Kindle Paperwhite

The Good The Kindle Paperwhite boasts the best screen we've seen to date on an e-ink e-reader. The built-in light is great for nighttime reading, and the touch screen is a notch above the competition. Amazon's e-book selection remains best in class. Battery life is excellent so long as you turn Wi-Fi off.

The Bad It could be a tad lighter, an AC adapter isn't included (just a Micro-USB cable for charging), and there's no memory expansion slot. The ad-free version costs $20 more.

The Bottom Line With an excellent built-in light and Amazon's best-in-class e-book selection, the Kindle Paperwhite rises to the top of the e-reader pack.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 9.0
  • Performance 9.0
8.9 Overall

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Review

Kindle Paperwhite shines

Sep 2012

Editors' note: On September 3, 2013, Amazon announced an upgraded version of the Paperwhite that will begin shipping by September 30. It replaces the 2012 model reviewed below.

Just in time for the 2012 holiday buying season, Amazon has unveiled a slew of new Kindle tablets and e-book readers. Among them is the Kindle Paperwhite, the company's first self-illuminated e-ink reader, and its direct competitor to Barnes & Noble's excellent Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight.

At first glance, the Paperwhite looks a lot like 2011's Kindle Touch. That's because aside from the missing physical home button, the chassis is mostly the same, and the two devices both weigh in at 7.5 ounces -- or about half an ounce more than the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Amazon
  • Wireless Connectivity IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
  • Weight 7.83 oz
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model Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 3G - eBook reader - 2 GB - 6" - 3G - AT&T

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