Undoubtedly, Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite has been the best Kindle for most people to buy, compared to the standard Kindle.
However, Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite was the first to get a front-lit, high-resolution screen, waterproofing, and USB-C; likewise, the list goes on.
Today Amazon revealed a new $100 Kindle that includes nearly all of the best features from the latest Paperwhite for $40 less. Also, the new device is available for preorder and will be released on October 12.
Compared to the previous-generation Kindle, the new 11th-generation model has increased pixel density from 167 PPI up to 300 PPI, the same level as Amazon’s other Kindles.
Moreover, this makes text appreciably sharper and nicer looking in the new Amazon Kindle. Also, the storage capacity is doubled from 8GB to 16GB, not something you’ll notice if you primarily read the text but more helpful if you listen to lots of audiobooks.
Furthermore, the micro-USB charging port is replaced by a modern USB-C port that will let you charge the device using the same connector you use for most modern laptops, phones, tablets, and game consoles; what’s more convinient than this?
Additionally, the new Kindle is $10 more expensive than the older one, and the price goes up to $120 if you want the version with no lock screen ads.
However, the Kindle Kids edition comes with an extended two-year warranty, one of three colorful covers, and a one-year subscription to Amazon’s Kids+ service is also $120.
Apart from this, Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite still has some critical advantages over the basic Kindle. For instance, the front light for its larger 6.8-inch screen uses 17 LEDs instead of the Kindle’s four for smoother and more uniform lighting.
However, the color temperature of the Paperwhite front light can be adjusted if you prefer a warmer look.
In addition, the Paperwhite Signature Edition includes up to 32GB of storage, an auto-brightness sensor, and wireless charging. And most importantly, all Paperwhite models are IPX8 waterproof for use in the bathtub, swimming pool, or beach.
Meanwhile, for many people, those improvements in the new Amazon Kindle Paperwhite are probably still worth the extra $40.
Still, this upgrade to the basic Kindle brings it in line with where the Paperwhite was a couple of years ago, and for people who want to save money or people who are planning to buy a second Kindle for a kid, it’s nice to see it get such a significant upgrade.