Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Signature Version (2021) Evaluation: A Good Possibility for Severe Readers

Again in September 2021, Amazon launched its new Kindle Paperwhite (11th Gen) and a Paperwhite Signature Version with further options. Beforehand up to date again in 2018, the Kindle Paperwhite (tenth Gen) obtained an IPX8 ranking and elective LTE capabilities. The brand new Kindle Paperwhite (eleventh Gen) maintains the IPX8 ranking and has a much bigger show with an adjustable heat frontlight, a USB Kind-C port, and a barely greater battery than the earlier mannequin, however solely Wi-Fi connectivity. The Signature Version, which is the one we’ll be reviewing right this moment, builds on the usual Kindle Paperwhite and provides extra storage together with different helpful 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 larger at Rs. 21,999 for its barely bigger show, extra buttons and premium construct high quality. Regardless of the Signature Version’s comparatively cheap value, I nonetheless discover that it’ll solely attraction to a choose set of consumers. This is why.

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

The Kindle Paperwhite Signature Version seems equivalent 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 large, curved arrow (or smile)  now as an alternative of the Amazon brand on the again panel. The marginally greater 1,700mAh battery provides to the brand new Kindle’s weight of 204g which remains to be very gentle.

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

The most important design change to the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Version is on the entrance. The bezels on the perimeters and above the show have been decreased drastically when in comparison with the earlier mannequin. The area beneath the display screen remains to be fairly broad, however the total decreased bezel measurement along with the bigger show (that sits flush with the entrance face), provides the brand new Paperwhite a sleeker profile and a contemporary look. There is a barely raised border operating alongside the perimeters which ought to present some safety for the display screen when the system is positioned face-down.

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The brand new brand 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 facility button. The IPX8 ranking ought to present safety “in opposition to unintentional immersion in as much as two metres of contemporary 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 if you happen to do not attempt utilizing it underwater.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Signature Version (2021) show and efficiency

The 6.8-inch show is kind of large 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 superb in all kinds of studying circumstances. Whether or not you might be out in a park on a vivid 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 may change the shade from white to a heat yellow

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

The slim bezels on both facet did not find yourself being excellent for ergonomics. It’s because I usually touched the display screen and unintentionally turned pages, as there’s little or no area to position your thumb when holding the system, 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 just lately launched Kindles (seventh via tenth era Paperwhites included). The interface additionally obtained an overhaul. There’s now a swipe-down menu (very like the notifications tray on Android telephones), which might be accessed from anyplace 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 mainly 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 robotically after sundown. The software program expertise normally feels as responsive and clean as on earlier fashions (possibly even a bit sooner), nevertheless it’s nonetheless an e-ink show and will not really feel as fluid as right this moment’s smartphones.

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

Battery life normally was fairly good. Your expertise will rely quite a bit in your utilization, particularly the brightness of the frontlight and the way usually your system is related to Wi-Fi. With my informal utilization (about an hour each day), I didn’t have to cost it throughout the evaluate interval, and was left with roughly 60 p.c after two weeks. Severe readers who use this system for a few hours per day can count on to go about two weeks between prices, which remains to be wonderful.

Wi-fi charging is supported, and labored as anticipated with an ordinary Qi wi-fi charger for smartphones. Putting the unit on a wi-fi charging dock throws up a small pop-up with an animation exhibiting that the system is being charged. The one catch is that the Kindle (being quite a bit broader than most smartphones) should be positioned with its actual centre making contact along 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 in case you are a voracious reader and need to have a tonne of books accessible on a regular basis, the 32GB of the Signature Version could be of use.


Priced at Rs. 17,999, the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Version is well 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 similar 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 probably the most premium Kindle expertise, with extra color choices, a premium ergonomic design, devoted buttons for turning pages, and elective free 4G connectivity.


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


  • Slim bezels make it barely inconvenient to carry

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