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Initial post: Aug 17, 2013 10:41:45 AM PDT
Why does the Kindle Paperwhite 3G cost more than the Kindle Fire?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 17, 2013 10:44:23 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
The PW 3G comes with 3G. It costs much less than the Fire with 3G.

The bigger question you need to ask yourself is "What am I planning to do with this device?"
Paperwhites and Fires are two very different devices.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 17, 2013 10:44:33 AM PDT
Because it is a different device. The Paperwhite is a dedicated ebook reader. The Fire is a tablet device.

What do you want to use it for?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 17, 2013 10:46:18 AM PDT
Cassie Anne says:
You should compare and contrast features of each - there's a great chart at the bottom of each product page.

Posted on Aug 17, 2013 10:49:04 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 17, 2013 10:49:30 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
and not mentioned in that chart is that a kindle with wifi needs a wifi hot spot, 3G doesn't and Amazon is paying for that 3G transmission

and the 3G is not for internet access - the experimental browser on the Paperwhite is like going back to the dark ages of computing plus it still requires a wifi connection

and that the Kindle Fires are kinda difficult to read in the bright sun and e-ink kindles aren't

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 17, 2013 11:08:54 AM PDT
Thank you!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 17, 2013 11:10:00 AM PDT
The 3G version does not require wifi access, that is the whole point. If you don't have wifi, you can happily use the 3G only.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 17, 2013 11:11:01 AM PDT
I think you answered it Meya. I like to read a lot but also would like the web access. Thank you

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 17, 2013 11:16:07 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
only for shopping in the kindle store, downloading items, wikipedia and using the Instant Translation function - any other internet access on a paperwhite requires a wifi connection

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 17, 2013 11:30:16 AM PDT
I have a wifi connection in home. Which one are you talking about "only for shopping in the Kindle store etc"

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 17, 2013 11:33:03 AM PDT
Miss Carol says:
The Paperwhite - since it's a dedicated e-ink reader - it doesn't have very good internet access. What it's really for is reading.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 17, 2013 11:37:19 AM PDT
You can't "surf the web" on a PW. It's not a tablet; it's a reader.

The Fire is a multimedia tablet that happens to run a Kindle app.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 17, 2013 11:46:30 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
paperwhite - and I'd never think of getting an e-ink kindle for it's internet capabilities - it's like watching molasses dry, videos don't work at all, lots of pictures and popup windows won't work. In short, any internet usage of the paperwhite is not a pleasant experience

the Fire on the other hand, is excellent for the internet

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2013 4:44:10 AM PDT
Thank you again!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2013 5:00:28 AM PDT
On the Fire, you can surf the web. On the Paperwhite you can wade through the thigh-deep water of the web :-)

3G access on the PW is free, but limited to downloading books and the few websites mentioned above. 3G access on the Fire will give you a full internet connection (at cellphone speed) but you have to pay for a monthly access plan.

Wifi access on the PW gives you broader access to websites, but only in very basic form because e-ink doesn't have dynamic capability. The wifi Fire is virtually completely hamstrung without ready access to a wifi hotspot.
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Initial post:  Aug 17, 2013
Latest post:  Aug 18, 2013

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