Spoiler alert: I LOVE my Kindle.
When I asked your opinions about the Kindle, you delivered. I was so on the fence about going with an e-reader, but I knew for my lifestyle (at least right now), it’s the best option. I had all but switched to reading books on my phone. I loved the convenience of always having my book with me– and I could easily read if I had two minutes waiting for a Target curbside pickup or during overnight nursing sessions or wherever I might be. But…. I also didn’t like that I was reading on my phone (way too easy to just click out of the app and switch to Tiktok…) and I just missed the actual book experience.
My knowledge about Kindles was pretty dated, apparently too. Way, way back in the day I had, and loved, a Nook but it was fairly limited in what it could do. It was great for reading during the day, but it wasn’t backlit so reading at night was out of the question. I know Kindle had a tablet-type device (which felt redundant given my iPhone) and I had heard about the Paperwhite, and in my head, I wanted something between that. I assumed the Paperwhite couldn’t be read in the dark, but I was wrong. Turns out the Paperwhite is exactly what I wanted.
I ordered one and I felt like a kid on Christmas opening it up. It might just be my FAVORITE purchase of the year.
I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the specific style I ordered… I went with the “Kindle Paperwhite 8GB Storage Without Lockscreen Ads.”
I have heard that the Kindle Paperwhite Kids is also a great option, and maybe even a better one, because it comes with a case and a two-year warranty (vs. the regular’s one-year warranty)…. I didn’t know this until after I ordered and I think in retrospect I would have gone with the Kids’ version because it’s exactly the same? (I’m still confused by this but everything I have read points that it’s a better deal for the same device!)
In just the short time I’ve had it, I’ve completely converted. It is PERFECT for my life right now and it’s, surprisingly, a joy to hold. It is definitely different than a “real” book, but there is something incredibly satisfying about holding the device. It’s thin and light and just feels good.
The features I love:
– The battery life is insane. I was more than a little impressed with how long the battery lasted. This is a device you can charge once for a trip and have battery to spare! One less thing to charge is a win for me. (Sometimes I feel like I’m just fighting battery life with all of our devices and it’s nice to know this one will last for weeks without a charge– Amazon says “up to 10 weeks.”)
– As I mentioned, it feels good to hold. I did buy a case for it (more on that below), but I think it feels better to hold without one. I’m on the hunt for a good sleeve so I have the protection of the case when it’s not in use, but the feel of the naked Kindle when I’m reading.
– The fact that it is waterproof is also a huge plus for me. I do a lot of reading outdoors: by the pond, at the beach, (maybe someday by a pool alone, a mom can dream!). And accidents can happen. I’m not worried about having my Kindle by the water, like I would with my phone.
– The display is easy on the eyes and there are many lighting adjustments. Unlike a screen, you can read outside in direct sun! And unlike a screen, reading at night doesn’t disturb my husband if he’s sleeping and I’m up reading. (Also doesn’t disturb a sleepy baby.) I don’t know what kind of magic they’ve engineered to make it happen, but the “paper” like surface has the best of every world. A+ for me.
– You can adjust the fonts. This is probably one of the biggest advantages over a regular book. The fact that I can play around with fonts and sizes is amazing. From an accessibility standpoint, I love this. (There is even a font installed called OpenDyslexic that many people with dyslexia find easier to read.) You can make the font size extra large, you can change the warmth of the page to make it easier to read, etc. It’s just a nice option to have. I find myself changing the font size depending on how tired I am.
– If I happen to be without my Kindle, I can read on my phone with the Kindle app and when I get back to my Kindle, it jumps to the page where I left off on my phone. I swear I am reading so much more because of this!
The features I don’t love:
There are two features I don’t like…
– The screen does need to be protected. Rather quickly, mine got scratched. Totally my fault, but I wish I had known. Again, my fault completely but… just a word to the wise, get some sort of case for it if, you know, you’re going to be throwing it into your bag with your car keys….. 🤪 I bought this case, and it’s super cute, but not my favorite to hold. I think I want a sleeve for it instead of a case– still on the hunt though!
– Some of the UX isn’t my favorite. A small thing and it doesn’t change my opinion on the app, but sometimes when I’m trying to get to different menus, I end up clicking forward to a new page and can’t get the menu to drop down.
A Kindle Bonus!
I got deep into BookTok and saw this Bluetooth page turner. Now, I saw this before I had the Kindle and I 100% thought it was the dumbest thing I’d ever seen. A Bluetooth page turner? How lazy! Well, it is not necessarily a must, but it’s totally a nice-to-have. Once I got the Kindle and started using it, I totally saw the benefit of having a page turner…. Basically I can prop the Kindle up and get super cozy under blankets and not have to hold the device. I just hold the little remote and click to turn the page. It’s a 10/10 experience to be under the covers and still be able to read? It’s truly hard to describe until you experience it.