Amazon Kindle Paperwhite review
Amazon wasn't originally planning on launching the Paperwhite (the Kindle with the built-in backlight) in the UK, but with both the Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight and the Kobo Glo offering stiff competition, that decision has changed.
We're pleased that Amazon has gone down this path, replacing the old Kindle Touch with the Paperwhite. It's important to point out that this isn't just a simple replacement for the Touch with a light built in, but a completely redesigned and updated model.
Of course, the most important change with the Paperwhite is the screen, but not just because of that built-in light – it's also had a resolution boost. While all of the old Kindle models used an 6in E Ink Pearl screen with an 800x600 resolution, the Kindle Paperwhite has a brand-new 6in E Ink screen with a resolution of 1,024x768 - a 62 per cent increase in pixels and a pixel density of 221ppi.
Text looks a lot sharper on the Paperwhite's screen than it did on the old Kindle Touch. In fact, you can reduce the font size down to its smallest and still clearly be able to read it. In this regard, the Paperwhite comes close to accurately rendering the small font size and density typically used for paperback books.
It's the backlight that's going to garner the most attention and with good reason, too. It uses four LEDs at the top to bathe the entire screen in gentle light. Aside from a couple of slightly dimmer patches at the bottom that you don't notice when you're reading, the screen is very evenly lit.
At first glance it may seem as though the best use for this light is for when you're in a dark room, as a direct replacement for the old Amazon Kindle Lighted Cover, which had a pop-out light. However, the Paperwhite's light source is something that you should use all of the time, as it makes the screen look whiter and the helps boost contrast. In this respect, the Paperwhite is a close to reading a 'real' book as you can get.
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