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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What tech deals did you get on Amazon Prime Day 2017?

Amazon’s annual Prime Day super-sale has come and gone, and most of us shoppers are probably still waiting on delivery for some of our items. While we’re waiting, I figured we could discuss what Prime Day deals we were able to get!

This year, Amazon offered many of it’s self-branded tech products at a substantial savings. Amazon Alexa items were a hot ticket, with Echo and Tap devices on sale. Other deals included Kindles, Fire Tablets, Fire TV Stick, and even an Amazon exclusive Element brand 4K ultra-high-definition LED TV. The TVs went especially quick, selling out before I even had a chance to check out the listing and description.

I was able to get a Kindle Paperwhite for $89.99. Amazon’s everyday price on this product is $119.99, so I saved $30. I also ordered a Fire 7 tablet for $29.99, a $20 savings from it’s original price of $49.99.

I’ve only played with the Kindle Paperwhite for a short time so I’m not sure about the overall experience, but it’s a massive improvement over my 2nd generation Kindle. Scroll down and you’ll be able to read my initial thoughts on the Kindle Paperwhite.

The Fire 7 tablet is still in transit, but should be arriving tonight. I’ve never used a Fire device before, so I wonder how the operating system will function compared to the iPad and Android tablets like the Samsung Tab. I’m not expecting much for $29.99, but I probably won’t use it for anything more strenuous than looking up recipes in the kitchen and watching Youtube videos.

What tech deals did you get on Amazon Prime Day 2017? From headphones and cables to gaming computers and VR headsets, let us know in the comments section below!