Kindle Paperwhite Initial Thoughts

Well, my haul from Amazon’s annual Prime Day super-sale is starting to show up in boxes on my front steps, and that means it’s time for new and exciting gadgets!

This year’s Prime Day included a number of excellent deals on Amazon’s own products, like the Alexa speakers, Fire tablets, Fire TV, and of course, the holy grail of e-readers – The Amazon Kindle.

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The last Kindle I owned was a 2nd generation model, so that’s what I’m comparing the new one to, and let me first say… WOW! I can’t believe how quick this new Kindle is compared to my old one! I removed it from the packaging, plugged it in to my computer to charge, and was reading from my Kindle library in under three minutes!

Inputing the wifi password is the most challenging part of setting up the new Kindle. When I turned my Kindle on for the first time and connected to my home wifi network, it already had my full Kindle library waiting for me to begin downloading. Now that’s cool!


So, there are a number of Kindle models out these days and it looks like the Paperwhite (the version I bought) is the middle-of-the-road model. The big difference between the base Kindle and the Kindle Paperwhite is the integrated LED backlighting. Even in the short time I’ve been tinkering with my new toy, the LED lighting makes the screen viewing experience SO much better! The Paperwhite is night and day compared to my old Kindle, literally. This small, but hugely functional upgrade makes a world of difference, especially when viewing the Kindle in a dark area.

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One last thing before I go… this thing is QUICK! I know I’m comparing it to an old Kindle, but I really am impressed at how quickly the Paperwhite responds to inputs, especially considering it’s not a tablet. My old Kindle had a physical keyboard and physical page turning buttons, probably because the touch screen was so slow. I can already tell this isn’t going to be an issue on the Paperwhite; the responses are extremely quick for an e-reader.

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Anyway, I’ll write more soon and hopefully include a more in-depth review of my new Kindle Paperwhite from Amazon.


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