Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Unboxing and Review


Hey guys, Jarrod here and today we’re going
to check out the Kindle Paperwhite e-book reader from Amazon, so don’t go anywhere! Inside the box we have a Micro USB cable for
charging the device, there’s no AC power adapter included so you’ll either need a separate
one or charge off of a computer. There’s also a quick start guide which contains basic instructions
and the device itself. The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is a lightweight
and portable e-book reader from Amazon. I’ve been using my Kindle daily on the commute
to work for the past couple of months and thought I’d cover some of the things that
I like about it here. First we’ll take a look at the exterior of
the Kindle Paperwhite starting with the front. The front features the 6″ E-ink Carta HD screen,
which I’ll cover in a bit more detail later on. Other than that there’s the Kindle logo
under the screen and that’s about it. The material around the border of the screen on
the front is black plastic does quite a good job at hiding finger prints. The back has a nice texture to it which should
help prevent it from slipping in your hand, however it’s quite the finger print magnet
so after time it can actually look quite bad so you might want to look at getting a case
to prevent that. The material on the back also covers the sides and it’s different to
the material from the one on the front face. The bottom of the Kindle Paperwhite features
a Micro USB slot for charging, and the power button which is used to turn the kindle on
and off. There’s nothing on the top or either side
of the device. Alright so let’s get back to the screen. The
screen of the Kindle Paperwhite is a touch screen, it doesn’t show finger prints which
is great as you will be sticking your fingers all over it to turn pages and interact with
the device. It’s covered with a matte texture which makes reading in direct sunlight possible
without any annoying glare, which I’ve found to be extremely useful when compared to reading
off a glass screen tablet. The screen can also be used in the dark or
any level of brightness for that matter, as it features a light with adjustable levels.
The screen is not backlit, so the light does not come straight out of the screen and directly
into your eyes which can be tiring for your eyes, instead the light comes out from the
sides of the device. The light will not automatically turn off if you are reading in a bright room
or in direct sunlight however, so it’s important to remember to turn it off the light when
not using it to save battery power. The resolution of the screen is 300 pixels
per inch which is pretty decent for an E-ink e-book reader, I’ve been constantly impressed
with the quality and crispness of the letters that display. When I first got the Kindle
Paperwhite I was a little worried about the quality of the screen, having never used an
E-ink screen before. I can now see that this was silly as the quality is excellent. The screen also provides 16 levels of grey
scale, which allows different levels of grey to display which actually does an alright
job at displaying images in books. While I did have to zoom in on most images to see
them correctly in the page, the Kindle Paperwhite did an acceptable job at displaying these
considering the E-ink screen. Now lets take a look at some of the other
internals and specs of the Kindle Paperwhite. The paperwhite comes in both Wifi only or
Wifi and 3G models, I have the Wifi only model as I don’t really need to use Internet on
the Kindle while I’m out, I can always tether to my phone if I desperately need to purchase
and download a book, which I can’t see happening too frequently. The wifi only model weighs
in at 205g while the wifi and 3G model it a little heavier at 217g. The wifi options supported include 802.11b,
g, and n which most wireless routers should support as these are the most common standards.
The Kindle Paperwhite will also work with WEP, WPA, WPA2 or WPS networks. Leaving Wifi
on constantly will increase the drain on the battery over time, so if not needed you can
save your battery by enabling Airplane mode which can be found under settings. Speaking of the battery, this is another of
the amazing things that the Kindle Paperwhite has to offer. The battery life advertised
by Amazon claims that it will last 6 weeks with wifi off and setting the light to 10
(which is about 1/3rd of the brightness level), and from my testing I definitely do believe
this. Personally my battery was barely under half used after a whole month with the light
off and wifi off, and that was with approximately 1 hour of use per day. The E-Ink screen is
a key factor to the epic battery life that the Kindle Paperwhite provides, as E-Ink screens
typically have extremely low power requirements, as power is mainly required to change what
is displayed on the screen but not so much to constantly display the content. Compare
this to a tablet which will require constant power to keep all pixels lit up which definetly
does use a lot more battery power to maintain. The Kindle Paperwhite comes with 4gb of internal
storage, which Amazon say is enough to store “thousands of e-books” which is probably fairly
accurate given the small file sizes of various books. Books that you purchase from Amazon
can be synchronized to the device from the Internet so you don’t need to store all of
your books on the actual device itself, just the ones that you actively want to read. The supported file formats that the Kindle
paperwhite can read are the Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle format (AZW), TXT, PDF, and
MOBI which are fairly common files types for e-book readers. If you’re just buying e-books
from the Amazon website you don’t really need to concern yourself with this, as the books
you purchase and download will just work perfectly fine. I really have to give credit to Amazon
on how easy it is to purchase a book and sync it to the device, I’ve found their 1 click
purchase option both easy to use and dangerous as it’s almost too easy for me to easily purchase
a bunch of books, as they offer a very large selection to choose from. It’s possible to put your own documents such
as books in PDF format that you may already have onto the Kindle by using the Send To
Kindle program. Essentially you download the application from
After installing it you can simply right click a PDF file on your computer and select send
to kindle, the file will upload to Amazon and be converted so that it can be read on
the Kindle. You’ll then be able to download it and read it on the Kindle. I’ve found some
limitations when doing this, such as the estimates of time remaining for the rest of the book
which usually display in the bottom left hand corner don’t work correctly, and the words
also appear to display a little less clear which may vary on a PDF file by file basis
and how it’s converted. Regardless it’s still really great that you can bring in your own
files onto the device, the environment isn’t a closed off walled garden. The user interface on the Kindle is quite
user friendly and pretty easy to use, simply touch toward the top of the screen to open
up the menu. From the menu you can go to the home screen, go back, change the brightness
level of the inbuilt light, browse the store if you have an Internet connection, perform
a search, or activate goodreads, or view further options such as the device settings and these
options will change depending on where you are in the device, such as if you’re on the
main screen or in a book you might get some different options here. From the home screen you can view books from
either the cloud, that is books you have purchased that are available to download from the Internet
to your device, or books that you have already been downloaded and stored on the device which
are ready for reading. In order to read a book you’ll need to download it first, so
you will want to do this before going out for instance if you have the Wifi only model,
otherwise you can download books over 3G at any time if you are using the 3G model. From the home screen you can browse your books
and touch any of them to open them and start reading. If you’ve previously opened the book
and started reading you’ll be taken to the page you were last up to. When viewing the
list view of books available you will see a dotted line underneath the book title which
represents your progress, showing how far you currently are through the book. Once a book has been opened, simply touch
the right hand side of the screen to go to the next page, or touch the left hand side
to go back a page. While reading a book the bottom of the screen will display some useful
information, the bottom right shows a percentage which represents how far you are through the
book. You can touch the bottom left to change what is shown, for instance you can display
the current location, the estimated time to read the current chapter, or the estimated
time left to complete the book. The time remaining is estimated and personalized based on your
reading speed, so the estimation will constantly update over time as you read more and more
and the Kindle has more information to work with. This allows you to see how much time
is left at a quick glance which is pretty great, for example while on the bus I can
see if I can finish the next chapter before I arrive at my destination. While reading a book you can pinch the screen
in or out to change the font size. This can also be done by selecting the menu at the
top and then selecting the font size button. From here you can also search the book, share
it, or flip through a preview while staying on your current page. Text throughout a book can also be highlighted
by touching the text and holding down for a couple of seconds and then letting go. This
allows you to search the selected text in Wikipedia, translate it to another language,
type in a note for yourself, you can even share it on Facebook or Twitter. You can optionally
select the highlighted text and select highlight which will let you view it later, this is
useful if you want to read over a key point later on in the future. After highlighting
the selected text you can view your highlights at and after logging in
you just select the Your Highlights button and all of the text that you’ve highlighted
will display there. If you’re only highlighting a single word it will also show the dictionary
meaning by default for you which is pretty nice. The Wikipedia search, translate or sharing
options will not work without an Internet connection, however the dictionary does actually
work in offline mode which no Internet which is really great, it allows you to quickly
look up words that you might not understand in the dictionary at any time. So in conclusion I’ve found the Amazon Kindle
Paperwhite great to use on a daily basis, the battery lasts for weeks, the screen can
be viewed in any lighting condition, it’s very light weight and can be held with one
hand for long periods of time, the screen looks great and displays the content very
clearly. I don’t have many downsides here, mainly the finger print magnet material on
the back which does look a bit messy, however this isn’t even a problem for me anymore as
I’ve started using a case on my Kindle so that I don’t have to worry about just tossing
it into my backpack. I’m not really a fan of physically printed
paper based books, I like the idea of having one generic device that I can use that I can
use and have all of my books on it which will save a lot of space over time as I wont be
accumulating physical books. I used to read books off of my 10″ Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro
which is an Android tablet, but found it difficult with the shiny glass screen, and the weight
of the tablet in one hand didn’t go so well, and also the battery life only lasted me about
a week in that case. All of these issues are addressed by the Kindle Paperwhite so I’ll
definitely continue to use it for the majority of my reading going forward. Overall I’ve found the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
an excellent e-book reader and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for an e-book
reader. So what did you guys think of the Kindle Paperwhite?
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3 thoughts on “Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Unboxing and Review”

  1. Fabrizio says:

    Great production value on the video, and also great review.

  2. Anil Jethwa says:

    Best review of paperwhite on you tube.

  3. AngelxDarkness22 says:

    I'm thinking about buying one. What I don't get? Why is it without colours? So my books covers will always be black/white?

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