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Old 02-11-2019, 03:07 AM   #1
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Is the paperwhite worth it over the basic kindle?

I used to read a huge amount a few years ago, but the ease of just throwing up a youtube video on my phone before bed resulted in me not reading nearly as much as I used to. I'm looking to get a kindle to get back into reading, but I'm not sure whether the paperwhite is worth the extra for me. I would always be reading with lights on, or in daylight, so I'm not sure that I would use the backlight very often. I don't need the waterproofing, and I kind of prefer the smaller footprint of the basic kindle. I am on a bit of a budget, so is there any reason why I should be getting the paperwhite over the basic version?

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Old 02-11-2019, 03:12 AM   #2
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Old 02-11-2019, 03:58 AM   #3
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If you're in the US and you can swing the extra $20 currently, I'd say paperwhite. More storage, higher res screen, frontlight, waterproofing.
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Old 02-11-2019, 04:16 AM   #4
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If you always read in a well-lit room or outside, the basic Kindle is a good choice. The lack of any layer in front of the E-Ink screen makes it nicer, IMO, even though it's only 167ppi.

Although if the difference was only $20, I'd go for the paperwhite. In the UK the difference is £40 at the moment, and is usually £60.
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Old 02-11-2019, 04:52 AM   #5
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In most lighting conditions, the frontlight greatly increases the contrast of the screen and makes it much more pleasant to read. I’d certainly never again buy an unlit reader.
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What about if it was really cheap?
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What about if it was really cheap?
Personally, no. Price is not a consideration for me when buying a reading device.
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Old 02-11-2019, 06:39 AM   #8
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I managed to leave my Kindle at home when on holiday last year, and I bought a basic Kindle at the airport. I must admit that I was pleased with it.
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Old 02-11-2019, 08:27 AM   #9
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I had Kindles without lit screens for years before the first Paperwhite arrived. I read a lot of books on it. I also had a Petzl LED headlamp for reading in places such as dim restaurants, airports, waiting for appointments in various offices.

For me, the Paperwhite is clearly "worth it".
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Old 02-11-2019, 08:31 AM   #10
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My opinion is the same as Harry's. Even during the day in a well lit room, I turn the front light on my Oasis up all the way. I love the contrast it gives, and the lack of shadows or glare that can be caused by a chair side lamp or clip on light.

The only time I turn the light all the way off is during the summer when I may read outside.

I read for at least an hour every night before going to sleep, usually in a totally dark bedroom, so an unlit device just wouldn't work for me. There isn't a table lamp made that can provide the even lighting of a front lit e-ink device.
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Old 02-11-2019, 08:42 AM   #11
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I read for at least an hour every night before going to sleep, usually in a totally dark bedroom, so an unlit device just wouldn't work for me. There isn't a table lamp made that can provide the even lighting of a front lit e-ink device.
I agree that for reading in the dark, or even a darkened, room, a front light is essential. But that wasn't the question.
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I have Paperwhites and Kindle basics. If lighting is not an issue, the Basic is a good choice. It is lighter and smaller.

Deskisamess, if you only have room illumination, then I understand your issue. I have actual reading lights. They are typically floor models that bring the light over your shoulder or above you. Wonderful lighting.

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Personal preference. Even discounting the frontlight, for me, text is too fuzzy for comfort at lower than ~200 ppi so I consider the Paperwhite worth the premium.

Mind, I do own non-lit readers (e.g. Sony PRS-350 paired with the lighted case) and I have to say, I find built-in lighting on the Paperwhite super convenient. I can't abide shadows and uneven lighting on my reader while reading in the dark.
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Deskisamess, if you only have room illumination, then I understand your issue. I have actual reading lights. They are typically floor models that bring the light over your shoulder or above you. Wonderful lighting.
I've had a couple of full spectrum lights, but didn't like being limited to one location, and they always seemed to cast a hot spot or create shadows on the page. I do like them for hand sewing etc. My eyes are really sensitive to non-diffused light, partly from a neurological issue I have.

The evenness of the front-lit screens really works well for me.
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I agree that for reading in the dark, or even a darkened, room, a front light is essential. But that wasn't the question.
Relevant though IMO, for other users who may be reading here.
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