Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition (2021) Review: A Good Option for Serious Readers

Back in September 2021, Amazon launched its new Kindle Paperwhite (11th Gen) and a Paperwhite Signature Edition with extra options. Previously up to date again in 2018, the Kindle Paperwhite (tenth Gen) acquired an IPX8 score and elective LTE capabilities. The new Kindle Paperwhite (eleventh Gen) maintains the IPX8 score and has an even bigger show with an adjustable heat frontlight, a USB Type-C port, and a barely greater battery than the earlier mannequin, however solely Wi-Fi connectivity. The Signature Edition, which is the one we’ll be reviewing at the moment, builds on the usual Kindle Paperwhite and provides more storage together with different useful options.

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I’ve been utilizing the Signature Edition of the Kindle Paperwhite (2021) for a couple of weeks, and it is simple to conclude that it provides good worth for cash at Rs. 17,999 in comparison with the Kindle Oasis (2019), which is priced greater at Rs. 21,999 for its barely bigger show, more buttons and premium construct high quality. Despite the Signature Edition’s comparatively cheap value, I nonetheless discover that it’s going to solely attraction to a choose set of patrons. Here’s why.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition (2021) construct high quality and design

The Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition seems to be equivalent to the usual Kindle Paperwhite. It has a plastic chassis with a rubberised texture on the again for grip. A small design change that simply differentiates the 2021 fashions from earlier ones is that there is only one huge, curved arrow (or smile)  now as a substitute of the Amazon brand on the again panel. The barely greater 1,700mAh battery provides to the brand new Kindle’s weight of 204g which continues to be very mild.

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The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 2015 (left) and Kindle Paperwhite 2021 Signature Edition (proper) aspect by aspect

The greatest design change to the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition is on the entrance. The bezels on the edges and above the show have been lowered drastically when in comparison with the earlier mannequin. The house under the display screen continues to be fairly broad, however the total lowered bezel measurement along with the bigger show (that sits flush with the entrance face), offers the brand new Paperwhite a sleeker profile and a contemporary look. There’s a barely raised border operating alongside the perimeters which ought to present some safety for the display screen when the gadget is positioned face-down.

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The new brand on the again of the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition (2021)

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The Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition has a Type-C charging port on the backside, subsequent to the ability button. The IPX8 score ought to present safety “against accidental immersion in up to two metres of fresh water for up to 60 minutes, and up to 0.25 metres of seawater for up to three minutes,” as per Amazon. In quick, it ought to survive a couple of splashes of water or a light-weight drizzle, but it surely’s greatest when you do not strive utilizing it underwater.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition (2021) show and efficiency

The 6.8-inch show is kind of huge and the slimmer borders across the high and sides make it more distinguished in comparison with any previous-generation Paperwhite. It maintains the 300ppi pixel density of older fashions and nonetheless has a matte glass body round it. This glass is kind of liable to smudges, and fingerprints are noticeable right here. The show is kind of sharp and the legibility of textual content is superb in all forms of studying circumstances. Whether you might be out in a park on a shiny sunny day or indoors, the show seems like paper and makes for a strain-free studying expertise.

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The mild is adjustable, so you possibly can change the shade from white to a heat yellow

A new characteristic is the auto-adjustable heat frontlight. You can change the color temperature of the show, and there are 24 ranges between white and yellow, making studying much more snug at night time. Colour temperature choice can also be obtainable on the usual Kindle Paperwhite (2021), however solely the Signature Edition can robotically adapt to surrounding lighting circumstances. It’s a helpful characteristic and it labored properly, each indoors and outdoor. The frontlight even switches off solely when not wanted. If you hate adjusting it manually or are within the behavior of transferring round whereas studying, this characteristic alone will make for a worthy improve from any previous-generation Kindle you personal. Do be aware that protecting it switched on will have an effect on battery life.

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The slender bezels on both aspect did not find yourself being superb for ergonomics. This is as a result of I usually touched the display screen and unintentionally turned pages, as there’s little or no house to put your thumb when holding the gadget, however this may very well be completely different for different customers relying on habits.

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A new swipe-down menu provides fast entry to toggles for Airplane mode and WhisperSync, and the Settings web page

A firmware replace final September introduced a few new software program options to not too long ago launched Kindles (seventh by means of tenth technology Paperwhites included). The interface additionally acquired an overhaul. There’s now a swipe-down menu (very similar to the notifications tray on Android telephones), which may be accessed from wherever by tapping or swiping downwards from the highest of the show. It provides fast entry to toggles for Airplane mode and WhisperSync, and the Settings web page.

The Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition additionally has a Dark Mode button in the identical drop-down menu. This principally inverts colors, providing you with white textual content on a darkish background. I discovered it fairly helpful when studying at night time because it cuts down on glare coming from the frontlight. I want that the Dark Mode on the Kindle additionally labored in sync with the adjustable mild characteristic, and may very well be activated robotically after sundown. The software program expertise usually feels as responsive and easy as on earlier fashions (possibly even a bit sooner), but it surely’s nonetheless an e-ink show and will not really feel as fluid as at the moment’s smartphones.

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The Dark mode helps scale back glare from the frontlight when studying at night time

Battery life usually was fairly good. Your expertise will rely quite a bit in your utilization, particularly the brightness of the frontlight and the way usually your gadget is related to Wi-Fi. With my informal utilization (about an hour daily), I didn’t must cost it in the course of the assessment interval, and was left with roughly 60 % after two weeks. Serious readers who use this gadget for a few hours per day can count on to go about two weeks between costs, which continues to be wonderful.

Wireless charging is supported, and labored as anticipated with a normal Qi wi-fi charger for smartphones. Placing the unit on a wi-fi charging dock throws up a small pop-up with an animation exhibiting that the gadget is being charged. The solely catch is that the Kindle (being quite a bit broader than most smartphones) should be positioned with its precise centre making contact along with your wi-fi charger, for this to work.

The new Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition has 32 GB of storage out of which 27.3GB is usable. For most customers, the 8GB capability of the usual Kindle Paperwhite (2021) will probably be adequate, however in case you are a voracious reader and wish to have a tonne of books accessible on a regular basis, the 32GB of the Signature Edition is perhaps of use.


Priced at Rs. 17,999, the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition is well worth the value contemplating its 32GB storage and all the additional options it provides over the usual model. The auto-adjusting frontlight and wi-fi charging are fairly helpful when you get into the behavior of utilizing them, however they could solely attraction to a distinct segment crowd. More helpful updates resembling the bigger show with thinner bezels and USB Type-C port are additionally obtainable on the usual Kindle Paperwhite (2021), which retails for Rs. 4,000 much less. Meanwhile, the Kindle Oasis (2019) stays essentially the most premium Kindle expertise, with more color choices, a premium ergonomic design, devoted buttons for turning pages, and elective free 4G connectivity.


  • 32GB of storage
  • Auto-adjusting frontlight brightness
  • Sleek physique
  • USB Type-C port
  • Excellent battery life
  • Wireless charging


  • Narrow bezels make it barely inconvenient to carry

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