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Avid book readers and casual skimmers alike have fawned over the Kindle for years, and for good reason. The current lineup of Amazon's popular e-readers is so good, in fact, that it's pretty hard to make a decision on which one to buy. That's where we come in.
With our help, you'll fully understand all the key features, small quirks, and important specs of four Amazon devices: Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Oasis and Kindle Kids Edition. The short story is, we think the Kindle Paperwhite is the best Kindle you can choose. Though each model has its advantages.
The debate between advocates of digital books and printed books continues to rage, but thanks to more than a decade of experience, Amazon's Kindle range is the gold standard for e-readers.
There are four types of Kindle to choose between. Despite the similar builds, there's a lot to consider about these four e-readers before making the decision for yourself. And, with prices starting from as low as $79.99, the decision shouldn't break your bank either.
Take a look at the four Kindles we've reviewed below:
Which Kindle is Best for You?
Whether price, performance, or design are most important to you, there's a Kindle that can fit your needs. Each of these four e-readers brings something unique to the table, and each has its own flaws that we won't hold against it. Check them out below:
- Kindle Paperwhite – The Best for Price and Performance: This e-reader has it all in moderation. It's reasonably priced at $129.99, has quality features including a backlight and high resolution screen, and it's even waterproof!
- ‘Basic' Kindle – Best for Affordability: You can never go wrong with the classic. The basic Kindle is easily the most affordable model, coming it at only $89.99. That's hard to beat, even outside of Amazon's stellar lineup. The newest iteration has an increased price, but added front-lights and a clearer screen. If you're looking for the most affordable option, you found it, particularly with these updates.
- Kindle Oasis – Best for Blowing the Budget: If you've got the money, the Oasis is an absolute must for passionate readers – and the 2019 update adds a ‘warm' backlight that's better for late-night reading. The larger size and the bigger screen make it much easier to read, and it's less than 0.5 ounces heavier than the smaller models. Granted, the $279.99 price tag is a bit daunting, but the added features make it almost worth it.
- Kindle Kids Edition – Best for Kids: The most recent addition to the Kindle family, this kid-friendly edition adds some new features, such as achievement badges, a parental app and an included protective cover. At $109, it's more expensive than the standard Kindle, but the two year quibble-free guarantee is sure to win some parents over.
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- Back-light for night time reading
- Anti-glare screen
- Touchscreen page turning rather than button may not suit everyone
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- Very affordable
- Lightweight and slim
- Little storage
- Not waterproof
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- Lots of features
- Back light for reading in the dark
- Amber light feature
- Very expensive
- Design with one-sided bezel may not appeal
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- Two year warranty
- Cover included
- Dedicated child features
- More expensive than the standard model
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