Kindle Fire VS Kindle Paperwhite

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What is Kindle Fire? Kindle Fire is a tablet designed by Amazon which was first released in November 2011. The Kindle Fire is running a custom version of Android system with colored 7-inch IPS LCD touch screen. Later, the Amazon has updated its Kindle fire to Kindle fire HD and Kindle Fire HDX.

What is Kindle Paperwhite? The Kindle Paperwhite is the successor of the Amazon Kindle device which is an e-reader developed and marketed by Amazon. There is no doubt that Amazon Kindle is the most successful e-reader on the market which has even changed our reading experience. Among so many Amazon Kindle e-readers, the Kindle Paperwhite is the most popular and best-selling product.

Kindle Fire VS Kindle Paperwhite--which one should we get? Let's compare Kindle Fire and Kind Paperwhite to see which one you should buy.

kindle fire vs kindle paperwhite

Kindle Fire VS. Kindle Paperwhite

In this part, I will compare Kindle Paperwhite 3 with Kindle Fire (5th generation) by features.

  Kindle Fire Kindle Paperwhite
Screen 7" touchscreen and blacklit screen, 1024 x 600 resolution at 171 ppi, IPS technology,advanced polarizing filter 6" with E Ink Carta and built-in light, 300 ppi, optimized font technology, 16-level gray scale

Kindle fire has a bigger screen than Kindle Paperwhite, but the resolution is a little bit lower.

They both have lights, but Kindle fire's light comes from the back of the image and the paperwhite's light from the front. If you read on Kindle Fire, it likes that you stare at the flashlight. Long time reading on fire will strain your eyes. Furthermore, you can not read on Kindle Fire directly under the sunlight. In the contrast, you eyes won't feel uncomfortable after reading a book on Kindle Paperwhite.

Kindle Fire screen is colored which enables you to read the colored manga, but Kindle paperwhite can not because of the black and white screen.

  Kindle Fire Kindle Paperwhite
Battery Up to 7 hours of reading, surfing the web, watching video, and listening to music A single charge lasts up to six weeks, based on a half hour of reading per day

As we can see from above you can read long time with Kindle Paperwhite, but less time with Kindle Fire. If you play games or watch movies on Kindle Fire, the battery will drain much faster. Please ask yourself do you want to charge your Kindle device everyday.

  Kindle Fire Kindle Paperwhite
Weight 313 grams 205 grams

It is obvious that the Kindle Paperwhite is lighter than Kindle Fire. The lighter weight means the Kindle Paperwhite is much easier to hold. This is a big advantage for reading eBooks.

  Kindle Fire Kindle Paperwhite
Storage 8 GB (4.5 GB available to user) or 16 GB (11.6 GB available to user) of internal storage plus adding microSD card for up to 200 GB? 4GB

The Kindle Fire's storage is much larger than Kindle Paperwhite. But for storing Ebooks, 4GB means a thousand of eBooks which can be a big personal library. But only two or three downloaded movies will be out of the Kindle Fire's storage. Thus, I do not think the storage is an important concern.

  Kindle Fire Kindle Paperwhite
Audio 3.5 mm stereo jack and integrated speaker No audio function

As audiobooks are more and more popular, people prefer to listening to audio books rather than reading ebooks. With Kindle Fire, you can listen to audiobooks as well as try the Amazon immersion reading feature which allows you to switch back and forth of reading and listening.

  Kindle Fire Kindle Paperwhite
Apps Allow many kinds of Apps Do not have this function

Since the system of Kindle Fire is based on Android system, you can install many apps on it, such as chat apps, games, music and so on which you can get from the Google Play. With these apps, you can chat with your friends, listen to the music, or watch movies. The most important thing is that you can install other reader apps beyond Kindle for Android app, which can allow you to read .epub or .pdf books on Kindle Fire. You will never read epub books on Kindle Paperwhite unless you jailbreak your Kindle Paperwhite.

However, if you are easily distracted by the gaming feature of the Kindle Fire, reading on Kindle Fire is not a good choice.

  Kindle Fire Kindle Paperwhite
Price 49.99$ 119.99$

As we can see the price of the Kindle Paperwhite is much higher than Kindle Fire. It's time for you to consider your budget. How much do you want to spend on this device?


Although we have listed so many differences between Kindle Fire and Kindle Paperwhite, you may still be confused and do not know which one to choose. Ok, I will list some questions. When you have finished these questions, you will know clearly which one to get.

  Questions Your Answer
1 Do you already have other tablet? Yes--Kindle Paperwhite
No-Keep reading the following questions
2 What's your main purpose to buy the device?

Reading--Kindle Paperwhite
More than reading(games, comics,movies, audios)--Kindle Fire

3 How long do you read every day?

More than 1 hour--Kindle Paperwhite
Less than 1 hour--Kindle Fire

4 How much do you want to spend on this device? 50$--Kindle FIre
No limitation--Kindle Paperwhite

I think people who are reading this article now are really eBook lovers. So the reading experience is the most important thing you are concerned. As a matter of fact, Kindle Paperwhite gives me much better reading experience. You will have the feeling that you are reading a real book. It will never strain your eyes. We know that Kindle Paperwhite does not have so many functions as Kindle Fire. Thanks to the less function, I can concentrate on reading books without being distracted by messages, games, emails and so on.

Now I am sure that you have made the decision. If you are still confused, and want to know more about these two Amazon products, please just let us know in the comment.

Pro tips for Kindle ebook lovers:

If Amazon store is not the only online store that you purchased ebooks from, but kindle device is your favorite eReader, how to read non-kindle ebooks on Kinlde devices?

Soltuion: Remove ebooks DRM and convert non-kindle books to kindle supported format with Epubor Ultimate.


Step -by-step Guide: How to Read Epub on Kindle.


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08/26/2017 07:03:49
When you use kindle paper white can you access the library for books?  Thanks Ann
11/8/2017 23:35:08
I would like to know if I can use my kindle paperwhite to access  library books
12/22/2017 14:31:30
Sure, you can use it to access your library book. But you should use another device to download this book at first and then sent to kindle. If you purchase the Kobo Aura One, you can  download the Library book directly as it has the built-in OverDrvive.
01/4/2018 10:34:37
That answered a lot of my questions, and helped me make a decision, thank you for that. Cheers, happy new year.
01/10/2018 15:09:11
We are glad to know it helps! Happy new year~
03/23/2019 10:12:54
I can send books from my PC or email in PDF or word and read them well in kindle paper white 2018
05/5/2019 11:21:33
How about the kindle paperwhite 4?
07/23/2019 16:32:51
Kindle paperwhite 3 is the best sellers of all Kindles. As for Kindle paperwhite 4, it is waterproof and more expensive. Compared with Kindle paperwhite 3, kindle paperwhite 4 doesn't have so many important upgrades.
09/20/2019 13:44:30
Thank you! This article was very informative to tell me which Kindle I would want to get. I have been having some serious problems with my eyes because I use a computer for most of my work day then usually come home and read on my iPad. So I thought maybe a Kindle instead could help. But I didn’t know which one to get. Even the list of questions just really helped solidify my choice (Paperwhite), and I cannot thank you enough for explaining so well!
09/21/2019 08:46:53
Thank you for your comments. We are glad to know this article helps you.
10/7/2019 19:30:22
The biggest benefit of Kindle fire over Kindle Paperwhite is seen when your read colorful magazines like NationalGeogrraphic,Pop Sci,Pop Mechanics,Vogue etc .Kindle fire let you have a real colorful magazine reading ,which is a treat.But Kindle Paperwhite won't.So between these two option is that a short duration reading without magazines and mostly book readings-go for Paperwhite.Otherwise go for fire.
11/23/2019 06:21:50
Thank you so much, Iris Yan!  I have had analysis paralysis about this decision for years!  You helped me make the decision in less than 5 minutes--incredible!  A thousand blessings to you for writing such a clear, concise article.  I tried to give you 5 stars but the computer wouldn't let me! I'd give you 20 stars if I could.
12/22/2019 04:19:05
Appreciate the thorough and easy to understand comparison. I've been attempting this analysis for quite some time, this is the most helpful analysis yet !! Thanks, Leslie
12/27/2019 08:43:24
We are glad to know this article can help you.
01/22/2020 22:47:27
I am interested in an e-reader that will be easier on my eyes than my current Kindle Fire.  On the Paperwhite can I access books I have already purchased through my Kindle Fire over the last few years (I believe they are stored in the Cloud?)? Thanks!  
02/13/2020 21:48:56
I've been reading my books in my kindle and kobo app using my android for years now. It's been such a strain in my eyes, so I've decided to get a kindle, but which one? You've helped me make a decision, thank you so much. I have a question though, can I use the kindle paperwhite to read my books from the kobo app? Can I browse some sites to read some fan fiction?
02/14/2020 12:50:48

Thank you for asking. For reading kobo books on kindle paperwhite, please convert kobo books to kindle>>https://www.epubor.com/how-to-read-kobo-books-on-kindle.html

For browsing the website, it is better use your computer or mobile phone or tablet to browse the fiction website.

04/14/2020 01:05:37
Can books bought on Kindle Fire be read on Kindle Paperwhite? Thank you for the clear information.
04/14/2020 08:49:10
Yes, the books you bought on Kindle fire, you can read them on the Kindle paper white. Please sign in the same kindle account to download the books.
04/19/2020 22:21:49
Kindle is my favourite electronic device I read it in bed every night. My problem is that it does not hold a charge for more than two days and keeps refusing to start up when it needs recharging although by prodding I get it going eventually.  Is it just old?
04/20/2020 10:59:03
It could be, if the kindle device is too old.
05/3/2020 05:59:26
I'm concerned about operating temperature range. Living in SUN DIEGO, i want a ebook i can read when it's a 100 degrees outside or when I'm at the beach in Mexico...
04/26/2021 17:02:05
Answered my questions and helped me make decision, thank you
04/28/2021 11:20:51
Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to know this article can help you. Have a nice day.
07/21/2021 16:14:04
So my friend send  books to my phone.how can I transfer them directly to my kindle paperweight.i do not want to have transfer to laptop first and then to paperweight.i tried scanning for the phone on Bluetooth but it does not pick up.i was however able to transfer books from my phone to my friends kindle fire.please assist.
09/11/2021 02:45:56
How can I transfer all my stuff from my old Kindle fire to a new Kindle paperwhite?
09/11/2021 09:42:38
What stuff are you talking about here? Please give us more information.
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