Back when e-readers first showed up, there were only two to choose from: The Kindle Wi-Fi and the Kindle 3G, and they were pretty much the same except for connectivity. Now you need to be a bit more knowledgeable when you shop for an e-reader. Today there are basically four to choose from, and they are offered at ranging prices. eReader
The cheap Kindle eReader has a touchscreen, and was first offered in 2006. You can pick it up at Amazon starting at $79.99. On the other end of the scale is the Kindle Oasis which will cost you $249.99. The other two models, the Kindle Paperwhite and the Kindle Voyage range in between, with different options for each one.
Now, which one will you buy?? I know, you don’t have enough information yet. No worries… we have a comparison coming up!
Common features include access to Amazon’s massive book library which offers a huge line of magazines and books all at reasonable prices. Unlike some e-readers, these eReader are unable to purchase books from anywhere but Amazon. The good thing is that Amazon has a huge range of popular titles that can be found at competitive prices.
Once you become an Amazon Prime member, you will be able to access the Kindle Owners Lending Library. Then you will be able to borrow a book a month from the massive 600,000 ebook library!
Another cool frill is the Prime Reading service. With it you get access to lots of free ebooks, magazines and short form material. Now these downloads are not the ordinary self-published stuff, either. These are premium magazines and award-winning titles.
Every Kindle supports Amazon’s Family Library. That means you can share your eBooks with other members of your household. Basically, it lets you merge two accounts together so you can share each other’s ebooks, and you can add up to four child accounts to your existing accounts.
Another great thing about Amazon is how they are always improving user experience with device customers. Recently they updated the interface on all the Kindles with new fonts that proved to be much more legible on e-readers. This make the typesetting more book like when reading. They also streamlined the interface so users would have easier access to the settings they need. You can even share excerpts with your social media friends.
OK, moving on… Let’s talk about the differences.
The Kindle Paperwhite – from $119.99 on Amazon
Amazon Kindle verses Paperwhite: The Paperwhite has a clearer, lit display and optional 3G connectivity. The current Paperwhite has a sharper screen that its predecessor, with 300 pixels per inch. This is the same display that the Kindle Voyage has (see below) which brings the two models significantly closer together. It’s currently available in Wi-Fi at just $119.99 if you want it without lock screen adverts. The other option is to purchase the 3G for $189.99 so you can buy books anywhere in the world without needing to find a Wi-Fi network.
The high resolution screen is a big deal, with a crisper text that is much more pleasing to the eye. This extra perk does come with a price, though, with a battery life of only six weeks instead of the eight-week life on previous models.
The Paperwhite does not have the ambient light sensor, which automatically adjusts the screen lighting to match the surrounding environment. Although the Voyage (below) takes the top spot, the Kindle Paperwhite is the e-reader that most people should buy because it has everything you need at a great price.
The Kindle Voyage – from $199.99 on Amazon
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite verses Voyage: The Voyage is lighter, thinner, has an ambient light sensor and PagePress buttons. Amazons Kindle Voyage was the best thing going before Kindle Oasis came along. The Voyage will run you a bit more than the Paperwhite, so what do you get for the additional money? Like the budget Kindle and the Kindle Paperwhite, the Voyage has a 6-inch touchscreen. Another standard feature of the Voyage is the 300 pixel per inch display, and it is thinner and lighter than the other kindle models, just by a bit. The pages can be turned by either using the touchscreen or pressing the ‘page press’ buttons on the side. The Kindle Paperwhite also has a similar six-week battery life and 4GB of storage.
The best feature in my opinion is the ambient light sensor, which adjusts automatically to whatever you’re lighting conditions are. The difference is amazing, even in pitch black conditions. If you like to read your ebooks day or night, Voyager is the Kindle for you. Of course, there is nothing wrong with the Kindle Paperwhite.
If you are looking for a luxurious eReader, the best Kindle eReader is Kindle Oasis. But with the luxury comes the steep price of $289.99 standard, or $299.99 for the 3G version. It comes complete with a leather-fronted case, but that still makes it more expensive than a similarly-equipped Kindle Paperwhite. Amazingly though, it’s worth the extra cash if you’re a keen reader. It’s far lighter than any other Kindle without its magnetic Snap-On case, feeling practically weightless in use. The internal battery lasts only a few weeks, similar to the other models, but the included case boosts its battery life by up to two months.
The screen has the same 300 pixels per inch as the Paperwhite and Voyage, and is front lit but has more LEDs, resulting in crisper, more consistent lighting. It’s beautifully designed and lovely to use, both with and without the cover. Amazon has brought back page turn buttons with the Oasis, so you don’t have to touch the screen except when navigating menus. Sadly, the ambient screen light sensor hasn’t made it across from the Voyage, but you do get an orientation sensor, so you can switch between reading left- or right-handed in an instant. It’s the best eReader ever and the one to buy if you can stretch to the price.