Amazon Kindle Paperwhite review roundup: Is it really worth all the fuss?

by Anurag R on November 13, 2012

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite eReader

The reports of the new Kindle Paperwhite running out of stock in the U.S. till the end of the year may either indicate that it is selling really well, or that its rumored supply chain problems are very real.

In either case, this is an eReader that has managed to make quite a splash in the era of tablets such as the iPad, Nexus and the like.

 
The initial set of reviews have started coming in at long last now; read on to know whether it’s worth the fuss (and your money)!
 
CNET keeps it short while revealing its opinion about the new Amazon eBook reader:
 
The good: 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 life is excellent so long as you turn Wi-Fi off.
 
The bad: 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.

 
Ars Technica praises the longer battery life, but is decidedly skeptical about Amazon’s reasons for not including an AC adapter:
 
The longer battery life apparently led Amazon to get rid of the wall-outlet charger that used to be included with the Kindle. The Paperwhite now comes with a single USB cable, which means you can’t plug the device into a wall outlet if you’re traveling or away from a computer.
 
The lack of a wall charger could be a major inconvenience if you’re always on the move.
 
Huffington Post addresses the annoying lag that has hitherto affected Kindles:
 
The device also feels snappier and more responsive than the older generation, and on-screen typing feels just about usable for the first time on an E-ink Kindle.
 
The Guardian, while generally praising the new Kindle, has certain reservations about it:
 
There’s no headphone jack or loudspeaker for listening to audio books or playing background music, which you could do with a tablet. Also, the Paperwhite has only 1.25GB of free memory (out of the 2GB total). Amazon reckons this “holds up to 1,100 books”, but it doesn’t leave much room for your own PDF files, Microsoft Word documents, unprotected books etc
 
Joshua Topolsky of The Verge concludes on a note that seems to match with most reviews out there:
 
The Paperwhite is an excellent reader, probably the best I’ve used…. the overall picture is very clear. Amazon wants to make great reading devices for the masses, and with the Paperwhite, they just took the game to a whole new level.

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Matt November 13, 2012 at 8:06 pm

I really don’t understand how the lack of a wall charger can be counted against the product. If you don’t have a drawer full of usb wall chargers by now, you’re doing it wrong.

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Volante' November 13, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Hey, I’m wondering if Amazon will be offer the Paperwhite for a few bucks less on Black Friday or Cyber Monday…Heard anything?

Thanks,

Volante’

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