• MisterRubato

    You compared the Paperwhite to B&N’s Simple Touch, but not the direct comparison to the Glow Light from them. Why not? You also didn’t mention the thing everyone has been complaining about, and even Amazon apologized for: the uneven lighting. Very one sided, poorly informed review.

  • Djoshua5000

    Why 10/10? (or maybe I don’t understand how you rate. I don’t see how it adds up to 10/10)

    I would think that these issue below would at lest knock off 1/2 point. I usually think of 10/10 as perfect as can be, and not top of class, having no issues or reasonable concerns. It’s like comparing it to the best it can be, setting the bar as high as it can. Even a 9.8/10 could work as a rating. (in general)

    I take issue with the first two on the list below. A open universal system that doesn’t lock you into there ecosystem which would prevent you from taking the e-book you buy (that are yours because you pay for them) from one system to nether.  

    —Locks you Into the Amazon ecosystem
    —Does not read EPUB
    —Special Offers Costs $20.00 to RemoveIt only has 800 MHZ while the Kobo Glo has 1 GHZ Also no explainable memory, I don’t think the customization text, and font option are as many as the Kobo Glo.  There are report of uneven light (which is true on all glow device)
    However, even if Amazon fix those 2 issue I not sure 10/10 would be correct. To me 10/10 says to me “it was given just because it was Amazon” (but I know that is not true, just it seems like it)  Like I said I think 10/10 as perfect as can be setting the bar as high as you can with in reason with today’s tech. Then comparing it to it. ——————————-Because there is no EPUB support, I’m not buying it, but if it did I would buy it over the Kobo Glo, which I still waiting for it to be available to buy here in the USA. If only Amazon sold EPUB and support EPUB there would have many more customers. Also you mention that the Paperwhite is 1024×768, while you said that the Kobo Glo is 1024 x 758. (I thought they were the same screens)(And almost all other place mention that the Kobo Glo has 1024 x 768. Even the website at one point said it was 1024 x 768, but they change it after you correct me on my last post.)

    Thanks for the reviews and the hard work you put in. I only mean what I wrote as constructive criticism, and not in any mean or useless way— please don’t take it that way.

  • Djoshua5000

    Sorry. My post didn’t quite post the way I thought it would. It seem some auto reformatting change the way it look. Not sure what to expect after I post. 

    Why 10/10? (or maybe I don’t understand how you rate. I don’t see how it adds up to 10/10)I would think that these issue below would at lest knock off 1/2 point. I usually think of 10/10 as perfect as can be, and not top of class, having no issues or reasonable concerns. It’s like comparing it to the best it can be, setting the bar as high as it can. Even a 9.8/10 could work as a rating. (in general)I take issue with the first two on the list below. A open universal system that doesn’t lock you into there ecosystem which would prevent you from taking the e-book you buy (that are yours because you pay for them) from one system to nether.  —Locks you Into the Amazon ecosystem—Does not read EPUB—Special Offers Costs $20.00 to Remove.

    It only has 800 MHZ while the Kobo Glo has 1 GHZ. 

    Also no explainable memory, I don’t think the customization text, and font option are as many as the Kobo Glo. There are report of uneven light. (which is true on all glow device).
    However, even if Amazon fix those 2 issue I not sure 10/10 would be correct. To me 10/10 says to me “it was given just because it was Amazon” (but I know that is not true, just it seems like it).  
    Like I said I think 10/10 as perfect as can be setting the bar as high as you can with in reason with today’s tech. Then comparing it to it. 

    ——————————-.

    Because there is no EPUB support, I’m not buying it, but if it did I would buy it over the Kobo Glo, which I still waiting for it to be available to buy here in the USA. If only Amazon sold EPUB and support EPUB there would have many more customers. 

    Also you mention that the Paperwhite is 1024×768, while you said that the Kobo Glo is 1024 x 758. I thought they were the same screens.

    And almost all other place mention that the Kobo Glo has 1024 x 768. Even the website at one point said it was 1024 x 768, but they change it after you correct me on my last post.Thanks for the reviews and the hard work you put in. I only mean what I wrote as constructive criticism, and not in any mean or useless way— please don’t take it that way.

  • Djoshua5000

    What up? Why does this comments change the flow text. I how know idea what to expect when posting. So sorry for how it looks. 

  • Disappointed reader

    I agree with Djoshua5000 – I also question Goodereader giving the new kindle paperwhite a 10/10 review.  Why do most reviews out there seem to be so biased for Amazon Kindles?  Is it kickbacks given by Amazon, the power of Amazon?  The main reasons that I am not even considering the Kindle (being in Canada – which Goodereader is also!), are the limitations imposed outside of the US by Kindle, the locked in ecosystem, and no EPUB, AND no SD slot.  And as MisterRubato pointed out, even Amazon acknowledges uneven lighting issues and the fact that the new one has only 2GB storage as opposed to the 4GB that the older models had.  What use is Cloud service if you don’t have wifi access (remember Canada = no 3G service).  And the $20 extra to remove the ads brings the price up to the equivalent of the Kobo Glo.

    The fact that the review acknowledges the cons – and they are pretty big cons in my opinion, how can this be a perfect 10? I usually find Goodereader reviews informative but this one smells fishy of bias.

  •  We compared it to the Glowlight model. Wait until our YOUTUBE videos are uploaded, where in the same video we compare the kobo glo, amazon paperwhite and nook glowlight in a triparison, you will see how great the paperwhite is compared to those 2.

  •  The Kobo Glo is 1024/758, we were told this buy the guy who DESIGNED the Kobo Glo at the Launch event, don’t put much stock into what other websites say, we were there at the Toronto launch event for Kobo, and many people HIGH up at Kobo told us this.

    Amazon has never had an “open” system

  •  There are no kickbacks. We seriously review every single e-reader that hits the market, and we even review obscure stuff no one knows about, but they should. Such as the Wexler Flex One and Icarus Excel, two deadly readers.

    The Lighting system may not be perfect, but vs. anyone who has released a commercially viable e-Reader with Glow Technology the Paperwhite is the BEST right now. You will see how this is quite evident during our comparisons vs the Kobo Glo and Nook Glow.

  • Djoshua5000

    “Amazon has never had an ‘open’ System”

    And it should be mark down for that. No close ereader should get a 10/10 when many other ereader have a open system. 

    Like I said before, I would get Kindle it they added support for epub. Just don’t think 10/10 is right for a close system when others are open.

    But that is just my option, and I have no idea of how rating work anyway.

    Keep up the great work and thanks for responding to my comments.

  •  Both Apple and Amazon have closed systems and they are some of the best in the world. Often an “open” ecosystem is used a crutch.

  • Free2mtl

    No microSD slot, no epub support, even no button to control the glow light on/off when you are reading. 10/10 is a joke. Maybe next generation kindle paperwhite will be 11/10. 

  • Free2mtl, do you have a paperwhite?

  •  Also, Apple and Amazon have both proven that closed ecosystems are often better and more refined then open ones. Look at Android for example.

  • Europereader

    Thanks for this test! Looking forward to the side by side comparison with the Glo!
    To give my two cents on the two readers: I have been hesitating a lot between the Glo and the Paperwhite for my first e-reader.
    As far as tech specs are concerned, it seems both are very similar, if not the same (I wasn’t aware that the light seems to be better for Amazon’s device as this test suggests, in fact I was worried by some early consumers comments about weird colored spots on their Paperwhite vs. no comment coming from Kobo customers).
    I did read that the OS on Kobo devices freezes quite a bit – no comment on that side from Amazon.
    —–
    Now, what made me decide for the Paperwhite is the Kobo vs. Amazon multi-device reading experience. I plan on reading a lot on my iPhone as well since I take the metro often and it’s easier to carry the phone at all time. So it’s very important for me that the iOS app that couples with the e-reader is good. In particular, I don’t think that I’ll buy a lot of books on the device, but will definitely sideload a lot of them.
    With Amazon, send your sideloaded books to the cloud through a simple app or an email, and you can download them at any time on your Kindle, iPhone, iPad from the cloud in a breeze. Better yet: the reading progress across devices sync, even with sideloaded books (tested between iPhone and iPad).
    With Kobo, I have yet to find a way to easily send the same book to all your devices (i.e. equivalent to Kindle Cloud). I suspect this exists but haven’t found it. What I’m pretty sure doesn’t exist though, is the ability to sync your reading across devices with sideloaded books. In other words: great, you can go get ePubs from wherever you want, but if you don’t buy them from the Kobo/Fnac store then it won’t sync across your devices.
    To conclude on the app section: I also tried to read a bit with both Kindle and Kobo apps: the Kobo app is slower than Kindle, and being located in France, we depend on Fnac to push updates to its Kobo app. It took them a month to fix the crashing app after iOS 6 came out… The average app update rate seems to be once a year. I know where this is headed…

    The ePub issue on Kindle: to me this is a non issue. Install Calibre, convert your ePub to .mobi and send it to Amazon cloud (talking DRM free here, but again, I don’t plan on buying a lot of books and if I do, Amazon will give me greater choices and prices). Takes you less than 2 minutes. If Amazon does sell you their devices at cost, they just can’t afford to let you go buy your content somewhere else, let’s face it… Knowing that, I find the Calibre way around it pretty straightforward and easy.

  • lexxy

    Thank you very much for your objective comparison, for your honest words about the blueish light of cheap LED’s in such devices as Kobo and Nook. That’s good to know before buying because its very important in respect of eyes health and hormonal balance before sleep.

  • def4

    Thanks for the review.

    A small correction: the resolution is 1024×758 on all of the new readers because they all use the same standard EInk screen.
    The only differences are the lighting and the touch sensors.

    Kindle Paperwhite does NOT havd a 1024×768 screen simply because such a screen does not exist.

  • Casualdlee

    People’s problem is the Epub and closed ecoystem have been a complaint for many years, yet Amazon is still selling more than all these other brands of ereader available.

    I think the complaint for these two issues is very minor and is not a problem to the majority who has a Kindle.

    Open system is not always good, becuase I find many people complaint is the lack of features or issues in the software or problems accessing information.

    These complaints against Amazon have been going on for years, and I have not see it affect there sales at all or success at all.

    For most, just having one simple platform is always greater and enough. Apple knows this, and has become the best technology in the world.

    Good Ereader have made plenty of valid points on these issues.

    P.S. I’ve tried a Nook and the experience was not that great for me. However, these ereader and what you make out of it is all subjective. People should take a chill pill.

  • Casualdlee

    Agreed!

  • What does ” It really ascetically draws many parallels with the web based version”? I’ve no idea. Did you mean the adverb “aesthetically”? Even then, I don’t know how you’d draw parallels aesthetically or ascetically!

  •  Thanks for your feedback, we have amended it.

  • gjwilson21

    Hi, its a very good review. 
    But I expected the topic of web browsing to be touched upon.
    How good is the browsing experience in kindle paperwhite 3g?Is there a limit on the data usage? and is the browser useful?

  • Saadie

    Hi, has anyone tried reading any programming books on paperwhite? Any comments specially for code snippets?

    Thanks a lot

  • Jojoman

     Do you mean that Android isn’t better than iOS?? Hard to believe. A fragmented world, yes, but nonetheless much better than the Apple one.

  • This Paperwhite is so much better than my Kindle Keyboard 3G.  Smaller, clearer, faster. Really easy to download over WiFi from Amazon (and everyone on this forum must have WiFi).  The lighting is near perfect, just a few areas at the bottom of the screen where it is a little uneven but this is below the text area.  The Kindle cover is really great when closed it turns the screen off and it instantly revives the image when opened.  Nobody can justifiably criticize this wonderful ebook.

  • Travis Partington

    I want to know does this Kindle do sub collections. I want to Fiction>Sci Fi>Crime Fiction etc. Does it do that or will have 40 different collections.

  • justin

    Are you guys going to address the frequency of screen issues with device. That alone makes this less than a 10.

  • David M. Brown

    “Amazon has completely absolved physical buttons…” Were the buttons sinning?

  • Lucas McLean

    I really like my paperwhite but this review misses a lot of cons.
    Battery isn’t replaceable
    No removable storage
    When using at night the background isn’t a uniform colour. LEDs can be seen on bottom of screen also.

    10/10 is a little generous, and i would say 8.5/10 is more fair. Best ebook reader on the market currently though in my opinion.

  • ‘X-Ray only works with books purchased from Amazon and not books you load in yourself.’ – it doesn’t seem to be working with the Scott Lynch books I bought. It does with a Sherlock Holmes book. So not all books have this feature, which is incredibly disappointing. I’d love to see a list of books that have the ability.

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  • greenanswersforyou

    When i start reading on kindle paper white it was really great experience the device software and storage every thing is just perfect easy to use and easy to carry.
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  • Deb

    Can I turn off all of the frequent and almost automatic special paperwhite features (word dictionary checks, xray, font changes and the like)? If yes, please tell me how thru email – smileofachild@att.net. I generally do not need these and find them very distracting from a casual read. Thx, good peoples!

  • imno007

    Well, just because they still sell a LOT does not mean these things don’t affect sales at all. If they did support epub they would probably sell even MORE. I myself have never bought a Kindle and mainly for this reason – and I’m sure there’s plenty more like me out there in the world. 😉

  • imno007

    Maybe, these closed ecosystems might in some ways be better “refined”, but mainly for people with money to burn 😉

  • OVOMO

    I like how this is the only thing you have given a 10/10!
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  • Eresh

    Isn’t converting from epub to others pretty easy?

  • vineyardgirl

    I personally like the kindle paperweight. It is easy to carry around and I can read it anywhere in the dark or sunlight. The best thing is that I do not have to carry around a heavy book. What is also great is that if I finish a book I can download another one right on the spot.

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  • Ganesh

    Hi Michael , I just bought Kindle Paper white and completed initial setup, downloaded Dict.etc but when i want to add books via Calibre but it is not detected in Calibre . Can you suggest something ? I am using windows 10 .

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