Kindle Fire Vs Kindle Paperwhite: Which Do You Need?

Kindle Fire Vs Kindle Paperwhite: Which Do You Need?

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The original Kindle was introduced by Amazon in 2007, who quickly sold their entire stock of the device leaving their warehouse shelves empty for months.

That same first generation Kindle had 1/4th of the features the current generation boasts, and set you back three times the price of the latest device available for purchase today.

It didn’t matter, though, because it was the first time book collectors everywhere were abandoning their physical novels for the eco-friendly digital alternative.


Many avid readers may feel uneasy about trading their paperbacks for an eReader, but the pros far outweigh the cons.

If you’ve ever tried reading a book on a computer you’ll that know after a couple hours of looking at a screen your head will begin to hurt due to the bright light reflecting off of the monitor.

This does not happen on a Paperwhite – here’s why: This eReader doesn’t boast a flashy and bright screen, instead it uses an advanced 6-inch electronic ink display designed specifically for comfort and ease on your eyes.

But what if you want to read on a long trip? Surely a reading computer would need to be charged numerous times over a week. Fear not! This device lasts up to 8 weeks on a single charge, long enough to burn through an entire series by your favorite author.

Price? It’s budget friendly. With prices starting at just $119 you will have more than enough left over to download all your favorites.

You can fit over a thousand books onto Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite, with room to spare. No more wasted space in your suitcase for your books!

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Speaking from personal experience; I could never go back to reading physical books now that I have my Kindle Paperwhite.

I do still collect books because I enjoy collecting them, but the reading experience on my eReader is significantly more enjoyable.

  • I can read without any lights on thanks to the adjustable backlit e-ink display
  • I don’t lose my place – the device automatically remembers exactly where I left off
  • I can highlight my favorite passages or quotes which the Kindle saves to a text file for me to copy to my computer

When is the Last Time You Completed a Book?

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If your answer is “I don’t know”, and you don’t plan on stepping up your reading game, do not buy the Kindle Paperwhite.

It is a device that is PERFECT for frequent readers. The reading experience it creates is much more comfortable than reading a physical book, but if you don’t read often… there’s really no point.

If you’re looking for a tablet that will let you do just about everything the iPad does (surf the web, play popular games such as Angry Birds, watch videos), then read on.

The Kindle Fire is perfect for anybody who wants more than just an eReader. The Fire includes a front facing camera so you can Skype with your friends and comes with 16GB of expandable storage.

Which Device Should I Buy?

The Kindle Paperwhite Vs Kindle Fire face off can be solved relatively easily: are you trying to make reading more enjoyable? Or are you looking for an all-in-one entertainment device. You have to go with the eReader if you’re on Team Reading, otherwise the Fire is a great buy.

Kindle Fire (Tablet)
• 7-inch 720p High Definition screen
• Super fast speeds over built in Wi-Fi
• Stereo Speakers for your entertainment pleasure
• Access to over 20 million books, movies, games, and apps
• Front facing camera perfect for Skype calls with your friends
• Set daily screen time limits for your kids

Kindle Paperwhite (eReader)
• Built in light for reading in the dark
• High resolution 6-inch screen
• 8-week battery life
• Holds over 1,000 books
• Time to Read feature clocks your reading speed
• Parental controls for your kids

The New Kindle Fire HDX Vs Kindle Paperwhite

The updated Kindle Fire HDX and Kindle Paperwhite have been anticipated for some time now and they are finally available through Amazons online store. The Kindle Fire HDX comes with 16, 32 or 64 gigabytes of storage and starts at $229 for the Wi-Fi only, 16 gigabyte version. Released a month earlier, the all-new Kindle Paperwhite starts at the familiar $119.

The all-new Kindle Paperwhite has been substantially upgraded over last years model. The new device features a display with higher contrast ratios, a better built-in light to more evenly illuminate the screen, a faster processor and a more accurate touch screen. There are also many new software improvements to the device, such as Goodreads integration, a sort of online book club and Kindle FreeTime, Amazon’s way of encouraging young readers by tracking progress and awarding achievements as kids meet their goals.

With the recent refresh, Amazon is clearly at the top of the electronic reading market. The refreshed model retains it’s previous generations’ incredible battery life, promising weeks of reading time on a single charge.

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The new Kindle Fire HDX also received its share of upgrades this month. The HDX was given a far better screen with a much high pixel density, the processor is now one of the most powerful in the mobile computing market and the battery life has been increased from 10 to 11 hours.

The Fire HDX tablet is currently one of the most powerful devices on the market, and will excel at gaming, watching movies, and internet browsing. If you are looking to buy a tablet for reading, surfing the net, playing games or consuming any other form of content, you owe it to yourself to check it out.

As to which you should buy, the Kindle Fire vs Paperwhite formula still applies. Heavy readers buy the Paperwhite, those looking for a complete entertainment experience need to buy the HDX.

Kindle Fire HDX (Tablet)

• 7-inch 1080p beyond High Definition screen
• Fastest processor on a tablet
• Stereo Speakers for your entertainment pleasure
• Access to over 20 million books, movies, games, and apps
• Front facing camera perfect for Skype calls with your friends
• Uncompromising battery life

Kindle Paperwhite (eReader)

• Improved light for reading in the dark
• High resolution 6-inch screen with improved contrast ratio
• 8-week battery life
• Holds over 1,000 books
• Goodreads and FreeTime integration
• Parental controls for your kids