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Should I Get Wi-Fi only or do I need 3G

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Initial post: Aug 9, 2010 2:02:04 PM PDT
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I need some advice. I'm thinking of getting two Kindles for my wife and me. I have Wi-Fi at home, local places I go and my travel destinations do to. I carry a laptop for travel as well so I can USB load books as needed. So I'm thinking the cheap Wi-Fi only system should work. Is there any reason I need the 3G? Should I get one of each?

On a related note should I be getting the DX, or one of them DX?

Posted on Aug. 9, 2010 11:41 AM PDT
b.baker says:
How often do you get new books while in transit?
Would it be painful to wait to get a new book if you didn't think ahead to get on on a trip?
If on a trip and you just wanted to browse would you be frustrated if you couldn't because of a lack of wi-fi?
would you hate it if they updated the web browsing and you couldn't surf where ever you wanted but in on of a thousand near by places?
Do you really need to buy books in foreign countries?

MittensTheCat says:
I'm still looking for a good reason that says I should have 3G.

Here are the answers, I still need some advice..
I put all the books I need in my suitcase now. My wife might buy a book while on Vacation if she reads what she brought. So the Kindle will replace real books.
We can wait for a book. Is browsing for a book a good time killer? Is it fun enough to have 3G?
I don't go many places that don't have Wi-Fi.
I don't want to pay for 3G web surfing. I don't think e-ink is going to be better than my laptop or I-pod.
I'm assuming / hoping you can buy books via Wi-Fi in foreign countries?
If I get a Wi-Fi signal anywhere in the world can I buy a book?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2010 2:05:18 PM PDT
Generoso says:
If you're sure you get wifi pretty much everywhere, then no, it's not worth it.

I just want to make it clear, that after the initial payment, you do not pay for websurfing like you do on the ipad. It's free.

For me, browsing for books wouldn't be a time killer, but browsing wikipeida would.

And if you want something that can access the internet while in a blackout, a kindle with 3G would be able to, while your computers and wifi only kindle would not.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2010 2:08:17 PM PDT
M. Bender says:
if you can get wifi wherever you go then you don't need 3g (no monthly charge for the service). if your like me no wifi at work or home or car etc then you need 3g. and about the size. after you've used the dx you won't go back to the original size. i have both and i only use my k2 for short rides in the car. dx at home and on vacation. :)

Posted on Aug 9, 2010 2:08:28 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 9, 2010 2:28:21 PM PDT
KindlePad says:
I had the K1, and now the K2 but I ordered the wifi only version of the K3. As cool as the 3g connection is, I simply didn't use it. Looking back, most of the kindle books I bought from Amazon (nearly 200 so far) were bought on my ipad or laptop from the amazon website. Its just much faster to browse and search books via the website than on the kindle's 3g connection. Also, loading books onto the Kindle, 99% of the times I did so i was at home or work where I had wifi. Also, using the 3g connection really drains the battery so I tended to avoid using it.

So, in the end, if you (a) have wifi at home or work or (b) live in a city where wifi is plentiful (free wifi now at all starbucks, etc.) then I would say save the $50 and just get the wifi.

But if the above is not true, or you travel a lot, then the 3g could come in very handy.

Also, web surfing on the kindle's 3g connection is about as fast and fun as an afternoon of dental work. I am going to guess that people who own a kindle might also own some form of internet connected cell phone which would be much better in a power outage than draining your kindle's battery with 20 mins of 3g usage. The Kindle is not any type of usable internet browsing device except for browsing the kindle store or looking up wikipedia entries.

I am curious if leaving the wifi "on" with the K3 affects battery life even if you are not connected to a wifi or not transferring data. With the K2, amazon is very careful to say how long your battery life is with the "wireless turned off" and indeed I think many people leave the 3g off on a general basis.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2010 2:10:21 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 9, 2010 2:11:39 PM PDT
Generoso says:
There is no monthly charge even if you do have 3G. Just the $50 up front price different. It's not like a cell phone plan or the ipad 3G service. It's a one time payment, and it's free from there on out. (with the one exception of having amazon convert files and sent to your device over 3G, but those same files can be converted and sent to your device free. But the basic internet access is free.)

Posted on Aug 9, 2010 2:11:05 PM PDT
Keep in mind that for $50, you will have the ability to use either one. Also remember, 3G is free - you don't have any contract or monthly payment. It's free. Look at it this way - it's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

Also, if you are someone who tends to sell your old toys when you get new ones, having both in the unit will enhance the re-sale value.

Posted on Aug 9, 2010 2:19:30 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 9, 2010 5:04:17 PM PDT
The wi-fi only may be the only thing you'll need. However, I bought the wi-fi/3G model because I don't like the idea of being tethered to wi-fi spots. If you're away from a wi-fi spot (and yes, there are areas not inundated with wi-fi hot spots) you can still buy & download books, sync with your archive, etc. etc.

Posted on Aug 9, 2010 2:20:07 PM PDT
Bubba says:
Whether to get a DX or not depends upon what you are going to do with it. If you are mostly going to read books, the 6" display on the is a great size. If you read large documents in pdf format, the larger display of the DX would be useful. The K3 is much more compact that the DX and is much easier to carry than the DX.

Whether to get G3 is more of a financial matter If you can afford to get 3G, it is better to get G3. The Wi-Fi only K3 is a way to get a cheap Kindle.

Posted on Aug 9, 2010 2:24:32 PM PDT
KindlePad says:
I think M. Franicis made a valid point about if you are going to be replacing / selling your kindle (when a new one comes out). If you think you are likely to want to get the K4 when it comes out in 18-24 mos (or less!) then buying the wifi kindle might make it easier to justify always buying the latest model and selling or gifting a perfectly good k3 to someone.

But if you think you will buy the K3 and use it until the plastic decomposes in your hands and the battery has held it's last charge, then the full bells & whistles might be in order.

Posted on Aug 9, 2010 2:51:53 PM PDT
Beth Sexton says:
I have both sizes and do most of my reading on the DX. I was used to reading hardcover books before I bought a Kindle. If you want a DX I would wait until the DX3 is released (I think by Christmas).

Posted on Aug 9, 2010 3:19:19 PM PDT
S. Dunham says:
I have debated this very same thing. I have a sprint K2. I sometimes get a signal at home but just about every where else. I do have a wireless router at home. There is NO AT&T coverage in my area. I would have thought it should be a no brainer. But....for $50 more, I can get the free 3G. It is more of an upfront cost, but I won't have to try to find free WiFi spots when I travel. It's not as easy to find free WiFi in all areas as I though it would be. And I am trying to be optomistic that AT&T will one day improve coverage in this area. So, I am going to get a WiFi/3G model. I believe someone else mentioned that the resale value would also be higher for both.

I don't think you can go wrong either way. You'll love your Kindle!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2010 3:23:09 PM PDT
Generoso says:
And don't forget that some wifi spots charge to use it. I hate getting excited that wifi is available only to find that it then asks me for money.

Posted on Aug 9, 2010 5:01:21 PM PDT
TSemple says:
$50 more for the 3G+wifi model is cheap insurance if a) more ubiquitous wireless connectivity is important to you or b) you can't predict your own requirements for wireless access.

I ordered wifi-only, because we still don't have AT&T 3G connectivity where I live (just the much slower EDGE access), whereas free, high-speed wifi is available both at home and at the places that I usually travel to. And apparently AT&T wifi hotspots will be free to Kindle users, though I don't see myself going to McDonald's or Starbucks regularly just to access them, since I don't tend to go to either establishment now.

Part of my reasoning includes the idea that I'll be getting a smartphone in the next few months, that I'd have that available for web access, and that I would feel comfortable paying for it all. However, I find I'm very resistant to signing up for a $70+/mo commitment (I have a prepaid plan now, it probably runs me no more than $15/mo). So I may change my mind and get the Kindle3G+wifi after all (even EDGE speeds are useful).

But I'd also point out that, as far as anyone can tell now, there's no guarantee that Amazon won't start charging/metering/limiting 3G web access (exclusive of Kindle Store), at least on the new devices with wi-fi - especially if the new improved web browser proves to be more nimble, and gets used a lot more than the current one. They have to account for the 3G charges somehow, their margins must be shrinking with lower device prices, so I wouldn't be too surprised to see them take more steps to encourage use of wi-fi instead.

Posted on Aug 9, 2010 5:04:25 PM PDT
Joseph E says:
I'm a little concerned that the WiFi receiver on the device will be really weak and have trouble connecting and then I will need 3G or access to a computer w/ usb. is anybody else concerned about that?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2010 5:06:59 PM PDT
Generoso says:
As a guess, I doubt that amazon would charge for wifi anytime soon. At least not until the browser is capable of streaming video and audio. Or even downloading huge files over 3G.

And especially no monthly charge for the K3. They are advertising it as free 3G, and even if that is in the terms of service, there will most definitely be a class-action law suit if amazon started charging a monthly fee.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2010 5:09:18 PM PDT
Generoso says:
I don't know too much about the specifics of wireless wifi technology beyond the fact that they come in b, g, and n variants. I just assumed that since these are standards, they should have the same level of connection.

The 3G/wifi is the limiting factor on how fast files download/upload, but the strength of the connection, I'm assuming will be on par as other b/g wifi devices.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2010 5:11:07 PM PDT
Joseph E says:
I'm just concerned because, for example, my netbook can't get a connection on the upper level of my house but my laptop has no problem whatsoever, which leads me to believe that different wireless cards have different strengths. And at this price I'd have to assume that they are putting a relatively inexpensive wireless card in this device.

Posted on Aug 9, 2010 5:11:41 PM PDT
Carbonbased says:
DX doesn't do wi-fi at this time.

Posted on Aug 9, 2010 5:18:03 PM PDT
3G all the way!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2010 5:22:15 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 9, 2010 5:25:46 PM PDT
Generoso says:
You maybe right that there is a difference. We'll just have to see if someone else answers.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2010 5:25:01 PM PDT
Joseph E says:
What do you mean?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2010 5:26:08 PM PDT
Generoso says:
Accidentally left out two words. Edited now.

Posted on Aug 9, 2010 5:51:11 PM PDT
Dorsie says:
I ordered 3G/WiFi for several reasons:

1. I wanted a white one, which is only available in 3G/WiFi. I'm used to my white K1, and I want to minimize visual adaptations.

2. Hurricane and ice storm country. I'm always looking out for things that can give me emergency information via multiple communication methods during a disaster.

3. I have DSL WiFi and variable 3G signal. They both vary due to many environmental factors, like thunderstorms, frequent power outages, local buried line usage, soil wetness, cut cables...etc.

I was unhappy at first that the white K3 came only in 3G/WiFi. But after thinking about it, I have used my K1 in the past for emergency information over 3G, and the new K3 gives me all options.

Posted on Aug 9, 2010 5:54:15 PM PDT
Shoebox says:
If wi-fi doesn't work out within 30 days, return and buy the 3G. I have 50+ pages of books, so I don't need to worry about having nothing to read! :p

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 9, 2010 7:16:44 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 9, 2010 7:18:14 PM PDT
Jeanne says:
>>" anybody else concerned about that?"

Now I am.
Hmm, I'm thinking that it's just one more reason (beside being able to obtain my preferred white) I should forsake my first-wave delivery and pre-order the 3G+Wi-Fi instead....
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