A couple of weeks ago I told you I had reviewed the new Kindle Paperwhite on the Amazon website, and I rated it a 5 out of 5 stars, and thought this was tremendously better than the Kindle Touch. I’ve received several questions – via email and on the Amazon review forum – that I felt like answering in a blog post vs. on the Amazon website. Besides, I figure there may be a lot more of you who have similar questions, and as we enter the prime Christmas buying season you may have questions you didn’t even know you had!
If you do buy a Paperwhite, make sure you get one of the covers – the design on this one is really neat. You can read the review I wrote for the cover if you click here or type in http://bit.ly/pwcoverreview into your web browser.
On another note, if you think the reviews were helpful, I would appreciate a “Yes” vote with the voting button at the bottom of the review on the Amazon website!
Here are the questions I received in no particular order in bold-face and italicized type, with my answer in a regular font.
Can the light be turned off?
Yes, it can – you can adjust the brightness higher or lower. To adjust the lighting, while reading a book activate the menu by tapping / sliding from the top third of the screen. The middle icon on the menu that pops up looks like a lightbulb to me (it may look like a text bubble to others) – tap that icon once. A new popup with a slider bar will appear – to make it brighter, tap and hold the scale and drag your finger up. To make it dimmer, scroll the slider bar down and take it all the way down to turn it off completely.
A question about page turning : can you tap either side in different spots to go forward or backward a la the buttons on previous models or is it like the Fire left=back, right=forward?
There are no buttons, but turning the page is easier. I just tap either side with my thumb.
I love my kindle keyboard is this paperwhite better?
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Your experience may vary and I’m not about to tell you one or the other.
Does it have a camera?
Will all my books be transferred from touch to paperwhite or do they appear on all kindles?
Your books can (vs. will) be transferred to your new Kindle, but Amazon isn’t going to do that on Day One: you have to tell the Amazon server what books to transfer. You can do that from the Paperwhite or from the Manage My Kindle section of the Amazon website. The user manual on your Paperwhite (it’s an eBook) will tell you how to do it.
I am waiting for my Kindle paperwhite, do I need to buy the power adaptor that is shown for 9.99?
The paperwhite comes with a USB charging cable, but not the adaptor to plug into the wall (which is a pain in the neck). Most people have extra ones of these laying around, but I needed another one and bought it for $9.99 on Amazon. You can click here to see the one I bought, but please note the price has reverted to $19.99; you can click here to read the review I wrote for it. I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars at the $9.99 pricing because this is a rapid charger with more output need for a Fire.
To charge your Paperwhite, but I would look for something else that does the same job – for $6.32 and free shipping, you can get a power adapter that you can plug four devices in: click here to see it. For the Paperwhite and other e-Ink Kindles, this one should be satisfactory vs. paying $20 for one.
I also use the power adapter that came with my cell phone – why not check yours out first before spending more of your money? As my Dad always said growing up, and still says it today, “…hard times are coming, save your money!”
Is the battery life better on the Paper White vs the Touch?
I don’t know. I’ve had the Paperwhite “on” for the last two weeks with Wi-Fi on the whole time, and the battery indicator still shows one-third full; I haven’t been reading on it for about a week, so that skews the informal test. In comparison to the Touch, who knows? I disliked the Touch so much I put it on the shelf and only pulled it out to test things with the blogs I publish as well as tests of my books and how they looked on the screen.
Why is the Paperwhite so much heavier than the Kindle Keyboard
It’s not heavier – the Wi-Fi version is just 7.5 ounces, which is about 14% lighter than the Kindle Keyboard. The 3G version is 7.8 ounces, which is 10% lighter than the Kindle Keyboard.
What is the expected life of the light in the Paperwhite – like normal lamps have life in terms of hours of use? Do we have to replace it once in a way?
I have no idea, but I would be willing to bet it is at least 366 days (1 day beyond the warranty term).
How does the Paperwhite perform with illustrations or tables?
I don’t know, as I haven’t come across anything like that in what I have read lately. If one of you reading this post has, please comment in the comment field at the bottom of this post!
What’s your experience vis-a-vis the pin-blue-green coloration noted by many of the 4- and 5-star reviews? I was all set to order the Paperwite, but was stopped in my tracks by those comments.
I haven’t noticed that on my Paperwhite. Who knows, it could be there – I usually get so engrossed with what I am reading (my family can attest to it) that it could be there but I never noticed it! After seeing this question, I purposefully tried to see something like that, but didn’t.
Hope that helps!
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