Now that you have decided to go for a Kindle, you are faced with the next set of questions:
- Which one? Kindle WiFi or the slightly more expensive Kindle 3G?
- Kindle with Ads or Kindle without Ads?
These are the main questions that come to mind once you have decided that you do want to start reading books the ‘new way’ – on Kindle, Amazon’s best selling product ever.
Let us now take a look at Kindle 3G and Kindle WiFi models and decide what makes more sense to go with:
Kindle 3G Models
Kindle 3G models provide both 3G and WiFi connectivity. Kindle’s 3G connection works in over 100 countries, letting you download books on the go without having to bother about finding a WiFi hotspot. The 3G connectivity in Kindle 3G works just like your cell phone.
In case there is a hotspot zone, Kindle 3G can automatically switch to WiFi mode and access the web using WiFi connectivity.
Those who go for Kindle 3G do not like to be limited in any way, the idea of having all time connectivity, being able to buy books whenever and wherever they feel like, appeals to them (especially while travelling).
Kindle 3G is available in Kindle Touch, Kindle DX and Kindle Keyboard models. However, it needs to be mentioned that the 3G connectivity in Kindle Touch 3G is limited to buying books from Amazon and Wikipedia look-up. Here is how Amazon has clarified this issue
Our new Kindle Touch 3G enables you to connect to the Kindle Store, download books and periodicals, and access Wikipedia –all over 3G or WiFi. Web browsing (outside of Wikipedia) on Kindle Touch 3G is only available over Wi-Fi.
You should consider either Kindle Keyboard 3G or Kindle DX in case you are looking for unrestricted and Free 3G connectivity that allows you to browse the web without any restrictions, access emails and social updates.
Kindle WiFi Models
Kindle WiFi, as the name suggests has only WiFi connectivity built into it, which means that you can access the web or Kindle store only when a WiFi hotspot is available (home router, airport, etc).
Kindle WiFi is available in Kindle Keyboard, Kindle Touch and the latest fourth generation Kindle 4 models. Typically WiFi models are cheaper than Kindle 3G models.
It is worth mentioning here that a WiFi or 3G connectivity is not at all required for reading books on Kindle. Internet connectivity either in the form of 3G or WiFi comes into play only while downloading books from Amazon or browsing the web for information.
Also, thoe without a WiFi router at home can still download books to their computers and transfer them to Kindle via a USB cable that comes with Kindle.
Typical Kindle WiFi buyers like the idea of saving $50, which can be used for buying Kindle Covers and e-books.
Kindle 3G or WiFi? | Conclusion
As you can see there is hardly any difference between the two models (Kindle 3G or Wifi) except for the way they connect to the internet. You will need to decide which of the following buyers appeal the most to you:
“My kids have wifi only – used the money saved to buy more books for them. If you are not away from home much, you should be able to download anything you want in advance, say for a vacation or road trip” – Kindle WiFi user on Amazon
“We travel fulltime, so Kindle 3G is invaluable to us. Without a smart phone, tablet, etc. we often use our Kindle to check weather, email, and facebook.” – Kindle 3G user on Amazon
Kindle Is Now More Affordable than it was ever before in its history.
- All models of Kindle now qualify for free shipping (Save $9.99).
- Kindle WiFi with ‘Ads’ is now available for as low as $79 and Kindle 3G Touch with ‘Ads’ is available for a low $99.
It makes all the sense to go for Kindle with ‘Ads’ and save money whether you are buying Kindle 3G or Kindle WiFi. Kindle ’Ads’ appear only on the screen saver and do not bother at all while reading.