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How much memory should I put into my Kindle 8.9" HDX?

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Initial post: Oct 8, 2013 5:36:57 PM PDT
Gary T. says:
The new Kindle 8.9 HDX is $379 (16GB, ads, Wi-Fi). But is 16 GBs enough? In my case, I currently have the Kindle DXG and use it mainly for reading.

Does anybody have guidance as to when you should put the extra memory in the this Kindle HDX?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 8, 2013 5:51:50 PM PDT
R. Wilde says:
I've never heard anyone say that they wished they had less storage space.

If all you do is read, then 16GB is probably more than enough. Unless at some point you want to start downloading videos to watch when WiFi is not available, or if you want to load a sizable mp3 collection to it.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 8, 2013 5:54:38 PM PDT
Buy the most storage you can afford. You can't never really have "too much" storage....

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 8, 2013 7:24:42 PM PDT
A. Dietz says:
I second the vote for as much as you can afford. You can't add it later.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2013 4:53:40 AM PDT
D. Knight says:
If you think you're going to keep it for more than a year, max it out. Obviously you're planning to do more than read on it, otherwise there would be no need to get a Fire since the reading experience is far superior on a DX. I have a DX and last year's 8.9 Fire, and I'd never choose to read a book on the Fire over the DX.

Anyway, since you will probably end up using the Fire for a lot more than reading, you'll eventually want the extra memory.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2013 7:00:00 AM PDT
Gary T. says:
Hi D. Knight,

While I do expect to keep the Kindle 8.9" HDX for more than a year, I was thinking of purchasing the HDX because Amazon has abandon the DXG (no paper white version) AND it would be a BETTER READING EXPERIENCE. Your comment that the DX was a superior reading experience caught me off guard.

Why did I think the oppose? I assumed that the contrast (black on white) would be better, the font could be set, the book cover would be in color (and some illustrations in some books). Both the DXG and the HDX allow you to set the font size.

My DXG can sometimes take forever to record underlining (I'm on my second DXG, I broke the joy stick on my first).

Can you comment further about why you find the reading experience better on the DX?


Posted on Oct 9, 2013 7:08:29 AM PDT
Surveyah says:
when my clients had asked me what system options to add...I always told them...."spend until it is killing you....then spend a little more" :)

Then you will have a device that you will be happy with for a few years....

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2013 7:28:06 AM PDT
fdalbor says:
I would go ahead and get the at least the 32gb unit. Last year when I bought a new 7"HD I went ahead and got the 32GB. I have not regretted it at all. Don't know why the price is so much higher between the 16 and the 32 on the 8.9 HDX. When I bought my 7"HD last year it was only 35$ more than the 16.
I also have an original 8GB Fire which I am finally going to retire after 2 years. It still works like the day I bought it. But I plan on getting a new 8.9 HDX to replace it. Hate to get rid of the original; but I can't see having three Fire's. Oh yea I am going to splurge and get the 64gb unit.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2013 7:58:39 AM PDT
B. Marks says:
I'm assuming that you need the larger screen size and that's why you want the HDX to replace the DX. I personally prefer a smaller screen for reading but I can see reasons why others might not.

I have a 7" Kindle Fire HD, a Nook HD+ 8.9" and a Kindle Paperwhite. I do some reading on the Fire HD and I read Wired Magazine on the Nook HD+, but books I read exclusively on the Paperwhite. The contrast s better. The front light of the Paperwhite isn't a flashlight pointing into my eyes. The reading features are superior. It's much lighter to hold up while I read. In every way, the Paperwhite gives me a superior reading experience.

I read most of the time in normal room light. Either device is fine in normal light but the Paperwhite is better. I often sit out on the front porch and read in the sun, and that's not possible on the Fire or the Nook. I can only do that on the Paperwhite. I occasionally will read on the porch at night in the dark and there the Paperwhite is far better.

I really can't think of a single advantage where reading is concerned that the LCD devices have over the Paperwhite.

A lot of people just assume the Fire line is an upgrade from the e-ink readers. They're both called Kindle and the Fires cost more. But that's just not the case. They're different devices that are designed for different functions. The Paperwhite is designed beautifully for reading. The Fires are designed just as effectively for watching TV shows, listening to music, watching movies, playing games, browsing the web, etc. And they can be used for reading when the Paperwhite isn't handy.

If you can read on a smaller screen, I'd consider a Paperwhite. If you really do need the larger screen size I'd stick with the DX.


In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2013 10:53:19 AM PDT
BJWright says:
Barry - I totally agree with your post. I have the Paperwhite and the Fire (HD 8.9). They are both fairly small so it isn't a problem having both with me. Besides being much better for reading it is so much lighter. It makes reading in bed so much easier.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2013 11:08:05 AM PDT
D. Knight says:
It can vary by person. Mostly it is the back-lighting that bothers me, my eyes are sensitive to it and I cannot stand reading on a back-lit screen for more than a few minutes. Of course, I'm on a computer all day long (I'm a programmer) so my eyes do suffer from "screen fatigue".

Some people don't mind reading a back-lit device. You can tell if you fall in that category just from reading from your computer. If it doesn't give you eyestrain to read a book from your computer screen for say, 30 minutes, then you are probably okay with reading from a Fire. And if you are not otherwise in front of a computer for hours, it will probably be okay.

But for me, there is a huge difference reading on e-Ink vs. any back-lit device. (BTW, the Paperwhite is not back-lit and it is also an excellent reading experience--screen is not as large as the DX, but it is very crisp).

You can always make sure you keep the DX while you try out the Fire.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2013 5:01:00 PM PDT
D. Knight says:
I agree (mostly) with Barry.

I'd recommend an LCD reading device (tablet like the Fire) for you if:
1) you read a lot of e-magazines with color pictures,
2) you like to take lots of breaks while reading to check email, etc, or
3) you don't mind reading on a back-lit device and you really want a tablet experience and you can't or don't want to have more than one device.
4) you listen to a lot of audiobooks (whispersync is really nice if you do).

Some people really don't mind reading on a tablet. Also, there are some eyesight problems where that extra lighting is a big advantage (e.g. some forms of macular degeneration, I believe, but I am no expert on this). However, with the exceptions mentioned above, I don't think anyone would say that the reading experience on tablet is superior to an e-ink device.

Another thing to consider: there is some argument that reading from a tablet right before going to bed can cause sleep disturbances. The e-ink Kindles (even the Paperwhite--its light does not shine directly into your face) do not cause any problems (although they don't necessarily cure them, unless maybe you read something boring :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2013 5:11:14 PM PDT
Gary T. says:
Hi D. Knight,

Thank you very much for your reply. I do have eye issues, which is why I have been using a DXG (so the fonts can be much bigger). I found the original Kindles too small. Generally, I was having to go to the next "page" after each paragraph due to the larger font size.

What I truly wish is a paper white DX. My current DXG has over 600 books I've either purchased or obtained for free. I hope to use the Kindle site to reference my underlining (cut and paste). I just retired, and will be writing in the near future (after Thanksgiving) once I am fully settled into our new home in Texas.

I would only be using the HDX for reading, since I have a HP 17" TouchSmart laptop running Windows 8.1 Pro for email, writing, etc. Maybe I should stick with my DXG (or buy another one, since my current one can, at times, take forever to upload my underlining or respond to a command).

Your comments have been very, very helpful (and may stop me from buying a Kindle HDX).


In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2013 5:27:55 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 9, 2013 6:05:05 PM PDT
D. Knight says:
Oh, and about the long time underlining. Maybe your "My Clippings" file has gotten too large. (It's on the DX in the Documents directory and is named "My Clippings.txt"). You can remove it (save it to your computer) and see if that speeds highlighting up.

Removing it from the Kindle won't mess anything up. You'll still be able to see the highlights inside your book. In case you don't realize this already--the best wayto access your highlights from a central location is to log on to http://kindle.amazon.com and click on "Your Highlights" [Note: this only works if you have not turned "Annotations Backup" off.]

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2013 5:46:36 PM PDT
D. Knight says:

I didn't see this before I posted the previous. Try removing the "My Clippings" file, and the performance will probably improve if you remove some of those books. As long as you got them from Amazon, you can always download them again if you need to.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2013 5:51:26 PM PDT
D. Knight says:
One more thing--remember, you have 30 days to send the Fire back if it just doesn't work out for you, so you can try it and see if you like it better.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 30, 2013 6:18:41 PM PDT
Klara Cserny says:
I've found that reading white print on a black background on my Kindle Fire is much easier on the eyes, and I use that setup exclusively now, both at night and during the day. You might try that & see if it helps.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 30, 2013 7:45:04 PM PDT
Gary T. says:
Your observation is "right on." On my Windows Phone, I have the Bloomberg app (i.e., the old Business Week Magazine). The app puts all their stories with a black background and white fonts. It DOES make a difference.

Thanks for the contribution!!!

Posted on Jan 11, 2014 1:47:30 PM PST
DWC says:
Besides the obvious desire to way overcharge for 48 gb of ram why does the Kindle not have a SD card slot?
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