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Kindle 8.9 or iPad Mini

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Initial post: Feb 15, 2013 7:02:46 AM PST
A. Franco says:
Ok, so I'm in a bit of a dilema here. I recently bought the ASUS VivoTab RT, which BTW is in my opinion the best "tablet" on the market...absolutely love it. However, so does my Wife and kids so much that I find myself looking for another tablet just for me. So I was considering getting the iPad Mini again (traded that for Asus tablet) but I seem to find myself looking alot at the new 8.9" Kindle. Here's my question...I heard that the Kindle line of tablets, while running android DO NOT have access to google play? So does Amazon have their own app store? And if this is the case, how does it compare in offering? I'm mainly interested in banking apps, news reader apps, etc.? Sorry for being long winded, just need to get some clarification...thx.

Posted on Feb 15, 2013 7:10:28 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 15, 2013 7:11:44 AM PST
Uh, if you think that the ASUS VivoTab RT is the best tablet on the market (in your opinion) why are you considering others?

Edit to add: Amazon has a huge app store and can be located pretty easily by navigating to it from the Shop by Department tab in the upper left corner. You can side load other apps.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 15, 2013 7:37:33 AM PST
You can not use the Google Play store on the Fire 8.9. You can use the Amazon Android App store as well as just about any other Android app store like Handango and getjar.

Posted on Feb 15, 2013 7:52:46 AM PST
bookcrazy says:
I have had all models of the kindle reader and have not had any of the Kindle tablets. I did have an iPad2 and now I have a iPad mini and absolutely love it. When I had the opportunity to make the switch, I stuck with the iPad. There are sights where you can compare the two (along with others) to see what features each offer and what is the best fit for you.

Posted on Feb 15, 2013 8:05:38 AM PST
C. Keating says:
Just purchased a Kindle Fire 8.9 and I need to know how to get get onto to register and transfer all of my books to the fire. Thanking you in advance, Chris

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 15, 2013 8:37:34 AM PST
MikeJW says:
Just log on to your account, and under Manage Your Kindle, register it! If you purchased it from that account, it is already registered. You cannot transfer anything to your Fire... but, whatever has been purchased in your account is ready to be downloaded to your Fire.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 15, 2013 8:49:05 AM PST
A. Franco says:
I'm considering others because I'm looking for a smaller form factor....the 8.9 Kindle being the largest I would consider. After all, I already have a 10" tablet. Just looking for something I can carry with me during my business travel. And unlike many, I don't have a blind loyalty towards a particular brand or model.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 15, 2013 2:35:00 PM PST
I think the choice depends largely upon what you will be using the device for. Will you be reading, playing games, surfing the web, watching videos, listening to music or working on proposals/powerpoints for work? I personally love my kindle e-ink touch, kindle fire 1, kindle fire 2 and kindle fire HD 8.9. I find that for what I use the tablets for they suit my needs perfectly and the only reason I would want a fire is one specific app that they have not yet done an android version for.

Posted on Feb 15, 2013 3:53:35 PM PST
A. Franco says:
I appreciate the feedback. I guess my best bet would be to try and find one of the 8.9" Kindles on display somewhere. But based on what I read here, I would be able to access google play with the 8.9" Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 15, 2013 4:03:57 PM PST
I agree that that would be wise. I know just looking at stats on each of the machines and trying to compare without a visual is tough. We all have our preferences. I don't need the 4g or availability of that and am satisfied with just using wifi. Others may need the 4g. So answers are all individual preference and needs. I hope that you find the best fit for you.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 15, 2013 5:19:28 PM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
If Google Play is important to you then stay away from the Fires....

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2013 10:12:04 AM PST
mdholm says:
What is the one specific app?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2013 10:30:29 AM PST
Yup. <giggles as I type this> one for my kitties who love to play fruit ninja ..... but the app is another one for my kitties that has a realistic mouse for the kitties to catch. I have tried the ones that are available for android and the kitties don't like them as much as the other one. (can't recall the specific name of the app). But definitely not worth buying an ipad for my cats to play with.... LOL

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2013 11:11:27 AM PST
Reader says:
A bit off topic but I have the original iPad and want to upgrade to either the newest with retina display or the mini. I like the idea of the more tote-able mini but fear the screen will be too small. How would you rate your mini compared to your iPad 2? Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2013 5:57:35 PM PST
Mary McManus says:
I'm not the one you asked the question of, but will jump in anyway. I just got a mini because of its size and weight, and have the iPad 3 to compare it to. You can enlarge the font using Accessibility under General in Settings. This enlarges it for the built in apps like Mail, Contacts, etc. I do not deal well with small print and so far, the only app that bothered me with a small font was Twitterific, so I switched to using the regular Twitter app which does have a choice of font sizes. I subscribe to several magazines through the Zinio app and that is just fine on the mini because you can enlarge things. Same on Safari. Are there any apps in particular you are concerned about? If I have those, will be happy to check them for you. I think you would like the mini. It is light as a feather which is a blessing with my two bad wrists.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2013 6:48:22 PM PST
lonbeehold says:
Mary, does the loss of Retina display bother you? I love the display on my iPad 3 and am concerned that because I do so much reading on the iPad (including many magazines) I wouldn't happy with the display on the mini. I do love the smaller size. My PW goes with me everywhere-my iPad not so much anymore.

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 6:49:53 PM PST
M. Valentin says:
I went to the store to look at the kindle 8.9, however the display kindle was not charged. While the display was finally put to charge, I started playing with the iPad mini, I fell in love. Ended leaving the store with the mini, and I have not regretted my choice.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2013 7:28:46 PM PST
Mary McManus says:
lonbeehold, I was hesitant because of that exact thing. I love the retina display, too, and was afraid I would not like the mini. My daughter got one after having an iPad 3 and told me I should not worry. She was right. I am not feeling deprived at all and the lightness of it is SO wonderful. Do you get your magazines through Zinio? Those are the only ones I can attest to on the mini and they are fine because everything can be enlarged. It is going to be great to take this everywhere with me!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 19, 2013 9:48:52 PM PST
lonbeehold says:
Thanks for your input. I read some mags via Zinio, but more via iTunes newsstand. Of the many I read, People is the only one that hasn't been reconfigured for Retina and it shows! Very grainy text. But maybe that won't be as noticeable with the smaller display. I feel myself weakening....;)

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 10:16:56 PM PST
My 2 cents...

The biggest drawbacks to the iPad Mini are the price and display resolution, the Fire HD beats the Mini in both respects.

To look at the available apps, click the Shop by Department link above and look at the Appstore for Android.

The full size iPad is too large for casual use for reading, surfing, etc., while reading or lieing in bed.
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