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Initial post: May 5, 2014 7:46:17 AM PDT
Charitable says:
I have the Kindle Fire & am trying to decide about whether or not I should upgrade to the paper light Kindle. The reason for my hesitation is when I read about the reduced memory in the paper light. Now I am very confused as to whether or not I should do it. Any suggestions out there? Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2014 7:51:38 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 5, 2014 7:53:37 AM PDT
The PaperWhite and the Fire are entirely different things. The PaperWhite is made to be an e-reader. It's lighter in weight, has a front-lit screen (which means you can read it in bright sunlight or full darkness), can go for weeks without needing a charge and has a 3G option for downloading books anywhere there is a cell phone signal. While the storage capacity is less than previous e-ink Kindles, you can still carry hundreds of books on it.

The Fire has an LCD, back-lit screen (nearly impossible to see in bright light), is in color, does movies, video, skype, music, web-surfing and a lot of other things. There is more memory than on an e-ink Kindle, because book files are tiny, while audio and video/movie files are very large.

The two devices are complementary. Many of us who have Fires also have at least one e-ink Kindle, like the PW, so we can have the best of both worlds.

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2014 7:52:34 AM PDT
The Kindle PaperWHITE (emphasis mine), is not an upgrade from the Fire. They are completely different beasts, with different strengths and weaknesses.

What do you use the Fire for most of the time? Reading? Internet? Movies? Music?

Posted on May 5, 2014 7:52:41 AM PDT
Arual says:
Hi Cheryl,

An e-ink Kindle and a Fire are two different animals.

Paperwhites (e-ink) are for reading only, and they do an excellent job of it. You can easily read outside with it.

Since you already have a Fire, you know that it is for reading and doing a whole host of other things, like going to websites, watching movies and tv shows, playing games, checking e-mail, etc.

It just depends on what you want to do. Many people have a Kindle for reading and a Fire for everything else.

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2014 9:06:04 AM PDT
❤ Ann says:
I recommend both - buy a Paperwhite for reading books, and keep the Fire for web browsing, games, videos, etc.

Posted on May 5, 2014 9:14:47 AM PDT
Ed says:
Do it, Cheryl. You'll be glad you got the Paperwhite for reading books. It's simply the best!

Posted on May 5, 2014 9:43:09 AM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
If you do a lot of reading, particularly of text-only novels, and you get your books in Kindle format, there is no better device on the planet than a Paperwhite.

Keep the Fire for everything else -- email, videos, web browsing, games, etc. -- and get a PW for reading.

Posted on May 5, 2014 9:51:10 AM PDT
Also, if you like audio books and/or text-to-speech, you want to keep the Fire. PaperWhites have no speakers and no headphone jack, so they are incapable of any audio function.

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2014 10:04:09 AM PDT
Cheryl, I use the heck out of *both* devices, and for entirely different things. I love my Fire for videos, music, surfing the web, and quite a few apps. A Paperwhite doesn't do any of those things.

That said, when I want to curl up in a chair or crawl into bed and READ, it's the Paperwhite all the way.
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