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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (1st Gen, 2012)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 181 reviews of Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (1st Gen, 2012). The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other eReaders for all reviews. People are impressed by the size and performance. The screen and portability are also appreciated. Many are negative about the storage and reliability.

usability, portability, screen, performance, size

price, battery, reliability, storage

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other eReaders the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (1st Gen, 2012) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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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

CNET Editors' Choice

Expert review by : David Carnoy (

Kindle Paperwhite review: Kindle Paperwhite shines


Just in time for the 2012 holiday buying season, Amazon has unveiled a slew of new Kindle tablets and e-book readers. Among them is the Kindle Paperwhite, the company's first self-illuminated e-ink reader, and its direct competitor to Barnes & Noble's...

The Kindle Paperwhite boasts the best screen we've seen to date on an e-ink e-reader. The built-in light is great for nighttime reading, and the touch screen is a notch above the competition. Amazon's e-book selection remains best in class. Battery...

It could be a tad lighter, an AC adapter isn't included (just a Micro-USB cable for charging), and there's no memory expansion slot. The ad-free version costs $20 more.

With an excellent built-in light and Amazon's best-in-class e-book selection, the Kindle Paperwhite rises to the top of the e-reader pack.

Sep, 2012

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite


Answering the Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight , Amazon's new Kindle Paperwhite features a backlit display that lets you read in the dark without disturbing those around you. Priced at $119 ($179 for the 3G version we tested), this E Ink...

Sep, 2012

Expert review by : Cory Gunther (

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Review


Amazon's Kindle Fire has been the star of the show as late, but we can't forget they have a huge hand in the eReader world. Amazon isn't ready to leave their bread and butter behind and with that we have the all new Amazon Kindle Paperwhite , the first...

Overall what’s not to like here? You get an improved experience across the board with a better, crisper, clearer display, the option to read in any lighting situation, and all of this for only $119. While they’ve dropped the original Touch down to $79,...

Sep, 2012

Expert review by : Nick Guy (

The Best Ebook Reader


After testing the only five competitive ebook readers available in the US, we think the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is the right choice for almost everyone.

May, 2017

Expert review by : EveryReview (

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Review


With a built in light, an improved touchscreen and an increased screen resolution this is the best Kindle that Amazon have brought out.

Nov, 2012

Expert review by : Brandon Russell (

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Review: This is the Best E-Reader Money Can Buy


It's amazing what a little light can do to alter the landscape of an entire market. Here we are thinking, “Ok, the e-reader is on its last legs. Time for the tablets to come in and clean up shop.” But…

Nov, 2012


Expert review by : Dave McClintock (

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (Wi-Fi)


Another fall, another blockbuster Kindle e-book reader release from Amazon. In recent years, spring and summer have belonged to Barnes & Noble, as it improved its Nook e-reader—with touch input in 2011, and built-in screen lighting in 2012. But the...

Best-in-class display and built-in lighting ; Sturdy and sleek ; Touch input ; Competitive price ; Experimental Web browser

No audio features or native ePub support ; No AC adapter included ; 119 "Special Offers" version mandates ads in the screensaver

The Kindle Paperwhite, with its built-in lighting, near-white background, and high resolution, is today's best Kindle—and the best monochrome e-reader, period. At $119 and $139, the Wi-Fi models justify stopping short of buying a $199 tablet.

Oct, 2012

Product Specifications


Color of product:Black


Color of product:Black


Backlight display: Yes
Color: No
Display Diagonal:6
Display Resolution:1024 x 758
Gray scale levels:16
Resolution:1024 x 758
Technology:E Ink
Touch screen: Yes

Energy Management

Battery life (max):1344
Battery recharge time:4
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Battery Type:Lithium Polymer
Power source type:Battery


Dictionary: Yes

File formats

Document formats supported:AZW, AZW3, DOC, DOCX, HTML, MOBI, PDF, PRC, TXT / AZW, AZW3, DOC, DOCX, HTML, MOBI, PDF, TXT
Image formats supported:BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG / BMP, IMG, PNG


Compatible memory cards: No
Internal memory:1
Internal storage capacity:2
Memory capacity (e-books):1000

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-10 - 45
Storage temperature range (T-T):-10 - 45

Other Features

Battery Type:Lithium Polymer

Packaging Content

Accessories included:USB 2.0 charging cable
Cables included:USB
Quick start guide: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Bluetooth: No
Data network:3G, EDGE, GPRS
Interface Type:USB 2.0
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n


Battery life (max):1344
Battery recharge time:4
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Power source type:Battery

Technical Details

Accessories included:USB 2.0 charging cable
Battery Type:Lithium Polymer
Dictionary: Yes
Internal memory:1
Power source type:Battery
Resolution:1024 x 758

Weight & Dimensions