Kindle Paperwhite is one of the best e-readers available in the market. With the launch of the 10th gen model, you might want to know if it is worth buying. Don’t worry, we have got your back, here is a review about Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 10th Gen.
Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite is the most popular Kindle device. The main reason behind this is that the basic Kindle is too basic, while the luxury Oasis is not affordable for everyone. The Kindle Paperwhite fulfills the majority of the essentials while striking the ideal balance between the two. The Kindle Paperwhite 10th gen includes key improvements as compared to the previous model such as audio support and water resistance. This is the fourth Paperwhite iteration, and it is one of the best-selling Kindle models. This fourth iteration was last updated in 2015. Although it is more expensive, there are some enhancements that make it desirable. It’s still the most affordable Kindle device.
|Display||6in E-Ink Carta screen, 300ppi, 16 level greyscale, two-point touch|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, micro-USB, optional cellular|
|Waterproof||IPX8 (2-meter deep freshwater, up to 60 minutes)|
|Dimensions||167 x 116 x 8.18mm|
|Weight||182g (Wi-Fi)/191g (4G)|
|Light||Built-in front-light, 5 LEDs|
|Battery||6-week battery life|
The previous model came in at £109/$119 and the new Paperwhite is only an extra £10/$10. You can buy it from Amazon. It starts at £119/$129 and that will get you the entry-level option which comes with 8GB of storage. You can pay extra to remove the ads on the lock screen permanently. You can also opt for other things like more storage and cellular 4G connectivity. However, Amazon is usually having special discounts for its products, so you can get the Paperwhite for even less.
The Kindle Paperwhite 10th generation is smaller and lighter than the previous generation Paperwhite. It’s not quite as luxurious as the Oasis, but it’s certainly more controllable and grippy. You don’t have to worry about scratching the with everyday use. Moreover, this means the bezels won’t collect scratches or dirt over time. Although, the glass will end up collecting finger smudges more quickly. Still, the flush-front design works much better with narrow bezels. It appears like the display has been moved to the center. Also, the glass is somewhat more reflective than the touch on the previous model, but this is not an issue when reading.
The new model is also waterproof, which gives it a significant design upgrade. It should be able to endure submersion in 2 meters of fresh water for up to 60 minutes, according to the IPX8 grade. So, you won’t have to worry about spills or inadvertent contact with water. Earlier, to get a waterproof model, you would have to pay extra and get the Kindle Oasis. Although, this model has saved your pocket with this upgrade. Furthermore, it is 10% slimmer and lighter than its predecessor. It is only 8.18mm thick and weighs 184g, which is almost like your mobile. The display is surrounded by reasonable bezels, which, as is customary, lets you handle the device without accidentally touching the screen. The Paperwhite’s smaller profile, as well as the new gripping soft feel rear cover, make it a pleasure to hold.
The Kindle’s most appealing feature is its easy-to-read display. With this model, you get a 300ppi 6-inch e-ink panel. Moreover, it is illuminated from the front by 5 LEDs sets. Although you don’t get adaptive brightness, instead there is only a manual brightness setting. Page rotations and navigation can be slow at times, but that’s the price you pay for using an E-ink display. Existing Paperwhite owners may not notice a significant difference, but there are a number of other enhancements.
The Paperwhite 10th gen includes Bluetooth, so you can connect it to a pair of wireless headphones or a speaker. If you have both an eBook and an audiobook of the same title, the Kindle will remember where you are in the book so you can easily switch between them. Moreover, the 8GB storage space will suffice for all your audiobooks on your Kindle. That’s twice as much as the last Paperwhite, and you can upgrade to 32GB if you plan on storing a lot of music and other media, such as comic books.
You’ll have to choose between normal Wi-Fi and cellular data, so you can download books over 4G without having to find a hotspot. The data is free, but you’ll need a network connection. Getting cellular, on the other hand, will be overkill for most people.
You don’t get a USB-C port with this model, although this would raise the price even further. And you’re likely to have a Micro-USB charger on hand anyhow. A cable is supplied in the box.
There are a number of software updates, including a new scrollable home screen layout with Kindle Unlimited, Prime Reading, Goodreads integration, and Amusing Facts. You can also invert the screen so that the text is displayed on a dark background. The new Reading Settings allow you to save profiles with varying fonts and sizes for different occasions or users. This comes in handy if you want to share your Kindle with your children.
The software and performance are nearly identical to the previous model. It is substantially slower than the Kindle Oasis 2. However, the storage has been increased to 8GB. The software is now compatible with all Kindle devices. Audible support, which was previously only available on the base Kindle and the Oasis, has now been introduced to the Paperwhite. Also, every book you’ll ever require is only a few clicks away.
The battery life is superior to that of the Oasis. The new Paperwhite can last three to four weeks with one hour of reading every day. The battery charges in around 3 hours using a 5W charger. According to Amazon, it will last for six weeks based on half an hour of reading per day, wireless turned off, and the light set at 13.
The new Kindle Paperwhite may not appear to be a significant upgrade, but it is far more than that. With the new model, you get more storage for all your ebooks and audiobooks as compared to its predecessor. If you’ve ever used a Paperwhite, you already know what you’re in for. You get a 300ppi 6-inch e-ink panel with 5 LEDs sets. Although it lacks a Type-C connector, dual-band Wi-Fi, the glass screen makes it durable for everyday use. Water resistance is a great upgrade, so you don’t have to worry about minor water spills. So, if you are looking for an affordable Kindle with good features, Paperwhite 10th gen is for you. It’s the most convenient Kindle to use for long-term reading.
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