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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 3G review

Mon Nov 26 2012, 11:25

Amazon ecosystem
There were almost 1.6 million books, magazines and newspapers available in the Kindle store when we checked in November, so you could easily find a thousand of your choice. If you're browsing through titles in the Kindle store, you can scroll up and down or across via touch. Amazon is also doing a good job of updating its library with older books as well as new titles. When we first had a Kindle in 2010, we searched for several older titles, such as John le Carré's early works but couldn't find titles such as The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. Now, all of le Carré's works are there for download.

With an Amazon Prime account, you're also able to borrow one book a month for free from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library.

Document support
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 all the time.

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The Kindle is able to support PDF documents, and it's easy to email or copy files across from your computer. You can also search documents for certain words, and view them in portrait or landscape format. You can zoom into text by tapping the screen, but you'll need to zoom out again to turn pages. However, the PDF function isn't a fast or enhanced experience, so we wouldn't advise anyone looking for a way of annotating business documents to rely on a Kindle for this task.

Amazon also says the Kindle supports Word documents, but we tried copying across a few Word documents from our Macbook and these didn't appear on the Kindle device. We also tried copying across an MP4 audio book but this couldn't be accessed either.

In Short
The Kindle Paperwhite is a great addition to the Amazon ereader 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 ecosystem, and we wouldn't say that 3G support in the WiFi+3G model is worth the extra outlay. µ

The Good
Built-in light, e-ink touchscreen, battery life.

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

The Ugly
Nothing.

Bartender's Score
8/10

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