The latest version of the Kindle Paperwhite is definitely better than any previous versions. Borrowing from its more expensive brother, the Kindle Voyage, the latest Paperwhite flaunts double the amount of pixels per inch than its previous version. It sports a 300 ppi display while still managing to retain the $119 price point. The increased screen resolution makes it the device with the highest resolution e-reader display. What makes the Paperwhite even better is that unlike smartphones and tablets, it has no glare even when you read in bright sunlight. Its screen has been designed to reflect light just like normal paper.

The dimensions of the Kindle Paperwhite are perfect for holding and reading

Since the Paperwhite is all about reading, Amazon spends much of its focus on the display. The Kindle Paperwhite comes with a six inch screen and has in-built lighting, allowing you to comfortably read without strain, even in the dark. The 300 ppi makes the text appear crisper, making it seem like you are reading actual printed text. The new Paperwhite also comes with the Bookerly font as an option, which improves character spacing for a much easier read.

Design

The design of the Kindle Paperwhite is most definitely a winner. The e-reader is made of matte, soft-touch plastic, which offers quite a good grip. It’ also narrow enough to allow for easy and comfortable single-handed use. The Paperwhite has a strip of bezel surrounding the display. While this would definitely by a con on a tablet, it’s actually a good feature on the Paperwhite as it gives you a place to rest your fingers as you flip through a book. Its light weight also means that you can comfortably hold it in your arms for extended periods of time.

You can read in broad daylight with zero reflection. It is as if you are holding paper!

Performance

One of the key features of the Kindle Paperwhite is its battery life. Instead of the usual cycle where we charge our smartphones every night, e-readers give far much better battery life, usually measured in months rather than days. With the Kindle Paperwhite, Amazon claims that it can last up to six weeks on a single charge. Six weeks would be enough to last even the most seasoned traveler. However, the six weeks is based on 30 minutes of reading each day, with a light setting of 10 and with the wireless connection turned off. A higher light setting and usage of wireless will bring the battery life down. Charging the Paperwhite fully takes approximately 4 hours. The device is chargeable from a computer using a 2.0 USB cable.

The Kindle Paperwhite comes with a 1 GHZ processor and a 512 MB RAM, up from 256 MB in the previous model. It comes with a 4 GB of in-built memory, but doesn’t feature an expansion slot for additional memory. However, with the 4 GB, you can store thousands of books. Moreover, the Kindle Paperwhite gives you free cloud storage for all content sourced from Amazon.

Other key features

Kindle Paperwhite comes with Word Wise, a feature that makes it easier to read through challenging books, especially for young readers. By tapping on a word, you get a simple card with word definitions, synonyms, usage and more. This allows you to keep reading without having to flip between the book and a dictionary every now and then. What’s more, the words you look up are automatically added to a Vocabulary Builder, allowing you to boost your vocabulary and reinforce retention.

The e-reader also packs a new feature known as X-Ray, which allows you to explore the “Bones of the Book.” With X-Ray, you can scan for all passages in a book that talk about a certain relevant idea, topics of interest, any fictional characters as well as historical places or figures. Through the X-Ray timeline view, you can easily navigate through images or flip through paragraphs to remind yourself of the notable events in the book.

With Time to Read, the Kindle Paperwhite keeps track of your personal reading speed, which is constantly kept up-to-date as your speed and reading habits change. With these, you can accurately predict the time it will take you to read through a chapter or book. Paperwhite also allows you to instantly translate words or paragraphs into other languages by simply taping on a word or highlighting a section. The translations are provided by Bing Translator.

The Kindle Paperwhite comes in two versions, the Wi-Fi model and the Wi-Fi + free 3G model. For those with a high speed wireless router at home, the Wi-Fi model is a great choice. However, if you do not have a Wi-Fi connection at home, or if you are constantly on the move, the Wi-Fi + free 3G model is the best option, which allows you to download books anytime, anywhere. The built-in 3G connectivity makes use of the same wireless signals used by cell phones, but without the hassle of monthly fees or commitments.

Verdict

If you are looking to buy an e-reader, of you just want to upgrade from an older model, the Kindle Paperwhite E-reader, 6″ High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light is the perfect choice. It is the greatest all around e-reader, all this at a fairly good price. It will set you back for only $119 but will give you the reading of a lifetime.

Seize this opportunity and grab your very own black Kindle Paperwhite 3G here or the white version here. Both versions include special offers like the neat addition of a USB 2.0 cable and a handy leather cover for your device.