Amazon recently unveiled the new Kindle (2022) and the Slate for kids, but apparently these aren’t the only new e-readers the company has sitting idle. They all got scammed for making another Kindle.
As keen fans have discovered, the 2021 Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is getting a new purchase option on Amazon.com — you can now buy 16GB of storage instead of just 8GB as before.
Amazon didn’t hype the new Kindle model at all — in fact, the news only started to circulate a few days after its release.
In addition to 8GB, the current model can come with 32GB of storage if you buy the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition, but this e-reader costs a lot more than an 8GB “standard” Kindle.
The new 16GB Kindle Paperwhite at $149.99/£149.99/AU$259 is only slightly more expensive than the 8GB model at $129.99/£129.99/AU$199, and considerably cheaper than the 32GB Signature Edition at $189.99/£179.99/AU$289 Australian dollar.
Storage space aside, this is exactly the same as last year’s Paperwhite — you get a big screen, USB-C charging, and 10 weeks of battery life.
Analysis: Goldilocks Kindle
One of the biggest decisions you have to make when buying a new device is storage space – how much do you need?
Too few, and you’ll find yourself constantly having to delete your files and apps when you want something new. Too many and you’ll pay extra for bytes you’ll never use.
This dilemma has been the case for potential Paperwhite buyers before – if you like comic books, magazines or audiobooks, 8GB may not be enough, but 32GB (and the price hike that comes with it) is too much for most people .
However, this new 16GB version is likely to suit most people, offers just the right amount of storage for a reasonable price, and we think it will be the most popular option for future Paperwhite buyers.
This is especially true for people who want a premium e-reader, as the Kindle Oasis was last updated in 2019, and it’s also only 8GB or 32GB — and it’s certainly a hefty price tag.
In fact, at 16GB, this is probably one of the best e-readers on the market, offering enough storage for most people without going too far. We recommend that Kindle power users who don’t want to spend too much money check it out.