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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (1st gen, 2012)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 174 reviews of Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (1st gen, 2012). The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size and performance. The screen and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are negative about the storage and reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (1st gen, 2012) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite review


Amazon's added some great new features to its popular Kindle line by focusing on what it does best: providing a great reading experience.

Great front-lit displayExcellent contrastUseful new software

Less comfortable to hold than the NookStarting price includes adsNo expandable storage

Left to right: the Kindle Paperwhite and the Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight.

Sep, 2012

Expert review by : Dieter Bohn (

Review: the new Kindle Paperwhite is the best e-reader


There's a new Kindle Paperwhite out, and it's just like the old one except for a high-resolution screen. Nobody was really expecting it to happen: after all, before this update, Amazon had a pretty...

High-resolution screen ; Great battery life ; Huge book selection

No adaptive backlight ; Not waterproof ; DRM

Jun, 2015

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


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

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

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

Oct, 2012

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : David Carnoy (

Kindle Paperwhite review


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

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 : Matt Hawkins (

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite review: the best ereader yet


To say that Amazon has been the single most powerful catalyst in the ebook revolution would not be an exaggeration. Before the introduction of the Kindle,

Nov, 2012

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

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