If you are considering purchasing the Amazon Kindle, you may be wondering about the features of the device and what they can do for you. After all, there are now quite a few e-readers on the market today, so it is best to do some research before deciding on a purchase. The most recent version of the Kindle comes in two versions, the Kindle WiFi and the Kindle 3G. The main difference between the two is that the first one can only connect to WiFi networks to download content, while the 3G version allows you to connect to cellular 3G networks in countries all over the world without paying any additional fees to download new books onto the device.
Both the Kindle WiFi and the Kindle 3G have some common features. They both have a screen that uses e-ink technology which has been specially designed to read text while maintaining a battery life that is a lot longer than most wireless devices out there. In fact, if all you do is read books, without connecting to a network to download anything, the battery could last up to 3 weeks without needing to be charged.
The Kindle WiFi and 3G also support the viewing of PDF (Acrobat Portable Document Format) files. This is a standard that is very popular for publishing documents online and is used in many free ebooks that you can find on the web. To allow for better readability, the Kindle lets you zoom in on a document by 150% to 300%.
In addition to simply reading, you can also highlight passages, save bookmarks, search a document or take down notes. This can be a very attractive feature if you are using the Kindle for studying.
But which one of the devices is the right choice for you? If you really need to download material to read or browse the web on the device wherever you are, the Kindle 3G would be the best choice, since it can get online wherever a 3G network is available. The Kindle WiFi, on the other hand, can only do so if you are located in a wireless hotspot that you have access to, such as in a coffee shop, airport, shopping mall, office building, etc.
Another difference between the 3G version and the WiFi only version of the Kindle is the price. As you may have guessed it, the Kindle 3G is slightly more expensive, due to the fact that it gives you increased connectivity. There are, however, no monthly contracts or fees to use this service. You can also use it for free not just in the UK, but also in over 100 countries of the world without having to pay anything extra. But if you are a person who simply loads the books that you want to read into the Kindle at home, then 3G connectivity may not be that important to you. In that case, you can save some money and simply go with the Kindle WiFi as it offers you everything that you should need.