New Kindle Paperwhite shows off new tricks in hands-on video Video
New Kindle Paperwhite shows off new tricks in hands-on video Video Transcript
Amazon has given its Kindle Paperwhite a refresh, and we're going hands on now with the latest version at the IFA tech trade show in Berlin. All right. This e-reader looks very similar to the previous Paperwhites, but there are quite a few changes. For starters, there's a new processor that's supposed to be 25 percent faster than the old model, and that's gonna make page turning a lot quicker. The panel has changed as well. This is a new E-Ink panel and the lighting technology has been upgraded as well so you can now up the brightness even more. Amazon has thrown in a few software tweaks as well. First up is Wikipedia support, which lets you hold your finger over a word and look up its meaning on Wikipedia. Also, every word you look up will now be put into this flashcard app called Vocabuilder to help you remember the words you might be struggling with. Finally, there's this slide app. Now what this lets you do is skip around your location in a book without actually leaving the page. That's handy if there's one page in the book that you always want to be skipping back to, perhaps a list of the important characters. It's up for preorder now and it's gonna be shipping in about 2 weeks. It costs $119 or 109 pounds if you're in the UK. Please check out more tech from the IFA trade show by going to CNET.com/IFA.
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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (special offers, 2013) Review
The good: Amazon has improved on last year's excellent Paperwhite e-reader with a faster processor, more responsive touch screen, and a better integrated light that's brighter and whiter and displays more evenly across the screen. Pages also refresh less frequently (less flashing). A smattering of new features enhance Amazon's already best-in-class content ecosystem.
The bad: Device hasn't gotten smaller or significantly lighter since last year, an AC adapter isn't included (just a Micro-USB cable for charging). The ad-free version costs $20 more.
The bottom line: While the "all-new" Paperwhite may seem like an unspectacular upgrade on the surface, it's a clear improvement over the original Paperwhite and arguably the best e-reader currently available.
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (special offers, 2013) Specs
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