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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not as great as reviewers rate it.

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    Randy
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    An 'okay' reader. Reading from an iPad mini is better under all conditions except outside in sunlight. Plus, with the iPad you can play games, web search, etc. The Kindle library function is not nearly as good as the Kindle app on the iPad where you can see many more of your books on a page and scroll through them all quickly versus the slow swipe function of the Kindle. I also do not like the page turn of the Kindle versus Apple. Every page turned on Kindle is like slow motion and about every fifth page refreshes entirely. I actually have to go to the top of the next page slowly in order to not have to wait for the Kindle slow page turn. Even the reading in the outdoors feature of the Kindle is not as great as reviewers indicate as there is still the sun glare on pages that you have to deal with, although at least you can read with it outdoors. The Kindle also suffers from a 'shadow' along the bottom of the screen. The explanation is that it is actually a shadow that is between the lights that are shining upward for night time reading. Draw your own conclusions as to whether that is good engineering. It is worse on some of the devices I saw than on others. Kindle serves the purpose for reading at the beach and not worrying if it accidently gets damaged. I would never take an iPad to the beach, but the Kindle is almost 'disposable' in contrast. Maybe 3 stars is being a bit generous but it is a good supplement to the iPad. If Apple ever makes their device so it can be used outside without a glare, then I don't see any market for the Kindle at that point. Not sorry I have a Kindle, but for what I decided to buy it for (reading at beach) it is at the price point where it is not really worth it. I still read "paper" books for those who remember what those are and those still work perfectly for beach reading.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good device for reading books you buy.

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    aravindan14
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    You will find detailed reviews of kindle paper white online. I will cover some other general observations, If you send a pdf to your kindle email , it will sync it to your kindle. But the fonts appear small when you open it in kindle paper white and the menu option did not allow me to change font size. You have to convert the pdf to be able to adjust font size. You will be able to convert your existing pdfs by sending a email with "Convert" in subject line and including the attachment and sending it to your kindle email (refer to amazon settings for finding out your kindle email). However it may lose the tables or other code diagrams from the original pdf so that is a pain (varies from pdf to pdf). Also if you are used to ios or android, the page turns are not the same like flipping. when you tap or perform a page flip,It will blink for a sec and refresh the page to move to next page. I found this a little annoying but it works. if you buy a book online then that might be a better option as it will let you read the formatted content correctly. Battery usage is fantastic. Another positive is that the inbuilt lights are not glaring in the dark so you will find reading to be a pleasant experience. They have settings to adjust brightness as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    I love e-ink. The Paperwhite isn't the greatest.

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    Denny
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    So I love, love, love e-ink. I'm not even a big reader but t's this magic technology that no one seems excited about. There is literally ink inside the screen that moves up or down electronically. So it is literally an actual printed book page that can change in an instance. I like the Kindle Paperwhite and it does everything I need. But this particular version doesn't have the same pleasing page color as my 5 year old Kindle, which is strange. But I really needed the light to actually be able to read when I usually want to read. So when the light is on it's pretty nice. The interface is rather slow, which is to be expected given it's not a traditional LCD screen (it's literally a printing press), but I wish the interface had better ways to organize and change the order of books. The other problem I had was that the first one I received had a large hole in the upper layer of the screen (where the light diffuses through) so it had this glowing hole that reminded me of a giant stuck pixel. Also there were a few random stuck black spots. The next one did not have these problems. Amazon will replace it for you if it does.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    You better read a ton

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    RockChalkBach
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    Let me set the stage for this review: I joined a book club this year and have started reading a lot... or at least what I would consider to be a lot, which is about 2 decently-long books a month. Up until buying the Paperwhite, I was doing most of my reading on my iPhone using the Kindle app. Long story short, I ended up returning the Paperwhite after about 2 weeks. Why? Because I realized just how sporadic my reading was. I read when I'm out and about, waiting at a doctor's office, or in-line at a restaurant, etc. It became overwhelmingly apparent to me that the best E-Reader is the one you have with you at all times. For me, that's my iPhone. The actual reading experience is definitely better on the Paperwhite. However, if you're an "on-the-go" reader like me, then it just means you have to carry around another device. Dedicated E-Readers are for people who either truly read a ton, or have a set routine for reading. If that's not you, then stick with your phone.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Compared to old Kindle, not as easy to use

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    Chris
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    I purchased this Kindle to replace one that was 10 years old, and was performing inconsistently. My old Kindle had a keyboard and tabs that allowed for easy navigation and downloading. The new one dispensed with all this in favor of on-screen menus that I found much less user-friendly. Further, there seems to be a lot of unwanted advertising that did not accompany my older model. The user guide did not include instructions for a specific operation I needed to do - deleting some preloaded "clippings" - necessitating a chat with user support. While that was very helpful, it would have been nice to have the appropriate instructions as part of the user manual, or better yet, no preloaded "clippings" such as bookmarks and highlights. I wish they had an updated version of my old Kindle that maintained the useful and simple features.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Inconsistent quality

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    lacorota
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    I've had every Kindle e-reader available. Though it doesn't have all the features available on the Voyage, the Paperwhite is the best. The issue I've had are the emergence of tiny light "leaks" emerging from the source through the matte textured page background. They're little pinhole-sized, bright light scattered across the page. It usually begins with just one, or two, and becomes several over time. It's distracting to reading. In a conventional book, it would be like having a small speck of dirt on the page. If these little things don't bother you, then it's not an issue. The Paperwhite models don't seem to have this problem as often as the Voyage does. I went through 3 Voyage models before surrendering and returning to the Paperwhite. The Paperwhite has fewer total lights, so it's not as evenly lit as the Voyage, however, it's nothing significant.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great way to read my books

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    Graham
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    This is a really great device, it's easy to use and see and of course comes without annoying advertisements. One really bad thing is that you can't upload your own books to the cloud thus making it a totally monopolistic device, the DRM is a real pain, wouldn't recognize books from my old reader bad Amazon! They are my books, I should be able to read them anywhere I like. Way too much messing to get access to my own property! Store and archive on your own server or PC and it's great though, but not everyone can set that up, nor should they have to! A monopoly device that tries it's hardest to only allow you to purchase from Amazon, is this legal?

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Light is great, OK otherwise

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    CodeNinja
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    I had to replace my Kindle 3G keyboard after several years because it would no longer charge. So I got this one and I'm satisfied, but I really miss my 3G. The only feature that's better in the newer Kindle is the light. Turning pages is my main complaint with the touch screen. It sometimes doesn't register the touch and you have to do it again. Also going back a page is a pain. Supposedly the left 25% of the screen is for going back, but it seems like the left 10% at best and just to be safe I press on the very edge. I miss the buttons for turning pages. I also miss the 3G even though I didn't use it all that often. Now I just need to make sure I plan ahead on road trips.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Purchased as a gift

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    Coffee
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    I purchased this as a gift for my daughter and she loves it. Easy to read and stores all of her books. My only complaint is that it feels slow and sluggish when transitioning from one screen tk the next. Even turning the page feels slow. Not sure if it has a setting to change this but its a noticeable difference between this device and the kindle fire both with out of the bix settings. My daughter doesn't mind it and prefers the screen on the paperwhite for reading. Battery life is fantastic, its so good you can go on a weekend trip and leave the charger at home.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    The light is the best part

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    1771
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    I have a kindle and love it, however it doesn't have a light and I can't read while a passenger when traveling or at night when my husband is sleeping unless I have another light source. That is why I bought the Paperwhite. The problem is that the pages turn differently than the regular kindle and it is harder for me to use. Also, when I use the touchscreen to turn the pages sometimes I hit a word that leads me to a definition or a footnote instead. Sometimes when I use the touchscreen to turn a page, it takes me far ahead and then I have trouble getting back to where I was.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Ok for reading

    Posted
    reader20
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    The Kindle Paper white is excellent for reading; however: 1. Product needs to be able to shut OFF! Very unhappy about this. Advertising says will hold charge for weeks - not so, when Kindle paperwhite cannot be shut down. It only holds a charge for a few days, if you read for a couple of hours each day. 2. I have books that I do not intend to read often and want them left in the cloud. I am finding it very close to impossible to return any of my books to the cloud - IT SHOULD BE EASIER!! Amazon made it easy to change Kindle's when I purchased a new one. All Kindle's should be user friendly. Sadly, this is not the case, with the Paperwhite.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Back lighting is good.

    Posted
    Cedric
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    This Kindle is good for reading, because of the backlighting. Also, I like the white. What was extremely disappointing was the fact that I can’t get my two favorite games, Every Word and Solitaire Buddy Gold Free Cell. Why are these available only on Android? That is why I gave a 3 Star rating and not higher. I have asked these questions online before and have not received an answer. I can get the games on my old lower priced Kindle, but not on my new higher priced Kindle. Please help me!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Would like to give a 3.5 - got for 99$ with no ads

    Posted
    Vishnu
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    I want to rate it 3.5 but best buy lets me rate it 3 or 4, nothing in between. Similarly I see no point in upgrading from an old paperwhite until you really want a 300 ppi display. Kindle Paperwhite is good but not much has changed over the years, if you plan to upgrade over the old one think if it is worth spending. A paperwhite with 3G goes up towards 180-200 USD, I would rather invest the money on a tab. If you are sticking with the base version as I brought (99 USD - no ads), then its a good deal.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good

    Posted
    Vinay
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    I love physical books too, I'm with you. But I know myself, and I know that once I forget to take the book I'm reading with me, that's it. I'll start another book and rarely finish the first. I also know if I try and read on my phone or iPad that I'll get distracted and start wondering about what's happening on the internet (Instagram's not gonna scroll ITSELF). Either way I'm not finishing the book.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It's ok, but it jump pages too easily.

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    dks822
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    I had a lower end kindle for years. When that broke, I decide to buy the higher end one that is backlit. The back litghting is nice for reading at night. But the touch features are too jumpy--it jumps pages instead of just turning to the next one. It is cumbersome to buy through amazon and difficult to see the list of what you have. I don't know if I'd buy this one over the lowest end one again.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent eReader but has screen issues

    Posted
    Angelo
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    The Paperwhite is certainly better than the regular Kindle, primarily due to the back lighting feature. If you buy a Kindle eReader, this would be the one to buy. You could spend more for the higher end models but there's really no need. The main issue with this eReader is the smudge effect at the bottom of the screen. I tried two Paperwhites and both had the same issue. Perhaps this is just how they are.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    I don't like it

    Posted
    MrsDavid
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    My husband bought this for me as a Christmas gift to replace a perfectly serviceable first generation Kindle. I found it complicated to use compared to my old one, and I don't use it. I probably should have returned it. As it is, I have put it away until my original kindle breaks or is so obsolete that it is no longer supported.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It Is Not As Good As I Expected

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    robinsj
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    I bought this product for traveling for its light weight and paper like reading. It was fine with e-books, but I had some PDF file I wanted to read on it. I could load the PDFs, but hard to read. No font enlargable for PDFs. Plus, the screen is not very responsive as screens in tablets. I ended up return it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    GettingUsed

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    FunGame
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    After using IPAD, it is weird to see flickers while reading on a small screen. However, it was recommended by a friend of mine who thinks it is easy on eyes. Battery lasts long and you can download work related pdfs to read later. (my main purpose to buy was to read docs offline) Redundant if you have kindle on ipad/other tabs.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It's okay.

    Posted
    Alfi
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    I got it to store all my college books without checking to see if they would even be compatible. They weren't. It's my fault for not checking this. The three star rating is because you can buy a good tablet for less and use the kindle app. Which is what I did. I can now read my books and have a fully functional tablet.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend