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It is no wonder the Kindle E-readers are so popular these days. These new devices allows you to store up to 1,000 e-books and have have unlimited cloud storage of Amazon content. This means that a lot less trees need to be cut down and better air for all of us, which is why I love the e-readers.
My husband gave me a Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas several years ago and I use it just about every day. Other than books on gardening and cooking I buy all my books as ebooks. It’s a lots less waste and you have instant access to an electronic book when you purchase it.
It takes less than 60 seconds to download an ebook onto a Kindle device. That’s faster than you can make a cup of tea and get cuddle up under a blanket on the couch! The Kindles are very light, so you can easily hold them in one hand and a cup of tea in the other. They all have touch screen control, so it is easy to flip a page.
One of my favourite features is that you can choose from eight text sizes to prevent tired eyes and keep you reading longer.
The Kindle e-readers have a much longer battery life than your regular laptop. Depending on the light setting that you have chosen and how much Wi-Fi you use, you will in most cases get weeks’ use out of your Kindle before you need to charge it.
Come across an unfamiliar word in your ebook? Not to worry. Smart Lookup integrates entries from The New Oxford American Dictionary with information from X-Ray and Wikipedia, so you can access definitions, characters, settings, and more without losing your place.
Now, which Kindle should you pick? There are a few options, so I have put together a table to compare them and a description below to help you decide.
| ||Kindle||Kindle Paperwhite||Kindle Voyage||Kindle Oasis
|Colors||Black, White||Black, White||Black||Black
|Dimensions||6.3" x 4.5" x 0.36" (160 x 115 x 9.1 mm))||6.7" x 4.6" x 0.36" (169 x 117 x 9.1 mm)||6.4" x 4.5" x 0.30" (162 x 115 x 7.6 mm)||5.6" x 4.8" x 0.13-0.33" (143 x 122 x 3.4-8.5 mm)
|Weight||5.7 oz (161 g)||Wi-Fi: 7.2 oz (205 g) Wi-Fi + Free Cellular Connectivity: 7.6 oz (217 g)||Wi-Fi: 6.3 oz (180 g) Wi-Fi + Free Cellular Connectivity: 6.6 oz (188 g)||Without cover Wi-Fi: 4.6 oz (131 g) Wi-Fi + Free Cellular Connectivity: 4.7 oz (133 g)
|Built-In Light||No||Yes - 4 LEDs||Yes - 6 LEDs + adaptive light sensor||Yes - 10 LEDs for enhanced page consistency
|Resolution||167 ppi ||300 ppi ||300 ppi ||300 ppi
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi ||Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + Free Cellular Connectivity||Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + Free Cellular Connectivity||Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + Free Cellular Connectivity
Something that a lot of users love about the Kindle is that there are zero distractions such as email alerts when you are reading. With an ereader, you can focus about one thing, and one thing only, and that is to enjoy a great read.
If you decide to buy a case for your Kindle, I would highly recommend that the case you buy have the magnetic AutoWake function. It is a lot easier to turn the device on and off without having to search for the small power switch.
Below are the different Kindles that are currently available and my recommendations for who should buy which type.
Who should buy the basic Kindle?
The basic Kindle is the most inexpensive e-reader. It is perfect if you plan to use it a lot out of the house and especially if you are traveling a lot. You would not be devastated if you lost your Kindle on a beach, cruise ship, airport or plane, as they do not cost that much to replace.
The e-reader weighs less than six ounces and the thickness of a pencil, so it is easy to bring with you anywhere you go. In fact, with its light weight it is lighter than most paperbacks. You can store up to 1,000 books in the Kindle, so there is plenty of reading material for a vacation.
If you enjoy reading outside then the e-ink device is great for you. It has a matte screen, so there is no glare in direct sunlight. This makes it very easy on the eyes to read for long periods at a time. You can download a book in less than 60 seconds with the built-in Wi-Fi, which is very convenient for people on the go.
The font and text size can be customized by you, so you can read your book in any style you want. The battery life is great on the Kindle and you can easily use it a month without having to charge it. The only issue with the Kindle is that you do need light to be able to read the text. This is not always convenient in a bedroom or on an airplane, but can easily be fixed with a Kindle case with built-in light.
This is a great entry level e-ink Kindle that is perfect for the traveler or if you just want to find out if e-readers are for you without spending a lot of money.
Who should buy the Kindle Paperwhite?
The Kindle Paperwhite is by far the most popular Kindle out there. It has all the features of the basic Kindle, and then some! This Kindle has built-in light, so you can read it in a room without any lamps on (perfect if you want to read without annoying your significant other that is sleeping next to you. It has crisp easy-to-read text with a well-lit screen, so you don’t need any other light in the room to read.
The basic Kindle has more of a grey (matte) screen whereas the Paperwhite, as the the name implies, has a white screen. Think of it as reading text in a newspaper versus on a sheet of paper. If you get the Kindle Paperwhite case, the device will go to sleep the moment you close the cover and this way allow the charge to last longer.
The Kindle Paperwhite is the best device for people that enjoy reading half an hour before bed. The backlight is extremely popular with all users. The Paperwhite has the anti-glare feature as well, so you can read your novels indoor as well as outdoor without eyestrain.
Who should buy the Kindle Paperwhite Voyage?
The Kindle Voyage has a super thin design. This brings the weight down considerably. At just 7.6mm thin, you can comfortably hold it in one hand for long reading sessions. This makes it perfect for the avid reader that travels a lot.
The Kindle Voyage has a built-in light sensor that controls an adaptive front light. It senses the light in your environment and changes the setting to the ideal brightness. Perfect reading conditions no matter if you are on the beach or in a dark bedroom.
The Kindle Voyage has the feature ‘page press’. With the hand you use to hold the Kindle you simple apply a bit more pressure and with that you flip to the next page. On other kindles a finger on the screen is required to flip pages. This is a lot more handy.
Who should buy the Kindle Oasis?
The Kindle Oasis has a 7″ 300 ppi display, which is the largest, highest resolution display available. This is great for seniors that have a hard time reading small font.
It has Audible built in that can be paired with Bluetooth, so you can listen to audiobooks as well as using the device as an an e-reader.
It is the only waterproof ereader from Kindle. So if you are into sailing or plan to travel in very humid parts of the world, this is the perfect Kindle for you.
The Kindle Oasis is available in 8 GB or 32 GB, so you have the option of storing lots of ebooks and audiobooks.