KINDLE PAPERWHITE 7TH GENERATION : OWNER REVIEW
October 17, 2019
Hello! I am Jyoti from India. Being a student, I have to read many books. And, reading eBooks on the phone strains my eyes a lot. I needed an e-reader. That’s why I had to buy an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite. I spend most of my time with it now. It’s my favourite mobile device. So, I chose to review my Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 7th Generation here.
Weight & Size
The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 7th Generation weighs 7.2 ounces and is 6.7 inches by 4.6 inches by 0.36 inches (HWD) in size. The weight is satisfying; it is pretty light. But for the size, sometimes it feels too wide to hold with one hand for too long. Although its size is quite the same as that of a typical tablet, for the longer reading sessions it is hard for me to hold it with one hand for more than 45 mins. Though it depends on person to person. My elder brother can read from it with one hand for up to 2 hrs, but no longer.
Probably the best part of this Amazon Kindle Paperwhite E-reader is its battery life. I read for weeks for a few hours per day without needing to charge it. Also, it takes quite less time to get charged. So, when I happen to read some book urgently and the Kindle displays the low battery alert, I put it to charge for, say, 5-7 mins and start working back.
Some say that the word wise and the browser drains more battery than the normal reading. I agree with it. But, that too didn’t make any significant difference for my Kindle Paperwhite. The battery still went for days.
Kindle Paperwhite 7th Generation comes in two colours: black and white. My Kindle Paperwhite is black in colour. It has broad plastic bezels around it, similar to the tablets in the 2000s. But still, it looks great. Its screen feels like a paper, and its plastic body also gives similar sensation. I am not sure how strong is it; it’s not yet dropped on the floor. But, I think it can stand an accidental drop, if not the intentional throw. I shall give 9 out of 10 to its build quality.
It costs ₹10,999 (229.86 AUD) – a bit costlier. Though considering its uses, the price feels reasonable.
As an E-reader, I think it performs good. However, it is a bit slow. It takes some time to change the screen – though not too much but it’s noticeable. I think that’s because of its E Ink screen. Some even say that the Kindle takes more time to recognize the pressed key. It does. I have experienced that myself. But in my opinion, that doesn’t undermine its overall performance; it doesn’t bother too much. One can survive with that.
The thing I’d give 10 on 10. For the tech geeks, this Amazon Kindle Paperwhite has 300 ppi (pixels per inch) display and built-in adjustable light. This means that its display is very clear. And, as Amazon claims, it really reads like a paper. I can customize the brightness to suit my comfort. It doesn’t glare in the sunlight even. It doesn’t strain my eyes even when I read it at night. Like, I mentioned earlier that I have to read many eBooks that used to strain my eyes a lot, but now with Kindle Paperwhite, my eyes don’t strain. So, for the display, I can say that the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 7th Generation serves its purpose.
The box of this Kindle Paperwhite reads that the device has 4 GB storage. Though its settings option shows 3.4 GB the provided space. The rest of the space seems like been occupied by its software. Nevertheless, 3.4 GB is still enough for me. I have stored almost every book I need to read and that just filled nearly 1 GB of the space. Also, we can always delete the redundant books – that too is an option if you still run out of space. But I think for an average reader, this storage space is enough.
This Kindle uses WiFi connectivity. One can buy and download eBooks from the Kindle store or can read their own eBooks in it. To send your eBook to your kindle device, you can either send it via email or using the USB cable. The wireless way is very easy but if the size of the book is too much, you have to use the USB cable only, since the emails can’t send big files. This feels a bit messy but that’s fine. In the end, at least we get what we want.
This Amazon Kindle Paperwhite has some other features too like Passcode, Vocabulary Builder, Goodreads account, and Parental Control.
- Passcode: Passcode is similar to your mobile phone’s lock screen password. It locks your Kindle device. Keep in mind that if you forgot your Kindle passcode, the only way to get access again is that you reset your device.
- Vocabulary Builder: The words that you look-up while reading a book are automatically saved in Kindle for you to learn using its Vocabulary Builder. In Vocabulary Builder, you can learn the words using flashcards.
- Goodreads Account: One can add one’s Goodreads account in Kindle. With that, one can update friends on Goodreads about the book one is reading.
- Parental Control: The parental control on Kindle allows parents to restrict access to the web browser, the Kindle Store, the cloud, and Goodreads.
It was not a problem initially but as I grew my love for books, I felt the need for it to have the audio compatibility. Yes! It is not audio compatible. You can’t listen to the audiobooks in it. Though the later generations’ Kindle devices have the audio compatibility, this one doesn’t. This is the only thing that makes me feel like I need to upgrade my Kindle Paperwhite. Except this, I don’t see any other drawback. Rest is good for me.
I am quite satisfied with this Kindle Paperwhite. Just that I can’t listen to the audiobooks in it. I’d give overall 8.5/10 to this Kindle.