Kindle Paperwhite – What We Know So Far

On September 6, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos took the stage in Los Angeles to announce two new Kindle products: the Kindle Fire HD and a new product called the Kindle Paperwhite.

The Kindle Paperwhite is designed to be an upgraded and expanded version of the basic Kindle e-reader. It features a slim, sleek interface and, according to early reports, it’s surprisingly lightweight. It also features a strong battery life and a responsive touch interface. In short, the Kindle Paperwhite appears to have improved on all of the complaints the original Kindle e-reader faced when it was first released.

The Paperwhite improves the e-reading experience in a number of powerful ways. Here are a few advantages that users can expect from their new Paperwhite, set to be released later this fall.

Better reading display than the Kindle Fire or the iPad

There is one major difference between e-reader tablets and conventional tablet computers: the display. Today, most e-readers use display technology like “e-ink” to display words and pictures on the screen. Although e-ink is only available in black-and-white, the display tends to resemble a normal book. And, since the display isn’t backlit, e-readers tend to be easier to read. Since the Kindle Fire and Apple iPad are both backlit, they’re not ideal for reading. The Kindle Paperwhite, on the other hand, is designed to make reading as easy as possible with its crisp and clear e-ink display.

kindle paperwhiteTop-down light

You can’t read e-readers in the dark without a light source, and Amazon has solved this problem by including a top-down light on every Kindle Paperwhite. Instead of having to turn on a light source or sit near a lamp, the Kindle Paperwhite includes a light wherever you go. The light easily illuminates the entire display and it is specifically designed to limit glare, which ultimately makes the reading experience as easy as possible.

Better contrast

When reading information in black and white, contrast is important. Contrast measures the distinction between black and white colors on any display. Amazon made contrast a key goal with the Kindle Paperwhite, and it promises to have a 25% better contrast ratio than the basic Kindle Fire. As Jeff Bezos said in his announcement speech, “the whites are whiter, and the blacks are blacker.”

8 weeks (!) of battery life

Jeff Bezos claims that the Kindle Paperwhite will last for an astonishing 8 weeks – even if users leave the backlight on to read. As with any early reports about battery power, it’s difficult to verify these claims as of yet, but if the 8 weeks promise is true, then the Paperwhite will be one of the longest lasting e-readers on the market today.

3G model available

In addition to the $119 Wi-Fi model of the Paperwhite, Amazon also offers a $179 3G model. This means users will be able to download books even when they’re outside of Wi-Fi coverage – provided they have subscribed to a 3G data plan.

Kindle Paperwhite release date

The Kindle Paperwhite seeks to improve on all of the criticisms past e-readers have faced. If you want an e-reader with sharper contrast, a better display, and a top-down light, then the Kindle Paperwhite will start shipping on November 1, 2012.

Kindle Fire HD Review

Kindle Fire HD Review – Everything You Need to Know

Well, Amazon has finally announced its new lineup of Kindles! On September 6, 2012, Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos took the stage in Los Angeles to announce the Kindle Fire HD and the Kindle Paperwhite. While the Kindle Paperwhite is slim, sleek, and inexpensive, the Kindle Fire HD takes the brand in the opposite direction by offering a high-definition display and powerful hardware. Check out our full Kindle Fire HD review below -

Here are some of the key features that we know about the Kindle Fire HD so far:

1920×1200 HD display on the 8.9-inch model

Most HD displays come at a resolution of 1920×1080. This is called 1080p, and it’s the resolution that most HDTVs and HD computer monitors run. The Kindle Fire HD, however, seeks to take HD resolutions to a new level with a 1920×1200 resolution display. Early reports say the screen is much improved over the Nexus 7 – which is (so far) the Kindle’s biggest competitor in the lower-end tablet market, at least until the iPad Mini is announced. Any Kindle Fire HD review out there should focus on the screen, as that is going to be a huge sell for Amazon.

1280×800 HD display on the 7-inch model

kindle fire hd review

For consumers who are looking for a great screen at an even better price, the smaller version of the Kindle Fire HD will be a good solution. Priced at just $199, it costs less than half the price of the newest $499 iPad. The 1280×800 resolution

display ensures that users won’t see any pixels during use, and TV shows and movies still look crisp.

Faster Wi-Fi speeds

Another innovative feature in the Kindle Fire HD is its fast wireless data processing. The Kindle Fire HD promises to be the first tablet with dual-band, 2.4GHz and 5GHz MIMO technology. Amazon promises that this could lead to 41% faster Wi-Fi than competitors like the iPad. Faster internet is never a bad thing. (All Kindle Fire HD reviews should focus on this as well. Faster tablet web speeds are going to become more and more important.)

X-ray prov

ides insight into movies and TV shows

How many times have you been watching a movie or a TV show only to wonder, “where have I seen that actor before?” Amazon has made this question easy to answer by including a suite of features called ‘X-ray’. With a single tap on the screen, Kindle users can view important information about the TV shows they’re watching. Information about the actors, scenes, and IMDB data will instantly come up on screen. X-ray was already a useful feature on the Kindle Touch for books, and now it’s coming to the Kindle Fire for TV shows and movies.

11-hour battery life

For a tablet with an HD screen, the Kindle Fire HD appears to have a surprisingly strong battery life. Amazon promises an 11-hour battery life, but it’s difficult to say if the Kindle Fire HD will live up to that promise.

Front-facing camera

Kindle Fire users who have been waiting for a good front-facing camera finally have their wish. The Kindle Fire HD features a front-facing camera that will integrate with apps on the device, making it easier than ever to stay in touch with friends and relatives.

Kindle Fire HD release date

The 7-inch version of the Kindle Fire HD will start shipping on September 14, while the larger version won’t be available until November 20.

The Verdict

All in all, it looks like the latest product line from Amazon is going to be a great improvement over the current versions. My personal favorite addition to the Kindle Fire family is the 4G version, which would allow me the freedom of not having to worry about wifi. In addition, finally having a front facing camera will be nice.

We will continue to expand our Kindle Fire HD review on this page as the new models come out and as we get our hands on them!

Kindle Fire Covers

Kindle Fire Covers

Protecting That Brand New Device

So you bought the newest Kindle from Amazon, and now you need to keep it covered? While there isn’t a lot out there to base any reviews on quite yet. I have tried to pick a few that will fit and that come from good companies. Once we are able to actually get our hands on some, I will update this post as well, as I update the other threads on kindle covers.

In the meantime, here are a few Kindle Fire covers that look spectacular. You can see Amazon’s current full line of them here

1.splash SIGNATURE Folio Leather Case Cover for Amazon Kindle FIRE with Stand (BLACK) – Man is this case cool or what? It’s made out of leather, which I am a big fan of when it comes to covers. It also converts into a stand as well. It appears that they are running a special on it if you will go ahead and pre-order it before November 15th. They have it at $19.95 right now, which is most definitely a steal!

2. Marware C.E.O. Hybrid for Kindle Fire Cover – this cover is also a stand, and it appears to be a modification of their Galaxy Tab covers to fit the Kindle Fire. It is certified by Amazon as a “Made for Kindle” cover, and their previous covers are quite popular. I like the stand feature as well.

3. Verso Kindle Fire Cover, Prologue Antique – Tan – I love this one! This is unique among the Kindle Fire covers, as it makes your site look like an old book. They have some other colors coming out as well. I picked this one for the picture because it was the coolest looking to me!

4. Kindle Fire Zip Sleeve – If you don’t really want an actual case or cover and want to just keep your Fire protected while you are carrying or storing it? This will do the trick! And it comes in a bunch of different colors as well -

5. Kindle Fire MicroShell Folio Cover by Marware – This is very similar to the above Microshell cover, except this one is made of polycarbonate similar to cell phone cases.

There are plenty of other Kindle Fire covers coming out as well, and I am sure we will see an absolute flood of them come November when the device is finally released, so we will make sure and keep this post updated with all the new ones!

Need A Kindle Charger?

We’ve all been there. Maybe you stepped on the plug. Maybe you left it in your hotel room. In any case, that Kindle is about to die, and there is nothing you can do about it! Maybe you just need a way to charge your Kindle on the go. Here are some quick solutions to your charger problem -

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1. Rapid Wall Charger – This charger works for all Kindles new and old. According to reviews, it even charges faster than the original! Comes in US and International versions.

2. Kindle Car Charger – Need to keep that Kindle charged on the go? Here is a great way to charge it while on your way to the beach.

3. Kindle Essential Kit – Want to get the whole package? This includes a wall and car charger, and saves you money on both.

4. Solar Power Boost! – Why not unplug altogether? This is such a cool device. Just sit it in the sun and let it charge your Kindle.

Anyone else have experiences with these products or know about a better one? How about a crazy story about how you broke/lost your Kindle charger? We would love to hear it! Leave us a comment below!

Top 7 Kindle DX Covers and Cases

Kindle DX Covers

Edit: This Kindle review post is now continually edited in 2012 for the best selection!

The Kindle DX with its 9.7 inch screen requires a bigger case or cover, than the original 6 inch Kindle. So we thought we would look around Amazon and showcase the top seven Kindle DX covers and cases for new owners. Enjoy!

1. Cole Haan Pebble Grain Leather DX Sleeve – here’s a casual but sexy looking sleeve for your Kindle DX digital reader. It comes from accessory maker Timbuk2 and features a leather exterior and a goatsuede interior. This nice slim sleeve will keep your device protected in style. AAA+


2. Kindle Leather Lighted Cover – Need a Kindle light and a cover? Look no farther than the Kindle lighted cover! Comes in all kinds of colors.

3. Kindle DX Leather Cover -Like to keep it simple? Go with the simplicity of the Kindle Leather cover. It is branded for the Kindle and has the Kindle label on it, which is kind of cool!

4. M-Edge Executive Leather Case – cool sleeve from M-Edge. This set of Kindle DX covers make your Kindle look more like an executive journal or planner than a Kindle! (This one is out of stock, so I linked so a very similar one for now.)

5. M-Edge Platform Synthetic Leather Kindle DX Jacket (Fits 9.7 – this faux leather case from M-edge is stylish and sleek. It’s called a jacket because it keeps your DX protected while it’s encased between two flaps, and is one great looking cover. (Quick update – this Kindle cover is no longer available, so I have linked to a very similar model).

red synthetic leather kindle dx case

6. Amazon Kindle DX Hard Shell SLEEVE CASE Cover Pouch Carrying Bag with Extra Accessories Pocket – this is an inexpensive but solid hard shell case from Kroo. It has velcro straps inside to securely hold your digital reader from falling out when the case is opened, and an extra pouch pocket on the outside to hold extra accessories. Available via Amazon at less than $20.

hard shell kindle dx case from kroo

7. Waterproof Kindle DX Covers – do have a look at our article on the top five Kindle waterproof covers and cases. From OCTO to Trendy Digital, we have you covered for the beach, pool or gym. There’s two which are tailor made for your DX.

kindle dx waterproof cover

Hope you found some Kindle DX covers that you like! Thanks for coming by! If you liked our Kindle reviews, do us a favor and share it by giving us a Like or a Tweet!

Top 5 Kindle Waterproof Covers

Edit: This post is continually updated with the best selection!

Kindle Waterproof Covers And Waterproof Cases

Looking to take your Kindle to the beach, gym or poolside? You will most definitely need a one of these awesome Kindle waterproof covers to take along. See our top picks below.

1. TrendyDigital WaterGuard Waterproof Case for Kindle, Purple Border – many Kindle owners swear by this cover, as the preferred choice for waterproof protection. It will work on either the Kindle 1 or Kindle 2 and features a UV material which cannot be broken down or discolored by sunlight and is fully operational through the cover.

trendy digital kindle waterproof case

2. KlearKase for Kindle – crystal clear, completely sealed, hard case – when it comes to Kindle waterproof covers, this is one cool raincoat for your Kindle device. It’s a totally clear hard case, so its almost as if its not even there! It says it is for Kindle 2, but it works for all models! (Quick update – this Kindle waterproof case is no longer available, so I linked to one that is almost exactly the same).

klearkase

3. Kwik Tek Dry Pak Multi-Purpose Case (Clear 9-Inch x 12-Inch) – This is touted as the premier multi-tasking water-free cover for when you go camping, hiking, paddling or boating. It fits several digital readers, including the Kindle and features heady-duty vinyl with air tight construction.

kwik tek dry pak kindle waterproof case

4. E-volve Aquatic Pocket Pouch – All purpose Waterproof case (Size: L) compatible with (Amazon Kindle global wireless international / iLiad / Bookeen / cybook / Cooler / Sony reader) – cool Kindle waterproof case from E-volve for your Kindle. Three air tight seals and snap buttons make this cover a great choice for any water activity you plan to be in or near. Also compatible with other ebook readers such as the Sony Reader or Nook, and comes with an adjustable anti-twist, tangle-free cord. It is one of the best waterproof Kindle covers on the market

evolve aquatic pouch for kindle

5. M-Edge Leisure Kindle Jacket – this one is the newest of the bunch and features a Lycra right side panel for easy access to your device, a large outer pocket for extra storage space and is made from durable ripstop nylon. Great for active lifestyles!

m edge kindle waterproof cover and case

Hope you enjoyed our round up of Kindle waterproof covers. Have fun water side!

Meet The Kandle, A Smart New Clip On Light for the Kindle

The Kandle is a brand spanking new clip on light for the Kindle 2 and Kindle DX, available via Amazon which has the following neat features:

  • a WideLip grip (that doesn’t block the screen)
  • double pivoting arms (allows for easy positioning)
  • two LED bulbs (good for preventing glare or eyestrain)
  • and works on other ebook readers such as the Sony or Nook, and also on physical books as well

All in all, the Kandle is a nice looking clip on light aimed squarely at the Kindle and priced under $25.

Click here to check out the Kandle on Amazon.com!

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