Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition (2021) Review: A Good Option for Serious Readers

    Again in September 2021, Amazon launched its new Kindle Paperwhite (11th Gen) and a Paperwhite Signature Version with extra options. Beforehand up to date again in 2018, the Kindle Paperwhite (tenth Gen) acquired an IPX8 score and optionally available LTE capabilities. The brand new Kindle Paperwhite (eleventh Gen) maintains the IPX8 score and has a much bigger show with an adjustable heat frontlight, a USB Kind-C port, and a barely larger battery than the earlier mannequin, however solely Wi-Fi connectivity. The Signature Version, which is the one we’ll be reviewing as we speak, builds on the usual Kindle Paperwhite and provides extra storage together with different useful options.

    I’ve been utilizing the Signature Version of the Kindle Paperwhite (2021) for a number of weeks, and it is easy to conclude that it gives good worth for cash at Rs. 17,999 in comparison with the Kindle Oasis (2019), which is priced greater at Rs. 21,999 for its barely bigger show, extra buttons and premium construct high quality. Regardless of the Signature Version’s comparatively affordable value, I nonetheless discover that it’ll solely attraction to a choose set of patrons. This is why.

    Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Signature Version (2021) construct high quality and design

    The Kindle Paperwhite Signature Version appears an identical to the usual Kindle Paperwhite. It has a plastic chassis with a rubberised texture on the again for grip. A small design change that simply differentiates the 2021 fashions from earlier ones is that there is only one huge, curved arrow (or smile)  now as an alternative of the Amazon emblem on the again panel. The marginally larger 1,700mAh battery provides to the brand new Kindle’s weight of 204g which continues to be very gentle.

    The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 2015 (left) and Kindle Paperwhite 2021 Signature Version (proper) aspect by aspect

    The largest design change to the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Version is on the entrance. The bezels on the perimeters and above the show have been diminished drastically when in comparison with the earlier mannequin. The house under the display screen continues to be fairly broad, however the general diminished bezel measurement along with the bigger show (that sits flush with the entrance face), offers the brand new Paperwhite a sleeker profile and a contemporary look. There is a barely raised border working alongside the sides which ought to present some safety for the display screen when the gadget is positioned face-down.

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    The brand new emblem on the again of the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Signature Version (2021)

    The Kindle Paperwhite Signature Version has a Kind-C charging port on the backside, subsequent to the ability button. The IPX8 score ought to present safety “in opposition to unintended immersion in as much as two metres of recent water for as much as 60 minutes, and as much as 0.25 metres of seawater for as much as three minutes,” as per Amazon. In brief, it ought to survive a number of splashes of water or a light-weight drizzle, nevertheless it’s greatest when you do not attempt utilizing it underwater.

    Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Signature Version (2021) show and efficiency

    The 6.8-inch show is kind of huge and the slimmer borders across the prime and sides make it extra distinguished in comparison with any previous-generation Paperwhite. It maintains the 300ppi pixel density of older fashions and nonetheless has a matte glass body round it. This glass is kind of vulnerable to smudges, and fingerprints are noticeable right here. The show is kind of sharp and the legibility of textual content is great in all forms of studying circumstances. Whether or not you’re out in a park on a shiny sunny day or indoors, the show seems like paper and makes for a strain-free studying expertise.

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    The sunshine is adjustable, so you possibly can change the shade from white to a heat yellow

    A brand new function is the auto-adjustable heat frontlight. You possibly can change the color temperature of the show, and there are 24 ranges between white and yellow, making studying much more comfy at night time. Color temperature choice can also be accessible on the usual Kindle Paperwhite (2021), however solely the Signature Version can mechanically adapt to surrounding lighting circumstances. It is a helpful function and it labored nicely, each indoors and outdoor. The frontlight even switches off totally when not wanted. In the event you hate adjusting it manually or are within the behavior of shifting round whereas studying, this function alone will make for a worthy improve from any previous-generation Kindle you personal. Do observe that holding it switched on will have an effect on battery life.

    The slim bezels on both aspect did not find yourself being superb for ergonomics. It is because I usually touched the display screen and unintentionally turned pages, as there’s little or no house to position your thumb when holding the gadget, however this might be completely different for different customers relying on habits.

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    A brand new swipe-down menu gives fast entry to toggles for Airplane mode and WhisperSync, and the Settings web page

    A firmware replace final September introduced a few new software program options to not too long ago launched Kindles (seventh via tenth technology Paperwhites included). The interface additionally acquired an overhaul. There’s now a swipe-down menu (very like the notifications tray on Android telephones), which could be accessed from wherever by tapping or swiping downwards from the highest of the show. It gives fast entry to toggles for Airplane mode and WhisperSync, and the Settings web page.

    The Kindle Paperwhite Signature Version additionally has a Darkish Mode button in the identical drop-down menu. This principally inverts colors, providing you with white textual content on a darkish background. I discovered it fairly helpful when studying at night time because it cuts down on glare coming from the frontlight. I want that the Darkish Mode on the Kindle additionally labored in sync with the adjustable gentle function, and might be activated mechanically after sundown. The software program expertise typically feels as responsive and clean as on earlier fashions (possibly even a bit quicker), nevertheless it’s nonetheless an e-ink show and will not really feel as fluid as as we speak’s smartphones.

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    The Darkish mode helps cut back glare from the frontlight when studying at night time

    Battery life typically was fairly good. Your expertise will rely loads in your utilization, particularly the brightness of the frontlight and the way usually your gadget is linked to Wi-Fi. With my informal utilization (about an hour on daily basis), I didn’t have to cost it in the course of the assessment interval, and was left with roughly 60 % after two weeks. Critical readers who use this gadget for a few hours per day can anticipate to go about two weeks between fees, which continues to be glorious.

    Wi-fi charging is supported, and labored as anticipated with a regular Qi wi-fi charger for smartphones. Inserting the unit on a wi-fi charging dock throws up a small pop-up with an animation exhibiting that the gadget is being charged. The one catch is that the Kindle (being loads broader than most smartphones) have to be positioned with its actual centre making contact together with your wi-fi charger, for this to work.

    The brand new Kindle Paperwhite Signature Version has 32 GB of storage out of which 27.3GB is usable. For many customers, the 8GB capability of the usual Kindle Paperwhite (2021) will likely be ample, however if you’re a voracious reader and need to have a tonne of books accessible on a regular basis, the 32GB of the Signature Version may be of use.


    Priced at Rs. 17,999, the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Version is definitely worth the value contemplating its 32GB storage and all the additional options it gives over the usual model. The auto-adjusting frontlight and wi-fi charging are fairly helpful when you get into the behavior of utilizing them, however they may solely attraction to a distinct segment crowd. Extra helpful updates comparable to the bigger show with thinner bezels and USB Kind-C port are additionally accessible on the usual Kindle Paperwhite (2021), which retails for Rs. 4,000 much less. In the meantime, the Kindle Oasis (2019) stays essentially the most premium Kindle expertise, with extra color choices, a premium ergonomic design, devoted buttons for turning pages, and optionally available free 4G connectivity.


    • 32GB of storage
    • Auto-adjusting frontlight brightness
    • Glossy physique
    • USB Kind-C port
    • Glorious battery life
    • Wi-fi charging


    • Slim bezels make it barely inconvenient to carry

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