Kindle Paperwhite (2013) e-reader

The Good Amazon has improved on last year's excellent Paperwhite e-reader with a faster processor, more responsive touch screen, and a better integrated light that's brighter and whiter and displays more evenly across the screen. Pages also refresh less frequently (less flashing). A smattering of new features enhance Amazon's already best-in-class content ecosystem.

The Bad Device hasn't gotten smaller or significantly lighter since last year, an AC adapter isn't included (just a Micro-USB cable for charging). The ad-free version costs $20 more.

The Bottom Line While 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.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Ecosystem 10.0
  • Features 9.0
  • Performance 8.0
8.5 Overall

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Review

2013 Paperwhite is subtly better, faster

Sep 2013

Editor's note (June 27,2015): The Paperwhite reviewed here has been updated and replaced by a newer model that includes the same higher resolution screen found in Amazon's top-end e-reader, the Kindle Voyage.

I don't know if the analogy is perfect, but I think of Amazon's new Kindle Paperwhite as the iPhone 5S of e-readers -- it looks nearly identical to the original Paperwhite, but it's zippier and better.

For starters, the new Paperwhite is the first shipping product to feature E Ink's Pearl 2 display, which offers better contrast, along with 1GHz processor (25 percent faster than the 800MHz found in the original Paperwhite), a next-generation built-in light, and a more responsive touch-screen display (1,024x768-pixel resolution with 212 pixels per inch) that has a 19 percent tighter touch grid. It's also a hair lighter, weighing 7.3 ounces instead of 7.5 ounces.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $119
  • Brand Amazon
  • Diagonal Size 6 in
  • Weight 7.3 oz
  • Supported Text Formats TXT, PDF, HTML, DOC, DOCX, PRC (Mobipocket), AZW
  • Color Category black
  • Technology Paperwhite
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