Kindle Paperwhite 3G, 6" High Resolution Display with Built-in Light, Free 3G + Wi-Fi [Previous Generation]
- Free 3G wireless - no hunting or paying for Wi-Fi hotspots, no annual contracts or monthly fees
- Patented built-in light evenly illuminates the screen to provide the perfect reading experience in all lighting conditions
- Up to 8-week battery life, even with the light on at setting 10
- Download books in 60 seconds with built-in Wi-Fi - holds up to 1,100 books
Top Customer Reviews
The high resolution screen is noticeably easier to read, and the user interface is well thought out.
The form factor is also an amazing improvement. I like the tactile feel of the Kindle's back, although I'm awaiting shipment of Amazon's leather case because I like to take my Kindle everywhere and this device feels small and delicate, and I've liked the old Amazon leather case on my old Kindle.
The one thing keeping me from giving this product a 5-star review is a software issue that really irks me: I paid the extra $20 to have a Kindle without advertising, yet the entire bottom half of the home screen in cover view is taken up with Amazon's recommendations for me to buy new books. This is advertising, and it is totally unacceptable in a product that costs extra just to avoid advertising. Targeted advertising is still advertising, and there's not enough space on this screen to make any amount of advertising okay with me.
If I ever want to see what Amazon recommends for me, I'll visit the Amazon Store and look myself. The end result of this unsolicited advertising on my home screen is that I have to scroll past it to see more than three of the titles on my device, whereas if the ad was gone, I could see six titles right away on the home screen. Given the way the Kindle's user interface is designed, going to the home screen is necessary to get just about anywhere else, so this advertising block causes me to have to scroll past it over and over again, gumming up my otherwise smooth user experience on the device.Read more ›
We wanted to let you know that in the coming weeks, a free software update will be coming to Kindle Paperwhite. Among other features, we're adding a setting that will allow customers to control whether or not personalized recommendations appear on the device homepage.
We hope this information helps.
The Kindle Team
Edit - We delivered this software update in early November 2012 as an automatic download when you are connected to Wi-Fi. The option to turn off Recommended Content can be found under Menu > Settings > Device Options > Personalize your Kindle. You can download the latest software update for Kindle Paperwhite here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=help_search_1-5?ie=UTF8&nodeId=201064850&qid=1352570642&sr=1-5.
Thank you again for your feedback.
From an overall standpoint, and considering everything you get (compact e-Reader,touch screen, lighting system), the Paperwhite is a very good e-Reader. I am amazed at how much smaller these e-Readers can become with each new generation yet still not feel like you're losing anything from a "feels like a book" experience.
To address the reading experience, I wasn't sure what to expect with the display. Needless to say, the text on the screen is much more crisp than any of the other version of an e-Ink Kindle I have used, and just to ensure I wasn't being biased I put the Paperwhite next to a Kindle 3 / Keyboard, a Touch, a "regular" Kindle, and a Kindle DX - all on the same page of a book with the covers removed (didn't want the cover to give an optical illusion or anything) - and you can clearly see a better quality in terms of the fonts.
Reading at night is a good experience with the lighting display in comparison to the other versions of Kindle because you don't need an additional light that can get in the way: it didn't disturb, for example, my wife who likes to watch TV in a dark room. It was also very convenient on a plane ride at night as I was able to see the full page of the text vs. a light attachment only reaching most of the screen: there are no impediments to the reading screen.Read more ›
The reading experience on the Paperwhite is excellent. The Paperwhite is much more enjoyable to use than the Kindle Touch or the Kindle Keyboard, thanks mostly to the display (more on that below). The Home button from the Touch has been removed, and you now navigate to the menus by touching the top of the screen. Like the Touch, there are no physical page turn buttons. If you want to advance the page, you either swipe, or press the middle/right hand side of the screen (most of the display area is set up to advance the page). To go back a page, you press anywhere on the left 20% of the screen. To access the menu, you press the top 10% of the screen. Contrast for the display can quickly and easily be adjusted with two taps, so it can be brightened or darkened without a lot of menu navigation. There are still eight font sizes like previous generations had, but instead of just three typefaces, you now have six (Baskerville, Caecilia, Caecilia Condensed, Publisher Font, Futura, Helvetica, and Palatino). Publisher Font lets you use the book publisher's embedded font. None of the books I have tried out yet have this option, but I can see how it can provide them with a lot more flexibility. The additional fonts, along with the ability to adjust line spacing and margins, make it much easier to read books that a publisher formats poorly to begin with (as anyone who struggled with the early edition of 'Game of Thrones' can attest to).
The menu system is a bit improved over the Touch.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought it about three and a half years and it works very well. It was very useful and I bought a lot of books in the kindle store, whose editions are regularly good. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Reader
I love this!!!!! if I were to buy all the books I have on my kindle it would fill up an entire room.Published 4 days ago by Lacey Kotake
LOVE the Paperwhite. I take it with me everywhere. I don't like all the bells and whistles of the Fire but to each their own. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Lauren
Very pleased with my purchase. In my quest to own one of everything electronic, this little Kindle Paperwhite was affordable and very functional. Read morePublished 9 days ago by terrie r. parker
Best E Reader Ever. The Paperwhite is a pleasure to use. It is compact, light weight and has vivid glare free screen, and excellent battery life. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Eric Campbell
I LOVE this e-reader it is so much better than the Nook I bought TWICE, each time dying within months of purchase. The screen is really great in sunlight or darkness. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Richard L. Erford
Great for anyone who reads alot. Easy to read and easy to use. Stores more books than you could ever carry with you even with a suitcase.Published 19 days ago by Janet Brunton
I love my paperwhite Kindle. I don't have to worry about being able to read my ebooks in the dark. The pages being white makes them easier to see. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Judy Metcalf