If you are a voracious reader, there is a lot to cheer for you this February, as Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite is coming to India.
Amazon’s 6″ Paperwhite display with exclusive Carta e-paper technology and next-generation built-in light, 212 ppi, optimized font technology, 16-level gray scale
6.7″ x 4.6″ x 0.36″ (169 mm x 117 mm x 9.1 mm)
None; fully wireless and doesn’t require a computer to download content
2 GB internal (approximately 1.25 GB available for user content). Holds up to 1,100 books
Free cloud storage for all Amazon content
A single charge lasts up to eight weeks, based on a half hour of reading per day with wireless off and the light setting at 10. Battery life will vary based on light and wireless usage
Fully charges in approximately 4 hours from a computer via USB cable
Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication or Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)
Why you should go for it?
- Improved backlight – which Amazon says reduces eyestrain
- Amazing Battery life – Can last up-to 8 weeks on one full charge on medium use.
- Processor has also been upgraded – So there is a marginal improvement in speed.
- Weighs just 206 grams
The latest software updates have brought with it features like:
1) Whispersync—It saves and synchronizes your last page read, bookmarks and annotations across all of your devices.
2) Time to Read—Tells you how much time it will take to finish a chapter or a book based on your personalized reading speed.
3) X-Ray– You can see all the sections in a book which mention places, people, characters and ideas. For example, if you tap and hold on a prominent character’s name, X-Ray will give you short bio explaining who they are and other background information.
Well while Amazon’s 6th generation Kindle Paperwhite is loaded with lucrative features, enough to lure readers though few of the add-ons would have made it an ultimate gadget for e-books freaks. Like asking for a headphone jack wouldn’t be too much, though reader is for reading and not listening, but today audio files be it music, podcast or anything else is an integral part and not a separate feature. Also on selecting the 3G enabled version price is hiked by Rs 3,000, option of using fast internet should not be that costly we think.
Purchases being limited to Amazon only may act painful sometimes as Amazon might have a vast collection of books at reasonable prices, but there is a chance that an obscure book you’re looking for won’t be there.
The Kindle Paperwhite is priced at Rs.10,999/- and the New Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi + 3G is priced at Rs.13999/-
[Image Credits: Éric Le Tutour]