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Kindle Paperwhite 8Gb Review

As one of the most popular e-reader brands worldwide, Amazon’s Kindle continuously strives to deliver outstanding reading experiences. The Kindle Paperwhite 8GB offers an impressive list of features at a more budget-friendly price point of £139.99, catering to those who prioritize function and cost-effectiveness. Let’s delve into the specifics to understand what makes this device tick.

Design and Build

In terms of design and build, the Kindle Paperwhite 8GB is similar to other devices in the Paperwhite range. It’s available in Black, Green, and Blue, offering a choice to suit individual tastes. The dimensions (174.2mm height and 124.6mm width) make it a compact device, easy to hold for extended periods. At a weight of 205g and thickness of 8.1mm, the Kindle Paperwhite 8GB is lightweight yet durable, allowing for easy portability.

What sets this device apart is its waterproof capability, enabling users to read worry-free in various environments, be it by the pool or in a cosy bathtub.

Display and Readability

A key selling point of the Paperwhite range is the excellent display, and this version is no exception. It sports a 6.8″ screen with a 300ppi resolution, ensuring crystal clear text and crisp images. Its flush screen design enhances the overall aesthetics, giving it a premium look.

One notable feature is the dual frontlight and warmlight function, allowing readers to adjust the lighting to their comfort, whether reading in the bright sunlight or in a dimly lit room. However, it’s worth noting that, unlike its higher-priced sibling, the Paperwhite Signature Edition, this version lacks auto-brightness.

The touchscreen interface is responsive and easy to navigate, although the absence of physical page-turn buttons might disappoint some readers.

Operating System and Compatibility

Running on the reliable KindleOS, this device is designed primarily with reading in mind. The absence of the Google Play Store is hardly a limitation, considering the vast collection of books, magazines, and audiobooks available in the Kindle Store.

The Paperwhite supports a multitude of file formats including but not limited to KFX, EPUB, PDF, AZW, AZW3, MOBI, DOC, DOCX, and HTML. This wide range ensures that users can access a variety of content, while also supporting image files such as JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP, and audiobook format AAX.

Storage and Connectivity

The Kindle Paperwhite 8GB offers an ample 8GB of storage (there is also a 16Gb version available), providing space for thousands of books, making it a travelling library. However, the lack of a Micro-SD slot might be a minor setback for those who wish to expand their storage further.

Bluetooth connectivity is available, enabling users to connect wireless headphones or speakers for an immersive audiobook experience or utilise the text-to-speech feature.

Additional Features

This model of the Paperwhite does not have sleep-screen ads, however, there is a slightly more affordable version that does. The ads are unobtrusive, displayed on the lock screen and in sleep mode, but not while reading.

Unfortunately, the Kindle Paperwhite 8GB lacks some of the luxury features found in more expensive models, such as auto-rotation, mobile connectivity, and wireless charging. Nonetheless, the text-to-speech feature adds value, providing a change of pace from traditional reading when needed.


The Kindle Paperwhite 8GB is a solid e-reader offering from Amazon. For the cost-conscious reader who doesn’t mind the occasional ad, this device provides a robust set of features that focus on delivering a pleasurable reading experience.

Its wide range of file compatibility, impressive display, and waterproof design makes it a versatile device, providing users with a reliable and functional reading companion.

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Full Specs

Product The name of the product/modelKindle Paperwhite
Version The version of the product8Gb
Buy Click on the button to buy
Image A picture of the productKindle Paperwhite
Price The price of the product (in USD)$159.99
Brand The brand/manufacturer of the productKindle
Screen size The size of the screen (measured diagonally)6.8"
PPI The number of pixels per inch (PPI) NOTE: on colour devices, this is the monochrome PPI300ppi
Storage capacity The storage space of the e-reader8Gb
Operating System Which O/S the device runs by defaultKindleOS
Writing Whether the e-reader has writing/note-taking capabilities
Frontlight Whether the product has a frontlight
Warmlight Whether there is temperature control for the frontlight
Auto brightness Whether the brightness of the e-reader changes automatically based on the exterior ambient light
Bluetooth Whether the e-reader support audio via Bluetooth headphones/speaker
Speakers Whether the e-reader support audio via an onboard speaker
Touchscreen Whether the e-reader has a capacitive touchscreen
Waterproof Whether the e-reader is waterproof to IPX8 rating
Play store Whether you can install apps from the Google Play Store (e.g. Kindle, Koreader etc.)
Flush screen Whether the screen is flush with the casing of the e-reader
Page-turn buttons Whether the e-reader has physical buttons for turning pages
Auto-rotation Whether the e-reader automatically changes the screen orientation
Text-to-speech Whether the e-reader can convert text to speech
Micro-SD slot Whether the e-reader has a slot for a MicroSD card
Colour screen Whether the e-reader has a colour screen
Ads Whether the e-reader shows ads on the sleep screen
Wireless charging Whether the e-reader supports wireless charging
Mobile connectivity Whether the e-reader can connect to the cloud over the cellular network
Weight The weight of the product205g
Thickness The thickness of the e-reader8.1mm
Height The height of the e-reader174.2mm
Width The width of the e-reader124.6mm
File formats The file formats that are supportedKFX, EPUB, PDF, AZW, AZW3, MOBI, DOC, DOCX, HTML, RTF, TXT, JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP, AAX
Colours Which colours this e-reader is available inBlack, Green, Blue
Buy Click on the button to buy