As the year 2013 comes to an end, book lovers across the globe have unanimously voted Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite as a clear winner among all the available e-book readers. Packed with a faster processor, a better responsive touchscreen, cloud-based collections, better integrated light, and robust parental controls, it certainly leads the pack.
Offering a better contrast, the Kindle Paperwhite is the first to feature E Ink’s Pearl 2 display that requires less refreshing and makes the overall display a lot whiter. It is powered by a 1 GHz processor that makes it quicker and offers an amazing user experience thanks to its next-generation light touch-screen display that boasts of a 1,024×768 pixel resolution (212 pixels per inch). Despite the increased processor speed, the battery life remains at around 2 months with Wi-Fi turned off. This is not much of a worry as the Wi-Fi needs to be on only at the time of buying books, loading the ones stored in the cloud or at the time of downloading magazines and newspapers. Another useful feature is that documents can be emailed to the Kindle Paperwhite. The device does not feature a large built in memory but the 2GB of integrated storage is enough to store up to 1,100 e-books.
Bibliophiles can now rejoice as the Kindle Paperwhite supports cloud collections making it easy to synchronize lists of books across various devices. Integrated with Goodreads.com, it pulls in saved lists that appear first on the home screen. Additionally, one can look at what their friends are reading, share passages, browse through shelved books among a host of other things. To get children hooked onto the reading habit, the device features FreeTime that enables the creation of individual profiles and setting of reading goals. Added features include the tracking of achievements and accomplishments.
All in all, Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite is an improved e-book reader that is zippier than its competitors and brighter with even edge lighting making reading even more delightful.