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Initial post: Feb 10, 2014 8:41:27 PM PST
Jason says:
I work in the sciences, and am looking to get something that will store PDFs so I won't need to print as often. Each of these sounds like a possible choice.

I like the idea of the paperwhite because it is easier to read for longer periods of time. My main concern is with PDF images: some diagrams need to be seen in color to understand the content. My understanding though is that the paperwhite is strictly black and white. Additionally the next generation version is only available with a 6 inch screen.

If I decided to go with the Kindle Fire, it would be mainly for getting a larger color screen. Additionally, my University has a grant that I might be able to use to purchase an iPad. While I would prefer a Kindle, the red tape of the grant specifies that the money must be spent at either Dell or Apple.

Anyone have experience using either of these for storing scientific PDFs?

Posted on Feb 10, 2014 9:11:43 PM PST
R. D. Clark says:
You want either an 8.9" Fire HDX or an iPad. For PDFs, you want the biggest screen with the highest resolution.

The iPad's screen is larger, and if you poll your professional peers i'll bet you find them using iPads for all sorts of things in their labs and libraries that are not possible on a Fire. If you can get one without spending your own money, it seems like an easy decision to me.

Posted on Feb 10, 2014 9:15:40 PM PST
The Fire is more or less a personal entertainment device, something at which it excels.

An iPad is probably the better choice if you will be viewing scientific PDFs.

Posted on Feb 10, 2014 9:36:22 PM PST
Jason says:
Thanks. I am going to go for the iPad Air. :-)

Posted on Feb 11, 2014 12:01:51 AM PST
Definitely the better choice for PDFs,

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 11, 2014 12:18:49 AM PST
No question about it, get an ipad. I use quite a lot of (history/anthropology) PDFs, but mostly I don't try to view them on the e-ink kindle because of the display issues. It's a useful backup in a pinch, but no good as a regular thing.

Oh, and get yourself a PW for leisure reading :-)

Posted on Feb 11, 2014 12:19:52 AM PST
CatChat says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 11, 2014 4:51:41 AM PST
R. D. Clark says:
CatChat, it is not necessary to root a Fire in order to install apps from other sources. You can buy books from anywhere and install the apps to read them on a Fire via sideloading (Google it!).

There are reasons to prefer an iPad over a Fire for the OP's needs, but this isn't one of them.

Posted on Feb 11, 2014 5:00:53 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 11, 2014 5:03:17 AM PST
Grimwinder says:
Wow, the ignorance of people thinking the Kindle is somehow locked 100% into using the Amazon Appstore never ceases to amaze me. There are *almost* zero things you can't do on a Kindle, that you can do on any other Android tablet, without rooting it. All you have to do is turn on one option "Apps From Unknown Sources". That being said, as the owner of both Kindles and iPads, the iPad will do the OP better for PDFs.
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Initial post:  Feb 10, 2014
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