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Full Guide: Which Amazon Kindle Should I Buy?

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If you are asking yourself, "Which Amazon Kindle should I buy?" you have come to the right place.

But first, why should you buy an e-reader?

E-readers are essential for avid readers. They are smaller than an iPad and larger than an iPhone, making them easy to transport. They are less risky to travel with than an iPad since they are a small fraction of the price. They don't allow you access to other apps, keeping you focused on your book. And lastly, they are easier on your eyes than an iPhone or iPad.

This is a quick comparison of the three Amazon Kindle e-readers currently on the market.

Compare the features of all 3 Kindles in one spot on Amazon.

Question: Which Amazon Kindle Should I Buy?

Amazon Kindle

The Amazon Kindle has a 6" display, is 4.5" wide, weighs 6.1 ounces and is glare-free. It has 4 GB of storage (thousands of books) and 167 ppi resolution. The front light has 4 LEDs. It connects to Wi-Fi and comes in black or white.

A single charge lasts up to four (4) weeks, based on a half-hour of reading per day with wireless off and the light setting at 13.  The Amazon Kindle fully charges in approximately 4 hours from a 5W USB power adapter or computer via USB cable.

This is the most price-effective option for the basics at a great price.


Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon's Choice

My top pick

The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite also has a 6" display, is 4.5" wide, weighs 6.4 ounces and is glare-free. The case is a bit taller than the Amazon Kindle at 6.6". Unlike the Amazon Kindle, it has a flush front design.

The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite has options for 8 GB or 32 GB of storage (thousands of books; at least double the storage of the Amazon Kindle) and 300 ppi resolution (almost double the resolution of the Amazon Kindle. The front light has 5 LEDs (one more than the Amazon Kindle).

The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite connects to Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + cellular connectivity. Amazon states:

Wi-Fi + free cellular connectivity uses the same wireless signals that cell phones use but with no monthly fees or commitments—Amazon pays for cellular connectivity. Using wireless connectivity to make other services available, such as wireless delivery of personal documents, may require an additional charge. For more information, see the Connectivity and Availability section of the Amazon Device Terms of Use

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The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite comes in black, plum, sage or twilight blue.

A single charge lasts up to six (6) weeks (two (2) more weeks than the Amazon Kindle), based on a half-hour of reading per day with wireless off and the light setting at 13.  The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite charges in approximately 4 hours from a computer via USB cable or fully charges in less than 3 hours with a 5W USB power adapter.

Unlike the Amazon Kindle, the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite is waterproof (IPX8), tested to withstand immersion in two (2) meters of freshwater for sixty (60) minutes.

I own the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite and I love it. I honestly have zero complaints about it. I think it makes for a great option for the vast majority of Kindle buyers, giving you a bit more in technology than the Amazon Kindle, while being more price effective than the Amazon Kindle Oasis.


Amazon Kindle Oasis

The Amazon Kindle Oasis is for the reader who wants all of the bells and whistles.

The Amazon Kindle Oasis also has a 7" display, is 5.6" wide (an inch larger than the other two Kindles), weighs 6.6 ounces (two (2) ounces more than the Paperwhite) and is glare-free. Like the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, it has a flush front design.

The Amazon Kindle Oasis has options for 8 GB or 32 GB of storage (thousands of books; the same storage as the Paperwhite) and 300 ppi resolution (the same resolution as the Paperwhite). The front light has 25 LEDs (twenty (20) more than the Paperwhite).

The Amazon Kindle Oasis connects to Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + cellular connectivity. It comes in graphite or champagne gold.

A single charge lasts up to six (6) weeks (two (2) more weeks than the Amazon Kindle and the same as the Paperwhite), based on a half hour of reading per day with wireless off and the light setting at 13.  The Amazon Kindle Oasis fully charges in approximately three (3) hours from a 5W power adapter or computer via USB cable.

Unlike the Amazon Kindle and Paperwhite, the Amazon Kindle Oasis boasts adjustable warm light, auto-adjusting light sensors, ergonomic design, automatic rotating page orientation and page turn buttons.

However, I believe these extra features are not necessities and would only be useful for the most robust of users.


How to Choose:

Most Cost-Effective

Amazon's Choice & My Top Pick

All the Bells & Whistles

Happy e-reading!

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Adrienne

Friday 27th of November 2020

I have owned Kindles since the second generation, and do all my reading on one. If you are like me, buy the Oasis. I use my Kindle every day, and it is totally worth the extra money. I like how it contours in my hand. I also like having the buttons to turn the page as well as the touch. It automatically flips the orientation when you change positions. It's the little things that make a great reading experience.

Jules Buono

Saturday 28th of November 2020

These are great tips. Thank you!

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