It’s that time of year again, as I said before, when technology gets an update. Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite has a new generation of products that is set to be released.
Here’s the deal, and it’s a little confusing. You can order the new WiFi-only Paperwhite for $119 or $139 (if you don’t want pop-up adds). Its projected delivery date is September 30, 2013. Here are some of its improved features:
- a higher resolution screen
- a new and improved back light
- a faster processor that downloads books and pages faster
- improved touch technology for easier page-turning
- Page Flip – which allows you to skim the book and not lose your place when reading
- and more . . .
The confusing part is that Amazon is also offering a next generation Kindle Paperwhite 3G/WiFi, which isn’t available for pre-order, but is available for e-mail notification regarding its release date, which will probably be November 5, 2013. Its listed price is $189.
This device includes many of the features listed above, for the WiFi-only version, plus:
- free 3G wireless
- and a host of other interesting options
As I said, I was confused. I couldn’t understand why a 3G/WiFi was only $I19, but I ordered it, only to cancel it today, because I saw the new advertisement for the 3G/WiFi Paperwhite.
I also ordered their leather case and stylus, which arrived in a day. These I’ll keep, as I’m probably going to check out the newest 3G/WiFi, and these accessories can also be used with my present generation Paperwhite, if I decide not to upgrade.
As for the stylus, it looks like a pen, with what I call a “shirt-clip.” You can slip the stylus down the binding of the leather case, and it shouldn’t interfere with the device or scratch it. I’ll let you know about this, however.
I am happy with the present Kindle Paperwhite's 3G capabilities, although they are limited. It can retrieve e-mail, (which comes in handy if you don’t have your phone or tablet), browse Amazon's Kindle Bookstore, and limitedly surf the web. In addition, having books delivered, whenever and wherever I am, is great. (Oh, it also works great in direct sunlight. too.)
So, I’ll wait. I’m very curious as to how much of an improvement there will be in Amazon’s 3G/WiFi version. If it is significant, I might upgrade. If the 3G capability is about the same as the one I own, it might not be worth a new purchase.
For more information regarding Kindle’s new Paperwhites, log onto the Amazon website: http://www.amazon.com
This opening page provides details regarding the new products. Click the blue hyperlink, “Kindle Paperwhite,” for more information.
Kindle Products can be purchased at your local Best Buy in Avon and West Hartford, CT.