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Initial post: Oct 4, 2013 8:28:39 AM PDT
I am looking for a kindle primarily to replace physical magazines with digital ones. I already have many kindle books and amazon movies that I read/watch on my surface, xbox, and pc. I am a prime member. But the kindle app on my pc and surface won't do magazines, due to IMO, amazon restrictions, since the nook app on my surface and pc displays magazines fine. So I primarily will be using the kindle for reading magazines and books... may watch some movies on there, but my son may play games, watch movie/TV on there too.

Now my dilemma, do I get an HD or HDX? do I get a 7 or 8.9? should I just get a HD 7 and try it out, and then upgrade to an HDX 8.9 if I fall in love? Would prefer to only have one tablet like I do now thou, but amazons restrictions are forcing my hand. I am tired of all the physical magazines and the b&n sucks(bad apps and customer service)

Posted on Oct 4, 2013 8:32:02 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
I had a 7-inch Fire and just felt it was a little too small. I prefer the 8.9-inch especially for magazines.

Posted on Oct 4, 2013 8:34:58 AM PDT
Book fanatic says:
This might not be so helpful for you, but I am a gadget person, so I have the Paperwhite, and the two Fires HD. I love the Paperwhite for reading novels and I use the larger Fire HD for history books which might have maps, photographs and charts. The type of book that you read has a lot to do with which to go with, along with whether or not you read outside in sunlight. I love having both the Paperwhite and the large Kindle Fire-I use each for different purposes. I shall be selling my smaller Fire, as I like the larger size, and I use it primarily at home. I am considering upgrading to the new Paperwhite model and the Fire HDX. I was thinking of buying an IPAD 5 when it comes out, but the HDX is sounding really attractive!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 4, 2013 8:47:59 AM PDT
We can really only help you pick between two sizes by pointing out things that you may want to consider. You'll still need to do the considering and the deciding yourself. So:

1. The 7" is easier to carry around. Are you going to be carrying the 7" around with you all the time, in your bag, in your hand? Or is it going to be pretty much stationary?

2. The 7" looks (and is) less expensive. Are you going to be carrying your Fire in less-than-great environs? Do you worry that a flashier device might be more readily stolen from you?

3. Everything's smaller on the 7"'s smaller display. Is that going to be a problem? Are you going to get irritated with zooming in and out and in and out, and sometimes slowly scrolling around the page while zoomed in far enough to read, and sometimes zooming out just for faster navigation?

4. The 8.9" also has a rear camera. If you'd ever like to take a picture of a remote object, instead of your face, the 8.9" will be of use where the 7" won't.

5. The 7" is coming out 2-3 weeks sooner. That's 2-3 weeks of enjoying magazines on the go. That's also 2-3 weeks during which to realize your grave mistake, I suppose.

6. Of course if #3's an issue then you have a point in favor of the 8.9". But if #3 *isn't* an issue then you also have this point in favor of it: you can then take advantage of, not just the 8.9"'s larger display, but also its superior resolution: you can squeeze more magazine on the screen.

7. Would you ever like to put the Fire before a group? To watch the same movie, or to flip through the same magazine, at the same time? The 8.9" is just easier to spread across two laps, or to see after you position it at the far end of a table.
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