Amazon has a new cheap Kindle, but the Paperwhite is still a better deal

Amazon has updated its entry-level Kindle today, making it immediately more useful and expensive – the starting price has dropped from $ 79.99 to $ 89.99. It’s a welcome update, but you should probably buy the Kindle Paperwhite.


The biggest change is adding an adjustable front light so you can finally use the entry-level Kindle in the dark. This is not an automatic brightness adjustment, as we are used to with our phones and laptops. You have to adjust the brightness manually. However, this should not be a big problem given the e-ink display. The screen works similarly on the Paperwhite.


The other changes are minimal. There’s a slightly streamlined design that should be more legible with one hand, the display has been updated for better contrast and touch accuracy, and Amazon has thrown Kindle Unlimited for three months for a limited time.

Still, there are very few situations where I would recommend the new Kindle about the already great Paperwhite. The Paperwhite is available with LTE for downloading books on the go, it is waterproof for beach reading or bathing, and the 300 ppi display is much sharper than the 167 ppi display of the base model. The Paperwhite costs $ 129.99 based Kindle $ 89.99, but it is often offered for sale. Or you can help the planet and buy one with minimal signs of wear for about 99 euros. The new Kindle could be a good choice if price is the most important consideration – perhaps as a secondary device or as an accessory for your kids (its plastic display is probably more durable than the frosted glass of the Paperwhite). But for everyone else, the Paperwhite is still the best choice. The TNW Conference 2019 is coming! Click here to see our glorious new location, the inspiring range of speakers and activities, and part of this annual tech bonanza.


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