Originally Posted by wally626
The Kindle PaperWhite is very nice, I bought one for my Daughter. For reading books, certainly novels, it is the best option out there right now. As a general purpose tablet it is not so good. Now at the $119 it is WIFI only and has the adds. I expect a lot of non-kindle users will get that model, users of old Kindles are much more likely to move up to the $200 model with no adds and 3G wireless, you pay $60 for 3 or 4 years of 3G coverage (depending on how long you use the Kindle actively), compared to $15/month for the iPad.
It's important to know that the free 3G really only covers Wikipedia and the Amazon store. The older kindle keyboard model subsidises internet browsing (which was useful for booking hotels when I was travelling in the middle on nowhere in the USA with a kindled friend). Unless books are an impulse purchase and you do a lot of travel the 3G is just not worth it for most people.
I'm buying a kindle paperwhite for long form reading, primarily because it is much lighter than an iPad and doesn't come with all the notifications and other distractions of a multipurpose device. I've been kindle curious for a while. The combination of the integrated light, improved PPI, and capacitive touch at this price point were the tipping point for me. Opting for the non-advertisement subsidised version purely on principle.
I wish they had opted for some gloriously ergonomic physical page turn buttons though.