Top positive review
A very high quality product and experience
January 20, 2019
EDIT 3/28/2019: I can confirm that the link to the WSJ online content (website, WSJ mobile phone app) is not working despite receiving an email from Amazon indicating it is part of the Kindle subscription. Customer support at Amazon and WSJ were completely clueless and helpless in finding a solution. Therefore, if the concurrent online content is important to you then I rate the WSJ Kindle subscription as 1 star. Otherwise my original rating stands.
The Kindle version of the Wall Street Journal is an excellent, though imperfect, alternative to the print edition at 2/3rds of the cost.
Here is a fairly comprehensive summary highlighting of many of the differences between the Kindle versions for android Samsung S2 Tablet and Samsung S6 smartphone, and Kindle Paperwhite e-reader; and how the Kindle versions contrast with the WSJ mobile app on the S2 tablet and S6 smartphone, WSJ online web, and WSJ print edition. Strangely, I was unable to download the content to my Kindle for Windows PC app. The WSJ mobile and online editions are supposedly available for Kindle subscribers, but the print edition is available only with a WSJ print subscription. The observations are as of January 2019 and may not apply to any time in the future.
* The Kindle versions omit some of the sidebar content present in the WSJ mobile/web/print versions, such as the Front Page "What's News", and story bullet points or factual details that are separated from the body of the story.
* This may be a Pro/Con depending on your taste, but the layout does not look like a newspaper in the Kindle versions or WSJ mobile app. On the tablet and smartphone Kindle reader the story Table of Contents is one long linear contiguous column with dividers between the newspaper sections (Front Page, Opinion, etc.), displaying the headline and first few sentences of each story; a drop-down allows you to jump directly to a section rather than scrolling through the long list. The Kindle Paperwhite version has 2 styles: a 4x4 grid with each grid square corresponding to a newspaper section containing the top story headline and picture; and second layout with section tabs along the left side and story headlines within that section on the right. The WSJ mobile app is a tab style with section headers across the top, stores displayed corresponding to the section.
* The Kindle and WSJ mobile versions omit content that isn't a story or may be a mostly graphical presentation, such as the weekend "Play" section containing the Quiz and Crossword Puzzle. I really miss the Quiz. But all is not lost -- see below.
* Some photo content is missing from the Kindle and mobile app, though this is minor. For instance, a picture may appear on the Front Page of the print and web editions, referencing a story on an inside page (or the story is in the caption), but that picture is completely absent in the Kindle and mobile versions, and may not even appear in the referenced story.
* The Paperwhite graphics/photo content is of much lesser quality because of limitations with e-ink, but still useful.
* Another Pro/Con. The graphic content of the Kindle and WSJ mobile versions is enhanced over the print content. Nearly every story has a picture between the headline and story body. Even the "Letters to the Editor" have a photo. I find this adds unnecessary weight to the beginning of the story.
* Minor quibble with the Kindle navigation. It requires 2 finger taps to move to the Table of Contents, and 3 taps to change sections.
* No physical "newspaper" feel. I experienced significant withdrawal angst.
* Although I checked only a few days, I found every story in the print version was also in the Kindle and WSJ mobile versions (but see above). Other users have reported differently.
* Supposedly the Kindle subscription gives you access to the WSJ online content, but I could not confirm as I am already a WSJ print/digital subscriber. If true, this will clearly mitigate any difference in content between the Kindle and print version that is entirely replicated online.
* If you don't care about a newspaper style layout, the Kindle versions have a Table of Contents of all story headlines, and the tablet and smartphone versions include the first few story lines. This is a great way to quickly scroll through what may be of interest to you.
* The Kindle text readability is excellent in all platforms. Customizations include text size, typeface, and line spacing. The tablet version can change the background and text color, including a white text on a black background which minimizes the battery power consumption if the display is OLED. The Kindle paragraph layout is traditional, with first line indent and no spaces between paragraphs. I prefer this paragraph layout over the block style of the WSJ mobile app.
* Content is automatically downloaded daily and viewable off line even if you don't open the Kindle app. The WSJ mobile app does download content for offline viewing, but you must first launch the app and make sure that you select the desired day if it isn't the current. I believe that both of these comments are accurate, but not 100% verified.
* No advertising with the Kindle, unlike the WSJ mobile app.
* Each story that is read in the Kindle tablet and smartphone version changes the Table of Contents headline from bold typeface to regular text weight, an easy way to identify unread stories. This does not happen with the Kindle Paperwhite, or WSJ mobile app.
* The Kindle tablet app screen timeout is significantly extended from the default when reading a story, nice to allow reading an entire page without the screen dimming. If the Table of Contents is displayed, the timeout is the normal default.
* Compared to the print edition, you never miss a day because of travel or delivery failure.
So, the bottom line: if you can look past that this does not have the look and feel of the real newspaper, including no "What's News" section, the Kindle version is a great way to get the WSJ at 2/3rds the cost of the print/digital versions. If the access to online content proves to be true, the digital experience is a winner. The experience is improved if you read it on a tablet rather than the Kindle e-reader. I commend the WSJ staff for a very high quality digital product that works across a variety of platforms.