Kin­dle Paper­white

TechLife Australia - - BARGAIN HUNTER -

IS IT WORTH UP­GRAD­ING?

COST­ING AN EX­TRA $70 ($179) com­pared to the Kin­dle Touch, the Paper­white has quite a few ex­tra fea­tures. Most im­por­tantly, it comes equipped with a back­light, which makes it pos­si­ble to read with­out an ex­ter­nal light source. We also find that the back­light helps make the text more read­able even dur­ing the day.

The Paper­white also has a 300dpi screen (an up­grade over the pre­vi­ous Paper­white), which gives no­tice­ably sharper text. Un­like the higher-end Kin­dles, the Paper­white doesn’t have a flush screen, which we find col­lects fluff and dirt.

Even with the back­light on fairly bright, the Paper­white will happy run for weeks be­tween charges. It has built in Wi-Fi, though there is a ver­sion with free world­wide 3G (for down­load­ing books), but it costs around $70 more ($245) again. The unit mea­sures in at 16.9 x 11.7 x 0.91cm and weighs 205 grams.

The Paper­white is worth the ex­tra ex­pense for the back­light alone, but com­bined with the 300dpi screen, it’s a great choice.

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