HOUSTON – If you consider Retina displays and millions of apps overkill, you might consider the new Amazon Kindle Paperwhite to be the “king of e-readers” as some industry analysts have labeled it.
Paperwhite just started shipping and already it’s receiving excellent reviews.
The starting price is only $120. That will get you the Wi-Fi-only model with support from ads.
The device uses a 6-inch e-ink screen, which means your eyes shouldn’t be able to tell the difference between it and a traditional book or newspaper. To make it even better, it glows for nighttime reading and has 25 percent more contrast compared to its predecessor, according to Amazon.
Paperwhite is touchscreen only – as in, there are no buttons for page turning. This is something some people will like but others will hate. The good news is Amazon used a special finish on the screen to make it feel like paper stock instead of a computer. Impressive.
Here’s the quick rundown on pricing:
>> $120 Wi-Fi with advertisements
>> $140 Wi-Fi without advertisements
>> $180 Wi-Fi & 3G with advertisements
>> $200 Wi-Fi & 3G with advertisements
“Thanks to the Paperwhite’s effective lighting, improved fonts, near-perfect form factor, and robust ecosystem, it’s a fantastic ebook reader,” wrote Jamie Lendino with PCMag.com. “We’re withholding our Editors’ Choice award for the 3G version because of its high price, and leaving that award with the Nook Simple Touch With GlowLight for now.”
Paperwhite website: http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Paperwhite-Touch-light/dp/B007OZNZG0