Reviews and Problems with Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite review: the best ereader yet
8 March 2014
Excerpt: To say that Amazon has been the single most powerful catalyst in the ebook revolution would not be an exaggeration. Before the introduction of the Kindle , many who adored the printed page universally scoffed at ebook readers, claiming that such devices would never replace the traditional reading experience.
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite review: the latest Kindle gets a new display
8 March 2014
Conclusion: The real draw of the Kindle continues to be Amazon’s gargantuan library of digital book content, including its 180,000 Kindle-exclusive titles. If the hardware is functional, then Amazon has done its job. And the Kindle Paperwhite is as functional as it gets; every element of its design, from the front-lit, highly versatile screen to a new function that tracks your reading habits to determine how much time it’ll take you to finish the current chapter or book, is designed...
Summary: Amazon won the ebook reader war. Like the iPod, the Swiffer, or Jell-O, the Kindle is just what you buy when you want what it does. Barnes & Noble and Sony went down swinging trying to compete, and Kobo and Iriver are but gnats to be swatted by the great Amazon behemoth. Last year’s $119 Kindle Paperwhite was the best ebook reader ever made, the default choice, the one I recommend to everyone without a second’s thought — and 12 months later it still is.
Pros: Improved display, faster page-turning, Amazon's bookstore is enormous, Reference materials and options are really useful
Cons: Recommendations and ads are hard to distinguish, Still no charger in the box
Conclusion: The Kindle Paperwhite isn’t a huge upgrade from the first generation, and it didn’t need to be. Amazon improved on all of the issues that critics called out last year, and added some great software features on top of that. The high-quality display, even light, comfortable design, and speedy performance make for a great e-reader and a good value at $120. This asking price is in line with the competition, though you’ll have to put up with the Special Offers, i.e.
Pros: Comfortable design, Excellent display and reading light, Great software offerings and book extras, Speedy performance
Cons: Base price includes advertising, No microSD card slot, DRM and file format restrictions lock you to Amazon
Summary: The revamped Kindle Paperwhite E Ink e-reader maintains its compact and lightweight design while adding some useful features such as parental controls and a vocabulary builder. We're also excited by the social features that will come with the Goodreads roll-out. Plus, if you're an Amazon Prime member, you'll be hard pressed to find a better deal on e-books.
Pros: Loads of inexpensive content, Long battery life, Even backlighting, Improved parental controls (coming soon)
Cons: Less memory available than competition, Wall plug not included
Excerpt: The new Paperwhite isn’t a huge leap forward compared to Amazon’s first model. But unlike the smartphone world where marginal updates are supplemented with features no one will actually use, the Paperwhite’s incremental updates are actually useful. Are they enough to spur current Paperwhite owners to upgrade? Probably not. On the other hand, if you don’t already have one, this should definitely be your next e-reader.
Pros: Amazon continues to improve its e-ink screen and lighting features, which are nearly on par with an ecosystem that can’t be beat. The Page Flip feature is a fantasy-book reader’s wish come true with quick access to maps without losing your place.
Cons: Still no ability to create multiple accounts for adults reading the same book.
Conclusion: Amazon rewrites the Kindle again, and the result is a refined ebook reader with more speed, polish, and bright, even edge lighting. The Kindle Paperwhite sets the bar high for the competition.
Pros: Faster all-around performance over last year's model. Bright, even edge lighting. Smooth interface. Cloud-based collections, Goodreads integration, and robust parental controls (with latest OS update). Still the best ebook store and overall ecosystem in the business.
Cons: No memory card slot or headphone jack. Lacks support for audiobooks and EPUB. Ads cost $20 to remove.
The final verdict on Amazon's new Kindle Paperwhite
27 September 2013
Summary: 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.
Pros: 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.
Cons: 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.
Conclusion: Overall what's not to like here? You get an improved experience across the board with a better, crisper, clearer display, the option to read in any lighting situation, and all of this for only $119. While they've dropped the original Touch down to $79, we feel the $40 premium for the Paperwhite is crucial and an excellent choice. Sadly those "special offers" or ads as we call them will be noticeable every time you open this book.
Conclusion: The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is the best black and white e-reader you can buy right now, even if it is a tad heavier than we’ve grown used to. It’s certainly a far more polished product than its rival, the Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight, with a more seamless online library to boot. Of course, it can’t compete as a multimedia device with proper tablets, but at least it batters them when it comes to battery life.
Pros: The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite’s by far the slickest looking e-reader Amazon has ever produced. It’s just 9.1mm deep, almost entirely free of buttons, and made of a deep matte black that looks far cooler than a book has any right to. It’s missing the page turn buttons of its cheaper Kindle brother, but its touchscreen controls are easy to get to grips with: just tap on the right side of the page to move forward, and the left to turn back. Of course, looks aren’t exactly...
Cons: It’s hard to muster many complaints about the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, but if we have one, it’s the weight. At around 204g, it’s noticeably heavier than the 168g entry level Kindle. Much of that is centred on the bottom of the Paperwhite, so it thankfully isn’t too top heavy in your hands, but if you’re used to a lighter e-reader it may definitely distract you. Of course, it’s still lighter than a new hardback book. There’s also the e-Ink experience in general to con...