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Is last year's best e-reader still tops?

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The new Paperwhite doesn't represent a huge change over last year's version, but even so, a few tweaks have made a great reader even better.

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9.0
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    9.0
  • Battery life
    8.2
  • Store and selection of titles
    9.7
  • Ease of use
    8.9
  • Document support
    6.0
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    8.0
  • Durability
    8.7
  • Design and form factor
    8.3
  • Portability (size / weight)
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18 reviews
9.0
Engadget Sep 30, 2013

The 2013 edition is a lot like what we saw in 2012, though improved processing speeds, better front lighting, software tweaks and forthcoming Goodreads integration are all welcome updates. Ultimately, they all help solidify the Paperwhite's status as a truly terrific e-reader.

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9.0
The Wirecutter Oct 1, 2013

Amazon’s latest Kindle Paperwhite is out and it’s our new pick for Best E-book Reader. This year’s hardware update is subtle, but the price along with Amazon’s vast library of content and new software features continue to make it the best e-reading experience.

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9.0
PC Mag Sep 26, 2013

Amazon rewrites the Kindle again, and the result is a refined ebook reader with more speed, polish, and bright, even edge lighting. The Kindle Paperwhite sets the bar high for the competition.

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9.0
Gizmodo Oct 9, 2013

If for whatever reason you don't own an ereader or are still on an old-school Amazon model though, what are you waiting for? This thing is dope.

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9.0
Wired Oct 9, 2013

...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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8.0
CNET Sep 27, 2013

While the "all-new" Paperwhite may seem like an unspectacular upgrade on the surface, it's a clear improvement over the original Paperwhite and arguably the best e-reader currently available.

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10
Mashable Sep 29, 2013

Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite is really all you could want in an e-reader: a great, clear E-ink display, a super-responsive touch screen, a smart, intuitive interface and a reasonable price.

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10
Pocket-Lint Dec 18, 2013

If you've been wondering whether to dive in an buy a Kindle, then the 2013 Paperwhite is the model we'd recommend above all of the other Amazon options. The screen illumination is lovely and the touch response is fast enough to make everything happen with ease.

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9.0
TechHive Oct 4, 2013

The second-generation Paperwhite is the best dedicated ebook reader you can buy, with a high-contrast screen that lights itself.

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9.0
Reviewed.com Tablets Oct 4, 2013

If you're ready to make the leap from printed page to electronic books (or want to throw someone else in the deep end), there is no better device with which to do so than the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite.

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T3 Oct 25, 2013

If you're yet to buy an ereader there's a lot to like here. The improvements are small, but significant enough to make this the best Kindle yet and the best ereader around.

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9.0
TechRadar Oct 18, 2013

It's light, easy to use and has battery life worth bragging about. Amazon could stand to be a little friendlier to other ebook formats, but it's actually one of the best ecosystems to invest in, since the Kindle app can be used across iOS, Android and Windows devices.

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9.0
TrustedReviews Nov 14, 2013

The 2013 Kindle Paperwhite is not all that different from the previous model, with a better processor and slightly improved screen. It’s enough to make this the tablet to buy if you’re not upgrading from the previous Paperwhite, though.

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8.0
Digital Versus Nov 20, 2013

The new Kindle Paperwhite has all the same advantages as the first one ... The screen is definitely sharper and more evenly lit than the first Paperwhite's, but we don't see enough reasons to ditch your old one and buy the new generation.

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Engadget Sep 5, 2013

All in all, there are a lot of nice add-ons here, and we're glad to see that Amazon's not letting its devoted e-reader line languish amongst the tablet boom, though hardware-wise, the slight upgrades really pale in comparison to the impressive work Kobo has done with the Aura.

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Engadget Nov 19, 2013

All in all, the Paperwhite integration feels better more fully baked than what we saw on the Fire. There are some shortcomings, still, of course, though those are mainly on the hardware side.

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CNET Sep 3, 2013

While I only had limited time with the new Kindle Paperwhite, it seems like a nice, if unspectacular upgrade that clearly improves on the previous Kindle Paperwhite but isn't loaded with wow factor (the new features seem pretty nifty, but the sizzle usually comes from design upgrades).

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Gizmodo Sep 5, 2013

The main thing to know is that Amazon isn't screwing around, the screen really does look a lot better. The frontlight has been completely rebuilt ... Further, the contrast makes the text look actually white when the light is at full brightness, and more pleasant throughout.

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PC Mag Sep 3, 2013

The new Kindle Paperwhite could be enough of a reason to upgrade, especially if you're not already reading one with edge lighting, but possibly even if you are.

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Pocket-Lint Sep 4, 2013

The difference is subtle, because the old Paperwhite is very good, but the new model is brighter (if you want it to be), with improved contrast, meaning whiter whites and blacker blacks.

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Time Sep 5, 2013

The new Paperwhite, however, isn’t a similar radical improvement over its predecessor. Instead, it’s still the Paperwhite — in virtually the same case — only with lots of little improvement. It’s an ultra-refined version of what was already the most refined product in its category.

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SlashGear Sep 5, 2013

This device looks – from all outward appearances – to be the exact same model as the original. It’s once you turn it on that counts – where you’ll see quicker page turns, a slightly improved touchscreen, and contrast that’s been improved just a smidgen.

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TrustedReviews Sep 8, 2013

We hope the new Kindle lives up to the standard set by its predecessor, but with the new features, improved screen and better backlight, we have a feeling it will.

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PC Pro Sep 6, 2013

If you already own a Paperwhite, you’d have to be mad to upgrade to this latest model. Although welcome, the upgrades are minor and thin on the ground.

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cjtylr cjtylr

The 2nd-gen Paperwhite is perfect in all but two ways: I really, REALLY wish it had native support for EPUB files so I could more easily utilize my personal book library instead of having to convert first. This is certainly not a deal-breaker for the average consumer, but I'd love to see them...

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9.0
kris kris

This is the first Kindle I've had extensive time with, and only the second e-reader I've ever owned, the first being the Nook Simple Touch. As I was still in the middle of an e-book when the Kindle arrived in the mail, comparisons were inevitable. First impressions: Wow, this thing is super...

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9.0
gomer43 gomer43

I gave in to the allure of the Kindle when the second generation came out, with the improved sides and keyboard. I loved it; I read so much more than I did before, and I read in more places. It never hurt my eyes, and the device itself never got in the way of my reading. Then the iPad came out,...

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9.0
Vigants Vigants

Some minor body quality issues and sometimes touch is not as responsive as I would like to. Bring back the phisical page turning buttons - they where really convenient. This device is not comfortable to use with one hand (cant swich pages with the same hand... wich was possible with phisical...

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9.0
KenEsq KenEsq

The new Kindle Paperwhite is much like the old Kindle PW. The lighting is a bit better, and the page turning is a bit faster. There are a couple of other OS tweaks as well. It's the best e-reader on the market for those that read for pleasure. I can't speak to utilizing it for research work or...

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10
Adaminisco Adaminisco

It has a screen size of 6" or 15.24 cm, a glare free screen, a built-in light, a resolution of 220 ppi, built in Wi-Fi, can hold over 1,000 books and a has free cloud storage, the dimensions of 6.7" x 4.6" x 0.36", a weight of 7.3 oz or 207 grams, and a battery that can last for 8 weeks when...

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10
Endgame0522 Endgame0522

if you're looking at an e-reader then you know what you're looking for. Amazon Kindle does one thing but one thing really well it is the most amazing eReader I've ever come across. I haveevery Kindle since the first one and I would never change any of them

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