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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (1st Gen, 2012)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 177 reviews of Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (1st Gen, 2012). The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People are impressed by the size and performance. The screen and usability are also mentioned favorably, but many are critical about the storage and reliability.

portability, usability, screen, performance, size

price, battery, reliability, storage

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (1st Gen, 2012) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Max Parker (

Kindle Paperwhite (2018) review: The Kindle you should buy


Kindle Paperwhite review: Amazon's latest is the best ereader on the market and features Audible support and an IPX8 waterproof rating.

Great screen ; Improved design ; Waterproof ; Audible support ; Slim, light and durable

No physical buttons for turning pages

The perfect package of all the best Kindle features for a great price. You won’t be disappointed.

Nov, 2018

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Expert review by : Max Parker (

Kindle Paperwhite


Kindle Paperwhite review: Amazon's latest could be the best e-reader on the market.

Great screen ; Impressive battery ; Responsive display

Locked into Amazon ; No audio functions

The best all-round e-reader on the market, with an awesome screen and a price that won’t break the bank.

Feb, 2018


Expert review by : Andrew Williams (

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite


Amazon's latest Kindle ereader has a clever inbuilt light for bedtime reading.

Light is an ereader revelation ; Excellent E-ink screen ; Kindle infrastructure is great

Light throw slightly inconsistent ; No speaker or headphone jack ; A little heavy among its peers

Oct, 2012

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite review


Is the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite a bright idea or just a flash in the pan?

Sharp ; bright front-lit displa ; Easy to read new fonts ; Cutting edge reading features

Over-sensitive touch tech ; Dodgy browser ; Fewer features than US

Expert review by : (

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite review


Calling an ebook reader 'Kindle' without it lighting up is like calling one 'Nook' without it finding a cosy corner in British bookshops. Both oversights will be corrected this autumn, with Amazon's flagship touchscreen E Ink reader gaining a...

What screen glare?, Lighter than a paperback

No MP3 or audiobook playback, Prone to the odd crash

Oct, 2012

Expert review by : Jim Martin (

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite review


It's been available in the US for a little while, but the Kindle Paperwhite is now on sale in the UK. As many people have discovered, you can't buy a Kindle in the US and then use it in the UK to buy content through - it's locked to the US...

Thanks to Amazon's unparalleled ebook library and ease of use, the Paperwhite is a fantastic ereader to own. The screen is excellent, both the light and touch elements, and the whole device is well built.Kobo's Glo is a good alternative if you think...

Nov, 2012

Expert review by : Matt Reynolds (

Kindle Paperwhite review: Finally a cheap(ish) ereader that does it all


Great price compared to other Kindles; waterproof; connects to Bluetooth for audiobooks

Screen easily dented; unremarkable battery life

With the latest Paperwhite, Amazon has reached a new high watermark when it comes to creating unremarkable, slab-like pieces of plastic and metal. And that’s no criticism – on the contrary it’s precisely the point of the Paperwhite.

Nov, 2018

Expert review by : Ryan Noik (

Kindle Paperwhite


We go hands-on with the Kindle Paperwhite and find out whether an enhanced e-ink reader can still hold its own in a tablet-obsessed world.

Front lighting makes it easier to read in the dark, Comfortable to hold, Truer blacks and whites on pages, Faster navigation and page refreshes, Superb battery life

Wi-Fi and 3G version quite expensive, Only 2 GB of storage

Apr, 2013

Expert review by : Madeline Bennett (

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 3G review


The Kindle Paperwhite is a great ereader with a handy light in the touch display

Built-in light, e-ink touchscreen, battery life

Unintuitive interface, tied into Amazon books ecosystem, expensive for 3G

As Kindles don't support the EPUB standard, you're still locked to buying books from the Amazon store rather than third-party booksellers. However, as mentioned above, Amazon has more than a million titles to choose from and is increasing this number...

Nov, 2012

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 3G review


The Kindle Paperwhite is Amazon's first touchscreen model with an illuminated screen. It supersedes the Kindle Touch model that came out in the UK in April, which is no longer on sale. It's a very similar unit to the Touch, with the soft-touch plastic...

In-built light, e-ink touchscreen, battery life

Unintuitive interface, tied into Amazon books eco-system, expensive for 3G

The Kindle Paperwhite is a great addition to the Amazon e-reader stable, with the same impressive battery and e-ink screen but a handy light added to the touch display. But there are a few niggles around the interface and Amazon eco-system, and we...

Nov, 2012

Product Specifications


Colour of product:Black


Backlight display:Y
Colour :N
Display diagonal:15.2
Technology:E Ink Carta

File formats

Audio formats supported:Not supported
Document formats supported:AZW,AZW3,DOC,DOCX,HTML,MOBI,PDF,TXT
Image formats supported:BMP,GIF,JPG,PNG
Video formats supported:Not supported


Internal storage capacity:2
Memory capacity (e-books):1000

Packaging Content

Cables included:USB
Quick start guide:Y

Ports & interfaces

Data network:EDGE,GPRS,HSDPA
Headphone Out:N
Interface Type:USB 2.0
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n


Battery life (max):1344

Weight & Dimensions

Height :169