Reading is Fun
At its very core, the Kindle Paperwhite is a reading device. Sure, it has an experimental web browser that almost no one uses, and the ability to register with and share from two of your favorite social networks, but it's really about reading. Fortunately, Amazon has added a couple of new tweaks that actually improve the overall experience.The main one is Page Flip. Put simply, it lets you skim through books in much the same way you might a physical book. A touch of the menu bar at the top of the screen (it only appears when you touch the screen in that area) reveals a new navigation bar at the base of the screen. When you touch that, a slider appears. It lets you skim through pages and chapters, all while giving you completely readable thumbnails of the pages. To navigate to one of the pages, you just tap the thumbnail.
Externally, the Kindle Paperwhite looks exactly the same as its predecessor (6.7 inches x 4.6 inches x 0.36 inches with a black, plastic body). However, Amazon execs told us that at 7.3 ounces, the new Paperwhite is slightly lighter than the previous one. I couldn't really tell the difference, though, especially after putting both of them in cases.