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Initial post: Jul 29, 2013 10:42:54 AM PDT
J. Schwenck says:
I'm torn on whether to get a Fire HD or a Paperwhite...My Kindle Keyboard finally is getting old with problems freezing repeatedly at different points. It's really frustrating to be reading a book and it freezes when you try to turn the page.

Anyways, I would mainly use the device for reading (I already have an Ipad that wife and I share) but the added capabilities of the Fire HD would be a nice bonus...

My question comes down to this...Is it worth the extra $ for a Fire and all of its capabilities or should I just get the Paperwhite (or even basic Kindle)? How is the Fire HD as an e-reader? I don't plan on reading much outside so the LCD screen wouldn't impact that much...

And on top of it all now Amazon is offering a free case and $25 gift card with a Fire HD! I can't make up my mind....Any input is greatly appreciated, thanks!

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 10:46:31 AM PDT
The Artist says:
Can you read for long periods of time on your laptop? If not, then you won't like the backlit lcd screen of the Fire.

E-ink screens are best if you do a lot of reading. A lot of people have both the Fire and an e-ink Kindle for just that reason.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2013 10:47:15 AM PDT
Mike says:
The Fire is a tablet, on which you can read. But, the PW is an ereader. They're 2 different things. If all you want to do is read, then the PW is for you. Lots of people have both a tablet for all the fun things that you can do on them, plus an ereader that is easier on the eyes for heavy duty reading, and won't blank out in the sun.

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 10:48:07 AM PDT
Charlie says:
The Kindle Fire HD is a color LCD screen much like the iPad. As a reader the experience is much like that of the iPad.

Were it not for the higher price, would you want to replace the Kindle Keyboard with another iPad? If the answer is no, then you definitely want to get the Paperwhite.

p.s. Before giving up on the Kindle Keyboard you should see if a reboot clears up the problems. Just hold the power button in for at least 20 seconds.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2013 10:48:20 AM PDT
IMO, if you have an iPad, you are duplicating devices with a Fire. For reading, nothing beats the Paperwhite.

I have a Fire HD 7", an iPad 3/4, and a Paperwhite. I read for pleasure on my Paperwhite, read magazines on my iPad, and use the Fire for streaming when working in my kitchen.

For any other online use, I use my iPad, as I find the 7" Fire too small. If we were to get another tablet, it would be another iDevice. I just don't care for the forked Android experience of the Fire. Didn't care much for full blown Android either, as far as that goes.

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 10:50:27 AM PDT
J. Schwenck says:
I've tried rebooting the Kindle Keyboard...sometimes it actually freezes when trying to restart at the start up screen and I need to reboot again...oh well I've had it almost 2 and a half years so it had a good run

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2013 10:51:31 AM PDT
J, are you using a non lighted cover attached by the clips on the left side?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2013 10:54:04 AM PDT
The Artist says:
Maybe you should reset to factory defaults and then only load some of the books back onto it.

No use giving up on a good device until you've tried everything.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2013 10:55:29 AM PDT
Dittie says:
Check for something stuck indexing.

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 11:10:59 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 29, 2013 11:12:14 AM PDT
J. Schwenck says:
No on the lighted cover. Could you give me any more info about the indexing thing? I've thought about the factory reset but never tried it yet...guess I don't have much to lose at this point

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2013 11:18:07 AM PDT
Dittie says:
From Home, search a string of gibberish, something it can't possibly find. When the search is complete, it will tell you how many (if any) files are as yet unindexed. If there's anything there that you didn't just download, like mere minutes ago, it's stuck.

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 12:25:34 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 30, 2013 9:56:05 AM PDT
I'm prepared for the down votes I'll get, but it's a myth that all people will find it better to read on an e-ink reader than on a tablet. At least a couple of studies have shown this. The one I'm linking to here actually suggests that tablet reading is better for you than on a dedicated ereader......that concentration is improved on the LCD screen. I read on nothing but my Kindle Fire HD 8.9...and i read a lot. It's a terrific reading experience....and it allows you to read books and full color magazines on the same device. Here's the link.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2013 12:31:52 PM PDT
Wow! 57 - count 'em, folks - 57 people in this study!


Posted on Jul 29, 2013 12:31:57 PM PDT
Melisann says:
I stepped on my Kindle Keyboard a few months ago and because I already also had a Kindle Fire HD, I wanted just a basic Kindle for reading. I bought the $69 basic Kindle and haven't regretted it once! I actually loaned ( seems that I may have given) my Fire HD to my mom.

For the reading, the e-ink Kindle can't be beat. I didn't see a need for the paperwhite either. I looked at them side-by-side in a store and didn't care for the light on the paperwhite screen.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2013 12:33:38 PM PDT
There are also studies that show how backlit devices cause sleep disturbances. Eye strain can be a misunderstood issue, but the sleep issue is easier to track.

E-ink devices are lighter in weight, which is a factor for many. I can't use any backlit device in a dark room for more than a few minutes. It may not cause eye strain, in the true sense of the word, but it gives me a headache, and triggers my nystagmus and vertigo.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2013 12:34:25 PM PDT
Mike says:
You're right, Richard, that reading magazines is a much better experience on a tablet. As to the study, well it's a study... what is more important is the individual's experience. While it is not particularly scientific, many people on this forum have expressed the preference for the eink screen, many more than those who are perfectly satisfied reading on the tablet. Besides, look at all the astonished complaints: why can't I read my Fire outside in the bright sun?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2013 12:37:42 PM PDT
I did a factory reset of my KK when it got sluggish, and I ONLY put back on it what I thought I needed to reasonably choose from in a couple of weeks. It was like a whole new machine! :0)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2013 12:38:33 PM PDT
:: eyeroll ::

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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2013 12:44:30 PM PDT
Mike says:
Well, Richard... this post does deserve a downvote!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2013 12:47:56 PM PDT
I'm not bothered; you can do what you want. The eyeroll is over the assertion that a study of 57 people "proves" that reading on a backlit tablet is "better".

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2013 12:52:58 PM PDT
J. Gatie says:
How can it be a myth, when the very study you cite as proof states that "some" find it easier to read on an LCD than a book? The fact that a few people like an LCD over a book does not make the fact that very many people prefer an e-ink screen over LCD a "myth".

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 12:59:20 PM PDT
Worth a look,

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2013 1:04:42 PM PDT
The Artist says:
It's not a myth for me. I have black floaters in my eyes and backlit lcd screens make them more noticeable. The e-ink screen looks just like a printed book, so I don't have any problems reading for hours at a time.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2013 1:07:10 PM PDT
You are assuming that people who have Kindle tablets are all reading on them. I own 2 original Fires and one HD. I have read a page or two on them, and maybe 6 recipes. Other than that, e-ink Kindles take care of the reading, the Fires handle games and other apps. Just because "millions" own Fires doesn't mean they read on them.
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