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Initial post: May 23, 2011 4:27:11 PM PDT
J. Baggett says:
What is the difference between these, as they both download books in 60 seconds? Why would someone buy one over the other?

In reply to an earlier post on May 23, 2011 4:36:14 PM PDT
CLS10 says:
Because the $189 version has free 3g (like what cell phones use for data coverage). Therefore, people do not have to depend on wifi access. Moreover, for people like me who travel internationally, having free 3g is great in a pinch (for maps, sending emails, etc) and for free.

Posted on May 23, 2011 4:37:13 PM PDT
The Artist says:
There's a comparison of the two on the Kindle product page.

Posted on May 23, 2011 5:54:53 PM PDT
Luna says:
We travel fulltime, so have two Kindle 3's with 3G/wifi and they are invaluable to us. Without a smart phone, tablet, etc. we often use our Kindle to check weather, email, facebook, and with a big rig accessing place where there is free wifi can be difficult at times. Having 3G capability means that 95% of the time we can access Amazon and the web via Kindle from where ever we happen to be. That is why we purchased the more expensive 3G Kindle.

Posted on May 24, 2011 12:03:14 AM PDT
VaritekFF says:
Hi

I dont have WiFi so I need the 3G so that I can download my books without haveing hook up to my PC. Most people password protect their Wifi so people(like me) that dont have it cannot piggyback off it.

Posted on May 24, 2011 5:12:10 AM PDT
Rose P in PV says:
Love having the 3G since we don't have wifi at home. Only a few places in town have free wifi (library, Starbucks, coffeehouse) so would have to wait for downloads or use my very slow and old computer. Convenience is main reason. Also, can check email, etc. while traveling if you don't have smartphone or tablet, as mentioned.

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2011 5:53:28 AM PDT
ShirleyKat says:
J., when someone asks the question this way, I assume they do not know what Wi-Fi is. That assumption is based on the many threads where it's obvious that people bought the Wi-Fi only model without realizing that they needed to own Wi-Fi equipment (or spend time near Wi-Fi access points). Many of those people are now stuck with downloading books to their computer, then hooking up the Kindle to the computer and dragging the books to the Kindle. In other words, they have to use wires to get books to their Kindle.

If you want wireless access and don't have easy access to Wi-Fi (either in your home, work, or frequently used businesses that offer free Wi-Fi access), then get the model that has 3G in addition to Wi-Fi. That delivers books via cell phone technology which is much more ubiquitous than Wi-Fi.

Posted on May 24, 2011 6:27:51 AM PDT
J. Baggett says:
Thanks everyone. I do have wi-fi at home, I guess it was the 3G that I was mostly confused about. Thanks for clearing it up for me.

Posted on May 24, 2011 6:43:39 AM PDT
L. Hill says:
J. - If you travel much, 3G might come in handy. My kids have wifi only - used the money saved to buy more books for them. If you are not away from home much, you should be able to download anything you want in advance, say for a vacation or road trip. Your "problem" is that when you finish a book at 2AM in a hotel because you can't sleep...you may not be able to download your next book immediately! 3G gives you (almost) anywhere coverage for immediate 2AM downloads!!!

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2011 7:04:58 AM PDT
ShirleyKat says:
It astounds me that people who travel with a device that holds thousands of books don't take advantage of that capability and stock up before they leave. It reminds me of putting only 1 gallon of gas in the car at one time and hoping to find a filling station to put in the next gallon.

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2011 7:12:40 AM PDT
Meya says:
I sort of agree, but not everyone has the money to buy every book in a series at one time.

My Kindles have enough books to keep me reading for a couple of years without being able to download anything new.

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2011 7:30:31 AM PDT
ShirleyKat: I totally agree. Part of the appeal of the Kindle is the ability to carry a small library with you. I recent took a three week trip to Australia - and before I left, I stocked up on freebies, cheap indies, and a few full priced books. I never turned the wi-fi on during the trip, and had more than enough material.

In fact, I really only turn on the wi-fi AT HOME about once a month. When I do, I stock up for a while, then switch it off until the next reload. It's not that you have to buy an entire series all at once, or that you have to spend a ton of cash - but it makes sense to me to get more than one book at a time and keep a queue on the device.

I suppose people who get blogs and periodicals would need more connectivity.

Posted on May 24, 2011 9:54:28 AM PDT
I have the WiFi and as far as I know the only difference is the price and the fact that one has 3G.

Of course, 3G isn't free. Nothing is free in the real world.

I had a 3G DX. In my home, WiFi is noticeably faster than 3G. 3G service was down for over a day once. My WiFi has never been down.

And, of course, the $50.

I use wireless only to download books so I don't need the advantage of being able to connect while I'm strolling down the street.

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2011 12:39:16 PM PDT
Luna says:
It is not that we don't stock up on books ... we have enough reading material on our Kindles to last for a year or two ... but we have no home base with internet access, no TV, smartphone, etc. and get our news via newspapers on our Kindles, and 3G enables us not to worry about finding free wifi ... ever try parking in a town or city with a big rig? Granted, most people don't live like we do, but we have found 3G Kindles to be very popular among those of us who do live on the road fulltime.

Posted on May 24, 2011 12:55:14 PM PDT
It seems to me that there are more threads from people having trouble with WiFi than with 3G. With 3G, you turn it on and it works, most of the time. With WiFi, there is setup involved. Not everyone knows their router password. Heck, a lot of people don't even know they have a router. 3G is easier.

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2011 12:58:02 PM PDT
CLS10 says:
"It astounds me that people who travel with a device that holds thousands of books don't take advantage of that capability and stock up before they leave. "

Why does it have to be solely about books, though? As I mentioned before, 3g can come in super handy for maps, to send emails, to look things up, etc etc if you can't find free wifi OR you are overseas and can't use data on your cellphone lest you want a massive bill.

I wish I had my kindle 3g when I was roaming around in Europe last summer, just to email my mother w/o cost. Last this summer or early fall when I head to Japan, I will definitely love having free 3g just for this purpose.

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2011 1:27:19 PM PDT
ShirleyKat says:
<<Why does it have to be solely about books, though?>>

Because this is what I was responding to:

"Your "problem" is that when you finish a book at 2AM in a hotel because you can't sleep...you may not be able to download your next book immediately! 3G gives you (almost) anywhere coverage for immediate 2AM downloads!!"

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2011 1:54:50 PM PDT
DinDC says:
ShirleyKat - I travel a lot and while I do download a number of books before I go, there have been a few occasions where I meet someone along the way that tells me about a great book. If it is about the place I'm visiting, I download it. Glad I have the flexibility of 3G.

Posted on May 24, 2011 3:04:36 PM PDT
Chilihead says:
3G is the dealbreaker for me. If the 4th gen. kindle doesn't have 3G then I'm not getting it.
I have no wifi in my home nor do I plan getting it just for an ereader. 3G allows me to browse for books in bed in the morning or night when I mostly read, or outdoors in my local park and beach, and to get instant blog downloads alerting me to free books, discounted books, and new books.

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2011 3:48:13 PM PDT
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ShirleyKat says: It astounds me that people who travel with a device that holds thousands of books don't take advantage of that capability and stock up before they leave. It reminds me of putting only 1 gallon of gas in the car at one time and hoping to find a filling station to put in the next gallon.

I use my Kindle when travelling for reading my local newspaper everyday. I like to be able to download it and read it over breakfast. I also am frequently buying books and magazines as I am waiting for the plane doors to close. I travel a lot and the last thing I want to do is sit and load up my Kindle in advance. What's the point? I have my old favorites but I prefer to buy books as I want to read to them.

Frankly if your analogy made any sense it would be insulting since it implies there is something foolish about not loading up in advance rather than being a matter of choice.

Posted on May 24, 2011 4:49:46 PM PDT
I own the WiFi version and love it, but I was thinking of upgrading to the 3G. I do have lots and lots of books already on my Kindle, but it would be nice if I hear about a book I might like and I can look for it immediately, instead of trying to remember what it was I wanted when I reach WiFi access.

Can someone tell me if there is any difference in the battery life between the Wifi and the 3G version? I am very happy with the battery life on my current Kindle and would be disappointed if I needed to recharge it more often when I switch to 3G.

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2011 5:29:15 PM PDT
OK so I have WiFi at home (wireless router for laptop), don't travel very far. Would like to read in parks and when and if I travel. Which one is best for my needs

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2011 5:36:04 PM PDT
Nina, you can read the Kindle anywhere. You only need the wi-fi or 3G to download the books. Once they're on the Kindle, you can read them in the park, at the beach, or anywhere you want. So if you don't think you will want to buy books while you're in the park, you wouldn't be likely to need the 3G.

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2011 5:45:28 PM PDT
Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2011 6:03:37 PM PDT
BethW says:
Since you only need to turn on the wireless (wi-fi or 3G) when you are downloading books I expect power usage is very similar.
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