World’s best e-reader with extra-long battery life and eye-saving e-ink screen.
|Products||Kindle 2012||Kindle Paperwhite||Kindle Paperwhite 3G|
|Display||E Ink Pearl||Paperwhite Built-in light||Paperwhite Built-in light|
|Battery||1 month||2 months||2 months|
|Storage||2GB + free cloud||2GB + free cloud||2GB + free cloud|
|Global Wireless Coverage||No||No|
Price inclusive of shipping
Price inclusive of shipping
Price inclusive of shipping
What’s new in the new Kindle 2012
15% faster page turn
New darker, hand-tuned fonts
Now support children book with parenteral control
The latest generation Kindle comes with sleek design. Packed with essential functions in super light weight. It’s perfect for beginners who don’t need sophisticated options.
Introducing Kindle Paperwhite
New patented adjustable front-light
Super sharp text and graphic with improved screen contrast and 62% more pixels than any previous kindle
Perfect for any light condition – from beach to bed
2-point touchscreen for instant navigation
8-week battery life, even with the light on
Unlike LCD display on laptop or mobile, e-ink screen has no back-light. It gives the sense of reading real paper and also need other light source to read in the dark. Top-of-the-line Kindle reader from Amazon, Kindle Paperwhite is the first e-ink device with built-in light.
LED bulbs are hidden by the side of the screen and shine horizontally into a patterned light guide. The light guiding pad in turn distributes the light equally across the screen. By this way, you will see texts on the e-ink screen as if they’re shined by a lamp. Intensity of this front-light can be manually adjusted to match your environment.
Kindle Paperwhite becomes the world’s most wanted e-reader. Despite increased production, demand is overwhelmed in U.S. Amazon has just released Kindle Paperwhite for international customers at the end of January.
Where should I buy Kindle in Australia?
Amazon Kindle reader is available both online at Amazon.com and local resellers in Australia. However, the latest version is not available at official resellers (eg. Dick Smith, BigW). So currently, the best option is Amazon.com.
Amazon also provides full customer support via e-mail and live chat for international customer. Broken product can be claimed for replacement according to warranty term.
Buying Kindle from Amazon.com
Amazon has excellent checkout system, which serves as prototype for many e-commerce companies around the world.
Make sure you choose correct country of use and right adapter type before checkout.
Kindle paperwhite is periodically out of stock. If it’s not available, placing an order will put you in a queue. You will be then asked via e-mail to confirm your order and payment again once it becomes available.
Shipping and Price
Price for Kindle 5/ Kindle paperwhite WiFi/ 3G are $89/ $139/ $199 respectively. There are two shipping options -
- Expedited International Shipping / 8-16 business days / $11.98
- AmazonGlobal Priority Shipping / 2-3 business days / $20.98
WiFi or 3G
Kindle 3G is bundled with free 3G service across 170+ countries without additional monthly fee. This allows you to shop and download new/archived ebooks almost everywhere with cellular coverage. However, general internet access is limited – only Amazon and Wikipedia website are accessible.
Check your coverage area
Check your coverage area here.
Protective cover with auto wake-up ability
Amazon has designed a new cover fro Kindle Paperwhite. It is yet the thinnest and lightest cover. Like smart cover for Apple iPad, this cover wakes up the device when lid opened and puts screen to sleep when lid closed.
Compatible with Kindle Paperwhite
Amazon original kindle paperwhite leather cover
Amazon original kindle zip sleeve, blue
Kindle wall charger type I (for Australia)
US$ 19.99 US$ 9.99
If you decided to purchase Kindle reader from local store, don’t forget to check if it is a kindle with special offers. It comes with advertisement and priced cheaper than regular version. There are grey importers selling them at very expensive price, eg. Kindle Paperwhite WiFi with special offers for $259 (original price – $119). Kindle with special offer is not available for international customers because their ads target U.S. readers.
Kindle Touch features (2011 model)
All new sleek design
Kindle Touch is 11% smaller and 8% lighter than previous Kindle keyboard. It can even fit in your jeans’ pocket. It is also faster and more responsive.
First touchscreen e-reader
Multi-touch touch screen on Kindle Touch works like charm, giving you seamless reading experience.
Extra battery life
Two months battery life! No worry about charger on your expedition.
Most helpful positive reviews
Touch screen is very intuitive. Page turn is very fast with light touch on both sides of screen or swiping. You can also move through each chapter by swiping up and down.
-Darcy B, Canberra
Great new X-ray feature gives more info about characters or places instantly. I don’t have to search the internet to find out who is Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter. However, this feature only works when publishers provide it.
- Grabielle D, Melbourne
Thanks Amazon for excellent customer service. I broke my kindle and ask online support for replacement. DHL took my old one at my office and the new one came in a week.
- Aaron S, Sydney
Most helpful negative reviews
With Kindle Touch you can only use your left hand to go backward and right hand to go forward. As compared to Kindle Keyboard, you can use only one hand to turn page forward and backward. Of course, it’s more comfortable to hold the device with one hand.
- Grace F, Brisbane
Touch screen helps you navigate easier, but it can be annoying. It’s very sensitive, even a light touch can result in page turn, chapter change, or even losing your page.
- Isabel M, Sydney