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Kindle WiFi or Kindle 3G given anticipated use?

by lady_eowyn / May 16, 2011 4:41 AM PDT

I'm on a budget and trying to determine whether the 3G is worth the extra cost. I anticipate to use it mainly for the followings:
- Downloading (and reading) ebooks, although the download feature itself doesn't need to be available to me *all* the time (i.e. I can deal with downloading only at free wifi spots).
- Accessing wikipedia: preferably at as many locations as possible, but not absolutely necessary if no WiFi is available.
- Access to basic web browsing for FREE (email, directions lookup, news website on a basic interface level) *when traveling* and in particular when traveling abroad. [Important note: I don't own a smartphone or have a phone data plan and am unlikely to get either anytime soon].
I'm still not quite sure I understand what the 3G would permit especially with regard to the latter, so it's be great if anyone can shed some light on this. Also, does the Kindle wifi work only at free wifi spots or can it somehow make use of any wifi network?
So, given these three main uses and the fact that I am, after all, on a budget, what would you advice?

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Any chance of merging the cell phone and that?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 17, 2011 1:03 PM PDT

I'm thinking the Samsung tablet.

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Clarification on post
by lady_eowyn / May 16, 2011 4:52 AM PDT

I forgot to add - I also need to be able to download and read pdfs from my computer; but I'm pretty sure the two kindles would be equivalent for this particular use.

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Did you price it out?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 17, 2011 2:12 PM PDT
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Either or neither. They are both the same.
by gunnerds / May 20, 2011 10:21 AM PDT

I will be simple here I have the WiFi ($139.00) only version. and I download my books from my home network or a free WiFi spot.

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3G is best
by x5 / May 20, 2011 10:48 AM PDT

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think you can't use the 3G abroad. Just load your books before you go. But you
can also buy them from Amazon through WI-FI while abroad. Web browsing with a
Kindle is very disappointing. Buy an iPad. You can also read your Kindle books
on the iPad. I use my Kindle strictly for reading. I many times spend some time
in the "Kindle Store" and Kindle blog - and I don't need access to WI
FI. Their 3G network works great - and it is free. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"> It just the Kindle 3G version is more - and that
is only a one time capital charge.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;"> I would
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Kindle 3g
by Verna50 / October 22, 2011 10:46 AM PDT
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Nook COLOR; the best way to go!~
by hootowlz / May 21, 2011 4:20 AM PDT

<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> I LOVE my Nook Color! It runs on an Android system, with apps, email, web surfing via wifi, and many other features. It does EVERYTHING I want it to do, and at a minimal cost. Though technically not a "tablet PC," it's functions are so varied that one could wonder WHY ANYONE would want to spend more. Who really NEEDS a 3G device (and it's costs for using a network). For under $300, I have it all! (And I am a computer "geek!")

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Nook COLOR here.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 21, 2011 6:38 AM PDT

Me too! After reading some articles and after a not as good experience with a Duobook (good idea, missed a few points) I rushed out and picked up the Nook COLOR then used this link to make it about the best Amazon Kindle known today.

Nook Color: How to Gingerbread Guide

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