PROS • Now waterproof • Much-improved 6-inch high-resolution 300ppi screen • Thinner and lighter design
CONS • Can get expensive • Unlike the Kindle Oasis there are no physical buttons
Amazon’s mid-range Kindle Paperwhite is back with a few new modifications for 2018.
With the latest Kindle Paperwhite, Amazon adds greater storage options, which means you can carry even more books on a single device.
It’s also the thinnest and lightest Paperwhite yet, measuring at just 8.18mm thick and weighing 182g.
It certainly beats lugging a copy of War and Peace around in your bag, guaranteeing a more comfortable reading experience in bed, on the sofa, or on your morning commute.
And when your bus or train does reach its destination, the 2018 model’s more durable design means that you can throw it in your bag without fear of scratching or breaking the device.
For greater peace of mind, you could opt for one of Amazon’s sleek new covers, which look good, offer increased protection and instantly turns the device on or off when opened or closed.
But the headline new feature of the 2018 model is waterproofing, which further cements the idea that a Kindle can be used in all conditions.
Want to light a few scented candles and read 50 Shades in the bath? The Kindle Paperwhite 2018 has you covered.
Reading by the pool on holiday and some over-excited children splash you with water? Not a problem for the Kindle Paperwhite 2018.
Paired with the excellent back light, the glare-free screen and a bumper battery that legitimately lasts for weeks – all things that make reading on a Kindle far superior to reading on a tablet – and the Kindle Paperwhite is an e-reader device that’s ideal for any given situation.
It’s remarkable that it’s taken Amazon this long to bring waterproofing to its mid-range Kindle devices – especially when Nook and Kobo devices were doing it years ago. Still, it’s better late than never.
The screen itself has also been improved, featuring a 6-inch high-resolution 300ppi display which now includes five LEDs and an adjustable front light.
The only thing Amazon hasn’t really addressed is the lack of physical buttons, which are exclusive to the significantly more expensive Kindle Oasis model.
On the one hand this leaves you with a cleaner device that’s much better to look at – and the Kindle Paperwhite is a seriously good looking piece of kit – but the flipside is that the touchscreen can be a tad unreliable.
It’s definitely something you can get used to, but issues do arise when turning pages and highlighting words/text.
Highlighting passages and making notes is an extremely useful feature when you’re studying a book for school or university, but be warned that it can be a fiddly and frustrating process when trying to do so accurately.
Fortunately, it’s not too big of a problem when you get used to navigating the touchscreen, and the Paperwhite’s pros far outweigh the cons.
One thing that is also worth noting is the price.
The new Kindle Paperwhite starts from £129.99 which is what you’d probably expect to pay for this device but start adding more storage and 4G and things can get very expensive.
In fact, the top-end 32GB version will set you back over £219 which seems a little pricey for a Paperwhite.