The well-liked Web-enabled book reader from Amazon now comes in two models. The slightly more expensive is the Kindle 3G and the other is the Kindle Wi-Fi. Geeks and techies are debating the pluses and minuses of Kindle 3G vs Wifi. Ultimately, the key question is which the type of Internet connectivity that works best for the user.
Both devices come with an in-built wireless network adapter that allows them to automatically connect to the Internet at wireless hotspots installed at selected cafes, hotels, restaurants and public spaces such as airports and so on. The key difference, however, is the 3G unit also comes with a modem that allows it to connect to the 3G telecommunications mobile network (that is, the same network used by mobile phones).
Both units have identical functionality. Importantly, both units can access the Kindle store and also browse the Web. Connectivity is the key difference, apart from a few cosmetic differences regarding the physical appearance of each unit.
The 3G unit comes with mobile network access in over 100 countries. The user gets this 3G mobile connectivity anywhere, anytime. In some countries, this is provided free. The connectivity is supplied by a local telco partnering with Amazon. If the user is in a wireless hotspot, the unit can also be switched to wireless mode as an alternative. By contrast, the Wi-Fi unit can only be used within a wireless hotspot and because of this lower flexibility the unit is available at a lower price.
Purchased books are stored in the users Amazon account. These can be accessed by re-downloading them at anytime. Both models have an exceptionally long battery life. A single recharge lasts for up to a month of reading time with wireless capability off or ten days if wireless is left on.
Another cool feature is the voice guide capability. The in-built menus and text descriptions are now come enabled with a text-to-speech conversion facility. This makes the units great for vision-impaired readers.
These third generation devices have improved PDF support (PDFs can be highlighted and annotated). There is an in-built dictionary, password-protection for documents and free access to Wikipedia.
In summary, both devices have a high-contrast six inch screen that permits comfortable reading and browsing. Book downloading is rapid at about 60 seconds per book. Download of audio books and personal documents is free. Page turning is silent and fast. These points are important; page turning on previous versions was irritatingly sluggish and produced an annoying clicking noise. These negatives are gone. The Kindle 3G vs Wifi question now boils down to the more important issue of connectivity.
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