Kindle Paperwhite (2015)by Amazon

  • Kindle Paperwhite (2015)
  • Kindle Paperwhite (2015)
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
87%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The Paperwhite's glare-free screen looks great even under direct sunlight, and the night light makes it welcome at your bedside.
  • The battery lasts for weeks. You don't have to pack yet another charger when you travel.
  • The optional 3G version is offered without contracts or monthly fees. You can download new books just about anywhere--no Wi-Fi required.

CONS

  • The $119 price tag buys you the "With Special Offers" version, which displays ads when you're not actively reading. An ad-free Paperwhite costs you $20 extra.
  • Menus and page-flipping feel sluggish compared with a tablet.
  • Screen lighting must be adjusted manually, and doing so requires a couple of taps in the Paperwhite's somewhat awkward menu system.
Amazon's mid level e-reader already catered to book lovers who like to read at night, but this version ups the ante with a higher-resolution screen, more RAM and a faster processor. The new Paperwhite hasn't increased in size, weight, or price, though; you can still buy the ad-supported Wi-Fi only model for $119.
NameKindle Paperwhite (2015)Kindle VoyageMeMO Pad 7Kindle Fire HD 7Galaxy Tab 4 Nook 7.0
ManufacturerAmazonAmazonAsusAmazonSamsung
Techwalla Score
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94%

This is the third Kindle Paperwhite in as many years, and it's the first to bring a dramatic upgrade -- that mostly lovely screen -- into th…

This is the third Kindle Paperwhite in as many years, and it's the first to bring a dramatic upgrade -- that mostly lovely screen -- into the fold. While the total package isn't as whiz-bang impressive as its cousin the Voyage, it's still easily the best bang for your Kindle-buying buck.

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90%

This year's Paperwhite also has increased RAM for faster performance, along with access to Amazon's superlative ebook store. The Paperwhite …

This year's Paperwhite also has increased RAM for faster performance, along with access to Amazon's superlative ebook store. The Paperwhite is the best ebook reader you can get for the price, and an easy pick for our Editors' Choice.

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90%

The screen on the new Paperwhite is simply lovely. It's still a plastic, capacitive touch screen, but the sharper text is much easier on the…

The screen on the new Paperwhite is simply lovely. It's still a plastic, capacitive touch screen, but the sharper text is much easier on the eyes. If I'm being finicky I could point out that it has slightly less contrast than the Voyage and the backlight seems to have just a slightly bluer tint than the last Paperwhite. If you already have a Kindle, you really don't need to upgrade to the Paperwhite.

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90%

At 300ppi it’s up there with most mid-range smartphones and tablets on the market and it’s a massive jump from the previous Paperwhite. The …

At 300ppi it’s up there with most mid-range smartphones and tablets on the market and it’s a massive jump from the previous Paperwhite. The difference is akin to moving from SD to HD. Text looks crisper and more like you’re reading words printed on paper.

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80%

The added resolution doesn't make as big a difference as you might think. In other words, if you have that earlier Paperwhite, you needn't r…

The added resolution doesn't make as big a difference as you might think. In other words, if you have that earlier Paperwhite, you needn't rush out and upgrade it. But images and text appear a bit crisper, particularly with smaller font sizes. The extra screen sharpness is a subtle but important upgrade in a product category that's reached a maturation point and isn't seeing much in the way of major advancements as more people do their reading on their phones and tablets.

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80%

Since it’s so lightweight and slim, the new Paperwhite is super comfortable to hold – it sure weighs less than some of the books I’ve read (…

Since it’s so lightweight and slim, the new Paperwhite is super comfortable to hold – it sure weighs less than some of the books I’ve read (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, I’m looking at you). The rubbery texture offers nice grip and the bezels are wide enough for your finger to rest comfortably while reading.

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Probably the biggest improvement in the new Kindle Paperwhite, and the biggest reason to consider upgrading to it if you already have an ear…

Probably the biggest improvement in the new Kindle Paperwhite, and the biggest reason to consider upgrading to it if you already have an earlier model, is its 300ppi screen.

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We need a device that puts millions of books in our hands and allows us to dive into a sea of literature without being constantly pulled out…

We need a device that puts millions of books in our hands and allows us to dive into a sea of literature without being constantly pulled out by notifications. Now with twice the pixels, the same 8-week battery life and price, the new Paperwhite does that better than the rest.

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Besides the new, more beautiful screen, Amazon also updated the typography on all the new Kindles. There’s a new font called Bookerly that’s…

Besides the new, more beautiful screen, Amazon also updated the typography on all the new Kindles. There’s a new font called Bookerly that’s easier to read, plus a new layout engine that introduces hyphenation for more logical spacing.

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The Paperwhite’s touchscreen only requires a light swipe to flip between pages, but trying to hold the reader one-handed demands a little th…

The Paperwhite’s touchscreen only requires a light swipe to flip between pages, but trying to hold the reader one-handed demands a little thumb contortion to flick between the virtual leaves. The fact that the screen isn't flush with the bezels doesn't help, either.

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Positive Reviews
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Highly Recommend the Kindle Paperwhite
I love that there isn't a glare on the screen when I read outside and that it stays alive for 8 weeks and that I can add books pretty much from anywhere. I also love that it has a light, so I can read at night without having to turn the lights on. It's also amazing for travel, it's so small it fits in the pocket of my purse and it's lightweight.
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I'm a convert!
I resisted the e-books movement for a long time, but now that I've converted, I am not able to be un-converted. I like that the Paperwhite doesn't look or feel as glossy as a tablet - it gives it a somewhat less "techie" feel, and it's easy on the eyes. With my Amazon (and Prime account) it's also super easy to get books (including lots of free ones).
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It keeps my book titles a secret from inquiring eyes around me. Thanks Kindle!
I used to read books on my iPad, which was cumbersome. (I also used to read the old fashioned way with actual books. Remember those?) So I appreciate the portability and compactness of this Kindle, as well as the fact that I have tons of books at the ready. I don't love the bookmarking or page/chapter searching system, but that's minor. I do like how I can adjust the brightness depending on where, when and what (ahem) I'm reading.

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