Between the new display, the improved software and performance, great battery life, and Amazon’s massive book selection, there’s not much here to complain about. Some may nitpick the lack of a charger or the fact that you need to pay to opt out of advertising on the device — and those are negatives to be sure — but the overall picture is very clear. Amazon wants to make great reading devices for the masses, and with the Paperwhite, they just took the game to a whole new level.
I will be picking one of these up soon. I have a Nook Simple Touch that I bought when it was first released because it was the first touchscreen e-ink reader available, and the Kindles at the time were more expensive and had much slower page-turning software. I like the Nook a lot, and will probably give it to my wife or son.
I think the backlighting on this is a killer feature. Yes, I know the Nook has this as well on their newer readers, but I would like a Kindle device so I can test self-published works before I put them out there to see how they’re formatted. Right now I can only do that on the Kindle app on my iPad, and I don’t know how well that correlates to the actual Kindle devices. Plus, I’m a gadget freak, and like collecting these kinds of things.
Read the full review at The Verge.