I just checked the Amazon page for the Paperwhite. 379 reviews give it 4 stars. That's pretty good. Only 79 folks gave it one or two stars. 237 gave it 4 or 5 stars.
It appears all the complaints on this Forum may be exagerrating the overall reception of this unit.
I scanned some of the one star reviews. Here are some of the problems reported there: no sound, cloud items could not be downloaded, pdf files display badly, eye strain from reading with the PW, 4 clouds at the bottom, ghosting on turning pages. Only one of the ten one stars I reviewed complained of defects in the screen.
Last edited by sirmaru; 10-09-2012 at 12:50 PM.