Kindle Review: Which Kindle Should You Buy?
[asa gw_medium_image]B00BHJRYYS[/asa]What you read here will amaze you. When I found out that Kindle products are amazing eBook readers I had to write my own Kindle review.
eBook readers have come a long way, with the Kindle leading the pack in availability and flexibility. eBook readers can do more than just display the text of digitized books, they can browser the web, display emails and download newly purchased books automatically. The Kindle Fire runs the Android operating system with full access to the Amazon Store and limited access to the Google Play Store — your book reader just became a fully fledged touch screen tablet.
While they share the Kindle brand they are entirely different devices split between models which are primarily designed as eBook readers, and models which works as tablets. See the difference here.
There is a Kindle for every price point from 69 dollars (same in UK pounds) to 350 dollars (same in UK pounds) for the Kindle Fire. We explain each model here.
Do you need 3G?
Kindle is available in both Wifi only and Wifi and 3G versions. The 3G version means you can download books wherever cellular mobile data is available. The convenience of 3G is a one-time cost built into the initial cost of the 3G variants of the Kindle.
Is the 60 dollar/UK pound premium worth it? I don’t think it is. It’s very easy to log onto your home or coffee shop WiFi network and download you new book purchase. I recommend you save the money and spend it on a few good books to read.
With Wifi available in many public places there’s little reason to pay extra for 3G. However, if you purchase the Kindle for an elderly relative that has little or no experience of the Internet the 3G version might be an simpler gadget for them to use.
Keyboard or Touchscreen?
All the latest Kindle models have a touchscreen, with the exception of the basic Kindle.
A touchscreen makes it simple to type the name of the book or author on the on-screen keyboard. Changing pages is similar to turning the pages of a paper book, and feels more natural than pressing the a button (like on the basic Kindle).
Listen to music while you read
The Kindle Paperwhite and the basic Kindle do not support MP3 playback. Strangely, some of the older, now discontinued, Kindles do. You have to search out an older used Kindle if you want MP3 playback at low cost. While not supporting MP3 playback they do read out loud English language text.
Kindle Fire models do have MP3 playback along with many other useful features, such as video playback.