I purchased this as my first ereader.
I needed something dedicated for reading that would not tire my eyes and that would not allow me interruptions. I also wanted a Kindle because I already have several ebooks purchased via amazon.
The Kindle Paperwhite has front LEDs that will illuminate the screen when environmental light is low. My device came with a noticeable light bleed at the bottom of the screen which creates lines of shadow. I returned it to Digitec for a possible exchange but I learned that all Kindles have this issue. Furthermore, all ereaders with a front light have this issue because of the way that they are built. Front LEDs are supposed to be easier on the eyes than backlit LED (such as phones and tablets) but then you create this medium where reading with the front light can become disturbing. At the Digitec showroom, I also looked at the Kindle Paperwhite that they had for display, as well as at a Tolino Vision HD. They both had the exact same problem with the front light, with the exception that the Tolino has more LEDs (similar to Kindle Voyage) and therefore a different distribution of shadows at the bottom.
I give this device 5 stars for clear and crisp fonts, and reading in bright daylight without need for frontlight.
I must give it 2 stars for reading in a dark room with the front light on. It creates 4 lines of shadow and it messes up the hue of the display (blue tint at the bottom half, yellow tint at the upper half of the screen).
Overall, it sums up to 3 1/2 stars.
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