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The all new Kindle Paperwhite 2018 Review

Its been more than 2 years since I turned paperless with Kindle Paperwhite, and the experience has been great since then. I rarely bought any paperbooks since then and I have been consuming pages on the best selling product in the Amazon’s Kindle range. It worked great through all my travels and my rough uses, though there were few minor uplifts Amazon could do and enter the all-new Kindle Paperwhite 2018. So what is new here? Go ahead read my all new kindle paperwhite 2018 review to find more. Amazon has picked some of the best features from its top end kindle particularly from the Kindle Oasis and introduced them in the new Kindle Paperwhite to make it more feature-rich affordable e-reader.

New features of Kindle Paperwhite 2018

In a nutshell, the new Kindle is:
  • lighter and thinner
  • waterproof
  • supports audio books
  • has improved hardware
  • and more importantly, has a flushed screen.

The new Kindle Paperwhite is more flatter

The main element of the new Paperwhite design which is more notable too is the flushed display. The previous generation of the Paperwhite had a pronounced bezel around the display like a photo frame. It was more visible and in 2018 it does look outdated. Many consumers also complained about dirt getting into the edges of the screen.  Amazon takes care of that with a flat flushed display. Yes, the bezels are still around there but it is not raised above the screen. Personally, I don’t mind the black bezels around, it gives a good grip plus the hands doesn’t cover the reading content. So the design looks neater, the flushed screen makes it a lot easier to wipe clean and the screen doesn’t trap any micro particles. Since I got both the Kindles with me, side by side it makes lot of visual differences plus the new design is also more practical in keeping the screen in daily use. A minor change but makes more sense. The new Kindle is also marginally lighter and thinner. Otherwise, it follows the similar Paperwhite design. The construction is plastic with a rubberised non-slip finish. The bottom houses the power button as well as the micro USB port for charging. There are no other buttons. The display again is the same with a 6-inches screen size with a resolution of 300 pixels per inch, the resolution which I find to be apt for reading. Though the new Paperwhite has one extra LED totalling five now. The previous generation itself was good in outdoor reading under sunlight, the new one only betters it a tad more. For uninitiated, the Kindle doesn’t use LCD technology but uses Paperwhite display technology with E Ink Carta and built-in light which is soft on eyes, gives an almost similar book paper book reading experience and with the built-in lights can also be used in dark. Do note, the entry-level Kindle does not have the built-in light.

With Waterproof the new Paperwhite 2018 is more durable

Another notable highlight is the new Kindle is waterproof with an IPX8 rating. What does it mean? This Kindle can be dunked under water up to 2 meters for 60 minutes without any worries. Now you don’t have to worry about your Kindle Paperwhite in rain or if you would want to read floating in a swimming pool or tub. Like bathroom singer, bathroom reader anyone?

Now supports audio books

I am not a fan of audio books but for all its worth if you do listen, the new Kindle Paperwhite does support audio books now and is compatible with Audible. Audible is Amazon’s audiobook company and Amazon allows in many cases to buy both readable and spoken book at the same time. WhisperSync feature will allow you to jump from readable format to audio book seamlessly. Kindle Paperwhite now comes with Bluetooth, so you can pair your speakers or headphones with it.

The New Paperwhite offers different profiles

This is a very handy introduction with this Paperwhite which many might appreciate. It gives shortcut access to different profiles. You can choose different fonts, sizes and spacing as per your choice and save them as presets and access them quickly. While this might be a small feature, avid readers will appreciate it.

Store more books on your new Kindle Paperwhite 2018

One great thing about Kindle is you can store a lot of books, a real lots. Now the storage has been doubled for the base variant with an 8GB storage and there is even a 32GB model. The bigger storage means you can store anywhere between 2000 to 8000 books now, allowing you to carry around a mini library with you anywhere. Amazon is a rich platform allowing you to buy books directly or choose various reading subscriptions models. If you are an Amazon Prime member, there is Prime books giving free access to many books and if you want to reach a still wider access there is Kindle Unlimted for pro readers.

And few more changes…

Last but not least there are some refreshes to the home screen layout which now is not static but gives new suggestions from Kindle unlimited, Prime reading and Goodreads along with some fun facts. You can also invert the screen color so the background is in black instead of the text, just in case you prefer that.

Verdict

The new Kindle Paperwhite is a modest update to the already most popular Kindle out there. It adds some few premier elements. Kindle has been a good companion for me last few years, making me to carry my library smartly wherever I go and whenever I want to read. What I really liked about the new Kindle Paperwhite is the flushed display and the waterproof might be welcomed by those who would want a relaxed reading at a swimming pool or in the bath. The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is undoubtedly the best e-reader out there and the new Paperwhite adds some refreshing changes to it.]]>

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