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Kindle Paperwhite review

8.8/10 AVG.

Informr score
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
2 GB
Reading Time
28 hours

What the Critics Are Saying...

Know Your Mobile

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- rgoodwin, Know Your Mobile

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- 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

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

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


There is a processor (CPU).


The eReader runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

2 GB

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


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

Kindle Paperwhite Specs

Release date October 1, 2012
Regions available USA, Canada
SIM card size No
Operating System No

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Internal Storage 2 GB
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Manual
Power & battery
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
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
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
Additional comments Free cloud storage for all Amazon content
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