Kindle (Wi-Fi) is a great choice if you already have a high-speed internet connection and wireless router set up in your home or office and do not need the added convenience of a 3G connection. 3G enables you to download books anytime, almost anywhere in the world, while on the go. If you do not have Wi-Fi set up in your home, Kindle 3G may be a better option.
Kindle 3G (Free 3G + Wi-Fi) is the easiest option because there is no wireless setup—you are ready to shop, purchase, and read right out of the box. Built-in Free 3G connectivity uses the same wireless signals that mobile phones use, but there are no monthly fees or commitments—Amazon pays for your Kindle’s 3G wireless connectivity! The added convenience of 3G enables you to download books anytime, anywhere, while on the go—without having to find a Wi-Fi hotspot connection. With wireless coverage in over 100 countries and territories, Kindle 3G is a great option for travelers.
The Kindle 3 cannot really be considered a revolutionary device, it is after all in its third generation. So while it’s hardly revolutionary, it is certainly the most refined eBook reader ever. Many comparisons have been made to previous Kindle models, so I won’t discuss those here.
This slim, light, and fast device is adorably small. The high-contrast E Ink screen is very easy on the eyes. The Kindle’s display is pleasingly free of glare as it is not backlit. After a day’s staring at an LCD screen, reading the Kindle provides a welcome rest for the eyes. E Ink displays are easily readable in sunlight, which is notorious for washing out even the brightest LCD displays. The absence of a backlight does mean that you can’t read your kindle totally in the dark, but there are several solutions to this – from clip-on lights, leather covers with lights built into them, or the good old-fashioned bedside lamp!
The Kindle is not really designed for the itinerant reader, but rather for the type of person who loves to spend hours and hours really getting into a book, who travels frequently and/or has a bookshelf so full of books that there is barely enough room for one more. Kindle lovers appreciate the fact that they can travel with their entire library while only having to charge their device around once a month.
For those who prefer to spend more time watching YouTube videos, playing games and surfing the web, then perhaps a laptop, iPad or Android tablet would be more suitable. These devices are also probably a better choice for parents who love reading to their kids, and the increased interactivity, color and animation really can help children to engage.
There are times however when many of us, regardless of how awesome our new tech toys are, simply want to put away our attention-sapping gadgets and curl up with a good book.
If you, or a loved one, love reading full-length fiction or nonfiction books, the Kindle 3 makes a fantastic gift, even for owners of tablet devices such as the iPad.