The Amazon Kindle is arguably Amazon's best product. The e-ink screen, long battery life and simple design provide excellent e-readers. However, Amazon's name plans for Kindle models may be better. There is a little rhyme or reason behind them and they often confuse people. For example, the fourth generation Paperwhite is actually part of the 10th generation of units, while the third generation Paperwhite is part of the seventh generation.
You may need to know which Kindle model you have to buy the right case or other accessories. Maybe you're just curious and you simply can't remember. In any case, here's a quick and dirty guide to what kind of Kindle you have. For reference, the latest Amazon devices are Kindle Basic 3, Kindle Paperwhite 4 and Kindle Oasis 3.
How to identify your Kindle model
There are three prevailing features that work best to identify your specific Kindle model. The first and most effective method is with the serial number. Your serial number is unique to your device. But the first numbers are the same for all Kindles of the same model. For example, all 10th generation basic serial numbers start with either G0910L (for black) or G0910WH (for white).
You can find your serial number by:
- Go to the device's Settings menu.
- Find the option Device Info and press it.
- The model number should be displayed along with things like MAC address and other information.
The second method of identification is the physical model number. This can be seen both on the product packaging and on the back of the unit. For example, the 10th generation Paperwhite model number is PQ94WIF and the 10th generation basic model is DP75SDI. Only Google Search that model number and the appropriate Amazon page should be the first non-ad search result.
Kindle serial number
The table below has each unit, its year of publication, the generation it was a part of, the short name and serial number prefix to identify it. Go back to your device settings, find the Device Info option and look at the first characters of your serial number. Compare it with the table below to find your specific model. Note that some models had a lot of potential serial numbers. We noticed that Paperwhites has lots of serial numbers.
|Kindle model (Release year)||Generation||Serial number prefix||Short name|
|Kindle Oasis 3 (2019)||10th||G0011L, G000WQ, G000WM, G000WL||KOA 19659023] Kindle Basic 3 (2019)||10th||G0910L, G0910WH||KT4|
|Kindle Paperwhite 4 (2019)||10||G000PP, G000T6, G000T1, G000T2, G00102, G000T3||PW4|
|Kindle Oasis 2 (2017)||9th||G000P8, G000S1, G000SA, G000S2||KOA2|
|Kindle Basic 2 ()||8th||G000K9 , G000KA||KT3|
|Kindle Oasis (2016)||8th||G0B0GC, G0B0GD, G0B0GR, G0B0GU, G0B0GT||KOA [1965wh] 2015)||7: e||G: G090G4, G090G5, G090G6, G090G7, G090KB, G090KC, G090KE, G090KF, G090LK, G090LL||PW3|
|Kindle Voyage  9013, B054, 9054, B053, B052, 9054, B053|
|Kindle Basic 1 (2014)||7th  B0C6, 90C6, B0DD, 90DD||KT2, BASIC|
|Kindle Paperwhite 2 (2013)||6th||] B0D4, 90D4, B05A, 905A, B0D5, 90D5, B0D6, 90D6, B0D7, 90D7, B0D8, 90D8, B0F2, 90F2, B017, 9017, B060, 9060, B062, 9062, B05F, 905F, 9061] PW2|
|Kindle Paperwhite 1 (2012)||5th||B024, B01B , B020, B01C, B01D, B01F||PW|
|Kindle 5 (2012)||5th||B012  K5|
|Kindle Touch (2012)||4th||B00F , B011, B010||KT|
|Kindle 4 (2011)||4th||B00E, B023, 9023||K4, K4S, K4B|
|Kindle 3 (2010)||3 : e||B008, B006, B00A||K3|
|Kindle DX (2010)||2nd||B004, B005, B009  DX, DXI, DXG|
|Kindle 2 (2009)||2nd||B002, B003||K2, K2I|
|Kindle (2007)||1st||B001, B101  K1|
The table or previous ious explained model number method should suffice for most. In fact, the only time this method does not work is if the screen does not turn on and the model number is worn on the back of the unit. If so, things get a little more complicated because you have to identify your specific model just from its design, and it's not as easy as you might think.
Your Kindle & # 39; s physical appearance
We strongly recommend the serial number method and the physical model number method. But if you can't get any of these, you need physical identifiers to separate them from each other. This is usually quite simple and Amazon has a help page with photos of each of them here. However, in some cases it may be difficult to see the difference between models only from images. For example, Oasis 2017 and Oasis 2019 are physically identical to a point where you can use the same folio case for either.
Below we have listed each model and some defining features to help you identify which Kindle model you have.
- Kindle Basic 3 – The back has the Amazon arrow logo without the word "Amazon." It is otherwise physically identical to Basic 2 except in size.
- Kindle Paperwhite 4 – Paperwhite 4 looks physically identical to Paperwhite 3 except that the "Kindle" text on the front is white instead of black.
- Kindle Oasis 3 – Oasis 3 is physically identical to Oasis 2. The only differentiation we know is Oasis 3 can emit warm light from the screen instead of the usual backlight color of Oasis 2.
9th Gen eration
- Kindle Oasis 2 – Oasis 2 is much larger than most other 7-inch models with a two-button handle on right side. The handle is thicker than the rest of the unit. The back has an Amazon arrow logo with "Amazon" text written vertically rather than horizontally.
- Kindle Basic 2 – The back has rounded edges that differ from the inclined edges of Basic 1. The front looks otherwise identical to other Basic models.
- Kindle Oasis – The original Oasis looks the same as the other models, however, the original Oasis was much smaller than the other two and that is its only crucial difference.
- Kindle Paperwhite 3 – Paperwhite 3 is the only Paperwhite with black "Kindle "text on front. It looks strikingly like Basic 1. If you look carefully you will notice that Paperwhite 3 has a higher screen than Basic 1.
- Kindle Voyage – The Voyage has a front design unique to everyone else with thin, vertical lines on the side along with left and right soft-touch buttons for easy page rotation.
- Kindle Basic 1 – The first Basic is very similar to the other three Basic units. But on the flip side, the edges are tilted rather than rounded and, as far as we know, the only e-reader in the bunch with these sloping patterns.
- Kindle Paperwhite 2 – The second generation Paperwhite is the only Paperwhite with a glossy black Amazon logo on back. All future generations have engraved logos that are the same material as the rest of the unit. The front looks like almost all other Paperwhites.
5th Generation  Kindle 5 – Fifteen is physical identical to the fourth generation except that it comes in black instead of silver. They are otherwise so close that Amazon lists them together on their list of all devices.
- Kindle Touch – Touch is easy enough to identify. It is the only one with the four-row home button on the front of the unit.
- Kindle 4 – The fourth gen e-reader has the distinctive square button on the front with two circular buttons on the left and right sides. However, this one came only in silver and the fifth generation model only came in black.
- Kindle 3 – This third-gen product is the last one that came with a complete keyboard. It has four rows of buttons along with two sides of the right side knobs. This model also introduced the square button that would become more common on the fourth and fifth generation models later.
- Kindle 2 – Kindle 2 has a very unique look. It had a five-row keyboard with two buttons on the left and five buttons on the right. It is the only Amazon e-reader with that configuration.
- Kindle DX – DX has a larger screen than most early devices. However, its four-row keyboard is much smaller and, as a result, the screen-body ratio is much larger than most, which makes it easy to identify.
- Kindle 1 – The first one can be easily identified by the keyboard. It is the only one with a keyboard that is split in the middle and separated for easier two-hand typing. In addition, each key has a strange bend towards it which is very different from all other models.
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