Which Kindle to Buy?
Before we start with the review, we need to explain some terminology. It's nothing complicated and it doesn't require much knowledge about computers and internet. Let's start:
What is Wi-Fi?
Wi-Fi in this context is a Wireless Internet Connection. A wireless network uses radio waves, just like cell phones, televisions and radios do. In fact, communication across a wireless network is a lot like two-way radio communication. When we say "Wi-Fi Kindle", we mean that the Kindle is able to connect and use a Wireless Internet Connection (a Wi-Fi network). All Kindles can use Wi-Fi networks.
What is 3G?
3G in this context is also a wireless internet connection. However, 3G is the third generation of wireless technologies. It comes with enhancements over previous wireless technologies. It is not necessarily faster or better than Wi-Fi!
You can check the 3G coverage of all Kindles. Note the 3G is 100% Free, there are no contracts, no fees, no SIM cards (Nothing to do with mobile carriers like Telstra, Optus, Vodafone etc).
What is the difference between a Kindle Wi-Fi only and a 3G + Wi-Fi?
It is important to remember in this comparison that you will always be able to read the books you already have in your Kindle, even without a Wi-Fi or 3G connection. You don't need an Internet connection (Wi-Fi or 3G) to read what you already have in your device.
Now, in very simple terms, Wi-Fi only Kindles need a Wi-Fi connection to access the Internet and the 3G Kindles have their "own free internet connection". It is not technically right but for all practical purposes it is exactly like that. And yes, it's free, no monthly plans, nothing to sign up.
Still unsure? Let us explain with an example.
There are basically 3 ways you can put books in your Kindle
1) Download the book to your computer and load it to the Kindle via USB cable
2) Download books through your Kindle using a Wi-Fi (Wireless) connection, when you are at your house or in a place with free internet (like McDonald's or a Cafe).
3) Download books through your Kindle with "it's own internet connection", the 3G connection. The 3G Kindles have free internet connection built into the device.
This can be done only with 3G Kindles.
Again, the internet connection of the 3G is FREE. There are no monthly fees, no trial period, no contracts, no Optus, no Telstra, no Vodafone. Free.
For the very best reading experience:
We definitely recommend the Kindle Oasis . It was released in 2016, it's the lightest, fastest and most premium e-reader ever made by Amazon.
I'm going on a trip and I don't know which books I'm going to read or I want to be able to get new books wherever I am
Buy any 3G Kindle or a Kindle Oasis (because the battery lasts for months).
I'm going on a trip and I have a few books in mind that I'll purchase before going. I won't need 3G.
Buy a WiFi only Kindle.
I like to take notes while I'm reading.
Any Kindle will do, really. They all have that feature, even the new e-readers are very responsive.
Do I need a 3G Kindle?
If you're going to stay away from the computer, want to download books anywhere you go, don't have access to a Wi-Fi network or simply can't be bothered with Wi-Fi networks or USB cables, then get a Kindle with 3G.
If you have a few books you plan on reading during you trip and you don't anticipate having to purchase more books while you're there, you can get a Wi-Fi only Kindle:
What about audio, music and text-to-speech ("read-to-me" feature)?
The only Kindles that do not have those features are the Kindle 5 and the Paperwhites.