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To buy or not to buy the 4g, To Use or Not to Use a mifi

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Initial post: Dec 19, 2012, 8:43:42 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 19, 2012, 10:14:00 AM PST
I just keep going back and forth with this darn decision. So I have played with all the tablets, ipad mini, nexus 7, Samsung, etc., and I have set myself on the 8.9 kfhd.... what I can not decide is if I want to mifi (or hotspot with my droid3) through verizon OR if I want to just have the 4g installed and be done with it!

I swear there are a million places I will be that I will need to surf somethign and it MUST be 4g/3g operable at ALL times or at work because when I jump on their wifi I know they can monitor me, and they have personal email blocked so it blocks me on my cell too....

Anyway I digress, I am most certain there will be tons of places I need to be that 4g/3g will be a dire neccisity and that I wont just wind up reading in bed or surfing on my couch where a wifi is readily available.

Has anybody else made this decision? I am with verizon so I can get a good mifi plan, or just use my phone hotspot.

Also i have laptopns and smartphone and desktops, I need an ereader that I can also use tosurf, use social media, and web chat. But primarily I will read on it. THATS why I am going with Kindle and not nexus. For my reading expereience/pleasure. Anyhooo..... the 10 seems too big to hold up in bed to ready comfy on, the 7 inch seems to small to videos on. 8.9 seems perfect. Anyone else think that and THEN find out they were wrong?

All feedback (except the mean kind) appreciated :p

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012, 9:00:13 AM PST
SeaLevel274 says:
If you want it mainly to read, I think the 8.9 is a bit large and heavy. I have a Nexus 7 that I use for many things, inlcuding reading via the Kindle app, and it works well as a reader.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012, 9:05:30 AM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Personally I would use a mifi device or a hotspot from a phone. Then you are not stuck with AT&T only but can change as needed.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012, 9:12:33 AM PST
jsh1120 says:
I've been using a Verizon mobile hotspot (4G/LTE) for two years. I use it with my iPad, my laptop, and two Kindle Fires. Since I travel a lot and need secure internet access wherever I go, it's a necessary business expense. My plan is relatively expensive ($50 for 5gig ceiling per month) but it is absolutely superb service. Much wider coverage than AT&T and very, very fast.

There are a number of less expensive alternatives, both from Verizon and from other carriers but I find a wifi hotspot to be a much better choice than paying a premium to put a 4G/LTE radio in a single device and have a separate data plan for that device.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012, 9:15:30 AM PST
FlyingAce says:
You already mentioned that you have a cell plan on Verizon. If I read correctly, the kindle fire is AT&T only. Personally, I would go with the mifi/hotspot added on your current plan. That way there is only 1 bill to pay. You may want to look at the data rates though and see what makes the most sense for you. Also if you will want to connect any laptops or other devices in the future, you will already have some sort of hotspot device.

I really hope that when you are using your kindle in traffic it is when someone else is driving. If not, please just wait until you are getting where you are going to look things up. Whatever you are looking up is not worth risking lives.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012, 10:18:04 AM PST
Hmmm, you know I presumed the plan Amazon offered was for AT&T but that I could get the Verizon plan instead, I hadnt really thought I couldnt but its possible I cant.

I am definetly worried that the size will be too heavy - does anyone know the return policy? If I find its just too heavy in the wrist for comfy in bed reading - can I return for 7inch?

And, using the Verizon mobile hotspot only increases my plan $10, plus the cost of the jetpack.mifi....and it does make more sense then paying to have the sim care built into the device.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012, 10:22:33 AM PST
jsh1120 says:

The entire architecture of AT&T and Verizon mobile devices is different. AT&T uses a GSM network that employs a SIM card; Verizon uses a CDMA network. No SIM and completely incompatible. I'd strongly suggest you stick with Verizon and a mobile hotspot device or a tethering plan with a smartphone.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012, 10:27:29 AM PST
♥ Ann says:
If you buy the Fire HD 8.9" 4G model, you can only get the data plan through AT&T. If you'd rather use your Verizon plan, get the wifi-only model and use a mobile hotspot.

If you buy a Kindle from Amazon, you have 30 days to return it if it doesn't work out for you.

I love the 8.9" Fire for web browsing and videos and such, but I find it far too big and heavy for reading. Even the 7" Fire HD is a bit too heavy. The Paperwhite, on the other hand, is fantastic for reading.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012, 10:29:06 AM PST
jsh1120 says:
Ann, of course, is a weakling. :) But my wife would agree with her.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012, 10:35:08 AM PST
♥ Ann says:
Getting lost in a book for hours and hours is just no fun when your arm or hand is cramping. ;-)

Posted on Dec 19, 2012, 11:16:33 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 19, 2012, 11:31:47 AM PST
Thanks for the feedback. Its my Christmas present to myself, so I have been thinking long and hard about it..... quite honestly they have to do a Hoarders show on me regarding books. I wont be able to fit in my house anymore if I keep reading like this, so its either stop reading (no) or get an eReader, which shoudl have been an easy decision - paperwhite but then I was like, well my magazine pile is also out of control, so it should be in color, and oh yeah I dont want to put my eReader down to check my phone to check facebook, I need to do that all on the eReader, and you know I hate watchign videos on youtube on my phone, so it should have a good video player too, and ya know I wanna be able to web chat with people and I dont want to have to sit at my desktop for that anymore and that webcam is a THOUSAND years old, so my eReader should also be able to web chat. It does not need to take pictures, so im okay with it not having a ffc. And on it went!
So my mini eReader need turned into this. AND the 8.9 fit that need, with one small worry - now maybe I cant read on it! I really dont want Lifetime coming to my house to do a documentary on me and my love of hoarding books. So far I have decided I will definetly do the verizon mifi myself, so I wont get the 4g pre planted on my tablet. And I will try the 8.9 and if its too heavy then I will give it back and get the 7. (i think thats my new plan!) :-) Thanks everyone

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012, 11:22:05 AM PST
Keep in mind that you have until January 31 to return it if it doesn't work for you.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012, 3:40:41 PM PST
NG says:
I got the 4g. It is another contract to keep track of. It has not worked when I wanted it to because of coverage, nonetheless it is showing 25mb of usage this month (it may have connected automatically sometime when I had wifi working.) It did not come with instructions. I have a phone hotspot.

I was trying to determine if I wanted/needed a tablet with 4G long term. I have concluded I do not. I do not commute, and the Fire 8.9 meets my entertainmemn needs when travelling without 4g. YMMV.

Posted on Dec 20, 2012, 4:28:52 AM PST
In my opinion, a Fire or other tablet isn't an acceptable substitue for an e-ink Kindle if you're a heavy reader. If I were you, I'd get a wifi Fire and tether it to my smart phone and with the money I saved would get a Paperwhite or a Basic for reading ebooks.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2012, 4:38:41 AM PST
Sounds like a plan, Melissa. :) Enjoy your new Kindle and Happy Holidays.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2012, 4:48:10 AM PST
HI - I am genuinely curious why its not acceptable - or is it just one of those situations where I have to see for myself how it is to read on the FHD vs. PW ? I am kind of thinking its just one of these situations that until I get it and try it, I just cant know.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2012, 5:01:13 AM PST
Norwenna says:
Melissa, "...until I get it and try it, I just can't know..." is right. Some people do have problems reading on a computer screen, but the little 7-inch tablet doesn't make everyone's eyes dry and painful. On the other hand, it's pure joy to read on an e-ink kindle, especially one that you can just make a minor twitch to push the page turn button instead of moving your thumb to tap the screen. But it's very good to read on the tablet too, and there's a lot of convenience in having one device to read and surf the web.
Luckily, Amazon will let you try for a good long time - longer than you'll need to decide.

Posted on Dec 20, 2012, 5:17:23 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 20, 2012, 5:18:44 AM PST
Melissa, I agree that you should decide for yourself whether you like reading on a tablet. I have both but far prefer the e-ink Kindle for reading books. There are several reasons for this but unless you try them both out, you'll never know. The e-ink Kindles are much lighter weight and the e-ink display doesn't create eye strain like an lcd screen may with long use. I find that if I'm not reading for more than an hour or so at a time, it doesn't really matter but if I'm reading for several hours, it really makes a difference. The e-ink Kindles are much more comfortable to hold and are much easier on my eyes. It may not make a difference to you but if you're a heavy reader, as I am, you should try reading on both and make your own comparision.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2012, 5:18:09 AM PST
Sarida says:
If you get the Fire 4G it is AT&T specific. You may want to get the wi-fi and use your hotspot.

If you opt for the 4G make sure and check AT&T's data coverage plan.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2012, 5:24:32 AM PST
Sarida says:
It's all a perspective, IMHO. Compared to my laptop, my iPad is lightweight. Compared to my iPad, my KK is lightweight.

If you have never had a tablet or ereader before, I don't think you'll notice a weight issue. I think you will enjoy it :)

As for your hoard of books, you may want to check out:

It's an organization that sends books to troops.
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