Ever since its original release back in 2018, the Kindle Paperwhite has been a solid choice for those who wanted to make the move to an e-reader, or simply supplement their physical book-reading alongside a virtual experience.
The popularity has now seen Amazon release what they call the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition, which boasts four new premium features: a whopping 32GB of memory, a front light that automatically adjusts, wireless charging and, no ads.
Taking just a couple of seconds to ‘wake up’ from standby mode, the Paperwhite is as easy to navigate as ever and, with the increased memory, you’ll never again struggle as to which books you want to keep on your device. Let’s face it, only a very finite amount of us will be taking up that entire 32GB, but it’s still a joy knowing that any past worries about storage space can be left in the dust.
As for battery life, the Kindle Paperwhite SE enjoys up to 10 weeks per single charge via USB-C (included) or, compatible Qi wireless charger - which you'll have to purchase separately to make use of. If you’re a fan of wireless charging, then this new addition to the device will be one you can quite easily make use of. Simply place the e-reader on a Qi wireless charging pad and it’ll add some juice to the system.
And what a gorgeous design that system has! The display has increased to 6.8 inches, with thinner bezels for a more comfortable handheld experience. The screen also looks sharper than in previous iterations and even auto-adjusts brightness, with the option to amend the warm light or enjoy a white on black dark mode; it truly is the luxury e-reader.
Thanks to the flush-front design and 300 ppi glare-free display that reads like real paper, trips to the beach where you’re sitting in bright sunlight won’t ruin your latest delving into a fictional medieval village, or exploration of a celebrity’s real-life story.
You can even relax and read in the bath, thnks to the IPX8-rated waterproof device which will protect against accidental immersion in up to two metres of fresh water, for up to 60 minutes. As for seawater? If you really want to read whilst skimming the ocean, it can resist damage in up to 0.25 metres of seawater, for up to three minutes.
Sustainability is also a big part of the Kindle Paperwhite SE's design, with 60% post-consumer recycled plastics in the device, and 95% of the packaging made of wood-fibre-based materials from responsibly-managed forests or recycled sources.
Perhaps the most joyous part of it all? There are no ads. Ever! Whilst £50 extra for the Signature Edition may seem a little pricey, it’s undoubtedly a worthy upgrade for those serious about their e-reading.
Those who purchase the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition from Amazon can also enjoy three months of Kindle Unlimited for free.
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