The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite w/o Special Offers (WiFi) (3rd Gen) is part of the E-book reader
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, E-book reader
models like the Kindle Paperwhite w/o Special Offers (WiFi) (3rd Gen) are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Readability: Readability is a measurement of how well the e-book reader can be viewed in various lighting conditions. E-book readers are tested in bright sunlight, a room replicating an average lit room and a dimly lit room.
Versatility: Versatility mainly includes characteristics that aid in usefulness and convenience. Those include the presence of hardware and menu-based navigation features. Also considered are the number of memory-card slots, built-in memory, power and headphones jacks, touch screen, physical keyboard, WiFi, and accelerometer among other features.
Responsiveness: Responsiveness is a speed measurement of how quickly an e-book reader can turn on from full off, resume from sleep, open an e-book, and transfer an e-book from a computer via USB.
Removable memory type
Removable memory typeThe format for the removable memory medium used in the e-book reader. Among the most common are Secure Digital (SD) and Memory Stick (MS). You must get the correct type of storage for your e-book reader; check with the manufacturer or retailer if you're uncertain.
Number of memory card slots
Number of memory card slotsHow many separate memory card slots an e-book reader has.
Power connectorIndicates if the e-book reader has a separate connector for a power adapter.
Headphone jackWhen you want to listen to an audiobook, have an e-book read to you, or listen to music without disturbing others, a headphone jack lets you plug in headphones so you alone hear the sound.
E-book storeLists e-book stores that the e-book reader can access and directly buy e-books from.
Library loaningIndicates if the reader can read any of the e-book formats available from public libraries. They are typically DRM (Digital Rights Management) protected EPUB, Adobe PDF, Amazon AZW, and Mobipocket formats.
Unsecured e-book formats
Unsecured e-book formatsLists e-book formats with no DRM (Digital Rights Management) the e-book reader supports. Those formats are Adobe PDF, Audible Enhanced (AAX), Audible (AA), BBeB Book (LRF, LRS, LRX), EPUB, FictionBook (FB2), Microsoft Reader (LIT), Mobipocket unprotected books (MOBI, PRC), and Rocket e-book (rb).
AZW, MOBI, PDF, PRC
DRM e-book formats
DRM e-book formatsLists e-book formats with DRM (Digital Rights Management) the e-book reader supports. Those formats are Adobe PDF, Amazon (AZW), EPUB, and Mobipocket (MOBI, PRC).
Other document formats
Other document formatsLists other e-book and document types the e-book reader supports. Those formats are rich text format (RTF), text (TXT), Word 2003 and previous (DOC) and Word 2007 (DOCX).
DOC, DOCX, HTML, TXT
Notes stay with e-book
Notes stay with e-bookWhether or not your annotations and notes stay with the e-book either attached to your account at an e-book store or with the e-book file. You can see all your annotations if you switch devices or move the e-book's file.
Clippings stay with e-book
Clippings stay with e-bookClippings are highlighted pieces of text (just a few words or whole paragraphs or chapters) that you want to save. Whether or not your annotations and notes stay with the e-book either attached to your account at an e-book store or with the e-book file. You can see all your annotations if you switch devices or move the e-book's file.
WiFiMost e-book readers have a built-in WiFi radio that allows them to download e-books and access the Internet via home networks and WiFi hotspots. WiFi- is the name for a medium-range (150 feet) wireless connectivity standard, officially known as IEEE 802.11. WiFi enables secure networking of many electronic devices. 802.11n is the most common type found in e-book readers. It is backwards compatible with 802.11g and 802.11b.
Cellular 3G3rd generation cellular broadband data connection. Some e-book readers use a 3G data connection to download e-books directly from an e-book store over the air. A cell phone service provider has to enable this capability and typically there is no extra charge for this data service on e-book readers.
3G carrierThis is the cell phone service provider that enables the 3G capabilities of those e-book readers that have it. Check in your area to see if you get 3G coverage from the e-book reader's cellular service provider or you may get very slow e-book download times or no over the air download capabilities at all.
Internal memoryAlso called onboard or built-in memory. The amount of internal memory to store e-books, music and photos that comes with the e-book reader. Some e-book readers have additional memory slots into which removable media such as Secure Digital and Memory Stick cards can be inserted to expand storage capacity.
Music formatsLists music file formats the e-book reader supports. Those formats are AAC, MP3, WAV, and WMA.
Photo formatsLists photo file formats the e-book reader supports. Those formats are BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG and TIFF.
BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG
Text-to-speechText-to-speech will read a regular e-book aloud over the e-book reader's speaker or through its headphone. It uses a computer simulated voice. This is not to be confused with an audiobook which is a recording of a live person that is played back similar to a music file being played.
HeightThe e-book reader's height, measured to the nearest tenth of an inch, and listed the way the e-book reader would be oriented if you were holding a book.
WidthThe e-book reader's width, measured to the nearest tenth of an inch, and listed the way the e-book reader would be oriented if you were holding a book.
DepthThe e-book reader's depth, measured to the nearest tenth of an inch.
WeightHow much the e-book reader weighs in ounces, including batteries but not including accessories. For models with no internal memory, the memory card is included.
Warranty -- parts
Warranty -- partsThe length of time in months the reader's parts are covered by its manufacturer for defects.
Warranty -- labor
Warranty -- laborThe length of time in months the reader's labor is covered by its manufacturer.