The new Kindle 4 come with an incredible $79 price tag. Many new Kindle 3 owners start to think to return the Kindle 3, buy Kindle 4 and save some money for others accessories like cases … But is this a good decision? Is the new Kindle 4 better than Kindle 3 or at least the same but at a better price? Let’s run our usual eight round comparison review: old Kindle 3 Versus Kindle 4.

Note: I talk here about Kindle 4 no touch, for Kindle 4 Touch please read Kindle Touch Versus Kindle 3 review.

kindle3 versus kindle4

kKindle 4 has no keyboard as Kindle 3 but Kindle 4 is lighter than Kindle 3. You should decide what it is more important to you: keyboard or portability?

Round 1. Display: Kindle 3 Vs Kindle 4
Round 2. Storage: Kindle 3 Vs Kindle 4
Round 3. Portability: Kindle 3 Vs Kindle 4
Round 4. Autonomy: Kindle 3 Vs Kindle 4
Round 5. Books: Kindle 3 Vs Kindle 4
Round 6. Interface: Kindle 3 Vs Kindle 4
Round 7. Connectivity: Kindle 3 Vs Kindle 4
Round 8. General experience: Kindle 3 Vs Kindle 4
Final round:My conclusion

Display: Kindle 3 Vs Kindle 4
No points in this round because the display is the same for Kindle 4 and Kindle 3: 6 inch, E Ink display, 600×800 pixel resolution.

Storage: Kindle 3 Vs Kindle 4
As the flash storage price goes down, the Amazon cut the storage size in Kindle 4… So, Kindle 4 come with 2GB but only 1.25GB available for ebooks. As no card reader available in Kindle 4 there are no way to expand your Kindle 4 storage. Kindle 4 – Kindle 3: 0-1.

Portability: Kindle 3 Vs Kindle 4
Kindle 4 is lighter and smaller: 30% lighter, less than 6 ounces and 18% smaller body. Complete data in the table. I add the Nook and Kindle Touch in table to have a better comparison. Kindle 4 – Kindle 3: 1-1.

Kindle 4 Kindle 3 Kindle touch Nook
Weight: 5.98oz (170 grams) 8.50oz (240grams) 7.5oz (213 grams) 7.48oz (212 grams)
Height: 6.5in (166mm) 7.5in (190mm) 6.8in (172mm) 6.5in (165mm)
Width: 4.5in (114mm) 4.8in (122mm) 4.7in (120mm) 5.0in (127mm)
Depth: 0.34in (8.7mm) 0.335in (8.5mm) 0.40in (10.1mm) 0.47in (11mm)

Kindle 3 with keyboard, Kindle Touch and Kindle 4 no touch

Kindle 3 with keyboard, Kindle Touch and Kindle 4 no touch

Autonomy: Kindle 3 Vs Kindle 4
Battery life is a very important feature for an ebook reader portable device. So, Amazon cut the Kindle 4 autonomy at half than Kindle 3. So, battery life is 2-4 weeks for Kindle 4 vs 1-2 months for old Kindle 3.
Kindle 4 – Kindle 3: 1-2

Books: Kindle 3 Vs Kindle 4
You will buy and download the books in the same well known Kindle way. The problem is to search in Amazon store without keyboard or touch screen. Typing on virtual keyboard using the 5-way controller is not easy. After 2-3 attempts you will move to your PC to buy books for your Kindle 4…
Kindle 4 – Kindle 3: 1-3 I’m a little scared about the score after this round. Moreover, interface round coming next and Kindle 4 has no keyboard and no touch…

Interface: Kindle 3 Vs Kindle 4
The main interface has no change for Kindle 4 but the access to menu or various items with the 5-way controller requires patience from user. Kindle 3 get one more point and we have now Kindle 4 – Kindle 3: 1-4

Connectivity: Kindle 3 Vs Kindle 4
Kindle 4 feature only WiFi and there are no option for 3G. For Kindle 3 we can choose WiFi or WiFi + 3G. Again Kindle 3 collect one point. Kindle 4 – Kindle 3: 1-5.

General experience: Kindle 3 Vs Kindle 4
Kindle 4 feature the experimental browser but you can imagine your self try to use 5-way controller to type URLs? No way!
You like audio books? Forget about audio books if you plan to buy Kindle 4 as it has no speakers or audio jack.
My final score: Kindle 4 – Kindle 3: 1-6.

My conclusion
I think Amazon set a price point for Kindle 4 and cut a lot of feature from it. So, if you are looking for a simple ebook reader with a very good price tag Kindle 4 is your best choice. If you are demanding for an ebook reader full of great future you should consider Kindle Touch or Nook.

Buy Kindle 4 at Amazon US
Buy Kindle 4 at Amazon UK.

Old Kindle Versus Kindle 4, reviewed by David Stephan on 2011-10-01T13:25:04+00:00 rating 9.0 out of 10