The Paperwhite is my first touch screen device and I like it very much. I've had the Kindle DX, Kindle Keyboard, and Kindle Basic and now I have my favorite, the Paperwhite. Everyone I know with a Paperwhite has just gotten one and found it to be fine. One fellow claimed he'd gotten five defective Paperwhites in two weeks. color me skeptical.
I not only like my Paperwhite but I like the Amazon Kindle Cover for the Paperwhite. It's great, in my opinion.