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Nuevas kindles
« : agosto 23, 2012, 02:36:32 pm »
Saludos

Por lo visto amazon va a tener una conferencia el 6 de septiembre, lo más seguro es que tengan nuevos dispositivos que anunciar, posiblemente un nuevo kindle fire, nuevos modelos de kindles o cualquier otra cosa.

A ver con que salen




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http://androidcommunity.com/amazon-press-event-set-for-september-5th-prepare-for-fires-20120823/
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http://techcrunch.com/2012/08/23/amazon-to-hold-press-conference-in-santa-monica-on-sept-6/
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Re:Nuevas kindles
« Respuesta #1 : septiembre 06, 2012, 06:50:59 pm »
Por lo visto ya anunciaron las nuevas kindle

Por una parte está la nueva kindle fire hd

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http://androidcommunity.com/kindle-fire-hd-7-hands-on-20120906/
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http://androidcommunity.com/amazon-confirms-ics-is-running-the-kindle-fire-hd-20120906/

Estas son las especificaciones:

*16 GB de memoria interna
*1.2 GHz dual-core OMAP 4460 processor
*1gb of ram
*Laminated IPS LCD display  capaz de una resolución de 1200×800
*Anti-glare technology
* Imagination PowerVR 3D graphics
*Antena doble wifi
*Dual-driver stereo speakers
*Android ice cream sandwich (una versión costumizada por Amazon)
*Precio: $199





Kindle Fire HD


Amazon New Kindle TV Commercial


Personalmente la veo muy bien por su precio hay algunas cosas que me gustan como los 16 gb de memoria, el anti glare, la antena doble, los parlantes, etc...

Pero aun así creo que prefiero la nexus 7 no solo por la mayar potencia de procesamiento si no porque no me agrada eso de usar una versión Android costumizada por Amazon sin posibilidad de actualizaciones de forma oficial.

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Además anunciaron un nuevo kindle con e ink que se llama Kindle Paper white

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http://reviews.cnet.com/kindle-paperwhite/?ttag=gpwl
Kindle papewhite commercial


Introducing the All-New Kindle Paperwhite


En resumidas cuentas la diferencia con el antiguo kindle touch es que tiene una luz ajustable  para lecturas nocturnas, ahora tiene una pantalla capacitiva en vez de la IR-based del kindle touch, una mejor resolución de  1,024x768-pixel con 212ppi, una interfaz mejorada y unas opciones extras que te indican velocidad de lectura y cuanto tiempo te falta para terminar un libro o capitulo.

Habrán varios modelos pero por lo menos el modelo con wifi costarán $119 y el 3g $179, mientras que los actuales modelos touch valen $100 y $150 respectivamente.

En lo personal esta palomisima  :paja esa luz es mucho mejor la "backlight" del nuevo nook sumado con todas la nuevas opciones, la mejor resolución y pantalla. Sin embargo no creo que la cambie por mi actual kindle touch, estan buenas las opciones nuevas, muy útiles para los lectores pero no lo considero que amerite cambio.

Pero para los que no tienen un reader en mi opinión es la mejor opción  :drinks:
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Re:Nuevas kindles
« Respuesta #2 : septiembre 07, 2012, 12:59:23 pm »

lo que he leido es que tendran publicidad en la pantalla de bloqueo... punto en contra...

otra cosa interesante es que estan trabajando en un smartphone, acá se pondra buena la cosa, porque por el precio/rendimiento que le pueden dar será muy competitivo y razón para tomar en cuenta....
lo difícil lo hago rápido, con lo imposible, casi siempre me tardo un poquito

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Re:Nuevas kindles
« Respuesta #3 : septiembre 07, 2012, 01:17:56 pm »
Bueno hoy si se le ponen a la par al Nexus 7, cuenta con el doble de almacenamiento que este y ciertas mejoras, pero igual también tiene sus desventajas, si tuviera un Sistema mejor y no el modificado por amazon  me fuera por su lado, pero aún así me sigue gustando aun más el nexus 7  :thumbsup:

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Re:Nuevas kindles
« Respuesta #4 : septiembre 07, 2012, 01:55:42 pm »
Una consulta se podra bajar contenido de amazon apps ya que instale en la nexus pero me dice que el contenido no esta disponible para el salvador me llama la atencion eso de que cada dia ponen una apps de paga gratis

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Re:Nuevas kindles
« Respuesta #5 : septiembre 07, 2012, 02:55:27 pm »
Aprovechando que sale el nuevo...

... Aunque sea solo para leer me comprare el viejo xD.

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Amazon rebaja el modelo Kindle más básico a 69 dólares, disponible el 14 de septiembre



Está visto y comprobado que Amazon va hoy a todo tren: tras la dentellada a B&N y el Nook con Glowlight con la presentación de su propio e-reader retroiluminado -el Kindle Paperwhite-, la casa ha dejado caer que el nuevo Kindle básico se comercializará en el mercado estadounidense con el competitivo precio de 69 dólares (unos 54 euros al cambio actual). Por el momento la compañía no ha entrado en detalles sobre si existen diferencias técnicas o estéticas con respecto al modelo de 79 dólares del año pasado (todo apunta a que no, desde luego). Lo que sí que ha precisado el CEO de la firma es que contará con nuevas fuentes, un texto con mayor definición y la capacidad de girar las páginas un 15 por ciento más rápido. Además no creas que va a haber que esperar demasiado para poder echarle el lazo, ya que la unidad va a abrir su periodo de reservas hoy mismo y empezará a enviarse a partir del 14 de septiembre.


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Re:Nuevas kindles
« Respuesta #6 : septiembre 07, 2012, 03:12:02 pm »
Aprovechando que sale el nuevo...

... Aunque sea solo para leer me comprare el viejo xD.

 :p

Significa que le ha bajado $10, osea esta bien pero no es para tanto.

Hablando de kindle estrictamente (el normal el e ink) en mi opinión vale la pena hacer la inversión a la versión touch y no es mucha la diferencia, es mas comodo para cambiar paginas, seleccionar palabras, subrayar frases etc...


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Re:Nuevas kindles
« Respuesta #7 : septiembre 07, 2012, 03:18:37 pm »
Ya le dije a un chero que si viene en diciembre me compre una de esas kindle a color, ya toy feliz  :rofl:

Aprovechando que sale el nuevo...

... Aunque sea solo para leer me comprare el viejo xD.

 :p
Y para q otra cosa la usarias? server :roll:?

Significa que le ha bajado $10, osea esta bien pero no es para tanto.

Hablando de kindle estrictamente (el normal el e ink) en mi opinión vale la pena hacer la inversión a la versión touch y no es mucha la diferencia, es mas comodo para cambiar paginas, seleccionar palabras, subrayar frases etc...
Amazon deberia ya traer su marca a latinoamerica y q nos vengan las kindle como competencia contra las marcas chinas x_x. Si estaria bien comprar una Kindle para poder usarla en los estudios o entretenerse leyendo libros que son dificiles o imposibles de conseguir ^^.
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Re:Nuevas kindles
« Respuesta #8 : septiembre 07, 2012, 03:31:49 pm »

Amazon deberia ya traer su marca a latinoamerica y q nos vengan las kindle como competencia contra las marcas chinas x_x. Si estaria bien comprar una Kindle para poder usarla en los estudios o entretenerse leyendo libros que son dificiles o imposibles de conseguir ^^.

Pues no solo amazon sería ideal que en general los productores de hadware nos trajeran sus productos, pero bueno a saber si les es rentable.

En el caso de los kindle u otros lectores no los he encontrado para nada en el pais. Tenes en cuenta que la gente no tiene mucho habito de lectura en el pais, conque a puras penas hay bibliotencas y librerias.

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Re:Nuevas kindles
« Respuesta #9 : septiembre 07, 2012, 03:42:43 pm »
Y para q otra cosa la usarias? server :roll:?

Gracias Genio,

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Re:Nuevas kindles
« Respuesta #10 : septiembre 07, 2012, 03:47:30 pm »
Pues no solo amazon sería ideal que en general los productores de hadware nos trajeran sus productos, pero bueno a saber si les es rentable.

En el caso de los kindle u otros lectores no los he encontrado para nada en el pais. Tenes en cuenta que la gente no tiene mucho habito de lectura en el pais, conque a puras penas hay bibliotencas y librerias.
Pues si pudieran ahi hacer trato bajo agua con el gobierno local para pagar menos impuesto, seria genial  :rofl: . Pero bueno, suerte a los que podran conseguirla proximamente y a los que las tendran en un futuro.

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Gracias Genio :wacko:

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De nada, por molestarte era :roll: . Y si seria bueno ver por los modelos anteriores, pero hay que ver los precios que tanto es la diferencia, pero como dice pollinsky que serian a lo sumo 10$, mejor irse por las ultimas versiones

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Re:Nuevas kindles
« Respuesta #11 : septiembre 07, 2012, 04:35:43 pm »
pues una buena cantidad de  opciones de tablets por parte de amazon y ereaders,la de hd kindle fire son una buena opcion y la kindle normal si no eres exigente con el hd,para tus hijos o un buen regalo

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« Respuesta #12 : septiembre 07, 2012, 04:41:04 pm »
De nada, por molestarte era :roll: . Y si seria bueno ver por los modelos anteriores, pero hay que ver los precios que tanto es la diferencia, pero como dice pollinsky que serian a lo sumo 10$, mejor irse por las ultimas versiones

Tienen razon practicamente $10 no es la gran cosa, lo que pasa es que pensaba que era mas cara :rofl:

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Re:Nuevas kindles
« Respuesta #13 : septiembre 07, 2012, 05:18:42 pm »
Esta mejor que la version anterior, se ve mejor que cualquier otra a ese precio. Tendra HDMI?
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Re:Nuevas kindles
« Respuesta #14 : octubre 01, 2012, 09:33:21 am »
Aquí hay un excelente review de la nueva Kindle Paperwhite, por los visto está buenisima. Insisto que no vale la pena cambiar en mi caso mi actual kindle touch pero si no tuviera un e reader esta fuera mi elección.


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The good: The Kindle Paperwhite boasts the best screen we've seen to date on an e-ink e-reader. The built-in light is great for nighttime reading, and the touch screen is a notch above the competition. Amazon's e-book selection remains best in class. Battery life is excellent so long as you turn Wi-Fi off.

The bad: It could be a tad lighter, an AC adapter isn't included (just a Micro-USB cable for charging), and there's no memory expansion slot. The ad-free version costs $20 more.

The bottom line: With an excellent built-in light and Amazon's best-in-class ebook selection, the Kindle Paperwhite rises to the top of the e-reader pack.


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ust in time for the 2012 holiday buying season, Amazon has unveiled a slew of new Kindle tablets and e-book readers. Among them is the Kindle Paperwhite, the company's first self-illuminated e-ink reader, and its direct competitor to Barnes & Noble's excellent Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight.

At first glance, the Paperwhite looks a lot like 2011's Kindle Touch. That's because aside from the missing physical home button, the chassis is mostly the same, and the two devices both weigh in at 7.5 ounces -- or about half an ounce more than the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight.

But turn the Paperwhite on and you'll see some key differences. For starters, the Paperwhite has that integrated light that Kindle aficionados have been waiting for. It also has a capacitive touch screen rather than the IR-based touch screen found on competing touch-screen models from Sony, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble, which dropped the price of the aforementioned Nook GlowLight to match the Paperwhite's $119 cost. And, finally, the Paperwhite's screen is a higher-resolution 1,024x768-pixel display with 212ppi that allows text and images to be rendered more crisply. Images also appear more detailed.

In the Kindle Touch, the IR transmitters that measure your finger taps were built into the bezel. Look closely and you'll see that by moving to a capacitive touch screen Amazon's designers were able to shave some thickness off the bezel, making the Paperwhite slightly thinner than the Touch. Amazon says the bezel elevation is 77 percent shorter, reducing the small shadow the raised bezel casts.




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(Credit: Sarah Tew/CNET)

About that light. When I first saw it in action, my immediate impression was that Amazon was using backlit technology, even though I knew it had to be front-lit. That's because when you're looking at it in a normally lit room, the light splays across the screen very uniformly and the screen has a pleasing white cast to it -- thus the Paperwhite name. For that reason, Amazon actually expects people to use the light all the time indoors and to only turn it off when outside in bright sunlight.

The only physical button on the device is a power button; the light goes on when you turn the device on, and you can then adjust the amount of light -- or turn it all the way down -- using the virtual dimmer switch on the touch screen. By contrast, the Nook's GlowLight is also adjustable, but can be turned on and off by holding down the physical home button on the front of the device. I had no problems with either scheme.




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CNET Editors' Rating
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Review Date: 9/06/12
Updated on: 9/30/12
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The good: The Kindle Paperwhite boasts the best screen we've seen to date on an e-ink e-reader. The built-in light is great for nighttime reading, and the touch screen is a notch above the competition. Amazon's e-book selection remains best in class. Battery life is excellent so long as you turn Wi-Fi off.

The bad: It could be a tad lighter, an AC adapter isn't included (just a Micro-USB cable for charging), and there's no memory expansion slot. The ad-free version costs $20 more.

The bottom line: With an excellent built-in light and Amazon's best-in-class ebook selection, the Kindle Paperwhite rises to the top of the e-reader pack.
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Just in time for the 2012 holiday buying season, Amazon has unveiled a slew of new Kindle tablets and e-book readers. Among them is the Kindle Paperwhite, the company's first self-illuminated e-ink reader, and its direct competitor to Barnes & Noble's excellent Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight.

At first glance, the Paperwhite looks a lot like 2011's Kindle Touch. That's because aside from the missing physical home button, the chassis is mostly the same, and the two devices both weigh in at 7.5 ounces -- or about half an ounce more than the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight.

But turn the Paperwhite on and you'll see some key differences. For starters, the Paperwhite has that integrated light that Kindle aficionados have been waiting for. It also has a capacitive touch screen rather than the IR-based touch screen found on competing touch-screen models from Sony, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble, which dropped the price of the aforementioned Nook GlowLight to match the Paperwhite's $119 cost. And, finally, the Paperwhite's screen is a higher-resolution 1,024x768-pixel display with 212ppi that allows text and images to be rendered more crisply. Images also appear more detailed.

In the Kindle Touch, the IR transmitters that measure your finger taps were built into the bezel. Look closely and you'll see that by moving to a capacitive touch screen Amazon's designers were able to shave some thickness off the bezel, making the Paperwhite slightly thinner than the Touch. Amazon says the bezel elevation is 77 percent shorter, reducing the small shadow the raised bezel casts.

The Paperwhite's illuminated display.
(Credit: Sarah Tew/CNET)

About that light. When I first saw it in action, my immediate impression was that Amazon was using backlit technology, even though I knew it had to be front-lit. That's because when you're looking at it in a normally lit room, the light splays across the screen very uniformly and the screen has a pleasing white cast to it -- thus the Paperwhite name. For that reason, Amazon actually expects people to use the light all the time indoors and to only turn it off when outside in bright sunlight.

The only physical button on the device is a power button; the light goes on when you turn the device on, and you can then adjust the amount of light -- or turn it all the way down -- using the virtual dimmer switch on the touch screen. By contrast, the Nook's GlowLight is also adjustable, but can be turned on and off by holding down the physical home button on the front of the device. I had no problems with either scheme.

In addition to the integrated light, the Paperwhite features a 1,024x768-pixel display with 212ppi.
(Credit: Sarah Tew/CNET)

Of course, one of the main reasons for getting an e-reader with a built-in light is because you want to read in the dark, and I tested the Paperwhite in bed several nights running. As with the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight, the convenience of having that integrated light can't be underestimated. Sure, many of these clip-on external lights or cases with integrated lights (such as Amazon's own Lighted Leather Cover) work well enough, but the lighted cases tend to be expensive and I definitely preferred reading with the integrated light.

Because the bezel on the Kindle Paperwhite is so thin, you can't really see the LEDs when you pick up the device; again, that's why my first impression was that it was backlit technology. When you hold the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight in front of you, you can't see the LEDs either, but the light is more pronounced and noticeably at the top of the screen when you crank the brightness to the highest level. (I tend to use it at about 30-40 percent brightness, which produces much less glow at the top.) However, if you lay down the two devices side by side on a flat surface, the Nook's LEDs and lighting scheme become more apparent and visible.

While to me the Paperwhite's light washes across the screen more uniformly than the light on the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight, when reading in the dark I did see a little murkiness in spots, particularly toward the bottom of the screen where the LEDs are. In other words, the lighting isn't seamless, even after you adjust the brightness level. That said, it's still pretty darn impressive and that lack of total uniformity should bother only a small fraction of users -- it didn't bother me, but it did bother our in-house video guru David Katzmaier.




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Capacitive touch versus IR touch
Back in 2009, Amazon acquired Touchco, a multitouch hardware company, and apparently tasked it with developing a capacitive touch screen for its e-ink e-readers. That investment has finally born fruit over three years later.




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CNET Editors' Rating
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$119.00
Review Date: 9/06/12
Updated on: 9/30/12
Average User Rating
0.0 stars No reviews. Write a review

The good: The Kindle Paperwhite boasts the best screen we've seen to date on an e-ink e-reader. The built-in light is great for nighttime reading, and the touch screen is a notch above the competition. Amazon's e-book selection remains best in class. Battery life is excellent so long as you turn Wi-Fi off.

The bad: It could be a tad lighter, an AC adapter isn't included (just a Micro-USB cable for charging), and there's no memory expansion slot. The ad-free version costs $20 more.

The bottom line: With an excellent built-in light and Amazon's best-in-class ebook selection, the Kindle Paperwhite rises to the top of the e-reader pack.
Most Viewed

    Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight
    Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight
    Starting at$139.00
    4.0 stars
    Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
    Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
    Starting at$139.00
    4.0 stars
    Amazon Kindle
    Amazon Kindle (2012)
    Starting at$89.00
    Kobo Glo
    Kobo Glo
    Starting at$129.99

MSRP: $119.00 Low Price: $119.00

    Amazon.com
    $119.00 See it

Set price alert

Just in time for the 2012 holiday buying season, Amazon has unveiled a slew of new Kindle tablets and e-book readers. Among them is the Kindle Paperwhite, the company's first self-illuminated e-ink reader, and its direct competitor to Barnes & Noble's excellent Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight.

At first glance, the Paperwhite looks a lot like 2011's Kindle Touch. That's because aside from the missing physical home button, the chassis is mostly the same, and the two devices both weigh in at 7.5 ounces -- or about half an ounce more than the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight.

But turn the Paperwhite on and you'll see some key differences. For starters, the Paperwhite has that integrated light that Kindle aficionados have been waiting for. It also has a capacitive touch screen rather than the IR-based touch screen found on competing touch-screen models from Sony, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble, which dropped the price of the aforementioned Nook GlowLight to match the Paperwhite's $119 cost. And, finally, the Paperwhite's screen is a higher-resolution 1,024x768-pixel display with 212ppi that allows text and images to be rendered more crisply. Images also appear more detailed.

In the Kindle Touch, the IR transmitters that measure your finger taps were built into the bezel. Look closely and you'll see that by moving to a capacitive touch screen Amazon's designers were able to shave some thickness off the bezel, making the Paperwhite slightly thinner than the Touch. Amazon says the bezel elevation is 77 percent shorter, reducing the small shadow the raised bezel casts.

The Paperwhite's illuminated display.
(Credit: Sarah Tew/CNET)

About that light. When I first saw it in action, my immediate impression was that Amazon was using backlit technology, even though I knew it had to be front-lit. That's because when you're looking at it in a normally lit room, the light splays across the screen very uniformly and the screen has a pleasing white cast to it -- thus the Paperwhite name. For that reason, Amazon actually expects people to use the light all the time indoors and to only turn it off when outside in bright sunlight.

The only physical button on the device is a power button; the light goes on when you turn the device on, and you can then adjust the amount of light -- or turn it all the way down -- using the virtual dimmer switch on the touch screen. By contrast, the Nook's GlowLight is also adjustable, but can be turned on and off by holding down the physical home button on the front of the device. I had no problems with either scheme.

In addition to the integrated light, the Paperwhite features a 1,024x768-pixel display with 212ppi.
(Credit: Sarah Tew/CNET)

Of course, one of the main reasons for getting an e-reader with a built-in light is because you want to read in the dark, and I tested the Paperwhite in bed several nights running. As with the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight, the convenience of having that integrated light can't be underestimated. Sure, many of these clip-on external lights or cases with integrated lights (such as Amazon's own Lighted Leather Cover) work well enough, but the lighted cases tend to be expensive and I definitely preferred reading with the integrated light.

Because the bezel on the Kindle Paperwhite is so thin, you can't really see the LEDs when you pick up the device; again, that's why my first impression was that it was backlit technology. When you hold the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight in front of you, you can't see the LEDs either, but the light is more pronounced and noticeably at the top of the screen when you crank the brightness to the highest level. (I tend to use it at about 30-40 percent brightness, which produces much less glow at the top.) However, if you lay down the two devices side by side on a flat surface, the Nook's LEDs and lighting scheme become more apparent and visible.

While to me the Paperwhite's light washes across the screen more uniformly than the light on the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight, when reading in the dark I did see a little murkiness in spots, particularly toward the bottom of the screen where the LEDs are. In other words, the lighting isn't seamless, even after you adjust the brightness level. That said, it's still pretty darn impressive and that lack of total uniformity should bother only a small fraction of users -- it didn't bother me, but it did bother our in-house video guru David Katzmaier.

The Paperwhite compared with the Nook GlowLight at full brightness. Both lights are very good; the Kindle's is slightly better (click to enlarge).
(Credit: Sarah Tew/CNET)

Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite ups the e-reader ante (pictures)
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Capacitive touch versus IR touch
Back in 2009, Amazon acquired Touchco, a multitouch hardware company, and apparently tasked it with developing a capacitive touch screen for its e-ink e-readers. That investment has finally born fruit over three years later.

The Kindle Paperwhite has a capacitive touch screen.

The Kindle Paperwhite has a capacitive touch screen.
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In using the device, I found that the capacitive touch on the Paperwhite is superior to the IR touch on competing devices, but it's a subtle improvement rather than a night-and-day performance boost. One of the reasons for that is that the speed and responsiveness of the device are limited by the processor and the sluggish nature of e-ink in general. The higher-resolution display is also pushing more pixels, so page turns and overall responsiveness seemed only slightly faster. It's also worth noting that the built-in "experimental" browser is usable but as always seems to chug along and just isn't terribly appealing. You're better off using your smartphone's browser if you have one.




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Don't get me wrong, it's all come a long, long way from the early days of the original Kindle, and Amazon has clearly taken the e-ink device to the next level. The capacitive touch works well, but this is an e-reader, not a tablet, so just don't expect the buttery smoothness of an iPad or even a Kindle Fire HD.

Higher-resolution display
Last year's iRiver Story e-reader had a 1,024x768-pixel display, but the display in the Paperwhite is apparently brand-new (the Kobo Glo also has a 1,024x768-pixel display -- it may be the same display as this Kindle's, but I can't confirm that).




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Where the higher resolution comes in handy is with smaller font sizes (with the added sharpness, they are easier to read) and images, particularly cover art for books, which appear much more detailed. If you're someone who's sight-challenged and is interested in buying this device for the bigger font sizes, I can't say the added resolution makes a real difference, but the good news is you have a number of font sizes and fonts to choose from.

The Paperwhite also has a built-in dictionary (you tap and hold on a word to access it) and Wikipedia quick-search capabilities, and you can highlight sentences and passages, add notations, and share quotes on Twitter and Facebook. You can also translate passages between various languages. I should mention that it's a lot easier to access and employ some of these features thanks to the touch screen and being able to type on the virtual keyboard. That's one of the big advantages of this model over the $69 entry-level Kindle, which has neither a touch screen nor a built-in light.

Paperwhite borrows some aspects of its user interface from the Kindle Fire, such as the toggle metaphor for displaying content. The cover view interface has a more vibrant appearance, for black and white, anyway, and overall its UI is slicker than that of earlier Kindles, which was praised for being simple, but also pretty bland.

Amazon says that even with the "lightguide" layer on top of the screen to even out the lighting, it's managed to increase the contrast by 25 percent. Obviously, this number is hard for us to measure, but text does appear to be a tad darker than the text on the Touch. And as far as pixels go, the 212ppi comes out to 62 percent more pixels than you'll find on the Kindle Touch.


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