Amazon is shipping its new Kindle Paperwhite device today. The new device is a $119 touchscreen high contrast eReader with a built in light for reading in the dark.
To help give you an idea of how the device is being perceived, we’ve collection a bunch of reviews from around the web with links to the full reviews.
Engadget writes: “Amazon was clearly focused on creating the best possible reading experience with the Paperwhite, and it’s delivered. The screen adjustments are great — everything from the evenly distributed front light to the improved contrast.”
Gizmodo writes: “The Kindle Paperwhite is a pivotal step forward for the technology of ereaders. It makes previous generations feel like a pulpy paperback held up next to an ornately illustrated tome. In short: this is the best ereader you can buy.”
CNET writes: “The good: The Kindle Paperwhite boasts the best screen we’ve seen to date on an e-ink e-reader. The built-in light is great for nighttime reading, and the touch screen is a notch above the competition. Amazon’s e-book selection remains best in class. Battery life is excellent so long as you turn Wi-Fi off. The bad: It could be a tad lighter, an AC adapter isn’t included (just a Micro-USB cable for charging), and there’s no memory expansion slot. The ad-free version costs $20 more.
Wired writes: “The Paperwhite’s screen is brilliant in the literal sense of the word, as it glows. The new Kindle isn’t the first e-reader with a screen that lights up: Barnes & Noble beat Amazon to the punch by five months with its Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight. But the light-up screen on the new Kindle surpasses the one on the Nook because it solves most (but not all) of the light uniformity issues evident on the earlier device.”
The Huffington Post writes: “The most noteworthy aspect of the Kindle Paperwhite is not the new light; nor is it the fact that the name “Paperwhite” is so close to the word “paperweight,” which is certainly not the reputation a company wants its gadget to establish. Rather, it’s the fact that Amazon has completely done away with all external buttons, save the power button. There are no page-turners, no up-and-down scroll, and no keyboard: It’s all touchscreen, all the time.”