Kindle Touch Vs. Kindle Paperwhite

Kindle Touch Or Kindle PaperwhiteSince many Kindle Touch owners are unsure about whether to upgrade their Kindles, I have put together a comparison of the Kindle Touch and the Kindle Paperwhite. The Kindle Touch was released in 2011 as Amazon’s 4th-generation Kindle. Meanwhile, the Kindle Paperwhite is Amazon’s 5th-generation Kindle that was released on 6th September this year.

Kindle Touch Or Kindle Paperwhite (Portability)Portability

According to the Amazon website, the Kindle Touch is 6.8″ x 4.7″ x 0.40″ and the Kindle Paperwhite measures by 6.7″ x 4.6″ x 0.36″. Evidently, the Kindle Paperwhite is smaller and thinner than the Kindle Touch in every aspect. The Kindle Touch is considered to be bigger although it is less than half an inch. Even so, the Kindle Paperwhite won this round.

Winner: Kindle Paperwhite

Weight

Both models of the Kindle Touch and Kindle Paperwhite with WiFi weighs 7.5 ounces (213 grams). But for the 3G models, they are also the same, which is 7.8 ounces (222 grams). Here, I will make comparisons with the WiFi only models. Officially, their weight is the same. But when I compare them with my hands, I felt that the Kindle Paperwhite is somewhat heavier. 

Winner: Tie

Ergonomics

The Kindle Touch’s back panel has a rubbery-feel to it, making it easier for to to grip on-to. But due to the thinness of it, sometimes it will slip out of my hand. Not to mention that my hand will cramp when I held it for too long. As with the Kindle Paperwhite, the entire back to the front edges has been coated with the rubbery texture. The Kindle logo on the back is indented, increasing the grip on the device by a little. 

Winner: Kindle Paperwhite

Kindle Touch Or Kindle Paperwhite (Screen)

Left: Kindle Paperwhite at maximum brightness. Right: Kindle Touch (try viewing it from above). Both are in a completely dark room.

As everyone knows, the Kindle Paperwhite has an illuminated screen plus a Paperwhite display so you could read in total darkness. It also uses a capacitive touch screen like most smartphones and tablets do. One big improvement over the Kindle Touch is its screen’s pixel density. The Kindle Paperwhite has 212 ppi but the Kindle Touch has 167 ppi. 

Winner: Kindle Paperwhite

Kindle Touch Or Kindle Paperwhite (Storage)Storage

For unknown reasons, Amazon decided to shave down the Kindle Paperwhite’s storage capacity, which is 2 GB but only 1.25 GB of it is available to user content. But this is even enough for mast users, as it could store up to 1000 e-books, according to the Amazon website. On the Kindle Touch though, 4 GB of memory is supplied, making 3 GB of it for storing content. This is enough for 3000 e-books. 

Winner: Kindle Touch

Kindle Touch Or Kindle Paperwhite (Additional Features)Additional Features

One bonus feature of the Kindle Touch is it has audio. You could listen to audiobooks if you are tired of reading or busy doing other things. There is a Text-to-Speech feature in almost every book, which is basically a robotic sound reading the text of the book to you. The sounds could be set to be male or female, according to your preferences. One thing that could not be excluded from an audio-able device is a MP3 player. A basic player is built into the Kindle Touch. In the Kindle Paperwhite, there is no special features to note.

Winner: Kindle Touch

Verdict

I cannot deny that the Kindle Paperwhite is a revolutionary e-reader. But if you have an immense library of e-books and need audio, I suggest you to go purchase the Kindle Touch. Since Amazon does not sell the Kindle Touch anymore, you still could get one from eBay for a cheap price. Otherwise, the Kindle Paperwhite is the e-reader for you.

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