Key Distinctions Between 3G and WiFi Versions of the Kindle
Question: How do the 3G and WiFi versions differ? A: Other than
their prices, the only real distinction
is the wireless connection method of each model.
The Kindle Wi-Fi
versions establish connectivity through networks located
near the device itself, thus rendering you
dependent on being in a particular spot in order to establish
accessibility. WiFi connection spots are available
in a number of places, such as schools, hotels, coffee shops as
well as your own residential network. WiFi versions
are best suited for those tending to read primarily at home or
in other places guaranteed to offer WiFi accessibility.
It is important to be aware that certain hotels and other
locations assess a fee for WiFi connectivity, thus gaining
is not always as simple as it may seem.
Kindle 3G Versions
function in an identical manner to internet-capable
mobile phones, though they do not require monthly
contracts or data plans. 3G versions are best suited to users
who are frequently on the road, are highly dependent on
wireless connectivity, or have difficulty finding WiFi hotspots
very often. The 3G version, for instance, would likely be
very useful for someone who car pools or spends time commuting
by public transportation, and thus frequently reads
or uses the Kindle to surf the internet.
The bottom line is that your preferred way of reading and your
likely manner of Kindle usage will be the determining factors
in selecting the best model for you. Those intending to make
relatively frequent use of the web browsing capability will
benefit from wireless 3G connectivity free from monthly
commitments. Those who will likely use wireless access only for
of books, and who plan to read primarily while at home should
probably select the WiFi model.
In the end, your anticipated use of the Kindle is what should
determine your selection. Anyone likely to browse the internet
random, unpredictable locations may indeed prefer the 3G model,
since access to WiFi hotspots cannot always be guaranteed.
Since I rarely make use of the browsing function, and I
typically use my Kindle for reading at home or at school, I view
the 3G option
as unnecessary. With that said, I tend to make sure I always
have new material loaded on my Kindle, and therefore, with the
exception of email and quick web searches, I do not feel that I
am lacking much in functionality.
The Reviews Are In From the Press About the New Kindle.
Kindle 3G Wireless Reading Device, Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 6
Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Wi-Fi, 6
Kindle DX Wireless Reading Device (Global Edition)
- If you travel or live outside the US this is the Wireless e-reader you
want to have. Download ebooks in more than 100 countries.
Kindle Wireless Reading Device (U.S.A.)
For US Residents. You can use to read your favorite ebooks with
anywhere in the world, but if you also want to download ebooks
abroad you need to have the global edition from Amazon.