I’ve had my Kindle Paperwhite for just over seven months and I thought it would be a good idea to share some updated thoughts on it, now that I’ve had plenty of time to learn the ins and outs of the popular e-reader device.
First things first: let’s talk about the battery life.
I only have to charge mine once a month. Yep, that means I’ve only had to charge it seven times in seven months! It does take a while to charge fully — around four hours — but once you’ve got it charged it’s fine for weeks. I think I saw online somewhere that it has around 30 hours of battery life, which works well for someone like me who is either reading for three hours one night, or not at all for three nights in a row.
Next up: the screen.
The screen really is glare free. I’ve been sitting in the sun on Saturday mornings with a huge glass of iced tea and my Kindle, and I never experience any glare or illegibility due to the sun. Because the device is black, it does heat up a bit, but it’s never glitched out on me. If you’re planning on taking this back and forth to the beach or the poolside, I’d recommend picking up the white version to avoid having to hold a hot device. But, either way, screen glare is never going to ruin your time.
Now, let’s take a moment to discuss the download process.
You can access the Amazon store on your Kindle Paperwhite and buy books through it, but the device is really not built well for tasks like this. It’s just slow and hard to use and navigate, which is one downside of it. However, almost everyone has their iPhone with them at all times like I do, so it’s as simple as accessing the Amazon Kindle store on your phone and buying the ebooks through there on the account linked to your Kindle. I find it way easier to do that way and then I don’t have to deal with how slow the Kindle is to load, scroll, etc. Sometimes I even like to grab my laptop out and go through my Goodreads TBR on the Kindle store, checking if any are super cheap — which they usually are! — and I then bulk-buy a bunch of ebooks to make my way through.
Finally, let’s talk about the reading experience.
Simple. Easy. Love it. I will admit that at first, I found the flashing page refresh to be so annoying and distracting, but I soon found out that you can reduce the amount of times it flashes as you go to the next page. Once I figured that out, the reading experience has been nothing but positive. I honestly couldn’t recommend the Kindle Paperwhite more! Grab yours here.1