Which Kindle ebook reader you should buy
Amazon has updated the Kindle line-up with an All-New Kindle Oasis which is waterproof up to 1.5 metres for 30 minutes. This means you can now read in the bath tub or at the beach without worrying. It has a bigger and brighter 7-inch screen which offers a pixel density of 300ppi and an Adaptive sensor which automatically adjusts screen lighting to ambient light. If you have set your eyes on this, you will have to wait for a while as it will be available in India from 13 November on Amazon.in at a starting price of Rs21,999.
Meanwhile, you can consider the Kindle Voyage, Paperwhite or the All-New Kindle. Each offers something unique, but the fundamental elements such as the non-reflective anti-glare screen, access to Amazon ebook store and a battery backup of a week are the same.
Rs16,499 (WiFi), Rs20,499 (3G+WiFi)
The Voyage also offers a 6-inch e-ink touch display with pixel density of 300ppi but it looks brighter than Paperwhite and also supports Adaptive sensor feature seen in Kindle Oasis. Voyage is also lighter and thinner (7.6mm) than Paperwhite. The 3G variant weighs 188g, while the WiFi-only variant is 180g. It also feels more premium, uses magnesium alloy in the body and has sharp angular design which makes it comfortable to hold. It gives 4GB as internal storage. Its other highlight is the Page Press feature which uses a combination of haptic sensors to turn pages every time you push down on either bezel.
Rs8,999 (WiFi), Rs11,999 (WiFi+3G)
The Kindle Paperwhite looks slightly bigger than entry-level Kindle and has a plastic body, but tips the scales at 217g (3G variant), making it the heaviest Kindle. It has a 6-inch e-ink touch display with pixel density of 300ppi. What makes it better than the entry-level all new e-book reader is the front-lit screen, which keeps the content on it visible even in the dark. It supports WiFi and for users who like to stay connected, there is a 3G variant. To store your ebooks, you get 4GB of internal storage.
If you can spare more money, go for the Paperwhite for its front-lit screen and 3G support.
The All-New Kindle has a 6-inch e-ink display with pixel density of 167ppi and supports touch. You can flip pages by simply tapping on the screen. The screen is not front lit, like the other Kindle devices. This means you will need a secondary source of light to use it in the dark. Internal storage is 4GB and for connectivity, WiFi is the only option available. There is no 3G variant of this. It is made of plastic and is the lightest Kindle weighing just 161g. If you are not willing to spend much, this is the best option.