Review – Is Kindle Paperwhite WiFi and 3G Worth It?

The invention of eBooks has changed the way people read. It has put reading in a fast forward pace to the future. To keep up with this dynamic pace, Amazon has come up with one of the best editions of Kindle e-readers it has ever launched – the Kindle Paperwhite 3 that’s available in Wi-Fi Only model and Wi-Fi with 3G model.

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What is Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi and Kindle Paperwhite 3G?

The screen of the Kindle Paperwhite 3 looks whiter than its predecessors and the text is clearer and crisper than before. It’s available in either Wi-Fi only or with 3G. The Wi-Fi version allows you to download books or access the web via the experimental browser, but only when it’s connected to Wi-Fi. The 3G version, however, allows you to download your books even if there is no Wi-Fi access. Below you’ll find other features present in these devices.

 

Pros:

  • Lighted Front Screen – The Kindle Paperwhite is one of the most popular e-reader available on the market. It has a matte material screen and it uses Carta e-paper screen technology that provides a almost no-glare screen. The resolution of the screen is 300 ppi which gives you a sharper image as well as allowing you to see the text on the screen clearer.

    With the build-in front light, you can enjoy reading your favorite book even in a dark room. You can also use the Paperwhite under the bright sun while you’re on the beach.  Last but not the least, the screen doesn’t have the grayish hue like what earlier models had.

  • Over a million eBooks title – Amazon has a vast collection of books, magazines, newspapers, etc. – available not only to the US but also to the rest of the world. The Kindle e-readers such as the Paperwhite 3 allows you to access such huge collection easily.

    With this e-reader, you can get books which are no longer sold in your local book shops. You can get exclusive titles and hard to find books. You can even borrow books from the public libraries

  • Extras – The Kindle Paperwhite is a lightweight gadget that’s packed with some extra features. At less than 8 oz weight, it has a dictionary, “X-Ray”, integrated Wikipedia and an experimental web browser.

    The X-Ray is one of the best tools integrated into an e-reader. It allows you to get to know the characters, places and events in the book further. Here is an Amazon customer review on this feature.

    You can also improve your vocabulary with the built-in Vocabulary builder. It also allows you to select a part of text and translate it to a different language via Google Translate, if you’re connected to the Internet.

    The experimental browser allows you to use Google and browse sites like Facebook but it’s not really advisable for Internet surfing. It’s quite slow and does not handle intensive graphics.

  • Battery Life – The Kindle Paperwhite’s battery life allows you to read for about six weeks straight, given that you do a 30-minute per day reading with the WiFi switched off. This feature is one of the key components of eBook readers. Compared to a tablet that requires daily battery recharging, the Kindle Paperwhite is ideal for long travels or going to places with limited power outlets.

    The downside though, like all front-lit Kindles, even at the lowest setting the light isn’t completely off (this annoys some people even though it’s almost imperceptible). If it could be turned off, chances are the battery would last even longer.

 

 Cons:

  • It doesn’t come with a wall charger – Not having a wall charger is such a hassle. You’d have to plug the Kindle Paperwhite to your computer to recharge. How about if its battery runs low at night and you’d like to use it while charging? Guess you have to turn your computer on. To avoid this, you can get a wall charger.

  • No expandable memory – This device can hold about 1,600 books give or take based on our own findings of the typical Kindle eBook size. Amazon does provide unlimited cloud storage for the books you’ve bought from them. The Kindle books you bought from Amazon are always on the cloud and you can get them again whenever you need them. But you can only use the cloud storage with an Internet connection.

  • No more audio output – Sadly, audiobooks are unavailable for this gadget and all current Kindle e-readers. Some previous Kindle e-readers integrated an audio output, thus, allowed users to listen to Audible books.

  • Pay extra to remove Ads – Actually the ads only show up in your lock screen and under the home screen. Furthermore, the ads do not show up in between pages as you read. So they are really not that bothersome. Anyway, if you dislike this, you have to pay extra for the ads to be removed. Here you can find an Amazon customer review on the ads.

 

Who would love to have a Kindle Paperwhite Wi-Fi and Kindle Paperwhite 3G?

The Kindle Paperwhite 3 can give anyone who buys it a really good reading experience.

 

Kindle Paperwhite (Wi-Fi Only)

  • People who would like to always have a book with them.

  • People who would love to spend some time reading at night before they go to bed.

  • People who would like to read outside, on the beach, for example.

  • People who are visually impaired but really like to read.  (Here is a Amazon customer sharing on this).

  • People who would like to focus on reading alone and not be distracted by other stuff.

  • Senior citizens who would want to ditch the magnifying and would like to read with ease. (Here is a Amazon customer sharing on this).

  • Kids who need to focus on reading.

  • Parents who would like to read stories to their kids at bedtime.

  • Book lovers of any age.

 

Kindle Paperwhite (with 3G)

  • All of the above mentioned people.

  • People who don’t have Wi-Fi readily accessible.

  • People who will bring this e-reader when they travel.

 

How can this device make your life better?

One of our team members grew up visually impaired. All her life, she has stuck a book to her face (literally) to be able to read. A device like this could have helped her a lot in school back then. Luckily the Kindle Paperwhite can now help people like her read better. There are other things too that this e-reader can do for you:

  • It can help you focus on reading (some people get easily distracted).

  • You can now have books in your bag without carrying something really heavy.

  • Kids can now feel like they have a cool gadget but still be in the “reading zone”.

Here’s a short video review from an Amazon customer, for you to see whether the device actually suits you. Indeed, reading is something that takes you on a journey, like a magic carpet. So if you’d like to fly in the world of reading you can take this baby for a spin!

 

 

A Parting Note: “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

 


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