This is the kindle paperwhite five. It is a very premium feeling device at a not so premium price tag, its only 1′.99 on the usa site. It also features a 6.8 inch brand new hd card screen. This is interesting because this is one of the only times theyve gone past. The six inch screen size, with the exception of the kindle dx many moons ago, and the oasis two and three, but a huge and obvious question is how is it different than the previous generation, as this is very important, remember we waited three years for this unit. Well, lets lay down some light specs to find out. We may do a future comparison. Video once things cool down in the industry right now, paperwhite 4 is on the left. Paperwhite 5 is on the right. You have a 6.8 inch screen versus a 6 inch screen and you have a little bit of a different screen resolution layout 1430 by 1080 versus 1448 by 1072.. They both have 300 ppi and 8 gigabytes of storage. The 4 has a 32 gig variant, whereas the 5 does not, unless you upgrade to the signature edition, which is more money and features some different hardware changes well get into in the future usbc versus micro. They are both ipx8 waterproof and the 5 has far more leds than its predecessor and is 30 dollars more expensive. So just looking at the specs on paper is this enough of a reason to make the upgrade after a three year.

Long wait well lets check it out, specs on paper aside and comparing it to its predecessor, isnt, really fair, because this is three years different were talking about here and a lot could have changed in the real world use of this. So, looking at the screen, everything is pretty much business as usual home back settings, goodreads store, and if you go into settings you get your drop down that has dark mode, bluetooth, airplane mode, sync, your kindle and all settings with your brightness and your warm lights. So overall nothings really changed and its not really the other side of the coin, its its very much just the same, very familiar experience, something that isnt written on paper that we have found in our testing is. This thing is really quick. It is super responsive if you tap something youre, pretty much sure that its gon na do it. This thing is on point and we actually havent seen too many units with this level of consistent reliability when it comes to tapping something thats, just something you cant find in the spec sheet. We understand that a lot of people say: eight gigs is enough. When it comes to books, because they arent inherently large, but you do have to make note that even though youre getting the eight gig model youre actually only getting 5.91 gb of usable storage space about five years ago, we stopped testing the speed of page turns because E readers had an inherent problem with it.

We can tell you that page turns are no longer an issue, theyre very quick, whether youre tapping, whether youre swiping and this new generation turns pages twenty percent faster than its predecessor. Long pressing is as good and stable as its ever been. You go ahead and tap something you get highlight, note, share and more options. You will have to go back and youll have to translate a box, and then you will go over here and then you can get translation. You can translate from any language to any language. You see on the drop down here and you can even choose something as difficult as chinese and youve broken down your book in three seconds to be a completely different language, which is a fantastic feature to have. If you do want to translate the one word, you will have to long press it swipe over to wikipedia and swipe over one more to the translation itself, but it wont be under the three dots, whereas most e readers tapping in the center will bring up the Screen it actually does not. You have to tap on the top third of the unit itself. This will bring up the top bar its the equivalent of the drop down on an android device. Clicking here is where youre going to change all of your themes, font, layouts and everything else. You can manage your themes or create your own themes. If you go over to font, you get boldness size and all of the font styles, you can switch everything.

Everything changes live in the background. In fact, amazon is one of the fastest to do this, you can change your orientation alignment spacing and your margins and everything will change. As you are doing this without having to go back to check, you can also show the clock, while reading mentions about this book – and everything is very conveniently paired with a nice toggle switch, so you can just toggle them on or off anytime. You want without going into the menu they make it very intuitive to change the font, size, thats, just pinching and zooming. You can actually pinch and zoom hold one finger on the screen drag your other finger and despite the menu here you can change the font size underneath, and this is a very quick change tool that is not only easy to master but very convenient. We always say we start appreciating manga around the 7 to 7.8 inch screen size, so this is a little bit off at only 6.8 inches, but manga does shine through and yes, amazon in many markets, including japan, america, canada has a wide selection of manga available. They have also kept the quick page turn navigation from the manga model that came out years back in japan. So you can just swipe your hand like that. Unfortunately, they dont have any guided view or anything like that. If you tap the cell, its not actually going to go into that view, but pinch and zoom is very nice and it is very quick.

It goes into a kind of faux a2 mode, although there is no system wide a2 mode like on an onyx, etc, and you do get a little mini map on the bottom corner. So it is a decent manga experience, but it is a little bit on the small side. However, on some graphic novels, as you can see right here, even in a screen as complex as this with some portraits and landscapes, you can indeed double tap into a cell to trigger guided view, and this will go from cell to cell until youre. At the end of the page, if you want to see the page, you double tap and you can still take advantage of the pinch and zoom. So this is extremely useful in graphic novels over manga themselves, and it is going to just depend on the one that you download. Some will have it. Some will not our go to benchmark. Pdf is loaded onto every single device. We review to keep it consistent, so we can really show off what the device has to offer, not the pdf itself. So we are using the baseball pdf. We put on to everything to check things out, so you can do page turns and on a larger pdf like this 20 to 100 mb page turns do take a little bit longer than an ebook. Obviously you can pinch and zoom with an instant minimap that pops up, you can still long press on text in a side, loaded pdf and make your highlights.

You can actually also long press a bunch of text like so to make massive highlights. So if you wanted to highlight a passage, you can go like that now it is going to only work on text that it recognizes as elements of text, for example, things that are styled like this. It actually cant understand that this says tl or tj or whatever the case may be, so it is only going to work on things that are in line and things that are considered to be text. The bluetooth is very fast on this unit and it will connect to pretty much anything, including this, no name. Nine dollar clock combination, speakers that we got online and all you do is sync it via bluetooth and start. Listening to your audiobook might have been the inspiration for many a poster in the late 80s, the engine died and its drone evaporated into stillness. The van shook on its chassis, the device doesnt, have any audio on it. It has wireless bluetooth, but no speakers, no headphone jack, so the quality is only going to be as good as the speakers. You are pairing it with wireless speakers. Wireless headphones much the same as the previous generation they do have good reads: enabled on the top bar goodreads is a social cataloging website that allows users to upload annotations, quotes, reviews, etc. The store is very much business as usual. You can click on a book and it takes you right to the purchase decision.

You can download a free sample or you can buy it right out of the gates. You can also toggle over to the audiobook store, in which case these will be all your audiobooks. Now, when you click on something you have to be very careful because itll say buy for 29 or buy for zero and in a very small print, itll say with an audible trial, cancel any time. So just make sure you read everything before you make a purchase decision, because you might be signing up with one of many amazon services that require rebuilds. Dark mode is very useful and it is now one of the five choices at the top of the unit itself. Clicking on dark mode, it just completely reverses the polarity of the e ink particles, so that everything is black and some things are white. This is really nice, because what this does is allow you to get an easier experience on the eyes without having a blinding contrast in your face. So it can be a little bit beneficial to have that dark mode on there and not be buried into any developer options. It is just user selectable now, because this now has 17 leds. You get a very clean experience and not only that you can change the warm lighting via this as well, and yes, this all works on dark mode at the same time. So this is a very, very customizable experience, but they did get rid of the max button.

In which you go to the end and click the max, and it goes one step further Music, so is the kindle paperwhite 5 night and day different than the paperwhite 4 released 3 years ago. No, not really its more like day and later that day. But you do get a fairly premium feeling device for a very good price point, its only 1′ dollars, and it does feel very modern. The resolution is right. The screen size is on point around what everyone else is using in the industry, and you do have usbc on here with a lot more advancements in the glow light. As for the usability of the device in the real world, theres, no color theres, no note taking its very much just business as usual, make the decision for yourselves. We may get into some follow up comparison, videos versus other things, so keep checking into But for now this is a review of the kindle paperwhite 5 for