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Paperwhite Reader vs. Fire HD: How do they compare for outdoor reading?

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Initial post: Apr 11, 2013 2:07:27 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 11, 2013 2:20:16 PM PDT
Hi everyone, I just bought the Kindle Paper Reader because the Kindle Fire 1st Gen. (that I recently broke) has terrible screen glare when trying to read outside. It was fine for indoor reading, though.

Now I'm trying to decide whether I should have bought the Fire HD instead: The desciptions says that the glare problem has been "reduced." I can't tell, though, whether the glare has been reduced enough for outdoor reading in moderate to bright conditions. Amazon customer service said the FIRE HD is definitely not as good for outdoor reading as the Paperwhite. If true, this means I may need to buy both types of Kindles if I want glare-free reading AND all the capabilities of the FIRE. Obviously, I'd rather just buy the Fire HD if it performs well for outdoor reading.

So the bottom line is, can one read text outdoors with the new Fire HD as easily (or about as easily) as one can read text using the Kindle Paperwhite Reader? Thank you!

Posted on Apr 11, 2013 2:10:18 PM PDT
For reading outdoors, the PaperWhite is a 10, the Fire a 1.5 (being generous). If you read a lot when you are in bright light, the Fire is not the reader for you. The PaperWhite, the Kindle Keyboard or the little basic are all excellent for that kind of reading.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 11, 2013 2:15:26 PM PDT
Cinisajoy says:
You bought the correct one for reading outside.

Posted on Apr 11, 2013 2:35:42 PM PDT
Thank you M. Francis (who lives right by my childhood neighborhood!) and Cinisajoy!

Any other comments from other Kindle users will be very helpful as well.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 11, 2013 2:37:35 PM PDT
You're welcome. And if you haven't been here since your childhood, I guarantee you wouldn't recognize the place. Would you believe it's now one of the trendy places to be?!?!?

Posted on Apr 13, 2013 3:11:17 PM PDT
I'm still getting conflicting information.. After receiving a from letter response, I finally received this information today from

"Kindle Fire HD uses an advanced polarizing filter and anti-glare technology for better viewing angles." (Although I don't think the viewing angles feature is not the same issue as screen glare.) After this letter, I called a representative who stated that although the Paperwhite is the best, the Kindle HD would be good enough so that I shouldn't have any trouble reading outdoors.

If anyone has tried reading outdoors with the Kindle Fie HD, I'd really appreciate your impression of whether it does a reasonably good job that I could read for an hour or so with no major problems.

My last resort, I suppose, is to order both, and return the Paperwhite if the Fire HD does a good job, or consider buying BOTH (ack!) if it doesn't. A tough decision, and it would be helpful to know first of your outdoor reading experiences with the Fire HD first.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 13, 2013 3:13:48 PM PDT
**Meya** says:
Reading on the Fire, outside in the sun, is not pleasant. It can be impossible, depending on how bright it is. LCD backlight screens are not good in the sun. Take your smart phone or laptop outside and try to read. The Fire will be the same.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 13, 2013 3:14:00 PM PDT
HJ Leonard says:
Anti-glare and anti-sunlight are two different things. It is next to impossible to read a Fire in the sunlight. This is FACT, not speculative.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 13, 2013 3:43:23 PM PDT
 Ann says:
Okay, I just took my Fire HD outside (I realized I'd never actually tried using it in bright sunlight). By shading the screen and turning the brightness up and tilting it just so and removing my sunglasses, I could see the screen tolerably well. I don't think I'd want to sit outside and read with it for any length of time, though.

Reading outside with the Paperwhite is wonderful. There's really no comparison.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 13, 2013 3:51:25 PM PDT
The Blade says:
>>>>"If anyone has tried reading outdoors with the Kindle Fie HD, I'd really appreciate your impression of whether it does a reasonably good job that I could read for an hour or so with no major problems."<<<<

Where M. Francis said above, "For reading outdoors, the PaperWhite is a 10, the Fire a 1.5 (being generous)" she was exactly right. And a 1.5 is indeed generous. I find reading on my Fire HD intolerable outside. Meanwhile, the PW is an excellent experience.


In reply to an earlier post on Apr 13, 2013 3:59:31 PM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
Lizbeth, see this:

The "opponent" in the ad looks to be iPad, but KFHD and iPad use the same screen technology (and it is only a marginal improvement over the 1st gen Fire). The ad exaggerates just a tiny bit. Glare can be diminished to some extent; the problem is that in direct sunlight the screen backlight cannot compete with environmental illumination.

Consider another factor when deciding what to buy: are you after an e-reader or a multi purpose tablet? Paperwhite is a fabulous e-reader, but e-reader only.

Then again, of course, there is no such thing as too many Kindles. Buy both, try them, then return one or, better yet, don't :o)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 13, 2013 5:02:35 PM PDT
B. Marks says:
I have a Fire HD and when I read about this feature I tried it outside. It's possible to read with it outside on a sunny day if you're not in direct sunlight. If you are in direct sunlight it's sort of possible but you wouldn't want to do it. Even in the shade it's not that great.

It is better than my old original Kindle Fire, but their glare reduction is kind of minimal. It's better but it's still got lots of glare.

I also have a Paperwhite and I enjoy reading on the front porch when it's warm enough, sitting in the sun. I'm perfectly comfortable reading like that. I wouldn't do that with the Fire HD, although I sort of could. It wouldn't be much fun.


In reply to an earlier post on Jul 27, 2013 11:38:11 AM PDT
scp4484 says:
I bought and love my Kindle Fire HD until I took it to the beach and tried to read in bright sunlight. I had massive glare and could see images of trees in the screen For that matter I could make out the image of my face. Not good for outside reading. I ended up adding to my collection, the Nook E-Reader which is wonderful outside in bright sunlight. I imagine that the paper white would do the same as the Nook.

Posted on Jul 27, 2013 11:58:34 AM PDT
Michael says:
In a pinch, I've flipped a book's color scheme to have BLACK background with WHITE text. I can tolerate reading outdoors in moderate light doing this. But I still greatly prefer my KK or K4 for outdoor reading.
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