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93
Engadget
Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
93

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

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Engadget Review

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.

Pros
  • Improved front light
  • Faster processor
  • Goodreads integration coming soon
Cons
  • Largely unchanged from last year
  • Not all software available at launch
  • Starting price includes ads
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Scores

Engadget

93
 

User Reviews

100
cjtylr
The 2nd-gen Paperwhite is perfect in all but two ways:I really, REALLY wish...read more
90
gomer43
I gave in to the allure of the Kindle when the second generation came out, with...read more
100
marcham93
A gadget unicorn - Engadget
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Key Specs

Screen type
E Ink
Screen size
622
Touchscreen
Yes
Internal storage
21
Battery life
Up to 233
Model
WiFi

General

Screen type
E Ink
Color
Monochrome (16 grayscale levels)
Screen size
6 inches
Touchscreen
Yes (Capacitive [finger])
Screen PPI
212 ppi
Illumination
Built-in front light

Alternate display

Secondary display
No

Reading / content

Reading features
Bookmark, Notes, Highlight
Downloadable media
Yes (Books, Magazines, News) (Yes)
Text format support (native)
Pdf, Txt, Html, Doc, Mobi, Other
Integrated dictionary
Yes

Media

Photo viewer
Yes

Input

Keyboard
No

Software / platform

Upgradeable firmware
Yes

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)

Storage

Internal storage
2 GB

Power

Battery life
Up to 2 months
Model
3G

General

Screen type
E Ink
Color
Monochrome (16 grayscale levels)
Screen size
6 inches
Touchscreen
Yes (Capacitive [finger])
Screen PPI
212 ppi
Illumination
Built-in front light

Alternate display

Secondary display
No

Reading / content

Reading features
Bookmark, Notes, Highlight
Downloadable media
Yes (Books, Magazines, News) (Yes)
Text format support (native)
Pdf, Txt, Html, Doc, Mobi, Other
Integrated dictionary
Yes

Media

Photo viewer
Yes

Input

Keyboard
No

Software / platform

Upgradeable firmware
Yes

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)

Storage

Internal storage
2 GB

Power

Battery life
Up to 2 months
Model
4GB Without Special Offers
Model
4GB With Special Offers

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes
Mobile broadband (3G)
No
Model
4GB 3G Without Special Offers
Model
4GB With Special Offers 3G

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes
Mobile broadband (3G)
Yes (GSM-based)