The eBook reader is a great way to experience books, but this year, Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition takes the way you read just a little further.
Even though we’re already at the end of the year, there are still gadgets that come in there. One month before we close the door in 2021 and invite you to stay in 2022, Amazon’s latest version of the Kindle has been released, and it is not just âjust another e-book readerâ. Well it is, but it is also one who wants to give a little more.
What’s new on the Kindle Paperwhite 2021?
A leap in size, this year’s version of the mid-range Kindle provides for a size shift and a special edition with some differences between the two.
Now in its 8th generation, whether you choose the Kindle Paperwhite in its Signature Edition or not, you’ll find a shift from a 6-inch screen to a 6.8-inch screen, a small shift that could make a huge difference to readers and approaches the 7 inch screen of the Kindle Oasis.
Both models also support front lighting screen technology with 17 LEDs with adjustable warm light so that you can control the heat and brightness yourself. Both also support an IPX8 waterproof design.
The difference, however, is what additional features you get.
What makes the Kindle Paperwhite 2021 a “Signature Edition”?
For example, while the Kindle Paperwhite costs $ 239 for an 8GB Paperwhite model, the Paperwhite Signature Edition in Australia costs $ 280 and expands storage to 32GB by adding an auto-adjusting light like its Oasis Siblings and at the same time contains one additional thing: wireless charging.
This is one of those features that even the Kindle Oasis doesn’t get, making it a real new feature for Kindle. Simply put, if you have a wireless charging pad, you can charge the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition on that pad or even toggle to the USB Type-C port on the bottom.
What is it doing
Like all other Kindles, the Paperwhite 2021 model is an eReader that picks up digital books and comics and throws them on a screen in electronic ink.
As with any Kindle, you’ll need to get your titles from Amazon’s online book marketplace as the Kindle is designed to support titles that were only purchased from the online store. Granted, there are more ways to get these these days, because while you can of course buy books on Amazon, you can also subscribe to Amazon’s unlimited all-you-can-read buffet service, and if you subscribe to Amazon Prime, you can too You will also find some titles that you can read for free.
Technically, Amazon’s Paperwhite will handle other formats too, particularly TXT, DOC, and PDF, but it won’t touch the EPUB standard that is offered on pretty much every reader. Unfortunately, if you have EPUB files they won’t run here.
Does it do the job?
Books of other formats are becoming, however, and Amazon’s online store has a fair amount, not to mention its unlimited book supply and random book and comic titles, when you subscribe to the Amazon Prime Video service.
Grab some of these titles, and the Kindle Paperwhite has more than enough under the hood for you to read with ease, omit the buttons, and just read your words with a touchscreen experience.
Tap the top quarter of the screen to reveal controls that you can use to return to the main menu or change things like the font size. However, you can also do this by expanding the text size with your fingers, much like you would on a phone or tablet. Swipe down from the top to change the brightness and warmth, and switch to or out of dark mode at the same time. These gestures also go very well with what you can do on phones. So if you are used to using an Android or iPhone device, a lot of what you do on the Kindle Paperwhite should be mundane.
And once you know what to do, it really is as easy as reading. Read and swipe and read some more because the point of the Paperwhite is to do just that: read.
Similar to its Kobo competitors, this is an eReader that can get you stuck in any light environment.
When our warm bedside lamp was on, the paperwhite took on a more yellowish glow and helped our eyes adjust with a warmer color instead of the garish bluish white. This controller is a bit like its brother in the Kindle Oasis, but it’s not automatic, so you still control how warm the color of the page is, not through a sensor.
Reading the books and turning the pages – which is just a touch away – was very quick, with more or less zero lag, when we were using the Kindle.
What does it take
The reality is that an eReader doesn’t have to do more than read books, magazines, and comics. It pretty much only has to deal with reading material, and the Kindle Paperwhite sure does.
However, Amazon appears to have pulled its Kindle-based web browser out of beta, and we’re not sure if it should necessarily. While you probably won’t be browsing the internet with your Kindle, in this case the web browser is clunky, the user interface is strange, and the Google experience is just too small to be useful. While most of the internet has scaled screen sizes for web browsing, the Kindle doesn’t and you shouldn’t be using it for a web browser.
You’ll also be missing out on audiobook support, something we saw on the Paperwhite competitor, the Kobo Libra 2, which lets you listen to audiobooks over Bluetooth, but not the Kindle equivalent. Unfortunately, there is no audio book support here, even if Amazon Audible technically supports it.
Is it worth your money?
At $ 289, however, we’d say the Paperwhite Signature Edition is worth it, even above the standard $ 239 Paperwhite.
The âSignatureâ model gives you that little bit extra, and while you may not be using wireless charging, the extra space can make all the difference.
We’d even argue that the Paperwhite may make more sense than the pricier Kindle Oasis, which is sleeker and lighter but dispenses with wireless charging and uses the older microUSB standard, which was replaced by Type-C USB in the Paperwhite 2021 models. With the Oasis starting at $ 319 for 8GB or $ 369 for 32GB, the 32GB Paperwhite for $ 289 makes more economic sense.
Yes or no?
All in all, the Paperwhite Signature Edition is a great evolution of the eReader that adds the kind of extras you might expect from a reader, including warm lighting and more charging options. There is a lack of audiobooks, of course, but this may be less of a problem for someone looking to read.
While not revolutionary, it’s definitely evolutionary and gives you an idea of ââwhat Amazon is going to add next, and makes a great eReader for people who want to read with weeks of battery life that you don’t need to think about. Granted, you have to live in the Amazon ecosystem for books, but if that doesn’t bother you, the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition is worth a look. Recommended.
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition
Fantastic eBook reader
Supports wireless charging
Not that good
No bluetooth audiobook support
Web browser is slow and immature