Getting an e-reader can do wonders for bookworms struggling with
library management. (Physical space is a finite and precious
resource, as we all found out during 2020.) You don't even have to
spend that much either, as today's entry-level options pack a slew
of features. Case in point: Amazon's US$90 Kindle, which sports a front light
and supports audiobook playback.
Still, moving up to a higher-end model can bring material
benefits. That's especially so when comparing the Kindle against
the fancier Kindle Paperwhite ($140 MSRP). A few key differences
exist between the two models that can dramatically tip the scales
in favor of one over the other, depending on your situation.
To make it easier to decide between the two, we've highlighted
the main features of each model. We've also included a chart at the
end of the article that shows the full spec comparison.
For reviews and how-tos, head over to our Kindle product roundup.
Kindle vs. Kindle
The base Kindle model has a 6-inch, 167-ppi screen with four
LEDs. The Kindle Paperwhite upgrades that to a larger, front-flush
6.8-inch, 300-ppi screen with 17 LEDs. The color of front lights on
the Paperwhite can also shift from white to amber for more
comfortable nighttime reading.
The Kindle measures 6.3 x 4.5 x 0.34 inches (160 x 113 x 8.7 mm)
and weighs 6.1 ounces (174g). It's smaller and lighter than the
Kindle Paperwhite, which comes in at 6.9 x 4.9 x 0.32 inches (174 x
125 x 8.1 mm) and 7.23 ounces (205g) for the standard edition. The
Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition of the Paperwhite is a little
heavier at 7.34 ounces (208g).
Both the Kindle and standard edition of the Kindle Paperwhite
come with 8GB of storage. You can get more space with the
Paperwhite by stepping up to 32GB Signature Edition.
Voracious readers often away from a power outlet will feel the
difference between the Kindle and the Kindle Paperwhite. The basic
Kindle gets up to four weeks on a full charge, while the Paperwhite
gets up to ten weeks on a full charge.
People who read near (or in) water, take note: The Kindle isn't
water resistant. Instead, you'll want the Kindle Paperwhite, which
is IPX8-rated and can survive in up to two meters of fresh water
for an hour at a time.
The entry-level Kindle relies on a micro-USB port for chargingâ€”s
o those firmly committed to USB-C will want to look at the Kindle
Paperwhite. The Signature Edition of the Kindle Paperwhite also
supports wireless charging, and you can fully charge the device
with a compatible 10W Qi charging pad in under 3.5 hours.
Kindle vs. Kindle Paperwhite: Full specification comparison