Product Reviews

Thanks Jennifer. We are looking forward to working with you. We will be in touch

Your account has been created

The Amazon Paperwhite e-book reader has an exceptional screen

Consumer Reports News: October 12, 2012 11:38 AM

Find Ratings

Type on the screen of the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite e-book reader is exceptionally crisp and stands out in unusually sharp contrast to its background, according to our tests. And, true to Amazon's claims, the illumination from the screen's built-in LED lights aid reading in almost all light conditions.

The Paperwhite's screen was only a little more readable than those of some other top-performing readers, most of which (like the Paperwhite) have e-ink screens that yield a better reading experience, at least for e-books, than the LCD screens of tablets and smart phones. And some of the Paperwhite's competitors—including the Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight, which also has LED lights—scored better than the new Amazon model in some tests.

Our Ratings have been updated to include the Paperwhite in both its $180 4G-connected and $120 Wi-Fi-only versions. If you are planning to buy either device as a holiday gift, you might want to order soon; Amazon is currently reporting a 4- to 6-week backlog due to "popular demand."

We've also added the Sony Reader PRS-T2 to our latest e-book reader Ratings. It's a new $130 touchscreen model from a brand that helped pioneer e-books, though it now attracts much less buzz in the category than Amazon and Barnes & Noble models.

On first impression, Kindle Paperwhite is an able GlowLight challenger

Paul Reynolds

Find Ratings

E-Book Readers Ratings

View and compare all E-Book Readers ratings.

E-mail Newsletters

FREE e-mail Newsletters! Choose from cars, safety, health, and more!
Already signed-up?
Manage your newsletters here too.

Electronics News


Cars Build & Buy Car Buying Service
Save thousands off MSRP with upfront dealer pricing information and a transparent car buying experience.

See your savings


Mobile Get Ratings on the go and compare
while you shop

Learn more