This is definitely an all-rounder of an ereader, Amazon has really honed the ereading experience and made enough improvements on previous Kindles to come up with its best version.
The lack of connectivity and poor on-board storage still remain an issue, but the actual reading experience is excellent and it's clearly where Amazon has focused its development time.
The smooth matte-black finish, rounded edges and overall design make it look sleek and luxurious - a definite contender for the 'best looking ereader' award.
The speed of the device itself makes it one of the fastest on the market. It's refreshing to be able to glide around an e-ink screen without too much screen refresh or lag, which is frustratingly common in a lot of ereaders. The ominous "25% faster" processor seems to have done the trick.
The added extras like X-Ray and Kindle Page Flip make the reading experience more complete and the Smart Lookup is a really good idea when it works.
The onboard storage remains an issue, 2GB is too small and hardly justifiable. The cloud does offer an alternative option, but there are times when you won't have a Wi-Fi network or 3G available.
This is exacerbated when you only have the Wi-Fi model. A large part of the fun of ereaders is their portability, having to pre-download books for your travels takes away some of this portability.
The browser isn't very good, there aren't any back or forward buttons and some pages simply do not load. Since most people won't buy a Kindle to use the browser, this shouldn't be a huge drawback but you have to wonder why Amazon didn't either exclude it altogether, or at least make it more bearable.
The Smart Lookup app only works with certain books, which is a shame because it's a good idea that adds lots of depth to the reading experience.
The 6th generation Kindle Paperwhite is the best Kindle yet, it's the most cost effective ereader on the market and it easily beats the Nook Glowlight and Kobo Aura H2O on performance and design.
Amazon has also brought out an even newer version, simply titled the Amazon Kindle, which brings a new touchscreen and other improvements for a very similar price.
Although the specifications aren't the best around, the execution is excellent and Amazon has managed to create a fast e-ink tablet and improve the reading experience with inventive reading apps. I highly recommend.