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Always On: Unboxing the Kindle Paperwhite
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Always On: Unboxing the Kindle Paperwhite

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Molly Wood unboxes the latest e-ink device from Amazon. Will the new patented light technology make this release a winner?

Inside this box is the new E-Ink Kindle Paperwhite. Now, this is the one that comes with that light technology. I'm very curious to see, and it replaces the E-Ink Touchscreen Kindle which we have right here. All right, let's get inside the box. Pretty minimal packaging and actually that's a little dangerous. As you can see, our box arrived pretty banged up. Hopefully it's okay. Okay. So here's our Paperwhite. Note to cell, do not call it paper weight, you're gonna want to, trust me. So inside the box we just have the charging cable, no wall wart, can never complain enough about no wall wart. The bezel is black, not that kind of charcoal gray that we've all gotten used to with those--the latest gen Kindles. Okay. Oh, it's pretty nice. It's super sleek and you can see there are no physical buttons on the side. All-- this is all touchscreen. It feels super smooth, the matte back is really grippy. Some of the other Kindles are a little bit slippery. Hopefully it's a little charged for us, just thinking. Oh, wow. So there's that's light. You can see that come on immediately. This is meant to be kind of across between a table and an E-Ink Kindle. You can compare here. Our E-Ink Kindle isn't in the greatest of shape but does looks a little-- much more like a book. That is bright. All right, while we load up our books here, let's get to the specs. It has a 6-inch e-ink display using Amazon's patented light technology which they claimed evenly illuminates the screen for perfect reading under any condition. There are 2 gigabytes of internal storage which translates to 1100 books. The previous Kindle Touch had 4 gigs of storage, so this is a little bit less. It weighs 7.8 ounces and there are no buttons, it's fully touchscreen. And Amazon says, a single charge will last 8 weeks, even with the light on? We'll see. Unfortunately, here's no headphone jock or audio output for audio files. The Paperwhite cost $119 with ads for the WiFi only version and there's also a 3G version that will run you $170. If you wanna opt out of the ads, it will cost you an extra 20 bucks. I gotta say it first blush, the Kindle Paperwhite is like cognitive disconnect because it looks like a Kindle which is kinda a book but then it acts like a tablet or a computer with all the touchscreening and the like shiny light and stuff. I mean it's nice. It's a very nice device and I'm sure that the light would actually prove to be pretty handy. It might take a little getting used to but all in all, I suspect it's gonna be a winner. It is also in fact a CNET editor's choice, so it's definitely a winner with David Carnoy. You could read his full review over at cnet.co/kindlepaperwhite.
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