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Kindle Fire HD 8.9" vs. new HDX 8.9" (using mainly as ereader, for newspapers)

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Initial post: Oct 5, 2013 10:26:42 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 5, 2013 10:51:22 PM PDT
Todd Horvitz says:
I want a larger ereader for newspapers and magazines, preferring Amazon brand for its selection. I've considered the Paperwhite but I think it will be too small (plus color will help for magazine reading).

What do I give up by buying the previous generation Kindle Fire 8.9" (vs. the just-announced HDX)? Seems for my purpose should suffice.

And is it likely the price (of previous gen HD) will decrease further closer to the ship date?

Thanks for opinions!


In reply to an earlier post on Oct 5, 2013 11:24:44 PM PDT
Todd - The price is pretty low already, and I would think the older version may disappear altogether the closer it gets to release date.

Look at the comparison chart for the devices to see the main differences:
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9", HDX Display (Previous Generation - 3rd)

If you're mainly interested in reading newspapers and magazines, the older version would work just fine.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2013 12:31:32 AM PDT
Todd Horvitz says:
Thank you! I was thinking it wouldn't be pulled till after the Holidays. I'd better hurry.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2013 1:05:33 AM PDT
Todd - You're welcome. That is purely my speculation. It may remain available for two months or two days. No one really knows what Amazon's plans are when it comes to these things. I just know they recently (last week) sold off their remaining stock of the 7" Fire HD on QVC so it's anybody's guess what they'll do.

In any case, unless you're dying for a front and rear facing camera, I see no reason to not get the current version of the 8.9" Fire HD. It's a very nice device with great screen resolution. I read my National Geographic on the 7" version and it looks amazing.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2013 1:36:19 AM PDT
Todd Horvitz says:
I'm sure you're right...won't take a chance. Looking at the specs, it'd be a waste to buy the new one. To be honest I don't even need a camera period. I'm content to use my iPhone for the rare pictures I take. I just want the screen size to read the Economist, Wired, Wall Street Journal etc. And I guess check email :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2013 1:58:43 AM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
In that case, the "old" one is perfectly good. You would need superhuman eyesight (or microscope) to tell the difference in screen resolution.

Posted on Oct 6, 2013 2:15:12 AM PDT
S. Prewitt says:
The new HDX 8.9" is almost 7 ounces lighter than the HD 8.9". For some people, women especially, that might matter a lot.

Posted on Oct 6, 2013 6:16:30 AM PDT
I love the 8.9 for magazines. Here's a tip: Go to and download Nook. It will give you access to even more magazines.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2013 10:46:19 AM PDT
Todd Horvitz says:
This is an excellent point, I guess the most relevant difference for me. I have an iPad 2 which is nearly same weight as the prev gen Fire (21 vs 20 ounces). It's not too bad, but does get tiresome if I'm holding it up for a while. (I'm a 41 yo male, not THAT out if shape :-) ). I can live with it, I think.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2013 10:55:53 AM PDT
Todd Horvitz says:
I'll look. I'm surprised B&N has magazines Amazon lacks. What pulls me to Amazon also is availability of a few international newspapers (International Herald Tribune) that am considering subscribing to.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2013 11:04:57 AM PDT
 Ann says:
This. I have the current HD 8.9" Fire, and the lighter weight of the HDX is the one thing that might entice me to upgrade...

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2013 11:05:39 AM PDT
Todd Horvitz says:
How does it feel reading for long periods of time?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2013 11:11:37 AM PDT
 Ann says:
I use the Paperwhite for reading books. The Fire gets used mostly for recipes, magazines/newspapers, and videos - but only for shorter periods.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2013 11:13:36 AM PDT
Todd Horvitz says:
Got it. I'll try to wrestle the ipad2 from my wife for 30min to remind myself what it's like to hold for a while.
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