Different Kindle Models

by ebook readers on August 14, 2010 · 1 comment

There are many different Kindle models available; this article provides information on the differences between the models.

Let’s start by listing all of the models to date, starting with the most recent devices:

-Kindle Fire
-Kindle Touch 3G
-Kindle Touch
-Kindle
-Kindle Keyboard 3G
-Kindle Keyboard (and Kindle Keyboard with Special Offers)
-Kindle DX Graphite
-Kindle DX International Version
-Kindle DX
-Kindle 2
-Kindle First Generation


4TH GENERATION KINDLES

Kindle Fire

  • Was introduced on Sept. 28, 2011.
  • Has a vibrant FULL COLOR touchscreen.
  • Provides access to over 100,000 movies and TV shows.
  • Supports thousands of popular games and apps, including Hulu, Pandora and Netflix.
  • Has a built-in fast web browser.
  • Comes with a built-in email reader for Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail and AOL mail users.
  • Holds 3,000 books.
  • Supports audiobooks and mp3 music.
  • Has a battery life of 2 months.
  • Comes with free Amazon Cloud storage.
  • Displays children’s books, comics, graphic novels and magazines in FULL COLOR.
  • Is WiFi only.

Kindle Touch 3G

  • Was introduced on Sept. 28, 2011.
  • Is the same as the Kindle touch but provides both 3G (cell signal) and WiFi connectivity.
  • Comes in a “Special Offers” version that displays ads as screensavers and is cheaper than the regular Kindle Touch 3G.

Kindle Touch

  • Was introduced on Sept. 28, 2011, just like the Kindle and the Kindle Touch 3G.
  • Represents the first touchscreen version of the Kindle.
  • Is WiFi only.
  • Has 2 keys: Home, On/Off
  • Makes it easy to read books by just using one hand.
  • Holds 3,000 books.
  • Supports audiobooks and mp3 music.
  • Has a battery life of 2 months.
  • Comes in a “Special Offers” version that displays ads as screensavers and is cheaper than the regular Kindle Touch.

Kindle

  • Was introduced on September 28, 2011.
  • Is smaller, thinner and more lightweight than the Kindle Keyboard versions.
  • Does NOT have a keyboard but instead has a touch pad for moving the cursor.
  • Holds 1,400 books.
  • Supports audiobooks and mp3 music.
  • Has a battery life of 1 month.
  • Has 5 keys: Back, Keyboard, Home, Menu, 5-way Controller Pad and Next Page and Previous Page buttons on each side of the device.

3RD GENERATION KINDLES

Kindle Keyboard 3G

  • Provides both 3G (cell signal) and WiFi connectivity.
  • Is available in either the classic white color or dark graphite.
  • Comes in a “Special Offers” version that’s cheaper than the regular Kindle Keyboard 3G.

Kindle Keyboard

  • Formerly called the Kindle 3, it began shipping August 27, 2010.
  • Is WiFi only (for 3G see the Kindle Keyboard 3G).
  • Is smaller and more lightweight than the DX, however the viewing screen is still the same size – hurrah!
  • Uses the new E-ink Pearl technology which makes the screen easier to read.
  • Stores up to 3,500 books.
  • Supports audiobooks and mp3 music.
  • Has a battery life of 2 months.
  • Includes both 3G Wireless and Wi-Fi connectivity.
  • Was initially available in both white and graphite but is now only available in the graphite finish.
  • Kindle Keyboard with Special Offers: this is a version of the Kindle Keyboard that displays ads as screen savers. It began shipping on May 3, 2011. It’s CHEAPER than the regular Kindle Keyboard version.

2ND GENERATION KINDLES

Kindle DX

  • Was released in June 2009.
  • Introduced portrait and landscape modes. To view a page in landscape mode simply rotate the device and voila!, your book or magazine automatically converts to landscape mode!
  • Had a larger 9.7″ screen.
  • Introduced PDF file compatibility which let you download PDF files to the device. This greatly expanded the usability of the device because it meant you could view not just books, but work-related documents, graphs and charts.
  • Had a battery life of 1 week (with wireless enabled) and 2-3 weeks with wireless turned off.
  • Kindle DX International Version: this model was introduced January 19, 2010 and made the Kindle compatible worldwide.
  • Kindle DX Graphite: this version provided users with a Kindle DX with a different case color. Additionally, the DX Graphite had an easier to read display and was considerably cheaper than the original Kindle DX.

Kindle 2 (NO LONGER SOLD)

  • Was introduced in February 23, 2009.
  • Had a longer battery life.
  • Had much more memory and could hold up to 1,500 books.
  • Had a 16-level grayscale screen for easier reading.
  • Was more lightweight and thinner than the Kindle First Generation.
  • Kindle 2 International Version: this was released October 22, 2009; it was the same as the Kindle 2 but worked in other countries.

1ST GENERATION KINDLE

Kindle First Generation (NO LONGER SOLD)

  • Is the original Kindle.
  • Was so popular it sold out in under 6 hours. Amazon couldn’t keep up with the demand so the Kindle First Generation was on backorder until April 2008.
  • Was first introduced on November 19, 2007.
  • Had 250MB of memory.
  • Had a 6″ screen.
  • Could hold up to 200 books.
  • Retailed for $399.

Kindle Compatible Devices
You can now read your Kindle books on the following devices:

  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • Blackberry
  • PC
  • Mac
  • Android
  • Windows Phone 7

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1 John Perry November 30, 2011 at 4:13 pm

I want to buy a kindle for my wife for christmas and don’t know which model
to buy

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