Let there be light.
Like many other devices, the Kindle line follows the “good, better, better” marketing strategy. A few years ago, it meant making the difference between features such as a touch screen, better contrast on the screen and an indispensable front screen. Nowadays, the distinctions between Kindle models are more subtle. When Amazon recently announced that the “All-New Kindle” (basic model, which is neither Paperwhite nor Oasis) would be equipped with a front screen, the last big determining factor for the most basic electronic reader was finally dissolved (a waterproofing is a necessity). For less than 90 dollars (with “special offers”), there is finally a Kindle capable of reading in the dark, with a touch screen and compatible with Audible via Bluetooth. I would bet that for a large part of Kindle readers, the reasons to spend more on a Paperwhite become more and more specific.
After years in the dark, the most affordable Kindle finally becomes a bright screen. This narrows the gap between Paperwhite and Paperwhite to the point of wanting to waterproof or store more to justify paying the higher price. The lower resolution screen will not please everyone, but most of your readings will probably never be noticed, making the All New Kindle attractive for breeders as well as newer eReaders.
The good news here is clearly this illuminated screen. There was a time when even the premium Kindle meant to reach the e-reader (I also loved the keyboard of my Kindle, but I also like to read the night). In fact, for about five years after the first, all Kindle owners were forced to squint when the lights went out, that is until Paperwhite arrived in 2012 with its four OF THE. Since then, these seers have probably been the main reason for switching from the budget model to Paperwhite.
Of course, that’s not all that’s new here. Amazon has given the latest Kindle a modest redesign, even though it’s mostly softer edges and a different embossed logo on the back. (There is no text “Amazon”, but the smile/arrow of the mark remain.) The camera is also a little smaller than the model it replaces, about 2mm (barely 1 / 8 inches) both in depth and in depth. width Despite the most elegant imprint, it gains a little in weight: 13 g extra, a little less than half an ounce. The difference in size is more noticeable when placed next to Paperwhite. In addition, I find that the proportion of bevels around the screen is less interesting in Paperwhite, but it is totally subjective.
The density of the screen remains the same as that of the previous model at 167 dpi, but the contrast is much better than in previous models. The electronic ink panel used is similar to the old Paperwhites(Electronic Ink Letter 1.2 for those who request it). Of course, the pixel density is lower (the current Paperwhite offers 300 dpi), but depending on what you like to read (or rather its graphics), I do not know how much it will matter.
When I compared the Home screens of a current Paperwhite with the All-New Kindle, the difference in quality is visible. The small pictures of the book covers show less detail on the new budget model than Paperwhite. Other warnings include the unloading of something and the appearance of a rotating circle in the corner; It’s a lot “softer” in the Paperwhite. But once you open a book on an entire page of text (that is, when you actually read), the difference in sharpness is less obvious. And since reading is mainly composed of text, this lower resolution will not bother you much, if at all.
Regarding this contrast, I almost believe that the cheapest Kindle goes with Paperwhite, although I always found that Paperwhite’s “white” looked more like “Paper, a little less gray”. I keep checking both sides by side on the same page of the same book, and although there is a difference, in my opinion, it’s not significant.
There are two things on the screen that excite me less. One of the most underrated aspects of the latest Paperwhite display is its alignment on the bevels. A small detail, but that avoids lint, dust and small hair is stuck on the edge where the screen meets the telescope. That said, I can see that some may think that a flat screen means it’s also easier to accidentally put your thumb on the screen, causing unwanted page changes. However, I have never had this problem, so the presence of a lint trap is a small grunt. Likewise, some may prefer physical page buttons, but these people have no chance here.
The other thing, based on my tests so far, is that I often have to touch twice to turn a page because my first attempt is not recognized. This could be the way I hold it or the slight change in weight and size, but I have noticed enough to mention it. Maybe the cause of the lack of muscle memory for the extra millimeters that my finger has to travel to reach the built-in screen? Hard to say.
The Paperwhite download screen has another practical purpose: waterproofing. This is not a feature shared with the new budget template. Waterproofing is really a good taste, but for the time I spend reading near the water, I can live without it. If it’s important to you, you’ll want Paperwhite, which has been waterproof since the last model released in November.
I am particularly interested in this Kindle because I have always opted for high-end models, mainly because of the front light. If I spend a lot of time with this in my hand, anything that improves the experience seems to be money well spent. However, I have never felt the need for Oasis, but it’s more than anything about the curious form factor. My wife has an older, basic Kindle with physical buttons and no LED screens. Her reading habits are different from mine and work for her, but I always find her a bit restrictive when I use her. More difficult to read in changing lighting conditions, and stitching text with a four-way button is just not fun.
The details could have detected that the screen of the All-New Kindle had only four LEDs, against five of Paperwhite. It is difficult to quantify the degree of difference, but when I tried several brightness settings in both (side by side), I did not detect any gaps in the light coverage, not even a big difference in brightness. Battery life does not seem to be affected either; After several hours of reading, I am still above 70%.
If you can live with a lower LED and a lower (but perfectly readable) text resolution without worrying about the lack of waterproofing, you might think it’s not part of the cake. And for most people, that’s probably the case. The only other important difference to note is that the All-New Kindle comes with only one storage option: 4GB. Paperwhite starts at 8GB, with an option to upgrade to 32GB. Again, this will not bother many people, because the average eBook does not take much space and reading takes time. Therefore, even with a dozen books stored, it’s probably good for a time.
But if you read long, graphically intense books and, of course, if you like Audible, this reduced amount of storage can begin to appear restrictive. In many ways, this is the new “big difference” between the low end and the Paperwhite. For those who rarely run the library on their Kindle, it’s not a problem, but for everyone else, it’s something to keep in mind.
The ignitions last a few years if you treat them well or do not leave them on planes. (I did it three times and now I count). So, for most people on an old Kindle, the moment is very interesting to perform the update. The gap between the All-New Kindle and Paperwhite has never been so low in terms of essential reading characteristics, while the price gap remains about the same.
There’s a reason I did not spend a lot of time comparing the previous generation’s basic Kindle to this one (the LED display makes that obvious). That’s if the all-new Kindle has to eat something from Paperwhite’s lunch, and I think it’s possible.
Of course, things get complicated with the prices of Amazon’s special offers. By choosing not to receive offers, the new Kindle reaches 110 USD, which allows you to be only 20 USD of Paperwhite (with offers). Then the real decision becomes an unwanted reaction during the announcement during your reading. For me: very.
However, it is highly likely that the all-new Kindle is the best option for most people. It is small, comfortable to hold, easy to read and now it is also ready for bed. It would be nice to have the ability to have more storage, without moving to Paperwhite, but I think Amazon needs to keep something for next time?
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