Gadget Review: Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

While historically I have not been a voracious reader, I came to realize that I could be better using my time in hotels instead of watching guilty pleasure TV.  When I decided to start reading more, I realized that for longer periods of reading, my iPad Mini using my Amazon Kindle App was just not cutting it.  It was heavier than I wanted and I was concerned about the high level of "blue light" might impact my sleep.  Since I am often changing domestic time zones frequently, I didn't want to put my sleep at further risk.

With that in mind, I decided to purchase an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite.  I really love it. It is light.  7.2 ounces (I did not get the 3G version which is slightly heavier since I am able to access Wi-Fi in most places even if I have to use my phone as a tether). 

The battery life has been impressive for me.  But, the main reason I choose the Paperwhite was because of the screen.  Amazon touts it with the following info:

Won't tire your eyes in the dark:  Kindle Paperwhite guides light toward the surface of the display with its built-in front light—unlike back-lit tablets that shine in your eyes—so you can read comfortably for hours without eyestrain. Adjust your screen's brightness for great reading in any light.

I really agree.  It is easy to read on and the screen is adjustable but not overly bright. 

I got my Paperwhite on sale so I only paid $90 instead of the current price of $120.

Verdict:  I recommend it if you are wanting to read on the road.  While I appreciate a desire to read a printed book, I can't carry the variety of books that I am able to with the e-reader.