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Basic Kindle vs Touch - Pros and Cons?


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Initial post: Jun 28, 2012 3:18:29 PM PDT
I broke my Kindle. Which also broke my heart. I always thought that when it was time to replace it, I would go with a Fire. Now that I am doing all the research, a Fire is not what I want. So now deciding between the basic $79 Kindle and the Kindle Touch (with 3G? I had 3G on my broken Kindle...). So I thought I would throw it out for people to give me some info to help me decide which to buy!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 28, 2012 3:23:30 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 28, 2012 3:25:04 PM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
What Touch has and Basic doesn't:

- Touch controls, obviously
- Sound (audiobooks, TTS, music)
- Twice as much storage
- Optional 3G
- X-ray
- Instant translation using Bing!

What Basic has and Touch does not:

- Physical paging (and other) buttons
- Improved parental controls

I probably forgot something, and possibly mixed up a thing or two... :o)

Of course, software features your be equalized at any moment by an upgrade, should Amazon decide so.

Posted on Jun 29, 2012 1:17:30 AM PDT
Fud53 says:
Xray isn't available on all books. Optional 3g costs more(as does the touch-I have the wifi model and really like it). More storage...hmmm...not necessary unless you're some kind of hoarder freak and just likes telling folks how many books you have on your kindle for the times you'll run out of ways to get more.

If you don't want to spend the extra cash....don't.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 29, 2012 1:26:13 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
both the Basic Kindle and the Kindle Touch have to have a wifi connectiong to use the experimental browser - if thet's important to you, get the Kindle Keyboard with 3G/wifi

on the two, unless your get the Touch with 3G, to use the instant translation, wikipedia access, download books or shop online, you'll need to connect to a wifi hot spot - 3G frees you up a bit, but it does cost more

Posted on Jun 29, 2012 2:34:58 AM PDT
For me, physical page turn buttons are an essential feature, which the Touch doesn't have. I have both a Kindle Keyboard and a Kindle Basic. Of the two, I prefer using the Basic because of its smaller size and lighter weight.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 29, 2012 2:52:01 AM PDT
nluvk3 says:
I love the touch for how easily and quickly you can utilize the dictionary. But I recently picked up one of the basic kindles and have been using it exclusively - it is thinner, lighter and I prefer using the page turn buttons.

Both are fantastic, but of course the touch has those extra features and the basic has better ergonomics.

You will love either one.

Posted on Jun 29, 2012 11:21:01 AM PDT
John D says:
The Basic also allows landscape mode, which I like when I'm using a huge font. The Touch does not allow this screen rotation.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 29, 2012 11:21:44 AM PDT
As of the most recent software update, the Touch does allow rotation.

Posted on Jun 29, 2012 1:39:56 PM PDT
two big differences are that the Basic ($79) does not have speakers so you will not be able to use it to listen to Audio books or use the TTS (not a huge loss in my opinion but some people seem to find it acceptable) and it does not have a 3G option so you have to have access to WiFi somewhere in your life (be that your home, office, the local library or some store or restaurant that offers an open WiFi connection)

beyond those items it comes down to preferences.
yes the Basic ONLY holds a 1,000 books but does anyone really need access to more than 1,000 books at any one instant?
do you like to click or tap to change the pages?
happy hunting!
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