Review of the new Kindle Paperwhite

I received a New Kindle Paperwhite as an early birthday gift. This is an upgrade from my older Kindle Paperwhite. I will be comparing both models and reviewing the New Kindle Paperwhite.

Frist, What are the specs?

New Kindle Paperwhite (11th generation 2021)

  • 8 GB (6000 books)
  • 6.8 inch display
  • Flush front design
  • USB-C charge port
  • glare-free display
  • Adjustable warm light
  • Dark mode
  • Waterproof
  • 10 weeks of battery life
  • 20% faster page turns
  • Pairs with Audible subscription and Blutooth headphones or speakers

Kindle Paperwhite 3 (7th Generation)

  • 3 GB (3500 books)
  • 6 inch display
  • High Resolution Display 300 ppi
  • Micro USB charge port
  • Built-in adjustable light
  • Wifi
  • 6 weeks of battery life

Why did I want to upgrade?

I received the Paperwhite 3 as a birthday gift three years ago. I had to have it replaced shortly after receiving it because of a screen issue, my replacement also was not perfect. Regardless, I grew to love everything about ereading because of my Kindle.

I have taken my Kindle everywhere with me. Trips, work, the beach, hiking, appointments, car rides–you get the idea. I have kept it in a simple purple case I found at Best Buy, which has been the perfect layer of production against dust, dirt, sand, and pug hair.

Over the last year, Kindle Paperwhite 3 has started to show signs of wear. The battery life went from lasting over a month to two weeks. Downloading books, editing my library, brightness levels, and tapping through the Kindle Store quickly drained the battery. I like the brightness at 13 but settled for the brightness at 6, which helped the battery life. Time between use also seemed to drain the battery, so I spend more time looking for the charger than I did using my Kindle. The latest update was the nail in the coffin. Everything slowed down.

I was thrilled to get a new Kindle. I was more impressed to know that Amazon will give you a gift card credited to your account and 20% coupon for a new Kindle credited to your account if you trade in your old devices. Read more about their conditions here.

Sadly, when I clicked through the process, my Kindle Paperwhite 3 was worth $5.00 😦

Thoughts on the new Kindle paperwhite (2021)

Out of the box the the New Kindle Paperwhite was easy to set up and had 55% battery. I logged into my Amazon account, then was prompted on a quick tour of how to use the Kindle. All of my ebooks and audiobooks loaded within sections. It could not have been easier.


  • Easy set up, if you have an Amazon account.
  • Response time is impressively fast!
  • Kindle feels light. Since it has a slimmer design than my older Kindle it feels balanced in my hands. Making one hand reading easier.
  • Battery life, so far, is what I expect out of a Kindle. Awesome. I haven’t charged it since opening and have downloaded books, read a few hours, and played with the setting.
  • The flush screen adds a chic reading experience I did not know I needed. The bigger screen adds to the fun as well. Because of these difference reading in landscape mode is more enjoyable.
  • Warm light feature is a nice upgrade. You can schedule the warmth to increase at a certain time, similar to the dayshift setting on the iPhone. I scheduled the warmth feature around sunset, mirroring my phone settings.
  • Dark mode is easily one of my favorite features. You can use dark mode and warm light at the same time.
  • Slimmer design allows the Kindle to fit better in purse pockets.
  • Syncs with Audible subscription, if you have one, and displays Audible audiobooks in your library. This is really cool to see my audiobooks and ebooks in one place. Audiobooks can be played through blutooth headphone or speakers from the Kindle.
  • An offer for a discounted membership with Kindle Unlimited (I did not use).
  • Quick charge!
  • Fits in most of my purse inner zip pockets, which was super nice while I was waiting for my case to come in.


  • Price.
  • The Kindle did not come with a charge cord or charging box, which is slightly annoying.
  • Limited to black
  • I love the screen, I have concerns it may scratch or damage easily.
  • Ad version. This annoyance bothers me that it is even something we have to pick from. I don’t hate the ads, but I do not like them either.
  • Able to play Audible books if paired with Blutooth headphones or speaker, cool feature but seems silly to me if you have a phone or any other device to use to listen to Audible. I know this feature will be useful for some users, but personally doesn’t add much to my Kindle experience.
  • The material that the Kindle is made of collects finger prints and smudges. This is not a hassle, but a change from my older Kindle.
  • Cases offered are not cute and do not have great reviews. I settled for the black fabric case.

Overall the Paperwhite (2021) is worth the upgrade if you have an older Kindle model. The new features like the flush screen and warm light are nice and easy on the eyes, making this Kindle luxurious. This is possibly the best version of the Kindle right now. The screen alone make the Kindle worth buying and the amazing battery life. I am not sure if you can buy this model in stores, but they are available on the Amazon website.

If you are feeling extra fancy, consider the Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition, which offers wireless charging and has 32 gb. Perfect for someone who plans to use the audiobook feature.

Should you get the new Kindle paperwhite (2021)?

Yes! I think there are enough new features to make it worth the upgrade. Amazon runs sales frequently, when the price drops that is the time to snag a new one. If you are on the fence about upgrading or buying a Kindle ereading device, wait no longer.

Do you have the new Kindle? What are your thoughts?

Check out some of my other post about ereading

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  1. claire @ clairefy

    This is actually quite a helpful post, I appreciate your review! I had a Kindle once when I was younger (maybe in elementary school? I was quite young) and have stuck to physical books since. Now as a college student, though, I’ve been thinking about accessibility and it’s true that having an e-reader would make many more books easy for me to get to even while moving between dorms each year. I will be considering the kindle paperwhite!

    claire @ clairefy

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  2. Heather

    Did you books from your old Kindle transfer over? I have a Kindle 7th generation and it still works well but love the idea the newer one is lighter, bigger screen, and more storage.


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