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Initial post: May 22, 2013 10:23:10 AM PDT
Rachel says:
My question is for Peter (who posted a review about the kindle fire HD). I will be deploying in the near future. Would it be worth it to take with me or should I just stick to my laptop? I think the popping noise of the speakers would drive me nuts. I will have a lot to take as it is and would like to minimize extras, if possible.

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2013 10:31:58 AM PDT
Rachel, if you saw a review on the Fire HD product page, that person isn't likely to see your comment here.

Many features of the Fire will be unavailable to your while overseas. If your goal is to read, I suggest one of the e-ink models, loaded with books before you leave the country.

If you post more details, you may get other helpful posts as well.

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2013 10:34:14 AM PDT
Fires are *heavy*, if you ask me. If what you mostly want to carry is books to read, then a little Basic Kindle for $69 is PERFECT for traveling! Just put it in a good, hard-back case, to protect the screen, and don't put it in your carry on, where it might get squashed into an overhead compartment.

Keep it in your handbag.

Posted on May 22, 2013 10:53:02 AM PDT
I agree with Folina. The Fire is heavy if all you are going to be doing is reading. If you are going to load it up with a few of your favorite games and books it would be okay.

If you are looking to replace the laptop (for the time of deployment that is) and want to do lots of typing beyond basic emails ...... i wouldn't . the touch keyboard on the kindle is bigger than a cell phone but really someone annoying to type a great deal on.

I have three versions of the fire in my home... KF, KFHD 7 and KFHD 8.9. I primarily use the 8.9 (my kids use the others). The weight of the KFHD 7 is a little less than the KF. THe KFHD 8.9 in a case is about 1lb. not very heavy but not as light as the basic kindle ereader.

If you will be reading outside then the fire would not work there. I can sit on my porch (covered) in the shade and read comfortably outside. But direct sunlight and the fire do not allow for reading.

So.... I wrote all this to give a few points. If you tell what you will be wanting to use the fire for... then we can add more input and help.

PS> deploy - what branch?

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2013 11:10:49 AM PDT
Yep, yep. Didn't think about the outdoors thing. Fire almost useless outdoors. Fine for quick emails, but not long ones. It does have Skype, if there's wi-fi available, so that may be a consideration.

But for just reading, the Basic.

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2013 11:16:25 AM PDT
And I forgot the Skype thing.... *since I have the "you do not need to see me to talk to me" syndrome* LOL>

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2013 11:27:02 AM PDT
Ughn! Me, too. I don't want to have to comb my hair to answer a call!

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2013 11:51:12 AM PDT
L. Hill says:
Based on 6 total deployments from 2001-2007 - take both, if you can. You can't beat the capabilities that the laptop will give you - from actual "work" to communication ability. Make sure your laptop has an actual LAN connector - don't assume wireless ability wherever you end up. In fact, talk to those who have been there ahead of you - find out for sure. There are still some places that require phone modem, there could be connectivity issues that the Fire will not handle. And...laptops make dandy "tv's" for watching movies and DVD's...again, don't assume that if you DO have wifi connectivity that you will have the bandwidth to stream video...

The fire wasn't out for my last deployment - but the e-ink Kindle was. It was great to have the ability to download several books and carry a kindle...and the battery life was beyond what you would get on a laptop. For extended sorties (18-20 hours), there was no way a laptop was going to make it. However, my kindle did. The sheer portability of the kindle is unparallelled. I now have multiple fire's in use - total of 4 in house, with several K3's as well...I do have a bluetooth keyboard for my 8.9" fire that I take on overnight trips - allows me to make notes, accomplish some work...but not actually "work" on my Fire.

Having both would give you the ability to share, if needed - you on fire, friend on laptop. It would allow you to download to your laptop and transfer to your fire. It would provide a VERY small footprint for mobility - ie - patrols, sorties, etc. It gives a back-up if something happens to one or the other. You could easily fit the Fire into whatever laptop bag you are carrying - yeah, I understand the "stuff" issue... The 7" fire will fit in BDU/ABU leg pocket, or flightsuit thigh/leg pocket.

You mentioned "popping" - I don't experience that on any of the fire's in our house. We use both the speakers resident on the fire, and earbuds - no problems.

Hope this helps some...take care. Ask if you have more questions...

Posted on May 22, 2013 1:03:47 PM PDT
Norwenna says:
I find it very easy to type on the Fire without a bluetooth keyboard because I use swype.

Posted on May 28, 2013 5:58:06 PM PDT
Cathy Smith says:
I love my Kindle HD!!! Very pleased it!

Posted on May 28, 2013 5:58:34 PM PDT
Cathy Smith says:
I love my Kindle HD!!! Very pleased it!

Posted on May 28, 2013 5:58:46 PM PDT
Cathy Smith says:
I love my Kindle HD!!! Very pleased it!
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