The original Kindle [$79] is the basic version of Kindle Voyage and Kindle Paperwhite. This version of the Kindle comes without an integrated light for reading in the dark or a touchscreen.
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Pro Cheaper than the Paperwhite and Voyage
The basic Kindle costs only $79, as opposed to $199 for the Voyage and $119 for the Paperwhite.
Pro 1 Month battery life
On average, with 30 minutes of use per day, the Kindle's battery will last about one month. A full charge takes about 3 hours.
Pro Downloads can be done over WiFi
While the basic Kindle doesn't have a browser or a 3G cellular option, books and other media can be downloaded through Amazon's store via WiFi.
Pro 4GB of storage for thousands of books
Con 167 PPI resolution
The basic Kindle has a 167 PPI resolution, as compared to the Voyage which has 300 PPI.
Con Ad-free version costs $20 more
When the screen is turned off, a "special offer" is displayed. This feature can be removed for $20.