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- No screen glare in bright sunlight
- Battery lasts weeks, not hours
- Next-generation built-in light, read without eye strain
All-new Paperwhite display - high resolution, high contrast touchscreen with built-in light and 8-week battery life, even with the light on. Kindle Paperwhite delivers clear, crisp text and images with no glare, even in bright sunlight. The patented built-in light evenly illuminates the screen, not the entire room, so you won't disturb your partner when you can't put your book down at night.
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Why I bought Paperwhite?
I had a Kindle, with an Amazon light cover. When I gave it to my father, I could have bought the same again, but went for a Paperwhite instead. Paperwhite has a built in light, which makes the pages white in colour as compared to Kindle's off white pages. This makes reading that more pleasurable. At night, a Paperwhite is uniformly lit, while a Kindle with a light cover has a single source of lighting at the top, which makes it non uniform, and by the time you reach the end of the page, the light is almost useless.
I am not even comparing it with iPad, Kindle Fire, or other devices on which you can read books, cause they suck at it.
Is it worth Rs. 8,999?
Well, a Kindle comes at Rs. 4,999. Add to that a cover with light Rs. 3,699 comes to Rs. 8,698. A Paperwhite will need a cover, which start at Rs. 699. Kindle has a ppi of 167 while Paperwhite has 212 ppi, but truly speaking, when you're engrossed in a book, it doesn't matter at all. Both are equally good and clear. After doing the above math, conclusion is, if you read in the daytime or are lucky enough to have a wife who doesn't tell you to turn off the light at night, Kindle would be a better purchase for you. As for others, who prefer reading a book to sleep, Paperwhite with its uniform lighting is a better purchase.
Next question: New Paperwhite for Rs. 10,999 or previous generation Paperwhite for Rs. 8,999 ?
The only difference between the two is ppi ... 300 vs 212, and the battery life ... 6 weeks vs 8 weeks. To be very true, I have not seen the new Paperwhite screen, so not sure how good the 300ppi looks, but for reading, even the Kindle with 167 ppi was good enough for me.
Thus for now, I would rather have a 212 ppi screen with more battery life at a cheaper price than otherwise.
I DISCUSSED THIS WITH AMAZON CUSTOMER SUPPORT AND AS ADVISED, I TOOK THE DEVICE TO AUTHORIZED SERVICE CENTER FOR A PAID REPAIR AS MY DEVICE WAS OUT OF WARRANTY, THE SERVICE CENTER TOOK THE DEVICE AND TOLD THEY WILL SEND THE DEVICE TO THEIR MUMBAI SERVICE CENTER FOR REPAIR AND I WILL BE GETTING THE COMPLETE DETAIL ABOUT THE PROBLEM WITH THE REPAIR CHARGES OVER EMAIL AND IF I WISH TO GO FOR THE REPAIR I CAN CONFIRM OVER EMAIL.
TO MY SURPRISE THE RESPONSE FROM DEVICE SERVICE SUPPORT TEAM WAS IT CAN’T BE REPAIRED AS THIS IS BER I:E BEYOND ECONOMICAL REPAIR. VERY HEARTBREAKING AND SADDENS THAT DEVICE CAN'T WITHSTAND FOR MORE THAN 4 YEARS ALTHOUGH HANDLED WITH UTMOST CARE.
VERY DUBIOUS SHOULD I BUY A NEW DEVICE, HOW LONG WILL IT LAST?
THE SOLE PURPOSE OF THE DEVICE IS PROVIDE BETTER READING EXPERIENCE ONLY AND IT CANT WITHSTAND BEYOND 3-4 YEARS AS I CONSIDERED IT AS ONE TIME INVESTMENT.
SO FINALLY I PAID RS 300O EVERY YEAR FOR READING EXPERIENCE AS AT THE END OF 4 YEARS THE DEVICE IS CAN'T BE REPAIRED.