Review of Kindle Readers from Amazon

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PRODUCT NAMES: Kindle E-reader – Black, 6″ Glare-Free Touchscreen Display, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers
Kindle Paperwhite E-reader – Black, 6″ High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Built-in Light, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers
Kindle Voyage E-reader, 6″ High-Resolution Display (300 ppi) with Adaptive Built-in Light, PagePress Sensors, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers
Kindle Oasis E-reader with Leather Charging Cover – Black, 6″ High-Resolution Display (300 ppi), Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers

Overall Ranking: 5 out of 5
Price: $59.99 including special offers from Amazon, Paperwhite $99.99 including special offers from Amazon, Kindle Voyage $179.99 including special offers from Amazon and Kindle Oasis $289.99 including special offers from Amazon
Owners: Amazon is a publicly traded company
Website: Amazon

  

INTRODUCTION

While Amazon offers a number of different tablets that include the E Reader capabilities most are their version of a tablet with color screens and additional capabilities most are either significantly more expensive or have a much smaller screen. This review will cover and compare the 4 kindle reader products that are designed to be E Readers. To explore more about Amazon’s Fire Tablets click the following link. Fire Tablets,

The 4 E Reader products from Amazon are designed to fill 4 distinct market price points and each offers access to thousands of E Books, Audible books, and subscriptions to magazines and newspapers.

Kindle E Reader

The Kindle is the entry level E Reader from Amazon and it comes with a 6 inch touch screen that allows you to take notes and or write comments easily while you read. Weighing in at slightly less than 6 ounces It is both lightweight and rugged which means it can easily be stored in your backpack, purse or suitcase while you are on the move.

Kindle Paperwhite E Reader

While the Kindle E Reader is a great entry level product the Kindle Paperwhite E Reader is a major step up for only a small step up in cost. The two major additions versus the entry level Kindle are higher screen resolution making the text appear crisp and clear. The second addition is a group of 4 LED lights that provide adjustable even lighting of the screen making nighttime reading both easy and a pleasure. There is one additional capability available but not on the base model. Like the Kindle the base model Kindle Paperwhite comes equipped with WIFI capability, but also available on the Paperwhite for an additional $70.00 is 3G cell network connectivity which makes it a superior option for the traveler. Amazon pays the 3G network charges so downloading content over cellular networks is free of cellular charges to the user.

basic specifications of each Kindle model
For the techies a comparison of basic specifications of each Kindle model
Kindle Voyage E Reader

The Kindle Voyage E Reader is the next step up from the Kindle Paperwhite and is built on the same basic technology. The additional capabilities are subtle but important for the avid reader. The main improvement is the display is automatically adaptive based on external lighting conditions while the Kindle Paperwhite display must be manually changed by the user. Like the Paperwhite the Voyage comes with WIFI connectivity on its base model and adds 3G cellular connectivity on its premium model. Other “improvements” are not based on improved technology, rather they are cosmetic and do not improve the usefulness of the Voyage versus the Paperwhite.  Like the Kindle Paperwhite 3G Cell phone network connectivity can be purchased for an additional $70.00.

Kindle Oasis E Reader

The Oasis E Reader is the current top of the line E Reader offered by Amazon. Probably the most important change from the Voyage is the Oasis is designed for 1 hand use, and better yet, it can be changed to suit both right handed and left handed users. It is also the thinnest and the lightest E Reader from Amazon and like the Voyage and Paperwhite it comes with WIFI standard and 3G cellular connectivity available on the premium model for an additional $70.00.

PROS

If you like to read, in your native language, the Kindle E Readers are for you. They are rugged, lightweight and great reading platforms.  I am not sure which one is for you but I am sure that at least one of them is.  If you are on a budget and have access to WIFI the basic Kindle E Reader is a great option, inexpensive, easy to use and easy to read in the light.  It will require  reading light to read in the dark.

If you are a traveler, the 3 more advanced models  all have 3G wireless connectivity options available at an additional cost of $70.00 which may seem hefty, but having access to new titles wherever a cell phone network is available is well worth the upfront cost.

The Paperwhite, the Voyage, and the Oasis have built in LED lighting systems that make reading in the dark both easy and comfortable. Given many of us read before bed as a way to relax all 3 of these readers are an excellent choice.

Finally, all 4 models have excellent battery life exceeding 2 weeks of constant use between charges,

CONS

The base price of the 3 most advanced models does not include 3G wireless cell phone connectivity.  This connectivity option costs an additional $70.00, a bit pricey.

WHO IT IS FOR

Each model targets a different audience.  The Economy minded reader with access to WIFI will be well served by the basic Kindle E Reader. The more avid reader who regularly reads in the dark will love either the Paperwhite or the Voyage.  The person who wants the best, the most convenient and for whom price is not n issue will love the Oasis.  That is the thing, there is a Kindle for most every reader.

SUPPORT

Standard Amazon  support.

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FINAL OPINION

If you love to read, there is a Kindle E Reader for you. This is even more important if you are having trouble finding reading material in your native language because Kindle can bring you what you need. Enjoy it.

 





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