“Why should I get a Kindle 3G?” This is probably the question that I get asked most often by my family and friends who know that I run a Kindle review website. They are usually looking to buy a Kindle, and many times they want to go with the wireless version instead of the Kindle 3G because it is cheaper, but they want to make sure they are getting the best deal.
If that is you, maybe we can help you make your decision. For many people, the Kindle wireless version will be sufficient. For others, like me, you may want to pony up the extra cash to get the convenience of a Kindle 3G.
Below are the main advantages and disadvantages that a Kindle 3G offers you. By using this as sort of a checklist, you should be able to decide which one is right for you â€“
Coverage Just About Everywhere
With a Kindle 3G, you never have to worry about being hooked up to a wifi network somewhere. You can buy and download books essentially anywhere that you would typically have a signal on your phone. The Kindle 3G offers this service free, something none of the other tablets out there have.
No Hassles Getting Connected
While the Kindle wireless is not difficult to hook up via a wireless network, it is easier not to have to mess with it. If you have a Kindle 3G, you can simply turn on your device and it will connect on its own. No worries about having to put in a password for a wifi network.
Kindle 3G Battery Life
One disadvantage of the Kindle 3G is the fact that being connected to the 3G network uses up battery life much more quickly. However, the easy solution to that is simply turning off the 3G connection when you are not downloading anything, which only takes a few minutes to do.
The Kindle 3G does cost a bit more than the Kindle wireless. Right now, the difference between a Kindle 3G and Kindle wireless is about $50.
For me, the Kindle 3G was worth the extra money (as was the Kindle DX for the bigger screen), however, if you do not plan to use your Kindle anywhere but at your home, and you already have a wifi connection, saving that $50 and getting the Kindle wireless instead of the Kindle 3G may make more sense for you.
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