Amazon has released five different generations of Kindle Paperwhite models since 2012 when the first one came out (which, oddly, is called the Kindle Paperwhite 6th generation using Amazon’s naming standards).
The first three Paperwhite models shared the same design, and all had 6-inch E Ink displays, although Amazon upgraded the screen technology along the way.
The fourth Paperwhite model also had a 6-inch screen, but Amazon added a flush front layer over the E Ink display for the first time on a Paperwhite model. They also made the device waterproof and they changed a few other details, but the screen remained exactly the same as the previous model, so Amazon effectively used the same 6-inch screen for 6 years until the Paperwhite 5 came out.
In 2021 Amazon released the current Kindle Paperwhite model, what users often refer to as the Paperwhite 5 since it’s the fifth model in its line, but Amazon refers to it as the Kindle Paperwhite 11th generation. Whatever it’s called, it was the first Paperwhite to feature a 6.8-inch screen.
A lot of people seem to like the screen size increase, but some are put off by the larger size of the device and how it’s a bit heavier now than it used to be when it had a 6-inch screen.
It makes you wonder if 6.8-inch screens are going to be the new standard for Paperwhite models moving forward, but for all the people that bought and liked one of the previous 6-inch Paperwhite models they’re kind of left out if they want a similar version to the one they had.
It’s surprising Amazon doesn’t offer a 6-inch version of the Kindle Paperwhite after only selling them with 6-inch screens for so long. Amazon does still sell a basic Kindle with a 6-inch screen, but if you’re coming from a Paperwhite it’s kind of a downgrade going to the basic model, and it lacks the warm frontlight feature that comes on the Paperwhite.
What do you think? Should Amazon offer a Kindle Paperwhite with a 6-inch screen again? Or is the 6.8-inch screen the better option?