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.
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.
Excerpt: 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.
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: 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.
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: 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,...
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