Which Kindle should you buy? Fall 2013

Which Kindle should you buy? Fall 2013

Amazon has recently announced new versions of the Kindle Paperwhite and of the Kindle Fire. While it is possible that more announcements will be made for this holiday season (it wouldn’t surprise me to see a price drop on the lowest priced Kindle, for example), these are likely to be the ones you are considering right now. If I need to come back and revise in light of announcements which may come later this year, I will. I do think it is possible that some models may be in short supply: I’m particularly impressed with some features of the new Kindle Fire HDX line, which may considerably broaden their appeal (particularly as workplace devices).

I should also mention that this information is based on the USA. Not all models are available in all countries, and prices may vary.

I am only going to list devices available new from Amazon. There may be refurbished models available (including the popular Kindle Touch model), but the price is going to be more variable and availability much less predictable. You can find them here: Certified Refurbished Kindles. Certified Refurbished Kindles can be an excellent buy. They have been reviewed carefully by Amazon, and typically carry the same warranty as one you buy new.

A note for upgraders: the Kindle Paperwhite 2 appears to be the same dimensions as the Kindle Paperwhite first generation, so your old covers should still fit. The same is not the case for the Kindle Fire: for example, the Kindle Fire 8.9 HDX is actually smaller than last year’s Kindle Fire 8.9 HD.

I’m going to list the models available new in order of price, lowest to highest.

Definitions

RSK (Reflective Screen Kindle): an EBR (E-Book Reader) which does not have lighting behind the image. RSKs are particularly good for long form reading, having a long battery life compared to a backlit device. They can be read easily in bright light, because you read them by light reflecting off of them (the same way you read a paperbook). The technology does not “refresh the screen” quickly enough to handle video. While they can play some games, their primary function is reading. The screens on the earlier models used a brand name technology called E Ink. RSKs currently do not do color images.

Tablet: a backlit device, similar in that way to a laptop, desktop, or SmartPhone. You read what is on the screen by a light coming from behind it. In bright light, they can be hard to read, because the light coming from behind the screen is competing with the light hitting the screen from the front (the sun, for example). Tablets can do full animation (meaning you can watch movies and TV shows, and play games that require animation). They can show many colors. They are good for visiting websites. The software is flexible, and you can install many types of “apps” on them. The battery charge life is much shorter than on an RSK: a day of full use will require a recharge.

Frontlit: a reflective screen device that has been equipped with a built-in light facing the screen. That’s what the Kindle Paperwhite is, as well as some models from other companies. This will allow you to read in bright light and in darkness, although because it does not change the underlying technology of the RSK screen, it does not allow for video or color. In some ways, it is the best of both worlds for e-books. The Paperwhite is the most comfortable reading experience I’ve had, including p-books (paperbooks). The battery charge life is also remarkably long: more comparable to an RSK than to a backlit device.

Wi-fi: a short-range wireless broadcast of the internet, typically the size of one building or so. Customers will usually use wi-fi they are broadcasting themselves in their own homes, or at a public wi-fi spot (many restaurants provide it).

3G: a method of connecting to the internet similar to a cell phone.

4G: another method of connecting to the internet, but faster than 3G.

Special Offers: devices with “Special Offers” have their initial price reduced because they are supported by advertisers. You see advertising on the device when it is “sleeping”, and a small ad at the bottom of the screen where you select the book you want to read. The advertising does not appear in the books themselves. Note: you will probably need to click a choice on the product page to get one without Special Offers. The links I give you will take you to the product page, but some features need to be selected manually on those pages.

GB: short for “gigabyte”, it’s a unit of measure of memory. The more gigabytes you have on the device, the more things you can store on it. That’s not likely to be an issue with e-books, but could possibly be with movies. More GBs cost you more. Many people recommend getting as much as you afford. I usually go on the lower end, since I keep most of my content in the Cloud/archives, and download it as I needed. I tend to keep about ten Kindle store books on one of my devices at a time. That gives me enough time to download more before I run out. If I was going to be out of wi-fi range for a week, though, I might download books before I went. If I’m on a long flight and want to have a couple of movies downloaded, I do have to be aware of the memory use.

Front-facing camera, rear-facing camera: a front-facing camera is looking at you while you are looking at the screen. It’s good for videocalls (such as Skype), but awkward to use to take pictures of other people. A rear-facing camera is on the back of the device, looking the same way you are looking when the screen is facing towards you…similar to a typical still or videocamera.

Must Have Features

There are many things that Kindles have in common, but not every Kindle has every feature. I’m going to list some of the features that people insist on having, and tell you which models available new have it. Note: it is very important to  realize that features may be made available to older models in updates (that has happened), but may not. Don’t be surprised if you reject a model because it didn’t have something, and then it was added retroactively. That’s not going to happen with hardware features (a Kindle Paperwhite is not going to be able to download speakers to it), and software features may have hardware limitations that keep them off the older models:

Audiobooks: Kindle DX, Kindle Fires

Collections (the ability to organize your e-books on your device in to groupings you define): currently, Paperwhites, Kindle DX. “Cloud Collections”, which appear to be a similar ability that can be shared centrally between apps and devices, have been announced for the Kindle Fire HDX, the 7″ Kindle Fire HD (but not the 8.9″, which is last year’s model), and the new Kindle Paperwhites.

Mayday (on screen live Amazon tech support): Kindle Fire HDXs

Music (MP3s): Kindle DX, Kindle Fires

Origami cover (a new gadgety cover from Amazon): Kindle Fire HDXs, new Kindle Fire HD (only the 7″)

Physical page turn buttons: Mindle, Kindle DX

Text-to-speech (the Kindle can read any text downloaded to it out loud to you, unless that ability is blocked by the publisher. It will not be able to read websites or typical PDFs): Kindle DX, Kindle Fires

Touchscreen: Paperwhite, Kindle Fires

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Priced at $69

Kindle (“Mindle”) with Special Offers
Available: now (it was announced September 6, 2012)
Type: RSK

The Mindle (my name for it: it’s also called the “Baby Kindle” and the “Starter Kindle” and the “Kindle 4”) is the lightest Kindle, and the least expensive. It’s an excellent starter model, and can be good for children. If you just want something on which to sight-read books, it’s a good choice. It does not have speakers, so audiobooks are out, and there is no text-to-speech. It does not have a touchscreen or a physical keyboard (you navigate through letters on screen), but does have physical page turn buttons. SELECT OPTIONS ON PRODUCT PAGE.

Priced at $89 

Kindle (“Mindle”) without Special Offers. SELECT OPTIONS ON PRODUCT PAGE.

Priced at $119

Kindle Paperwhite, 6″ High Resolution Display with Next-Gen Built-in Light, Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers
Available: pre-order now, released on September 30, 2013
Type: frontlit RSK

Like the Mindle, this is designed primarily for sight-reading: no audio. However, one of the key differences is a new patented light system. The light is still directed at what you are reading, and not your eyes. You can adjust the light for all conditions: bright light outside and in a darkened room. Even with the light being used, the battery life is twice that of the Mindle…reading half an hour a day with wireless off, the Paperwhite will last about eight weeks versus the Mindle’s four weeks. The Paperwhite has a touch screen, compared to the Mindle’s “five-way controller”. The touch screen has also been improved over there Kindle Touch, which it is effectively replacing.  The Paperwhite also has these features which are not on the Mindle:

  • X-Ray (background information about characters and things in a book with no wireless connection necessary to use it…a good study aid)
  • Time to Read (estimates how long it will take you, based on your personal reading speed, to finish a chapter or a book)
  • Instant translations
  • New (I’ll be testing and reporting on these new features soon): Page Flip, which will let you look ahead in the book without losing your place
  • New: automatically build flashcards for vocabulary words which you look up in the onboard dictionary
  • New: In-line footnotes
  • Coming soon: better integration with GoodReads
  • Coming soon: Kindle FreeTime
  • Coming soon: Cloud Collections (organize your books where Amazon stores them for you…in “the Cloud”

For someone who wants a Kindle for reading, but wants more…a high school versus an elementary school student, a serious reader who wants to read anywhere, any time, the Paperwhite is going to be the best choice. SELECT OPTIONS ON PRODUCT PAGE.

Priced at $139

Kindle Paperwhite 2, 6″ High Resolution Display with Next-Gen Built-in Light, Wi-Fi – without Special Offers
Available: pre-order now, released on September 30, 2013
Type: frontlit RSK SELECT OPTIONS ON PRODUCT PAGE.

Kindle Fire HD 7″, HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB – Includes Special Offers
Amazon label: “Best Value Kids Tablet, Family Tablet”
Available: pre-order now, released on October 2, 2013

If you want web-surfing, video, and popular apps like Angry Birds and Where’s My Water?, you need a tablet. At $139, this is the lowest priced Amazon tablet. What are you missing if you get this one, rather than the $229 Kindle Fire HDX model? It has no microphone, no camera, and does not come with Mayday (the onscreen live technical help). The screen isn’t as good and the processor isn’t as fast as the HDX models, but those stats would have been considered quite good a year ago.

If you don’t need to impress with the state-of-the-art, and you need something to entertain the kids or get the job done at work (as long as that job doesn’t require a camera), this is going to be a good buy. SELECT OPTIONS ON PRODUCT PAGE.

Priced at $154

Kindle Fire HD 7″, HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB – Without Special Offers

Low priced tablet with the least amount of memory and no ads. SELECT OPTIONS ON PRODUCT PAGE.

Priced at $169

Kindle Fire HD 7″, HD Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB – Includes Special Offers

Larger onboard memory capacity with ads.  SELECT OPTIONS ON PRODUCT PAGE.

Priced at $184

Kindle Fire HD 7″, HD Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB – Without Special Offers

Larger onboard memory capacity without ads.  SELECT OPTIONS ON PRODUCT PAGE.

Priced at $189

Kindle Paperwhite 3G, 6″ High Resolution Display with Next-Gen Built-in Light, Free 3G + Wi-Fi – Includes Special Offers
Available: e-mail sign-up to be notified when available, ship date Nov. 5, 2013
Type: frontlit RSK

The top of the line current generation reading-focused device from Amazon.  SELECT OPTIONS ON PRODUCT PAGE.

Priced at $209

Kindle Paperwhite 3G, 6″ High Resolution Display with Next-Gen Built-in Light, Free 3G + Wi-Fi – Without Special Offers
Available: pre-order now, ship date November 5, 2013
Type: frontlit RSK

Same as above, no ads.  SELECT OPTIONS ON PRODUCT PAGE.

Priced at $229

Kindle Fire HDX 7″, HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB – Includes Special Offers
Available: pre-order now for October 18, 2013
Type: tablet
Amazon label: “Personal Movie Tablet, Best College Tablet”

This is the state of the art Amazon tablet in the 7″ size. I’ve had a Kindle Fire 1st generation, and 8.9″ Kindle Fire HD (2nd generation), and this is the one I’ve ordered for myself (look for my review and information on it shortly after release). The Mayday feature may make it a particularly attractive gift for getting people who aren’t as comfortable with tech able to do things like Skype (and e-mail, for that matter). Why would you move up to the $379 8.9? Part of it is the screen size, although for me, the 7″ has been adequate and easy to carry. The 8.9″ is also the only one with rear-facing camera (so you can take pictures easily of other people and things. The larger version has a better screen and somewhat longer battery life. I think this one may be the most popular of the new models.  SELECT OPTIONS ON PRODUCT PAGE.

Priced at $239

Kindle DX, Free 3G, 9.7″ E Ink Display, 3G Works Globally
Available: now (this version is more than three years old, announced on July 7, 2010)
Type: RSK

This is now several generations back, but has its fans and charms. It’s a large screen RSK with no built in lighting. You’ll read it in the dark the same way you would with a paperbook: with a booklight or lamp. It has a physical keyboard and physical page turn buttons. It has audio, so you can do text-to-speech, music, and audiobooks. The onboard memory is about three times that of a Kindle Paperwhite or Mindle. The battery charge life is much shorter than a Paperwhite, and shorter than a Mindle It comes with free 3G, but doesn’t have wi-fi. It doesn’t have all of the features of the Kindle Paperwhite, and isn’t likely to get them. This is old school, definitely, but might be attractive to some people for that reason, along with some of the features.  SELECT OPTIONS ON PRODUCT PAGE.

Priced at $244

Kindle Fire HDX 7″, HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB – Without Special Offers
Availability: pre-order now for October 18, 2013
Type: tablet

State of the art smaller tablet with no ads and least memory.  SELECT OPTIONS ON PRODUCT PAGE.

Priced at $269

Kindle Fire HD 8.9″, Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, 16 GB – Includes Special Offers
Available: now (this is last year’s model, announced September 6, 2012)
Type: tablet

This was last year’s larger screen model, and it’s the one I typically carry with me now. I do find that it is heavier and larger than I like. It is very much like this year’s $139 model, except with that larger screen, a front-facing camera (for Skype), a better screen, and about 8 ounces (a couple of hundred more grams) of weight. If you want the larger screen, but don’t want to spend the money on the HDX, this is the one. It’s also worth noting that this has an HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) out port, which the HDXs don’t have. That means that with a cable which you buy separately, and a pretty modern TV, you can display what’s on your Kindle Fire on your TV. However, some apps (such as Xfinity) will block the use of the HDMI cable automatically. Still, using the Miracast wireless technology on the Kindle HDXs may mean buying an additional display device for many people.  SELECT OPTIONS ON PRODUCT PAGE.

Kindle Fire HDX 7″, HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 32 GB – Includes Special Offers
Availability: pre-order now for October 18, 2013
Type: tablet

State of the art smaller tablet with ads and the middle amount of memory.  SELECT OPTIONS ON PRODUCT PAGE.

Priced at $269

Kindle Fire HDX 7″, HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 32 GB – Includes Special Offers

State of the art smaller tablet with ads and the middle amount of memory. SELECT OPTIONS ON PRODUCT PAGE

Priced at $284

Kindle Fire HDX 7″, HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 32 GB – without Special Offers

State of the art smaller tablet with no ads and the middle amount of memory. SELECT OPTIONS ON PRODUCT PAGE

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Priced at $309

Kindle Fire HDX 7″, HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 64 GB – Indludes Special Offers

State of the art smaller tablet with no ads and the most memory. SELECT OPTIONS ON PRODUCT PAGE

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Price at $314

Kindle Fire HD 8.9″, Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, 32 GB – Without Special Offers
Available: now (this is last year’s model, announced September 6, 2012)
Type: tablet

Last year’s larger tablet with no ads and the middle amount of memory. SELECT OPTIONS ON PRODUCT PAGE.

Priced at $324

Kindle Fire HDX 7″, HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 64 GB – without Special Offers

State of the art smaller tablet with no ads and the most memory. SELECT OPTIONS ON PRODUCT PAGE

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Priced at $329

Kindle Fire HDX 7″, HDX Display, Wi-Fi & 4G LTE from either AT&T or Verizon, 16 GB – Includes Special Offers

State of the art smaller tablet with no ads and the least memory. This version comes with 4G, which means you would be able to connect without having a wi-fi router near you, but you would also pay for a data plan from your carrier. Note that there are two different selections, one for AT&T and one for Verizon, not one for both. SELECT OPTIONS ON PRODUCT PAGE

Priced at $344

Kindle Fire HDX 7″, HDX Display, Wi-Fi & 4G LTE from either AT&T or Verizon, 16 GB – Without Special Offers

State of the art smaller tablet with no ads and the least memory. This version comes with 4G, which means you would be able to connect without having a wi-fi router near you, but you would also pay for a data plan from your carrier. Note that there are two different selections, one for AT&T and one for Verizon, not one for both. SELECT OPTIONS ON PRODUCT PAGE

Priced at $369

Kindle Fire HDX 7″, HDX Display, Wi-Fi & 4G LTE from either AT&T or Verizon, 32 GB – Includes Special Offers

State of the art smaller tablet with ads and the middle amount of memory. This version comes with 4G, which means you would be able to connect without having a wi-fi router near you, but you would also pay for a data plan from your carrier. Note that there are two different selections, one for AT&T and one for Verizon, not one for both. SELECT OPTIONS ON PRODUCT PAGE

Priced at $379

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″, HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB – Includes Special Offers
Available: November 7, 2013
Type: tablet
Amazon label: “Best Movie Tablet, Gaming Tablet, and Business Tablet”

This model is it: the top of the line. Best screen and best battery life, front-facing and rear-facing cameras, all the latest features (including Mayday live on-screen help), if you want to get somebody the best, you would get the 64GB, 4G model of this one. It’s only about an ounce more than the 7″, which is remarkable (and quite a bit less than last year’s large-screen Kindle Fire HD). SELECT OPTIONS ON PRODUCT PAGE.

Priced at $384

Kindle Fire HDX 7″, HDX Display, Wi-Fi & 4G LTE from either AT&T or Verizon, 32 GB – Without Special Offers

State of the art smaller tablet with no ads and the middle amount of memory. This version comes with 4G, which means you would be able to connect without having a wi-fi router near you, but you would also pay for a data plan from your carrier. Note that there are two different selections, one for AT&T and one for Verizon, not one for both. SELECT OPTIONS ON PRODUCT PAGE

Priced at $397

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″, HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB – Without Special Offers
Available: November 7, 2013
Type: tablet
Amazon label: “Best Movie Tablet, Gaming Tablet, and Business Tablet”

State of the art larger screen tablet with lowest memory and no ads. SELECT OPTIONS ON PRODUCT PAGE.

Priced at $399

Kindle Fire HD 8.9″, Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi & 4G LTE through AT&T, 32 GB – Includes Special Offers
Available: now (this is last year’s model, announced September 6, 2012)
Type: tablet

Last year’s larger screen tablet with the middle amount of memory and 4G through AT&T (which would require a separate paid data plan) with ads. Note that there is not a Verizon option with this model. SELECT OPTIONS ON PRODUCT PAGE.

Priced at $409

Kindle Fire HDX 7″, HDX Display, Wi-Fi & 4G LTE from either AT&T or Verizon, 64 GB – Includes Special Offers

State of the art smaller tablet with ads and the most memory. This version comes with 4G, which means you would be able to connect without having a wi-fi router near you, but you would also pay for a data plan from your carrier. Note that there are two different selections, one for AT&T and one for Verizon, not one for both. SELECT OPTIONS ON PRODUCT PAGE

Priced at $414

Kindle Fire HD 8.9″, Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi & 4G LTE through AT&T, 32 GB – Without Special Offers
Available: now (this is last year’s model, announced September 6, 2012)
Type: tablet

Last year’s larger screen tablet with the middle amount of memory and 4G through AT&T (which would require a separate paid data plan) and no ads. Note that there is not a Verizon option with this model. SELECT OPTIONS ON PRODUCT PAGE.

Priced at $424

Kindle Fire HDX 7″, HDX Display, Wi-Fi & 4G LTE from either AT&T or Verizon, 64 GB – Without Special Offers

State of the art smaller tablet with no ads and the most memory. This version comes with 4G, which means you would be able to connect without having a wi-fi router near you, but you would also pay for a data plan from your carrier. Note that there are two different selections, one for AT&T and one for Verizon, not one for both. SELECT OPTIONS ON PRODUCT PAGE

Priced at $429

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″, HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 32 GB – Includes Special Offers
Available: November 7, 2013
Type: tablet
Amazon label: “Best Movie Tablet, Gaming Tablet, and Business Tablet”

State of the art larger screen tablet with the middle amount of memory with ads. SELECT OPTIONS ON PRODUCT PAGE.

Priced at $444

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″, HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 32 GB – Without Special Offers
Available: November 7, 2013
Type: tablet
Amazon label: “Best Movie Tablet, Gaming Tablet, and Business Tablet”

State of the art larger screen tablet with the middle amount of memory with no ads. SELECT OPTIONS ON PRODUCT PAGE.

Priced at $479

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″, HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 64 GB – Includes Special Offers
Available: November 7, 2013
Type: tablet
Amazon label: “Best Movie Tablet, Gaming Tablet, and Business Tablet”

State of the art larger screen tablet with the most memory with ads. SELECT OPTIONS ON PRODUCT PAGE.

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″, HDX Display, Wi-Fi & 4G LTE through AT&T or Verizon, 16 GB – Includes Special Offers
Available: November 7, 2013
Type: tablet
Amazon label: “Best Movie Tablet, Gaming Tablet, and Business Tablet”

State of the art larger screen tablet with the least memory and ads, with 4G. SELECT OPTIONS ON PRODUCT PAGE.

Priced at $494

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″, HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 64 GB – Without Special Offers
Available: November 7, 2013
Type: tablet
Amazon label: “Best Movie Tablet, Gaming Tablet, and Business Tablet”

State of the art larger screen tablet with the most memory with no ads. SELECT OPTIONS ON PRODUCT PAGE.

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″, HDX Display, Wi-Fi & 4G LTE through AT&T or Verizon, 16 GB – Without Special Offers
Available: November 7, 2013
Type: tablet
Amazon label: “Best Movie Tablet, Gaming Tablet, and Business Tablet”

State of the art larger screen tablet with the least memory and no ads, with 4G. SELECT OPTIONS ON PRODUCT PAGE.

Priced at $499

Kindle Fire HD 8.9″, Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi & 4G LTE through AT&T, 64 GB – Includes Special Offers
Available: now (this is last year’s model, announced September 6, 2012)
Type: tablet

Last year’s larger screen tablet with the most memory and 4G through AT&T (which would require a separate paid data plan) and no ads. Note that there is not a Verizon option with this model. SELECT OPTIONS ON PRODUCT PAGE.

Priced at $514

Kindle Fire HD 8.9″, Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi & 4G LTE through AT&T, 64 GB – Without Special Offers
Available: now (this is last year’s model, announced September 6, 2012)
Type: tablet

Last year’s larger screen tablet with the most memory and 4G through AT&T (which would require a separate paid data plan) and no ads. Note that there is not a Verizon option with this model. SELECT OPTIONS ON PRODUCT PAGE.

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Priced at $529

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″, HDX Display, Wi-Fi & 4G LTE through AT&T or Verizon, 32 GB – Includes Special Offers
Available: December 10, 2013
Type: tablet
Amazon label: “Best Movie Tablet, Gaming Tablet, and Business Tablet”

State of the art larger screen tablet with the middle amount of memory and ads, with 4G. SELECT OPTIONS ON PRODUCT PAGE.

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Priced at $544

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″, HDX Display, Wi-Fi & 4G LTE through AT&T or Verizon, 32 GB – Without Special Offers
Available: December 10, 2013
Type: tablet
Amazon label: “Best Movie Tablet, Gaming Tablet, and Business Tablet”

State of the art larger screen tablet with the middle amount of memory and no ads, with 4G. SELECT OPTIONS ON PRODUCT PAGE.

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Priced at $579

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″, HDX Display, Wi-Fi & 4G LTE through AT&T or Verizon, 64  GB – Includes Special Offers
Available: December 10, 2013
Type: tablet
Amazon label: “Best Movie Tablet, Gaming Tablet, and Business Tablet”

State of the art larger screen tablet with the most memory and ads, with 4G. SELECT OPTIONS ON PRODUCT PAGE.

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Priced at $594

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″, HDX Display, Wi-Fi & 4G LTE through AT&T or Verizon, 64  GB – Without Special Offers
Available: December 10, 2013
Type: tablet
Amazon label: “Best Movie Tablet, Gaming Tablet, and Business Tablet”

State of the art larger screen tablet with the most memory and no ads, with 4G. SELECT OPTIONS ON PRODUCT PAGE.

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That should help. 🙂 If you have specific questions, feel free to comment on this post to ask them. If you notice any errors, please also let me know: this was a complex task because of how the information is available at Amazon on the items.

Update: thanks to readers Sara Miles and Judy Schechter for comments which improved this post.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

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9 Responses to “Which Kindle should you buy? Fall 2013”

  1. Pam Says:

    Wow, that had to be a lot of work!! Thanks! Do you know if there is still the 30 day trial period to return it if you don’t like it?

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Pam!

      Yes you can! Excellent point…I might add it to the post. 🙂

      Here’s the info:

      Kindle Return Policies

      Edited to add: that’s Amazon’s policy. If you buy a Kindle in a brick-and-mortar store, you are under that store’s return policies.

  2. Sara Miles Says:

    Bufo, Thanks for all the information. Just one point: I can’t find any indication that the new Paperwhite 3G is available for preorder yet. The product page says you can sign up to get an email when it is “available”, which with the wifi-only version meant available for preorder. I had already signed up, and no email so far.

    I’m hoping preorders will be taken in a few days, now that the wifi version is shipping.

  3. Judy Schechter Says:

    Hi Bufo, just wanted to mention that the Origami Case is indeed available for the new Fire HD 7, not just the HDXs. I just ordered the “Amazon Kindle Fire HD standing polyurethane Origami Case for $44.99.

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