Here is a review comparing the current Kindle released in 2019 and the new 6.8-inch Kindle Paperwhite for 2021.
Both devices are similar in many ways, but the Paperwhite has more in terms of general features. The Kindle is a basic model but it gets the job done, and it’s smaller and more portable than the Paperwhite.
Most of the Kindle Paperwhite 5 features are hardware related. It has a larger, higher-resolution display, and the headlight has the option to mix warm and cool tones, while the entry-level model only has the standard cool-color headlight.
The Paperwhite is also water-resistant, has a larger battery, supports dual-band Wi-Fi, has a USB-C port, and the Signature Edition adds 32GB of storage, along with auto-brightness and wireless charging.
Performance is a bit faster on the Paperwhite as well, and screen transitions are smoother. The software is nearly identical on both devices, but there are two additional features available on the Paperwhite, such as Dark Mode.
See our Kindle Paperwhite 5 review and 2019 Kindle review for more details on each device.
Kindle the differences
Monitor: The Kindle has a 6-inch E Ink display with 167 ppi, and the Paperwhite has a 6.8-inch display with 300 ppi. The Paperwhite has 17 LED headlights with warm and cool color options, and the Kindle has 4 LED headlights with a color headlight.
Additionally, the Paperwhite has a flush front screen, while the entry-level Kindle has an indented screen. The streaming screen is more reflective and fingerprints are more visible, but the touchscreen is more responsive on the Paperwhite; Sometimes I have to click things twice on my Kindle for it to respond.
hardware: The Kindle has an older Micro USB port while the new Paperwhite has a USB-C port. Additionally, the new Paperwhite adds support for 5GHz Wi-Fi networks. Both devices come with 8GB of storage (about 6.2 usable), but the Signature Paperwhite version has 32GB, and the Signature version also adds wireless charging and an automatic brightness sensor.
design: The 2019 Kindle is a basic model with a minimalist design. It has an indented screen and its frame is a type of cheap plastic that can be easily scratched. It is available in white and black.
The Paperwhite has a nicer design with a front flush screen. The back has a soft rubber coating, the device feels pretty solid overall, and it’s also water-resistant.
The entry-level Kindle is smaller and more pocketable at 160 x 113 x 8.7mm and weighs 174g.
Kindle Paperwhite 5 measures 174.2 x 124.6 x 8.1 mm and weighs 205 grams.
Programming: When it comes to software, most features are identical between the two devices, but the Paperwhite adds a dark mode for white text on a black background and has an option to disable the touchscreen for everything except swipes on the page to avoid unintended presses. The new Paperwhite also adds a page move setting for animation that was not available on older models.
battery: Amazon says the 2019 Kindle’s battery can last up to 4 weeks based on reading 30 minutes a day with the front light set to 13. Under the same conditions, Amazon says the Paperwhite’s battery can last up to 10 weeks.
price: Kindle Paperwhite 5 retails for $139 and $189 and Kindle sells for $89.
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