Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Review

I’ve been using my new Kindle Paperwhite for a few days, reading every chance I get. Overall, I think this is an excellent e-reader. It’s well built, compact, fast, and the integrated LED light really sets it apart.

The Kindle Paperwhite is very easy to use once you get familiar with the operating system. Everything is laid out logically, and the screen resolution is crisp and easy to read. The search bar is stationary at the top of the home screen, simplifying the search process.


In a future Kindle model, I think Alexa voice control should be added to further simplify the product experience. As I mentioned in my Fire 7 review, Alexa is one heck of a virtual assistant.

My Kindle Paperwhite includes Amazon ‘Special Offers,’ meaning I got a $20 discount for allowing Amazon to display Kindle ads on my home screen when the Paperwhite is off. My previous Kindle didn’t have these ads, but they’re really not intrusive, and all ads I’ve seen are books and other Kindle content. Here are a few examples of the special offers.

My Kindle Paperwhite is wifi only, meaning it won’t connect to the free 3G network included in higher-end Kindle models. This basically means if I don’t have access to wifi, I won’t be able to download new content on my Kindle or use the Kindle Store. This really isn’t a big deal to me, as I have a very fast home wifi network and typically download books to the Kindle right away.

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When reading, the Kindle Paperwhite really shines. The LED light is an enormous upgrade from e-readers without backlighting. As I was reading in bed last night, I was able to keep all the lights off and only use my Kindle. This is a great thing for people who read themselves to sleep.


There are multiple fonts and font sizes to choose from, making reading easier for those with vision problems. My 83-year-old grandmother who needs glasses for everything could easily read on the Kindle Paperwhite, thanks to the larger, simpler fonts, and the LED backlighting.

I don’t have many issues with the Kindle Paperwhite, but there are two things that really annoy me:

First, the power button is on the bottom center of the device. Most mobile devices have power buttons on the top or sides, so this is an odd placement. Every time I want to read, I find myself searching for the power button.

Second, there are no physical buttons on the Kindle Paperwhite. I understand that this is a design and OS element intended to simplify the user experience, however, I think a single home button would be a great addition. On common mobile devices, or even Amazon’s own Fire 7 tablet, the home button is centralized somewhere on the screen or bezel so it’s easier to exit programs and return to the home screen. On the Kindle Paperwhite, you just tap the top center of the screen and the option for ‘home’ pops up. This is an unnecessary extra step.

Overall, I really like the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite. It’s a well-built device with a high quality display, easy-to-use operating system, and multiple ways to customize the reading experience. The integrated LED backlight sets this e-reader apart from others. Readers can use their Kindle Paperwhite in pretty much any light level, making the user experience easier and more enjoyable.

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Kindle Paperwhite Initial Thoughts

Well, my haul from Amazon’s annual Prime Day super-sale is starting to show up in boxes on my front steps, and that means it’s time for new and exciting gadgets!

This year’s Prime Day included a number of excellent deals on Amazon’s own products, like the Alexa speakers, Fire tablets, Fire TV, and of course, the holy grail of e-readers – The Amazon Kindle.

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The last Kindle I owned was a 2nd generation model, so that’s what I’m comparing the new one to, and let me first say… WOW! I can’t believe how quick this new Kindle is compared to my old one! I removed it from the packaging, plugged it in to my computer to charge, and was reading from my Kindle library in under three minutes!

Inputing the wifi password is the most challenging part of setting up the new Kindle. When I turned my Kindle on for the first time and connected to my home wifi network, it already had my full Kindle library waiting for me to begin downloading. Now that’s cool!


So, there are a number of Kindle models out these days and it looks like the Paperwhite (the version I bought) is the middle-of-the-road model. The big difference between the base Kindle and the Kindle Paperwhite is the integrated LED backlighting. Even in the short time I’ve been tinkering with my new toy, the LED lighting makes the screen viewing experience SO much better! The Paperwhite is night and day compared to my old Kindle, literally. This small, but hugely functional upgrade makes a world of difference, especially when viewing the Kindle in a dark area.

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One last thing before I go… this thing is QUICK! I know I’m comparing it to an old Kindle, but I really am impressed at how quickly the Paperwhite responds to inputs, especially considering it’s not a tablet. My old Kindle had a physical keyboard and physical page turning buttons, probably because the touch screen was so slow. I can already tell this isn’t going to be an issue on the Paperwhite; the responses are extremely quick for an e-reader.

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Anyway, I’ll write more soon and hopefully include a more in-depth review of my new Kindle Paperwhite from Amazon.


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