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Kindle Paperwhite review

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8.8/10
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The Kindle Paperwhite currently has an Informr score of 8.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 28 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is the latest version of the basic Kindle e-book reader from Amazon, and instead of the usual e-ink screen that most people have come to expect on similar devices, this one comes with a touch-enabled Paperwhite display. The Paperwhite display features built-in backlighting and a high-resolution touchscreen panel that makes it useful for reading whether you are in a dark room or in a sunny outdoor location. The screen itself measures 6-inches diagonally and supports multi-tough gestures just like most any touchscreen display found on the market today.

There’s 2GB of available internal storage, which means storage of up to nearly 1,000 books. Speaking of which, there’s also free Amazon cloud storage which can be used to back up books and download them on the go. Using 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity, downloads are usually completed in less than a minute’s time.

Charging is facilitated via a built-in USB port and the battery lasts up to 2 months per full charge with up to an hour of reading each day. It may not be the single best device out of all the models available in Amazon’s Kindle family, but for those who have been pining for a Kindle with built-in backlighting, this is definitely the one to get.

Need to Know: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

1. Touchscreen display’s built-in backlighting makes it possible to read in dark rooms or during night time. (The Good)

2. Battery life lasts up to two months on a single charge. (The Good)

3. Lacks support for external storage cards. (The Bad)

4. Lacks hardware keys for menu navigation and character input. (The Bad)


Screen Size
6"
Storage
2 GB
3G
No
Reading Time
28 hours


What the Critics Are Saying...


Know Your Mobile

Amazon’s Kindle lines of e-readers, like iPods, are kind of synonymous with the whole e-reader concept. Most people think of an eBook and automatically think of Kindle, that’s just the way it is. Amazon knows this, too, and has consistently updated the design of its e-reader device in or...

- rgoodwin, Know Your Mobile
appPicker

sLockBox really is one of the most convenient, easy-to-use, and blatantly secure data storage apps for iPhone and iPad, and it receives a very strong recommendation from me.

- Mark Bangs, appPicker
Beta News

I’ve only had my Paperwhite for a short while, but already I’m loving it. I’ll be keeping my second generation Kindle because I like the physical keyboard and will use it for making notes on my next novel, but for day-to-day reading, I’ll be permanently attached to the new device, and as I do a lot...

- Wayne Williams, Beta News
TabletPCReview

If you've never gotten a Kindle, and have been curious about e-reading, this is definitely the one to get. You don't have to fiddle with book lights or locate yourself next to a lamp, because the Paperwhite is practically perfect in every way, to reference one of my favorite lines from Mary Poppins....

- Jen Edwards, TabletPCReview
The Inquirer

The Kindle Paperwhite is a great addition to the Amazon ereader stable, with the same impressive battery and e-ink screen but a handy light added to the touch display. But there are a few niggles around the interface and Amazon ecosystem, and we wouldn't say that 3G support in the WiFi+3G model is w...

- Madeline Bennett, The Inquirer


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Screen Size
6"

The Kindle Paperwhite's screen size is 6 inches with x pixels resolution.

Backlight
Yes

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

Storage
2 GB

Internal memory is 2 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

3G
No

This model has no 3G wireless capabilities.

Reading Time
28 hours

The e-reader is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol) battery.

Kindle Paperwhite Specs

Overview
Release date October 1, 2012
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
No cellular data
variations
SIM card No
Operating System
Processor
Internal Storage 2 GB
RAM No
ROM No
Flightmode Yes
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included 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 Up to: 28 hours
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 6.7 x 4.6 x 0.4 cm (2.6 x 1.8 x 0.2 in)
Weight 213 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Grayscale
Technology E-ink
Colors Unknown
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 6 inches
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Anti Glare No
Additional Display Features Capacitive Touchscreen
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 No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth No
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
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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Additional comments Free cloud storage for all Amazon content
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Know Your Mobile

The best eReader

from Know Your Mobile

Amazon’s Kindle lines of e-readers, like iPods, are kind of synonymous with the whole e-reader concept. Most people think of an eBook and automatically think of Kindle, that’s just the way it is. Amazon knows this, too, and has consistently updated the design of its e-reader device in order to improve the overall reading experience. Ditto for its ever-expanding Kindle services...

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Amazon’s Kindle lines of e-readers, like iPods, are kind of synonymous with the whole e-reader concept. Most people think of an eBook and automatically think of Kindle, that’s just the way it is. Amazon knows this, too, and has consistently updated the design of its e-reader device in order to improve the overall reading experience. Ditto for its ever-expanding Kindle services.

Amazon has the whole e-reader thing down to a fine art. Nobody else comes close, and this is why most serious e-readers have a Kindle over something from Sony, B&N or Kobo.

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appPicker

Offering the utmost in convenient and secure storage of your most sensitive and private information

from appPicker

sLockBox really is one of the most convenient, easy-to-use, and blatantly secure data storage apps for iPhone and iPad, and it receives a very strong recommendation from me.

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sLockBox really is one of the most convenient, easy-to-use, and blatantly secure data storage apps for iPhone and iPad, and it receives a very strong recommendation from me.

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Beta News

Read comfortably at night without the need for a torch or reading light

from Beta News

I’ve only had my Paperwhite for a short while, but already I’m loving it. I’ll be keeping my second generation Kindle because I like the physical keyboard and will use it for making notes on my next novel, but for day-to-day reading, I’ll be permanently attached to the new device, and as...More

I’ve only had my Paperwhite for a short while, but already I’m loving it. I’ll be keeping my second generation Kindle because I like the physical keyboard and will use it for making notes on my next novel, but for day-to-day reading, I’ll be permanently attached to the new device, and as I do a lot of reading at night, the combination of the frontlight and Time to Read means I’m already powering through my current choice of book.

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TabletPCReview

Solid hardware and attractive design with excellent battery life

from TabletPCReview

If you've never gotten a Kindle, and have been curious about e-reading, this is definitely the one to get. You don't have to fiddle with book lights or locate yourself next to a lamp, because the Paperwhite is practically perfect in every way, to reference one of my favorite lines from Mary Poppins. No matter where you find yourself, the Kindle Paperwhite is ready to go. It may even make the Whispersync feature and the Kindle app on your smartphone obsolete, because you just might want to keep the Paperwhite a permanent occupant of your daily gear bag....

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If you've never gotten a Kindle, and have been curious about e-reading, this is definitely the one to get. You don't have to fiddle with book lights or locate yourself next to a lamp, because the Paperwhite is practically perfect in every way, to reference one of my favorite lines from Mary Poppins. No matter where you find yourself, the Kindle Paperwhite is ready to go. It may even make the Whispersync feature and the Kindle app on your smartphone obsolete, because you just might want to keep the Paperwhite a permanent occupant of your daily gear bag.

If you already have a Kindle, the choice of whether or not to upgrade is a little trickier, and is mainly concerned with when and where you read. If you find yourself in several different lighting situations on a regular basis, and you are simply sick of dealing with lighted cases and/or clip on reading lights, your frustrations are finally over. If you're happy with your current Kindle, you might not want to spring for the upgrade, because the minimum $119 upgrade price would buy quite a few Kindle books, after all. And of course if you rely on the text to speech and/or Audible support of previous models, or if you just like to listen to music while you read, the Kindle Paperwhite is most definitely not the device for you.

If you decide that you want though, or want to give one as a gift for Christmas, you had better hurry -- the Kindle Paperwhite has been so wildly popular that it is currently on backorder, with new orders not expected to ship for at least five to seven weeks.

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The Inquirer

A great ereader with a handy light in the touch display

from The Inquirer

The Kindle Paperwhite is a great addition to the Amazon ereader stable, with the same impressive battery and e-ink screen but a handy light added to the touch display. But there are a few niggles around the interface and Amazon ecosystem, and we wouldn't say that 3G support in the WiFi+3G model is worth the extra outlay.

Read full review

The Kindle Paperwhite is a great addition to the Amazon ereader stable, with the same impressive battery and e-ink screen but a handy light added to the touch display. But there are a few niggles around the interface and Amazon ecosystem, and we wouldn't say that 3G support in the WiFi+3G model is worth the extra outlay.

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Tech Advisor

A fantastic ereader to own

from Tech Advisor

Thanks to Amazon's unparalleled ebook library and ease of use, the Paperwhite is a fantastic ereader to own. The screen is excellent, both the light and touch elements, and the whole device is well built. Kobo's Glo is a good alternative if you think you need more storage, as it has a micro SD card slot, and it's also £10 cheaper.

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Thanks to Amazon's unparalleled ebook library and ease of use, the Paperwhite is a fantastic ereader to own. The screen is excellent, both the light and touch elements, and the whole device is well built. Kobo's Glo is a good alternative if you think you need more storage, as it has a micro SD card slot, and it's also £10 cheaper.

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PC Pro

A fantastic ebook reader, whose built-in light is currently the best in the business, and the price is right too

from PC Pro

The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite doesn’t need Amazon Prime to establish itself as the market-leading ebook reader, though. It will be love at first sight for anyone who claps eyes on one, for one reason and one reason alone: that front light. Its exceedingly even glow puts it significantly ahea...More

The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite doesn’t need Amazon Prime to establish itself as the market-leading ebook reader, though. It will be love at first sight for anyone who claps eyes on one, for one reason and one reason alone: that front light. Its exceedingly even glow puts it significantly ahead of the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight, and the slender frame, higher-resolution screen and availability of a 3G version stretches out that lead even further. Unless the upcoming Kobo Glo, which also has a built-in light, can make significant gains, the Paperwhite will be this and next year’s must-have ebook reader.

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Good E-Reader

This is simply the most fully featured e-ink based reader we have ever reviewed

from Good E-Reader

During the last five years we have seen the e-Reader industry mature in a very short period of time. Since we started to review Readers back when the Kindle 2 first came out, we have seen the rise of Barnes and Noble, Kobo and many indie companies. The technology is constantly being refined and p...More

During the last five years we have seen the e-Reader industry mature in a very short period of time. Since we started to review Readers back when the Kindle 2 first came out, we have seen the rise of Barnes and Noble, Kobo and many indie companies. The technology is constantly being refined and price lowered to make it more accessible to the public. The Kindle Paperwhite is currently the apex of what all e-Readers aspire to be. The Amazon ecosystem is currently the best on the planet when it comes to purely e-ink based readers. There are millions of free and paid books, newspapers, magazines, kids books and self-published content. With the agency model abolished the electronic book is becoming more cost efficient. Some people might not want to get themselves locked into any one company and prefer to be more agnostic about it, and that’s fine. The Kindle system is currently the best in the world, and as a reader you can’t do much better.

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Ars Technica

Brighter, sharper, and ad-filled

from Ars Technica

The biggest feature of the Kindle Paperwhite is its ability to provide its own lighting. In that sense, tablets also provide equal or better value. The Kindle’s strength is in its ability to provide a very focused and intimate reading experience. If you can figure out the type of reading th...More

The biggest feature of the Kindle Paperwhite is its ability to provide its own lighting. In that sense, tablets also provide equal or better value. The Kindle’s strength is in its ability to provide a very focused and intimate reading experience. If you can figure out the type of reading that is most important to you, you’ll know which way you should go.

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Digital Trends

Gorgeous new front-lit screen and updated touch interface

from Digital Trends

For $120 — or $140 if you don’t want the ads, which are mostly non-intrusive – the Kindle Paperwhite is a worthwhile investment for a book reader. If you’re already into the Nook ecosystem, this probably isn’t a reason to switch since the Nook Simple Touch with Glowl...More

For $120 — or $140 if you don’t want the ads, which are mostly non-intrusive – the Kindle Paperwhite is a worthwhile investment for a book reader. If you’re already into the Nook ecosystem, this probably isn’t a reason to switch since the Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight is also a great e-reader, but that said, Amazon has taken the e-reader crown from Barnes & Noble. You’ll find no e-reader with an easier screen to read, and Amazon’s touch interface is finally getting to the point where almost anyone can use it. The Kindle Paperwhite does not reinvent the standalone e-reader, but it does bring them one step closer to perfection.

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