If you couldn’t tell during our brief hands-on with the Paperwhite back in early September, we think the device is absolutely great. After falling in love with Barnes & Noble’s Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight, Amazon introduced a more refined step up in quality — better, sharper screen, nicer build, cheap price — that will undoubtedly shoot the device straight to the top of holiday wish lists. And it’s finally in our office.
But back to the screen; the Paperwhite will please eyes everywhere because it now has 62 percent more pixels at 212 ppi and 25 percent higher contrast. And couple that with a beautifully implemented front light, and your eyes will be happier than they’ve ever been staring at a digital screen. Not only that, but the change to capacitive touch will make it easier to use and give it a more book-like experience because it’s almost instantly responsive.
You already know just how ridiculous Amazon’s ecosystem is, and the Paperwhite is the perfect companion to the company’s playground. Barnes & Noble made a statement with its GlowLight eReader earlier this year, but Amazon has introduced a resounding rebuttal that’ll surely makes it the top choice going forward.
Only thing is, with more and more cheapo 7-inch tablets hitting the market, the gap in price could lead to some folks wondering if splashing down for a new eReader is a good investment. But devices like the Paperwhite (and GlowLight), however, are offering up enough quality that the decision between the two isn’t quite so easy.
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Specs:
Release Date: Available now
Price: $119 with Ads; $139, $179 with 3G and Ads, $199 with 3G
Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.6 x 0.36-inches
Weight: 7.5 ounces
Display: 6-inch Paperwhite, 212 ppi, 16-level gray scale
Battery: 8 weeks
Internal Storage: 2 GB