Kindle Paperwhite, Analysis

Five years since I saw the first Kindle, the electronic book readers category light seemed doomed to stagnation. During this time just there was the advance of the appearance of the tactile models – debatable progress as we will discuss later – and e-ink technology seemed to impose the limit, beyond the “vaporware” that have been assuming until now flexible screen readers. In these reaches the Kindle Paperwhite, with the promise of a improves technological and the model to be the best reader who has made Amazon after four years of research.

For those who maintain the philosophy that nothing like a specialized device to read books – quality screen for reading and for everything that does not have the device, fundamental to avoid distractions – the arrival in Spain of the Paperwhite was a date listed in red on the calendar. While the current demand has caused the following shipments are carried out to end of January and, therefore, no longer susceptible arrived for the more intensive season of gifts, Paperwhite deserves to be analysed as one of the devices of the year. Let’s look at why

The screen of the Kindle Paperwhite

Does it emit light? You are tired to view? Resemble the paper or is more like LCDS? What Amazon says on the official website is that Kindle Paperwhite emits light from the surface of the screen instead of from behind the layer of e-ink, so the result is that – they say – never project directly into our eyes and, therefore, does not cause fatigue in view.

Our personal impression is that – beyond the discourse of the manufacturer – the result achieved with the the Kindle Paperwhite screen is excellent. The experience is not to be very similar to the previous other based on e-ink readers, unless an external light on the book source is not required to read, but with its higher resolution is even better. The system allows to regulate the intensity of shine – 24 25 levels – depending on the external light that we have. The only objection that we have noted is that, if well most of the time the light is distributed evenly on the device, in any occasion we have seen the emergence of small shadows at the bottom of the screen. Nothing that it really disturbs the experience, but also evidence that is not perfect.

In the different environments in which we have tried, the Kindle Paperwhite has offered a quality of screen for excellent reading experience, the great work that Amazon has done is impressive. Both indoors in low light as full daylight, only with slightly adjust the brightness have been able to light is just at the level that we wanted for our reading.

Only put two small drawbacks to the screen of the Paperwhite, than hopefully Amazon will be able to move as improvements in future versions. On the one hand we have that the setting is always manual, and that to which they changed much reading environment ends up being a nuisance having to adjust brightness manually; on the other hand, level 0 is not equivalent to the zero emission of light of previous Kindle, IE continues to allow read – but worse than higher – in the dark. This means that if a user exactly want that experience to read in the dark with only the external source – a server is in love with its cover with built-in flashlight – will have to give up this version of Kindle.

Cases of use: turn the page

On this occasion we have decided to change the way we do the analysis since in an e-book reader there is a use case that deserves to be analyzed to detail and some than others that are secondary. We speak of turn the page, that is what we will be doing most of the time, and is the reason why many users have renounced so far touch readers since most of the time the physical button has presented a better behavior on all manufacturers.

Being a strong supporter of the current “physical button pro”, I have to say that the touch response of the Paperwhite is, again, excellent. Both when it comes to be fast in response to the order, to be reliable (which clearly showing that we want to turn the page when you press a finger on one side of the screen and the system is not able to detect it) as to avoid false positives. The latter are those cases in which one simply tries to take the device – because we started to move, because accidentally instead of the framework we put the handpick on-screen – without having it blocked previously.

As each one has his hobbies and for me this aspect was that me has moved away from the tactile readers, rather than Kindle Paperwhite been resolved considerably, not to guess when a keystroke is accidental but it is very well determined than when the press is multiple (catch much of the hand on the screen, several fingers) do nothing and that critical actions require two precise presses and the only thing that can happen to us is that we have moved a page , something hateful, Yes, but as we have said, very unusual. In any case, the physical buttons are still a rung above to turn the page, an aspect that Amazon could be facing future versions with the integration of both solutions.

More use cases: annotate, share, buy and others in a touch reader

Then we have another use case where the Kindle had taken a step back in the latest versions, I mean easy to annotate and share fragments. When Kindle brought a physical keyboard that was a delight, in fact server stopped share fragments and come to prefer physical books for subjects in which it knew that it would take many notes. Paperwhite significantly improves these use cases and both the keyboard as the predictive system are very good level.

Eye, here you have to be prudent when assessing, in no case is an experience that it can be compared to that of a tablet or smartphone of last generation. It is a capacitive screen responds well, accurately both specific hints and gestures, and which, I repeat, is at very good level. If anyone has doubts that will not respond, you can make Paperwhite offers a great experience, but also that no one expects the fluidity of the iPad or quality of writing of the Galaxy S3 with Swiftkey.

Something that provides good touch experience is that buy and access the Amazon store is still easier. My impression is that you I will buy something else from device, finally fulfilling the distant promise of first Kindle wear the universal library in your pocket. Until now it was possible, but the experience – at least for me – was too obtuse and always left it for when it came to the computer or accessed through the mobile application.

When one turned him arise both downloads books as purchase recommendations – again, more focus on sales than other units – in an interface which retrieves the cover of each book, rather than the tablet app / mobile already had and that other readers were undergoing the insignificance. In any case, our books and documents “in the cloud” autoenviados are a click away.

Finally, well-worked interface, with targeting the top leaves a navigation bar that puts us immediately with the most important options. Moreover, also have features minor as the of your “browser experimental” – not going be a desperate solution if we need to navigate – and those of translator and search from the text. One thing that is interesting is that now Kindle us chiva dear long reading we have to finish the book or the current chapter, in accordance with our pace. Much more useful than that of “location 301 / 4003”.

Paperwhite Kindle Vs Kindle basic

Drums, hardware, and design of the Kindle Paperwhite

Photos I think it show everything. The feeling in hand is excellent. By weight and size, I think that we we have more balanced format to read, just 222 grams of weight (version no cover 3 g, the Wifi is just in 212). In design, available only in black, with a nice frame to touch and rounded corners. Solvent, especially if we consider that the first Kindle was a both “Frankenstein”.

There are two concessions in the hardware. On the one hand there is no audio output, as it there in the basic Kindle, by which those who use reader for audio books will have to think about pulling mobile or another model; on the other hand, remain the only two gigabytes of space for files, sufficient a priori if we think that books tend to “weigh” bit, but a step back from Kindle Touch (by the way, retired) that arrived at the four.

As critical aspect plays talk battery. Amazon boasts a range of eight weeks, although on the basis of a rate of half an hour reading a day. In our case I’ve had several days with use rather more and certainly have not managed to exhaust it, although the feeling is that it consumes more than the basic Kindle. We would need more time to compare thoroughly, but the fact is that Kindle Paperwhite points to several days of autonomy, so unless you leave civilization for a long time, we can count on that we are not left without reading it.

As on other occasions, Amazon sells books only with the USB Reader, what to feed it we need a computer or plug that we buy for the occasion or reuse from another device. In my opinion, if it serves to adjust the price, one good solution any time that the vast majority of buyers already have at least one.

Two Kindles, Paperwhite, and basic

3g, Wifi, “the cloud” and formats

For this analysis at Engadget have used version 3G Kindle Paperwhite, significantly more expensive today than the only Wifi (189 euros compared to 129). It should be emphasised that both the “cloud” storage and connectivity are included in the price, there is no register no rate data for the device nor set up any extra account. Which one you want to connect, no problem, wanting to send something to the device, then it has the ability to auto send it by mail or make “Send to Kindle” from the extensions and applications available.

Well worth the 3g Kindle Paperwhite model? It depends on the user profile that we are. If we are going to share a few notes or will almost always do it from home with our Wifi, I would say that no, that connections on the move can always be from the tethering of the mobile phone. If ours is much read outside the home, on the move, and we always have the option to share without having to go through all steps needed to activate the wifi signal from the phone and connect us 3G worth us for the additional price.

Books accepted formats, there is no news. Amazon still does not accept ePub natively and supports only its own DRM system / copy. The solution most already know, Calibre to convert between formats, and criterion when buying.

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Kindle Paperwhite, opinion of Engadget

I think that she was clear during the analysis, Kindle Paperwhite we loved and is surely the best reader of eBooks on the market. In fact, the only thing that worries us is that, if Amazon continues to make things so well, it is not that we are going to a < a href = http://www.xataka.com/libro-electronico/el-verdadero-debate-con-el-libro-electronico-es-si-vamos-hacia-un-oligopolio-de-empresas-tecnologicas “> oligopoly of technological companies in the e-book, is that we can go into almost a monopoly”.

Is the Kindle Paperwhite worth? Here the question is more on the side of the user on the device, which is excellent. It is almost equivalent to discuss if sense a device specialized in the read-only when we have outstanding tablets – Nexus 7, own Kindle Fire HD – at a price only slightly higher. In my case I have it clear, you reader makes sense for me not only because what does what does does it better, but for everything: no clients of social networks, no email, no real web browsing. Just what I want when I want to read some of those gifts that makes you literature, as this ancient light of Banville who has served us well to test the Paperwhite.

Related: “Spain is very sensitive to the price of e-books.” Koro Castellano from Amazon

More information: official website of Kindle Paperwhite

The reader has been granted to the test by Amazon. You can consult our policy of relations with companies

Antonio Ortiz is co-founder of WeblogsSL, the company which makes Engadget and in which exercises the office of director of Estrategia Online. He regularly writes on his blog Error500 on internet and technology. It is on Twitter and Google Plus

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