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Topic # 113462 17-Jan-2013 16:28
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Can someone that has seen both types tell me what the advantage of the Paper White display is over the standard e-ink display?
Readability in sunlight is the most important thing for me as well as comfortable reading indoors in the evening under normal lighting.
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  Reply # 746453 17-Jan-2013 16:35
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Mainly it's what it says in the name - it's more like reading on white paper than a standard e-ink display which has a yellow/gray tinge to it.

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  Reply # 746454 17-Jan-2013 16:36
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I can do better than that. As someone who OWNs both I can tell you that :

Paperwhite is better is someways, but not as good in ways that matter to me. For example it has an excellent lit screen which since I do almost all my reading at right saves me using the light built into the cover of my keyboard kindle. On the downside it has no physical buttons and the screen is broken into zones which means 1 handed operation, isn't that easy. It is smaller which for me makes it a little arkward.

Personally if I knew then what I knew now, I would have kept my kindle keyboard model.




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  Reply # 746461 17-Jan-2013 16:40
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Is the non-Paper White model readable at night in a normally lit room or does it require extra lighting on the screen? I dont read in the dark :-)


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  Reply # 746463 17-Jan-2013 16:44
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peejay: readable in any light or none, it works great for that!

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  Reply # 746524 17-Jan-2013 18:45
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I have a Paperwhite and it is awesome, I have been demolishing books since Christmas.
Outside in bright sun? No worries.
In bed with light off? Faint illumination, very comfortable to read from.
Possibly the only disadvantage to my mums older model, is the lack of hardware button for turning page. But the touch screen is surprisingly good, you just have to brush the edge nearest the bezel and it turns.
I bought the official amazon leather case for it, and it too is great. Unit comes on when you open the cover.

Awesome little device. Definitely try one if you can, I would strongly recommend!

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  Reply # 746529 17-Jan-2013 18:59
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We have three kindles in our house. A keyboard which is my sons, a Kindle 4 which has no keyboard but hardware turn buttons which in mine and the paperwhite which is my wife's. Both my son and I are  jealous of the paperwhite with the seamless reading experience in whatever light. Keep in mind that the non paperwhite kindle screen is darker then a book. It is not a problem but it does tend to be harder to read then a book if there is not much light and as mentioned reading at night you need an external source of light. For me that means that my wife can read as long as she likes because even if I am going to sleep there is so little light pollution that I can still go to sleep quite happily. Vice versa however because I need the bed side light on means that my wife cannot sleep with me reading.
I am seriously tempted to upgrade.

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  Reply # 746549 17-Jan-2013 19:54
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I am seriously tempted to upgrade too, reading at night with light off appeals to me.

I had a Keyboard 3G, but it developed some minor cracks in the case after six months or so, so I got a refund, and bought a Kindle 4 WiFi instead (Plus credit).

Specifically didn't get the Touch, as the WiFi is a LOT thinner and lighter, and I prefer physical buttons for page turning (OCD me hates touching the screen).




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  Reply # 746562 17-Jan-2013 20:53
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It's definitely on my wishlist too. We can't get it in NZ yet though, right? It'll need to be a YouShop jobby?

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  Reply # 746563 17-Jan-2013 20:56
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gehenna: It's definitely on my wishlist too. We can't get it in NZ yet though, right? It'll need to be a YouShop jobby?


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  Reply # 746573 17-Jan-2013 21:20
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I got mine from Amazon via YouShop. It was $22 NZD for the international shipping, I got the sponsored version all up it cost me less than $160 NZD.

If you can wait a couple of weeks much better than paying overinflated trade me prices.

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  Reply # 746576 17-Jan-2013 21:29
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I too bought mine via Youshop. With the leather case, and youshop shipping, it was NZ$238 (no ads version Paperwhite).
No regrets whatsoever. (Bonus amazeballs, you power it on and it is already set up for your amazon account).
Well, only one regret, that is that I should have bought two as my wife has her eye on mine.

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  Reply # 746606 18-Jan-2013 01:15
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Replaced my wife's Kindle 3 Keyboard with a Paperwhite for Christmas, via YouShop. It is simply great - more compact, lighter, very cool overall with the OEM Amazon leather cover. The variable brightness front-lit screen really is fantastic and eliminates the somewhat clunky external or swing-out lighting arrangements of earlier models.

Copied from a review: "While all of the old Kindle models used an 6in E Ink Pearl screen with an 800x600 resolution, the Kindle Paperwhite has a brand-new 6in E Ink screen with a resolution of 1,024x768 - a 62 per cent increase in pixels and a pixel density of 221ppi."

The screen also offers 25 percent more contrast than previous Kindles. It is completely readable in sunlight but that is true of all Kindles. I have the Kindle app on my iPad and there's no way I can read that outside. Even if I could, polarising sunglasses make an iPad 3 or 4 screen appear completely black in portrait mode. No such problem with the PW.

As mentioned above, one minor drawback may be the lack of physical page-turn buttons which are more convenient given the way you hold it when reading.

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  Reply # 746617 18-Jan-2013 06:26
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Just to mention re covers that you don't have to get the Amazon cover to have the switch on/off feature. The kids brought one for my wife's one (she chose which one) and it seems to be good quality and does do the on/off thing. It was much cheaper then getting an Amazon one over.







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  Reply # 746709 18-Jan-2013 10:28
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I've had the Kindle 3, the Kindle Touch and currently the Paperwhite. I'm loving the PW. The Amazon case is great too, albeit a bit pricey. I don't miss physical buttons to turn page at all and I don't have a problem with finger prints on the screen - you really can't see them and it's somewhat resistant to finger oils anyway.


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  Reply # 747894 20-Jan-2013 19:16
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If you're not after a Kindle device specifically, then you could look at a kobo glo available locally. Hardware wise I'm very happy with it. Its my first ereader and im really enjoying it. The light works really well although it does use the battery quicker. I can't comment to much about the kobo store as I've mainly used calibre to kiss books.

As an aside, if you get a paperwhite delivered via a freight forwarder is there any warranty?

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