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Initial post: Jan 10, 2014 7:41:47 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 10, 2014 7:45:09 AM PST
TJ in Texas says:
I currently have the old normal Kindle Fire. (not HD or HDX) I've had problems with it for 2 years but love it. It randomly reboots, sometimes won't turn on, and now, even though it's playing and audible book, I cannot turn on the screen or reboot the thing.. it just keeps playing... book finally ended so it stopped, but now it won't take a charge, or do anything at all when you push and hold the power button. So.. Debating if I should buy the new Kindle HD or HDX, but weary of the random shut down problems. Do the new ones still have this problem? I see in this forum that they had the same problem when they were released. Has it been fixed? I dont' know if I want to buy another one if it will just keep dying on me...Maybe I should just get a tablet with a kindle app...

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2014 7:48:48 AM PST
Bufo Calvin says:
TJ, have you spoken with Kindle Support about your issues?

Even if you are out of warranty, they can help you troubleshoot and suggest next steps.

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 8:26:06 AM PST
TJ in Texas says:
Yes, It still won't turn on, so I'm giving up on it. So.. Deciding on a kindle fire HD or HDX or maybe just a galaxy tab...

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 9:05:46 AM PST
I think it's a good decision to replace your original Fire. You've gotten good service out of it but it's obsolete and the new ones are far superior in every way. If you're considering a non-Amazon tablet, in addition to the Galaxys, you may want to take a look the Nook HD and HD+. The prices are great and they have both an SD card slot and access to Goggle Play. I have the 9" HD+ and am very pleased with mine. The Kindle for Android app in Google Play works great for reading Kindle books. Also, you can buy an inexpensive pre-configured dual boot SD-card which allows you to run a stock android os on it, such as this one: AndroidForNook (AFN Products, LLC) 32GB Jelly Bean Bootable Android Micro SD Card For Nook HD+ (BNTV600)

One of the sellers here on Amazon is currently offering the 32GB refurb model for $150: Certified Pre-Owned Barnes & Noble NOOK HD+ Tablet 32GB Slate (BNTV600-32GB-CPO) . I just purchased two of them as late Christmas gifts for my daughters.

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 9:31:07 AM PST
bookcrazy says:
If $ is not a concern, check out the iPad as well, especially if you already have an iPhone.

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 2:10:08 PM PST
BJWright says:
Before I bought a Nook I would do alot of research about whether they will still be supported. I don't know which stories are true but there are articles on the internet saying they are losing money for B&N.

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 2:31:47 PM PST
M42 says:
Well, the new HDX reboots randomly when you access wifi, battery life is not so good and the screen has a purple haze along the borders. Some screens have dark splotches. If you are not a Prime customer and read Prime books you may be better off looking at a tablet like the iPad Mini, Nexus 7 or Lenovo Idea Tab 5000. All of those have beautiful screens. If you don't mind having a larger screen the HDX 8.9 doesn't have the problems of its smaller sibling and has a beautiful screen. Also in the larger screen category take a look at the Sony Xperia. Beautiful screen and thin and light.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2014 4:55:51 PM PST
Bufo Calvin says:
BJWright, you can read Barnes & Noble's own press release:

The relevant part:

"The NOOK segment (including digital content, devices and accessories), had revenues of $125 million for the nine-week holiday period, decreasing 60.5% as compared to a year ago. Device and accessories sales were $88.7 million for the holiday period, a decrease of 66.7% from a year ago, due to lower unit selling volume and lower average selling prices. Digital content sales were $36.5 million for the holiday period, a decline of 27.3% compared to a year ago due to lower device unit sales and lower average selling prices."

That doesn't specifically say whether they are losing money for B&N or not: we'll get 3rd quarter results around the end of February, which will should have more specifics.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2014 4:57:11 PM PST
Bufo Calvin says:
M42, neither of our HDXs reboot randomly, and I'm quite pleased with the battery life (since the last update, which extended it considerably). If you having those problems, I would contact Kindle Support:

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2014 5:33:36 PM PST
B. Marks says:
For what it's worth, that's not a normal problem with the original Kindle Fire. I have one. I've used it a lot. Last year I got the Fire HD, which has given me just as good service and since then I've been lending my original Fire to friends a lot as well as sometimes using it. It's never had any problems at all.

My Fire HD has also never had a problem.

Also, re that link to the Nook HD+, while that is a very fine tablet, that's a pretty high price for a used one. For $30 more you can get a new one with 32 gig. "Certified pre-owned" is, of course, liar-speak for "second hand".

Personally I think the Kindle Fire HD is the nicer tablet but the Nook does give you Google Play, which is worth a lot, and it's also an excellent tablet. It won't give you Amazon videos, though. But if you get one I'd shy away from a used one from a vendor who's being somewhat dishonest about what he's selling and not giving enough off on it for a used product.

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