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Initial post: Oct 29, 2011 9:22:24 AM PDT
I am really wanting to get a Kindle. Does anybody know the difference between E ink pearl ink and vibrant color IPS. I am worried about eye strain. I don't know if I should get the Fire or the Touch. I know I wouldn't want to read on a computer all day.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2011 9:24:42 AM PDT
CLS10 says:
Touch is eink like the other kindles, fire is a type of LCD screen.

Moreover, if you are mainly planning to read books, get the touch. If you want to read books and mag, play games like angry birds, stream music or movies or tv shows, and o lots of browsing get th fire.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2011 9:24:46 AM PDT
quilt lover says:
The Fire is a tablet which is backlit. If you are worried about eye strain I would go with the touch for sure.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2011 9:24:47 AM PDT
The Touch is e-ink, the Fire is like a computer or laptop screen.

If your biggest concern is reading without eye strain, you want the Touch.

The Fire and Touch are really intended for totally different uses. The Touch is primarily a reading device, while the Fire is a media consumption device. Of course, that includes books, but it's not optimized for them the way a Touch is.

Posted on Oct 29, 2011 9:43:26 AM PDT
A Customer says:
There is no conclusive proof whether or not LCD causes eyestrain. If you do not believe me, google "LCD eye strain" and judge for yourself.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2011 9:54:10 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
I don't need an article to tell me weather or not I have eye strain from reading on an LCD screen. My eyes tell me all I need.

Posted on Oct 29, 2011 10:03:58 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 29, 2011 10:05:21 AM PDT
I read more on my Galaxy Tablet now than my K2 using the Kindle for android app. With the ability to adjust the backlight to almost off (how often do you turn down the screen on your computer while reading? to reduce glare) and select different color backgrounds, I find reading on a tablet a pleasant experience. Magazines and Newspapers on a tablet are better than the real thing. I suggest, if you are really interested that you order a Fire and try it for 30 days and if you are not pleasantly surprised with the experience return it (prepaid shipping) for a full refund. I agree with NCR. I think a lot of people pick up on the "reading on a computer screen/tablet causes eye strain" phenomenon without ever evaluating their actual experience.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2011 12:29:41 PM PDT
Yeah, except as a primary care doctor, I see it all the time. We call this type of thing "evidenced based medicine". Computer eye strain is real for some people... you don't need double-blind, placebo controlled studies to prove it exists. The effect may even be partially a self-fulfilling placebo effect in some people, but that doesn't make it any less frustrating.

Posted on Nov 13, 2011 11:49:40 AM PST
What about ability to read outside? From what I understand that is one of the best things about the ink pearl display. Living in the SW I can't adjust my laptop display so I can read on it in bright sunlight.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2011 11:52:24 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 13, 2011 11:53:38 AM PST
SeaLevel274 says:
The same would likely be true for the Fire, which has a display similar to a laptop.

Posted on Dec 8, 2011 4:04:00 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 8, 2011 4:07:09 PM PST
James Mullen says:
Is a kindle fire basically an iPad? I really want a Kindle but I cant decide between a touch or fire.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2011 4:11:30 PM PST
A. Tsurukame says:
James, no not really. It kind of is in that both are tablets, but the iPad is both a media consumption device and a media creation device. The iPad has a microphone, cameras and bluetooth which lets you create media, like music, photos, videos, etc. The bluetooth via wireless keyboard lets you write documents more quickly.

The Kindle Fire, is very much tied to the Amazon ecosystem, it's store and cloud system and so it's mainly for watching videos, reading books, listening to music, playing games, and accessing items from your cloud (although this needs to be integrated better).

You can do _more_ with an iPad, but at a higher cost.

I for one, like the smaller size of the Kindle Fire as I can carry it around more easily, and I've been a Amazon Prime member for a long time so I have music in the Cloud and I watch videos. I wanted to try e-reading and I immediately loved reading books on my Kindle Fire, so much so that I decided to buy a Kindle Touch for longer battery life for reading.

I prefer reading on the Fire (and the Touch) over the iPad for books, except for PDF viewing, where the iPad is better, IMO.

So if you are considering getting a Kindle Fire, be aware of the differences. I like mine, but then again I have both an iPad and Fire.

Posted on Dec 25, 2011 10:25:32 AM PST
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Posted on Dec 25, 2011 11:50:40 AM PST
I received a Fire for Christmas and have decided to exchange it for a KT or KK. My husband bought it as a replacement for my K2. He's an intelligent tech-savvy person, but he doesn't have a Kindle so he's not familiar with all the features and got frustrated looking through the info on Amazon site. He decided to order the most expensive one and let me exchange it if I wanted a different one. (He also waited on the case until he knew for sure which one I wanted - smart man!) I played with the Fire for a while and was initially seduced by all the features but eventually realized that I wanted a device that was primarily an e-reader rather than a decent e-reader which has a bunch of other stuff. I loved the color screen and the sound quality when playing music was pretty decent. I'm also sure I'd like most of the other features which I didn't try. While the picture quality is great for reading, there are some definite limitations compared to a regular e-reader. The collection feature isn't available. Without it, you have to page thru all your books to find one. Yes, you can choose how you sort those books, but you can still end up paging down and down and down if you have a lot of books. I have over 1000 and was pretty annoyed by this within a few minutes. Secondly, it only has an 8 hour battery life versus 2 months. I read a lot so that's a definite negative. Thirdly, it's heavier than the any of the regular Kindles. Again, something that doesn't seem like that big a deal but that can quickly become an irritant. Finally, I didn't notice any eye strain after reading for about 30 minutes, but I know that my eyes do start bothering me when I'm on my computer a lot. This isn't the case when I'm reading my K2. There are times it'd be nice to look at a book in color, but I always have the Kindle for PC option for those few occasions.

Posted on Dec 26, 2011 5:51:59 AM PST
Becky54 says:
Does the Kindle Touch have apps? I really want to exchange my KF because it hurts my eyes to read on it, but i really like having apps available for my little one.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 6:04:52 AM PST
That is an excellent suggestion. I've owned an iPad for almost two years and find reading on it, as well as on my iPhone4, to be quite easy. I just got an Kindle Touch and have begun reading on it. The reading experience is different as the Touch offers a smaller screen. the main advantages for the Touch, in my opinion,are the light weight, the incredible battery life, and the fact that you use it for reading and don't have to deal with those enticing distractions on the iPad, and, not least, the much lower price of the Touch. The tablet reading experience is often compared to reading "on the computer" but really is quite different. You are not sitting in front of a screen but rather sitting in a comfortable reading position. You sit anyplace where you would read a book.

Posted on Jan 17, 2012 8:49:25 AM PST
What is a k2, kk. I believe kf is kindle fire, kt is kindle touch.
Kindly help

Posted on Jan 17, 2012 8:51:48 AM PST
K2 = Second Generation Kindle
KK = Kindle Keyboard

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 5:21:31 AM PDT
I have a kindle touch-however because i am interested in magazines-looking at the kindle fire-I have a I phone 3G,so I know i cant connect the fire to that, and i have a notebook with internet built in-5G per mo-trying to keep tec costs and service costs to a minimum-Is the fire worth knowing I have go to a wi-fi hot spot-rather than be home to download the books and mags? i was told that once I download any games i want to play-such as words with friends I don't need the the wi-fi cinnection to play-ummis that really possible?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012 5:27:31 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
Books and magazines are not very large. If you start downloading videos you will run into problems with your internet limit.

You have to be connected to wifi to play words with friends. It has to be able to send the information back and forth to your friends.

Posted on Aug 17, 2012 11:01:33 PM PDT
Bryce Brooks says:
Does the kindle touch have some sort of light so I can read with the lights off?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2012 5:49:06 AM PDT
Amazon now offers a lighted case for the Touch. Just be aware that this will use the battery and reduce that "two month" battery life.
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