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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2774 reviews of Amazon Kindle Paperwhite. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other eReaders for all reviews. Comments about the design and portability are overall positive. The screen and usability also get good views. Many are critical about the reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other eReaders the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 97/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: Raymond Wong (

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Review


I used to read a lot of books. Physical books printed on paper and bound up. I love the feel of the spines, the cover designs, and even the musty smell used books have when you buy them from hole-in-the-wall book shops.

Kindle Fire 8.9-inch and Front-lit Kindle eReader launching soon?

May, 2014

Expert review by: Anna Attkisson (

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2013) Review


Proving it is still the king of the E Ink e-readers, Amazon's new Kindle Paperwhite offers nifty new reading features along with a superior backlit display.

Loads of inexpensive content; Long battery life; Even backlighting; Improved parental controls (coming soon)

Less memory available than competition; Wall plug not included

Proving it is still the king of the E Ink e-readers, Amazon's new Kindle Paperwhite offers nifty new reading features along with a superior backlit display.

Nov, 2013

Expert review by: Wired (

The Pagemaster


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...

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

Still no ability to create multiple accounts for adults reading the same book

Oct, 2013

Expert review by: David Pierce (

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite review (2013)


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...

Improved display, faster page-turning ; Amazon's bookstore is enormous ; Reference materials and options are really useful

Recommendations and ads are hard to distinguish ; Still no charger in the box

Still the first and last ebook reader you'll shop for

Oct, 2013

CNET Editors' Choice

Expert review by: David Carnoy (

Kindle Paperwhite (2013) e-reader review: 2013 Paperwhite is subtly better, faster


Editor's note (June 27,2015): The Paperwhite reviewed here has been updated and replaced by a newer model that includes the same higher resolution screen found in Amazon's top-end e-reader, the Kindle Voyage .

Amazon has improved on last year's excellent Paperwhite e-reader with a faster processor, more responsive touch screen, and a better integrated light that's brighter and whiter and displays more evenly across the screen. Pages also refresh less...

Device hasn't gotten smaller or significantly lighter since last year, an AC adapter isn't included (just a Micro-USB cable for charging). The ad-free version costs $20 more.

While the "all-new" Paperwhite may seem like an unspectacular upgrade on the surface, it's a clear improvement over the original Paperwhite and arguably the best e-reader currently available.

Sep, 2013


Expert review by: Jeffrey Van Camp (

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite


Amazon's Kindle kicked off the e-reader and tablet phenomenon and continues to reign supreme today. Many thought dedicated e-book readers would die out with the introduction of the iPad a couple of years ago, but sales remain strong. With the Kindle...

Bright, high contrast screen ; Front light ; Battery life (2-8 weeks) ; Improved touch interface ; USB charging

DRM book selection ; Non-compatible with other e-book stores ; No expanded storage or microSD

Oct, 2012

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Jamie Lendino (

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (Wi-Fi)


The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite ($119 direct) is a spectacular ebook reader for the price, thanks to its new capacitive screen and superior, integrated lighting. It also features a sleek, soft-touch design in handsome black, with a much-improved home...

Crisp edge-lighting. Sharp new fonts. Fast, smooth, touch-based UI. Improved home screen. Robust content ecosystem

Ads cost $20 to remove. No more headphone jack

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.

Oct, 2012

Expert review by: Jamie Lendino (

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 3G


Once Barnes & Noble introduced the Nook Simple Touch With GlowLight , the first E Ink-based ebook reader with edge lighting, it was only a matter of time before Amazon responded. Enter the Kindle Paperwhite 3G ($179 direct), an edge-lit version of last...

Crisp edge-lighting. Sharp new fonts. Fast, smooth, touch-based UI. Improved home screen. Robust app ecosystem

Ads cost $20 to remove. No more headphone jack. 3G version costs as much as 7-inch color tablets

The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 3G offers always-on connectivity, bright, even edge-lighting, and numerous other improvements, but it's simply too expensive. The Wi-Fi-only version is a better buy.

Oct, 2012

Expert review by: Joshua Topolsky (

Kindle Paperwhite review


I was looking forward to the review of the Kindle Paperwhite for one simple reason: I would finally have an excuse to read more. You see, in the hectic day-to-day of running The Verge, I simply don't get enough time to read books. Sure, I joined our...

Terrific looking display ; Amazon's ecosystem is outstanding ; Performance is snappy

Opting out of ads costs money ; No charger included ; 3G option is pricey

Amazon's fastest, most feature-packed e-reader hits a crowded market with a few new moves under its belt

Sep, 2012

Expert review by: Anna Attkisson (

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite


Amazon's new E Ink e-reader features a bright backlight for nighttime reading, plus an improved user interface and parental controls.

Bright backlight; Long battery life; Lightweight elegant design; Improved user interface; Parental controls

Uneven backlighting ; Power adapter not included; 3G option expensive

Click to EnlargeWith soft but bright backlighting, a higher-res display, an improved user interface, and, of course, Amazon's capacious library, the Kindle Paperwhite 3G is a highly evolved e-reader. We're not fans of the $179 price tag just for 3G...

Sep, 2012