Amazon has recently announced the launch of the second generation of Kindle Paperwhite. Among the things that make this version a lot better is the new higher contrast Carta display developed by E Ink.
The new Kindle Paperwhite also sports a gigantic Amazon logo, but that’s not a change that I’m willing to talk about. I’m rather interested in seeing how the manufacturer improved this e-reader’s vital hardware and software, so that your life as a book reader becomes better. Besides better battery life, better backlight and a faster processor, the new Paperwhite also packs an E Ink Carta display that’s meant to improve the experience of reading on an e-book reader.
While none of the improvements is revolutionary, they do add value to the product. The screen, which is definitely the most important part of this device, displays “whiter whites and blacker blacks,” as Amazon puts it in the promo video. In other words, the new display is crisper, has a much better contrast and has been tweaked so that it does not reflect that much light anymore. All of these aspects will surely be appreciated by the future owners of the new Kindle.
The backlight represented one of the revolutionary things about the first-gen Kindle Paperwhite. However, people still had complaints about it, as it suffered from odd shadows and ghosting. In the second-gen Paperwhite, however, the light is whiter and on top of that, it’s distributed more evenly.
Amazon didn’t change the diagonal of its best e-reader to date, nor the size of the bezel. Because of this, owners of the first Paperwhite won’t have to get used to other dimensions. The 25% faster processor, on the other hand, will make the interface snappier, and the pages will turn more rapidly.
As far as the battery life goes, the old Paperwhite didn’t have any problems. Still, this didn’t stop Amazon from improving the battery of its new Kindle. Still, this doesn’t mean that the second-gen Kindle Paperwhite doesn’t have any drawbacks. It doesn’t feature an earphone jack, nor a speaker for audio files and/or audiobooks. Audiobook support isn’t offered either, but for that Amazon can sell you a Kindle Fire. Also, while the Wi-Fi Paperwhite costs $119, the 3G version has a rather steep price of $189.