Review: 2nd-gen Kindle Paperwhite e-reader

Introducing the second generation Kindle Paperwhite from Amazon. Effectively owning the e-reader space, Amazon’s new Paperwhite features upgraded display technology, with higher contrast, faster processor, and new reading features such as “page flip”, “smart lookup” and “vocabulary builder”.

The Paperwhite 2 is 169mm x 117mm x 9,1mm in dimension and weighs a mere 206g. The 6-inch display uses e-paper technology with a built-in light, has 16-level gray-scale and 221ppi pixel density. It has a 1GHz processor, comes with 2GB of internal storage, with 1,2GB allocated for user content, and it holds about 1 100 books. Easily identifiable, the Paperwhite 2 comes with a glossy, black Amazon logo featured on the back of the device.

Ready for use straight out the box, the Paperwhite 2 requires no PC setup. The screen has no glare, and contrast has been improved. The high-resolution screen displays sharp and crisp text, which the user can customise – fonts can be changed from six available options, and you can choose from different text sizes and adjust the line spacing and margins.

Other new features in the second-generation Paperwhite include, “page flip”, “vocabulary builder”, and “cloud collections”. “Page flip” allows you to skim by pages or chapter without losing your place; “vocabulary builder” automatically adds words you’ve looked up in the dictionary, and displays them in context; Cloud collections” lets you arrange your library in customised categories and lets you access your other Kindle devices and reading apps.

Available at leading retailers, the second-generation Kindle Paperwhite with Wi-Fi only retails in South Africa for R2 499, while the Wi-Fi and 3G one goes for R3 299.

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