Kindle and Fire Generations

Kindle and Fire Generations

Many people have complained about how Amazon names their devices…it’s been confusing.

The least expensive Kindle has generally just been officially called a “Kindle”, for example.

That might be okay, but the problem really happens when you are trying to buy

Kindle Accessories (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

A cover for one model won’t necessarily fit another model.

It also gets very confusing when we try to help people on the Amazon Kindle forums. You might think a question like, “Can I stream my Kindle Fire to my TV?” would be easy to answer, but it’s different for different years. We frequently have to ask people to identify their devices before we can help them, or give them multiple answers (which can be confusing).

Well, recently, Amazon has started identifying Kindles and Fires (which used to be called “Kindle Fires”…another confusing factor) by generations.

The upcoming

Kindle Voyage (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)


the new

7th generation entry level Kindle: “Mindle Touch” (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

are both being identified now as “7th Generation”.

Let’s work our way back through the non-Fire generations first:

  • 7th generation (announced September 2014): Kindle Voyage, “Mindle Touch” (the $79 least expensive Kindle)
  • 6th generation (September 2013): Kindle Paperwhite 2 (now just called the Kindle Paperwhite)
  • 5th generation (September 2012): Kindle Paperwhite 1
  • 4th generation (September 2011): Kindle Touch, Mindle (my name for the entry level Kindle…”Minimum Kindle”)
  • 3rd generation (August 2010): Kindle Keyboard
  • 2nd generation (February 2009; May 2009): Kindle 2 and Kindle DX
  • 1st generation (November 2007): Kindle 1

The recently announced Fires (formerly Kindle Fires) are the 4th generation of those:

  • 4th generation (September 2014): versions of the Fire HD, Fire HDX, and a kids’ version
  • 3rd generation (September 2013): introduces HDX, new HDs
  • 2nd generation (September 2012): Kindle Fire 2nd gen, Kindle Fire HDs introduced
  • 1st generation (September 2011): Kindle Fire

How can you tell which one you have?

Here are the Amazon help pages:

It would be nice if they’d start actually putting the numbers on the devices, but I don’t think that will happen (they want the brand identification to be “Kindle” or “Amazon”, not “Kindle 7″…at least, that’s my guess).

Hopefully, this will help you buying those accessories…and those can make good gifts for the holidays for people you know who already have a device.

Bonus deal: some of the Kindle e-mail subscriptions have a deal going where you can get a free book (from a very limited set) if you are a new subscriber.

You can see the list of these free e-mails from Amazon here:

E-mail Subscriptions (at AmazonSmile*)

The free book deal is through October 18th…I know the Business & Money newsletter has one, Teen & Young Adult has one, Mystery & Thriller has one…I’d just sign up for the ones you want and see what happens. 🙂 These are all free, by the way.

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.


5 Responses to “Kindle and Fire Generations”

  1. Edward Boyhan Says:

    Interesting — for kindles I have gens 2 (KDX), 4 (KT), and 6 (PW2); for Fires I have gens 1, 2 (KFHD89), and 4 (HDX89 pre-ordered).

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Edward!

      Gee, if your Kindles follow the Star Trek movie of “even numbers are good”, you’ve got it made. 😉

      • Edward Boyhan Says:

        Well, I thought Star Wars 1 (not Trek I know) was pretty good — I even paid good money to see it three times. Star Wars 2 was even better — after that they were to me much of a muchness.

        As to Star Trek movies, I saw them all (including TNG) enjoyed some of them, but none of them sticks out the way the 1st two Star Wars do.

        Of all the Star Trek TV series I guess I liked TNG & DSN best — the last two series I didn’t watch at all.

      • Bufo Calvin Says:

        Thanks for writing, Edward!

        Yep, that’s different. 🙂

        Many fans didn’t like the first Star Trek movie, released in 1979. 45% on Rotten Tomatoes

        STII, The Wrath of Khan, is still considered by a lot of fans as the best. 90%

        STII, The Search for Spock? Again, disappointed many. 78% (that surprises me a bit)

        STIV, The Voyage Home (the time travel one with the whales) was a lot of fun. 85%

        STV, The Final Frontier? Directed by Shatner, generally not considered one of the best in the series. 21%

        STVI, The Undiscovered Country? Like Khan, directed by Nicholas Meyer. 83%

        So, even numbered movies are all over 80% at RottenTomatoes, and odd number movies are under…a couple of them waaaaay under.

        My favorite series is still the original. The Next Generation certainly had some good elements…it was just that in the first season, it seemed like they would solve things by looking up what the original crew did. 🙂 They’ve all had some value for me…even the animated series.

        If you do like the first series, I’d recommend checking out Star Trek Continues on YouTube. It’s fan produced, but by entertainment professionals…and while it’s imperfect, they do some things really well.

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