Is the new Kindle Paperwhite 2015 worth it? My assessment!

The holiday season is drawing to a close and I finally have the opportunity to share my thoughts on the new Kindle Paperwhite (2015 version) with you. Although I prefer to read manuals in print, an eReader is my first choice for entertainment and when traveling. I like the Kindle because Amazon still has the largest selection of eBooks. Both the electronic editions of publisher's books as well as a lot of English-language titles (here you can often save a bit) and of course the works of self-publishers. And if you then, like me, Kindle unlimited has booked, then nothing really beats a Kindle Paperwhite as a permanent reading partner.

But get down to business - is the new Kindle Paperwhite worth it?

The new Kindle Paperwhite. Photo: Kindle.
The new Kindle Paperwhite. Photo: Amazon.

 

The innovations in the current Kindle Paperwhite

The most important innovation in Kindle Paperwhite 2015 is the sharper display to call. Even if the screen diagonal of 6 inches is identical to the previous model, there are considerably more pixels. This higher resolution brings a real gain in terms of sharpness. 300 dpi corresponds to the resolution of a laser printer, and also the des Kindle Travel, which is much more expensive. In a direct comparison, it is particularly noticeable that letters with curves are displayed better, but reading on the Kindle Paperwhite from 2013 was already very pleasant.

The display of the new model is a little brighter, The well-known, light shadows are only visible at the edges, because the light-emitting diodes are installed there. A real advantage over other models such as the Kindle Fire: the text can be easily recognized even in the sun. However, the brightness of the display still has to be adjusted manually. In comparison, the Kindle Voyage scores with its automatic brightness control.

Word Wise: learning English made easy

The predecessor of the new Kindle Paperwhite could also be turned into a pretty decent English teacher using a software update, and the function is now included. Reading English texts in particular is now easier, as the device is not only equipped with a translation function, but also with an English word explanation. The "Word-Wise" function can be displayed directly in the text. It makes it easier to understand and expands your vocabulary.

The battery problem with e-ink Kindle

Reading with the backlight switched on is really almost like reading a book - only more manageable. But: The lighting eats up battery power, so that it has to be recharged after just a few hours of reading. Without light, however, the battery lasts over 80 hours. On my old Kindle Paperwhite, however, I set the lighting very low so that I can still read well in absolute darkness. With this setting, a long reading time is guaranteed even with the new Kindle - despite the lighting.

Appearance and scope of delivery of the new Kindle

The new Kindle Paperwhite hardly differs optically from its predecessor - only the logo on the lower edge is more discreet. The scope of delivery only includes a USB cable, a Charging adapter for charging at the socket must therefore be bought if it is not already available. With the cable, however, the Kindle can also be easily charged at the socket. The purchase of a suitable cover is recommended, because the device and display resent scratches.

With or without advertising - or with or without "special offers", as Amazon calls it, is one of the purchase options, which results in a price difference of 20 euros. If you choose the cheaper price, you will receive purchase suggestions every time you activate the device, but these can simply be skipped. This option can also be turned off later. However, you will get book suggestions from the online shop anyway, even in the more expensive version. However, these can be turned off in the device options:
Main screen -> House icon -> Settings -> Device options -> Personal settings -> Advanced options -> Cover view -> Recommendations -> Off

My verdict on the “new” Kindle Paperwhite

The new Kindle Paperwhite is a first-class reader with a super-sharp display and improved hyphenation. However, if you recently ordered the predecessor, you don't have to worry. Some innovations can also be uploaded to the older model via software upload.

PS: A little note for the users of Caliber

With Caliber, it is no problem to convert ebooks purchased in another format into a Kindle-compatible format with just a few clicks. This is now becoming a problem, because after Mobi (old) and AZW3, Kindle now uses KFX as the new file format. This leads to the fact that some passages also with non-copy protected e-books can no longer be displayed properly. This limits the compatibility with the ePub format in particular, which in my opinion may not be the right way to go. The only solution here is to send e-books via USB or with the KindleApp to download. In both cases you get the old format.

The new Kindle Paperwhite 2015
Light, compact and razor sharp - the new Kindle Paperwhite can score with me.

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Recommended accessories: The origami sleeve for the two eBook readers

If you are looking for a cover for your Kindle Paperwhite or the Voyage, you should definitely take a look at the origami covers that Amazon and Nouske have developed for the devices. With these you can set up the tablets in various ways and of course simply fold them shut. In terms of entertainment value alone, they are worth the money. ;-)

A third-party supplier has made a cover for the Kindle Paperwhite, because unfortunately Amazon does not offer one to my knowledge.

 

 

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2 Responses to “Is the new Kindle Paperwhite 2015 worth it? My assessment!”

    1. Hello Evelyn! Here I would have to pass the question on to the readers, because I have a very old Paperwhite that probably won't work anyway.

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