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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

92
Engadget
Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
92

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

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Engadget Review

Amazon's added some great new features to its popular Kindle line by focusing on what it does best: providing a great reading experience.

Pros
  • Great front-lit displayExcellent contrastUseful new software
Cons
  • Less comfortable to hold than the NookStarting price includes adsNo expandable storage
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Scores

Engadget

92
 

User Reviews

90
Christopher Taylor
From the onset, the increased resolution and front light are enough to make...read more
90
Kanji Sasahara
This is my first e-reader, but I've played with older KIndles and Nooks and...read more
90
Ken Schoenberg
It's the best e-reader I've used to date. Amazon fixed a lot of the UI mess...read more
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Model
WiFi

Key Specs

Screen type
E Ink
Screen size
622
Touchscreen
Yes
Mobile broadband (3G)
No
Internal storage
21
Battery life
Up to 5614

General

Screen type
E Ink
Color
Monochrome (16 grayscale levels)
Screen size
6 inches
Resolution
Other (1024x768)
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

Audio playback
No
Photo viewer
Yes (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Input

Keyboard
No

Software / platform

Browser
Yes
Upgradeable firmware
Yes

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Mobile broadband (3G)
No
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)

Storage

Internal storage
2 GB
Memory card support
No

Power

Battery life
Up to 56 days

Compatibility

Requires desktop software
No
Model
3G

Key Specs

Screen type
E Ink
Screen size
622
Touchscreen
Yes
Mobile broadband (3G)
No
Internal storage
21
Battery life
Up to 5614

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

Audio playback
No
Photo viewer
Yes (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Input

Keyboard
No

Software / platform

Browser
Yes
Upgradeable firmware
Yes

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n)
Mobile broadband (3G)
Yes
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)

Storage

Internal storage
2 GB
Memory card support
No