Is it time to upgrade your Kindle? Have you wanted the new Amazon Echo? This week is the time to buy an Amazon Kindle or Echo for yourself or for a gift. Not sure what any of these devices are? Don’t worry, in this blog post we cover Amazon’s popular devices to help you decide which to buy.
Kindle: Millions of Books at Your Fingertips
Amazon Kindle devices enable users to browse, buy, download, and read e-books, newspapers, magazines and other digital media, wirelessly. Unlike tablets, Kindles do not have glare.
The standard Kindle is great for casual readers who will be using their e-reader at home. It’s affordably priced, but unlike the other models, it’s available only in a Wi-Fi version (as opposed to a Wi-Fi + 3G option as well). But if you’re always using it when you’re connected to your personal Wi-Fi network, this shouldn’t be a problem.
The introductory-level Kindle has all of the basic essentials an e-reader should offer, while boasting the most affordable price tag in the line. Designed to be small and lighter than a paperback, the Kindle weighs 6.7 ounces, has a 6-inch screen, and a battery life of up to four weeks.
The standard Kindle is great for casual readers who will be using their e-reader at home.
The next step up in the Kindle line is the Paperwhite. This model introduces users to a built-in light for better reading in daylight or nighttime conditions and sharper resolution for a better-quality display.
With its backlit screen, the Kindle Paperwhite is great for nighttime bookworms. This e-reader offers more advanced features than the basic Kindle, while still keeping its price relatively affordable.
The Voyage takes Kindle functionality to a new level. Its adaptive front light automatically adjusts to your lighting conditions, and a feature called PagePress makes page turning as easy as applying increased pressure.
Thanks to its advanced light capability, the Voyage works well for dedicated readers who will be taking their e-reader outside regularly.
Echo: Your Personal Voice Assistant
Amazon has developed a voice-enabled assistant called Alexa. This is similar to Siri found on Apple devices and Cortana found in Windows 10. By speaking the command word, “Alexa”, your Echo or Echo Dot can give you the weather, play music, and even order food.
The Echo is a speaker and home automation controller, and is perhaps the pinnacle of the Alexa lineup. It streams music, plays room-filling audio, controls home smart devices and fulfills search queries. Just ask it to tell you a joke or place an order on Amazon.
This is made for consumers who want a centralized smart home controller and speaker all in one. The Echo is the most expensive of the three Alexa-equipped products, but it doesn’t require any supplementary purchases, like speakers. Place it in your living room, and it’ll quickly become part of your daily routine.
Amazon Echo Dot delivers many of Amazon Echo’s coveted features in an affordable package that’s just over an inch tall.
This device is for consumers who want voice-enabled, hands-free speaker functionality in any (or every) room.
The Tap is an Alexa-enabled, portable Bluetooth speaker. The Echo Dot may work in any room, but the Tap is best known for its ability to work practically anywhere.
It’s best for music listeners who crave voice-activated speaker functionality outside the home. The Tap is the most mobile of the Alexa-enabled speakers and has up to nine hours of battery life. Amazon also sells silicone slings for the device — for $19.99 — that make it easy to transport. But you’ll need Wi-Fi access to use many of the Tap’s best features. When you’re away from a connection, you can connect directly to your phone if you have cell service.
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