Can you surf the Internet with a Kindle?

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Can you surf the Internet with a Kindle?
Kindle tablets all offer some level of Internet access. (Hannelore Foerster/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Amazon's Kindle tablets are popular devices for people who want to read e-books on the move. With the growth of the tablet market, offering a good web browsing experience is increasingly important for the companies producing tablets. The Kindle comes in a range of models, some offering Internet access via 3G and some only through a Wi-Fi connection.

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First generation Kindle

The basic 1st generation Kindle gives Internet access via Wi-Fi only. This means that you can only download books or surf the Internet when you have Wi-Fi available. These devices are aimed primarily at people who want just to download and read books so the web experience is not the best. Navigation can be difficult although you can use the settings menu to adjust to your liking.

Kindle Paperwhite 3G

The Kindle Paperwhite 3G allows Internet access via free 3G wireless. You can access the Web anywhere, download books and enjoy clear text and images. This model has a 6-inch display with a built-in light to enhance your reading and browsing experience. A further advantage of the Paperwhite 3G is that it has an eight week battery life from one charge with wireless turned off so if you use your Kindle primarily for reading, you will usually have battery available for surfing the Internet.

Kindle Fire

The Kindle Fire is a more current model of the Amazon tablet and gives access to the Internet via Wi-Fi. Like other tablets on the market, Kindle Fire also allows access to apps, games, books and email. It has 8GB of storage space for your downloads and you can also use web-based streaming services such as LOVEFiLM Instant. The Kindle Fire offers unlimited Cloud storage for your Amazon content and the Amazon Silk browser software ensures that web pages load much quicker than on other Kindle models.

Shop around

There are many models of the Kindle available and Amazon is regularly developing new versions. You can surf the Internet on all models but shop around for the version that best meets your requirements. If you are on the move a lot and want to go online, a 3G model is best, but for high-speed browsing, storage and all round functionality the Kindle Fire is a better option, even if you are reliant on a Wi-Fi connection.

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