As someone who does a lot of reading at night in bed, I really like the back-lit screen. I can dim the screen so much lower than the iPad (and it's a lot easier to hold in bed than an iPad). In a completely dark room, the iPad lights up the place like a 100 watt bulb compared to the easy-on-the-eyes Paperwhite.
Here's how to turn on or adjust the back-lighting:
- Turn on the Kindle Paperwhite from the power button at the bottom edge of the device.
- Get to the menu options by lightly tapping the top edge of the touch screen.
- Tap the small light bulb icon located at the top-center of the screen.
- Tap either the plus or minus symbols to increase or decrease the light or tap directly on the vertical "scale" of brightness.
- To leave the menu options, tap elsewhere on the screen.
For as much as I enjoy reading at night with the back-lit screen, the Kindle Paperwhite isn't the perfect device for everyone. It lacks a speaker (or headphone jack) to make use of the text-to-speech function found in many books. (It's ironic that Amazon would promote the Whisper Sync technology that allows a reader/listener to pick up listening to an Audible audiobook where they left off reading on an eBook -- and then not offer a way to listen to the audiobooks on an eBook reader...)
I should note that I've also had trouble connecting to an encrypted wireless network that doesn't broadcast its SSID. This could be a fluke -- I'll have to try other networks and see if I continue to have trouble.
All in all, I'm happy with the new Kindle Paperwhite, but like the feel of the slightly lighter new Nook Simple Touch with Glow Light a little more.