Which Kindle Device Do You Have?



With the Kindle having such a wide range of models available, it can be tough to determine which one you have based on looks alone. Here are some tips to tell the models apart.

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Which Kindle Device Do You Have?

Check the Serial Number

You can find this sixteen digit code in the box your Kindle came in or when you click on Settings and go to Device Info. Find your specific generation or type based on the first four characters.

Kindle 2: B002, B003
Kindle DX: B004, B005, B009
Kindle 4: B00E
Kindle 5: B012
Kindle Keyboard: B006, B008, B00A
Kindle Paperwhite (2012): B024, B01B, B01C, B01D, B01F
Kindle Paperwhite (2013): B0D4 or 90D4
Kindle Touch: B00F, B010, B011
Kindle Fire (2011): D01E
Kindle Fire (2012): D026
Kindle Fire HD (2012): D025 and D059
Kindle Fire HD (2013): 00D3
Kindle Fire HD 8.9: B0C9, B0CA, B0CB, and B0CC

Note the Appearance and Size of Your Kindle

Inspect the keyboard and interface. Another helpful indicator would be the size of your Kindle. Here are a few key traits.

  • Kindle 2 & Kindle DX - While both look very similar and have a keyboard, the Kindle DX has a larger screen, 9.7” diagonally compared to the Kindle 2’s 6” display. The Kindle DX also supports simple PDF files.

  • Kindle 2 & Kindle Keyboard - Refer to the serial number by selecting Settings > Device Info. The Kindle 2’s first four digits will be B002 or B003. The Kindle Keyboard’s will be B006, B008, or B00A.

  • Kindle 4 & Kindle 5 - Both the Kindle 4 and Kindle 5 have a 5 way controller, as opposed to the keyboard of the earlier versions.

  • Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Touch - While both don’t have the same 5 way controller that other Kindle models have, the Paperwhite’s defining feature is its built-in light that can be adjusted manually.

  • Kindle Fire & Kindle Fire HD - The Kindle Fire HD has a micro HDMI connection and its headphone and charging ports are located on the bottom of the device. The original Kindle Fire HD from 2012 also has a front-facing camera. The updated 2013 version of the Kindle Fire HD does not have a front-facing camera.

  • Kindle Fire (2011) & Kindle Fire (2012) - While they look the same on the outside, one main thing to look out for is the operating system that the Kindle runs on. The Kindle Fire 2011 runs on an Android 2.3-based operating system, while the 2012 version runs on a 4.0-based operating system.

  • Kindle Fire HD (2012) & Kindle Fire HDX (2013) - Released in 2013, the Kindle Fire HDX looks very similar to HD but it's smaller, 5" wide compared to the older HD's 5.4" width. The HDX 8.9, also released in 2013, differentiates itself from the HD 8.9 by having a rear-facing camera.



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