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 Kinde 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 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 and 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 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 anything 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 a 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 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 more 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 audiobook are more and more popular, people prefer to listening to audiObooks than reading ebooks. With Kindle Fire, you can listen to audiobooks and also try the Amazon immersion reading feature which allows you 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 Kindle Fire is based on Android system, you can install many kinds of 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, which can allow you 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 of 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 the question, 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.

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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~
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