Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
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Amazon's added some great new features to its popular Kindle line by focusing on what it does best: providing a great reading experience.
- Great front-lit displayExcellent contrastUseful new software
- Less comfortable to hold than the NookStarting price includes adsNo expandable storage
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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
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- 87AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE25 ReviewsPC Mag90Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (Wi-Fi)The Wi-Fi-only Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is our favorite ebook reader, thanks to its bright, even edge-lighting and a number of other refinements, and it's a much better buy than the 3G version.Popular Science90Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Review: Read Books, At NiLove Kindle. Love Amazon's Kindle store, love the reading experience, love the Paperlight front-lit display. Love the hardware. Don't love being forced to use a touchscreen. If you don't have a Kindle, buy this one.AllThingsD80A Little Night Reading with Light-Up DevicesI still think reading with a lamp is easiest on my eyes, but these are the next best thing.PC Mag80Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 3GThe Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 3G offers always-on connectivity, bright, even edge-lighting, and numerous other improvements, but it's simply too expensive. The Wi-Fi-only version is a better buy.Wired90A Clean, Well-Lighted FaceBarnes & Noble just dropped the light-up Nook’s price to $120 — and that’s without ads. But I’d still recommend the Kindle Paperwhite. It has the better software features, the stellar screen, and the unstoppable ecosystem. It keeps its crown as king of the e-readers.Laptop Magazine80Amazon Kindle Paperwhite ReviewLooks better in daylight and has a more paper-like look when the backlight is on. And if you're an Amazon Prime member, you get access to the free lending library... we give a slight edge to Barnes & Noble's device for its lighter weight, dedicated home button and more even backlighting.GigaOM80Kindle Paperwhite is a big step forward for e-inkThe front-lit screen improves the reading experience all day long, not just at night, making this a big step up from the Touch.Gizmodo90Kindle Paperwhite Review: Forget Everything Else,Should You Buy This? Absolutely. The Paperwhite is a great ereader, and the superb screen quality, easy-to-use frontlight, and improved capacitive controls make it an easy choice.Engadget90Amazon Kindle Paperwhite reviewSo, do all of these features add up to the best e-reader out there? In a syllable: yep. Amazon was clearly focused on creating the best possible reading experience with the Paperwhite, and it's delivered.TechCrunch80The Kindle Paperweight is a Readers DreamShould you buy this e-reader? If you’re in the market for an Amazon-branded e-ink reader, this is definitely the one to get.CNET90Kindle Paperwhite shinesWith an excellent built-in light and Amazon's best-in-class ebook selection, the Kindle Paperwhite rises to the top of the e-reader pack.CNET UK80Amazon Kindle Paperwhite reviewThe Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is a great ebook reader, with a built-in light that makes for clear, comfortable reading, even in the dark. Buying books direct from Amazon is a breeze, though there's still no support for the popular .epub file format.Pocket-Lint90Amazon Kindle Paperwhite reviewIf you're worried that will do your eyes in, don't, it is a very pleasant experience, and one no matter what pulp fiction you are reading, you will no doubt enjoy it a great deal.Chicago Sun-Times90REVIEW: Kindle Paperwhite makes industry best e-reIf you’re just interested in reading, the advantages of the Kindle Paperwhite are too great to ignore.Mashable90Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is the Best E-Ink ScreenIf you own a second- or third-generation Kindle, this is a valuable upgrade ... if you’re a first time e-reader, the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is — with a small edge on performance and features, as well as a better established ecosystem of products and services — tough to beat.SlashGear90Amazon Kindle Paperwhite ReviewThere’s no doubt that the Paperwhite feature works, and works great. For those that want the best possible reading experience across the board the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is certainly worth your dollar.TechHive90Review: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite really shinesWith the Kindle Paperwhite’s integrated illumination and dramatic software redesign, Amazon has improved the everyday usage experience of its top-tier Kindle in a meaningful way.Time100Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Review: The Screen MakesIt’s the best product that Amazon has sold under the Kindle moniker — a refreshing reminder that there’s always room for a device that does one thing really, really well.Digital Versus80Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 3G ReviewThe Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is a great e-reader, with good touch functionality, a responsive illuminated display and a great ecosystem. But it does have its drawbacks: it's a closed system...it doesn't play audio books and the display isn't always evenly lit.TechRadar90Amazon Kindle Paperwhite reviewMinor issues aside, Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite is more aces than not. It has the same primary advantage of every Kindle and Amazon device: the largest selection of digital reading material anywhere. That alone puts the Paperwhite among the best devices of its kind.T380Amazon Kindle Paperwhite reviewTurn on the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite and you’ll wonder how you ever coped with yesterday’s ereaders.Expert Reviews100Amazon Kindle Paperwhite reviewA high-resolution backlit screen, a low price and a brilliant store – it's the ultimate eReader.TrustedReviews90Amazon Kindle Paperwhite reviewThere's room for improvement in future models, but the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is the best, most complete version-feeling of the Kindle to date.IT Pro Portal80Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 3G reviewThe Paperwhite is thinner, feels nicer, has a sharper screen with better contrast, and has better lighting – in other words, it's a better eBook reader. If that's your priority, it's tough to go wrong with the Kindle Paperwhite.USA Today90Review: Kindle Paperwhite leaves a glowing impressAmazon has brightened the picture for readers with Kindle Paperwhite--quite literally and in more ways than one.
- 89AVERAGE USER SCORE54 ReviewsEngadget Reader90December 24, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The screen is awfully fragile even when it is covered with the official caseEngadget Reader90September 18, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader70September 12, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!First, Amazon has improved the lighting technology on the new Kindle Paperwhite. The new device is said to offer a brighter display for reading, even in sunlight, without being hard on the eyes.Second, the new Kindle Paperwhite offers 25 percent faster processing speed than its predecessor translating into more rapid page turning more closely simulating the experience of paging through a book or magazine.Other features include a Smart Lookup function which Amazon says allows you to look up a word, character, setting or other detail in the text via Wikipedia without ever losing your page. Amazon also touts features like Page Flip, intended to let you, as the name implies, flip through an ebook page by page, chapter by chapter or skip to the end without loosing your spot. But most important of all may be the deviceâ€™s ability to retain a charge, translating into the amount of time you can go on reading remotely without needing to plug in.Engadget Reader80September 1, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100September 1, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90August 28, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The Kindle Paperwhite continues to simplify the e-ink Kindle and make it better than ever. It is small, has a long lasting battery, and now has a lit display. It does not do much else except read books, but it does that very well. The screen is pretty clear, with only a little discoloration on the edges. For 119 or 139 you can't get a better e-ink ereader.Engadget Reader70July 24, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - EngadgetEngadget Reader80July 22, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetBlackSmokeDMax90July 9, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100July 1, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Best E-reader out there. I got this one to replace my old Kindle 3G.Engadget Reader100July 1, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best gadget I bought since the first iphone.Engadget Reader90July 1, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader80June 22, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90June 17, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90June 6, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90May 17, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90May 13, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader60April 25, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I wanted to like this reader. It is the perfect size for reading and is easy on the eyes; except at night. I found it way too bright for nighttime reading at it's lowest setting, It doesn't hurt your eyes, but it lit up the whole room. I replaced it with an Ipad Mini with the Kindle app. Although the Kindle was superior as far as ease of use and holding onto in bed at night. the Ipad Mini doesn't light up the room which kept my wife awake at night.That being said, I REALLY like this reader, it was the perfect size, the ease of use was amazing and I hated to return it. It is vastly superior to the Ipad Mini as far as a reader goes...except at night.Engadget Reader90April 25, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader80April 22, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I always wanted a kindle, but because the ipad fills many of the use cases I bought an iPad instead. Now I decided to buy a kindle for the its companionship on plane flights and long battery life. I also had to wait until they got the light on the kindle, because the lamp at the bedroom is very annoying for me.In time I know there will be better resolution, smaller size and maybe even a bigger screen (and still getting a smaller product). Better fonts. Faster interface, more interface options. But until we get there, this is the best product.I had one weird issue but very documented on the web. I bought the "with special ads" with the leather cover. When I opened the cover, it should unlock the kindle. It asks for me to unlock the screen via gesture. Okay, I get it. You have to see the ad.Then I tried to remove the ads, by paying the 15 dollars. Wait, there is no option for that on my kindle page. Searching the web... it's a sort of error for non US customers that bought the "with ads" version. Opening a support case solved the issue easily. But hey Amazon, why didn't you fix it already?Engadget Reader100April 14, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader80April 6, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!My second Kindle after using the 4th gen model before this. Overall a great product and the lighted display is great for reading in dark places. The resolution is also improved though I thought the previous model's resolution was also just find for displaying text. On the other hand I think this device takes a step back in two areas. First, it weighs slightly more than the 4th gen. Not a lot more but still noticable on such a small device that I use on the move a lot. Second is only having a touch screen. The 4th gen had buttons on the sides that could be used to switch pages. Now I have to tough the screen each time. This makes a difference to me as I use the device standing up on the train/subway in Tokyo a lot. Before I could hold and operate the Kindle comfortably with one hand. Now I have to use what was my free hand to tap the screen each time to change pages. I wish a non-touch version was also offered for users like me who really don't care about having everything be touch capable.Engadget Reader80April 3, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader80April 2, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90March 24, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Well worth the $119 price tag. As a pure ebook reader, it is the best availible right now due to the backlight display, Amazon's ebook selection, and wide support for document formats.Engadget Reader100March 14, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90March 10, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Although there's always room for improvement, there's really very little to complain about with the Kindle Paperwhite. Sure, it could be thinner, lighter, and more responsive, but if what you care most about is the actual reading experience, the Paperwhite is amazing. Every time I sit down to read for any length of time with this device, I'm once again delighted.Engadget Reader90March 6, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90February 13, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader80January 20, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100January 13, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader100January 12, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90January 8, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetRyan90January 3, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadgetbaileylo90January 2, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Probably one of my favorite gadget purchases of 2012.Engadget Reader100December 24, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I have owned a Kindle 2, 3, and now this Paperwhite, and it is by far the best eReader I have had. I have read more books in the 2 months I have owned the device than I had the previous 12!Engadget Reader90December 21, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90December 19, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90December 14, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A kindle is a kindle. It's the closest to a replacement for a book for me. A tablet or a phone would never cut it (for me at least). In fact, I find it better than a book. Lighter than a paperback and with the addition of the backlight (oh, finally!) I can read it in the dark too. The ecosystem is already good and with the added ability to send any article or pdf straight to the kindle I don't have to stare at bright screen at all.Amazon has perfected the device with the Paperwhite and Kindle has changed my reading habits for ever! The best part is I was really excited when they launched it, exactly 5 years back, and I continue to be excited. Way to go Amazon!Engadget Reader90December 12, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Solid upgrade from the Gen 3 Kindle. I have no regrets about the purchaseEngadget Reader90December 5, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90November 29, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Best gadget for pure reading (text mainly, not magazines or complex lay out docs)Engadget Reader90November 18, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90November 2, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I had a Kindle Keyboard previously, and I was hesitant to upgrade at first. I thought about how I had a light on my Kindle case, and why would I need one built in. It might be more convenient, but is it worth spending the extra money when I already have a Kindle that works perfectly fine? I finally decided to upgrade, and I'm so glad I did. I absolutely love the built in light, it makes it so easy to read. Even if I'm in sunlight, I'll turn the light on because it makes the text look so beautiful.The battery life has been just as good as my previous Kindle, even with the light on all the time. It seems like the touchscreen has improved over the last model, and it's very responsive.I love the size and feel of the new design, and even though I miss the physical page-turning buttons, I've grown accustomed to touching the screen to turn the page. It easily fits in one hand while reading and it's nice to hold while reading in bed.I purchased the Amazon leather case for it, and I am glad that they were able to reduce the bulk from the last one, by eliminating the light. It's very slim and a nice quality. A lot of the time I take it out of the case to actually read, and use the case for transporting the Kindle so it doesn't get damaged in my purse. But having the Kindle turn on when you open the case is a nice feature.I decided on the WiFi only version with no ads. I never find myself downloading books on the go, and I'm almost always reading where I have WiFi for Whispersync to update my progress on my iOS devices. (Occasionally I read on my phone at work, so having Whispersync available to sync my progress is nice). Overall, I love this new Kindle iteration, and I'm so happy I decided to upgrade.Engadget Reader100October 20, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Upgraded from the Kindle Touch. Why I upgraded:FrontlightCapacitive Touchscreen (IR was wonky)higher resolutionWhile that may not be enough for most folks, I'm quite happy with that decision. The Paperwhite should have been Amazon's first touch Kindle. Other improvements that surprised me:The screen isn't as deep inset from the bezel, therefore less shadow. Sure it was a slight shadow on the Touch, but it did bother me from time-to-time. Its one of those things you can't "un-see".I enjoy the lack of the home button. I found myself "playing" with it on my Touch.The power button is a "tougher" click. Also a welcome addition. I'd accidentally touch the power button on my Touch.The only thing that bothered me right away was the "slide to unlock". I'm sure I'll get used to it, but it was nice having to only click the power button to resume reading. For my own use, I'd power off the device when transferring trains, then simply clicking the power button to resume while I waited or got situated. Obviously a extremely small issue and may be limited to my own personal "workflow".Overall, I love my new Kindle and look forward to each use. A worthy upgrade from any e-reader. If you've been waiting for a fantastic e-reader to buy, this one is definitely it.Engadget Reader80October 17, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Definitely a huge step up from the previous Kindle. Makes a huge improvement to reading in bed. Much more lightweight and easy to use. The touchscreen is a huge improvement over the physical keyboard, just in terms of size and usability. The top menu is a little wonky in usability. I worry that some non-technical people may just get annoyed by this (possible barrier to use). One can definitely see what will be in the next version (better evenness and tone of lighting). Overall though, a HUGE step up from the previous Kindle. And of course, Amazon's book selection is unparalleled.Engadget Reader100October 16, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!What can I say - ever since the Nook Glowlight came out, I've been yearning for Amazon to put out a front-lit screen on their Kindle so I could replace my Kindle Keyboard (that I have loved and still love) with something I can read in bed with without clunky clip-on lights etc that are always too bright for the room anyway. Well, they knocked it out of the park. The new display is great, whole device feels great in hand, and their ecosystem for books is incredible. With Kindle lending, library book lending, and Prime books, there are tons of free books to be had. The new case is a great design upgrade too.Engadget Reader70October 10, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - EngadgetEngadget Reader80October 8, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Briefly, this is a better product than the Nook competition available today.. It's not, however, the user experienced promised all over Amazon's product description page.For starters the screen has a distractingly-noticeable blue tint unless you're reading in sunlight or under tungsten bulbs. It should be PAPER white in a dark room, just like Amazon advertises.Secondly, there are SEVERE dark splotches at the bottom of the screen (http://goo.gl/2CB7O). The combination of blue tint and these splotches (for me) severely distract from reading. So much so, that I'll be returning a product I otherwise like very much.I don't know if it's a design flaw or a lack of manufacturing quality consistency, but either way the big feature was "paper-white lighting that's evenly distributed over the entire surface" and that is NOT what you get with this device.If you can overlook these flaws, you'll be happy with this new Kindle. But if, like me, you cannot then consider keeping your existing Kindle until the 2.0 version of Amazon's new back-lighting technology is released.Engadget Reader100October 7, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!It is my first E-reader I've used to date. it very different from any tablet, it is amazing and breathtaking. Yes, I love it so much! It almost have not any blemish in my eyes!Engadget Reader90October 6, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90October 5, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!It's the best e-reader I've used to date. Amazon fixed a lot of the UI mess from the original Kindle Touch and the lighting and resolution are very good. It'd be nice if they could clean up the lighting issues at the bottom of the screen, but the advantages of this new system so far outweigh having to use a book light it really matter.My other wish is that they do a model with page turning buttons on the edges. Touch is great for many things, but buttons are the best for turning pages.Engadget Reader90October 4, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!This is my first e-reader, but I've played with older KIndles and Nooks and was waiting for a product like the Paperwhite. The built in lighting and crisp display make reading a breeze and the portability means I am free to bring it anywhere. So glad I bought this and well worth the $119.Engadget Reader90October 2, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!From the onset, the increased resolution and front light are enough to make this edition of Amazon's Kindle a winner in my book. A couple of months ago, when I was speculating about the features that would hallmark Amazon's top-of-the-line e-reader, I specifically hoped for more contrast, increased resolution, and some sort of built-in lighting system. Amazon checked all three of those boxes with the Paperwhite, making it the best e-reader I've owned.The display is fantastic, and the feature that really sets this generation of Kindle apart from the rest. Text is ultra-crisp, and the contrast is notably improved. And, after reading with the front light for ten minutes, trying to go back to my old Kindle makes me wonder how I could have possibly been reading before. It's that noticeable and that nice.I haven't had the Paperwhite long enough to test its battery life, but Amazon's estimates have always been true for me with previous Kindles. In this case, Amazon says "8-week battery life, even with the light on." I'm inclined to trust that.As a Prime member, and someone who's bought into Amazon's content ecosystem (for the most part), its store offers far more books than I could ever read. It's easy to navigate, the suggestions for books I should read seem surprisingly accurate, and it's been quite a while since I've not been able to find a book I need/want on the store.Because of the way e-ink works, the Kindle still has its traditionally laggy interface, but the capacitive touch screen is a huge step up from the infrared used with last year's Kindle Touch. Unfortunately, despite the updated interface and new screen technology, several processes are still unnecessarily difficult to complete. Adding books to a collection, for instance, requires you to add each book one at a time. The interface is good, but some of the sequences could use logical shortening.Amazon still uses their proprietary format (AZW) for books, which is a downer for those of us who prefer a bit more openness. It also doesn't support EPUB, which is equally as rough. It does allow Word documents and PDFs which is okay, but having more format choices would be appreciated. It also doesn't support audio books, text to speech, or MP3s anymore. While that doesn't personally affect me, it's still a bit contractionary.I'm not sure why Amazon decided to cut the storage in half for this model, and while I don't think it will impact 99% of readers, it's still not comforting knowing I only have 1GB of usable space (the other GB is reserved for the OS) for my books. Amazon solves this partially with their pretty fantastic cloud integration, but I don't want to worry about reaching a point where I have to decide which books to keep on my device.The Paperwhite is definitely solidly made. There are no creaks, and it seems built well enough to withstand some drops. The screen has a matte coating which makes fingerprints less visible and assuages some of my fears about its delicacy.The design is definitely nice. It feels understated and has an air of quality surrounding it. It doesn't feel cheap or plasticky, and the dark coloring aids in its elegance.As I said in my criteria comment, it's heavier than it looks. Quite the opposite of the iPhone 5. This definitely lends it a feeling of solidity, but it also makes it feel slightly thick. It's far lighter than a standard tablet, but simply feels heavier than its dimensions imply.All in all, definitely a worthy upgrade for any Kindle user. Even if you have the Touch from last year, the increased resolution, contrast, and the added built-in light make the Paperwhite worth it.P.S. - A quick note about Amazon's case for the Paperwhite: it's the most functional case Amazon has produced. It removes the extra bulk that was required by the light in previous generations, and adds functionality similar to Apple's smart covers - opening and closing it will turn the Kindle on and off (which is surprisingly handy).
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