When Amazon first debuted the new Kindle Paperwhite, I wasn't so sure about the name. Silly I know, but at $119, there's not too much to complain about except for the lack of audio out for text to speech and the reduced size of available memory (4GB down to 2GB). Nonetheless, even Barnes and Nobles had to lower the price of their lighted black and white e-reader. It's just that good. Not to mention the amazing ecosystem especially their Lending Llibrary available to those that subscribe to Amazon Prime.
When it comes down to it, Amazon at least has the naming scheme down; Kindle Paperwhite vs. Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight. TKO Amazon!
Here are a couple of grabs from reviews posted throughout the blog circuit.
It's the stealth bomber version of the Kindle you know. - Gizmodo
I found myself turning on the light regularly, at various levels of brightness, not just at night. It just makes the Kindle that much more usable and convenient: On a dim subway or in a badly lit room, you can read comfortably. - GigaOM
Joshua Topolsky posted a thorough review on The Verge. Here are a few quotes I came away with.
The device is incredibly comfortable in hand.
It may be the most comfortable e-reader I've ever used.
In my opinion, it's one of the best E Ink displays on the market, and might possibly be the best thanks to that new lighting.
And here's CNN on the Paperwhite:
Kindle Paperwhite is king of e-readers
The one thing I won't be doing on it though is reading comic books. I'm eagerly waiting for mine being delivered this morning and will have an unboxing and review of my own later this week!