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Initial post: Oct 13, 2013 10:49:49 PM PDT
Interested in a tablet, and uncertain as to whether I should just get a Fire HD or spring for the HDX. I'm primarily going to use whatever I get to read, watch movies, play a few games, etc... (i.e., content use, not productivity). My husband says why get last year's model when the new one is out, but I don't feel I can justify the price difference.

Any thoughts? Recommendations?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 13, 2013 11:19:22 PM PDT
It might be just me, but I'd always buy the latest model available. Technology gets out-of-date fast enough without me buying old model technology.

Posted on Oct 13, 2013 11:36:12 PM PDT
I also like to get the latest model and so far very happy with the HDX but the Fire HD for the price is also a great tablet and the graphics are still really nice for watching movies. I would suggest reading some of the tech sites to get a sense of the HD vs the HDX to see what will work best for you.

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 4:22:53 AM PDT
K. Mallery says:
If you'll definitely just be consuming media not trying to produce anything more than a simple email, I think you'd be happy with the HD and saving money. Two glaring differences that have surprised some people are that the new Fire HD does not have any camera or microphone capability, so you'll not be able to use any apps like Skype that require a microphone. Just check out tech site reviews like the person above me suggested, but I do think you'll be happy to save the money if you'll really just be reading, watching movies, and playing some games. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2013 4:35:03 AM PDT
SeaLevel274 says:
You should also consider that if you plan to read outdoors, the Fire probably isn't the best choice. Maybe if you get the less expensive Fire, you could also get one of the E Ink Kindles. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2013 4:52:52 AM PDT
Sarida says:
I agree with SeaLevel.

The price difference between the two would enable you to get the Kindle Basic and have a dedicated ereader!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2013 6:03:14 AM PDT
C. Tompkins says:
The current HD and HDX models are all new, so you can get either one and have the newest of that model. Go to the page for any one of them, and scroll down to see a chart of what they have and don't have, then you can pick the one that meets your needs.

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 6:11:13 AM PDT
Thanks everyone! So many good points here - especially that about not buying old technology. My husband is a newer=better tech guy, and I'm a older=cheaper. Lol
I wish my local Staples had the new Fire HD and HDX so I could see to compare (they only had the last gen Fire HD as of last week).
It looks like it will be a LOOONG wait for an HDX if I cancel my spot on the waiting list.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2013 7:11:12 AM PDT
L. Hill says:
Elizabeth - the 8.9" HD is on sale...haha. I did purchase the HDX, but I use my current HD heavily at work, and will look for the productivity side. My wife has the current HD - reads, watches video on Prime plan, checks email, Facebook, uses a few game apps - it works great for her. She is not interested in the HDX - the HD resolution is fine, the processor speed is fine, and she already has the case. Another way to see it - the money you save on the HD vs. the HDX can be used for more books, or to purchase Prime if you don't have it!

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 7:44:33 AM PDT
For my uses, I also agree with SeaLevel. If you can afford it, buy one of each. I'm an avid reader and wouldn't want to use a tablet as my primary reading device.

I'm on my 8th e-ink Kindle, currently using a 1st gen PW and a Basic for most of my reading. I've also owned 2 KF's and a Nexus 7. A couple on months ago, I decided I wanted a larger-screen tablet for watching videos and reading magazines and PDF's.

Because of price, I decided to buy a B&N 9" Nook HD+ and I love it. I won't claim that it's better than the Fire 8.9" but it has some features I really like such as an SD card slot for extra storage as well as access to Google Play. For the price, it's turned out to be a good choice for me.

I installed the Kindle for Android app so I can still access my Kindle library, although I don't use it much for reading except for magazines and PDF's. Its larger screen is wonderful for those and for watching videos.

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 7:51:09 AM PDT
K. Mallery says:
No need to cancel the HDX order and lose your place in line. You can try out the new Fire HD and if you like it and want to keep THEN cancel the HDX order. Amazon makes returns really easy, so even if they end up shipping your HDX before you've decided, you'll have 30 days to return it.

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 7:51:13 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 14, 2013 7:51:42 AM PDT
Ripley says:
I am currently trying to make a similar decision for my young son -- between the 2013 Fire HD and the HDX 7".

The $169 price point of the new Kindle Fire HD 7" 16GB is extremely attractive. I wouldn't have a heart attack every time he drops his Kindle. It is also available for immediate shipment, so I wouldn't have to deal with waiting for it to arrive. For me, the choice really comes down to memory, which is the reason I am hesitating. We are frequently away from WiFi, so having the ability to download multiple apps and shows is important. Lack of a camera isn't a deal breaker, because I will soon have my Fire HDX, and his is only occasionally used (for Skype or the odd app that takes advantage of the feature). Decisions, decisions.... At least it's a good problem to have.

Edit to correct typo.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2013 9:24:30 AM PDT
I was already sold on the Nook HD+, until I saw that Amazon Instant Videos won't play on one. It's sure hard to beat a tablet at that price.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2013 9:25:26 AM PDT
That's a good idea!

Posted on Oct 14, 2013 9:30:54 AM PDT
Jimi - my thoughts are somewhat similar. I have two daughters (5 yrs & 4 yrs old) that I think will try to play on whatever tablet I end up with. At the Fire HD price, I'd be less inclined to worry if/when they'd play on it. Otter box cases are wonderful, but so bulky (and pricey!).

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2013 10:34:18 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 14, 2013 10:35:16 AM PDT
Ripley says:
Elizabeth: I just ordered the new Fire HD 7" for my son (3.5yo) along with this case: i-Blason ArmorBox Kido Series for All New Kindle Fire HD 7 Inch Tablet [2013 Release / Not Compatible with Kindle Fire HD 7 2012 Release] Light Weight Super Protection Convertiable Stand Cover Case Kids Friendly (Orange) . We have owned the version of the same case for the old Fire HD 7", and it has survived a few drops and all kinds of dirty finger smudges. It is also easy to see in order to make sure he doesn't lose it. We did have the Otterbox cover prior to that, and my son found it hard to hang onto. He actually dropped his Kindle more often before I moved it to the case with the handle. That said, I would not like it as my personal Kindle cover because it's too bulky to fit in the smaller size purse that I prefer.

If I run into too many memory issues in the first month, I will return and exchange for the HDX 32GB. I usually let him help me choose which movies/shows to download. The place where we run out of memory is the apps he downloads himself via Kindle FreeTime Unlimited. Yesterday I caught him playing a "game" that drew a letter on the left with a space to the right for him to copy it by tracing faint dotted lines. I like apps like that.

Edit to correct typo.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2013 11:39:26 AM PDT
scoutyjones says:
You do realize you can get the Nook HD+ to function like an unlocked Android tablet by downloading/ordering an N2A card and watch prime videos thru the website?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2013 12:49:28 PM PDT
Scoutyjones- I've seen YouTube vids on that. It looks easy enough. Is the video quality worth the extra effort?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2013 12:58:12 PM PDT
B. Marks says:
From the HD to the HDX, based on reviews and specs, I'd say that for your purposes, whichever you get will seem like the right choice. I have the Fire HD and like it a lot. I'll probably get an HDX but I'm not in a rush. I'm saving for the new Paperwhite 3G right now and when I get that if something else doesn't come along that I want I'll probably start saving for an HDX. In the meantime I'm happy enough with my HD.

My suggestion to you, if you can't make up your mind based on the facts, is to toss a coin. It'll give you the right answer. :)


In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2013 1:02:52 PM PDT
B. Marks says:
>> "If I run into too many memory issues in the first month"

The problem with this is that you're not likely to have memory issues in the first month. It's when you put a little of this, some of that, more of the other, etc. on board that you begin to have to worry about it. It's likely to be 2 or 3 or 4 months before you'll know if you have enough memory. It could be 6 months.


In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2013 1:07:02 PM PDT
B. Marks says:
I did this once to try it out. I used Puffin Browser and I found that Amazon Prime video streaming was okay for SD videos but not worthwhile with HD videos. If you'll only be watching on the tablet itself you won't know the difference, but if you plan to use the tablet to get videos on a big screen you'll find this unsatisfactory.

I should mention that the SD videos were okay, but no great. I could watch them just fine and enjoy them but getting them full screen was iffy and the whole process was a bit finicky. It has to be done carefully. Touch the wrong thing and it messes up, and the wrong things are fairly plentiful watching this way.

I have a Kindle Fire HD so I don't have a need for this. I just tried it because of a discussion in this forum.


In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2013 1:47:09 PM PDT
Ripley says:
Barry: A good word of caution, but I have a very good idea of how to go about testing within that first month. I have owned each version of the Kindle Fire so far released, and I am a bit too good at maxing out memory (part of the reason my new Fire HDX will have 64GB).

My son started with a 16GB Fire HD and I then passed down my 32GB Fire HD when I upgraded to the Fire HD 8.9" model. The reason I am choosing to make the switch to a new Kindle for him is specifically because of the Prime downloads feature. Most of the shows he likes the most are available via Prime, so having them available to download for travel will help my pocketbook.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 14, 2013 4:31:35 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 14, 2013 4:32:42 PM PDT
scoutyjones says:
Elizabeth...I did it so I could have an "unlocked Android." I get the best of a Kindle HD and a Nook HD...pull apps from both stores and have a large enough (32gb) storage card to boot from and store movies I convert...I love it and thought the $20 was well worth it. The movies/shows I have watched from Prime on the website have been just complaints. really digging the Doc Martin series. Just have a good wifi
Oh FYI, N2A support is as good as Amazons too!

Posted on Oct 21, 2013 7:10:24 PM PDT
All great suggestions here. One thing I am not clear on. There is a lot of discussion about memory. If I download a movie and watch it and then delete it won't I continue to have space available. I'm the only one using the device and it will primarily be used for reading and secondarily for movies. Maybe occasionally for FB and email so I am not worried about app downloads or any other downloads. Seems like the smaller model would suffice. Thoughts? Also, what about not having 4G upgrade available. What are the thoughts on that?

Posted on Oct 21, 2013 8:53:52 PM PDT
Retired EE says:
Deleting the movie will remove it from storage. You should consider installing Clean Master to occasionally clear small portions of storage left behind after multiple install delete cycles.

Most find Wi-Fi is all they ever need if they have it available at home. The 4G option requires a monthly data subscription from Verizon or AT&T (you have to choose which carrier you are going to use and choose the corresponding Kindle).
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