Kindle Paperwhite (2013)

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The Kindle Paperwhite (2013) currently has an Informr score of 8.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 11 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Uniform and bright backlight
  • Faster processor
  • Goodreads integration

What's bad

  • Delayed page turn speed
  • No huge upgrade in software or hardware specs from previous model

The second iteration of the Kindle Paperwhite offers few changes from its predecessor. With that being said, experts agree that 2013’s Kindle Paperwhite still stands head-and-shoulders above any other e-reader in the market.

Amazon boasts of a “new display technology with higher contrast and better reflectivity” that also offers 19% better responsiveness. In addition, a faster processor (1GHz) should increase overall performance of the device. Laptop Mag notes that book opening time has decreased by about a second though page turn speed is only slightly faster. TechRadar goes on to mention that despite the slightly faster page turn speed, there is still “a bit of delay.”

Aside from the faster processor, this model also sports a new light. The Verge notes that there are fewer dark patches on screen and the light is also a bit whiter than the original Paperwhite. While a slight improvement, they go on to say that it didn’t really change their user experience greatly.

Aside from small hardware upgrades, there are also some new software features. Perhaps one of the most anticipated additions was the integration with social media reading site Goodreads. You can now easily log into your Goodreads account and look for friends, share passages while reading you Kindle book and rate other Kindle books on the site. Aside from this, you can pull your book lists from Goodreads or your own cloud collections and sync it across multiple devices.

Most reviewers agree that the 2013 Kindle Paperwhite is one of the best e-readers on the market. While it does offer slight improvements from its predecessor, Engadget does not believe that it’s worth the price for those of who already own the older generation Paperwhite.


Screen Size
6"
Storage
4 GB
3G
Yes
Reading Time
28 hours


What the Critics Are Saying...


Fone Arena

The new Kindle Paperwhite is one of the best eReaders available in the market. Even though it is a minor upgrade, Amazon has improved the screen, making the reading experience much better in the new version. If you already own the first Paperwhite, you can probably wait for the third version, expect...

- Srivatsan, Fone Arena
Tech Advisor

If you can afford it, you won’t be disappointed with the latest Paperwhite but it’s worth checking out the £49 Nook GlowLight and associated book store before taking the plunge.

- Jim Martin, Tech Advisor
Digital Trends

The Kindle Paperwhite isn’t a huge upgrade from the first generation, and it didn’t need to be. Amazon improved on all of the issues that critics called out last year, and added some great software features on top of that. The high-quality display, even light, comfortable design, and spe...

- K. T. Bradford, Digital Trends
Tech Advisor

Still the best backlit ereader around, but the price is beginning to look steep when rivals cost less than £50. If you can afford it, you won’t be disappointed but it’s worth checking out the Nook GlowLight and associated book store before taking the plunge.

- Jim Martin, Tech Advisor
TechnoBuffalo

At $119 (with special offers), the new Paperwhite is a terrific buy that you won’t regret. If you own and love last year’s model, there’s no huge reason to upgrade; they’re similar in a lot of ways, so you won’t be missing out. If you’ve held off on getting an e-r...

- Brandon Russell, TechnoBuffalo


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Screen Size
6"

The Kindle Paperwhite (2013)'s screen size is 6 inches with 758 x 1024 pixels resolution.

Backlight
Yes

There is a built-in backlight for reading in the dark.

Storage
4 GB

Internal memory is 4 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

3G
Yes

You can download a new book no matter where you are using the onboard 3G wireless.

Reading Time
28 hours

The e-reader is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol) battery. Battery life is rated for up to 28 hours reading time according to Amazon's.

Kindle Paperwhite (2013) Specs

Overview
Release date September 30, 2013
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
No cellular data
variations
SIM card Yes
Operating System Kindle OS
Processor 1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 4 GB
RAM 256 MB
ROM No
Flightmode Yes
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity Unknown
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 4 hours
Reading Time Up to: 28 hours
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 17 x 11.7 x 0.9 cm (6.7 x 4.6 x 0.4 in)
Weight 206 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Grayscale
Technology E-ink
Colors Unknown
Resolution 758 x 1024 pixels
Pixel density 212 pixels
Size 6 inches
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Anti Glare Unknown
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Page Turn Key Unknown
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth No
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Audio / Video
Audio Playback No
Video Playback No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack No
Vibration Alert No
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Additional comments

In July 2014, Amazon updated the Kindle Paperwhite's internal memory from 2GB to 4GB.

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Critic Reviews


Fone Arena

One of the best eReaders available in the market

from Fone Arena

The new Kindle Paperwhite is one of the best eReaders available in the market. Even though it is a minor upgrade, Amazon has improved the screen, making the reading experience much better in the new version. If you already own the first Paperwhite, you can probably wait for the third version, exp...More

The new Kindle Paperwhite is one of the best eReaders available in the market. Even though it is a minor upgrade, Amazon has improved the screen, making the reading experience much better in the new version. If you already own the first Paperwhite, you can probably wait for the third version, expected later this year. If you are new Kindle user or moving from the non-touch Paperwhite, then this is definitely the best choice.

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Tech Advisor

An expensive but excellent ebook reader

from Tech Advisor

If you can afford it, you won’t be disappointed with the latest Paperwhite but it’s worth checking out the £49 Nook GlowLight and associated book store before taking the plunge.

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If you can afford it, you won’t be disappointed with the latest Paperwhite but it’s worth checking out the £49 Nook GlowLight and associated book store before taking the plunge.

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Digital Trends

High-quality display, even light, comfortable design, and speedy performance

from Digital Trends

The Kindle Paperwhite isn’t a huge upgrade from the first generation, and it didn’t need to be. Amazon improved on all of the issues that critics called out last year, and added some great software features on top of that. The high-quality display, even light, comfortable design, and speedy performance make for a great e-reader and a good value at $120...

More

The Kindle Paperwhite isn’t a huge upgrade from the first generation, and it didn’t need to be. Amazon improved on all of the issues that critics called out last year, and added some great software features on top of that. The high-quality display, even light, comfortable design, and speedy performance make for a great e-reader and a good value at $120.

This asking price is in line with the competition, though you’ll have to put up with the Special Offers, i.e. advertisements on the lock screen. Many readers don’t mind the ads, but since the Kindle is an even better device for younger kids than it was before, parents may want to pay $20 extra to go ad-free. At $140 the Kindle is still a good value, it just feels wrong to have to pay not to see ads on a piece of tech you own.

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Tech Advisor

A superb, if pricey, ereader

from Tech Advisor

Still the best backlit ereader around, but the price is beginning to look steep when rivals cost less than £50. If you can afford it, you won’t be disappointed but it’s worth checking out the Nook GlowLight and associated book store before taking the plunge.

Read full review

Still the best backlit ereader around, but the price is beginning to look steep when rivals cost less than £50. If you can afford it, you won’t be disappointed but it’s worth checking out the Nook GlowLight and associated book store before taking the plunge.

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TechnoBuffalo

The undisputed e-reader king

from TechnoBuffalo

At $119 (with special offers), the new Paperwhite is a terrific buy that you won’t regret. If you own and love last year’s model, there’s no huge reason to upgrade; they’re similar in a lot of ways, so you won’t be missing out. If you’ve held off on getting an...More

At $119 (with special offers), the new Paperwhite is a terrific buy that you won’t regret. If you own and love last year’s model, there’s no huge reason to upgrade; they’re similar in a lot of ways, so you won’t be missing out. If you’ve held off on getting an e-reader, though, the Paperwhite should be your go-to. I know e-readers might not seem like the “cool” gadget to buy, especially when there are so many wonderful tablets and phones. But as a standalone device that’s designed to do one very specific thing, the Paperwhite is a device you shouldn’t go without.

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PC Pro

The Paperwhite gets a new front light and faster processor

from PC Pro

It’s neat and tidy – another worthwhile upgrade. In fact, all the changes to Amazon’s new Kindle are worth having, we just wonder if Amazon needed to make them in the first place. With no other manufacturer managing to produce a superior alternative since the launch of the origi...More

It’s neat and tidy – another worthwhile upgrade. In fact, all the changes to Amazon’s new Kindle are worth having, we just wonder if Amazon needed to make them in the first place. With no other manufacturer managing to produce a superior alternative since the launch of the original, it could have left well alone, and the Paperwhite would have remained the best E Ink ebook reader around.

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Good E-Reader

Does not reinvent the wheel in terms of the overall hardware experience

from Good E-Reader

The Kindle Paperwhite 2 does not reinvent the wheel in terms of the overall hardware experience. The vast majority of new features is via the software.

I dig the fact that you can translate words into complex Chinese characters, which bodes well for the feature of KF8 and the ability to read graphic novels, manga and comics. I also am impressed with the “Clipping” feature, which compiles newspaper articles into a singular eBook...

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The Kindle Paperwhite 2 does not reinvent the wheel in terms of the overall hardware experience. The vast majority of new features is via the software.

I dig the fact that you can translate words into complex Chinese characters, which bodes well for the feature of KF8 and the ability to read graphic novels, manga and comics. I also am impressed with the “Clipping” feature, which compiles newspaper articles into a singular eBook.

There are a number of drawbacks such as the lack of expandable memory and no options to buy higher tier models with more memory. I also lament that borrowing books from Overdrive is a bit over complicated, since you need to rely on a PC to send them over. Finally, you cannot shop with other bookstores, as Amazon has its own proprietary eBook formats.

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ITProPortal

A polished and slick eBook reader which makes life difficult for its rivals

from ITProPortal

The Kindle Paperwhite 2013 is our new favourite eBook reader – it’s quite simply the best on the market. The one caveat is that the 3G version isn’t so hot, as it’s disappointingly expensive at £60 more than the base Wi-Fi model. It’s true that the Paperwhite 3...More

The Kindle Paperwhite 2013 is our new favourite eBook reader – it’s quite simply the best on the market. The one caveat is that the 3G version isn’t so hot, as it’s disappointingly expensive at £60 more than the base Wi-Fi model. It’s true that the Paperwhite 3G is easier to use, because you don't have to log onto Wi-Fi networks wherever you are in order to shop for new books or look up Wikipedia searches.

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Wired

The Paperwhite’s incremental updates are actually useful

from Wired

The 2013 Kindle Paperwhite is a solid iterative update. It won’t have current Paperwhite owners ditching their readers. But if you’re looking to update an older Kindle, your eyes and mind will certainly enjoy the upgrade.

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The 2013 Kindle Paperwhite is a solid iterative update. It won’t have current Paperwhite owners ditching their readers. But if you’re looking to update an older Kindle, your eyes and mind will certainly enjoy the upgrade.

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The Verge

Improved display, faster page-turning

from The Verge

If you’re buying an ebook reader, buy a Kindle Paperwhite. I’d recommend spending the extra $20 to get the $139 version without Special Offers, but even those aren’t really so bad — just static E Ink ads on the home and lock screen. (Spending another $50 for the always-con...More

If you’re buying an ebook reader, buy a Kindle Paperwhite. I’d recommend spending the extra $20 to get the $139 version without Special Offers, but even those aren’t really so bad — just static E Ink ads on the home and lock screen. (Spending another $50 for the always-connected 3G model is a little harder to justify, I think.) I hope future models eventually get an even better screen, and a headphone jack with Whispersync for Audio support, so I can switch between reading and listening to a book with one tap. (I’m also still partial to page-turn buttons.) But if I hadn’t bought a Paperwhite last year, I’d be buying one this year. Not only is it a great ebook reader, it’s the only one even worth considering — great hardware and Amazon’s spectacular ecosystem are an untouchable combination.

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