Reviews and Problems with Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
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Amazon Kindle PaperWhite 2013 Review
4 February 2014
Summary: The best e-book reader is now even better. While not much has changed on the outside, lot of improvements have happened under the hood. There is a faster processor, the display is brighter, white looks purer and pages refresh quicker. Since there are no changes to the design, most people will call the upgrade as incremental. But, for the real bookworm, all the under-the-hood tweaks make this infinitely better.
Pros: Pages turn and refresh faster, Much improved display, Battery life remains amazing
Cons: Design hasn't been freshened up, No wall-charger in the box, still
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
Excerpt: The Kindle Paperwhite eReader from Amazon tops today's eBook readers with the best features with the best pricing. For all those positives, it may not take top spot by as wide a margin as some reviewers opine. We compared today's top gray-screened tablets that use metallic "ink" ( E Ink ) under their 6-inch screens to form letters and images.
Summary: The Paperwhite improves on the basic Kindle with a better screen and a built-in light. Battery life is also better, although the device is heavier and thicker as a result of the improvements. There are other improvements, like the faster processor, and features that link to Wikipedia and the Vocabulary Builder for new words. For the average reader, the original Kindle remains an excellent e-reader.
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.
The best ebook reader becomes both bookstore and library
7 October 2013
Summary: If you’re buying an ebook reader, buy a Kindle Paperwhite. I’d recommend spending the extra $20 to get the $139 version without Special Offers, but even those aren’t really so bad — just static E Ink ads on the home and lock screen. (Spending another $50 for the always-connected 3G model is a little harder to justify, I think.
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: 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.
Conclusion: During the last five years we have seen the e-Reader industry mature in a very short period of time. Since we started to review Readers back when the Kindle 2 first came out, we have seen the rise of Barnes and Noble, Kobo and many indie companies. The technology is constantly being refined and price lowered to make it more accessible to the public. The Kindle Paperwhite is currently the apex of what all e-Readers aspire to be.
Pros: High Resolution, Expansive Ecosystem, Good Parental Controls, Handles PDF’s Well, Home Screen is Upgraded from Prior Models, Best Demonstration of Glow Technology Found in e-Readers, Lots of International Support
Cons: Locks you Into the Amazon ecosystem, Does not read EPUB, Special Offers Costs $20.00 to Remove
Conclusion: The Wi-Fi-only Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is our favorite ebook reader, thanks to its bright, even edge-lighting and a number of other refinements, and it's a much better buy than the 3G version.
Pros: Crisp edge-lighting. Sharp new fonts. Fast, smooth, touch-based UI. Improved home screen. Robust content ecosystem.
Cons: Ads cost $20 to remove. No more headphone jack.
Conclusion: For $120 — or $140 if you don’t want the ads, which are mostly non-intrusive – the Kindle Paperwhite is a worthwhile investment for a book reader. If you’re already into the Nook ecosystem, this probably isn’t a reason to switch since the Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight is also a great e-reader, but that said, Amazon has taken the e-reader crown from Barnes & Noble.
Pros: Bright, high contrast screen, Front light, Battery life (2-8 weeks), Improved touch interface, USB charging
Cons: DRM book selection, Non-compatible with other e-book stores, No expanded storage or microSD