Kindle Paperwhite Australia: Review, Specification, Price and Availability in Australia
UPDATE: Amazon.com is now shipping Kindle Paperwhite directly to Australia. It will cost you only $139.00 for the Wifi version or $199 for the 3G version plus $11.98 for standard shipping to Australia or $20.98 for expedited shipping (only 2-5 business days) to Australia. Click here to buy one and for the steps to buy and shipping rates to Australia.
Amazon has recently unveiled its latest e-book reader, the Kindle Paperwhite. Amazon claims that it is the most advanced e-book reader that features a higher resolution and contrast touch display with built-in LED light and battery life that last up to eight (8) weeks.
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite has been available since October 1, 2012 in USA. For our US-based readers, you can place your order here. After having issues with stocks because of the high demand for the device, Kindle Paperwhite is now back in “In Stock” status at Amazon.
Below are the prices of the Kindle Paperwhite:
- Kindle Paperwhite with special offers- $119
- Kindle Paperwhite without special offers- $ 139
- Kindle Paperwhite + 3G with special offers- $179
- Kindle Paperwhite + 3G without special offers- $199
Below are the features and specifications of the new Kindle Paperwhite.
It is its touchscreen display that makes the Kindle Paperwhite different from the previous Kindle generations and other e-book reader. This 6-inch display of this device uses Paperwhite rather than the other versions’ E-ink display. With Paperwhite, the screen gets 62% more pixels; hence, it displays very sharp and clear images and text. From 167 pixels-per-inch (ppi), it now has 212 ppi. It also got an improved contrast by 25%. With that, text gets darker against a brilliant white background. The image below shows the comparison of the previous generation’s E-ink screen and the latest Kindle Paperwhite.
The screen has a matte finish that reflects light like ordinary paper. So reading under the bright sun is not a problem. This matte finish also prevent the screen from producing glares that most hate with devices with LCD/LED screens.
Innovative Built-in Light
One of the problems of some previous gen kindle users is the screen’s lack of illumination that prevents them from reading in a darker room or at night. Kindle Reading Lights are being used to in such a situation. This was, however, addressed by Amazon in its Kindle Paperwhite. In this new Kindle, the company introduced its patented built in light. This built-in front light makes the screen brighter and whiter in all reading environments. The Kindle Paperwhite is equipped with LED light carefully concealed in a 0.5 mm layer of the display. This layer is composed of a patented nano-imprinted light guide that distributes the light evenly in every corner of the display. With this, the screen gets evenly illuminated and no light concentration will be seen unlike when you are using a reading light. Also, while LED screen devices like laptop and tablet projects light out into your eyes disrupting those around you, the Paperwhite’s built-in light only projects light towards the page, an inner layer of the screen. The brightness of the light is also adjustable to fit in every reading environment.
Despite the addition of built-in light, the Kindle Paperwhite can last up to eight (8) weeks with just a single charge based on an half an hour a day reading with the wireless turned off and the light setting at 10. The use of the built-in light for getting the best contrast does not sacrifice the battery light. It takes about 4 hours to fully charge the device.
Size and Weight
With all the new added features in this latest Kindle, the device remains thinner than a magazine with its 6.7″ x 4.6″ x 0.36″ built. Its weight also remains at 7.5 ounces for the non-3G version and 7.8 ounces for the 3g version.
A. Text and Font
Kindle Paperwhite still supports customizing text size and font. You can choose from eight (8) text sizes and six (6) font types including Baskerville, Caecilia, Publisher font, Futura, Helvetica, and Palatino. Line spacing and margin adjustment is also supported.
B. Bookmarks and Annotation
Just like in previous gen Kindle, you can add notes to your e-books as well as edit, export and delete such notes. If you like a passage in the book you are reading, you can highlight the same and share it o Facebook and Twitter directly from the device.
C. Page Turns
Tapping the screen lightly will seamlessly turn the page on to the next. You don’t need to swipe or use two hands to move from one page to the next.
D. Time to Read
One of the new features of the Kindle Paperwhite is that it shows how long will it take you to finish reading an entire book based on how fast you read and on your reading habits. This time gets updated as your progress or speed changes.
E. Other Features
Kindle Paperwhite is also loaded with the features of the previous gen Kindle such as the built-in dictionary, whispersync, web browsing with the experimental browser, wikipedia search, shopping e-books wirelessly and more. It also supports the follow formats of files:
- Kindle Format 8 (AZW3),
- Kindle (AZW),
- unprotected MOBI,
- PRC natively;
- BMP through conversion
Personalizing your Kindle Paperwhite
With the release of Kindle Paperwhite, Amazon also released new covers for the device. The light and thin cover is made of premium textured leather exterior and a subtle woven nylon interior that provides protection to the Kindle Paperwhite. It has an integrated magnetic clasp that securely closes the cover while in a bag, briefcase, or purse. Similar to iPad’s Smartcover, this cover automatically wakes the device when you open it and puts it into sleep when you close it.