The Kindle Paperwhite is the first e-ink Kindle with a lit screen.
The Kindle, Amazon’s E Ink reader, will turn five years old in November. In the course of half a decade, the slab-shaped device captured the imagination (and dollars) of many book readers. Amazon has iterated on the Kindle’s design and function several times, adding keyboards, removing keyboards, sharpening the resolutions, and adding touchscreens. Amazon even went so far as to spin off the E Ink Kindle into a new line of LCD tablets, the Kindle Fire.
The focused interface and E Ink display of the Kindle has pleased many book lovers because it mimics the non-reflective quality of paper. But in the past, users complained that the Kindle doesn’t hold up to reading in dark rooms or indoors. Enter the Kindle Paperwhite—Amazon’s latest version of its E Ink line of Kindles. It comes with a lit screen, and we got our hands on it to see how it fares.
Things are pretty different in 2012 compared to the Kindle's introduction. More people are used to reading electronic books, and the tablet is becoming more of a home appliance than a novelty or luxury item. The availability of Android tablets, Kindle Fires, and iPads makes the decision to buy an e-reader more challenging. If an E Ink e-reader’s price is in the vicinity of a tablet’s, which gadget is the better buy? A Google Nexus 7 starts at $199, and a Kindle Fire costs $159. Compare those to the base price for a Kindle Paperwhite: $119. We evaluated the Paperwhite to test out some significant new features and see if it offers the most bang for your buck in a marketplace full of tablets looking to devour the Kindle.