Kindle lovers will glad to take their glimpse to the review of Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite (waterproof). Now your e-reader is far away from the fear of water.
If waterproof is high on your checklist of e-reader must-haves, we suggest that most people navigate to Kobo Aura H20. It’s a capable e-book reader made to stand up the occasional poolside splash or even lengthy soak in a hot tub. For anyone already endowed in Amazon’s wide range of DRM sheltered e-books, periodicals, and comic books, however, investing in another company’s mismatched hardware could be a less than the appealing proposal.
If you fall into this latter group of users, you will be glad to know that a waterproof version of Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite can be had, offered you’re prepared to pay via the nose for it.
For $230 Waterfi will see you set up with a third-generation Kindle Paperwhite which, through a branded procedure, has been waterproof and checked for use in depth up to 210 feet. If that’s too fertile for your blood, Waterfi will also smear its waterproofing conduct a first, second or third-generation Kindle that you already own. Just provide them $99, plus the cost of delivery. In a few weeks, your Kindle will be back to take the rush at your next pool party. The company stands behind their waterproofing with a one-year warranty.
How does it work?
As a reading gadget, a Waterfi-treated third-generation Kindle Paperwhite looks and operates in a similar manner as a standard piece of hardware of Amazon does (for details on this, take a glimpse at the review of the Kindle Paperwhite. The pretreated version Waterfi sells counts amazon’s ‘special offers’ understatement for advertising on the screensaver and home screen.
We couldn’t recognize any difference in functionality: the display was just as crisp, page turns and other on-screen connection with both devices seemingly indistinguishable. And even though Waterfi swelled their treated Kindle full of water and erosion-proofing material, we couldn’t discern any difference in weight between theirs and an untreated Paperwhite.
Waterfi claims that their waterproofing procedure protects electronics from humidity, chlorine, gear and liquids. So, to check their treated Kindle, we took it for a thirty-minute soak in a hot tub. Pulling it out of the hot, chemically treated liquid, we found that found that the Waterfi-treated Paperwhite still functioned, switching back on as if it were bone dry. That’s a victory. But the glory of the device’s survivability was reduced by the fact the water on its display cause the Paperwhite’s UI to incorrectly register a burst of input: pages turned on their own, system settings were changed, and bookmarks that we’re still functioning to efface were created.
Indeed, the Kobo H20 would suffer from the similar issue, but it was made from the get-go to be used around water. When that device sensed water on its screen, it throws up a prompt to wipe it dry and locks all input until you do so.
Is having an Amazon e-reader that can survive a dunk in the pool, but that cannot be used underwater worth Waterfi’s sheer asking rates? That’s a question you will have to answer for yourself, based on how and where you use your reader
The bottom line
While their service may be experiencing, Waterfi delivers on its promise of a Waterproof Kindle Paperwhite. If your lifestyle demands an e-reader that can outlive exposure to liquids and you’re knotted to the ecosystem of Amazon, it’s an alternative we feel comfortable in suggesting. That said, Podium doubter readers would do well to consider less-expensive Aura H20 of Kobo instead.