Amazon Kindle Vs. Kindle Paperwhite | Spec Comparison

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If you are looking for a cheap ebook reader to go on vacation or as your daily driver, there are several options. Most of the major e-book readers are made by Amazon, but it can be difficult to identify the right model for you. If you have a limited budget, the latest Amazon Kindle will surely figure in your restricted list, but it may be worth it to expand that budget a bit more to secure a Kindle Paperwhite. We analyze all the differences between these two devices and select a winner in each category, so read on to find out which Kindle is best for you.


Kindle (2019) Kindle Paperwhite (2018)
Size 160 × 113 × 8.7 mm (6.3 × 4.5 × 0.34 inches) 167 × 116 × 8.18 mm ( 6.6 × 4.6 × 0.3 inches)
Weight 174 grams (6.1 ounces)) 182 grams (6.41 ounces)
Screen size 6 inches 6 inches
Screen resolution 800 × 600 pixels (167 pixels per inch) 1,448 × 1,072 pixels (300 pixels per inch)
Storage space 8GB or 32GB
MicroSD card slot [19659008] No No
Bluetooth Yes Ports [19659028] Micro USB Micro USB
Water Resistance No IPX8
Connectivity Wi-Fi Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi and cellular
Battery ] 4 weeks based on 30 minutes of reading. per day 6 weeks based on 30 minutes of reading per day
Colors Black, white Black
Price $ 90 $ 130
Buy from [19659044] Amazon Amazon
Rating 4 out of 5 stars 4 out of 5 stars

Performance, battery life and charge

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We are not sure about the processor or RAM inside the Amazon Kindles, but there does not seem to be much difference in the responsiveness of these two models. Both the Kindle and the Kindle Paperwhite are fast enough to turn the pages and, although there is a flicker on the screen as the ghost images fade into the menus, you do not notice when you are reading.

However, there is a difference in the battery department. Amazon prefers not to reveal the capacity, but suggests that the Kindle will last four weeks, based on half an hour of reading per day, while the Paperwhite can last six weeks. The Amazon Kindle also takes four hours to charge, while the Paperwhite can be charged in three hours. Unfortunately, both rely on outdated Micro USB ports for charging.

Winner: Kindle Paperwhite

Design and durability

Both Kindles are made of thick plastic, although the Kindle Paperwhite is a bit larger and heavier. The Paperwhite is all glass on the front, with large bevels around the 6-inch screen, while the Kindle has a 6-inch screen that is surrounded by a plastic frame. This gives Paperwhite a slightly more expensive look and feel, but there's not much in it and some people will prefer the smaller, lighter Kindle.

What the Paperwhite offers that lacks the basic Kindle is waterproofing. The IPX8 rating means that you can submerge in up to 6.5 feet of fresh water for up to an hour without damage.

Winner: Kindle Paperwhite


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The two screens here have 6 inches, but Paperwhite has a higher resolution that makes them much sharper at 300 pixels per inch (ppi) compared to 167 ppi for the Kindle Both also have built-in lights, so the screen is readable indoors and at any time of the day or night, but once again, the Paperwhite has a border with five LEDs for the four Kindle basics. These models have a blue light filter to read in bed, but the Paperwhite offers You use automatic brightness, while you have to adjust the brightness on the Kindle manually.

Winner: Kindle Paperwhite

Software and Updates

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You will find that the Kindle software and the Paperwhite are virtually identical, so you can check Goodreads for recommendations, use X-Ray to find additional information about the page you are on, and use Smart Search to find word definitions.

The Paperwhite comes with 8GB or 32GB of storage, which means it has much more room for books than the 4GB Kindle, but it's likely that it can place more than 2,000 volumes in 4GB, so there's still plenty of room for many great books It is likely that the two will be updated in a similar program.

Winner: Tie

Special Features

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Although there is no speaker or audio port in any of these Kindles, it will please you Know that there is Bluetooth compatibility, so you can transmit audiobooks to a speaker or Bluetooth headphones through Audible. The Paperwhite also has the aforementioned waterproofing and there is a model that supports cellular connectivity, as well as Wi-Fi, while the basic Kindle is Wi-Fi only.

Winner: Kindle Paperwhite


The Amazon Kindle (2019) starts from $ 90, while the Kindle Paperwhite starts from $ 130. If you do not want special offers on the screen of blocking, you can add $ 20 to those prices. Amazon usually has deals on its Kindles, especially on Prime Day, so it's worth looking for a real bargain.

General Winner: Kindle Paperwhite

With a superior screen, waterproofing, a bigger battery and more storage, there's no doubt that the Kindle Paperwhite wins our showdown. The sharper screen alone is reason enough to save extra money, if possible. However, the basic Kindle is still a decent device, and with $ 40 less it will justifiably tempt some bargain hunters.

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