Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Test 10/2019

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  • Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - boxed
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  • Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - detail
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  • Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - einstellungen
  • Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - hell
  • Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - informationsfenster
  • Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - kaufen
  • Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - kaufprozess
  • Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - landscape
  • Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - sperrbildschirm
  • Amazon Kindle Paperwhite - startseite
Test seal: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, Rating 8.8

last modified: 12.11.2019, 12:28

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All rating criteria details:

Reading experience 25%
Image quality 20%
User friendly 20%
Battery Performance 15%
Compactness 10%
Capacity 10%
Tested by: Jil



The Amazon - Kindle Paperwhite convinces with its lending function through Kindle Unlimited & Prime Reading as well as the (offline) dictionaries and the internet research function. The Amazon Kindle is the only product in this category with an audible function. The few customization options and the non-expandable memory are negative.


  • Waterproof
  • (Offline) dictionaries and internet research function
  • Rental function through Kindle Unlimited & Prime Reading
  • Audible function
  • Documents/ books downloadable from computer


  • Few customization options
  • Memory not expandable
  • No night light function

360° View

Makes a positive impression and has an audible function. Unfortunately, the memory is not expandable.

Optics and equipment

Amazon - Kindle Paperwhite
lock screen of the eBook

The Amazon - Kindle Paperwhite has a beautifully designed packaging with lots of information.

The e-reader is black and completely made of plastic. It is of high quality and has a matt surface. The material also feels very pleasant here.

The workmanship is excellent and the device is waterproof.

Compared to the other test participants, the product is a bit heavier, but this doesn't mean that it is more unwieldy.

On the underside of the e-reader is the on/off switch, as well as the mains plug opening and a small indicator light.

The memory of the Kindle Paperwhite is 8 GB.

Since no SD card slot is integrated, it is not possible to expand the memory space.

The display is very sharp and offers integrated lighting. However, the light does not regulate itself automatically. Nevertheless, there is an excellent reading quality at any time of day, because a very good illumination in the dark and in direct sunlight is guaranteed.

There are already 9 fonts pre-installed in the device, which can be defined in 14 font sizes. Further fonts can be added independently.

There is also a pre-installed dictionary and translation dictionary on the device.

Included in the scope of delivery:

  • E-Reader
  • USB power cable
  • Instruction manual

The operating instructions are written in small letters and therefore somewhat confusing. It has been translated into 6 languages.


The Amazon - Kindle Paperwhite is very easy to use.

To turn on the unit, briefly press the on/off switch on the bottom of the unit. The small control lamp should light up green. Shortly afterwards the loading screen opens.

Next, you should set your desired language.

In the following, the device will be set up and you will be given short information about the resolution, the lighting, and the battery.

Now you have to dial into a WLAN network and a connection to Amazon will be established.

From there you should create an Amazon account if you don't already have one. Once this has been created, it is possible to set up the account completely afterwards.

Then set the time and you will receive a short introduction to navigation, quick actions and "More on the page".

In the further process, you indicate your book interests and Amazon offers you a welcome gift.

This includes a 7-day pass for Kindle Unlimited. Here you can freely choose 10 books in a set selection based on your personalized book interests.

The start page is clearly laid out. At the very top, you have "My Library" and "My Reading Lists" with books you still want to read. Below you get to the Kindle-Shop.

In the upper right corner of the screen is the button for "the start page", "back", "settings" and the shop. To the left, you see the search bar and the books menu.

In this menu, you will find the library and reading lists, the Kindle Shop, but also the Audio Book Shop. There you will also find the vocabulary trainer, the beta browser, the settings, and special offers.

With this Kindle, it is possible to create a household and a family library. With this, you can create a Kindle Free Time. This allows you to add books to your children's profiles. This allows parents to keep track of their progress.

Reading experience

Amazon - Kindle Paperwhite
Pop-Up window for short information about the book

The reading experience with the Kindle is very nice.

The menu is easy to understand and clearly structured.

The touch screen's reaction speed is fast and it reacts immediately with every touch. So there are no long waiting times.

Turning the pages in the book can be done with one hand. Only reaching the reading menu is made more difficult, as it only appears when the upper edge of the screen is touched.

The grip of the e-book is perfect. Due to the rubber-like material, the device lies comfortably and lightly in the hand.

The display has a high resolution and is well illuminated. Unfortunately, the Kindle doesn't have a night light function, so reading at night might be difficult.

Also with this device, a short display flicker appears when changing sides.

Purchasing process

Amazon - Kindle Paperwhite
buying process of an eBook

To download a book of your choice to your Kindle, simply visit the Kindle Shop.

You can access it either from the home page or from the Books menu in the upper left corner of the screen.

First, you will be shown the current bestsellers. Below you will find an overview of e-book deals, news, and offers of the day.

Select a book of your choice or search for it using the search function.

The structure of the product page is the same as that of the Amazon website. So if you're familiar with buying from Amazon, you shouldn't have any problems with the checkout process.

Once you have found your book, click the "Buy" button.

You will then be asked how you want to pay and the book will be downloaded.

You will then find the purchased book in the library.

Download from PC

To connect the kindle to your computer, use the USB power cord included in the box.

Once you've connected both devices, a message will appear on the Kindle.

The e-reader cannot be used while the computer is in use.

In the file folder on the computer, you will find the Kindle under "Devices".

All you have to do is drag the document to the e-reader and drop it into the "documents" folder. Otherwise, the document will not be displayed on your device later.

The transfer to the Kindle is smooth and uninterrupted.

Then you can eject the E-Book Reader.

PDF documents

Once you've removed the connection to your computer, the Kindle will return to the Home screen.

You can also find the downloaded file there.

If you click "My Library" you can open your document there.

The document we downloaded in our test has a size of 32.5 MB.

The resolution is very sharp and you can read everything perfectly. The diagrams and graphics are optimally displayed.

Pictures with faces are a little blurred.

It is possible to display the document in portrait or landscape mode.

Setting options

Amazon - Kindle Paperwhite
landscape mode within a book

After you have downloaded or purchased your book, you can find it on the home page or in the Books menu under "My Library".

Once you've accessed the book, a pop-up window will appear. This will list all the information about the book.

Then you have the first chapter in front of you. Click on the bottom of the screen to turn the page. Touching the top of the screen brings up the menu.

Here you can change the settings for the side view:

  • The page structure
  • The font
  • Alignment, spacing, margins, and format
  • Reading progress

The Kindle offers you 9 pre-installed fonts, which can be defined in 14 font sizes and thickness.

The e-reader also analyzes your reading speed and shows you how much time you would need for the rest of the book or just for one chapter.

We have evaluated over 650 customer reviews on the Internet. In summary, it can be said that about 85 percent of buyers are satisfied (4 stars) or even very satisfied (5 stars). Partially (2 stars) or completely dissatisfied are about 10 percent of the users. The average score at the time of evaluation was 4.4 out of 5 stars.

Summary: 85% positive and 10% negative ratings

The following points were positively noted:

  • Waterproof
  • Extremely light and thin
  • Very easy and user-friendly buying of eBooks

The following points were noted negatively:

  • Display is blurred
  • Often does not respond at all to screen/touch inputs
  • Battery discharges very quickly
Manufacturer Amazon
EAN 0841667177908
Scope of delivery E-Reader, USB cable, user manual
Quality impression Very good
Menu navigation Very easy to use
Handling Touchscreen
Lighting Integrated lighting
Supported media formats AZW, AZW3, MOBI, PDF, PRC, TXT
Additional warranty One-year limited manufacturer's warranty
Quality of instructions Small font, confusing
Manual language GB, GER, FR, IT, ES, NL
Width 11,5 cm
Height 16,5 cm
Depth 0,8 cm
Weight 184 g
Display size 6 inches
Number of fonts 9 fonts
Camera resolution 300 ppi
Internal memory 8 GB
Speed 800 MHz
Battery life Up to six weeks
Memory expansion
Battery Performance
User friendly
Image quality
Reading experience

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Can the Kindle Paperwhite be used to read texts to you?
The Kindle Paperwhite has no reading function for Kindle eBooks, but Audible audio books can be played back.
Will I lose my account and the books if my Kindle breaks down or I want to buy a new one?
All books are permanently stored in your Amazon account and can be downloaded at any time. You can even have a book on two devices.
Is it possible to set white writing on a black background?
Yes, there is a corresponding switch in the accessibility settings.


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