My Video Review of Kindle Paperwhite

The Kindle Paperwhite features major improvements compared with the previous model, the Kindle Touch. Here is my six-minute video overview of the Paperweight’s stunning screen and more responsive touch controls. The Paperwhite is available in these configurations:

WiFi Only with Special Offers – $119

WiFi Only without Special Offers – $139

3G and WiFi with Special Offers – $179

3G and WiFi without Special Offers – $199

You may also want to check out the Kindle cases for the Paperwhite, which automatically put the device into sleep mode when you close the cover.

Thanks to Darlene for excellent camera work!


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Comments 12

  1. Evelynne wrote:

    Thanks for this, Len. I’m happy to see it appears to be a worthwhile upgrade. I look forward to receiving mine.

    Posted 30 Sep 2012 at 9:35 pm
  2. Shelley Adler wrote:

    Outstanding and extremely helpful review, as usual, Len. 10/2 can’t come quickly enough… (Impressive video work, Darlene!)

    Posted 01 Oct 2012 at 1:45 am
  3. Bob wrote:

    No mention of the fact that the memory in the Paperwhite is half of what was in the Touch. That seems a big deal to me (going backwards) but doesn’t seem to bother any reviewers that I’ve read.

    Posted 01 Oct 2012 at 2:33 pm
  4. Len Edgerly wrote:

    Good point, Bob. I never come close to maxing out the memory on my Kindles, because I like to keep just a couple of pages of titles as my home page, leaving the rest in the cloud. But I can imagine some circumstances where half the memory would be an issue.

    Posted 01 Oct 2012 at 3:58 pm
  5. Julie wrote:

    While the two remaining older models of Kindles (the Kindle Keyboard and the Kindle DX) contain 4 GB of storage space, they also have the ability to store and play audio files in the form of Audible books and MP3 files which which can use up a significant amount of storage space. Disk space is cheap, and the majority of ebook files are under 1 mb (I’m almost certain it’s images in the ebooks that drive up the file size more than anything else). I figure Amazon decided without audio capabilities not as much space was needed.

    I used to keep all my books on my Kindle Keyboard but as the number climbed close to 1,000 titles the Kindle started to act sluggish so I gradually reduced that number. I remember having ~1.5 gb of storage space left. Now I keep 365 books tops on it. I figure if I can read one book a day for a year that’s more than enough. I can always search in the cloud if a book is not on the device. 🙂

    The PaperWhite will be my third Kindle. The Touch did not win me over and I find myself using the K3K more often. Question is will the PaperWhilte win me over? I suspect it will with the reading-in-the-dark screen.

    Posted 01 Oct 2012 at 5:16 pm
  6. Kent wrote:

    Thanks Len!

    Great review. I can’t wait to get mine. I ordered two at different times. The first one (for my wife) said it would ship the 11th of Oct, but actually shipped today. The other one (mine) is set to ship the 25th. I sure hope it gets here a week early too!

    I’m a professor and am trying to get all my students to use Kindles since it’s the best way to do research — all your highlights in one place!!

    Keep up the great work.

    Posted 01 Oct 2012 at 8:06 pm
  7. LC wrote:

    My only e-reader is the Kindle Fire and it works fine, but there is no support for multiple dictionaries and no way to organize books, except by title or author, and downloading Kindle books from non-Amazon sources is way too clumsy and complex.

    But I think an e-reader might be less distracting so I had begun thinking about a dedicated reader. The long battery life and 3g are attractive because a number of the places I read have no free wi- fi. And it’s small.

    So, first:
    Functional questions: dictionary support? Book organization options? Downloading mobile books?

    But then I start adding up the price. 3G w/ no special offers plus an a/c adapter plus a minimal case plus California tax – and we are talking about $250 for an e-reader or about the price of a wi-fi Fire. That seems like an awfully high price for a single-function device.

    Posted 04 Oct 2012 at 2:51 am
  8. LC wrote:

    Not “mobile”, “mobi”. The Fire’s spelling dictionary leaves a lot to be desired.

    Posted 04 Oct 2012 at 1:49 pm
  9. Len Edgerly wrote:

    LC, the Kindle Paperwhite does support multiple dictionaries. Mine came with The New Oxford American Dictionary and the Oxford Dictionary of English. From the Home screen, if you tap on Menu->Settings->Personalize Your Kindle->Language and Dictionaries , you can set the language, keyboard language, and default dictionary for each language.
    It has Collections capability, as the Touch and Kindle Keyboard did.
    I’m not sure what you mean by “mobile books.” You can move non-Kindle content to the Paperwhite with the handy “send to Kindle” app for PC or Mac.
    I agree that when you add all the extras, the Paperwhite gets up there in price. But the more I use it the more I’m satisfied that it represents a good deal, because I love to read so much.
    Hope that’s helpful.

    Posted 06 Oct 2012 at 11:27 am
  10. Gerard Collins wrote:

    Nice overview. But I think that’s the charging indicator LED at the bottom, not a microphone.

    Posted 07 Oct 2012 at 2:00 am
  11. Len Edgerly wrote:

    You’re right, Gerard. Sorry for the error.

    Posted 07 Oct 2012 at 6:03 am
  12. Leslie Davis (@LesRS wrote:

    Thanks Len for the review!

    I got my Paperwhite on October 2nd and after using it for a few days, I am finding the screen is damaged on the bottom (dark blotches & the screen texture was grainy). I called today to see if the problem had been reported and it was, so Amazon is sending me a new one by Wednesday. You are right about the customer service, awesome!

    Thanks Len!

    Posted 07 Oct 2012 at 11:01 am