When I saw the PaperWhite, I was thrilled. I haven't tried it - still waiting for mine to ship in late October to replace my old and reliable Kindle 3.
But maybe Amazon dropped the ball on this. I was reading these reviews and it seems that the main feature, lighting is a bit flawed. Even after Amazon replaced them.
For me (and I think many others), lighting when needed is the main benefit. I want to be able to read in bed at night without waking my girlfriend. Also many cafes don't have the best lighting. But, IF the lighting feature is flawed, maybe we are better off just buying a clip on light for our existing Kindle's?
I hope someone here has purchased one and can tell me that I am wrong; that the PaperWhite is what you would expect from a fantastic company like Amazon.
Mine just arrived. Has large patches of light green all over. Looks like dripping paint, dripping from the top down. I don't mind the shadow issues caused by the lights on the bottom. They are obvious, but I can live with that. But the color patches are distracting and they are there even in good light, not just dark conditions. Asked for a replacement. If it doesn't work I'll return both, order another new unit, and if that's also a bust, I'll just stay with my old unit.
The illumination is awesome... I can see how people would complain about the theoretical issues with the light, but can't imagine how anyone who ha actually used it would complain. It lights up the page at an appropriate brightness, making it very easy to read in any lighting condition. It's a little bit uneven at the bottom, but you don't notice that when you're actually reading, only when you're looking for imperfections.
Unfortunately, the web browser no longer works on 3G with the Paperwhite. I bought the Paperwhite thinking I'd keep my old 3G and the Paperwhite, but now I'm thinking about returning the Paperwhite, because I realized that I have good lighting in the RV, and it's only when I travel that I have bad lighting (trains, planes, etc.)
A few minutes ago I had a great idea. I'll set up a super backup system. I'll put a 16gb SD card into my laptop, and then have it automatically back up my projects and photos in the background. Then I'll also set it to backup certain things to the internet, and even more to my external hard drive.
A week ago I had another good idea. Apparently the bugs have been ironed out and MacOS can now be installed on my laptop. Perfect. I love Mac OS and I don't have any particular affinity for Windows.
A couple months ago I was in my RV and had a big thought. The square footage is so small in here that I could install marble floors for next to nothing. How fun would that be to have a tiny RV with marble floors? And while I'm at it, I should put some LED lighting in. It's way more efficient than incandescent lighting.
Ok, so when taking a video, lighting is like the low hanging fruit - you can purchase/make lighting for relatively cheap and it can really improve the quality of your video! I can't say I'm 100% satisfied with the results, but I'm a total n00b when it comes to photography, filmography, lightography, whatever.
Looking around teh Interwebs, it seemed like 3-point lighting was the most basic and flexible setup. I also found this great Do It Yourself lighting video which included materials required for purchase, how to setup the rig, and some common issues.
My shopping list was:
3 clamp lights 1 pack of 4 energy efficient bright white compact fluorescent light bulbs (60watt equivalent) 1 pack of 1 energy efficient bright white compact fluorescent light bulb (100 watt equivalent) 1 worklight (thing is beefy!)
The total rig cost me about $80, but I had also bought a couple of extra lightbulb packs I didn't end up using for the lighting, so the overall cost was closer to $50-60. Not bad!