Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition (2021) Review: A Good Option for Serious Readers


Again in September 2021, Amazon launched its new Kindle Paperwhite (11th Gen) and a Paperwhite Signature Version with extra options. Beforehand up to date again in 2018, the Kindle Paperwhite (tenth Gen) obtained an IPX8 ranking and non-compulsory LTE capabilities. The brand new Kindle Paperwhite (eleventh Gen) maintains the IPX8 ranking and has a much bigger show with an adjustable heat frontlight, a USB Sort-C port, and a barely greater battery than the earlier mannequin, however solely Wi-Fi connectivity. The Signature Version, which is the one we’ll be reviewing as we speak, builds on the usual Kindle Paperwhite and provides extra storage together with different helpful options.

I’ve been utilizing the Signature Version of the Kindle Paperwhite (2021) for a number of weeks, and it is easy to conclude that it presents good worth for cash at Rs. 17,999 in comparison with the Kindle Oasis (2019), which is priced larger at Rs. 21,999 for its barely bigger show, extra buttons and premium construct high quality. Regardless of the Signature Version’s comparatively cheap value, I nonetheless discover that it’ll solely attraction to a choose set of patrons. This is why.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Signature Version (2021) construct high quality and design

The Kindle Paperwhite Signature Version seems to be similar to the usual Kindle Paperwhite. It has a plastic chassis with a rubberised texture on the again for grip. A small design change that simply differentiates the 2021 fashions from earlier ones is that there is only one huge, curved arrow (or smile)  now as an alternative of the Amazon brand on the again panel. The marginally greater 1,700mAh battery provides to the brand new Kindle’s weight of 204g which continues to be very gentle.

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The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 2015 (left) and Kindle Paperwhite 2021 Signature Version (proper) aspect by aspect

The most important design change to the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Version is on the entrance. The bezels on the edges and above the show have been lowered drastically when in comparison with the earlier mannequin. The house beneath the display screen continues to be fairly broad, however the total lowered bezel measurement along with the bigger show (that sits flush with the entrance face), offers the brand new Paperwhite a sleeker profile and a contemporary look. There is a barely raised border working alongside the perimeters which ought to present some safety for the display screen when the machine is positioned face-down.

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The brand new brand on the again of the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Signature Version (2021)

The Kindle Paperwhite Signature Version has a Sort-C charging port on the backside, subsequent to the facility button. The IPX8 ranking ought to present safety “towards unintentional immersion in as much as two metres of contemporary water for as much as 60 minutes, and as much as 0.25 metres of seawater for as much as three minutes,” as per Amazon. Briefly, it ought to survive a number of splashes of water or a lightweight drizzle, nevertheless it’s finest in the event you do not strive utilizing it underwater.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Signature Version (2021) show and efficiency

The 6.8-inch show is sort of huge and the slimmer borders across the prime and sides make it extra outstanding in comparison with any previous-generation Paperwhite. It maintains the 300ppi pixel density of older fashions and nonetheless has a matte glass body round it. This glass is sort of liable to smudges, and fingerprints are noticeable right here. The show is sort of sharp and the legibility of textual content is great in all varieties of studying situations. Whether or not you’re out in a park on a vibrant sunny day or indoors, the show seems like paper and makes for a strain-free studying expertise.

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The sunshine is adjustable, so you possibly can change the shade from white to a heat yellow

A brand new function is the auto-adjustable heat frontlight. You may change the color temperature of the show, and there are 24 ranges between white and yellow, making studying much more comfy at night time. Color temperature choice can be out there on the usual Kindle Paperwhite (2021), however solely the Signature Version can routinely adapt to surrounding lighting situations. It is a helpful function and it labored effectively, each indoors and open air. The frontlight even switches off solely when not wanted. For those who hate adjusting it manually or are within the behavior of transferring round whereas studying, this function alone will make for a worthy improve from any previous-generation Kindle you personal. Do observe that conserving it switched on will have an effect on battery life.

The slim bezels on both aspect did not find yourself being superb for ergonomics. It is because I typically touched the display screen and unintentionally turned pages, as there’s little or no house to position your thumb when holding the machine, however this might be totally different for different customers relying on habits.

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A brand new swipe-down menu presents fast entry to toggles for Airplane mode and WhisperSync, and the Settings web page

A firmware replace final September introduced a few new software program options to lately launched Kindles (seventh by means of tenth technology Paperwhites included). The interface additionally obtained an overhaul. There’s now a swipe-down menu (very like the notifications tray on Android telephones), which could be accessed from wherever by tapping or swiping downwards from the highest of the show. It presents fast entry to toggles for Airplane mode and WhisperSync, and the Settings web page.

The Kindle Paperwhite Signature Version additionally has a Darkish Mode button in the identical drop-down menu. This mainly inverts colors, providing you with white textual content on a darkish background. I discovered it fairly helpful when studying at night time because it cuts down on glare coming from the frontlight. I want that the Darkish Mode on the Kindle additionally labored in sync with the adjustable gentle function, and might be activated routinely after sundown. The software program expertise usually feels as responsive and clean as on earlier fashions (possibly even a bit quicker), nevertheless it’s nonetheless an e-ink show and will not really feel as fluid as as we speak’s smartphones.

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The Darkish mode helps scale back glare from the frontlight when studying at night time

Battery life usually was fairly good. Your expertise will rely lots in your utilization, particularly the brightness of the frontlight and the way typically your machine is related to Wi-Fi. With my informal utilization (about an hour on daily basis), I didn’t have to cost it throughout the assessment interval, and was left with roughly 60 % after two weeks. Critical readers who use this machine for a few hours per day can anticipate to go about two weeks between costs, which continues to be glorious.

Wi-fi charging is supported, and labored as anticipated with an ordinary Qi wi-fi charger for smartphones. Putting the unit on a wi-fi charging dock throws up a small pop-up with an animation exhibiting that the machine is being charged. The one catch is that the Kindle (being lots broader than most smartphones) have to be positioned with its precise centre making contact together with your wi-fi charger, for this to work.

The brand new Kindle Paperwhite Signature Version has 32 GB of storage out of which 27.3GB is usable. For many customers, the 8GB capability of the usual Kindle Paperwhite (2021) can be enough, however if you’re a voracious reader and wish to have a tonne of books accessible on a regular basis, the 32GB of the Signature Version is likely to be of use.

Verdict

Priced at Rs. 17,999, the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Version is definitely worth the value contemplating its 32GB storage and all the additional options it presents over the usual model. The auto-adjusting frontlight and wi-fi charging are fairly helpful when you get into the behavior of utilizing them, however they may solely attraction to a distinct segment crowd. Extra helpful updates equivalent to the bigger show with thinner bezels and USB Sort-C port are additionally out there on the usual Kindle Paperwhite (2021), which retails for Rs. 4,000 much less. In the meantime, the Kindle Oasis (2019) stays essentially the most premium Kindle expertise, with extra color choices, a premium ergonomic design, devoted buttons for turning pages, and non-compulsory free 4G connectivity.

Professionals

  • 32GB of storage
  • Auto-adjusting frontlight brightness
  • Glossy physique
  • USB Sort-C port
  • Wonderful battery life
  • Wi-fi charging

Cons

  • Slender bezels make it barely inconvenient to carry

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