Kindles are gorgeous Small devices, but I’ve been strongly against them until recently. “How can you give up real books?” I screamed in the air. Then I tried the oasis, and suddenly I was hooked. After reading the new Paperwhite signature version, I can confidently confirm that Amazon’s latest update is still great for their dear readers.
The physical pages don’t compare to the feeling of flipping, but I’ve spent a lot of money on the book. Not all of them were good. They sit, fall halfway, collect dust on the bookshelf and move from apartment to apartment. It’s nice to be able to spend less on ebooks or check them out for free from the library outside my home.
Paperwhite has always been a mid-level upgrade in the Kindle family ভালো better than the Basic Kindle, but not as expensive as the Oasis. With its first update since 2018, it has become three models of its own: the standard paperweight ($ 140), the signature version ($ 190), and a kid version ($ 160). I’ve tested the signature version here, but I’ve included information on how to compare the three. Prices vary depending on whether or not you have ads, so read the Amazon page carefully before you check out.
The 2021 PaperWhite screen is 6.8 inches larger than the 2018 6 inch. The bezels are also small, less than half an inch from the top and sides. The screen gets more space overall and the whole thing looks a little more sophisticated. Compared to the oasis, the paperweight is longer, and since it doesn’t have page-blurred buttons, it’s not that wide, so it’s easy to palm to read with one hand. Matte backing also helps prevent slippage. (The oasis still has a slightly larger, 7-inch screen.)
All three new paperweights get consistent warm light – it gets it Super Orange is its brightest – and the brightest screen overall (10 percent brighter, according to Amazon). Fortunately, e-ink screens don’t hit your eyes like the blue light on your phone. Besides, it’s not as bright as the oasis, but it was still easy to read, even outside. It now has Dark Mode, if you like it.
Only the signature version has the ability to automatically adjust the brightness of the light around you, so whenever the sun comes out from behind the clouds you can read outside without tinkering with the settings. At this point, it should automatically adjust to all screens without paying too much.
Paperweights get fast page-turn rates, which is noticeable and commendable. There is even an animation that you can turn on that gives little effect to turning a real page. I thought I would hate it, but I didn’t. However, when you scroll through the menu there is still an annoying lag and some screen blinks. There is also a delay in pressing a button and registering it I had hoped so far that there would be no such gap, but this is not a dealbreaker. I just hope this will be fixed in a future update.
The main upgrade that Paperwhite gets is power-related. The signature version now has wireless charging capability. This should work if you already have a QI charging pad, but Amazon lists those that don’t. It has more storage than the base model, with 32GB instead of 8GB. This is a significant jump, especially if you read the audiobook. It’s worth noting, though, that you can delete books from Kindle and still access them on your Amazon account.