If you already know that you want a Kindle, you are well aware that all Kindle devices are priced lower than most other devices while still offering excellent quality. Now you have to choose between the Fire tablet and the Kindle eReader. Kindle Fire tablets tend to offer the most media options – video streaming, music storage and the ability to download and view books, magazines and newspapers. On the other hand, Kindle eReaders are limited to eBooks, magazines, newspapers and other text-based documents, but with their e-ink screens, you can read outdoors without worrying about screen glare.
In our Kindle reviews, we favored the devices that offered the most media options. Based on the overall functionality and design quality, our favorite Kindles were the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, the Kindle Fire HDX and the Kindle Fire HD 8.9. We also compared the Kindle eReaders to other eBook readers. Finally, if you'd like to get more information about Kindles, check out our articles about Kindle Fire tablets and eReaders.
With so many products to choose from, deciding which Kindle is best for you can be difficult. The following criteria will help you decide which device suits you.
The Kindle tablets differ in purpose from the simpler Kindle eBook readers, and deciding between the two styles is purely a matter of preference. If you just want a device for downloading and reading text, you'd do well to buy one of the Kindle eReaders with your desired screen size, storage capacity and web connectivity options. Since tablets are growing in popularity, we gave preference to the Kindle Fire models, which give you the ability to not only read books, magazines, newspapers and documents, but also to use apps, play games, watch videos, manage your email and much more.
The size and weight of a Kindle can make or break your decision. An oversized device that is heavy can be a nuisance to hold, but a large device that is lighter is much easier to use and hold, even with one hand. Additionally, the display and resolution that the Kindle boasts makes a big difference. Whether you want to simply read or watch a movie, the resolution can be a deal breaker if you love high definition content.
Battery Life & Storage
The battery life that the two types of Kindles have will vary quite a bit. Like any tablet, the Fire models need daily recharging with heavy use. However, the eReaders can go weeks before the battery runs out. Additionally, be sure to select a device with enough internal storage to house your collections of books, magazines and newspapers as well as movies, TV shows and music. But keep in mind that storage becomes a smaller issue since Amazon gives Kindle users unlimited free storage space in its cloud.
The usability of the device will vary depending on the Kindle you choose, but the best Kindle will be easy to use in any circumstance regardless of your technological background. For instance, the best Kindle will be usable in different light situations, will have the ability to connect via Wi-Fi or cellular data, will have parental controls, landscape mode, a touchscreen and adjustable brightness functions.
With two different types of Kindles now available from Amazon, there’s a Kindle for every lifestyle and every personality. No matter which Kindle you choose, it will be a faithful reading companion, and the tech-forward Kindle Fire tablets will give you all the newest tablet features.