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Amazon - Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader (with special offers) - 6" - 8GB - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 493 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Paperwhite has improved

    Posted
    Elizabeth
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    The all new waterproof Kindle Paperwhite 2018 is an improvement over all of the other ones out there. I have had no glitches so far other than the battery percentage not showing when it is supposed to, but am waiting for an update on that. I traded my Oasis in for this because the battery drained whenever I wasn't using the device and it was too heavy. I can't tell if the battery on this device is different since I keep refreshing it to try to update it, but the screen has no shadows at the bottom. That was one thing I hated about the previous Paperwhites. It's not as good as the Oasis, but this is still a GREAT option for less money. This is more like a waterproof Voyage without the buttons if you want to know which device it is similar to. (I've had all three devices!) I like how smooth the screen is compared to the other Paperwhites. It is lighter and thinner, and the waterproof feature does work. I only wish this had comfortpro (night time mode) but I have a Kobo for that. Amazon did a good job with this device. I also liked getting the free months of Kindle Unlimited! That was a nice bonus. So far I haven't had any pinhole issues either, this was a common problem on the Voyage. I'd recommend this to anybody who has wanted an Oasis but held out because of the price. I think this is a good compromise between the Voyage, Oasis and Paperwhite. It has a little bit of everything from those devices, minus the buttons.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Finest example of what an E-Reader was designed 4

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    Awesometowner
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    Random musings about this device: Feels light in the hands Water resistance rating unnecessary but nice to have, makes it feel tougher and rugged to know it can withstand water Experimental browser not completely useless but I was hoping for something closer to what my phone can do Haven’t played around with all the tricks it can do in an E-book but if the YouTube videos about its features are accurate than it should make this be a fun little gadget to making reading “fun”. Backlighting is excellent, wide range of lighting ability for any condition. Better on the eyes in pitch black darkness than a phone. Battery life is not as great as perhaps touted. Don’t see it lasting for months nor even weeks. Maybe a week or two tops. No big deal coming a person who charges their phone religiously several times a day.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not as good as the old Kindle Keyboard

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    Turnercat
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    I didn't like the new Kindle Paperwhite as well as the old Kindle Keyboard that I have. The new Kindle has too many ads. Viewing the list of books was very awkward. You could either look at your collections or your entire list of books. On the old Kindle there were no ads and you could view your collection along with those book that weren't yet in a collection. Also, if you removed a book from the old Kindle, you no longer saw it. On the new Kindle I removed a book, but it still showed up in the list. I remove books I don't want to read for whatever reason. I don't always remember the names of these books. On the new Kindle those book titles still show up, so you begin reading them again only to discover that its the book you don't want. It was very confusing. The only thing I liked about the new Kindle was the fact that the screen was backlit so you could read at night without extra lighting. There were more cons than pros for me, so I ended up returning the new Kindle Paperwhite and sticking with my old Kindle Keyboard.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    New Kindle PAPERWHITE 2018

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    waterlover
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    Nice ereader. I would recommend it if you already have an Amazon library of purchased ebooks from an older Kindle ereader. As one is unable to transfer them to another non-Kindle ereader. It is easy to use and maneuver around in this ereader. There are a lot of books to buy from Amazon. The adds that come up are not a bother. A con is the lighting system. I also purchased a different ereader. It was the Kindles competitor. After comparing the two ereaders we decided to buy the non-Kindle ereader. Loved the Comfort Pro- Light and the ease of downloading Overdrive books directly from the public library without having to go through an Amazon account. I highly recommend the non Kindle ereader if you like to borrow ebooks from the library instead of purchase them. One also has the opportunity to buy books from the competitors store if one wanted too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    First Kindle

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    DanteBelmont
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    This is my first kindle ever. I like that i can read at night without extra light. You can modify the font size, font type, you can save themes so if you loan it or like different fonts for different book genres (yeah that happens, i like goth fonts for certain books) you can do that. There are some ads here and there, and the screen goes into an add when you lock the kindle. This kinda bothers me, but I did buy the version with adds (special offers). So far i have charged it once and it has lasted for a week. IT comes with a usb cable, but not with a plug, so be aware of that. you can use any other you probably have lying around, or a strip with usb plugs or if you upgraded your house, you must likely have usb plugs in the walls already.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love, love, love it!

    Posted
    Mont
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    Love my new Paperwhite Kindle e-reader. It is so easy to transport in my purse so anytime I have a wait I can pull it out and read a few or more pages. The lighting is excellent and easy on the eyes so it can be read anywhere but not so bright that it would bother those around you. I especially like the fact that it is waterproof so it can be taken to the pool or beach. I've only had it a few weeks and have already read 4 books on it. I even set it up with my library acct so I am able to load books from there and there are many free selections on both Kindle and Amazon Prime. If you enjoy reading, by all means treat yourself to one of these. I know I will enjoy mine for years to come.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The one to get

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    CHLuke
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    Been using Kindles and a few tablets for about ten years now. From strictly a reading device perspective this is super clear and crisp and I think the perfect size to handle easily in all of the different relaxing positions you read in different places (bed, recliner, car or plane, etc.). The battery life is a very nice plus. The two downsides to me are 1) price (now on sale at $99 to me is really the upper end of where I think something with this limited function should sell) and 2) the “touch” of the screen for turning the page. Bottom line though is I just bought a second one for the wife.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Purpose built, excellent quality.

    Posted
    Boulderdude
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    I love to read, but love traveling light. Have been using the Kindle app on my phone, but hate the caucaphony of interruptions/notifications (and the tempation to check other apps) while I’m reading. This device is their best so far. The waterproof rating and adjustable backlight make it a game-changer. Syncs effortlessly and the paperwhite view (even when backlit) is great on my eyes. Size is perfectand it takes up very little room in my travel bag. Battery life is awesome. Only reason I gave it 4 and not 5 stars is due to power button location. If youre not careful, its easy to inadvertently turn off the device. NOTE: Highly recommend spending the extra $20 to go ad-free.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Solidly alright

    Posted
    Korlithiel
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    Negatives first. It isn’t forward thinking, so still USB-B (Mini) instead of USB-C and so that means fiddling when charging. Doesn’t include a charger cord and wall plug-in, despite base price now being higher than on older models while the overall design appears to mainly reuse the older hardware. Screen feels like plastic with no oleophobic coating (such as on most phones), which mimics paper to some extent but also means more smudges. Bezels are still large, and the Amazon cases still further add to the size. In all, while an upgrade over the last Paperwhite it is minor. If not for the sale I would not have picked it up, a used last gen is just as good (water resistance aside).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Choice

    Posted
    StoneColdToad
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    This is my first e-reader. I just wanted the most simple way to tap into the Amazon e-book library and this was it for me. The display is crisp and the back light is even. This device is the perfect size for me for travel, reading in bed or just around the house. My only complaint regarding the design is the placement of the power button on the bottom of the device. The way I hold the device, sometimes I accidentally turn it off while reading. Not a huge issue, as it just goes into rest mode and comes back on quickly. If you're on the fence regarding the "with special offers" version, that just means there are ads for books on the lock screen. Personally, I've barely noticed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great upgrade, Great Reader!

    Posted
    Dan0Sterling
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    I bought a Kindle paperwhite when they first came out four years ago. Since then, I read an average of one book per month. Really enjoyed using the paperwite in different lighting conditions, Both at home and on vacations. This new paperwhite makes it much easier to change the brightness level. It is also much faster when it comes to choosing which book to read. One of the best features, is that it tells you when it's waking up and ready for you to swipe the screen to come on. The text is much sharper. The lighting is also more even. I would highly recommend this for anyone interested in an e-reader, even if you already have one. It's lightweight and the battery lasts seemingly forever.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great buy!

    Posted
    Trev
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    I was hesitant to get the Paperwhite over the Oasis but the newest edition superb. The Paperwhite has been upgraded design wise to feel a bit more high end being waterproof and a more flush bezel design which is kind of nice. Spec wise they are pretty slow in terms of tablets but considering it is a dedicated reading device it serves. Another nice thing is that they enhanced the panel to a 300ppi (pixels per inch) which is the same as the Oasis. All in all it is a ridiculous value in comparison to the Oasis. The Oasis is far over priced when it only gives you 1 extra inch in screen realistate and the aluminum chassis. Save the $150 and go with the Paperwhite.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Quirky, but fun

    Posted
    Janice
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    Since this Kindle is based on a linux instead of an android system, the interface is a little different than what I've been used to. I mainly got this as a backup item and to use in the bathtub. For all that it advertises itself as waterproof, it warns not to submerse it in water and to carefully set it up to drain and not turn it on if it does get dropped in the water. The interface is finicky and the web browser is mediocre. However, I've wanted a tablet I can read in the bathtub or by the pool forever, and this is the best option. I got the version with ads, but you can turn the screen off so they're not showing all the time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    You can't beat the Kindle

    Posted
    BigJon
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    After buying one for myself least year, my son wanted one as well. We were concerned about it not being made for a 10yr old, but this newer model is even sturdier and now waterproof. We got it up and running in about 10 minutes and loaded him some Dogman books and he is in heaven. He reads it at night with the softer light setting and during the day. He likes the bookmark functions and really appreciates the ability to have multiple books in one handy reader. At the end of the day, it has a 10yr old boy reading because he wants to... what else needs to be said?!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wife loved it!

    Posted
    MartyE
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    My wife always said she didn't want one of these electronic readers, she preferred the real thing. I took a chance and got this one for her for Christmas. She was initially skeptical, but gave it a fair chance. Now she really likes it! She picked out a nice cover for it on her own. I think the thing that sold the Paperwhite was the small form factor, and the page white display, unlike reading something on a tablet. Although it will never replace the feel of a real book in hand, it is very compact for travelling and will be something she will use as an addition to her vast library.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Light weight, easy to handle

    Posted
    Shoban
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    Bought this as a gift to my brother in law, who is a captain of a sport fishing boat in the Caribbean. The waterproof feature is what put me over the edge, he's a responsible guy who takes good care of his stuff, but if the kraken appears one evening as he's relaxing on deck reading Moby Dick, he won't need to worry about getting the Kindle a little wet. He reports that he's surprised how light this unit is, but then, he hasn't filled it up with books yet. With the increased memory of this model, it's gonna hold a lot, so who knows.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    did not know I needed it until I got it

    Posted
    Brad
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    I had been thinking about buying a new kindle for years but could never justify it as my older basic Kindle still worked... even replaced the battery. I received this as a gift for my birthday and thought about taking it back but decided to give it a try out of appreciation for the gift. I love this thing. having the back light makes all the difference in the world. Being able to easily log into wifi (even on a cruise ship - which I could not do with the older kindle) is great. Make the leap, upgrade and enjoy. Easily worth the money even if your old one still works... Do It!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very good reader, special offers are no big deal

    Posted
    watcher24
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    PIcked this up with "special offers" to get it just under $100. Honestly don't have any idea why you would pay to not have an ad for a book on the lock-screen only that only shows up if you aren't in airplane mode which I always am outside of the 1 minute it takes every few weeks to sync my new books. IF you are looking for an e-reader this is really the obvious choice, unless you have a lot of books in the Google Play Books ecosystem, in which case keep looking you won't get those on this device without major headaches, installing shady software, etc.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not like my old Paperwhite

    Posted
    Cathy
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    The new Paperwhite has a different lighting system and it has much more of a blue lighting than the other models. It is more difficult to adjust to a comfortable reading lighting setting. I called Amazon and they suggested buying a filter film which I did. That took two weeks to be delivered and was not the correct size. In cutting it down as recommended, it was impossible to apply as directed without a lot of bubbles The seller issued a full refund, but, I am left with the same problem of reducing the blue light level.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Many Improvements

    Posted
    Drciam
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    I got off to a rocky start with this product because it had already been set for Chinese and I do not understand Kanji. I was able to bluff a registration with appropriate guesses but could not get rid of the Chinese. It took sometime with Amazon Tech and great guesses on my part to get to English. The problem was complicated because the English version relies on Icons like a globe and the Chinese version of Settings in Kanji. Amazon brags that the battery charge lasts for weeks, not if you turn up the page to white.

    I would recommend this to a friend