Kindle Paperwhite vs Kindle Paperwhite 3G?

Taylor
07.12.2012
Taylor

First things first, I only want to read books. I don't need games or apps or anything, just books. Please don't advise me to get an iPad or other tablet for those reasons. I have an iPhone 5 that can do all of that for me already.
Okay now, I'd like to know if you need an Internet connection just to read books? Say I was out at the park where there is no wifi. Would I need the 3G to read them? Or is it only needed for going online to the Amazon store? Basically, do I need 3G or a wifi connection to access and read only my books?
Also, please share any experiences you've may have had with the Kindle Paperwhite/Paperwhite 3G!
Happy Holidays and Thank you:)

Pearls Before Swine
07.12.2012
Pearls Before Swine

You don't need Internet (WiFi or 3G) just to read. You only need it to download books, shop in the Kindle store, and use some of the extra features like seeing which parts of your book other people highlighted, etc.

I have a paperwhite and the screen is a nice improvement over the kindle keyboard earlier model - but the lighting is uneven along the bottom edge, although it's not very noticeable unless the light is bright.

I got the 3G model because I'm hoping that like the earlier model, it will allow me to use its web browser for free when I'm outside the USA (it's not a great web browser, but it's workable in a pinch).

But in other respects I don't really think the 3G is really worth paying extra for - most places you go to these days have WiFi, and you don't need Internet all the time with a Kindle. I guess the exception would be if you wanted to download something every day, like a newspaper - then 3G might be more handy when you're traveling.

Uncle Pennybags
08.12.2012
Uncle Pennybags

You don't need a connection to read, only to shop and download books.

So if you want to be able to shop and download books while away from a wi-fi connection, you'd want the 3G version.

ToPoint
10.12.2012
ToPoint

There's a very good discussion here talking about this, on when you should get the 3G model over the WiFi only model:

http://budurl.com/KindlePaperwhiteOr3G

You just need the internet connection when you want to download books, or surf the internet. But even without WiFi, you can still download books with your computer from the internet, and copy to the Kindle via USB cable.

I'll say if you have WiFi at your home, you won't need 3G (unless you would like to search on Google, Wikipedia, or Amazon store, when you're not at home). Once books are downloaded to the Kindle, you can read it on the device without any internet connection.

Finally, from the sales page of Kindle Paperwhite, it'll be in stock on 20th Dec. So it's better to get it early, or it may be out of stock before Christmas, and you won't be able to get it before the holiday then.

Hope that helps.