Last month, Amazon released the new Kindle Paperwhite eBook reader (Kindle Paperwhite 4). Adding the waterproof features of the original Oasis to Paperwhite, the screen is also aligned with Oasis and becomes a flat design. Even more surprising is the price. Paperwhite, which has undergone multiple upgrades, is only $40 more expensive than the previous generation, and the price is 998 yuan, which is almost equal to no increase.
How about the Kindle Paperwhite 4 experience of “do not increase the price”?
The most obvious change: flat screen
In terms of appearance, the most obvious difference between Kindle Paperwhite 4 and the previous generation is the screen. The previous Paperwhite 3 screen was recessed, which is one of its largest slots. Such a design is uncomfortable from the look and feel, but also easy to accumulate. The Kindle Paperwhite 4 uses the same flat screen as Oasis, and the aesthetics are naturally improved, and there is no discomfort when holding.
However, the effect is different. Some people think that the flat screen is more natural to hold, and some people think that the previous concave screen is easier to grasp and not easy to drop.
On the upper right is Kindle Paperwhite 4, and the bottom left is the previous generation.
In addition, the Kindle Paperwhite 4 and the three generations of the screen, the screen feels smoother, similar to Oasis, the feel is more delicate. The three generations of screens are more like a matte feel.
Maximum lift: waterproof function
The bigger effect of the flat screen is waterproof, which is the biggest upgrade of the Kindle Paperwhite 4, with a waterproof rating of IPX8. Like the waterproofing of smartphones, its waterproof ability is environmentally limited. The official instructions can be immersed in a 2 meter deep water environment for up to 1 hour, but it also emphasizes that "this product is not designed for underwater use." .
The use of the Kindle in the pool and bathroom in the promo may not occur frequently in daily use, but if you encounter some accidental water and water splashing, the waterproof function can help you escape.
Considering that many people will use the Kindle to make instant noodles, it must be reminded that Kindle Paperwhite 4 does not prevent non-clear water splashes. The solution given by Amazon is to flush the device with clean water and then dry it when the Kindle is immersed in a liquid other than clean water.
The body is lighter and thinner, and the sense of unity is enhanced.
Because the large border still exists, the Kindle Paperwhite 4 doesn't look light or thin, but it's actually 23 grams lighter than the third generation and the thickness is really 0.9 millimeters.
Actually, I can't feel these changes when I get the hand. I can only feel the sense of unity brought by the flat screen.
The edges of the Kindle Paperwhite 4 are more rounded and curved. The bottom charging interface, the indicator light, and the part of the switch button are no longer prominent, and the sense of unity is stronger.
If you look closely, the interface is not as rough as before, and the apertures are consistent with the Micro-USB interface. As can be seen from these details, the upgrade of the Paperwhite series is not just waterproof, but also makes up some shortcomings.
Above is Kindle Paperwhite 4, below is the previous generation
Detail improvements: increased reading lights, dark mode, etc.
This is the change in appearance, and in other respects, Kindle Paperwhite 4 has also improved. For example, the built-in reading light has been changed from 4 to 5, and the light distribution is more uniform.
There are also some features that come from Oasis, the dark mode. When enabled, the content of the black text on white will become white on a black background. It is suitable for reading at night, and the experience is still very good.
There are more changes to the system, such as the increase in the percentage of the battery, the page settings provide several preset modes.
Another new feature worth mentioning is the touch screen shutdown option. After closing, you will not be able to click and you will need to swipe to turn the page. This function should be used to match the waterproof function, but even in the daily scene, this function can also play a role in preventing misoperation, and the experience is not bad.
By the way, Kindle Paperwhite 4 has also released several protective covers, both textile and leather. We got the cyan leather, which feels good and can protect the device.
The price of Kindle Paperwhite 4 is almost the same as that of the previous generation, from 958 yuan to 998 yuan, but the waterproof function and many details of the changes make it more valuable to buy. Due to the characteristics of e-book readers, Amazon's practice on the Kindle is more "stable". Kindle Paperwhite 4 still has some small regrets: there is still no Type-C, the reading function does not support Chinese.
Among the current three series, Paperwhite has the largest sales volume and the highest level of attention. Amazon's approach is that some of the features on Oasis have been moved to Paperwhite, and the upgraded Paperwhite is undoubtedly the most attractive Kindle.
Amazon has never only relied on Kindle hardware to make money, so it doesn't matter which user buys a Kindle. If you pull more people into the Kindle system, you will win.