Amazon says the touch display on this fifth generation Kindle boasts 62% more pixels (212 pixels per-inch resolution) and 25% increased contrast than earlier versions, with whiter whites and blacker blacks. All this sounds good, well, on paper, but in fact it's all borne out when you examine the screen and see just how crisp the fonts look.
Another major selling point is the built-in "front-lit" display that lets you read on the beach or in a dark bedroom without disturbing your spouse. Through its patented technology, Amazon distributes light evenly underneath an anti-glare layer and down toward the display, away from the reader's eyes. To my eyes, the light did indeed seem evenly distributed across the screen, much more so than on the rival Nook with Glow Light that Barnes & Noble began selling earlier in the year. I liked the Barnes & Noble device a fair bit, but with Paperwhite Amazon leaps pasts its rival.