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by Rob Follis

17th October, 2018

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Amazon calls it "the all-new reimagined Kindle Paperwhite". We call it a major upgrade to the most popular Kindle of all.

With a thinner and lighter design, flush-front display, IPX8 waterproofing and a battery life measured in weeks, the Paperwhite will continue to dominate the e-reader market and deservedly so. Where the Kindle scores over all competitors is the vast Amazon eco-system and the choice of literally millions and millions of books. The excellent hardware is an added bonus.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

It is available for pre-order today from just $199 and will start shipping November 7

The Good

The glare-free display and IPX8 waterproofing make it perfect for beach novels this summer, and if like us you read in the bath, that's even better. Twice the storage means more room for large files like audiobooks, comics and magazines. There are more LEDs for even backlighting, and like the higher end models, this is currently the best e-paper screen available.

The Bad

This model loses points for not having USB-C charging, so users are stuck with the micro-USB port that is unreliable and never ever the right way up. There are no page change buttons of any sort so swipe it is, and there is no ambient light sensor, so light levels have to be adjusted manually.

Kevin Keith, Vice President, Amazon Devices commented:

With the all-new Kindle Paperwhite, it’s never been easier to get lost in a story no matter where you go.

The new model features a sleek, flush-front design and a back made of soft, grippable material. It is the thinnest and lightest Paperwhite yet, measuring 8.18mm thick and weighing 182g, that is 23 grams lighter than the old model and almost a full millimetre thinner.

The six-inch, high resolution 300 PPI display features crisp, laser-quality text that reads like real paper. It also includes five LEDs and adjustable front light for a uniform, glare-free display in any setting—even direct sunlight.

Like the expensive Kindle Oasis, the new Paperwhite is designed to withstand accidental drops in the bath, spa, pool, and ocean. It’s IPX8 rated to protect against immersion in up to two metres of fresh water for up to 60 minutes.

The new home experience makes it easier to find books based on reading history. Now you can save multiple reading settings, selecting the font, boldness level, and orientation settings all from the main menu and quickly switch between those settings.

It is nice to see that the new software including the updated home experience, as well as the ability to quickly save and access reading settings will be delivered as a free, over-the-air update to the new Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Paperwhite Gen 6 (released in 2013) and newer devices in the coming weeks.

Amazon also points out:

Unlike tablets and phones, a Kindle has no glare, even in bright sunlight, and won’t distract you with social media, emails, text messages, or notifications.

Key Features

  •     The thinnest, lightest Kindle Paperwhite yet—with a flush-front design and 300 ppi glare-free display that reads like real paper even in bright sunlight.
  •     Now waterproof, so you’re free to read and relax at the beach, by the pool, or in the bath.
  •     Enjoy twice the storage with 8 GB. Or choose 32 GB to hold more magazines, comics, and audiobooks.
  •     Now with Audible. Pair with Bluetooth headphones or speakers to listen to your story.
  •     A single battery charge lasts weeks, not hours.
  •     The built-in adjustable light lets you read indoors and outdoors, day and night.
  •     Get instant access to new releases and bestsellers, plus over a million titles at $2.99 or less.

GadgetNET says: Having dropped one Kindle in the bath we applaud this new waterproof model and will be first in line.

The all-new Kindle Paperwhite is $199 for the 8 GB model and $249 for the 32 GB model. The 32 GB with cellular connectivity is $369. All are available today for pre-order in Australia at and JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks, The Good Guys and Myer.

For more information visit Amazon.


Posted in: Smartphones & Tablets
Tags: amazon  kindle  kindle paperwhite 

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Rob Follis

Rob Follis has been writing about tech on and off for over 40 years, is a designer, photographer, information omnivore, gadget-head, Hi-Fi afficionado, owner of far far too many things and sadly an unsuccessful app developer. A born & bred Londoner now happily living in Melbourne. Email Rob.

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