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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite Review

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

October 10, 2012

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Science Introduction

By the numbers, the Kindle Paperwhite out-specs and outperforms other eReaders... just not in battery life.

Screen Performance

An impressive screen

With a very high pixel density (PPI) of 215, text on your Amazon Kindle Paperwhite will look much like it was actually printed on there. For some, the effect is a bit jarring, but you'll get used to it after a while. While it isn't exactly a necessity to have the highest PPI for something that displays text from a book in black and white, it's still cool when you forget that you're not reading a paperback.

All things considered, the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite isn't terribly reflective, making it a very good option to take outdoors with you. The coating on the screen breaks up the reflection quite nicely, so you won't have to worry about seeing yourself in a mirror-like surface.

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Battery Life

Decent overall battery performance.

With a battery that gives you just barely over 24 hours of reading an eBook straight on full backlight, you should be covered for most long trips and casual use. We still recommend turning the wireless off whenever possible, and if you're in daylight, turning the backlight to minimum, as that chews through the battery at a blistering pace.

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