After more than two years of service (who knows, time flies and maybe it's even been more than three years), I'm still enjoying and regularly using my Kindle Paperwhite. This was the first Kindle I bought that featured a backlit screen, and while I was originally skeptical about how important that feature would be, I'm now sold on the concept.
It's really great to be able to read in the most dimly-lit room, or even in an unlit room, and my current Kindle makes the words on the page crisper and clearer in well-lit rooms, too. And yet, even with the back lighting feature, I'm still experiencing the same pleasant-looking, paper-like Kindle screen (like my previous Kindles), and not a harsh, overly bright computer-type screen.
So, if you haven't made the jump to one of the newer backlit Kindles, don't be afraid to do so. They are still the same easy-on-the-eyes Kindles, only now you can use them whether or not there is adequate lighting in the place you want to read. There are newer Kindles out there- including the Oasis and the Voyage- and I'm sure one day I will upgrade. But for now my Kindle Paperwhite performs perfectly well. But one thing is for sure: I will always have an actual Kindle device, and not simply install a Kindle app on my smartphone and iPad. I've always liked the simple elegance of an actual Kindle. I have plenty of other devices that can do a thousand things, so it's nice to relax once or twice a day with a piece of technology that just worries about making my reading experience as pleasant as possible.