Amazon Kindle Paperwhite South Africa review: Excellent reading experience, slightly diminished battery life
The Kindle Paperwhite delivers a brilliant display, intuitive touchscreen interface and a sleek and attractive design. Here’s our Kindle Paperwhite 2016 reviews.
What better way to test an eReader than with reading, reading and more reading! And that’s exactly what we did with the Kindle Paperwhite over an extended read-a-thon over the course of 2 weeks. And is the Paperwhite still the best eReader out there? Read on and find out in our Kindle Paperwhite Review.
Kindle Paperwhite South Africa: Overview
Coming in at the middle of the range, the Kindle Paperwhite is Amazon’s best selling Kindle version and sits between the entry-level Kindle 8th Generation and the flagship top of the range Kindle Voyage. As expected from the Kindle range, the Paperwhite comes with a glare-free eInk display, which supports touchscreen navigation. In addition – and in contrast to teh cheaper model – the Paperwhite’s screen is back-lit, meaning that you can easily read your Kindle at night without the need for additional lighting.
Kindle Paperwhite Price South Africa
The Kindle Paperwhite can be purchased directly from Amazon (yes, they do ship to South Africa), or locally from various online shops from R2479. When you buy the Kindle Paperwhite you can chose between the Wifi only or 3G enabled version – more on this below – as well as the Special Offer version, which allows Amazon ads to be displayed on the homescreen of your Kindle. Personally, I find these rather unobtrusive and I’d rather spend the additional money on books;p
You also have to make sure that you are buying the latest Kindle Paperwhite, which would be the 2015 version. The eReader has been around for a few years, and looks very similar in terms of appearance to some of the older models, so make sure you confirm the exact model before buying. Alternatively, you can just follow this link and buy directly from Amazon’s international shipping page.
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2015) review: design and build
Even though the Paperwhite comes in almost R1k above the entry level Kindle, the extra expenditure is definitely reflected in a better, sleeker and more refinded product. In terms of dimensions, it comes in at 169 mm x 117 mm x 9.1 mm, weighing just 219g making it very comfortable to hold for extended periods of time. In additiona, the Paperwhite’s back is covered in a soft, velvety type of rubber which offers excellent grip.
Whilst the Kindle will never win any design awards, it’s design remains focused around delivering the most uninterrupted, functional reading approach and Amazon has perfected this design over may years and different iterations of its Kindle range. The touschreen is exceptionally user friendly and allows for easy navigation through your book and the backlight ensures you can maintain the perfect reading experience even in low light situations.
For the techonarati out there, the Kindle Paperwhite has a 16-level grey scale 6in Paperwhite display with Carta e-paper technology and built-in light, optimised font technolofy and a very detailed resolution of 300 ppi (almost twice the resolution of the standard Kindle).
For the less technically savvy among us, this basically means that you get a super sharp, back lit, non glare screen that delivers a crystal clear reading experience!
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2015) review: features
In addition to the exceptional screen and the backlit funtionality, the Kindle Paperwhite offers a decent battery life. Even though it pales in comparison to the Kindle 8th Generation, the fact that it does power 3G and the back light, Amazon claims that the Kindle Paperwhite can nevertheless churn out up to six weeks of reading pleasure and charges via USB in around four hours. That battery life claim is based on half an hour of reading per day with wireless off and the light setting at 10. Battery life will vary based on light and wireless usage and – reader – it does.
During our test – which arguably exceeded the 30min per day limit – we found we had to charge it around once every 10 days.
The Kindle Paperwhite: Final Verdict
With the exception of some minor quibbles around the battery life – and then only when compared with the 8th Gen Kindle – the Kindle Paperwhite remains the best eReader available in South Africa. It’s not the cheapest, but the added backlight functionality and the access to 3G make the extra cost an acceptable investment in your reading experience.