Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
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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.
- Improved front light
- Faster processor
- Goodreads integration coming soon
- Largely unchanged from last year
- Not all software available at launch
- Starting price includes ads
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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
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- 91AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE16 ReviewsEngadgetNot RatedGoodreads for Kindle Paperwhite (hands-on)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.Wired90Amazon Kindle Paperwhite The Pagemaster...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.Gizmodo90Kindle Paperwhite (2013) Review: Faster, Prettier,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.AllThingsD80New Kindle Paperwhite Is a Snappier, More CapableThe new Kindle Paperwhite is a welcome improvement in the Kindle line.Wirecutter90The new Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is our pick for bAmazon’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.Engadget90Amazon Kindle Paperwhite review (2013): is last yeThe 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.CNET80Kindle Paperwhite (2013) e-reader review: 2013 PapWhile 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.PC Mag90Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (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.GizmodoNot RatedThe New Amazon Kindle Paperwhite: Better Screen, SThe 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.EngadgetNot RatedKindle Paperwhite (mid-2013) hands-on (video)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.PC MagNot RatedHands On With the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (6th GeThe 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.CNETNot RatedNew Kindle Paperwhite hits September 30, starts atWhile 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).Pocket-Lint100Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2013) reviewIf 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.Reviewed.com Tablets90Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2013) eReader ReviewIf 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.TechHive90Kindle Paperwhite review: Ebook reader gets warmerThe second-generation Paperwhite is the best dedicated ebook reader you can buy, with a high-contrast screen that lights itself.Mashable100Amazon Paperwhite Is the Best Digital Reading ExpeAmazon'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.SlashGearNot RatedKindle Paperwhite 2013 hands-on: refining the nighThis 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.TimeNot RatedHands On: Amazonâ€™s New Kindle Paperwhite Is a ReThe 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.Pocket-LintNot RatedAmazon Kindle Paperwhite (2013) hands-on: BrighterThe 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.Digital Versus80Review: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2nd Generation),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.T3100Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2013) reviewIf 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.TechRadar90Amazon Kindle Paperwhite reviewIt'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.PC ProNot RatedAmazon Kindle Paperwhite (2013) review: first lookIf 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.Expert Reviews100Amazon Kindle Paperwhite reviewFaster, with better contrast, the Paperwhite remains the ultimate eBook reader.TrustedReviews90Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 2013 reviewThe 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.TrustedReviewsNot RatedHands-on: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 2013 PreviewWe 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.
- 95AVERAGE USER SCORE17 ReviewsRami100August 15, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90June 2, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 buttons.Engadget Reader100May 23, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader100April 12, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 themEngadget Reader90January 8, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90January 7, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100December 21, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The Paperwhite's lit screen can be adjusted very easily from an onscreen menu. The text is crisp and very easy to read. I like that you don't have to think about whether the light is on and the battery doesn't suffer.Engadget Reader100December 11, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 Wi-Fi is off. I really recommend you buy it :)Engadget Reader80November 30, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100November 27, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!This is really a great product! I came to this after I broke my Kindle Keyboard and Amazon stopped sending me replacements (3rd time's a charm!). I am so happy with the Paperwhite - it's small, backlight is great, and it just gets the job done. X-ray is a cool feature and helps with books with a ton of characters with strange names (Game of Thrones).Engadget Reader100October 30, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader80October 25, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100October 25, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90October 18, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 textbooks.I still wish they would bring back physical page-change buttons. It's just a better system than having to constantly move a finger/thumb over the screen and back. Touch is great for other things, but when it comes to changing pages it is a disadvantage.Engadget Reader100October 10, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90October 8, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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, and I gave in to the allure of that as well. I couldn't justify to myself having two reading devices like that, so I sold my Kindle and lived with the compromises in the reading experience on a glass tablet. Come several iterations of the iPad later, and a Nexus 7, and I've finally been able to admit it. Reading books on a tablet isn't enjoyable. For one thing, the glare is... glaring. It's not helpful. Second, the backlight shining in my eyes all the time makes them tired. This is less of a big deal on the Nexus 7, because the black background with white text (Nighttime) mode isn't so bad, but between books and magazines and all the reading on the web I do, it doesn't help. Also, for most people, distractions from email or the temptation of games and other things to read is undeniable.If you're unfamiliar with e-ink, you won't get a detailed description here, but the gist is that you're looking at real ink on a paper-like material. You're looking at something real, in other words. The light reflected off the surface is what brings the words to your screen, not the light from behind the "screen," so it's like reading off paper. It's easier on your eyes, it works in sunlight, and doesn't have the glare and reflectivity issues of glass tablet displays.So, as I said, I finally admitted I missed that, and right then, the Paperwhite second-gen came out. So I headed over to the store, picked it up, and went with it to Starbucks to set it up. Within minutes, it was ready to download books from my Amazon cloud account, and I even grabbed a couple from the local library. It's as easy to use as I remember, but has a nicer, cleaner presentation on the home screen. Because it uses a higher ppi e-ink display than before, book covers only make sense to display on the home page. You can get magazines and newspapers delivered to the device as well. The Paperwhite comes with a built-in light, and the way that works is by shining a light sideways into the upper level of the display. That spreads the light evenly over the surface and down on to the actual e-ink part of the screen, so there's no light blasting in your retinas. The result is a very comfortable reading experience. In bright sunlight or very bright rooms, unless there's an overhead light creating a glare spot, you don't need the light. The refresh rate is greatly improved, only fully refreshing the screen every few page turns. (There's an option to make it every page turn, but it impacts battery life.)The battery is rated for 8 weeks, but that's with reading half an hour a day, the light set to 10, and the wireless off. That's just not real-world usage, I think, for most readers. You don't get the benefits of Wikipedia and some other features if the wireless is off. And half an hour a day? I spend that much time (or more) on the New York Times alone. My usage is about a week, and yours will vary, but if you're getting this as a dedicated reading device because you love reading, it will not last two months. Not even close. Still, a week between charges is fine with me, and if I knew I was going somewhere without power for a couple of weeks, well, no power means no wifi, and then I could probably stretch it out to a few weeks. X-Ray is a new feature for the e-ink Kindle, which is helpful for just about everyone. Tap on a name or place in your book, and if it's X-Ray enabled (most books are), you'll get a synopsis of the character and places they appear in the book, or if it's a place, relevant information to the place. This is especially useful if you're making your way through Game of Thrones for the first time.If you're a heavy reader, you should have a dedicated e-book reader. It's that simple. It'll save your eyes, and you'll read more with no distractions from app alerts or even the idea of "just checking Facebook for a few minutes." The only question for you should be which e-book reader to get. I'm not going to tell you which one to buy because I've only ever had a Kindle. But considering how poorly the others are selling (and thus, inching closer to obsolescence), I would consider this one. The light is excellent, the display is easy to read, and the ecosystem is definitely there. Even with ads on the lock screen and the bottom of the home screen (which actually show me quite a few book sales I've bought stuff from), it seems to me to be the superior device. Even if - or even especially if - you're already reading on your iPad.(Edited to correct that X-Ray does work with wireless off.)Engadget Reader100October 1, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 eventually support the format.It could be lighter. It's certainly not too heavy by any means, but with a case on it gets a bit weighty. Never enough to cause strain, but I'd really love it to feel as light as it looks.This is really all that needs to be said. Could it have an ultra high-resolution display? Could it have six month battery life? Sure. There are a lot of dramatic ways you could theoretically improve upon the device. However, for what it is, it doesn't get much better than this. Crisp, contrasty display, great lighting system, a great (advertised) battery life, and access to the best e-book store.I'm sure Amazon will iterate some of these other features (resolution, etc.) as technology improves, but for now, this is the best, and that's all I need.
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