A month or so ago, I got my new Kindle Paperwhite and I have to say I have been loving it! It was around the time when the new Kindle Paperwhite 2018 was released. However, I opted for the 2017 edition, not because I did not want to have anything to do with the latest release, but because I had found my Kindle at a bargain on eBay and couldn’t resist the offer. The Kindle that I bought was brand new at the time and it has been working really well ever since.
I have previously written about the differences between the Kindle Paperwhite that comes with Ads and the one that comes Ad Free. The one that I purchased comes with ads. Most of these ads appear on the lock screen and they are rather non intrusive. However, I have been getting a bizarre ad from Amazon ever since the moment I unboxed my Kindle.
Upgrading the Kindle Paperwhite
One of the ads that have been appearing on my lock screen tells me to upgrade my new Kindle Paperwhite to the latest version at such and such a discount. Now, that did strike me as funny, particular when I had just unboxed my device.
It appears as if Amazon wants people to keep renewing their devices by upgrading to the latest versions. As mentioned earlier, I had opted for the 2017 version, and Amazon wanted me to buy the 2018 version instead.
Difference between 2018 and 2017 versions of the Kindle Paperwhite
The reason why I have remained unmoved is that the differences between the 2018 and 2017 versions of the Paperwhite are not really that much to force me to make the shift. For one thing, both devices have a PPI of 300. The newer version does come with 8GB storage but I am probably never going to use up the 4GB that’s on the 2017 Paperwhite.
The 2018 version of the Kindle Paperwhite is also waterproof, but I have never wanted to read books in the pool. Hell, I can’t even swim! There is also the fact that the new Paperwhite has bezel that’s flush with the display. However, I actually see this as a disadvantage.
On my Paperwhite, the display is recessed within the bezel, and this helps prevent scratching as I carry around the gadget. So, to Amazon, I can only, your device is so good that you may as well stop trying to upsell me on the latest version of the Kindle Paperwhite. In fact, do that for the next five or so releases..!