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Initial post: Dec 17, 2012 10:40:34 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 17, 2012 12:16:55 PM PST
I am still trying to research which product I want between the kindle fire hd and the ipad. I am a college student and I am looking to get something to carry around and be able to access school documents and the internet without having to carry around my laptop. Cost wise - hands down, the kindle wins. I am not tech savy so I am unsure about all of the features. Can someone please help?

One thing that caught my eye was on the 8" it talked about college students and book rentals, is that not available on the 7"?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012 10:47:54 AM PST
If digital textbooks are a priority, the first thing to look at, IMO, is availability of specific titles on Amazon and iTunes.

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 10:54:25 AM PST
IMO????

I will start there.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012 10:55:20 AM PST
IMO = In My Opinion

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012 10:56:47 AM PST
In my opinion. It's not unusual for someone to buy the device first and then complain about the specific content not being available.

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 11:00:32 AM PST
I found one of my books there. So can you tell me if I the rental and viewing is only available on the 8" or can I do that with the 7" as well?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012 11:03:28 AM PST
That I don't know, sorry. I don't have either Fire and textbooks aren't something I've thought much about in more years than I care to admit.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012 11:04:34 AM PST
Give us the name or even better a link to the book you found and we can probably answer that question.

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 11:10:43 AM PST
nancyhau says:
Can you get gps on the fire hd?

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 11:13:04 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 17, 2012 11:14:34 AM PST
Managerial accounting by Ronald W Hilton (Sept 29,2010) This is one of my books for next semester.

I went to the books section of Amazon and under textbooks, and the rental section, searched for the title of my book

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012 11:18:39 AM PST
Ok, you're fine.

"Print Replica:
This Kindle book looks just like the printed book
Available only on ****Kindle Fire Tablets****, iPad, Android Tablets, PC and Mac"

This is what you want to see, right below the price.

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 11:21:04 AM PST
Ok great. Now can you advise if this can be seen on the 7" or do I have to get the 8". The reason I ask is when I was viewing the specifics for each, it doesn't mention this feature under the 7"

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012 11:25:39 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 17, 2012 11:27:00 AM PST
I'd say it probably won't work on the 7" - this is designed to look just like the paper textbook, and I doubt the smaller screen would be able to reproduce something legible.

Of course, what you can save on that one book will pay for a good portion of the price of the Fire.

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 11:50:22 AM PST
The Blade says:
Ingrid,

I downloaded a sample of the textbook to my Wife's 7" Fire HD. It is hard to read, but the text is nice and sharp and it CAN be read, especially by young eyes. In addition, the sample responded to double tapping, which increases the page size. You have to move the page around a bit so that you can read it in its entirety, but it is larger than the screen at that point, so one would expect such.

Again, this experiment was done with the sample but I would expect it to work with the actual text book as well.

That said, I also looked at the sample on my 8.9 and would sure suggest that you get the 8.9 if you can afford it. Much nicer to read on the larger screen.

Best of luck on your decision.

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 11:55:00 AM PST
Thank you both. One more question, if I will be using mostly for school - is the 16 gb enough for me or do I need to invest in the 32gb?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012 12:02:45 PM PST
I never heard of anyone who had a problem due to too much storage.............

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012 12:03:15 PM PST
Bashful J says:
Yes. Also available on 7". Love my Kindle Fire HD 7". I can e- mail documents to my Kindle. You can purchase Office apps at a reasonable price. I can read copy & paste just as on my laptop which I Don' t bother with anymore.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012 1:29:31 PM PST
nancyhau - you should post your question as a new question rather than as a response to Ingrid's post. You will get better responses.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012 2:26:52 PM PST
The Blade says:
Rule of thumb - always get as much storage as you can afford. If you buy more than you need, no problem. Buy less and then find out you needed more - big problem.

;-)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012 3:15:05 PM PST
jsh1120 says:
Ingrid,

While the advice to purchase as much storage as you can afford is often good advice, you will have no trouble loading many, many books on your 16gb device. So if you're sure that is going to be your use of the device, you should be fine. Having said that, many users find more uses for a tablet than they anticipated once they begin to use it.
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