Bet­ter than Be­fore

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

ove read­ing books? Ama­zon’s Kin­dle Paper­white 6th gen­er­a­tion is for you.

The Paper­white feels light and con­ve­nient to hold. A sim­ple touch on the top of the dis­play pops up var­i­ous op­tions – home, bright­ness ad­just­ment, Kin­dle Store, search, goodreads, font size, go to, share, etc. Tap­ping at the bot­tom turned the page.

Ama­zon claims that this new reader is 25 per cent faster than its pre­de­ces­sor. While it did seem fast, there was a lag – rarely though – in flip­ping pages. Ama­zon has re­placed the tra­di­tional e-ink dis­play with the Carta e-ink dis­play, where the whites now look purer and the blacks are deeper and closer to re­al­ism. The de­vice can also be used for read­ing in low light. But it isn’t meant for colour graph­ics or view­ing im­ages. Ama­zon has also added an ex­per­i­men­tal browser that can be used for brows­ing the web.

The Paper­white has a trust­wor­thy bat­tery that lasts more than a week with a cou­ple of hours of read­ing ev­ery­day. It is avail­able in two vari­ants – Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi with 3G. The lat­ter can be used to down­load books any­time, any­where but costs Rs 3,000 more than for­mer.

Dis­play bright­ness

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