I bought the new Amazon Kindle Paperwhite few months back. And what else can I say except that its awesomeness all wrapped up.
Buying a kindle has been one of my dreams. From 2007 when it first came out I have been following its progress, waiting for price to come down. And well..waiting to earn for myself :). Meanwhile I just kept using my old phone to read eBooks [Note. the screen size was approx. 2×2 inch, I don’t know how I used to read on it].
I know there are other e-book readers out there too. But the Kindle always pulled at my heart.
So the Kindle. What is so special about it? Why did I spend almost 10k on a tablet like device which will only let you read books? With that much amount you can get a good quality tab which will let you play games, listen to music, chat, browse and do such tasks which you never even thought of. This is what almost every person has asked me when they see me using it. And I am sure a lot of people think of it, if not ask out aloud.
So here’s my reason of why a Kindle is worth its weight in gold (erm..maybe not Gold. It’s too costly these days).
I live in a place which is almost 15-16 hours travel away from my hometown. So any visits home mean endless hours of boredom. For me reading matters more than social networking stuff like Facebook, Whatsapp etc. So I always end up reading something during my travel. But using a tablet/Phone to read books drains the battery. My tab lasted for around 5 – 6 hrs of its battery life before I had to close it. And I wouldn’t have even been halfway past my total journey time by then. I could carry a book to read instead of eBooks. But I usually end up finishing it soon and taking up a lot of books would increase my luggage unnecessarily.
And therein lies my reason as to why I love my Kindle and spent a lot for it.
– I get a lot of battery power. I just need to charge once in a few weeks and that is enough.
– I get to carry as many e-books as I want to.
– The lighting is from the bottom of the screen. It falls on the screen and not directly on the eyes. [Better than Tab/ Phone which seems too bright in the dark]
– I can use the Kindle in the sunlight also. No glare on the screen. Can’t say the same for mobiles/Tabs
Once I decided to buy the kindle there was confusion as to which one to
– With WiFi
– With 3G
I chose the one with WiFi, since it has an experimental browser, which you can actually use to browse simple webpages [check mail, read fan-fiction …]. And on top of that it has in-built light whereas the normal one doesn’t.
In the case of the Kindle with 3G I felt it was costly. The device will grab whichever 3G network was available. But since I have mobile internet. I can always create a Wifi hotspot and use it with the Kindle. There was no other new feature other than that. So I stuck to the Kindle Paperwhite with WiFi in the end. 🙂
But I have to say, lot of people won’t agree with this reasoning. But as they say, ‘To each his own’.
After I got the kindle I started loving it even more… But that is going to be another post.
Do you use any e-book reader? Which one do you prefer?