I received my new Kindle Paperwhite yesterday evening (WiFi-only with “Special Offers”). Unfortunately it turns out mine is defective, but I have not seen anyone else reporting my problem yet, so hopefully I was just very unlucky. My problem is that the touch screen malfunctions whenever the power/USB cable is attached. When not attached it works fine and I quite like this new e-reader, so I’ll be having a nice chat with an Amazon rep soon to discuss an exchange.
I like the lighted screen and increased resolution, and the touch screen both feels and responds better than on my Touch (when no cord is attached!). While there is a bit of blotchiness (is that a word?) at the very bottom of the screen when the built in LED lighting is in effect, it does not extend up into the actual text of the book (or only very marginally so) and as such does not bother me, though I’ve seen other first-day customers displaying displeasure about this. (Unfortunately, my cheap point-and-shoot camera cannot provide a useful illustration of what I’m seeing on mine.)
The Amazon leather case cradles the Kindle snugly and with a minimum of additional bulk. If the Kindle is in sleep mode, it automatically turns on when you open the case (I’m assuming something is triggered by the magnetic clasp in the cover?). Since I have a “Special Offers” unit, it initially displays a full-screen ad at that point, but a simple finger swipe on the screen takes you to wherever you were when it went to sleep. Again, some initial responders are irritated by having to do this quick swipe after opening the case, and some have decided paying $20 to remove the special offers is worth it. For me, it’s no big deal, and I actually take advantage of the special offers from time to time.
I’ll have more info here soon (and maybe some photos), but I wanted to get my first thoughts posted. Overall it’s probably more evolutionary than revolutionary, though for those who like to read in the dark, it may, in fact, be revolutionary.