Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 2016 Review



High-resolution displayEvenly distributed backlightComfortable khổng lồ hold for long reading sessions


Content protected with DRM technologyDoes not handle PDFs or other content-rich file formats well“With special offers” models display ads on their lock screens

Our Verdict

You’ll be hard pressed to find a more competent, feature-packed e-reader for the money. But we recommend paying a little extra to lớn avoid Amazon’s “special offers” option that puts ads on the Paperwhite’s lock screen.

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With its desirable features, pocketable size, và reasonable price tag, Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite has been a safe bet lớn gift or recommend to lớn voracious readers since 2012. After its most recent design refresh, Amazon’s mid-range e-reader rivals e-readers that cost considerably more.

Note: This đánh giá is part of ourroundups of the best Kindles và the best e-readers. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested them.

The third-generation Kindle Paperwhite measures 6.3 x 4.5 x 0.36 inches, và it weighs just over 7.0 ounces, whether you opt for one with Wi-Fi or with both Wi-Fi và 3G. That makes it heavier than Amazon’s pricier Kindle Oasis và Kindle Voyage, but lighter than the larger Kobo Aura One or Amazon’s $80 vanilla and feature-lite Kindle. For the first time, Amazon is offering the Paperwhite in white, as well as black. This, along with the a more matte look for the e-reader’s logo and a rubberized back plate are the only notable cosmetic changes this time around.

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No matter the lighting conditions, you’ll find the Paperwhite khổng lồ be infinitely legible. Lượt thích its more expensive siblings, the Paperwhite houses a 6.0-inch, 300 ppi E-Ink display. Onscreen text appears as sharp as the text you’ll find in any dead tree-edition book. Four side-mounted LEDs light the display, to lớn ensure that the text is readable in any environment, be it while perusing a book on the beach or reading in your darkened bedroom while your partner sleeps next to lớn you. We found the lighting to lớn be fairly consistent with only a small amount of shading in the top and bottom corners. The Kindle Voyage & Oasis offer more even display lighting, thanks khổng lồ the presence of more LEDs, but they cost considerably more.

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The Kindle Paperwhite has the same amount of storage & the same display resolution as the Kindle Oasis, but at a fraction of the cost.

In addition khổng lồ the clarity that the Paperwhite’s display & lighting afford, Amazon’s type engine ensures that readers who require larger text in order khổng lồ read comfortably, prefer a different font than the default one their book was downloaded with, or who prefer different line spacing (depending on whether or not the document can tư vấn it) are accommodated. It even supports OpenDyslexic—a typeface designed to lớn mitigate some of the issues that can cause dyslexic individuals reading difficulties.

That covers how you’ll read on the Paperwhite. Now, let’s talk about what you’ll read.

With 4GB of onboard memory, the Kindle Paperwhite has the capacity khổng lồ store thousands of books—a definite win for anyone taking a long trip off the grid. Amazon’s collection of available electronic publications is arguably the largest in the world. The bad news is that any book you purchase from the Kindle Store is DRM protected—locking you into using Amazon’s devices & apps in order khổng lồ read them. The good news is that Amazon makes it possible to share your purchased content with your family members. If your reading habits border on the voracious, it’s also possible to lớn sign up for Amazon’s all-you-can-read Kindle Unlimited service for $10 per month. You can also borrow books from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, & Amazon Prime members can read books in the Prime Reading catalog at not additional cost.

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As for nội dung from outside of Amazon’s walled library, anyone with a computer can transfer DOC/DOCX, ePub, MOBI, PDF, RTF, và TXT files khổng lồ their Kindle via USB—but the reading experience for such documents typically isn’t as smooth as what you’ll get from publications curated by Amazon. It’s also possible to lớn wirelessly tải về Instapaper clippings to lớn the Paperwhite. Interacting with the service on the device, however, leaves much lớn be desired.

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As with many e-readers these days, the Kindle Paperwhite has no physical buttons except the one used to power it on và off.

Navigating between Amazon-purchased materials and other publications is significantly easier, due khổng lồ the Kindle’s touch-friendly interface. One exception lớn this is the UI’s on-screen keyboard, which is slow to respond to input when searching your collection, browsing the Kindle Store for a new book, or entering a Wi-Fi password. But this isn’t chất lượng to the Paperwhite. Amazon’s other e-readers suffer from the same issue.

On average, reading for a few hours a day with the e-reader’s backlight set at 40 percent, I found that I was able lớn squeeze around a month out of a single charge of the Paperwhite’s battery. That’s a respectable amount of juice for an E-Ink device.

There’s not much khổng lồ dislike about the Kindle Paperwhite—it excels at fulfilling its raison d’être. It’s perhaps 80 percent as capable as more sophisticated e-readers—the Kobo Aura One và the Kindle Oasis, for example—which cost far more.

There’s still room for improvement

Despite the fact that its display lighting levels are adjustable, the latest Paperwhite lacks the ambient light sensor that would enable it to automatically adjust its luminosity according to ambient conditions. It’s also worth mentioning that if you’re upgrading from one of Amazon’s older Kindle keyboard e-readers, you might be disappointed khổng lồ discover that the Paperwhite—along with the rest of Amazon’s current lineup of E-Ink devices—lacks the capability to play sound; audiobook lovers need not apply. Finally, unlike earlier Kindles or Amazon’s Kindle Voyage và Kindle Oasis, the Paperwhite lacks physical buttons. To ‘turn’ a page, it’s necessary khổng lồ tap or stroke the display. While not a giảm giá khuyến mãi breaker, it makes reading one-handed something of a pain.

Finally, while you can get a Wi-Fi enabled Paperwhite for $120, it comes burdened with Amazon’s ‘special offers,’ a euphemism for advertisements plastered on the device’s lock screen. The only way lớn avoid the ads is to pay an additional $20, either up front or down the road. If you’re offended by this, kiểm tra out the Kobo Glo. It can’t match the wide variety of paid and miễn phí reading options available for the Kindle, but you won’t have khổng lồ pay a ransom lớn avoid ads.

MSRP for the mã sản phẩm we reviewed—with Wi-Fi & 3G connectivity và without special offers—is $210. The same e-reader with special offers and Wi-Fi only is priced at $140, while the Wi-Fi model with special offers goes for $120.

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