Got a new Kindle model? Here’s what is different
This year, a lot of people who are already experienced with Kindles are going to get new models. That might be because they are buying a newer one and handing the old one, or getting a second Kindle (yes, people do that).
Kindles (except the Kindle Fire) all work largely the same way…but there are now some significant differences.
I’ve owned and used every Kindle model except for the Kindle DX 9.7 inch. Right now, I mainly read on a Kindle Touch, Wi-Fi only, but I also use a Kindle Keyboard 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi and a Kindle (the $79/$109 model I call a “Mindle”), in addition to my Kindle Fire.
I still have a Kindle 1 and Kindle 2 as well.
I do have an excuse for that. After all, I write about them, so I need to have them for reference when I get questions.
One of the things I’ve noticed is that even though I adapt to a new model pretty quickly, I may still be looking for something from an old model…which may not even be there.
Here, then, are each of the currently available models (new from Amazon) and what makes them different. If you get one and want to return it, Amazon does have a generous Kindle return policy…usually, within thirty days of purchase.
Kindle (this is the $79/$109 model..I call it the “Mindle”. Others call it the “baby Kindle”, the “starter Kindle”, or the “basic Kindle”)
What it doesn’t have: audio of any kind (no music, no audiobooks, no text-to-speech); a keyboard (you use a “hunt and click” method); 3G (you’ll need to connect to a wi-fi network to download things)
What’s unique about it: it’s the smallest and lightest: you can set the menus to be in different languages
What it doesn’t have: landscape mode; the ability to highlight across two pages; not as many games for it
What’s unique to it: touchscreen (well, this and the Fire have it); X-Ray (which downloads information about topics and characters in the book with the book)
What it doesn’t have: I think of this as the sort of normal Kindle. It doesn’t have a touchscreen.
What it doesn’t have: it’s not up on the latest software…it’s a generation 2. No Special Offers option.
Unique to it: the size
This is a whole different type of hardware. No Collections at this point. No text-to-speech. If you deregister it, downloaded Kindle store books are removed. It doesn’t have the long battery life of the other Kindles (the old Kindle’s can be used for weeks without charging…the Kindle Fire will go for less than a day). It’s backlit, so bright sunlight will make it hard to read.
Unique to it: video; full web-browsing; Android apps; ability to require a PIN (Personal Identification Number) to use the internet; ability to read in a dark room without an external light source.
That’s a quick overview. If you have specific questions about any of these (or the older models), feel free to ask.
Update: thanks to one of my readers, Kerrin, for pointing out that the Kindle Keyboard can search the archives. It looks very different on the Touch, and I was thinking it was different functionality…but apparently not.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.