Kindle Paperwhite Review

The Kindle Paperwhite is one of Amazon’s most known Ereaders right now. It’s currently in its third generation, which was released on June 30, 2015, and if it was great before, it’s greater now. They have upgraded the screen resolution of this model to 300 ppi, which is the highest resolution right now for Ereaders and gives you a crisp and laser quality text. Right now the Kindle Paperwhite series still hold the title for Amazon’s best-selling Ereader, and we’ll be doing our best to share with you the reasons why.

Our Kindle Paperwhite Review will be divided into categories and sub-categories, each explaining in detail the performance the Kindle Paperwhite offers for that particular area. The main categories discussed here are the Kindle Paperwhite’s Design, Display, Battery Life, and Storage. After that, we’ll go over the Kindle Paperwhite’s  Pros and Cons. And then, we’ll state our verdict on the Kindle Paperwhite based on all we mentioned. Without further delay, here’s our Kindle Paperwhite Review.


Kindle Paperwhite Review

Kindle Paperwhite Design

The Kindle Paperwhite has basically the same physical appearance as the All New Kindle 8 with just a barely noticeable size difference. It is 0.36 inches (9.1 mm) thin and weighs 205 g (7.2 oz) which makes it lighter than a paperback. You can comfortably read with one hand and do so for hours without the worry of getting tired.

Unlike the Kindle Voyage and Kindle Oasis, this Ereader has no buttons to turn pages. This means that everything is done through its touch screen. It’s a minor price to pay for what this device has to offer. I personally think, that it isn’t really a necessary feature and your reading experience won’t be affected by this.

Kindle Paperwhite Display

The Kindle Paperwhite has a screen of 6 inches (15.24cm) like all the other kindle devices. Unlike a tablet it has a crisp screen, meaning that it has no glare whatsoever. You won’t be seeing any reflection on the screen and you’ll feel like you are reading an actual paper. Additional to this, it has 4 LEDs that guide light towards the screen instead of at the reader. Thanks to this feature, you’ll be able to read for hours while having a comfortable and non-eye-straining experience.

Kindle Paperwhite Battery Life

It comes with a slightly smaller battery than the High-End Ereaders, but this isn’t much of a problem. According to Amazon, the battery lasts 6 weeks based on the user reading 30 minutes a day without WiFi and with the lighting at 10. I went a bit further and calculated what this amounts to for you and landed with a result of 21 raw hours. This is a number that won’t be a bother; not even for heavy readers.

Kindle Paperwhite Storage

This Ereader comes with a 4 GB on-board storage capacity that lets you store thousands of books. This won’t be an issue unless you plan to use your Kindle Paperwhite to read image-rich files such as comics or manga. This isn’t usually the case but if it is, know that you’ll run out of memory quicker than normal. Nevertheless, 4 GB will prove to be more than enough.

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Kindle Paperwhite Versatility

The Kindle Paperwhite makes it easy for you to export notes and highlights you’ve made on your books to your email. You can then see all your notes in PDF format from anywhere.

Since these devices were made for the sole purpose of enhancing your reading experience, you won’t be interrupted by ads, social media, nor emails, which means, No Distractions!

Font Properties

The Kindle Paperwhite comes with 7 preinstalled fonts, one of which is the Bookerly font. This is an exclusive font crafted specifically for reading on digital screens. You can pick from different font sizes until you find the one for you.

Box Contents

If you buy this Ereader you get the Paperwhite device, a quick guide, a USB cable, but no power adapter and no cover. Unless you are of the lucky few that gets the Kindle Paperwhite Essentials Bundle. Don’t be afraid, check it out, you’ve got nothing to lose.

Upgrades

Like in other Kindles, you have the option to pay an extra $20 dollars to be free of Amazon’s Special Offers (Ads). But in my opinion, it really isn’t worth it. They don’t bother much, and I can assure you that they never interrupt your reading. So instead of spending money on that upgrade, I recommend you use that money to add more e-books to your library! Of course, if you believe they’ll really become a bother, you can always upgrade, so no worries there.

Another upgrade you can make is adding 3G services to your already accessible WiFi. This comes at the high cost of $70, and again, I don’t recommend it. It’s not really worth it considering that now you can find WiFi around almost every corner. Again, this is completely my opinion, so if you think it’s worth your money, Go for it! 🙂

Kindle Paperwhite Price

The Kindle Paperwhite is the most cost-effective of the Kindles, that’s why it’s Amazon’s best-selling Ereader. It’s a bit pricier than the Kindle 8 but noticeably cheaper when compared to the Kindle Voyage and Kindle Oasis; See Price.

With all of this being said, let’s narrow it down to the Kindle Paperwhite’s Pros and Cons.

Kindle Paperwhite Colors

Kindle Paperwhite Pros and Cons

Convenience (Pros)

  • Screen: No glare, meaning no reflection, meaning comfortable reading.
  • Screen Display: Highest resolution in the Market.
  • Frontlight: It has 4 LEDs.
  • Price: Considering that this device comes off just as slightly inferior to Amazon’s High-End Ereaders, the Kindle Paperwhite has a very reasonable price.

Inconvenience (Cons)

  • Light Sensors: It doesn’t have light sensors.
  • Page Turner Buttons: It doesn’t have buttons to turn the page.
  • Power Adapter: Still not included. Only in the Kindle Paperwhite Essentials Bundle.

Features & Technical Details

  • Colors: Black, White
  • Screen size: 6 inches (15.2 centimeters)
  • Screen Resolution : 1440 x 1080
  • High Contrast Screen: Yes, it’s glare-free
  • Resolution: 300 ppi (Pixels Per Inch)
  • Page Turns: Touchscreen
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + Free 3G
  • Storage Capacity: 4 GB, up to thousands of books
  • Charging Cover: No
  • Battery Life: Weeks
  • Built-in Light: Yes, 4 LEDs
  • Weight: 205 g [7.2 oz]
  • Ads: Yes
  • Waterproof: No
  • Seller: Amazon.com

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Verdict

In my honest opinion, the Kindle Paperwhite comes at a perfect price. If you are new to the world of Kindles, then this Kindle is the perfect one for you. It has everything you need to enjoy a comfortable and undistracted reading. The Kindle Voyage and Kindle Oasis may show more promise with what they have to offer, but for me, the Paperwhite is the one with the most Bang for your Buck! It comes off only marginally inferior to the Voyage and Oasis, but it costs around $80 less than the Voyage and $170 less that the Oasis.

Our Rating for the Kindle Paperwhite: 4.5/5 


So, with that said, what do you think? Do you agree? Let us know in the comment section or using the Contact Us page.

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Luis A.J.

Founder of eReader Lair. Ebook enthusiast, Civil Engineer, and Entrepreneur.

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