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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite eReader Review

The backlight stunts battery life, but the Kindle Paperwhite is an impressive eReader.

October 10, 2012
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Device & Specs

Device & Specs

Amazon really loaded the Kindle Paperwhite with a lot of improved specs, and it shows in comparison to the older Kindle Touch. Not only does it have a better resolution, but a better touchscreen, and the ability to be read in lower lighting conditions. All around, a much better eReader, though you'll pay a bit more for the added performance. However, if you like to listen to audiobooks, the older Kindle supports them, where the newer Paperwhite does not.

Screen

Battery

eReader

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Screen

The screen of the Kindle Paperwhite is not only improved from a legibility, responsiveness, and resolution standpoint, but the backlight makes the eReader able to be read at any time of day, and in almost any lighting condition. On the other hand, the Kindle Touch cannot, as it has no backlight.

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Battery

While the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite does offer some impressive measurables, its battery life is not one of them. Though both eReaders last over 24 hours straight, the backlight to the Kindle Paperwhite on full does cramp its style a bit, quite literally decimating its battery life. For reference, the older Kindle lasts up to 10 days straight.

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Both are very similar devices as far as eReaders go, but the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite offers the capability of reading books at night. For some, this is hugely attractive, especially if you like reading in bed. However, others want the better battery life for long trips, and my elect to go with the older model.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. eReader
  5. Barnes & Noble Nook SimpleTouch with Glow Light Comparison
  6. Amazon Kindle Touch Comparison
  7. Conclusion
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