#kindle paperwhite

Anonymous asked:

With new iPad's on the horizon, I was wondering how often you still used your iPad or iPad mini? I have found that recently I have stopped using my iPad 2nd Gen; however, I find myself using my iPhone and Kindle Paperwhite more than ever. It seems like a retina iPad mini would be perfect and I am fairly certain one is in my future. Would be interested to know if your iPad use has remained constant or fallen off at all.

I use both iPads regularly. I find myself taking the iPad mini with me where ever I go (both on trips and just in my work bag), while I tend to leave the regular iPad at home. 

A retina iPad mini may tempt me to only use that device, though I do still like the larger screen when I’m sitting at home on the couch. My main issue with that device is the weight, and that’s supposedly being remedied this time around.

I have a Kindle Paperwhite as well, though I only tend to use that while reading before going to bed (or on a sunny beach). 

I know I’m a device outlier — most folks will only get and use one of these devices. My guess is that a retina iPad mini will be the right call for most people. But we’ll see next week!

mattruby asked:

About a year ago you wrote about the iPad mini fitting into your device lineup. I have an iPad mini and I'm wondering if your Kindle Paperwhite still gets any use. Is it worth picking up a Paperwhite as well? What do you think of the benefits of the Kindle inventory and the lending library vs iBooks inventory?

I do use the Kindle Paperwhite on nearly a nightly basis. After staring a backlit screens all day long, I still find the Paperwhite nice on my eyes before I go to sleep. I’m also about to take off to a beach for the long weekend and it’s definitely great in that setting. 

Overall, the Kindle inventory and lending library aspect seems better than iBooks, but I actually like the look of iBooks better. Kindle has been getting better at removing some of the cruft in the reading experience, but there’s still more to go. 

Long story short: I don’t really use the iPad mini for reading books, but I use it all the time for reading the internet. I use the Kindle Paperwhite for reading books. We’ll see if a retina iPad mini changes that equation.

I’ll echo many of John Gruber’s thoughts on the Kindle Paperwhite. It’s solid — by far the best Kindle I’ve ever used. But it could be even better.

Namely, the unevenly lit bottom is annoying. It reminds me of the bottom of a billboard that’s being lit up. It’s less annoying depending on the brightness setting you use, but it’s impossible not to notice because the rest of the display is so wonderfully and evenly lit.

Also, this is something I hadn’t really thought about consciously but I totally agree with subconsciously:

But page-turning is a bit of a setback. It’s good that you can use the touchscreen to turn pages, but why not include dedicated page-turning buttons as well? The e-ink Kindles are designed to do one thing really well: display long-form text. Page-turning is at the heart of the Kindle reading experience. An active Kindle reader is going to go to the next page hundreds — in some cases, I’m sure, even thousands — of times every week. There should not just be buttons for page-turning, but great buttons. Buttons exquisitely designed and engineered to be perfectly placed and delightfully clickable. The problem with using the touchscreen to turn pages is that you have to move your thumb, from the bezel to the display and then back to the bezel after tapping, each time. With page-turning buttons on the bezel, like on the old pre-touchscreen Kindles, you never had to move your thumbs while reading. Not having to move your thumbs is one way a dedicated e-reader could hold an advantage over tablets like the iPad and Kindle Fire — a missed opportunity here. It’s a little thing, but as always, it’s the details that matter.

Using the Kindle Paperwhite, it seems clear that Amazon wanted to remove all physical buttons. Very Apple-like, right? Not really. My thumb is constantly moving from the bezel to the screen to turn pages. It’s a small gesture, but it’s unnecessary friction. Sure, traditional books (you know, the actual paper variety) require more work for page-turns, but if you can improve something with technology, why not do it (especially if you were already doing it)?

And yes, Apple’s iBooks app requires you to touch the screen to turn pages as well, but at least they give you a lovely page-turning animation to harken back to the good old days. More importantly, the iPhone/iPad isn’t designed to be a pure eBook reader. The Kindle Paperwhite is.

I also miss the “home” button found on the last generation Kindle Touch. Fewer buttons isn’t always better. It should be all about the reading experience, not some minimalism pissing match.

Also, be sure to read Gruber’s thoughts about typography on the device.

Look, the Paperwhite is great. If you’re a big reader, I highly recommend it. But there’s no question that it could be and probably should be even better.

Marco Arment: 

My recommendation: if you’re itching to preorder one of the new Kindles and absolutely can’t wait until the reviews are out, go with the Paperwhite Wi-Fi with ads.

That’s the one I just bought. I have both a second generation Kindle with 3G and a current Kindle Touch with WiFi — I don’t miss the 3G at all. As for the ads, they’re really not intrusive. And sometimes the deals actually seem pretty useful (like $1 Kindle books, for example). Also you can pay to turn them off after you buy the device.

(By the way, that’s Marco’s affiliate link not mine. He’s a hard-working developer. Throw the guy a bone.)