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A Comparison of all the Kindle Types

The Amazon Kindle is one of the hottest electronic readers/tablets on the market. Amazon now has three different types of E-reader Kindles:  Basic, Paperwhite and DX along with four different types of Kindle Fires: Fire HD, Fire HDX, Fire HDX 8.9″ and Fire HD 8.9″ three of the four Kindle Fires have the option to include a 4G-LTE card. This easy-to-read guide will give you some insights on which Kindle is best for you. For a side-by-side comparison of each Kindle, be sure to scroll to the bottom of this page. Note: Looks like the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is on its way out. It is shown with limited stock on Amazon and it is the only FIRE that was not refreshed at the same time as the other Kindle Fires

Kindle

The basic Kindle is one of the least expensive e-readers on the market, yet it’s simple to use and incredibly light. If this is your first e-reader, and you’re simply buying one  for reading books, this is your best bet. At $69, you surely won’t look back and think you wasted money. This Kindle comes with a 5-way controller button on the bottom of the device.

 

Kindle Paperwhite

The Kindle Paperwhite is the newest of the Kindles. Unlike the basic Kindle, the Paperwhite has a touchscreen and a home button at the bottom. The big selling point is the Kindle Paperwhites patented built-in light. The built in light guides light towards the screen for night time viewing, and can easily be adjusted. Another unique feature users are raving about is the X-ray feature, which lets you look up characters, historical figures, or interesting phrases simply by tapping a word. Readers can also access detailed descriptions from Wikipedia and Shelfari, Amazon’s encyclopedia. The Touch also has audio capabilities and can read books aloud to you, at no additional cost.

 

Kindle DX

The Kindle DX has a large 9.7″ screen and was created for the reader who needs to take notes, or for people who enjoy keyboards. Some users prefer this type of Kindle because they’d rather type on a keyboard,  instead of  touching a screen or using navigating buttons. (It’s similar to the key difference between a Blackberry and iPhone)

 

Kindle Fire HD/HDX 7″

The Kindle Fire HD/HDX 7″ is very different from the other Kindle e-readers. Although many people purchase the Kindle Fire solely as an e-reader, it’s ultimately a tablet, and reading is only one of many things it can do. In addition to browsing the Internet with the new Amazon Silk Browser, you can watch over 20 million movies and TV shows, use apps, play games, listen to songs and of course read books, newspapers, magazines and listen to audio books. The Fire rocks a 7- inch LCD color touchscreen, weighs less then the Kindle DX, and now starts at $139. The Kindle Fire HDX 7″ is a beefed up version of the HD, differences include a quad core processor (HD has a dual core processor) front facing camera, available 32GB or 64GB of storage, amazon’s revolutionary mayday button (live on-device tech support) and optional 4G LTE connectivity.

 

Kindle Fire HD/HDX  8.9″

The Kindle Fire HD/HDX 8.9″ has many of the same specs as the HD/HDX 7″ screen. Other then its 2″ bigger screen size, the 8.9″ HDX features both a front and rear facing camera. The HD 8.9″ only features a front facing camera. The 8.9″ Fires start at $229 with special offers, and max out at $594 for the HDX 8.9″ with 64GB of storage, no special offers and Verizon/AT&T 4G LTE.

 

 How to Choose Between Major Differences in Kindles

 1. With or Without Special Offers

Special Offers show up on the main screen of the Kindle when the Kindle is sleeping. Many customers don’t mind this because some of the offers tend to be pretty good, and the Kindles with Ads are cheaper then ones without ads. However, if you’re easily distracted — or don’t want to see pop-up ads on your home screen — spend the extra couple of bucks for an ads-free Kindle (without special offers)

2. 3G or No 3G

All the Kindles come with Wi-Fi and can be connected to your home network and open networks such as Starbucks, McDonalds and many other retailers. Amazon offers a 3G network with the Kindle Paperwhite 3G, and the Kindle Keyboard 3G. The 3G Kindles are more expensive upfront, but have no monthly 3G cost. Most Kindles are sold without the 3G option, but if you travel a lot, the 3G option might make sense. The Kindle Fires (other than the 7″ HD) have the option to be purchased with LTE through Verizon or AT&T. Monthly data plans are available for an additional monthly cost and vary between companies, so check your carrier for details.

 

Final Thoughts

At $69, the Kindle (with Special Offers) is by far the cheapest option. However, if you’re interested in a multi-media accessible experience, the Kindle Fire HD is one of the least expensive tablets on the market at $139 (less than half the new iPad Air) and is definitely worth the price. The Kindle Fire HD’s also come with a free 30 day trial of Amazon Prime.

If you plan to read a lot at the beach or for many hours at a time, you may want to stick with the classic e-inks. But if you like to read in the dark, the color LCD offers more options.

The Kindle Fire gives you the most diverse reading and media experience. There are millions of videos, songs, books etc available, then again, if you know you only want to read books, stick with an e-ink Kindle.

 

 
Kindle Kindle
Paperwhite
Kindle
DX 3G
Kindle
Fire HD
Kindle
Fire HDX
Kindle
Fire HDX
Screen Size 6″ 6″ 9.7″ 7″ 7″ 8.9″
Battery Life (Wi-Fi Off) 4 Weeks 8 Weeks 3 Weeks 10 Hours 11 Hours 11 Hours
Weight 5.98 Ounces 7.3 Ounces 18.9 Ounces 12.2 ounces 10.7 ounces 10.7 ounces
Display Resolution E-Ink Pearl E-Ink Pearl E-Ink Pearl Vibrant Color 1280 x 800 (216 ppi) Vibrant Color 1920 x 1200 (323 ppi) Vibrant Color 2560 x 1600 (339 ppi)
Camera No No No No Front-facing HD camera Front-facing HD camera / 8MP rear-facing camera
Dimensions 6.5″ x 4.5″ x 0.34″ 6.7″ x 4.6″ x 0.36″ 10.4″x 7.2″ x 0.38″ 7.5″ x 5.0″ x 0.42″ 7.3″ x 5.0″ x 0.35″ 9.1″ x 6.2″ x 0.31″
Available Content Millions of books, newspapers, and magazines Millions of books, newspapers, and magazines Millions of books, newspapers, and magazines 20 million movies, TV shows, apps, games, songs, books,
and more
20 million movies, TV shows, apps, games, songs, books,
and more
20 million movies, TV shows, apps, games, songs, books,
and more
Connectivity Wi-Fi only Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi + 3G available) Wi-Fi + 3G Dual-band, Wi-Fi only Dual band, dual antenna(MIMO) Wi-Fi (Available LTE) Dual band, dual antenna(MIMO) Wi-Fi (Available LTE)
Audio None None Stereo Speakers Dolby Audio dual-stereo speakers Dolby Audio,Dual Stereo Speakers,

Built-in Microphone

Dolby Audio,Dual Stereo Speakers,

Built-in Microphone

w/Special Offers* Yes/No Yes/No No Yes/No Yes/No Yes/No
Interface 5-way controller Multi-touch Keyboard Multi-touch Multi-touch Multi-touch
Storage 2GB on device for 1,000 books 2GB on device for 1,000 books 4GB on device for 3,000 books 8GB/16GB device 16GB/32GB/64GB on device 16GB/32GB/64GB on device
Starting Price (w/o special offers) $69 ($89) $119/($139) 3G -$179/($199) $239 $139/$169 (w) $154/$184 (w/o) $229/$269/$309 (w) $244/$284/$324 (w/o) $379/$429/$479 (w) $394/$444/$494 (w/o)
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