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27-01-2015


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Electronic book Amazon Kindle Paperwhite: review and testing

For many of today's users Amazon is not just a trading platform on the Internet. Starting in 1994 as a modest online bookseller, it gradually grew into the largest industrial giant, which has many sales offices around the world. The arsenal of the company contains a variety of gadgets, including tablets and smartphones, but e-books along with quality service won the hearts of fans of the brand. In middle November 2007, Amazon took the first steps to the triumphant ascent to the devices for reading with their firstborn - Amazon Kindle of the first generation. And according to practice, it is relevant even today.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

And now, after seven years and five generations there is one of the most successful and very interesting models - Amazon Kindle Paperwhite of second generation, which fell into our hands. Even against direct competitors, not to mention its ancient ancestor, the novelty looks very decent and boasts all the essential qualities that should be expected from a modern reader. So let’s proceed directly to the detailed examination of its technical characteristics.

The specs:

Producer

Amazon

Model

Kindle Paperwhite (2014)

CPU

Freescale i.MX 6SoloLite: 1 core ARM Cortex-A9, 1 GHz,

L2 cache – 256 КB

Display

6", 1024 x 758 p (212 dpi), technology E Ink Carta,

16 gray scale, touch-sensitive with highlighting 

RAM

256 МB

ROM

4 ГБ (+ 5 GB of cloud storage Amazon Cloud)

Card-reader

Sockets

1 x micro-USB

Multimedia

Speaker

Microphone

Community

Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n)

Sensors

Additional capabilities

Brand book store Amazon, Browser, Vocabulary,

Services GoodReads and Kindle FreeTime

Book format

Kindle (AZW), Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively,

HTML, DOC, DOCX

Audio format

Picture format

JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP (conversion is required)

Battery

Lithium-pol cell

Charger

(charging requires connection to PC)

Dimensions

169 x 117 x 9,1 mm

Weight

206 g (option with Wi-Fi)

215 g (option with Wi-Fi + Free 3G)

Color

Black

OS

Kindle 5.6.1.0.2 (Linux)

Warranty

12 months

Producer website

Amazon

Packaging and content

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

E-book Amazon Kindle Paperwhite of the second generation is shipped in a small, but fairly dense box. It is made of high quality cardboard, painted in matt black, and has a pleasant texture to the touch. Traditionally, Amazon's packaging differs by concise design and is primarily for reliable transportation of the device. The design includes company logos and a small sticker, which shows the basic technical information (name of the reader, the serial number, legal address of the manufacturer).


Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Also the package is very minimalistic. It contains only the most essential elements: USB-cable, Quick Start Guide (black book) and warranty card (white booklet).

But don’t forget that you can purchase a wide range of accessories: from the banal charger to the corporate cover with backlight.

Design and elements layout

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

In terms of design the product is almost indistinguishable from its predecessor the e-book Amazon Kindle Paperwhite of the first generation. We have all the same right lines, rounded edges and an abundance of high quality plastic. The developers have done everything possible in order to the design does not distract the user from the main occupation, namely leisurely reading of favorite books.

The device has compact dimensions (169 x 117 x 9.1 mm) and a fairly modest weight (206 g for the version with Wi-Fi module and 215 g for the version with modules Wi-Fi + Free 3G). This makes it easy to use the book for quite a long time without noticeable fatigue and discomfort.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Almost the entire front side of the reader takes a 6-inch screen. It is based on the technology of electronic ink E Ink Carta and has a pleasant and uniform illumination. Along the contour of the display is framed by small frame made of black matt and fairly smooth plastic. As compared with competitors, they look quite modest: 18 mm at the top, 27 mm at the bottom and 13 mm at the sides. However, this does not prevent to confidently hold the device in both portrait and landscape orientations.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Besides a logo, which is located under the display, other emblems, connectors or buttons are not provided.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

The upper and two side faces of electronic reader and have a rounded shape and are completely free of any elementы. All the available controls and communication ports are brought to the lower bound. In the center it has a small seal, where engineers put: the power button, the battery connector and micro-USB.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

The back side and sides of Amazon Kindle Paperwhite are made of high-quality black plastic with a pleasant soft-touch coating. This design allows to prevent slippage of the fingers in case of active operation of the device, however, it has one drawback. Even after short use the surface has clear signs of wet hands and fingerprints that slightly spoils the appearance of the device. Fortunately, you can remove it using the microfiber cloth.

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The back side is devoid of any controls. Here are only a mirror and a fairly large manufacturer's logo, as well as a number of technical information at the bottom edge of the back cover.

The build quality of Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is at the highest level. All parts are tightly fit: no backlashes or gaps. The case has an excellent stiffness, which provides a very high reliability of the entire structure. Under medium pressure you won’t hear squeaks and geometry of device is not changed. You should be careful only with the glass that covers the screen of the book. It does not have protective properties, so in case of fall it can be damaged.

Display

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

E-reader Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is equipped with a 6-inch touch screen with a resolution of 1024 x 758 pixels, pixel density of 212 dpi and display up to 16 shades of gray. The display is based on the newest technology of electronic ink E Ink Carta, which compared with the technology of E Ink Pearl HD differs by increased contrast ratio, a higher matrix refresh rate at copying and less residual "artifacts." This is more than enough for a clear and visually pleasing displaying of any information, including text with minimal points.

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The matte screen is made of unprotected glass. It copes with highlights and all kinds of lights, which allows to use e-book even with fairly bright sunlight outside. However, you should be very careful, because the unprotected surface is fairly easy subjected to mechanical damage in the form of scratches and chips.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

In addition, the display of e-book has a LED backlight. It is made in the form of 4 LEDs placed at the bottom of the screen, which is illuminated by a special light-guiding layer disposed over the entire surface of the matrix. This allows uniformly distribute light throughout the screen area, thereby to raise picture quality.

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The brightness is quite high and regulated within 24 gradations in manual mode. Also there is a fixed 25th level as a button "Max", which activates the maximum brightness. It is noteworthy that it is impossible to completely disable illumination. Even at the lowest level of brightness here is a weak uniform glow.

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Touch screen of Amazon Kindle Paperwhite proceeds up to 10 simultaneous key presses. It is quite sensitive and reacts quickly to the slightest touch. Due to the smart partitioning of the display on the controls the process of reading books becomes even more convenient, so there is no need to use separate buttons for page turning.

Software

The software part of the e-book Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is founded on the basis of a family of Linux-like OS. At the time of reviewing the device has the latest firmware version 5.6.1.0.2 (2547700002).

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

By tradition the software of the product has a simple and intuitive interface. It boasts a good set of features. Location of icons, menu items and settings are very well and has a logical and fairly convenient location. The main objective of the unit is a comfortable reading of books.

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Due to the support for popular formats (Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC, HTML, DOC, DOCX) and built-in access to the company Amazon store, the reader can easily pick out favorite books in accordance with the most demanding tastes and preferences. And the presence of cloud service Amazon Cloud will help organize it like a personal collection that will be available on all devices of Kindle family.

The main screen of Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is divided into three main parts. The top of the desktop has a thin status line where you can check the current time, battery level and status of the wireless network Wi-Fi, as well as the name of the reader. Under it is a small system menu with icons of fast access to all the main functions of the reader: "Home", "Back", "Brightness Adjustment", "Store", "Search”, «GoodReads» and "Settings". The main part of the screen is reserved for the e-book custom library, which can be sorted by several parameters. It contains recommendations of the store (incase if the the device is connected to the Internet) and a small ad banner, if you purchased a more affordable option of the reader.

And for those who decided to disable ads or just mistakenly purchased the device without knowing about the special offer, there are two ways to solve this problem. First means to pay $ 10 at the official website and thus disable pop-up banner. The second way is to write email to support service with an explanation that you don’t need such option. According to the practice Amazon comes to meet their users without any problems to disable advertising.

Section "Store" provides access to proprietary trading platform, which contains perhaps the largest collection of literature, presented in the Internet. Here you can purchase your favorite book, and immediately after payment to download it to the device. For convenience, the library is divided into three main sections: "Books", "Newspapers" and "Magazines". Also there is a subsection with bestsellers and recommended literature.

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Section "Search", is a very powerful and fast tool for finding the required files in the library of the device or in the catalog store. Just enter a few capital letters and the system will immediately start contextual search and display found results.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Using the section «GoodReads» the owner of reader can create a special social network for readers to share impressions about the books, give advice and just discuss the news of the literary world. However take into account that most of the information is in English.

The section "Settings" contains a huge list of options that allows you to configure the work in e-book. Thus, the user can adjust the display backlight, change the date and time, system language and keyboard layout, as well as setting of other equally useful functions.

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For example, the sub section "Vocabulary", in addition to the usual opportunities to search for information about unfamiliar words, there is a function of learning a foreign language. It allows you to add foreign words in a card file, and then using the built-in vocabulary allow to study their interpretation, structure and method of use, thereby extending active vocabulary.

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In addition setting has access to experimental features such as an Internet browser and parental controls Kindle FreeTime. The latter allows you to check the content read by the child and add only reliable literature. Besides after setting reading parameters (time and volume), parents can monitor the performance of tasks. And after achievement of the objective to encourage children with special icons.


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