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Amazon Kindle 2 versus Amazon Kindle 3

Updated on December 23, 2010

Ever since Amazon released its first Kindle back in 2007, it became the leader in e-book reader device. It’s unbelievable that the first generation Kindle, for US$399, sold out in less than six hours and remained out of stock for the next couple of months. That’s how popular this device came to be. Although there are other competitors stepping in to share the e-book reader market, Amazon continuous to stay on top especially after the released of the third generation Kindle which offers a lot of improvements and new features.

Amazon Kindle 3
Amazon Kindle 3 | Source

The latest generation Kindle, unofficially called Kindle 3, which was released last July 28, 2010 has two versions. The Kindle WiFi, which can connect to the Internet via public or private WiFi networks cost US$139 and is by far, the least expensive Kindle today. The second version is the Kindle WiFi + 3G which has both the 3G and WiFi connectivity at the price of US$189. The latest Kindle also addressed most of the issues of the early versions. The newest Kindle is 20% smaller in terms of overall dimension but the screen remained the same. The weight is 50% lighter and the storage capacity doubled up. The battery last forever which everybody will surely appreciate. Amazon also rolled out Kindle apps for all kinds of devices that syncs to your Kindle device which allows you to continue reading right where you left off and also share files. These significant improvements of the latest Kindle is all good news but the most amazing change which put Amazon Kindle ahead of the game is the price. Suddenly, the Kindle is well within reach of most gadget lovers out there.

If you want to know how the latest generation Kindle is compared to its predecessor then check out the comparison table below.

Feature
Amazon Kindle 2
Amazon Kindle 3
Display
6 inch E-Ink Electronic paper (no eye strain, no glare); 600x800 pixel at 167ppi; 16-levels gray scale
6 inch latest E-Ink Pearl Technology with 50% better contrast (no eye strain, no glare); 600 x 800 pixel at 167ppi; 16-level gray scale
Dimension (Approx.)
8.0 x 5.3 x 0.36 inches
7.5 x 4.8 x 0.335 inches
Weight
10.2oz
8.5oz for Kindle WiFi and 8.7oz for Kindle 3G + WiFi
Built-in Dictionary
Yes
Yes
Memory
2GB Flash (1500 ebooks)
4GB Flash (3500 ebooks)
Battery Life
4 days (wireless ON); 2 weeks (wireless OFF)
1 month (wireless OFF); 3 weeks for Kindle WiFi (wireless ON) and 10 days for Kindle 3G + WiFi (wireless ON)
Internet
Yes
Yes
Wi-Fi
No
Yes (Free Wi-Fi at AT&T hotspots across the US)
3G Connectivity
Wireless via Sprint 3G Hi-Speed Data Network
Free 3G access for Kindle 3G + WiFi
Color
White
White, Graphite
USB Port
USB 2.0 port for charging and connecting to PC or Mac
USB 2.0 (micro-B connector) for connection to the power adapter or optionally to connect to a PC or Mac
Picture Viewer
Yes
Yes
Text to Speech conversion
Yes (converts text to audio)
Yes (converts text to audio)
Audio
3.5 mm stereo audio jack, built-in stereo speakers.
3.5 mm stereo audio jack, built-in stereo speakers.
File Compatibility
Kindle (AZW), TXT, AAX, MP3, PDF, Unprotected MOBI, PRC, HTML, DOC, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP thru conversion
Kindle (AZW), TXT, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), MP3, supports Native PDF, password-protected PDF, Unprotected MOBI, Native PRC, HTML, DOC/DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP thru conversion
Password Protection
No
Yes
Bookmark (Whispersync technology allows user to switch back & forth between several kindle devices and continue reading right where user left off), Highlight, Keyboard entry text
Yes
Yes
Price
$259
Kindle WiFi $139 and Kindle 3G + WiFi $189

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