It didn’t take long for Amazon to make an upgrade, and they just announced a new version of the Kindle Paperwhite. You can take a look at it if you click here or type in http://smarturl.it/paperwhite into your web browser.
If you place your order now, Amazon will start shipping them on September 30th – being a gadget kind of guy, I ordered one…besides, I have to be able to tell you about it, also!
So, what changed? Here are the main details based upon what was disclosed on the Amazon website:
• Higher contrast, which means the whites are supposed to be whiter and the blacks are supposed to be blacker than the previous model. Why is that important? It means the text should be more crisp while you are reading, which I think is a good thing.
• Better built-in light.
• Faster processor – this new processor is supposed to be 25% faster, which should make page turning faster than the previous model. I never noticed a delay in the previous version, but everyone seems to want faster everything these days.
• You can read more of the improvements in this model if you if you click here or type in http://smarturl.it/paperwhite into your web browser.
Pricing for the Wi-Fi model is $119 if you choose the special offers or $139 if you don’t want the special offers. I ignore the screen saver anyway, so I chose to save $20 and picked the model with the special offers.
If you want the 3G models, you will have to add your name to a waiting list; Amazon will email you when they become available, but the website says they don’t expect to ship the 3G model until November 5th.
A couple of items to note:
• They are not shipping the Paperwhite with a power adaptor. That seems kind of chicken to me: every other device you purchase includes a power adaptor, so why try airline pricing (i.e., they quote you a price for the ticket but neglect to include the price to include a bag, soft drink, snack, etc.). Assuming you don’t already have a power adaptor, you can buy one from Amazon for $14.99 if you order it at the time you place the order for a Paperwhite; if you wait, it will be $19.99 or $5.00 more; I don’t particularly care for these because I think they are overpriced as well as they are limited in that they only have one USB charging port; this is a 5 watt adapter, and is the same price as the 10 watt adapter. You can buy one from PowerGen that has two charging ports and has 12 watts of capacity for $9.99 if you click here.
• The new Paperwhite appears to be the same size as the previous model of Paperwhite. That means you don’t have to wait on the covers to be designed and manufactured when you place your order (which has been a problem with other new release models of Kindle). You can check out the selection and styles of Paperwhite covers if you click here. Out of all the flavors of Kindles, I think the covers for the Paperwhite are the best designed, ever: you can read the review I wrote for the Paperwhite cover if you click here.
• If you order a Paperwhite, I strongly recommend you invest in a screen protector. Why? You want to protect the screen from finger smudges, but also to avoid scratches and other things that can ruin your screen – if you’re going to make the investment in a Paperwhite, you want to keep it protected. You can check out the screen protectors designed to fit a Paperwhite if you click here; no matter what flavor of Kindle you have, I highly recommend you get a screen protector!
That’s all for now, but I’ll report back on my findings once the new Paperwhite is in hand!
Have a great rest of your week-