Reader Rocket Review Our evaluation of Paperwhite vs Fire

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, SunSpider 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 cellular connectivity 3G vs None Very few E-Readers have cellular data ; download content anywhere with a cellular connection
Much longer battery life 28 hour vs 7.5 hour Around 3.8x longer battery life; read more between charges
Significantly thinner 9 mm vs 11.4 mm More than 20% thinner ; easily slides into bags
Lighter weight 221 g vs 413 g More than 45% lighter weight
Is readable in direct sunlight Yes (E-Ink) vs No (LCD) Somewhat common; text doesn't look washed out in direct daylight
Front view of Amazon Kindle Fire

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Can display full color Yes (LCD) vs No (E-Ink) Somewhat common; view images, read comics, and web-browse in full color
Can run Android apps Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support
Directly download library e-books to device Yes vs No Somewhat common; offers quick access to browsing public library titles available for e-readers
No black flash when turning pages No (LCD) vs Yes (E-Ink) Somewhat common; provides less obtrusive page turns
Bigger screen 7" vs 6" More than 15% bigger screen
Significantly faster web browser 2,517ms vs 4,500ms Around 45% faster web browser
Faster processor 1,200 MHz vs 800 MHz 50% faster processor; a faster processor improves responsiveness
Automatically adjusts screen orientation Yes vs No Somewhat common; auto-adjusts between portrait & landscape based on orientation
Supports text to speech Yes vs No About half of E-Readers support text to speech

Reviews Word on the street

Kindle Paperwhite  vs Fire 

9.0
8.0
On a purely visual level, the Paperwhite appears to have quietly take design cues from both its predecessor and its Android driven cousin, the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD, mostly due to its sleeker, simpler profile.
Kindle Paperwhite

7.1
7.0

Overall

8.5 Out of 10
7.5 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Kindle Paperwhite  vs
Fire 
Screen resolution 1024 x 768 1024 x 600
Screen size 6" 7"
Pixel density 213 ppi 169 ppi
Built-in light Paperwhite LED backlight
Screen type E-Ink LCD
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
Flashes screen black during page turns Yes No

features

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

storage

Expansion slot None None
Memory 2 GB 8 GB

form factor

Size 116 x 170 x 9 mm 190 x 120 x 11.4 mm
Weight 221 g 413 g
Interface touchscreen touchscreen
Headphone jack No Yes

connectivity

Kindle Paperwhite  vs
Fire 
Input/Output port micro-USB micro-USB
Cellular data 3G None
Bluetooth connectivity No No

technical specs

RAM 256 MB 1,024 MB
Processor 800 MHz 1,200 MHz
Document support
AAX
DOC
PRC
AZW
PDF
TXT
HTML
MOBI
KF8
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
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