Before I begin my review for the Amazon kindle Paperwhite, I have to tell you that uptill a few years ago, I was totally against e-readers of any kind. I figured it would be a great deceit to my love of books if I went to the “dark side” and ended up with a screen in my hand, instead of paper. Well… a bunch of them.
However, I won’t deny that this Quarantine period has been very hard on me, and add on top of it the closing of all bookstores and my (for once) dwindling supply of books to read, let’s just say the future was looking bleak.
Or maybe I am just being overdramatic, as usual. Anyway, the famous Lulu supermarket – you’ll find in every corner in the Gulf – always keeps a few Kindles on display. For the past two and a half years I’ve been toying with the idea of getting one for myself. By now, God knows that I even I find that naïve, teenage, stubborn “Sarah” a bit boring and restricting.
Long story short, I got the Kindle paperwhite and I freaking love it!!!!!
Will I be moving onto e-books now? Absolutely not!
Will I still yearn for the feeling of a thick book spine in my hands till my arms ache or my hands spasm? Absolutely!
Jokes aside, the Kindle Paperwhite is a really good e-reader! It has some great features but could use a few upgrades in its interface, and if you’re here for a technical review don’t worry, I’ll spill the beans on that as well.
But let’s get into the details, even though you could easily Google it all.
I bought the 10th generation Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 8GB without cellular connection. It is waterproof with an IPX8 rating meaning you can dip it 2 meters in a pool of water for about 60 minutes and it’ll still work. Does that mean you should? No, be wise because you don’t want to go shoving your newly bought kindle in a sack of rice or trying some other hack or DIY.
It has a 6” touch display – which oddly reminds of those windows computer with Pentium processors. And has a 300 PPI aka pixel density.
Whats in the Box?
The box is pretty slim and light, you get your kindle along with a USB cable to charge your device and a small black pamphlet with other technical mumbo jumbo regarding the battery safety, water protection and Amazon Terms & Policies.
The Amazon Kindle paperwhite has an all black look with an all screen front and black trimming on the four sides which gives it a “flush-front” design. The back is made of a material that I can’t name, but it isn’t hard plastic and makes sure that the kindle doesn’t fall out of your hands – although that has happened to me a few times now.
It is only 8.18mm thick and weighs around 182 grams which makes it ultra slim and ultra light. It is even lighter than my phone, and reading the kindle for hours won’t make your hands tired.
Here is where I was sold to buy the Kindle. It has such a long battery life! I kid you not I bought the Kindle on a Wednesday, charged it and started setting it up with my login credentials, added a few books I had, and let it charge till 100%.
It lasted me for more than a week, almost 10 days. And during this time, I never turned the power off, only kept it on stand-by, had the WiFi on most days, and off on other days. And despite, it all I had a good 8, 9 days of reading time with one single charge. But it does take time for it to fully charge, it took me almost 2-3 hours to get it back to 100% from 10%.
It could be the fault of the USB port I used when I connected it to my computer, as I’m sure using a good adapter may reduce the charging time. But when it comes to reading, you can be rest assured that the kindle will last you a week at least no matter how much you read.
What I didn’t like
I do love the Kindle but I won’t lie, the interface and speed of response could use some upgrading. The Kindle does this weird black and white flickering thing when you’re navigating through different menus, which can be a tad bit annoying, but that slow speed of response is what gets me.
The Kindle Paperwhite is perfect for reading no doubt, but it isn’t great for anything else. It just feels too old school regarding technology. Buying books isn’t such a breeze either, I find it sort of annoying. I prefer going to website on my desktop browser and then sharing it on my device, it automatically downloads on the Kindle.
What I like about the Kindle Paperwhite
There is a lot to love about the Kindle, it is light to hold, you can adjust the brightness, and since it is backlit it doesn’t hurt your eyes. You can also change the font one of your liking, and you can adjust the font size accordingly too.
Plus the best feature during reading that I appreciate a lot, is the in-built dictionary. If you come across a word you don’t get just tap and hold on that word, and you’ll get an option to look it up in the dictionary. You can find out the meaning on Wikipedia as well, which is pretty awesome and functional.
Honestly, it makes reading those Fantasy books (looking at you Brandon Sanderson and Robert Jordan) that are 1000 pages long, so bearable. I’ve also noticed that somehow, I finish books faster on the kindle, which is always a plus.
I didn’t order the Amazon Kindle paperwhite online, I bought it from the supermarket so you can imagine it was a few dollars expensive than the original price. It cost me around OMR 57, and usually is sold at around $130-180 on Amazon depending on the storage space you choose to go with.
I think it is a great investment, one that I haven’t regretted yet, and I do believe it will last me a long time, as its predecessors like the Kindle Fire, Kindle 5, Kindle Keyboard etc are still being used by people and work just as well.
How to Buy Books?
And lastly, the most important part of this Amazon Kindle review, how to buy and read books on it?
In order to read books, you need to have an account on Amazon. You can access all the books being sold on the Kindle store (that are usually priced cheaper than paperbacks and hardbacks) and buy books directly through the Kindle store, or on the Amazon website and share it on your device.
And that is all for my review for the Amazon Kindle paperwhite that I bought around a month ago, and have come to absolutely love. It has a few shortcomings here and there, but overall it is getting the job done of keeping me entertained with fiction and non-fiction reads and I am here for it.
The first book that I read on the Kindle was The Seven Husbands of Evenly Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid which you can read here, if you feel like it. It took almost 4 hours to finish it and with the kindle it went by in a breeze.
Hope you found this post helpful, and if you buy a Kindle, let me know how you like it.