Amazon Kindle Paperwhite
- Amazon has improved on last year's excellent Paperwhite e-reader with the sharper, higher resolution screen found in the step-up Kindle Voyage. A smattering of new features enhance Amazon's already best-in-class content ecosystem. The built-in light isn't quite as good as the Voyage's, but it works well.
- The HD screen is an upgrade but doesn't make a huge difference; an AC adapter isn't included (just a Micro-USB cable for charging). The ad-free version costs $20 more.
The Kindle Paperwhite gets an HD screen, and while it isn't as big an upgrade as you'd think, it's a welcome addition, incrementally enhancing the Kindle reading experience.
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (3rd generation) review: The best e-reader for the buck
- High-resolution display
- Evenly distributed backlight
- Comfortable to hold for long reading sessions
- Content protected with DRM technology
- Does not handle PDFs or other content-rich file formats well
- "With special offers" models display ads on their lock screens
ConclusionYou’ll be hard pressed to find a more competent, feature-packed e-reader for the money. But we recommend paying a little extra to avoid Amazon's "special offers" option that puts ads on the Paperwhite's lock screen.
No gradeAmazon Kindle Paperwhite (2015) Review
- Excellent high-res screen.
- Long battery-life. Charges quickly.
- Enormous book selection.
- Adding your own files to the device is easy (plug it into a PC like a flash drive).
- Official leather case looks and feels great, but is expensive (~$40).