Amazon Kindle Touch 3G vs. Kindle Touch vs. Kindle (2011)
A quick look at the features of the three varieties of e-ink Kindle products announced by Amazon--and the differences between them.
The devices' lower price points represent an aggressive push by Amazon to boost its lead in the e-book space as competitors like Barnes & Noble's Nook,
All three new non-Fire Kindles offer the same 6-inch e-ink Perl screen found on the previous-generation Kindle. According to our
The biggest difference between old and new is that all three 2011 e-ink Kindles ditch the physical keyboard (although the company is calling the older, still-available versions "Kindle Keyboard"). They all also have built-in Wi-Fi to download books and deploy other Internet-dependent functions when in range of a hot spot.
Amazon also addressed one search the site to see whether your local library or school is onboard.compared with other e-readers when it enabled the ability to . Unlike the Nook or Sony Reader, the Kindle still does not support the EPUB format, but nonetheless more than 11,000 public libraries now allow Kindle borrowing via industry leader Overdrive. You can
Each e-ink Kindle is available at different pricing depending on whether you want "special offers" advertising. According to Amazon, "special offers and sponsored screensavers display on Kindle when you're not reading." The premium to avoid advertising is $30 for the base Kindle or $40 for the Kindle Touch and Kindle Touch 3G.
From there, differences emerge.
Kindle ($79 with special offers, $109 without special offers,
Kindle Touch ($99 with special offers, $139 without special offers,
Kindle Touch 3G ($149 with special offers, $189 without special offers,
|Kindle||Kindle Touch||Kindle Touch 3G|
|Dimensions||6.5 x 4.5 x 0.34 inches (HWD)||6.8 x 4.7 x 0.40 inches (HWD)||6.8 x 4.7 x 0.40 inches (HWD)|
|Weight||5.98 ounces||7.5 ounces||7.8 ounces|
|Storage||2GB (1,400 books)||4GB (3,000 books)||4GB (3,000 books)|
|Battery||1 month (30 min/day, Wi-Fi off)||2 months (30 min/day, Wi-Fi off)||2 months (30 min/day, Wi-Fi and 3G off)|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 b/g/n||802.11 b/g/n||802.11 b/g/n|
|Screen size||6 inches (e-ink)||6 inches (e-ink)||6 inches (e-ink)|
|Content formats||Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion||Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, Audible (Audible Enhanced(AA,AAX)), MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion||Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, Audible (Audible Enhanced(AA,AAX)), MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion|
|Unsupported formats||EPUB, LIT, LRZ/LRX (Sony), Audible (Audible Enhanced(AA,AAX)), MP3||EPUB, LIT, LRZ/LRX (Sony)||EPUB, LIT, LRZ/LRX (Sony)|
|Price with "special offers"||$79||$99||$149|
|Price w/o "special offers"||$109||$139||$189|
Amazon has also, of course, released a tablet called the Kindle Fire, which has an LCD screen (not e-ink) and competes with products like the Apple iPad.
Note: This article has been updated with additional content since the initial announcement as Amazon has confirmed product details and CNET has published reviews.