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The Pinnacle of Kindle Design & Technology
19 November 2018
I currently own 2 Kindles: 7th Gen Paperwhite and 2nd Gen Oasis (yes, I like to pamper myself while reading).
Both fell short for various reasons.
The 7th Gen Paperwhite’s screen is not flush and is prone to picking up dust or lint between the bezel and the screen. Its battery life is not as long-lasting as its predecessor (the 6th Gen PW probably has the most outstanding battery life of all Kindles), and I also made the mistake of using it in tandem with the luxurious Oasis.
The 2nd Gen Oasis came with many wonderful technological breakthroughs – a gorgeous 7-inch display, the battery stacked to one side which made it easier to hold with one hand, waterproof capability, and the extra storage – but it disappointed me at one key aspect: the ability to hold it for a long period of time. You see, the 2nd Gen Oasis was the first model to sport a metallic finish on the back. The reasoning behind this might have been to lend it a premium finish, but it is also had the unintended consequence of being very slippery, especially if your palms tend to sweat a lot. Add to this the fact that the edges were sharp and liable to dig into your skin. I have been using the Oasis regularly since launch day and the device still doesn’t feel like ‘mine’. I keep adjusting my hold and grip while reading after every few minutes – this is not something you expect to do after nearly a year of heavy use.
Hence, despite the fact that I already use 2 Kindles, the 10th Gen Paperwhite instantly caught my eye. Thankfully, purchasing it has turned out to be an addition of utility rather than overkill. With the new model, Amazon has realized the pinnacle of its vision for Kindle design and technology.
– The flush screen, just like the one on Oasis 2, is aesthetically pleasing to read.
– The new version is the lightest Paperwhite ever, which makes holding it for long periods even less of a chore. Gone are the days of switching hands or grips at regular intervals.
– The rounded edges don’t dig into my hand and let me focus completely on my reading.
– I am not one for using my Kindles near pools or while enjoying a bath, so waterproof capability comes in useful only if I ever happen to spill some sort of liquid on it.
Overall, if you are looking to upgrade to the 10th Gen Paperwhite for the features, then it might not present a whole lot of exciting new boxes to consider. But, from a design standpoint, the latest version truly excels at stripping away the noise even further, and transporting you into your own private bookish world.
Update (23/11/18): So I contacted Amazon Support regarding the update problem. The device was failing to update (via WiFi and USB) to the v126.96.36.199, which happens to be the latest version.
The response from Amazon Support: “I’d like to inform you that this is a known issue and a master ticket has already has been raised and the issue has been escalated and we are waiting for the update.”
They also assured that the problem was just a software problem, NOT a hardware problem. So I’m going to just sit tight and wait for the software patch to arrive. No big deal.
Update (30/11/18): Update to v188.8.131.52 successful. No more pending issues with the device.