Kindle Touch 2 Features Review (Kindle Paperwhite Review)

Kindle PaperWhite (Kindle Touch 2) is now available at Amazon.

Kindle Paperwhite is $119. Kindle Paperwhite 3G is $179. Kindle WiFi is now only $69.

Kindle Touch 2 Features Review – Top 10 Kindle Touch 2 Features

  1. $119 Price. Significantly undercuts Nook GlowLight ($139).
  2. Free 3G with $179 Kindle Paperwhite 3G model.
  3. In-built Light – eInk eReaders were always great for reading during the day and in bright sunlight. The addition of the front light to Kindle Touch 2 (Kindle PaperWhite) makes it great for reading at night too. Mr. Bezos said that Amazon spent 4 years developing the technology (perhaps they should have devoted that time to color eInk, adding page turn buttons, and adding proper folders).
  4. Adjustable Screen Brightness. Illuminates the screen evenly. Supposedly throws light only towards the screen and not at your eyes.
  5. Improved Screen – 25% better contrast and 62% more pixels does sound good. 212 ppi is very impressive.
  6. Better Battery Life – Two months of reading half an hour per day with the light on is impressive. It translates to 30 hours or so of non-stop reading.
  7. Lighter and More Compact – 9.1 mm. 7.5 ounces. Even the bezel is thinner.
  8. Available for Preorder today. Link isn’t live yet. Ships October 1st.
  9. Hand-tuned Fonts. There are 6 font styles and 8 font sizes. Will have to see Kindle Paperwhite in person to see whether these are as promised.

There’s a new Time to Read feature which tells you how long each book and chapter will take to finish. It customizes itself to your reading habits. Sounds like a cool feature – will have to see how it is in real life before making a call.

Kindle Touch 2 Features Review – Specifications

Missing items will be updated as and when Amazon reveals them.

  1. Price – $119.
  2. You can also get Free 3G with the $179 Kindle Paperwhite 3G model.
  3. Screen – 212 ppi. HD screen. 62% more pixels than Kindle Touch. 25% better contrast.
  4. Processor – No details.
  5. RAM – No details.
  6. Memory – 2 GB on memory, 1.25 GB available for user content.
  7. WiFi – 802.11 b/g/n.
  8. Touch – 2 point multi-touch.
  9. Formats Supported – Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively. HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion.
  10. Text to Speech – If Publishers enable it for their books.
  11. Power Adapter – Not included. USB charging cable.
  12. USB Port – No. Just a microUSB charging port.
  13. Weight – 7.5 ounces (213 grams). The 3G+WiFi model is 7.8 ounces.
  14. Dimensions – 9.1 mm thick. 6.7″ by 4.6″ by 0.36″.

Kindle Touch 2 Thoughts

Amazon has taken its sweet time to release its rival to the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight. However, it’s done a great job.

You can read TechCrunch’s thoughts on Kindle Touch 2 (Kindle Paperwhite).

What are my favorite 5 features of the Kindle Touch 2?

  1. There’s a Light. Not sure why it took 4 years of R&D. Adjustable brightness and even illumination are good features – nice to see Amazon match B&N’s Nook with GlowLight.
  2. Price of $119 is great. The availability of 3G model is also a good touch.
  3. Screen improvements are great. Need to dig in more into the whole HD thing. Screen does look very white.

What are things I don’t like about the Kindle Touch 2?

  1. No Page Turn Buttons.
  2. More as more information is revealed.

Is the $119 Kindle Paperwhite (Kindle Touch 2) the best eReader available. Yes, in my opinion. Of course, I have to actually use it to confirm.

30 Responses

  1. [...] at 2:14 pm PST: My thoughts on Kindle Touch 2 (Kindle Paperwhite) and Kindle HD 8.9″. The latter is not officially announced yet. For both will add details as [...]

  2. NICE: Price for Wi-Fi Kindle Paperwhite WITHOUT Special Offers is still at $139.

    AWFUL: The fine print on Amazon for Kindle Paperwhite shows the storage is HALF what the Kindle Touch was. Meaning it’s now 2GB instead of 4GB, and can only hold 1,100 books instead of 3,000 on the original.

    …So actually, I guess storage is about a third if you’re going by the number of books and not GB. :(

    • Thanks for pointing it out Meg. I just discovered that myself. Also Amazon really needs to start mentioning ‘Ads’ are included. The $119 and $139 tripped me up.

      Adding light and still keeping price at $139 is great.

    • Excellent point, Meg. Lack of a memory card which allows me the freedom to organise my eBooks as I wish is bad enough but to further limit the storage available for books on the latest Kindle is a totally negative move and smacks of Amazon trying to force us into reading books according to their stereotype of how we should be using our purchased material. They have further restricted our ownership of any books we purchase because with the new AZW3 format we do not have the ability to download to a desktop in a readable format – only to the Kindle itself. (My version of Calibre does not recognise this format and I cannot find anything on the Web to solve the problem) If by mischance we cannot access our Amazon account do we then lose all our purchased eBooks? Maybe I am paranoid but unless Amazon is deliberately using a ‘clutsy’ interface which is slow and difficult to navigate, in order to force us to load only a limited number of books onto the Kindle why have their skilled technical geniuses not provided enough memory and a smoother, easier interface to allow readers to carry and access all of their library. I was very excited about the new Kindle but there is no way I will purchase a Kindle with a very limited memory which is actually a retrograde step from the previous Kindle Touch. While most people may be satisfied with the limited book storage available on the new Kindle I object to the lack of choice presented by Amazon to those who may wish to use their Kindle in a more flexible way. Sorry about the tirade but restrictions that limit freedom of choice by the consumer is a worrying trend which seems to permeate several of our most powerful tablet and eReader companies.

  3. Sorry for being boring, but do you have any idea when they are going to start shipping it outside the U.S.?
    At the moment, only the Kindle (without touch and with the lower resolution display) is available for international costumers.

  4. Hmm. I’m not sure I’m seeing a reason to give up my Kindle Keyboard.

    I rather like my page turn buttons, thank you.

    • Yeah, the lack of page turn buttons is a big miss. Lots of people across the various sites mentioning it. For me too, the lack of page turn buttons mean Kindle 3 will remaing my favorite Kindle.

  5. No mention of a firmware update for the Kindle Keyboard, so I’m assuming it’s officially “orphaned” like the K1 and K2 before it. It still suits my needs for the time being.

    On a more upbeat note, Judge Denise Cote today approved the settlement between the DOJ and 3 of the Big 6 publishers over the price fixing issue. The publishers have one week to terminate any contracts with retailers (like Amazon) which restrict the retailer’s discretion over pricing. Certainly this will increase pressure on the remaining 3 big guys to do the same. Hopefully we will see some significant price reductions soon.

    Big day for Amazon!

  6. Sadly, Paperwhite brings the distinct lack of any audio support – no audio books, no text-to-speech, no MP3. I was ready to put my order in today until I discovered that. Also, the price point is just too high compared to the Fire. $199 for an ad-free Kindle eBook reader (black & white screen, no audio, no video, very little storage, etc.) or $199 for a full-featured 9″ tablet? Something’s not right with that.

    • I was thinking about that. I don’t use those features much but still – not having them available AT ALL is a deal breaker for me. I need a Kindle Paperwhite to review. Otherwise i would just cancel and buy a Kindle 3 (in case my existing Kindle 3 gets lost or something). It’s interesting the directions in which Amazon is taking the two devices (eInk eReader vs Kindle Fire).

    • Yeah, the lack of audio support for the Paperwhite was a deal breaker for me too. I don’t purchase audio books but I do have a small collection of old-time radio shows that I purchased from Amazon and the Kindle for Android App on my Nexus 7 tablet will not play them. I’m gonna stick with my Kindle Touch for now. (I don’t have a Kindle Fire so I don’t know if a Fire would play them.)

      Looking back, I just wish they would have added a touchscreen to the Kindle 3 (Keyboard) and kept the keyboard and buttons! That would have been the best of both worlds, IMHO.

      Cheers!
      -Bob F.

  7. Does anyone know if the light can be turned completely off? I think I read somewhere that it can be dimmed, but it wasn’t clear if it can be completely disabled. I certainly wouldn’t mind a light for reading at night, but during the day I’d want to shut if off completely. Kind of defeats the purpose of eInk. Plus, I assume you’d prolong your battery charge by disabling it.

  8. @switch11:

    Have you gotten your hands on a Paperwhite yet? I’m very curious to learn what you think of it once you’ve had a chance to play with it yourself. I’m especially looking forward to the photos and videos you typically post comparing new models to earlier versions. Those are very helpful.

    I currently have a Kindle 4 and I’ve order the Paperwhite. I’m worried that after having gotten use to the ridiculously light weight of the Kindle 4, the Paperwhite is going to feel like a lead brick in my hands. A friend of mine upgraded from the Kindle 4 to the Paperwhite and he said the biggest drawback for him was the weight. It’s only 1.5 ounces heavier, but apparently it’s noticeable.

    • Chuck, unfortunately I’m very busy with app development these days. I ahve the Kindle Paperwhite but haven’t had time to even try it out properly. Not sure when I’ll get around to it.

      It’s quite light. Hard to compare it to Kindle 4 since only after actual use and reading a book or two do the subtleties show up. Again, IF i get time to look at it in-depth, then I’ll add my thoughts.

      • How really is it (KT 2.0) differs from original Kindle Touch in terms of height, weight, and depth?

      • Am still interested in your Kindle PW review? Need to decide which to buy as a Christmas gift: KPW or iPad mini? Thanks in advance for KPW review.

      • Ali, I’m probably not going to have enough time to do a proper Kindle Paperwhite review.

      • You can’t really compare the iPad to the KPW. Not that one is better than the other, but they are completely different devices for completely different uses. It would be like comparing a Porsche 911 and a Range Rover. Both are great, but one is going to do better in the snow and the other is going to do better on the track.

        Best to figure out what you want to accomplish with these devices first. Then you’ll already have your answer.

      • Very good point William.

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