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Should I buy a Kindle HDX 7", or a Kindle HD 8.9"?

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Initial post: Jun 9, 2014 12:07:25 PM PDT
E. Mills says:
My budget will allow me to either purchase a Kindle HDX 7inch, or a Kindle HD 8.9 inch. I'm aiming for 32GB with either.

My main purpose with the purchase is for reading adult books, or reading chapter books to my children. Many I like to read are older books I can't get at the library, but thankfully are free through Kindle. I have debated on buying a Samsung Tablet instead, but I think the Kindle library and the easy parental controls are enough for me to stick with a Kindle. I do homeschool my children so it will get a fair amount of use from the children.

I appreciate the use of the web and applications, but I don't intend on having it be the main way I access the internet.

I don't intend on purchasing a data plan, wi-fi is sufficient.

I'm not really a techie, so I'm not sure how much value the better display is with the HDX model for us. Would the average person notice much difference?

I don't think I'd use the Mayday feature much.

I don't care about the camera. We do use Skype regularly, which I think is only possible with the HDX?

For those of you that can compare the two based on my usage I've described, what would you recommend?

I'm debating whether to go with the newer HDX with the smaller screen, or the larger screen with the older model HD. I'm not sure whether I'll appreciate a newer model or a larger screen more?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2014 12:10:15 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 9, 2014 12:10:36 PM PDT
Honestly, I treated myself to the 8.9", and gave my 7" to my son. I rather regret doing so. I do like the larger display (aging eyesight), but once I added the cover, that sucker gets heavy to hold in my hand.

I did get a cover that will prop the Fire on the counter, but that doesn't work if I'm sitting in my chair. I rather miss the lighter 7".

P.S. They work about the same.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2014 12:19:45 PM PDT
CatChat says:
if your main purpose is for reading then a paperwhite would actually be better than either the HDX or HD. However, if you do want a tablet (any of the fires) instead of an ereader, based on what you mentioned, if you can get the higher GB of the HD tablet then that would be the way to go. ask just about any kindle owner and they will say to always get the highest GB that you can afford. I don't have an HDX to compare with the HD tablet I own, but, for me the HD works great and I don't need the extra/different features of the HDX, and from what you said, it doesn't seem like you would either. it really is a personal choice that you have to make for yourself which you would rather have: extra/more features vs higher GB of the HD that sounds like it would suit your needs just fine.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2014 12:24:54 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 9, 2014 12:25:37 PM PDT
E. Mills says:
My issue with the Paperwhite is that it doesn't have audio capability. I'd like the kids to be able to listen to books as well.

We are replacing an iPad 1st generation with this purchase as well. Because I can't get the new iOS operating system on our 1st generation iPad, we can't use the Kindle app and many of the newer application won't download to the old operating system. So in that sense I do want the Application and improved browsing features.

Either way I'd get 32GB. The refurbished 8.9inch HD runs about the same as the new HDX 7inch.

Thank you for your feedback! I'm debating whether I need the HDX features too.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2014 12:32:09 PM PDT
CatChat says:
Oh, I completely understand about the paperwhite. that's one of the main reasons I have both a fire and a paperwhite. I want to be able to read outside now that summer is here (which is basically impossible to do with the fires), but I have quite a bit of audiobooks as well. we do see enough complaints on the forum from people who purchased a fire then get upset they can't read outside with it. so that's why I threw that info in there. it was more of an FYI. if you can get the same GB with either one it's down to personal choice.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2014 12:35:17 PM PDT
 Ann says:
I have both, and rarely use the HD 8.9" anymore - it's quite heavy compared to the HDX 7", and even though I initially thought I'd prefer the larger screen, I find the 7" screen is just about right. The 8.9" is nice for recipes in the kitchen, but I grab the smaller Fire for everything else.

Both models have a front-facing camera for Skype. The HDX has newer software, and has Cloud Collections to organize books and apps. It's currently on sale, too.

If your primary purpose is reading, though, you might consider a dedicated e-reader. I use my Fires for things like games, web browsing, email, and videos, and a Paperwhite for reading books.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2014 12:35:30 PM PDT
E. Mills says:
That is a bummer. Is is always impossible to read outside? Or only in bright sun? Can you read outside under an umbrella or in the shade?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2014 12:41:08 PM PDT
 Ann says:
The Fires have the same sort of screen as your iPad. If the iPad works okay for you in the shade, you can expect the Fire to be about the same.

Posted on Jun 9, 2014 12:42:34 PM PDT
Charlie Fox says:
There's a $100 off deal right now for father's day on the 8.9HD should see if it fits your needs.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2014 12:52:20 PM PDT
CatChat says:
you can try and make it easier to read in the shade by changing the screen brightness, or the page/word color of the book. even still it's really hard to see in any condition outside, shade, overcast, whatever.

Posted on Jun 9, 2014 1:01:49 PM PDT
E. Mills,
The 7" HDX is extremely light and extremely clear. I have the 8.9" HD you're talking about and it's much heavier AND considerably slower in response time, but especially for the web part, which you don't care about. However, I love the speed and clarity of the web on both the 7" HDX and the 8.9" HDX. The 8.9" HD, outside of being much heavier and also slower in response time, is still beautiful. What I especially like about this older 8.9" model is

1. the built in HDMI output so you can see what you're doing on the tablet, ON any HDTV set, by using a 6' or 10' HDMI cable that costs only $7 or so
2. most important for me is being able to split the screen in landscape to read a book, so I feel as if I'm reading a booklet with both pages showing but I'm able to increase the font so it's easily readable and this way I get smaller nuggets at a time but two pages at a time and I find it faster and easier to read. I use the Sepia background to make it easier on my eyes.
------- Here's an example:

That two-page landscape feature for reading books is NOT on the 7" HDX though.

Other things I liked doing with the Year 2012 Kindle Fires are shown at

You're really wise to go 32GB minimum even if you want it mainly to read books -- and the audio feature can increase the amount of storage space you'll need. I love the tablets for the music I have online that I stream from Amazon.

HDX Mayday is great to have if, in the middle of the night, you want to do something and don't know how and you can have them show you how to do it or even do it FOR you. No talking to people in another country that way (at least from what I'e seen).

Other features it has that aren't in the HD:
Scroll lyrics to songs, identify and jump to songs when watching enabled tv shows or movies. Switch between multiple apps and books. Control TV with the tablet and sync video and X-ray features

Longer battery life -- better auto brightness display in sunlight. There are a lot more new features but they don't seem to matter with what you want the tablet for.

- Andrys

Posted on Jun 9, 2014 5:18:38 PM PDT
E. Mills says:
Thanks everyone. I think I'm going to go with the 7inch HDX. Given that I have to put a kid-proof case on it which will add to the bulkiness, I think if I were to get the larger screen it would be a little too heavy and bulky for me. In the end, I think the trade-off for the newer technology and features outweighs the benefit of a larger screen. Thank you again!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2014 5:21:24 PM PDT
CatChat says:
you're welcome, and enjoy your new toy.
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