Kindle Paperwhite (2015)

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Specs summary

Screen
6"

The Kindle Paperwhite (2015)'s screen is 6 inches with 1072 x 1448 pixels resolution.

Storage
4 GB

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

Battery
Unknown

The e-reader is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol) battery. Amazon's performance ratings are 42 days standby time.



The all-new Kindle Paperwhite retains the great features of its predecessor, but sports a sharper screen and advanced typesetting that makes reading easier than it ever has been.

- Ilyse Liffreing , Tom's Guide 

Reviews summary

8.6/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 11 reviews

What's good

  • 300 DPI screen
  • New About This Book feature gives more detail on titles
  • Faster performance

What's bad

  • No auto brightness
  • No page navigation button

The Paperwhite was considered by consumers and experts alike as one of the best e-readers on the market when it hit. In the third iteration of the popular e-reader, Amazon is able to keep the costs the same as previous models while improving some of the hardware and features.

Design-wise, Amazon has made some minor changes switching over the glossy textured body to matte and the logo o from Kindle to Amazon. The only physical button is the power key so all navigation is done via the 6" touchscreen panel. The screen itself is the biggest upgrade as it offers a pixel density of 300-ppi instead of the 212-ppi of its predecessor. On paper, this might sound like a huge improvement, but many reviewers didn't notice a significant difference. They add, however, images and text did look slightly crisper than older version. CNET notes, "The extra screen sharpness is a subtle but important upgrade in a product category that's reach a maturation point…" Still, many experts consider the Paperwhite as having the best ebook reader screen as it was glare-free in bright light with sharp and dark text. In fact, the Wall Street Journal states, "It looks closer to real paper book than anything else out there."

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Unlike the higher end Kindle Voyager, the Paperwhite does not come with an adaptive backlight or page turn buttons. Still, critics found it easy enough to adjust screen brightness and navigate the menu via the touchscreen.

Besides the screen, Amazon also upgraded the internal memory from 256MB to 512MB though they kept the same 1GHz processor and 4GB of internal storage. Overall, reviewers noticed all-round faster performance and very little ghosting when turning the pages. New additions to the software include:

· Bookerly font - an exclusive Kindle font specifically to improve readability on digital screens.

· About This Book – gives more information about the book, its author and place in series.

Of course all of the features users enjoyed like connection with Goodreads and Family Library are still intact on the 2015 Paperwhite. It also comes at multiple tiers with the cheapest version showing full page “special offers” when the Kindle is in sleep mode. The more expensive versions come loaded with 3G and no ads.

Overall, experts were very happy with the 2015 Paperwhite. PG Mag states, "…the Kindle Paperwhite is the right ebook reader for most people." The Verge adds, "…this particular Kindle is the nicest one yet for the price."


Reviews (8.6/10 Avg. rating)


The Wirecutter

The best ebook reader

from The Wirecutter

The Kindle Paperwhite’s features and price, coupled with Amazon’s vast collection of reading material, make it the best device dedicated to reading.

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The Kindle Paperwhite’s features and price, coupled with Amazon’s vast collection of reading material, make it the best device dedicated to reading.

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TechRadar

Arguably the best value ereader on the market

from TechRadar

While the new typesetting engine and Bookerly font are great additions to the Kindle Paperwhite, they've now been added to the Kindle Voyage, basic Kindle and previous generation Kindle Paperwhite too, so they're not really reasons to choose this over any other Kindle or to upgrade to this.

That leaves the improved 300ppi screen as the main upgrade and it really is a big one, making text and images sharper than ever. If you read a lot then there's every chance you'll spend more time looking at this screen than even your phone, so it's important that it's sharp and clear.

The upgrade also puts it on a par with the sharpness of the Kindle Voyage, giving buyers one reason fewer to opt for that while retaining the previous Paperwhite's starting price of £109.99 (US$119). 

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While the new typesetting engine and Bookerly font are great additions to the Kindle Paperwhite, they've now been added to the Kindle Voyage, basic Kindle and previous generation Kindle Paperwhite too, so they're not really reasons to choose this over any other Kindle or to upgrade to this.

That leaves the improved 300ppi screen as the main upgrade and it really is a big one, making text and images sharper than ever. If you read a lot then there's every chance you'll spend more time looking at this screen than even your phone, so it's important that it's sharp and clear.

The upgrade also puts it on a par with the sharpness of the Kindle Voyage, giving buyers one reason fewer to opt for that while retaining the previous Paperwhite's starting price of £109.99 (US$119). 

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Fone Arena

Performance is snappy, good battery life

from Fone Arena

The Kindle Paperwhite (2015) is the second best eReader you can get in the market, after the Kindle Voyage. Last year’s Paperwhite did not bring a huge improvement compared to the first-generation Paperwhite. The new Paperwhite at the same price brings Kindle Voyage’s 300 ppi screen and more memory, which are good improvements. This doesn’t have a scratch-resistant glass like the Voyage, so you have to use a scratch-guard or a flip cover to protect the display from scratches.

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The Kindle Paperwhite (2015) is the second best eReader you can get in the market, after the Kindle Voyage. Last year’s Paperwhite did not bring a huge improvement compared to the first-generation Paperwhite. The new Paperwhite at the same price brings Kindle Voyage’s 300 ppi screen and more memory, which are good improvements. This doesn’t have a scratch-resistant glass like the Voyage, so you have to use a scratch-guard or a flip cover to protect the display from scratches.

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Tom's Guide

Sharp display, improved parental controls

from Tom's Guide

While it lacks the fancy page buttons and smart backlight of the Voyage, the $119 Paperwhite impresses with the same 300-ppi screen, and is certainly the best E Ink e-reader on the market in its price range. While the upgrades are impactful, keep in mind that the new font, parental controls and advanced typesetting are available on any Kindle with a simple software update. For bookworms who prefer to focus on reading without being distracted by videos, apps or text messages, the Paperwhite is the best e-reader for you.

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While it lacks the fancy page buttons and smart backlight of the Voyage, the $119 Paperwhite impresses with the same 300-ppi screen, and is certainly the best E Ink e-reader on the market in its price range. While the upgrades are impactful, keep in mind that the new font, parental controls and advanced typesetting are available on any Kindle with a simple software update. For bookworms who prefer to focus on reading without being distracted by videos, apps or text messages, the Paperwhite is the best e-reader for you.

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Beta News

Improve your reading experience

from Beta News

You'll find the interface familiar, though the screen better. It's comforting in a way, as there is no learning curve. That's a plus for any new device, including some which throw that curve ball at you. Amazon kept it simple and to the point, and the point is reading your book. That's why you got it, and the screen is why you may wish to upgrade. The price isn't bad either -- at $119 it won't damage your wallet too badly.

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You'll find the interface familiar, though the screen better. It's comforting in a way, as there is no learning curve. That's a plus for any new device, including some which throw that curve ball at you. Amazon kept it simple and to the point, and the point is reading your book. That's why you got it, and the screen is why you may wish to upgrade. The price isn't bad either -- at $119 it won't damage your wallet too badly.

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Digital Trends

Will win the heart of any voracious reader

from Digital Trends

You really can’t go wrong with a Kindle. The 2015 Paperwhite is second only to the Kindle Voyage, which has a slightly better screen and physical buttons, for those of you who don’t want to touch the screen to turn the page. The Paperwhite is less expensive at just $120 with ads, $140 without ads, $190 with 3G and ads, $210 with 3G and no ads. The Voyage costs $200 with ads and Wi-Fi, but the price goes up to $290 with 3G and no ads. If you don’t want to pay a tablet price for an ebook reader, but still want a quality ebook reader, the Paperwhite is a good option for you.

If you’re not part of the Amazon faithful, or you just want a waterproof ebook reader you can take to the beach or in the tub, the Kobo is for you. If you prefer a brighter screen, no lag, and Amazon’s cool feature set, the Paperwhite is an excellent choice. It all depends on what’s most important to you. 

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You really can’t go wrong with a Kindle. The 2015 Paperwhite is second only to the Kindle Voyage, which has a slightly better screen and physical buttons, for those of you who don’t want to touch the screen to turn the page. The Paperwhite is less expensive at just $120 with ads, $140 without ads, $190 with 3G and ads, $210 with 3G and no ads. The Voyage costs $200 with ads and Wi-Fi, but the price goes up to $290 with 3G and no ads. If you don’t want to pay a tablet price for an ebook reader, but still want a quality ebook reader, the Paperwhite is a good option for you.

If you’re not part of the Amazon faithful, or you just want a waterproof ebook reader you can take to the beach or in the tub, the Kobo is for you. If you prefer a brighter screen, no lag, and Amazon’s cool feature set, the Paperwhite is an excellent choice. It all depends on what’s most important to you. 

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Alphr

The best value e-reader

from Alphr

The Paperwhite offers little I haven’t encountered before in Amazon’s ebook readers. There’s still a light for reading in dark or dim environments, but there’s no storage expansion. The pricing is familiar, too.

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The Paperwhite offers little I haven’t encountered before in Amazon’s ebook readers. There’s still a light for reading in dark or dim environments, but there’s no storage expansion. The pricing is familiar, too.

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Tech Advisor

Unrivalled reading experience, but mediocre battery life

from Tech Advisor

The Kindle Paperwhite is, by any stretch of the imagination, an excellent eReader. Brilliant display, superb design and build, and access to an unsurpassed library of eBooks. Our only minor quibble is about battery life, and it isn't cheap. But we are delighted to recommend the Paperwhite, 2015 vintage.

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The Kindle Paperwhite is, by any stretch of the imagination, an excellent eReader. Brilliant display, superb design and build, and access to an unsurpassed library of eBooks. Our only minor quibble is about battery life, and it isn't cheap. But we are delighted to recommend the Paperwhite, 2015 vintage.

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Engadget

Works well, looks great and will make for a lovely summer reading buddy

from Engadget

This is the third Kindle Paperwhite in as many years, and it's the first to bring a dramatic upgrade -- that mostly lovely screen -- into the fold. While the total package isn't as whiz-bang impressive as its cousin the Voyage, it's still easily the best bang for your Kindle-buying buck. If you're cool with surrendering yourself to Amazon's e-commerce empire and you're not a raging e-book nerd like me, this decision is a no-brainer: Skip the basic Kindle and the Voyage. The Paperwhite works well, looks great and will make for a lovely summer reading buddy.

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This is the third Kindle Paperwhite in as many years, and it's the first to bring a dramatic upgrade -- that mostly lovely screen -- into the fold. While the total package isn't as whiz-bang impressive as its cousin the Voyage, it's still easily the best bang for your Kindle-buying buck. If you're cool with surrendering yourself to Amazon's e-commerce empire and you're not a raging e-book nerd like me, this decision is a no-brainer: Skip the basic Kindle and the Voyage. The Paperwhite works well, looks great and will make for a lovely summer reading buddy.

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The Indian Express

Good upgrade, but for new buyers

from The Indian Express

The Kindle Paperwhite has got a good upgrade and makes it a better buy now as the pricing has remained constant. But this is not reason enough for people with existing Paperwhites to jump ship.

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The Kindle Paperwhite has got a good upgrade and makes it a better buy now as the pricing has remained constant. But this is not reason enough for people with existing Paperwhites to jump ship.

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date June 30, 2015
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kindom
Networks
No cellular data
variations
SIM card Yes
Operating System Kindle OS
Processor 1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 4 GB
RAM No
ROM No
Flightmode No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 4 hours
Reading Time 21 hours
Standby Time 42 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 17.0 x 11.7 x 0.9 cm (6.7 x 4.6 x 0.4 in)
Weight 217 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Grayscale
Technology E-ink
Colors Unknown
Resolution 1072 x 1448 pixels
Pixel density 300 pixels
Size 6 inches
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Anti Glare No
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Page Turn Key No
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
Expansion Slot Info No
PC Synchronization No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Audio / Video
Audio Playback No
Audio Formats No
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack No
Vibration Alert No
Content Formats Supported
Content Formats Supported No
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