Kindle 6 (2014 Model) vs Kindle Paperwhite (2015) Comparison

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There’s no question that eReaders are a popular way to enjoy your favorite stories, but there is some debate as to which one to use: the Kindle Paperwhite vs Kindle 2016.  The All-New Kindle Paperwhite is the latest eReader technology from Kindle and has new features that we’ve never seen before, making many wonder if it’s the better choice. And our review of the 2 will help you answer that question once and for all.

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When it comes to the Kindle vs. the Kindle White there are key differences to look at to better understand which is right for you. The main area to consider is the screen. The Paperwhite features a new white screen that looks just like the surface of a book. This type of screen makes sure that there is no glare from sunlight when you’re trying to read. The Kindle Basic 2014 is similar, allowing for easy reading, but it’s not as natural or easy on the eye as the Paperwhite, which was updated solely for that reason. Both the Kindle and the Paperwhite have individual features that make them quality products, but there are many more differences between the two, as you’ll soon see.

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There are many similarities in design, however, the Paperwhite has no buttons on the exterior, for a polished look and feel. The design is smooth and black, with ‘kindle’ printed neatly on the bottom.

Both Kindles’ navigation takes place onscreen.

New Kindle 2016 has no navigation Key and looks almost the same as Paperwhite.

  • Size
  • Resolution
  • Built-in Light
  • Weight

Kindle Paperwhite

  • 6"
  • 300 dpi
  • 4 LEDs
  • 7.2 oz (205 g) for Wifi


  • 6"
  • 167 dpi
  • No
  • 6.7 oz (191 g)
Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite Head-to-Head Comparison Table


The Kindle 6 is not as good as the Paperwhite at blocking glare from sunlight or other bright lighting but still does an effective job. The Kindle has the appearance of a book and dark fonts that makes reading better than traditional books. However, reading is easier with the Kindle Paperwhite, which has been improved to look exactly like a white sheet of paper, resulting in no glare at all.

It also has a built-in light with a 300 dpi high-resolution screen that allows you to read without straining your eyes, and will adjust automatically to the amount of light in the room. So if you go somewhere with poor lighting it will automatically increase and if you’re somewhere bright, like the beach, it will dim accordingly.

Both are 6″ screens but the Kindle 6 lacks the light feature which is a must-have for night readers.

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The Kindle 6 and Paperwhite both are touch-screen based navigation. Many reviewers have claimed to like the Paperwhite’s touch controls better, which are set up on screen with touch gestures.

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Generally, the Kindle Paperwhite lasts longer than the Kindle, going for weeks at a time without needing any charge. This allows you to take it with you on vacation or on a long plane ride and not have to worry about losing out on reading time.


Priced at $119.00 – sometimes you may get extra $20 off on sale, the Kindle Paperwhite is worth the money. With the updated technology, high resolution, and paperwhite display, many think it is worth it to pay an extra $60 and get the Paperwhite.

The Kindle 6 is priced at a mere $79.00 but does not have these added features.

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Paperwhite – 4 GB internal (upgraded in 2014). Holds up to 1000+ books, giving you a huge range of options and different genres.

Kindle 6 has 4gb storage too.

Storage of both products is the same, allowing you to take your library with you wherever you go.


Paperwhite – 6.7″ x 4.6″ x 0.36″ (169 mm x 117 mm x 9.1 mm)
Kindle 6 – 6.5″ x 4.5″ x 0.34″ (165.75 mm x 114.5 mm x 8.7 mm)

The Kindle is smaller than the Paperwhite, allowing you to carry it around effortlessly and slip it into your back pocket. The Paperwhite is only a few centimeters larger, making it almost as transportable and easy to carry wherever you go.

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Both the Paperwhite and Kindle eReader have a lot of features that make reading an easy experience. The Kindle 5’s more important features are the higher resolution, additions like parental controls and games and various applications. Kindle added the feature to update your Facebook with your favorite passages from books in just seconds. The Kindle 5 uses a 5-way controller than allows for you to navigate your Kindle without getting any dirty fingerprints on the screen.

The Paperwhite has all of these features, but added the paperwhite screen which mimics the look of an actual books and has a very appealing design. It’s built-in light helps to protect your eyes if you are reading in the dark late at night. The white screen has been one of the favorite features that reviewers have praised. The easier navigation system is also beneficial, as well as the developed note taking system that the Kindle had some difficulty with.

Pros and Cons of Kindle Classic 2014 vs Kindle Paperwhite

Pros of Paperwhite

. Paperwhite display
. Higher resolution
. Faster navigation system (on-screen touch navigation)
. Advanced note taking system
. Advanced integration with Facebook and other websites
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Cons of Paperwhite

. More expensive
. On-screen navigation (Some would view this as a con.)


Pro of Kindle 6

. 20% faster processor than Kindle 5
. 4gb Storage
. Only 6.7 ounces
. Touch-screen that Kindle lacks before
. Best Price e-Reader

Cons of Kindle 6 (2014)

. No lighted display as Paperwhite

Pros of Kindle 5 (2012 Model)

. Darkened text
. Five Key Navigation and Side Page Turn Buttons
. Lightweight and transportable
. No fingerprints on your screen
. Cheapest Kindle Price

Cons of Kindle 5

. No paperwhite lighted display
. Slower navigation system

Both the Paperwhite and the Kindle have their pros and cons, as well as features that would be loved by some customers and not by others. In the end it depends on the individual preference of the reader. Overall, the Paperwhite 2015 display has been something that many people enjoy about the Paperwhite, and enhances their reading experience. Either way, both e-book Readers help us to enjoy our love of reading.

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