How to Compare Kindle Models: 12 Steps - MakeSureHow
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The Amazon Kindle is an electronic e-reader device. Introduced in 2007, the Kindle is designed to digitally store a large selection of books. Unlike some earlier e-reader units, the Kindle uses screen technology that simulates real paper and reduces eye strain during extended reading. As of 2012, six different versions of the Kindle can be purchased. In addition to the base model Kindle, the Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G are available. The Kindle Keyboard 3G and Kindle DX are larger versions of the design. The Kindle Fire is also available. Considering the different features and benefits of each model will allow you to make an informed decision and choose the version that best meets your needs.


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    Screen Types: Consider which type of screen is best. There are two general types of displays used in Kindle devices. The "E Ink" screen is used on every model except the Kindle Fire. Unlike many computer screens, an "E Ink" screen can be easily read in bright sunlight and does not cause glare.
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    Take into account how often the Kindle will be used for reading, as opposed to Web browsing or picture viewing. A model with the black and white "E Ink" display is typically best for extended book reading by simulating the appearance of paper. A Kindle Fire, however, uses a full-color screen and may be better for using the Internet or viewing rich media.
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    Compare the screen sizes of the Kindle models. The most common size is the 6-inch "E Ink" display. The Kindle DX and Kindle Fire use larger 9.7-inch and 7-inch displays, respectively. The 6-inch option is often sufficient for reading books. A larger display might be preferred for reading magazines, newspapers and Internet blogs
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    Battery Life: Look at the battery life of each model and estimate how the device will most often be used. Kindles with a 6-inch, "E Ink" screen have longer available battery life than the larger-screen models
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    Make sure that a chosen model has sufficient battery for your lifestyle. The base model has a maximum battery life of one month, while the Touch and Keyboard varieties can last up to two months. The Kindle DX has a maximum battery life of three weeks, while the Kindle Fire can only stay on for eight hours. Travelers who are away from power for extended periods may require longer battery life.
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    Determine how much time will be spent using the wireless features of the Kindle. Each model is able to connect to a wireless network to download data. However, this activity diminishes battery life. Users who wish to connect frequently and download many publications might consider a Touch or Keyboard version with the longest available battery life. Readers who are able to charge the unit often may not have this concern.
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    Multimedia Ability: Review the multimedia capabilities of each model and choose a Kindle that matches the desired type of use. The base-model Kindle, for instance, does not have the ability to play audio.
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    Select a Kindle version other than the base model if audio playback is required. All models except for the most basic unit feature both speakers and a headphone jack. This may be important for users who wish to play MP3s or listen to audio books.
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    Decide if full-color playback of movies, games and Internet videos is important. The Kindle Fire is the only model that offers these advanced multimedia features. The Fire may be a good choice for buyers who want a full tablet computer, while other models are more economical for general book and newspaper readers.
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    Connectivity Features:Compare the connectivity options of each Kindle model. All units have the ability to download data in some way. Some Kindles, such as the base model and the Kindle Touch, can connect and download content only when a Wi-Fi network is within range.
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    Consider a cellular-enabled Kindle if the ability to download content while on the road or away from Wi-Fi is important. Units that have "3G" in their name, such as the Kindle Keyboard 3G, use the global cellular network to transfer data at no monthly cost to the user. This ability, however, increases the initial purchase cost of the 3G Kindle.
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    Decide if the ability to compose and send email or save notes is important. Several models allow data entry. The Kindle Keyboard features physical keys for easy typing. The Kindle Touch and Kindle Fire offer virtual, on-screen keyboards. A rudimentary black-and-white email browser is available on the Touch and the Keyboard versions, while a more full-featured Web browser can be used for messages on the Fire


  • Remember that the majority of the Kindle models are designed primarily for reading, not for Web browsing or interactive control. The Kindle Fire, on the other hand, is similar to other tablet computers such as the Apple iPad or Android devices.

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