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Cap Crunch
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Basic Kindle vs Kindle Fire


I'm looking at pulling the trigger on a Kindle today. Right now, I'm thinking about going with the Paperwhite, which is just the basic one with a backlight. For $40 more, I could get the Kindle Fire HD.

My question is, is it worth the extra $40?

I really just want this thing to read, and I think if I end up getting the Fire, the apps will just end up distracting me from doing that.

TIA for advice and suggestions



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MThawg
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Paperwhite





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Dam Guide
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For reading, get the regular kindle. Kindle Fires and iPads are for fricking off with apps. It hurts to read on them for any great length of time. Reading on a Kindle is like reading a regular book for the eyes. e-ink is just superior for reading.





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TigerinATL
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Paperweight


Freudian slip?

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is it worth the extra $40?


That depends on what you plan to do with it. I have the generation of Kindle Fire before the HD and it's an adequate tablet and reader. I've used it on vacation to watch NetFlix, play games and do some light web browsing, but if you want a tablet you really would be better served by getting something like a Nexus or iPad. If you have no tablet now and don't plan to get one anytime soon then the $40 might be worth it, but if you mainly want to use the Kindle for reading get the Paperwhite.






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Catman88
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Get the Paperwhite if you want to read. Dont get the Fire. If you plan to spend that amount of money on something like the Fire HD then you should go Nexus 7 all the way.





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Cap Crunch
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Freudian slip?

Yeah


So far, looks like I'm going with the Paperwhite






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TigerinATL
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So far, looks like I'm going with the Paperwhite



Don't get me wrong, it's probably a good mix of features for a vacation tablet, but it falls well short of being an every day use tablet.






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MThawg
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every day use tablet.

It's just an e reader. It isn't meant to be used to surf the web, even though it has a web browser.






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Cap Crunch
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Well I don't really think I'm looking for a tablet right now. I was just wondering if the HD Fire would be worth it on sale.

I may just buy the Paperwhite today and get a Nexus in the future if I decide I want another tablet






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Dam Guide
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Don't get me wrong, it's probably a good mix of features for a vacation tablet, but it falls well short of being an every day use tablet.


I wouldn't ever consider it as such. I would consider it an ereader. It has some limited functions of tablets, but it really is a device geared around reading. If that is what he is looking for, it is vastly superior in that aspect over true tablets. Tablets are fine for light reading, just not good for heavy reading.






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TU Rob
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I have the original Fire and read a good bit on it. I've read all 5 of the Game of Thrones novels if that tells you how much time I've spent reading on it. Those things are huge.

For the pricebreak on the HD right now, I'd go with it. You get a free month of Prime, and you can stream stuff from there and from NetFlix, and HBOGo. I wasn't sure how I would like reading on it, but there are settings that help. There's a white with black letters, slightly tinted with black letters, and a black with white letters setting. The white background is a little bright, even at the dimmest setting on the screen, so I use the tinted one and it is great.

And my wife has a regular Kindle, so I've read on both. For outdoor reading, the regular Kindle is leaps and bounds ahead of any tablet, but I mostly read in the bed at night.






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TigerinATL
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I wouldn't ever consider it as such.


Right, but being able to watch NetFlix on vacation at the inlaws was a pretty big bonus that the paperwhite can't do. Only $40 difference makes it a hard call.

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Tablets are fine for light reading, just not good for heavy reading


I'd agree with this. If you read a lot get the paperwhite. If you are a more casual reader and maybe want a Kindle to take advantage of the free lending library that comes with Prime, then the extras that come with the Fire might well be worth it.






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jcole4lsu
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buy an Asus MemoPad for $90 instead. or go ahead and get the Nexus 7 for $200

both better options for the price vs anything Kindle related






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Displaced
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I really just want this thing to read,


get the basic one.

the fire will be hard to read outside.






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Cap Crunch
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Just ordered the Paperwhite


Thanks for the help everyone






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Kayhill Brown
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Just ordered the Paperwhite


You'll enjoy it. I've already read a lot more this year than I usually do. It's great.






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