PROS / The Kindle Paperwhite has a front-lit screen that allows you to read in the dark.
CONS / It lacks speakers and a headphone jack for audiobook support.
VERDICT / The Kindle Paperwhite is one of the top eBook readers, but it is not as versatile as any Fire tablet.
The Kindle Paperwhite is a useful reading companion for the bookworm who always likes a book nearby. This Kindle falls short on our Best Kindle Comparison, but for the book lover, it's a good choice because of its e-ink display, small size and lightweight design.
You can download eBooks, magazines, newspapers and documents on your Kindle Paperwhite to take with you everywhere. Additionally, you can use Amazon’s basic web browser to access websites that are mainly text-based and do keyword searches via Wikipedia or Google. With 2GB of storage, you can fill the Kindle eReader with over 1,000 eBooks.
This eReader has the same 6-inch screen size as Amazon’s original Kindle, but it has the Paperwhite display, which features front lighting that doesn't hurt your eyes. This lighting technology not only makes it easy to read in all light conditions, but it also makes the text look dark and crisp with high contrast on a white background. During our Kindle review, we found the Paperwhite display to be absolutely perfect for reading, and the brilliant look it gives the page is notable.
This Kindle eBook reader has an incredible battery life. On average, you get 21 hours of battery life before you need to recharge it. The recharge time is approximately four hours when you charge it via computer with the included USB cable.
Like all Kindles, this device has multi-language support and Whispersync. From the settings, you can easily change the main language. Whispersync is an automatic feature, as long as you’ve set up the Paperwhite’s Wi-Fi. It automatically downloads new purchases and updates your bookmarks and notes across all Kindle platforms. Additionally, this model lets you adjust the brightness of the display, making it easy to match the screen lighting to any environment. The Paperwhite display also has a no-glare finish, so daylight reading is no problem.
The Kindle Paperwhite allows you to kick back and read your favorite book, magazine or newspaper in any light condition with its excellent display. As one of the higher-end Kindle models, the eReader makes it strengths and differences from traditional tablets clear. With strong performance and design abilities, the Paperwhite has the versatility needed to be a stellar dedicated reading device.