge.
- Price: It was selling for R2399 when I bought it on Takealot. It was about R300 off the normal price. The price will vary depending on the combination of features. You pay more for features like 3G and no ads. You pay less if it’s with ads and only WiFi. Mine is WiFi only, no ads.
All in all, I absolutely love my Kindle. It is now my most prized possession. I have about 30 or so books on it. I bought 3 in the Amazon Kindle store and then got the rest from a friend, or for free on Amazon. I have no regrets buying it and I wold recommend it to those who love reading while travelling, reading without having to adjust a light source, reading in bed, those who lack storage space, and those who are tired of reading from a tablet/phone and getting eye strain from the glare. You won’t regret it.