As there is more than one version of the Kindle on offer, I thought I would let you know the differences between each one. To see what these are then keep reading My Kindle Comparisons Review.
The First Kindle
The first e-reader from Amazon was the Kindle, this is now classed as a museum piece and although it wasn’t the first e-reader available, it helped to popularise ebooks and essentially did for digital reading, what the ipod did for music.
It was released on the 19th November 2007 and was priced at US$399. It sold out within 5 hours and remained out of stock until late April 2008. The 2007 version of the kindle had a slot for a memory card as well as 250MB of internal storage, a 6-inch display which was only capable of four shades of grey and the whispernet system which helped to deliver books over 3G for free.
The Kindle 2
In 2009 the new Kindle 2 was released, this is now just referred to as the kindle. It had a bigger internal storage for more books as well as being more stylish and slimmer.
Kindle DX and DX Graphite
The DX version was also released in 2009 and had a bigger screen of 9.7 inch which was to incorporate the touch screen device, upcoming and new from Apple. You could read books in both portrait and landscape and it still had the qwerty keyboard like the other kindles. The battery life lasted up to two weeks. The DX picked up 3 stars in the 3T review.
In 2010, Amazon quickly followed the DX with the DX Graphite which had vastly improved with e-ink technology and a darker case. It still had the 4GB on-board memory and set a new design trend that can still be seen for the ereader from Amazon.
Kindle Keyboard (2010)
All kindles up till 2010 had a physical keyboard but this was then named the Kindle Keyboard as it was succeeded by a version with a touch screen and was unofficially known as the Kindle 3. It has a 6-inch display, 4GB of storage and was the first to include wi-fi, therefore making it the fastest selling kindle so far.
Kindle 4 and Kindle Touch
In the year 2011, we saw the release of the Kindle 4 which again was unofficial and had ditched the keyboard for a version that was on-screen but still had the keypad underneath which controlled it. The screen and e-ink technology remained the same although Amazon managed to bring it into the modern era by making it thinner and lighter.
The Kindle Touch, which was the first touch-screen kindle, appeared in the same year as the 4 and apart from the infrared sensors there was not much of a difference between the 2 of them. It was the first though to have the x-ray feature for looking up themes and characters details.
Kindle 5, Paperwhite and Paperwhite 2 and 3
We are now into the year 2012 where the above 2 kindles arrived. The Kindle 5 now had the familiar black bezel instead of the grey. It was lighter, cheaper, loaded books faster and made it easier to read. However, because people were now more reliant on the cloud, storage was down to 2GB. The low price did make this version appealing.
The Paperwhite was classed as a premium option for kindle buyers because there was a higher resolution fully touch-screen, integrated led lights meaning you could read it in the dark without the need for a lamp.
The Paperwhite 2 followed on in the year 2013 and again it had better e-ink contrast, faster processor making it faster to turn the pages, the storage was put back up to 4GB and the illumination was improved. Due to Amazon making some minor tweaks over the previous edition, it earned some very impressive high reviews.
The third-generation of the Paperwhite (known as the Paperwhite 3) appeared in 2015, and sits between the budget and voyage models (all of which have 6-inch screens and 4GB of storage). Although, the mid range version appears to be the best value as it has the best battery life which can last up to at least 8 weeks on one charge.
Kindle Voyage, Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite
Kindle 7 and Voyage
We are now in 2014 and have the kindle 7 which is the most recent budget kindle. Finally last year they ditched the physical buttons and without the integrated lights and a low-resolution screen, this remains the best value for money for an e-reader.
Also in 2014 we have the Kindle Voyage which offers an even higher screen resolution and illumination technology on the display which causes it to adjust itself based on the lighting conditions. For page turns it has haptic feedback and this is the smallest and lightest ereader ever released by Amazon. It has been referred to as “the best kindle ever”.
Kindle Fire, Fire HD and Fire HDX
The Kindle Fire which is an Android based tablet arrived in 2011 and used a fork of Android. It had a 7-inch screen with IPS colour touchscreen and was the first kindle without the e-ink display. It only has wi-fi and no 3G like the other kindles that had been released. It does have 8GB of storage and a battery life that can last up to 8 hours. It was then refreshed in 2012 to give it a faster processor, more RAM and they updated the OS.
We were introduced to the Fire HD in 2012 and this is Amazon’s second generation of the colour touch screen kindle. It is available in three different factors with the 6, 7 and 8.9-inch screens. The 7-inch version arrived in September and was followed with the 8.9=inch which had either wi-fi or 4G in November. Then in 2013 they decided to refresh the 7-inch so it could use the kindle Fire HDX unibody.
In 2013 we saw the arrival of the Fire HDX, this is the third generation of the Kindle Fire tablet that used fire OS 3 and is available in 7 and 8.9-inch screens and has 32 and 64GB versions.
In 2014 it was decided to refresh the tablet and it was officially named the Fire HD tablets thus removing the name “kindle” from the device.
Kindle Audio Adapter
The most up-to-date version of the kindle is the audio adapter. This is a great invention as it allows people to listen aloud to ebooks via a text to speech system which is used by the blind and visually impaired. The Paperwhite 3 used to be the only version which supported the accessibility accessory. The adapter has plugs where you can connect speakers and headphones in the USB port. Once you have connected, you have to use the VoiceView feature to navigate the interface which allows you to listen to eBooks via TTS. Unfortunately, you can only read eBooks as that is all that the device supports and it only has a 6 hours battery life as the accessory reduces it. You can use a generic USB to audio converter which will also work with Voiceview.
Below is a list of the most up to date prices (lowest to highest) for each version of the kindle.
- Certified Refurbished Kindle, 6″ – £49.00
- Fire, 7″ Display, – £49.99.
- Kindle, 6″ – £59.99
- Kindle Paperwhite Certified Refurbished, 6″ – £89.99
- Kindle Paperwhite, 6″ – £109.99
- Fire HD 8, 8” – £129.99
- Kindle Voyage, 6″ – £169.99
- Fire HD 10, 10.1” – £169.99
Kindle Comparison Table
Here is a comparison table for three of the kindles. As well as Amazon, you can also go to other sites such as the ebook reader plus others to have a look as well.
After having looked at all the kindles since 2007 when they started up until now, the changes that have been made to the kindles have always been to improve them. They have made them smaller, lighter, faster bigger screens, touchscreens etc and I think it would be very hard to try and pinpoint what would be the best kindle of all times.
As each person looks for different things in an e-reader, they will all have their own favourite versions of the device.
VERDICT – Amazon is saying that their Kindle Paperwhite is the best.
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