Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2012)

Verge 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 Book Club and reread Ubik (that was easy: I'd read it!), and I do tend to start a lot of novels and non-fiction — but lately finishing anything I pick up has been a challenge. The Paperwhite seemed ideal for me for a number of reasons. It...

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Basic Specs

Screen size (diagonal) 6 inches
Technology E Ink
Touchscreen type Capacitive
Notable apps Web browser, Dictionary
File support PDF, .DOC

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Height 6.7 inches
Width 4.6 inches
Thickness .36 inches
Weight .47 pounds
Primary orientation Portrait
Color Black
Speakers No

Display

Screen size (diagonal) 6 inches
PPI 212
Screen shades 16
Technology E Ink
Touchscreen type Capacitive
Multitouch Yes

Software

Operating system Other
Notable apps Web browser, Dictionary
File support PDF, .DOC

Storage

Internal size 2 GB
External storage No

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b

Ports

Data connections Micro USB

Battery

Removable No

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8.8

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    Reviewed by Laura June (Currently owns)

    The refresh rate of this is a bit slow (though faster than on previous e-readers I have used), and the touchscreen definitely takes some getting used to, but overall, this is the best e-reader I've ever used by far. Battery life is outstanding, the display is crisp.

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    Reviewed by vasilenko93 (Currently owns)

    In a comparison to Kindle Touch, the Paperwhite is a massive upgrade. Some people may point to no speakers, or any audio support, but for me I don't care. I never listened to audio books. To add, the screen is much more sharp, with the added feature of back-light. The software is a big improvement, performance is clearly visible (improved), and the entire reading process feels better.

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    Reviewed by mdooley (Currently owns)

    Best e-reader on the market today. Solid, sleek design; snappy performance; the lighting is phenomenal and works like a charm. Agreed with all points in The Verge review.

    Definitely lacks excellent navigation for any written material. The one thing I wish e-readers did well is nail the experience of navigating large texts like one can with a physical books. That will be the tipping point for almost all people hesitant to convert.

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    Reviewed by JamesFTW (Currently owns)

    The Kindle Paperwhite is a vast improvement upon the previous generation Kindle Touch. Almost everything the Touch did wrong (too thick, bland color, low resolution screen, slow software) the Paperwhite does right. The only thing Amazon hasn't added that I wish they had are page turn buttons, however, since they haven't done it at this point, it seems unlikely that they ever will. That qualm aside, with Amazon's ecosystem, this device is far and away the best e-reader on the market right now.

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