Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition review

Kindle has been the bestselling e-reader so far and recently has been updated to cater more to an avid reader in you. But is the update really worth it, and should you shell out those extra bucks and give up on real books? Read on to find out

Kindle in the past has established itself as the best e-reader in the tech space. Prior to the 2021 Kindle Paperwhite, the device received minor updates three years ago, and honestly, it isn’t a device that needs to be updated on a regular basis. But since Amazon introduced the 2021 Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition last year in November, we are here to review it. And, before we start, the most important question in this review will be how different it is from the outgoing Kindle Paperwhite 10th gen, and does the extra cost of  Rs 4,000 make it worth it? Worth it in terms of bigger storage, battery, and faster charging time. Let's find out.

What’s new?
The Kindle Paperwhite in the 11th generation receives a major update with a bigger screen of 6.8 inches. Needless to say, the same has been carried in the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition too. Despite this, the Signature Edition gets a storage space of 32GB instead of 8GB in the outgoing Paperwhite and USB Type-C charging slot as well. Complimenting the aforementioned updates are features like a 300-PPI display that is sharp and crisp and won’t hurt your eyes after those long reads. For additional convenience, the Signature Edition gets auto adjustable front light which is most common in smartphones, and is also wireless charging enabled. The battery life on the Signature Edition lasts for about ten weeks when used to read your favorite books for 30 minutes every day as claimed. But for those who are avid readers and have access to wireless chargers in cars, offices, or homes, the feature serves as a boon as they do not need to carry an extra cable for the device. Also, the Signature Edition is programmed with no ads feature for a hassle-free read, and for those who shell out the extra money to avoid interruptions while reading, this may be an affordable choice as it is so satisfying to see no ads on the lock screen when you start reading.

In the 2021 Paperwhite, Amazon has reworked the technical front really well and has updated it with the new software alongside some useful new additions. The new software in the Kindle now allows you to gain access to a whole new layout, displaying your recent reads as well. It also makes it a lot easier to toggle back to wherever you left reading the last time by an easily accessible toolbar from the bottom of the screen. Also, there is a new setup mode that pops out at first when you unbox and start the device that allows you to share your Amazon login credentials from any smartphone to your Kindle via Bluetooth. This indeed is a very hassle-free set up so that you don’t struggle to input your details on the e-ink display. And, above all, there is an addition of a smartphone-like drop-down menu that allows you to access functions like airplane mode, Bluetooth, dark mode, screen brightness, and other settings. 

That said, the best thing about the Paperwhite Signature Edition is the colossal internal memory of 32 GB. I know many of you wonder that the 8GB was sufficient for holding thousands of books, but if you are a fan of audiobooks, then this is the best thing to have as audiobooks require more storage space.

Should you buy one?
Now, things can be different for all of us. If you are the one who is trying to update your aging Kindle, the 2021 Paperwhite can be your ideal choice. Since you are used to having less storage space, a smaller screen, and USB charging, the 2021 Paperwhite would be perfect for you with a larger screen and faster charging. But, if you are one of those looking to have a hassle-free read without ads, are also a fan of audiobooks, and enjoy reading with convenience, then the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition is definitely your perfect pick.