Kindle Comparison Chart – See Easily Which Is The Right One For You

We have put together a Kindle comparison so you can easily see the differences between all the current Amazon e-readers that are available to buy. We take a look at the original device and how things have evolved over the years. Our comparison chart should help you easily see the differences between each model.

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Kindle E-reader
Kindle Paperwhite
Kindle Voyage
Kindle Voyage
Fire Tablet 7
Fire HD 8
Fire HD 8

Type E-Reader

Storage Space
4GB (holds 000's
of books)

​WiFi Yes

3G No
(not available)

Size
160x115x9.1mm

Warranty 1 Year

Battery Life 
30 days

Recharge Time 
4 hours

Weight 161g

Screen
Features

Display
Type 
EInk

Screen Size
6inches

Resolution 
167ppi

​Touchscreen Yes

Colour
Screen No

Screen Light No

​Glare Free
Screen Yes

Adjustable
Brightness Yes

Content
Playback

eBooks Yes

Magazine Yes

Audio Books No

Video No

Documents Yes

Photos No

Apps No

Email No

Camera No

Type E-Reader

Storage Space
4GB (holds 000's
of books)

​WiFi Yes

3G Yes
(additional)

Size
169x117x9.1mm

Warranty 1 Year

Battery Life 
30 days

Recharge Time 
3 hours

Weight 205g

Screen
Features

Display Type 
EInk

Screen Size
6inches

Resolution
300ppi

​Touchscreen Yes

Colour
Screen No

Screen Light Yes

​Glare Free
Screen Yes

Adjustable
Brightness Yes

Content
Playback

eBooks Yes

Magazine Yes

Audio Books No

Video No

Documents Yes

Photos No

Apps No

Email No

Camera No

Type E-Reader

Storage Space
4GB (holds 000's
of books)

​WiFi Yes

3G Yes
(additional)

Size
162x115x7.6mm

Warranty 1 Year

Battery Life 
30 days

Recharge Time 
3 hours

Weight 180g

Screen
Features

Display Type 
EInk

Screen Size
6inches

Resolution
300ppi

​Touchscreen Yes

Colour
Screen No

Screen Light Yes

​Glare Free
Screen Yes

Adjustable
Brightness Yes

Content
Playback

eBooks Yes

Magazine Yes

Audio Books No

Video No

Documents Yes

Photos No

Apps No

Email No

Camera No

Type E-Reader

Storage Space
8GB (32GB Option

available)

​WiFi Yes

3G Yes
(additional)

Size
143x122x3.4mm

Warranty 1 Year

Battery Life 
30 days

Recharge Time 
3 hours

Weight 131g

Screen
Features

Display Type 
EInk

Screen Size
7 inches

Resolution
300ppi

​Touchscreen Yes

Colour
Screen Yes

Screen Light Yes

​Glare Free
Screen Yes

Adjustable
Brightness Yes

Content
Playback

eBooks Yes

Magazine Yes

Audio Books No

Video No

Documents Yes

Photos No

Apps No

Email No

Camera No

Type Tablet

Storage Space
8GB (16GB
available)

​WiFi Yes

3G/4G No 
(not available)

Size
169x103x10.7mm

Warranty 1 Year

Battery Life
8 hours

Recharge Time 
6 hours

Weight 290g

Screen
Features

Display Type
IPS

Screen Size
6 inches HD

Resolution
252ppi

​Touchscreen Yes

Colour
Screen Yes

Screen Light Yes

​Glare Free
Screen No

Adjustable
Brightness Yes

Content
Playback

eBooks Yes

Magazine Yes

Audio Books Yes

Video Yes

Documents Yes

Photos Yes

Apps Yes

Email Yes

Camera Yes

Type Tablet

Storage Space
8GB (16GB 
available)

​WiFi Yes

3G/4G No 
(not available)

Size
214x128x7.7mm

Warranty 1 Year

Battery Life
8 hours

Recharge Time 
5 hours

Weight 311g

Screen
Features

Display Type
IPS

Screen Size
8 inches HD

Resolution
189ppi

​Touchscreen Yes

Colour
Screen Yes

Screen Light Yes

​Glare Free
Screen No

Adjustable
Brightness Yes

Content
Playback

eBooks Yes

Magazine Yes

Audio Books Yes

Video Yes

Documents Yes

Photos Yes

Apps Yes

Email Yes

Camera Yes

Type Tablet

Storage Space
16GB (32GB 
available)

​WiFi Yes

3G/4G No 
(not available)

Size
262x159x7.7mm

Warranty 1 Year

Battery Life
8 hours

Recharge Time 
5 hours

Weight 432g

Screen
Features

Display Type
IPS

Screen Size
10.1 inches

Resolution
149ppi

​Touchscreen Yes

Colour
Screen Yes

Screen Light Yes

​Glare Free
Screen No

Adjustable
Brightness Yes

Content
Playback

eBooks Yes

Magazine Yes

Audio Books Yes

Video Yes

Documents Yes

Photos Yes

Apps Yes

Email Yes

Camera Yes

How to choose a the right one?

In this buying guide, we have omitted the Amazon Fire TV from our comparison chart as this sits under a different category of device all together and we will be doing a separate post about the Amazon Fire TV.

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TV, Phone, ereader and Tablet. It's confusing but we can help!

There was of course the failed Amazon Fire Phone which was launched way back in 2014 and then was discontinued in 2015, although I suspect at some point the company will return to the market with a brand new smartphone as this just seems too good an opportunity for them to miss.

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To put it simply - an ereader is solely for reading books. The Fire tablet lets you do more.

Tablet vs Kindle

So Amazon two products that have some cross over but are very different devices, you have the Amazon Fire which is a tablet much like the iPad or Samsung Galaxy Tab and you have the ereader, if you want to know more then you can always read our ereader vs tablet blog post which will give you the full low down.

The basics are this, an ereader is just for reading books. A tablet lets you do more like check emails, go on the internet and use kindle apps like Facebook and Twitter.

You won't find any web browsers either on a Kindle device, these are reserved for the tablets.

Once you have decided the type of device you want then the next step is to chose the kindle model that you require, depending on you answer to the following questions, you can then decide which is the most appropriate device:

Ereader Considerations

  • 3g option - do you need it?
  • Which model of ereader do you need?
  • Which ereader has the best screen?
  • Which ereader comes with a builtin screen light?
  • How does the Kindle compare with other ereaders?
  • Water resistance?
  • What screen size do you require?

Tablet Considerations

  • 3g option - do you need it?
  • What size screen do you need on my tablet?
  • How much storage space do you need on your tablet?
  • Can I read ebooks on my tablet?
  • What else can I do on my tablet?
  • How does it compare with other tablets on the market?
  • What screen size do you require?

Basic Kindle - The Budget Kindle

Similar to the noble nook the standard kindle is the cheapest option on the market. It comes with a 4gb of storage which is perfect for storing thousands of books.

Amazon has now migrated all their kindle devices so that they are touch screen whereas some of the 1st gen model had physical page turn buttons , which was a bit clunky when reading a kindle book .

The reading experience on this device is far from perfect however as the screen isn't as crisp as that of amazons kindle oasis.

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Basic Amazon Kindle vs Paperwhite

The next jump up in class from the basic kindle is the kindle paperwhite. The step up in class and also budget means there are quite a few added features, which inevitably mean a higher price point.

The Kindle Paperwhite features more pixels per inch and front lighting which is really useful when it comes to bed time reading.

Unlike the basic, the Paperwhite has a light sensor which automatically switches on the front lighting on the device, whenever you happen to be reading in low light. The technical term for this is it features an ambient light sensor but to the non geek, it simply means builtin light.

The builtin light certainly saves arguments at bedtime when I want to read and my better half wants to sleep. The extra money for this model of ebook reader certainly makes it worthwile.

Having spent a considerable amount of time reviewing each ebook reader, you can see my Kindle Voyage Review, then I have to say that the Kindle Paperwhite right now gets my vote as the best ereader.

Those extra pixels per inch that they have added to the device just make the reading experience all that more pleasureable.

It's no coincidence that it's Amazon's best selling ereader, there is a good reason for that.

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Paperwhite vs Voyage vs Oasis

As you scale up from the basic kindle you end up with the higher end models which all come with a better screen. Once you move up from the basic, these devices all have a 3g model available.

To be honest this probably warrants a blog post in it's own right. The basis is more features but you don't necessarily get much more between the Paperwhite and the Voyage.

The Oasis is a different animal altogether but we will come to that later.

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Which Kindle Should You Buy? - Amazon Kindle vs Paperwhite vs Voyage vs Oasis

Whichever device you choose to buy there is a common feature set across all devices. There are:

  • touchscreen display - now standard regardless of which device you decide upon
  • freetime unlimited - rent 000's of books which is available for amazon prime customers
  • amazons digital downloads - purchase thousands of books instantly using a gift card or credit card
  • single charge - each kindle model lasts weeks on a single charge
  • standard software features - it's the same software regardless of the model you want to go with

Out of the four ereaders that Amazon currently makes, the entry level Kindle, the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite , the Kindle Voyage and the Kindle Oasis, the Kindle Paperwhite has the perfect balance between cost and features.

The basic Kindle is fine for the occasional beach holiday and the Kindle Voyage is priced at the same level as Amazon’s the Kindle Fire HD 10, which is full on tablet.

The Kindle Paperwhite is a very similar to the Nook Glowlight which is a competing product available from the books giant Barns & Noble in the United States. Amazons offering has the 3g data option which allows you to buy online books without the need for a WiFi connection.

Other than being lighter in weith Amazons Kindle Voyage seems operpriced in my view anyway. If you jump up to the high end Kindle Oasis is comes with a charging cover and the added benefit of water resistance.

The Kindle Oasis also features Audible which is Amazon's audio books service, which features thousands of titles, so you can have books read back to you, which is a nice addition.

The ability to list to audio books was one of the features on the original Kindle, back in 2007, so it's nice to see this brought back almost a decade later.

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Kindle Fire Tablet Editions

Amazon seems to update it's tablet offering on quite a regular basis. For example at one stage we has the Kindle Fire HDX which was an all singing all dancing tablet.

Instead now they have settled for:

  • Fire 7 - this is an entry level device that doesn't feature a HD screen.
  • Fire HD 8 - A middle of the range device that features an 8inch HD Screen and better battery life.
  • Fire HD 10 - The top end tablet that features a 10.1" screen, a faster processor but the trade off is the battery life on the Fire HD 10 isn't as good as the 8.
  • Fire Kids Edition - this comes in two versions the Kids Fire 7 & the Kids Fire HD 8. Similar to the Fire HD (Parent) editions the hardware spec is the same. It comes with kids software features so it's slightly easier to use. It also comes with a Kids Cover which makes the device a bit less prone to breaking should it be dropped accidentally. 

Another goof thing about the Amazon Tablets is unlike the iPad there is a card slot for a memory card. This means that each version can have the storage space expanded upon my inserting a memory card in to the card slot.

Although everything seems to be streamed these days, have the additional expansion means that for car journeys and flights downloading movies offline makes these devices usable when there isn't an internet connection on hand.

16gb 32gb 64gb 128gb and 256gb expansion cards are all available to purchase as an add on. A stanard definition movie is about 2GB in size, so depending on how many movies you would like to watch offline, then you can take your pick.

There are plenty kindle apps for you to download to you tablet and although the Amazon fire tablets and based on Android Software you won't find the Google Play store on kindle devices.

These devices are designed to get you to buy on Amazon and comes fully loaded with things like Amazon Prime which is their video and music streaming service. Amazons digital content is what the company really wants you to consume.

All kindle devices, from the kindle eraders, the standard kindle, kindle fire hd, even the fire kids editions are geared up towards you purchasing or subscribing to their content.

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Things have changes a lot since 2007

Original Kindle

When the original Amazon Kindle was launched in 2007 it was quite straightforward which device to buy. The choice was limited to one.

It was truly a ground breaking device. Lightweight. Durable. Thin. You could playback audio books using headphones.

There was enough space to store 200 non illustrated books, with the option to install more memory should you fill it. Add to this an amazing battery life in a device that was only 6 inches tall, and you have a winner.

The true game changer however was the screen. For the first time you could read a book on an electronic device without straining your eyes.

It became an instant hit, selling out in five and a half hours. It took Amazon five months to replenish their stock, as a result it never shipped outside the United States.

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When the original Kindle launched in 2007. It was simple. There was only one.

Fast forward five or six years. Amazon has launched the yet another generation of the Kindle ereader, a tablet called the Fire, a TV and a failed phone.

Improvements along the way means (kindles keyboard has been retired, so you are left with kindle touchs only) more features, a greater number of devices, but that now leaves Amazon with six devices, under the Kindle brand.

This is great progress from a company that started out selling books. It shows a company investing and moving with the times.

However, it introduces a layer of complexity for the customers of Amazon that hopefully we can help you solve.

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The future for Amazon

The company hasn't just evolved in terms of manufacturing their own devices. Since 2011, when Amazon acquired the DVD rental come online streaming company LoveFilm, they have moved into the realms of becoming a content creator.

This puts the online retailer into a very unique position. They not only manufacturer the devices that people can to consume other peoples content, those devices can be used to consume Amazon content.

They have produced numerous shows over the years, from comedies like Alpha House, to dramas like Bosch and Hand of God. Right now there is only Netflix that are producing content in a similar way, that aren't what you would call a traditional media company.

Amazon don't just create TV shows though, they also have their own music streaming service to rival that of tech giants Apple and Spotify. Again putting them streets ahead of their competitors.

It's simple to see that they are creating a supply chain for a digital area that no other rival can match at the moment. What this means is we are seeing the cost of the hardware to consume this content, continually drop in price.

This can only be good news for the consumer. As Amazon is able to make more of it's profits from it's own content, rather than selling other people's content like books.

As the content creator they make the most money. The supply chain is owned by them, as they have a massive database of customers to promote to and as we can see from the number of devices that they have made.

The consumer portables are owned by them. They truly own every part of this market, making them a prime candidate to become the largest technology company in the world.

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Kindle Comparison Chart - Conclusion

So I set out when writing this blog post to put together a Kindle Comparison so that people could easily see what the difference each been each of Amazon's flagship products.

It took time and effort to put together a Kindle Comparison Chart but hopefully it helps you to decide which is the best model for you.

Hopefully I have covered all things amazon kindles compared but please post in the comments section if there is anything else you would like me to add.

All devices are available to buy on amazon.

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