Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2021)

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The Kindle Paperwhite 2021 updates connected its predecessor with a bigger 6.8-inch show and yet ditching the micro-USB larboard for USB-C, earning the somewhat higher pricetag than its predecessor. While small other has changed, it's a invited upgrade, but we wouldn't urge paying overmuch much for the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition.


  • Bigger 6.8-inch E Ink display
  • Good artillery life
  • Helpful eye-saving features


  • Signature Edition terms is excessively high
  • Interface is simply a small dated

In September 2021 Amazon introduced a caller trio of Kindle Paperwhite models – a pricier Signature, a kid-friendly model, and the modular version, which hadn’t been updated since the Kindle Paperwhite 2018

The caller mentation has immoderate evident improvements, similar a bigger 6.8-inch show than the 6-inch surface connected the 2018 model. There’s besides immoderate long-awaited upgrades, including swapping retired the micro-USB charging larboard for USB-C.

The Paperwhite inactive starts astatine 8GB of storage, which is capable for plentifulness of books and immoderate media. But present the larger 32GB mentation has been made into its ain chiseled exemplary – the Kindle Paperwhite signature Edition – with its ain perks, including wireless charging, but the aforesaid design. Thus, we’re looking astatine some devices here, and volition specify erstwhile we’re lone referring to the modular and Signature editions.

The caller regular Kindle Paperwhite has a bigger 6.8-inch surface (up from 6 inches) and thinner bezels, though it keeps the aforesaid 300 pixels per inch density. Amazon has upgraded the display, claiming it gets 10% brighter astatine maximum brightness than the surface connected the older Paperwhite, arsenic good arsenic caller capableness to auto-adjust the beforehand airy based connected the brightness of the user’s surroundings. 

While the ereader doesn’t person a drastically antithetic plan than its predecessor, keeping the e-ink beforehand show and integrative back, the bezels surrounding the surface are smaller, allowing for much surface existent property without needing to marque the instrumentality larger.

As such, it’s an betterment successful the ways that substance for an affordable ereader. Read connected for our aboriginal thoughts connected the Amazon Kindle 2021, and whether it’s worthy it to prime up the Amazon Kindle Signature Edition.

Kindle Paperwhite 2021 Signature Edition

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 2021 terms and merchandise date

The Kindle Paperwhite 2021 remains Amazon’s mid-entry e-reader betwixt the basal Kindle and the Kindle Oasis, and is priced accordingly. The modular Kindle Paperwhite has 8GB of retention and a terms tag of $139 / £129 (around AU$190), which is simply a spot higher than its predecessor, the Kindle Paperwhite 2018, which started astatine $129.99 / £119.99 / AU$199.

The Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition is importantly pricier astatine $189 / £179 (around AU$250), adding respective further features similar wireless charging and auto-adjusting brightness.

Kindle Paperwhite 2021 Signature Edition

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Design and display

The caller Kindle Paperwhite 2021 hasn’t changed overmuch from its predecessor successful presumption of looks, arsenic it’s inactive an E Iink beforehand surface and integrative black. New for this exemplary is simply a USB-C larboard astatine the bottommost successful spot of the aging micro-USB – an upgrade a agelong clip coming. Next to the larboard is the powerfulness button, which is lone successful the mode if you’re lasting the ereader up (say, for immoderate merchandise photos), truthful you’re improbable to accidentally bump it and powerfulness disconnected your device.

As antecedently mentioned, the caller Kindle Paperwhite 2021 has a 6.8-inch e-ink display, which is noticeably larger than the 6-inch surface connected the Paperwhite 2018. Don’t expect a sharper display, arsenic it inactive has the aforesaid 300 pixels per inch density. 

Yet the substance is displayed intelligibly connected the ereader. The Paperwhite’s borderline connected the cheaper basal Kindle is its beforehand light, allowing users to work successful the acheronian without harsh bluish light, though there’s the accustomed array of adjustable lukewarm airy and a white-on-black acheronian mode to easiness oculus strain erstwhile speechmaking successful dim light.

The Paperwhite has an IPX8 waterproof standing (but nary particulate resistance), which means it tin beryllium submerged up to 2 meters for an hr – capable to prevention it from accidental spills oregon dips into the pool.

Kindle Paperwhite 2021 Signature Edition

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Like astir ereaders, the Kindle Paperwhite 2021 has a non-glossy E Ink show that looks similar insubstantial erstwhile read, and is easier connected the eyes than the LCD oregon OLED displays connected tablets. The Paperwhite is casual to hold, and beauteous airy astatine 205g (the Signature Edition is lone somewhat heavier astatine 208g) – which is conscionable a spot heavier than astir smartphones.

The Kindle Paperwhite 2021 has Amazon’s Kindle operating strategy and interface, with simplified swipe navigation and an animation erstwhile turning pages. Unlike different ereaders that person buttons for getting around, you’ll lone beryllium capable to swipe to get astir with the Paperwhite. 

The Paperwhite has Amazon’s assortment of different speechmaking tools, truthful you tin look up connection definitions, sync pages betwixt Kindle devices and apps via the Whispersync feature, and X-Ray which lets users support way of characters and terms. 

The Kindle Paperwhite 2021 packs 8GB of storage, portion the Signature Edition bumps that up to 32GB – and with books taking up astir 1MB apiece, you tin store thousands connected the erstwhile and tens of thousands connected the latter. 

Kindle Paperwhite 2021 Signature Edition

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Amazon claims that the Kindle Paperwhite lasts up to 10 weeks connected a afloat charge. The ereader includes a USB-C cablegram successful the box, but not a partition charger – you’ll person to proviso that yourself. The maximum complaint velocity of 9W isn’t that precocious compared to different devices, but it’s not truly needed, arsenic you tin foodstuff the instrumentality backmost up to afloat successful astir 2.5 hours, Amazon estimates.

Exclusive to the Signature Edition is wireless charging, which is compatible with immoderate Qi charger.

Kindle Paperwhite 2021 Signature Edition

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Early verdict

The caller Kindle Paperwhite 2021 models connection a fewer important updates, similar USB-C charging and an adjacent bigger show – but for the astir part, it’s a batch of the aforesaid ereader astatine a somewhat higher terms than its predecessor.

If you privation a much premium acquisition but don’t rather privation to wage for the Kindle Oasis, you tin opt for the Kindle Paperwhite 2021 Signature Edition, which adds a spot much retention and a mates premium features, but they don’t consciousness worthy the 36% terms hike to get them. 

Still, the Kindle Paperwhite 2021 is the champion mentation of Amazon’s mid-tier ereader that’s travel retired yet, truthful apical adopters (or those who don’t privation to woody with micro-USB cables) whitethorn find it worthy picking up. Everyone other whitethorn beryllium good picking up an older Kindle Paperwhite 2018 astatine a discount.

David Lumb

David J Lumb is Mobile Editor, US for TechRadar, covering phones, tablets, and wearables. He inactive thinks the iPhone 4 is the best-looking smartphone ever made.

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