Amazon’s new Kindle Paperwhite is a fantastic addition to the selection of e-readers on the market. Older versions of the Paperwhite have been available for some time now and thanks to the trickle-down effect, tech and specs from the premium Kindle e-readers have made their way to the mid-level Paperwhite.

The Kindle Paperwhite got a huge bump in screen resolution. It now sports a 300 ppi screen. At the same time, the battery lasts longer than ever before and it processes pages quickly and effortlessly. There are even under-the-hood improvements but those changes are typically less noticeable to the average user.

The front-lighting system is less bright than the Voyage’s but this is not necessarily a bad thing. The Voyage’s screen is capable of getting so bright that most users opt to take it down a notch. The Paperwhite’s limitation makes it’s max setting a more comfortable degree of illumination for nighttime reading. The glow is more peachy and has less of blue hue.

On the downside, the base model includes advertisements. Of course, you can eliminate those if you’re willing to pay a little more money. There aren’t many design updates since the last generation. It’s actually a bit surprising that the design has barely changed over the years. Amazon must be following the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” philosophy.

The Kindle Paperwhite sells for $119.00 with ads or $140.00 without. For $70.00 extra, you can get a built-in 3G radio. While less impressive than its higher-end version, the Voyage, we think the Paperwhite makes an excellent choice for anyone looking to kick back with a book to do some summer reading.

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