Kindle Paperwhite (2018) review

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8.9/10
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The Kindle Paperwhite (2018) currently has an Informr score of 8.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 30 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Screen Size
6"
Storage
8/32 GB
3G
No
Reading Time
-


What the Critics Are Saying...


Daily Express

This is a reliable device that is now much more robust and lighter to have in your bag. The screen is also much-improved and the extra storage will be a welcomed addition to those who love to keep all of their books in one place. All in all, this is a good update from Amazon just don't expect anythi...

- Liam Martin, Daily Express
BGR

If you are in the market for a new Kindle then this new Paperwhite should be your default choice. However, if you have an older Paperwhite then the only reason to upgrade would be if you need the waterproof design.

- Karthekayan Iyer, BGR
Fone Arena

It has to be said though that this is the first time in a while that I’ve been tempted to upgrade. Between the doubled storage (8GB vs 4GB and an option of 32GB storage), the more even lighting, a slightly improved design and the peace of mind that comes with waterproofing, the 4th generation Kindle...

- Dhruv Bhutani, Fone Arena
Deccan Chronicle

If you happen to have an affinity for consuming a large number of books or if you are just an avid book/comic reader, then the Kindle Paperwhite is the way to go. We were enthralled by its light weight and its textured rear and we found reading for hours to be no different than reading a book.

- Aaron Almeida, Deccan Chronicle
NDTV

With IPX8 waterproofing, a display flush with the glass, and a thinner and lighter body, the new Kindle Paperwhite has cemented its position as the best e-book reader for most people. The gap between the Kindle Oasis and the Kindle Paperwhite has now become much narrower. The Oasis might look more p...

- Shobhit Varma, NDTV


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Screen Size
6"

The Kindle Paperwhite (2018)'s screen size is 6 inches with 1080 x 1440 pixels resolution.

Backlight
Yes

There is a built-in backlight for reading in the dark.

Storage
8/32 GB

Internal memory is 8/32 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

3G
No

This model has no 3G wireless capabilities.

Reading Time
-

The e-reader is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol) battery.

Kindle Paperwhite (2018) Specs

Overview
Release date November 7, 2018
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kindom, India
Networks
No cellular data
variations
SIM card Yes
Operating System Custom
Processor ARM Freescale 6SLL Cortex-A9 1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 8/32 GB
RAM 512 MB
ROM No
Flightmode Yes
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity Unknown
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 4 hours
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 42 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 16.8 x 11.7 x 0.8 cm (6.6 x 4.6 x 0.3 in)
Weight 191 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating IP X8
Display / Screen
Type Grayscale
Technology E-ink
Resolution 1080 x 1440 pixels
Pixel density 300 pixels
Size 6 inches
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Anti Glare Yes
Additional Display Features
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Page Turn Key No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.2
Bluetooth Profiles No
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Audio / Video
Audio Playback No
Video Playback No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers No
Headset Jack No
Vibration Alert No
Content Formats Supported
Content Formats Supported AZW, AZW3, DOC, DOCX, GIF, HTML, JPEG, MOBI, PDF, PNG, TXT
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Critic Reviews


Daily Express

Subtle changes offer a major improvement

from Daily Express

This is a reliable device that is now much more robust and lighter to have in your bag. The screen is also much-improved and the extra storage will be a welcomed addition to those who love to keep all of their books in one place. All in all, this is a good update from Amazon just don't expect anything too out of the ordinary.

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This is a reliable device that is now much more robust and lighter to have in your bag. The screen is also much-improved and the extra storage will be a welcomed addition to those who love to keep all of their books in one place. All in all, this is a good update from Amazon just don't expect anything too out of the ordinary.

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BGR

The default Kindle

from BGR

If you are in the market for a new Kindle then this new Paperwhite should be your default choice. However, if you have an older Paperwhite then the only reason to upgrade would be if you need the waterproof design.

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If you are in the market for a new Kindle then this new Paperwhite should be your default choice. However, if you have an older Paperwhite then the only reason to upgrade would be if you need the waterproof design.

Read full review

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Fone Arena

Thinner, lighter, waterproof

from Fone Arena

It has to be said though that this is the first time in a while that I’ve been tempted to upgrade. Between the doubled storage (8GB vs 4GB and an option of 32GB storage), the more even lighting, a slightly improved design and the peace of mind that comes with waterproofing, the 4th generation K...More

It has to be said though that this is the first time in a while that I’ve been tempted to upgrade. Between the doubled storage (8GB vs 4GB and an option of 32GB storage), the more even lighting, a slightly improved design and the peace of mind that comes with waterproofing, the 4th generation Kindle packs almost everything that readers have been asking for.

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Deccan Chronicle

The eBook reader you have been waiting for

from Deccan Chronicle

If you happen to have an affinity for consuming a large number of books or if you are just an avid book/comic reader, then the Kindle Paperwhite is the way to go. We were enthralled by its light weight and its textured rear and we found reading for hours to be no different than reading a book.

Read full review

If you happen to have an affinity for consuming a large number of books or if you are just an avid book/comic reader, then the Kindle Paperwhite is the way to go. We were enthralled by its light weight and its textured rear and we found reading for hours to be no different than reading a book.

Read full review

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NDTV

The popular Amazon e-reader is now water resistant

from NDTV

With IPX8 waterproofing, a display flush with the glass, and a thinner and lighter body, the new Kindle Paperwhite has cemented its position as the best e-book reader for most people. The gap between the Kindle Oasis and the Kindle Paperwhite has now become much narrower. The Oasis might look mor...More

With IPX8 waterproofing, a display flush with the glass, and a thinner and lighter body, the new Kindle Paperwhite has cemented its position as the best e-book reader for most people. The gap between the Kindle Oasis and the Kindle Paperwhite has now become much narrower. The Oasis might look more premium and offer certain extra features like auto brightness, but the Paperwhite ticks all the right boxes and is by far the most well-rounded model in Amazon's lineup of reading devices.

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India Today

Waterproof design, great screen, significantly more storage space

from India Today

The Kindle Paperwhite (2018) gets the best of both worlds i.e. the comfortable design of the old Kindle Paperwhite and some of the exuberant features of Kindle Oasis. Its seamless display and optimum size make up for a good reading experience and its waterproof coating ensures that few occasional...More

The Kindle Paperwhite (2018) gets the best of both worlds i.e. the comfortable design of the old Kindle Paperwhite and some of the exuberant features of Kindle Oasis. Its seamless display and optimum size make up for a good reading experience and its waterproof coating ensures that few occasional spills don't do any damage to the device. And its lasting battery frees you from the need to charge your Kindle frequently.

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The Next Web

The best ereader for the money adds waterproofing and audiobooks

from The Next Web

If you already have a Kindle, it’s a worthwhile upgrade if you care about reading near water or listen to a lot of audiobooks as well. It’s also a better choice than the Oasis for portability, as the difference between a 6-inch screen and 7-inch one is the difference between fitting in a pocket or not.

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If you already have a Kindle, it’s a worthwhile upgrade if you care about reading near water or listen to a lot of audiobooks as well. It’s also a better choice than the Oasis for portability, as the difference between a 6-inch screen and 7-inch one is the difference between fitting in a pocket or not.

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Firstpost

Familiar e-reader which you can now take to the pool

from Firstpost

Overall, my pick would still be the older Kindle Paperwhite as it has now received a price drop. If you don’t mind spending a bit more for the waterproofing features, I’d highly recommend the non-4G Kindle Paperwhite (2018).

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Overall, my pick would still be the older Kindle Paperwhite as it has now received a price drop. If you don’t mind spending a bit more for the waterproofing features, I’d highly recommend the non-4G Kindle Paperwhite (2018).

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Tom's Guide

The best got better

from Tom's Guide

With water-resistance and a flush-to-screen display, Amazon's taken the Paperwhite and made it even more compelling. The only downside is that it costs $10 more now.

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With water-resistance and a flush-to-screen display, Amazon's taken the Paperwhite and made it even more compelling. The only downside is that it costs $10 more now.

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The Guardian

A refined, easy-to-use e-reader, now with water resistance and 4G

from The Guardian

The 2018 Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is about as simple and refined as a standard ebook reader can get. It provides an excellent reading experience, with a great screen, good battery life and ease of use that’s second to none. The addition of water resistance and a reduction in weight are worthwhi...More

The 2018 Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is about as simple and refined as a standard ebook reader can get. It provides an excellent reading experience, with a great screen, good battery life and ease of use that’s second to none. The addition of water resistance and a reduction in weight are worthwhile, but at this stage the Kindle is less competing against other e-readers than it is against phones and tablets.

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