by james | 8:16 am

So today I’m taking a look at the brand new Kindle Paperwhite which was released towards the end of 2018. This is the 10th Generation Kindle Paperwhite from Amazon. Packed with features such as being waterproof, Audiobook integration and weeks of battery life it’s no wonder people are paying attention. Let’s dive into the review and see what else it has to offer.

 

Special Features

It’s Waterproof!

I’m pleased to see that this is the second device that Amazon have released which is waterproof. A trend Amazon’s competitors had set a while back but at least Amazon got there in the end. It has the same level of compliance as the Kobo Forma (IPX8) which means that it can be submerged in 2 metres of freshwater water for up to 60 minutes. This should give you plenty of time to retrieve it if you accidentally drop it in the pool whilst on holiday.  

 

Audible Integration

Another great feature that they have taken from the latest generation Kindle Oasis is Audiobook integration. Amazon’s audio Service Audible has been seamlessly integrated into the Kindle Paperwhite which has replicated the same UI as those who currently use the app on their Android phones.

There is a catch though. In order to use this fantastic service you’re going to need to purchase some Bluetooth headphones as there’s no 3.5mm audio jack on the device. A feature they also unfortunately replicated from the Kindle Oasis. And with Bluetooth headphones you get the usual challenges of battery life, interference, connectivity issues, though this is not a specific issue to the Kindle Paperwhite just Bluetooth headphones in general.

 

A Battery Life Of Weeks 

So let’s talk about the battery life of the new Kindle Paperwhite. So Amazon are making the bold claim that the EReader can last up to 6 weeks on a single charge. They’ve even provided some stats to back up how they tested this:

“A single charge lasts up to six (6) weeks, based on a half hour of reading per day with wireless off and the light setting at 13.”

Source: Product Page Of Kindle Paperwhite

This is a full two weeks longer than the standard 4 weeks you tend to get out of other competitor EReaders. But wait there’s more. As the new Kindle Paperwhite uses a USB-C port to charge, it only takes 2 hours to be back to 100%. Some stats I’ve very impressed with.

 

Time To Finish Option

A nice feature that’s been added is the time to finish chapter option. This analyses you’re reading behaviour (e.g. how long you take to finish a page) to estimate how long it will take you to finish a chapter. A great feature if you’re trying to decide whether or not you have enough time to make it to the end of a chapter before life calls you back for some attention. The more you read, the more accurate this estimate becomes. Another nice feature here is that this is stored on the Kindle and not shared with Amazon so no need to worry if you’re a bit of a slow reader.

 

3G Model Available

Through the years there has always been a discussion as to how long will Amazon keep its free 3G service running. I’m happy to report that as Amazon have just released a 3G version of the Kindle Paperwhite, it looks like this service isn’t going anywhere for a few years. For those who are unfamiliar with the Kindle 3G option, it basically allows you to download books without the need for WiFi in over 50 countries for FREE. There’s no wandering the streets looking for a public WiFi spot. The current country list where this service is available is below:

 

Albania Argentina Aruba Australia
Bahamas Barbados Bermuda Bolivia
Brazil Bulgaria Canada Cayman Islands
Chile Colombia Croatia Czech Republic
Dominican Republic Ecuador El Salvador Grenada
Guam Guatemala Guyana Haiti
Honduras Hong Kong Hungary Iceland
India Ireland Jamaica Japan
Kenya Liechtenstein Macedonia Mexico
Montserrat Nicaragua Norway Panama
Paraguay Peru Philippines Poland
Puerto Rico Romania Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines South Africa Slovakia Slovenia
Switzerland Taiwan Thailand United States of America
Uruguay US Virgin Islands Venezuela

 

Borrowing Books From Prime Members

If you have a subscription to Amazon Prime then you get access to an additional benefit. Each calendar month you can borrow 1 book for free with no due dates or fees. The catalogue of books is in the hundreds of thousands so there’s sure to be something you would be interested in. One thing to note here is that it does not give you access to the full Amazon store’s collection of books but is a subset of this. If you chose to cancel your Amazon prime subscription, the books will expire on your device. You can read more detail about this service here.

This kind of service is something that I’ve commented in the past that has been missing from Amazon when comparing it to Kobo so it’s great to see Amazon upping their game here.

 

Kindle Unlimited

If you would describe yourself as a bit of a binge reader, then Kindle Unlimited is definitely for your. You pay Amazon a fixed monthly subscription and you can download as many EBooks as you want. This is a fantastic service than none of Amazon’s competitors offer. An additional benefit is that you can download as many Audio books too as part of the same service. I’m really impressed with this option Amazon.

Kindle Paperwhite Offers Great Reading Options For Kids

Features For Kids

Amazon has maintained its focus on getting kids interested in reading books with a whole range of achievements built into the EReader. These can be separate from the account of mum and dad so that little Timmy can focus on his own reading goals. Each child can track their progress and receive achievement badges once they hit certain milestones. There’s also a nice additional feature that allows kids to look up those more complicated words whilst reading.

 

The Design

So let’s take a look at the design. With the Kindle Paperwhite, Amazon have gone with touchscreenkindle paperwhite 2018

only approach with the exception of the power button. It’s a standard 6 inch display so nothing special here compared to the competitors.

 

Looking at the screen itself, Amazon claims that they’ve squeezed 62% more pixels in compared to their previous Kindles. Whether or not you can genuinely see this difference is debatable. You would need to have the old and new model side by side to really tell the difference.  

 

Amazon have improved the even lighting of their Kindle by introducing patented technology below

the glass which provides a nice even spread of light.

 

As mentioned before they introduced a USB C port for faster charging which is nice to see but let themselves down by not having a 3.5mm audiojack for listening to audiobooks.

 

The final point I want to touch on here is there are two storage options available. The 8GB or 32GB. This means they’re both capable of storing thousands or EBooks or hundreds of AudioBooks. Personally I’d go for the 8GB model unless you’re planning on dropping off the face of the earth and never connecting with the Marketplace again or deleting books.

 

Price

Alright, so with all these features what’s the cost? So the Kindle Paperwhite is now classed as a mid range EReader as it has more features than the standard Kindle 6 inch but not as many as something like the Kindle Oasis. That’s reflected in Amazon’s pricing structure but as they’re offering deals and changing prices all the time, I’d recommend checking on their website to confirm. I tend to wait for key holiday events coming up as Amazon tend to slash prices on their EReaders.

 

Some Specs To Compare Against

I’ve included a summary of some of the specs that I feel are personally important to consider when looking at getting a new EReader.

 

New Kindle Paperwhite Old Kindle Paperwhite Kindle Oasis Onyx Boox Darwin 3
Size 6 Inches 6 Inches 7 Inches 6 Inches
Weight 191g 217g 194g 182g
Display 300 PPI 300 PPI 300 PPI 212 PPI
Colours available Black Black/White Black Black

 

Comparing Against The Previous Model

I wanted to call out some key differences compared to the previous model:

  • The new Kindle Paperwhite is waterproof
  • The new Kindle Paperwhite has AudioBook integration
  • The new Kindle Paperwhite only comes in Black
  • The new Kindle Paperwhite has better integration with the Amazon library (e.g. Kindle Unlimited etc)
  • The new Kindle Paperwhite is considerably lighter than the previous model

 

What I Likekindle paperwhite 2018

It’s great to see Amazon pushing boundaries again in the EReader space. They

had become a little complacent when being the market leader which did allow others to catchup. Integrating audio has been a gamechanger and it will take their competitors many years to come up with a service even vaguely equivalent.

 

I also like the simple design. No pressure buttons on the sides which are frankly unnecessary in this day and age. Keeping the EReader lightweight also means reading enjoyment for hours.

The final thing to call out here is the features they build for kids to keep them engaged in reading. No other competitor plays at active role in this space and it’s great to see Amazon stepping up here.

 

What I Don’t Like

Well I have to call out the Elephant in the room… the ‘experimental’ browser. The experimental browser that’s been experimental for over 9 generations of Kindle! Seriously Amazon, make a decision. Either fully support it or remove it.

They’ve also included an odd feature call page preview where you can preview up to 9 pages ahead before committing to selecting that page. If anyone can think of a logical reason why you would need to do this I’d love to hear from you.

Finally, the ads. Amazon is still stuffing banners onto your Kindle on the home-screen and the screensaver unfortunately. A feature I’d love to see removed as customers would probably agree they’ve paid enough just for the EReader.

 

Conclusion

Overall a solid device from Amazon where they have taken the majority of their learnings from the new Kindle Oasis. Despite some of the quirk decisions they’ve made (e.g. no 3.5mm audiojack, experimental browser etc) It’s definitely suitable for someone on a mid range budget that is looking for 80% of the top end features without the price tag to match.

Until next time

Cheers

James

 

Any questions? Feel free to drop in a comment below

Comments

sheilandc

I love this. This is a perfect gift for my daughter. She will absolutely love this. She loves books and is a wide reader. I love the fact that it is thin and very lightweight. Just the right size. Battery life for weeks? WOW who beats that? I’m excited, I can’t wait to get this for my daughter. Thanks for sharing.

Feb 10.2019 | 05:08 am

    james

    Hi Sheliandc,

    Thanks very much for your comment and so glad to hear that this would be an ideal gift! Let me know if you have any further questions and I’d be happy to help.

    Cheers

    James

    Feb 13.2019 | 02:06 am

Kinggold19

Wow, what an insightful review on this article. The Kindle paperwhite is really the game changer. I like all the features it came with most especially for kids, battery life for weeks. What could be more interesting, it is waterproof, audio quality is superb, it is touchscreen enabled. Am just loving this game changer. Thank you for this awesome review. Good job. 

Feb 10.2019 | 05:14 am

    james

    Hi Kinggold19,

    Thanks very much for the comment and glad you found the post interesting. Please let me know if you have any further questions about the device and I’d be happy to answer those.

    Cheers

    James

    Feb 14.2019 | 07:00 am

Louis

Hello James,

Thank goodness you also find the ads annoying as I do. I have been using my Amazon Kindle for a while now and it’s really old and becoming faulty. I know I’ll be needing to change my reader soon but I still believe the oasis and even Paperwhite are expensive. I really need the audiobook integration cos sometimes I’m too lazy to read.

Thanks for sharing, just need to put away extra bucks for this.

Feb 10.2019 | 05:18 am

    james

    Hi Louis,

    Thanks for your comment. Glad to hear you found the post useful. Kobo’s are the way to go if you’re look for Ad free EReaders. Let me know if you need anymore help on picking your next great EReader!

    Cheers

    James

    Mar 26.2019 | 07:16 am

Seun Afotanju

Thanks for this informative review, Technically the Kindle Paperwhite is more than just an e-reader, as it now has Bluetooth for playing back audiobooks too. It also has excellent reading experience, with a great screen, good battery life and ease of use that’s second to none, getting one is going to be of great importance to my reading experience. 

Feb 10.2019 | 05:39 am

    james

    Hi Seun,

    Thanks for the comment. It really is a great all rounder device and is certainly disrupting the market with its competitive price point. Let me know if you have any further questions.

    Cheers

    James

    Mar 28.2019 | 06:39 am

seofarhan

Much obliged to you for sharing us such a decent gadget, that is ridiculously required for the general people who need to build his knowledge. That is such a decent gadget I had ever observed. I need not convey several books with me in the event that I have this digital book with me. What’s more, the most intriguing thing is after a full charge I can utilize it for about a month and a half. That is great. I will thank such of my heart, who make this contraption for us.

Feb 10.2019 | 05:49 am

    james

    Hi Seofarhan,

    thanks very much for the comment and glad you liked the review. It really is quite an impressive device. Let me know if you have any further questions and I’d be happy to help.

    cheers

    James

    Mar 31.2019 | 01:27 am

enrique vanegas

Thank you for sharing ¨AMAZON KINDLE PAPERWHITE REVIEW –IT´S A GAME CHANGER¨. I compare it with Kobo GIo HD which offers similar sharp fonts with a screen that matches the resolution of the new Paperwhite  and the Voyage  – plus it´s waterproof – but it´s slightly more expensive than the Paperwhite and lacks Amazon´s winning ebook ecosystem .The Kindle Store is still the ruler of the roost in the ebook space, and that seems unlikely to change anytime soon. So, if you want the best ebook selection available  at the best prizes, you will probably want to go with an Amazon device. No better choice than Amazon Kindle Paperwhite .Reading your pros and cons, this Paperwhite  is the right ebook reader for most people. That said, while the upgrade in resolution is easy to see, it´s probably not enough of a reason to upgrade from your second generation Paperwhite. But if you´re upgrading from an older ebook reader, or just buying one for the first time, the new Paperwhite is a no-brainer

Feb 10.2019 | 06:07 am

    james

    Hi Enrique,

    Thanks for your comment. You’ve made some good comparisons there between the other EReaders which are spot on. Let me know if you have any further questions please let me know.

    Cheers

    James

    Apr 01.2019 | 06:37 am

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