- Ilyse Liffreing , Tom's Guide
The all-new Kindle Paperwhite retains the great features of its predecessor, but sports a sharper screen and advanced typesetting that makes reading easier than it ever has been.
- 300 DPI screen
- New About This Book feature gives more detail on titles
- Faster performance
- No auto brightness
- No page navigation button
The Paperwhite was considered by consumers and experts alike as one of the best e-readers on the market when it hit. In the third iteration of the popular e-reader, Amazon is able to keep the costs the same as previous models while improving some of the hardware and features.
Design-wise, Amazon has made some minor changes switching over the glossy textured body to matte and the logo o from Kindle to Amazon. The only physical button is the power key so all navigation is done via the 6" touchscreen panel. The screen itself is the biggest upgrade as it offers a pixel density of 300-ppi instead of the 212-ppi of its predecessor. On paper, this might sound like a huge improvement, but many reviewers didn't notice a significant difference. They add, however, images and text did look slightly crisper than older version. CNET notes, "The extra screen sharpness is a subtle but important upgrade in a product category that's reach a maturation point…" Still, many experts consider the Paperwhite as having the best ebook reader screen as it was glare-free in bright light with sharp and dark text. In fact, the Wall Street Journal states, "It looks closer to real paper book than anything else out there."
Unlike the higher end Kindle Voyager, the Paperwhite does not come with an adaptive backlight or page turn buttons. Still, critics found it easy enough to adjust screen brightness and navigate the menu via the touchscreen.
Besides the screen, Amazon also upgraded the internal memory from 256MB to 512MB though they kept the same 1GHz processor and 4GB of internal storage. Overall, reviewers noticed all-round faster performance and very little ghosting when turning the pages. New additions to the software include:
· Bookerly font - an exclusive Kindle font specifically to improve readability on digital screens.
· About This Book – gives more information about the book, its author and place in series.
Of course all of the features users enjoyed like connection with Goodreads and Family Library are still intact on the 2015 Paperwhite. It also comes at multiple tiers with the cheapest version showing full page “special offers” when the Kindle is in sleep mode. The more expensive versions come loaded with 3G and no ads.
Overall, experts were very happy with the 2015 Paperwhite. PG Mag states, "…the Kindle Paperwhite is the right ebook reader for most people." The Verge adds, "…this particular Kindle is the nicest one yet for the price."
Reviews (8.6/10 Avg. rating)
Arguably the best value ereader on the market
While the new typesetting engine and Bookerly font are great additions to the Kindle Paperwhite, they've now been added to the Kindle Voyage, basic Kindle and previous generation Kindle Paperwhite too, so they're not really reasons to choose this over any other Kindle or to upgrade to this.
That leaves the improved 300ppi screen as the main upgrade and it really is a big one, making text and images sharper than ever. If you read a lot then there's every chance you'll spend more time looking at this screen than even your phone, so it's important that it's sharp and clear.
Performance is snappy, good battery life
Sharp display, improved parental controls
Improve your reading experience
Will win the heart of any voracious reader
You really can’t go wrong with a Kindle. The 2015 Paperwhite is second only to the Kindle Voyage, which has a slightly better screen and physical buttons, for those of you who don’t want to touch the screen to turn the page. The Paperwhite is less expensive at just $120 with ads, $140 without ads, $190 with 3G and ads, $210 with 3G and no ads. The Voyage costs $200 with ads and Wi-Fi, but the price goes up to $290 with 3G and no ads. If you don’t want to pay a tablet price for an ebook reader, but still want a quality ebook reader, the Paperwhite is a good option for you.<... Full review
The best value e-reader
Unrivalled reading experience, but mediocre battery life
Works well, looks great and will make for a lovely summer reading buddy
Good upgrade, but for new buyers
High-resolution screen, huge book selection
They're good for reading books as long as you understand that you're accepting Amazon's rules for doing that. Once you get that, the Kindle is limited, you can accept or reject those limitations as you will. My proclivities and preferences tell me to reject them, but I don’t: I’m a heavy Kindle user, and I’m happy to have a device that makes reading easier for me. I have 244 books in my library now, and I’ve read nearly all of them.
So yes, this is a short review. It's a Kindle. It does Kindle things. The Kindle Paperwhite is the best e-reader for most peo... Full review
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