Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite has the longest battery life of any ereader available on the market. The eight week battery life is based on a half hour use every day and having the Wi-Fi turned off. Unfortunately, the comparison to other products on the market on Amazon use the other product’s continuous running time – about 10 hours for a laptop or tablet. Still this battery life is by far the best attribute of the ereader as it is twice as long as the Kindle.
The Paperwhite is good for use outdoors. It features its own front light system that allows it to overcome bright sunlight and glare from other lights. The light shines onto the e-ink rather than being sent out into the reader’s eyes. The natural coloring of the background will make it easier for eyes to read than a computer screen. (People reading from a computer blink less and tend to suffer from dry eyes.) The use of e-ink also aids in avoiding the eyestrain of normal computer usage.
The Paperwhite comes in two versions – 3G and Wi-Fi or just Wi-Fi. Both versions support book download within 60 seconds; 3G is more widely available than Wi-Fi. It can store about 1,100 books, but all Amazon content can be stored on the cloud.
For people who read a lot, the Paperwhite offers a way to download books quickly. Its compact format means that travelers can take it with them, saving valuable carry-on space and never run out of books to read.
The X-Ray feature may be the best part of a Kindle. It connects passages in a book by character. That means for a book like “War and Peace” or one from the “Wheel of Time” series, you can keep track of the characters in a new way.
Ereaders are not for me. I am a book guy. I like to see the reading I have accomplished. I like ot have and own the book. A digital file doesn’t really exist to me. I can’t sell it back or loan it to my friend or smell it or taste it. Not that I taste my books, I just like having that option. Besides, when I met the author, where is he or she going to sign on my ereader?
If I had to buy an ereader, I would choose the Paperwhite because of its similarity to the reading experience of a book. I also like the idea of the “Time to Read” feature that tracks reading speed and tells how long it will take to finish the chapter.