A Review Of The New Kindle Paperwhite

Launched in October 2021, the new generation Kindle Paperwhite promises to be a big step up from its 2018 predecessor. We look at what this new Kindle offers and if it is worth buying. The revamped Kindle Paperwhite comes in a standard, signature edition, and a Kids edition making it an ideal family package.

Price and Availability

This new generation Kindle was launched in October 2021 worldwide and is available on Amazon and other online and physical stores. The standard edition price starts at $139.99 up to $159.99. The signature edition retails at $189.99, and the high-end Oasis edition comes in at $249.99.

What’s different

The price difference is based on adverts; the standard edition has adverts, while the signature and oasis editions do not have advertising. There is also the storage difference, the standard has 8GB of storage, and the signature edition is 32GB. The high-end signature edition also comes with wireless charging. So that is where your extra $50 goes to.

We had hoped that the latest Kindle edition would also be able to adjust its temperature in line with the ambient lighting. There still is no cell phone option on this Kindle, so you can’t text, play online casino or watch an Amzon movie while downloading your ebooks. Perhaps with the new upgrade, these options may become available although there isn’t any guarantee it will happen anytime soon.

The first thing you will notice on the new model is its size, and the display screen is a bigger 6.8 inches, with the oasis being 7-inches; this increase has slimmed the bezels around the screen slightly. You get better display quality with the extra LEDs (up to 25 on the oasis) and 300ppi resolution. It’s very bright but can automatically adjust the brightness depending on the external environment. This new version is heavier by an extra 26g compared to the 2018 version.

What we appreciate about this Kindle is that it comes with USB-C charging, which means you can use most of your existing modem cables. In addition to the extra storage, the signature edition has an adjustable backlight.

Pros

  • Longer battery life and fast charging via USB-C cable
  • Larger and brighter display
  • Waterproof
  • Automatic brightness adjustment

Cons

  • It doesn’t support non-Amazon books
  • It still doesn’t have physical buttons
  • Expensive
  • Bulkier

Summing Up

Both the 2018 and 2021 versions are great, priced affordably, and offer more than basic ebook readers, and both versions come with impressive IPX8 waterproofing. There are still no physical buttons on the Kindle, so that’s something we will have to live with until the next edition, where hopefully, Amazon will hear our cries. Overall the new Kindle Paperwhite is really great and an upgrade to the already excellent 2018 version.

If you are a first-time Kindle buyer, buying the 2021 version would be advisable since some ebook titles are unavailable on the older versions. On the other hand, if you have recently bought a Kindle and it is still new and works well, there is no need to rush for the new one. If you have the extra $50 to spare, then the signature is for you, but it looks like the standard edition will do just fine if you don’t mind the advertising.

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