The Kindle Buying Guide

Did you know there are nearly six different models of Kindle available in the market as of now? Of course, it says a lot about the popularity and efficiency of these E-book readers but, at the same time, it also means that you can’t just walk into a store and buy a Kindle e-book reader. You have to do your homework, gather information about the different kinds of Kindle and the features they offer. Luckily for you, we are giving you the ultimate Kindle buying guide, complete with all the information you are going to need.

The following is a list of all the models of Kindle with a brief description of each.

1. Kindle 4- As the name suggests, this is actually Kindle 4th generation, but it commonly goes by the simple name, The Kindle. It is the very basic model and is priced accordingly at $79. This model is lighter and smaller than any other Kindle reader even though it comes with a 6-inch screen. As it is the entry model, it does not offer any additional features- you can’t watch movies or play music on it. Also, it only has a virtual touchscreen keyboard and typing can be a real pain. However, it does what it is meant to do i.e. it provides an unparalleled reading experience. So, if you are looking for a simple e-book reader which can be used only for reading and nothing else, this is the Kindle for you.

2. Kindle Touch- Again, the name is self- explanatory. There are no dedicated buttons for turning pages anymore, instead, what you get is a decently responsive touchscreen. You can highlight text and turn pages using the touchscreen. It also comes with a MP3 player, though you still can’t create playlists or shuffle songs. On the plus side, the pop-up keyboard is way more comfortable than Kindle 4. This particular model is also available with 3G and that model is sold under a separate name, the Kindle Touch 3G.

3. Kindle Keyboard- Except for the keyboard, the Kindle Keyboard has nothing strikingly impressive. It is heavier and larger than other Kindle models and it doesn’t look particularly pleasant either. However, if you do a lot of typing while searching within texts, the keyboard will come as a huge relief. As with Kindle Touch, there is another variant called the Kindle Keyboard 3G which quite obviously has 3G. Significantly though, the 3G in this model allows you to browse anything on the web free of cost, as opposed to Kindle Touch 3G where you can only download E-books or surf Amazon.

4. Kindle Fire- The Kindle Fire announced the entry of Kindle into the tablet race. This model is not just an E-book reader, it is a full-fledged tablet. You can play music, watch movies, download Android apps, and of course, read e-books. On the plus side, there is so much more that you can do with the Kindle Fire, and it looks great and it is priced very affordably at $199. Talking about the flip side, the battery life is lower and it lacks e-ink which is otherwise characteristic of Kindle. But again, it is definitely worth its price.

Editor in Chief : Arie Struik

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