Amazon launched its latest generation 'Kindle Paperwhite' in India at a price of Rs. 10,999 for the WiFi only variant. There is also a WiFi + 3G variant, which is priced higher at Rs. 13,999.
The Kindle Paperwhite now features a higher resolution 1448x1072 pixel inspite of carrying over the same 6 inch Carta e-Paper display from the last generation. This place the Paperwhite in the same league of the Voyage which too sports a 300 ppi display. The only major difference between the two is the auto adjusting light sensor and the flush bezels. The RAM has also been bumped up too as the reader now comes with 512MB instead of the 256MB of the previous generation. The 1GHz processor is still the same though.
Amazon has added a few features on the software side too. It now comes with a feature called FreeTime which allow parents to set reading goals for kids. To make the stuff appear interesting for the kids, Amazon have achieved an accomplishment and award section too. The parent may also block the kids from entering Goodreads and Wikipedia. There is also a new type setting engine and a new font called Bookerly.
On the hardware aspect the Kindle Paperwhite comes with a micro USB slot for charging and a physical power button as seen before. There no headphone jack to this time so those who were planning to replace their iPod for this will be disappointed! The storage is limited at 4GB but as always one will be getting an unlimited Amazon cloud storage space for Amazon specific e-books.
Despite the fact Amazon Kindle Reader have received the much needed changes we believe that it still doesn’t justify its high asking price. It’s much of a stripped down version of the Kindle Voyage. Nevertheless do let us know if the new Kindle Reader suits your needs or are you planning to lay your hands on the Umi Zero 2 instead, the latest flagship form the Shenzhen based Chinese OEM featuring the same e-ink display technology?