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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 30, 2014 2:33:13 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 30, 2014 2:42:37 PM PDT
Chris, if all you really need or want is an eReader, check out these two:

Kindle, 6" E Ink Display, Wi-Fi - Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation - 5th) $69.00

Kindle Paperwhite, 6" High Resolution Display with Next-Gen Built-in Light, Wi-Fi - Includes Special Offers $119

Both of these have "no ads" versions for $20 more. Also, these two are very lightweight and probably better for one-handed reading than the Fires. Both can be read in most light (including sunlight), and the Paperwhite has its own adjustable light source and can be used in very low light situations.

Edited: clarity

Posted on Mar 30, 2014 12:11:36 PM PDT
I'm 60 years old and not extremely computer savvy. I've never owned a Kindle Fire of any kind. Because I am diabetic and spend time in Dialysis several times a week, I am considering buying one. I only want one that I can read in any light. I'm not interested in much else as I will be pretty much one handed for using it. I don't care for pop up adds and any fancy apps. I don't want advertising, just a tool to read with. What is my best option? 7" first generation? or second? I have already decided against the HD. Too much garbage on that one from what I can see here.

Posted on Mar 10, 2014 5:22:22 PM PDT
Gary Beals says:
"I just replied with a later post". That makes as much sense as the answers in the Forum. Simply awesome. First time I laughed all day.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2014 5:17:24 PM PDT
Gary Beals says:
You couldn't be more correct R.D., there are many comparisons of Kindle tablets, but few (if any) are responses to the original post. I too am looking for what the differences (upgrades/downgrades) are between the original Kindle Fire (no HD) vs. the Kindle Fire (2nd generation-No HD). Does anybody know where I could find such a Forum? Or I suppose I could just call Amazon Tech Support and query one of their people.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 7, 2014 4:51:48 PM PST
brian says:
Thank you for your help. Greatly appreciated.

Posted on Feb 7, 2014 4:50:39 PM PST
brian says:
Thank you Keefer for your help in this matter may your day be blessed.

Posted on Feb 7, 2014 4:41:54 PM PST
brian says:
Can someone please tell me the exact differences between a gen 1 and a gen 2 kindle fire without comparing to the HD. I have a HD and a gen 1 and I hate the HD (gave it to my kids) however my gen 1 the power button is stuck inside and am offered a non HD gen 2.

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 10:30:19 AM PST
Diamond Diva says:
can you use a 2nd addition case on an hd kindle or are the measurements different?

Posted on Oct 27, 2013 9:29:54 PM PDT
Audrey V. says:
You just contact Amazon using "Chat". They will be able to tell you by looking at your device's serial number.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 25, 2013 6:35:15 PM PDT
WriterMom says:
Denise, the gen2 and HD are indeed very similar, except the HD has Bluetooth and a front-facing camera, and better screen resolution (hence the HD, or High-Definition)

This chart is kinda techy, but helpful

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 25, 2013 6:25:45 PM PDT
WriterMom says:
According tot he page cited below gen 1 and gen 2 are virtually identical, except for processor speed (1.0 vs 1.2 ghz) RAM (512k vs 1024k) and Android version (2.3.3 vs 4.0.3) -- otherwise, virtually identical.

The different Android version is the most critical difference. I just bought a gen1 that was "upgraded to the latest (gen 2) software" but it is literally still chargin, so I have no personal experience to offer.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 25, 2013 6:07:20 PM PDT
WriterMom says:
Thanks, D - that post was a bit "techie," but it was the first REAL answer to the original question!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 25, 2013 3:06:27 PM PDT
Tejano Bob says:
I have a Kindle Fire Generation 1 and I love it. I bought a Kindle Fire 2 for my wife and, as I emailed Amazon, i\given a choice between the Generation 1 and the Generation 2, I would throw rocks at the Generation 2. I do a lot with Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. Word works great on the Gen 1. On the Gen 2, if you try to jump a lot of text (as with the slider or bookmarks) the Kindle locks up. I had always wished for a spreadsheet app for my Kindle 1. I found one that works great in the Kingsoft Office app. I tried to transfer an Excel file to my wife's Gen 2 to use with Kingsoft Office. The Gen 2 does not support that file format. Some users may find features they like in the Gen 2. I did not.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2013 5:29:18 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 6, 2013 5:33:02 AM PDT
Nick Carter says:
I can`t explain very properly so I`ll give you the link.

Kindle Fire (Previous Generation - 2nd)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2013 7:16:19 PM PDT
Denise Haas says:
You know I noticed this too and started thinking maybe the 2nd generation was the same as the HD :) I, too, was looking for a comparison since Amazon is replacing my 1st generation with the 2nd due to the faulty charging issue. Thank you for pointing out the obvious though because I thought maybe I was going crazy!!! :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2013 7:14:31 PM PDT
Denise Haas says:
I am one of those customers that has had 2 of the original Kindle Fires sent back because of the faulty charging port. They are now sending me the 2nd generation and now that I am reading that it does not support Adobe Flash I am not that happy. I do not know how to side load (although I can look it up) and I have never heard of Dolphin, but I guess I will now. I really hope I am not calling Amazon a third time to send this one back too- I really love my Kindle and its frustrating to have to keep changing devices. This thread has helped so thanks everyone that has posted!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2013 7:05:30 PM PDT
Denise Haas says:
Meya, I am having the same problem as Sarah is. Not to sound dumb, but how do I install Dolphin browser? I have never heard of that. Google it? Then after how do I load flash under it? Thankyou!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 27, 2013 7:04:06 PM PDT
Denise Haas says:
this is good to know and has also really upset me! Amazon is replacing my Kindle Fire 1 with the 2nd generation and my daughter also uses the Kid Mode app....So now you are saying I can not use this app and probably many more (Im a big bingo fan) on this replacement that Amazon is sending me because the first TWO would not charge due to a factory default. They should have either sent me a third Kindle Fire 1st generation or the HD then because this is a major inconvenience to me. Does anyone have any suggestions?? Is there something else that works in place of Adobe flash? I know computers pretty well but not the ins and outs of programming. Thanks in advance

Posted on Jun 27, 2013 7:30:29 AM PDT
fun game. . says:
I was wanting that comparison too!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 13, 2013 7:54:57 AM PDT
New Girl says:
There is no 'ad strip' on the side of the screen. Do you mean the customer also bought recommendations? They can be turned off in settings. If you are talking about some advertising in a free app, Amazon has nothing to do with that it is the app developer that puts that in there.

Posted on Jun 12, 2013 12:22:48 PM PDT
You can find the differences between Gen1 and Gen 2 plus all the rest of the Kindle Fires here:

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2013 10:03:13 PM PDT
Liz says:
I have a 2d gen Kindle Fire, very little difference compared to the 1st gen Fire I had (that failed because of the charger/connection even tho I always treated it with extreme care). The charger port is the same and feels equally fragile. Something about the software on the 2d gen makes it feel less cohesive than the 1st which felt seamless. The ad strip on the right side of the screen is placed microscopically differently, and is almost impossible to keep from touching or rather "activating", so you are transmitted to some useless website many times each day. I have not tried the new HD, but my opinion is that for $40 it sounds like a big improvement. If your kflcd1 is still working for you, don't bother with gen 2....

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2013 12:54:02 PM PDT
DoBot says:
It's already been posted on this thread but again,kindle 2nd gens have the port in the same spot as the old..the OP was describing kindle HD simply put he was wrong and epicly so..btw your 159 kindle has a gig of ram (the first had 512) and its processor is a 1.1 speed dual core the first was a 1.0..also the 2nd gen has added text to speach for books and doesn't support flash anymore..

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2013 9:59:32 AM PDT
The new ones do not have this issue. But you should have talked to Kindle CS when the trouble began, when it was still under warranty.

Posted on Jun 4, 2013 9:57:55 AM PDT
betty boop says:
My 1st generation Kindle Fire is just over a year old. It has been having charging problems for the past several months. I overlooked the issue because I love my Kindle Fire. Now I am told they will not replace my Kindle but want me to purchase a new or refurbished Kindle to replace the one purchased last Christmas for additional $100 plus. I have read numerous complaints so I know it is not a one time deal. I can only hope that the newer version does not also have this issue. Not sure because of the lack of ownership of this product that I would ever purchase another kindle product from Amazon
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