Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Paperwhite vs DX

Display

How do the screens stack up?

Resolution, pixel density, Screen size and anti-glare

Bookstore

How good is the supporting ecosystem?

e-bookstore size, average NYT best sellers price, NYT's top selling titles and 4 more

Performance

How responsive and how long does the e-reader last?

Battery life and Recharge time

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Reviews from wired.com/reviews, techradar.com and wired.com

No winner declared

Too close to call

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Reasons to consider the
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

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Has Wi-Fi connectivity 802.11b/g/n vs None Most E-Readers have a Wi-Fi connectivity; download books from device or surf the web
Has a built-in light Paperwhite vs None Very few E-Readers have a built-in light
Much lighter weight 221 g vs 536 g 2.4x lighter weight
Has a touchscreen Capacitive vs None About half of E-Readers have a touchscreen; Fewer buttons, interact directly with menus
Much faster page turns 0.5 s vs 1.2 s 2.4x faster page turns
Significantly longer battery life 28 hour vs 10 hour More than 2.8x longer battery life; read more between charges
Thinner 9 mm vs 9.6 mm More than 5% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Front view of Amazon Kindle DX

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Much bigger screen 9.7" vs 6" More than 60% bigger screen
Significantly more storage capacity 3.3 GB vs 1.25 GB Around 2.8x more storage capacity
Higher resolution screen 1200 x 824 vs 1024 x 768 More than 25% higher resolution screen
Supports text to speech Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support text to speech
Automatically adjusts screen orientation Yes vs No Somewhat common; auto-adjusts between portrait & landscape based on orientation

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Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Kindle Paperwhite  vs
DX 
Gray shades 16 16
Screen resolution 1024 x 768 1200 x 824
Screen size 6" 9.7"
Pixel density 213 ppi 150 ppi
Built-in light Paperwhite None
Screen type E-Ink E-Ink
Touchscreen Capacitive None
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes Yes

features

Sync across multiple devices Yes Yes
Note taking Yes Yes
Text to speech No Yes
Directly download library e-books to device No No
Web browser Yes Yes
Stereo speakers No Yes
Evernote integration No No
Landscape mode Yes Yes
Accelerometer No Yes
Parental controls Yes Yes

storage

Internal storage 1.25 GB 3.3 GB
Expansion slot None None
Memory 2 GB 4 GB

connectivity

Kindle Paperwhite  vs
DX 
Input/Output port micro-USB micro-USB
Cellular data 3G 3G
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n None
Bluetooth connectivity No No

technical specs

Document support
DOC
PRC
AZW
PDF
TXT
HTML
MOBI
Image support
JPEG
GIF
PNG
BMP

bookstore

Uses an open platform No No
Bookstore Kindle Store Kindle Store
EBookstore size 4 M book 4 M book
Free content free content 2.5 M books 2.5 M books
Customer loyalty program Yes Yes
Average NYT best sellers price $9.24 $9.24
Number of NYT top-selling titles offered+ 38 38
Reader-to-reader lending Yes Yes
Cloud storage Yes Yes
Reading apps iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, PC and Mac iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, PC and Mac
Additional electronic offerings newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, audio-books and blogs newspapers, magazines, comics/graphic novels, textbooks, audio-books and blogs
Has retail store locations No No

form factor

Size 116 x 170 x 9 mm 183 x 264 x 9.6 mm
Weight 221 g 536 g
Interface touchscreen physical keyboard
Headphone jack No Yes
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