Kindle is a general name for Kindle e-reader made by Amazon but many people also like to use the term Kindle to refer to the Fire Tablets made by Amazon. In this article, we will tell you briefly the features of all these devices and which is the right one for you.
Amazon is currently selling 3 Kindle e-readers:
Features Common to all these Kindle eReaders
- 6″ screen is big enough to read books or PDFs, and yet it is very portable to carry around.
- Weighs merely around 200 grams
- Use for 4 to 6 weeks (30 min reading per day) on a single charge, which is enough to spend a vacation without having to worry about charging
- e-Ink screen provides a experience just like reading a paperback book
- You can store around a thousand eBooks
- You can do a bit of web surfing and emailing
- X-ray for books
- No microSD slot
- No direct ePub support (you have to convert ePub to Kindle-supported format to read)
- Not good for internet surfing and web browsing
The Kindle Basic is the lowest cost Kindle e-reader in the market but it has no front-light.
The Kindle Paperwhite is the most popular Kindle e-reader in the market. It has build-in front-light, high resolution screen (300 ppi) and 3G options.
The Kindle Voyage is the most advanced Kindle e-reader in the market. It has build-in front-light plus adaptive light sensor, high resolution screen (300 ppi), 3G options and a unique PagePress features.
Amazon is currently selling the following 8 Fire Tablets:
- Kindle Fire HDX 7 (7″ screen)
- Fire HDX 8.9 (8.9″ screen)
- Fire HD 6 (6″ screen)
- Fire HD Kids Edition (6″ screen)
- Fire HD 8 (8″ screen)
- Fire HD 10 (10.1″ screen)
- Fire (Also known as Fire 7, 7″ screen)
- Fire Kids Edition (7″ screen)
Features Common to all these Fire Tablets
- Colored and back-lighted IPS LCD screen
- Audio support
- Fast quad-core processor
- Access to Amazon App Store (with over hundred of thousands of apps)
- No direct access to Google Play apps (you have to load Google Play apps on Fire tablets via side loading)
The Kindle Fire HDX 7 and the Fire HDX 8.9 are the older Fire tablets but they have the following unique features among the Fire tablets:
- The fastest processors
- The highest pixel density and highest resolution screens
- 4G connectivity option
The Fire HD 6 is the smallest Fire tablet in the market and the corresponding model for kids is the Fire HD Kids Edition.
The Fire 7, Fire HD 8, Fire HD 10 and Fire Kids Edition are the newer 2015 Fire tablets and they have the microSD card slot for memory expansion. Among them, the Fire is the lowest cost Fire tablet and the Fire HD 10 has the biggest screen among all Fire Tablets in the market.
Read our article here if you’re choosing between the Fire and Kindle e-reader.
If you want a device strictly for reading, then the Kindle Paperwhite is a good choice. If you have limited budget, then you should buy the Kindle Basic. If you would like to buy the most advanced model, then you should go for the Kindle Voyage. You can choose between 3G vs WiFi for both the Kindle Voyage and Kindle Paperwhite.
However, if you want a device for reading plus games, movies, TV shows, and other stuff, then the Fire tablet would be the better option. If you are looking for big screen then the Fire HD 8 and the Fire HD 10 both are good choices. If you are looking for powerful tablet with high resolution screen and also 4G connectivity option, then you should consider the Kindle HDX 7 and the Fire HDX 8.9.
If you are looking for the lowest cost and the smallest size Fire tablet, then you should go for the Fire 7 and the Fire HD 6 respectively.
If you are buying a tablet for kids, then you should go for either the cheaper Fire Kids Edition or the higher resolution screen Fire HD Kids Edition.
Last but not least, we have the following articles that help you choosing among the Fire tablets:
- Kindle Fire HDX vs Fire HD
- Compare storage Options for Amazon Fire HD
- Compare storage Options for Kindle Fire HDX 7
- Compare storage Options for Fire HDX 8.9