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Help! I can't decide whether to upgrade to a Kindle HD Fire or Paperwhite 3G.

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Initial post: Jun 4, 2013, 1:39:30 PM PDT
K. Young says:
I am a 2nd generation Kindle owner and have absolutely loved my Kindle. It recently broke and I need to buy another one. I just can't decide whether to purchase a Kindle HD Fire or a Paperwhite 3G. I have a Samsung Galaxy SIII that will do everything that the Fire will do but I haven't used the phone much for Facebook, the internet, watching movies or reading because it is so small. If I purchase the Paperwhite 3G I will replace the broken Kindle with everything I need plus the lighted improvement. However, if I bought the Kindle HD Fire, would I then find myself using all of the features because it has a larger screen. I like the lighted screen and the fact that I don't need to use a wi-fi connection with the Paperwhite 3G. I have to use wi-fi with the HD Fire model and I am concerned about the backlit screen but I gain so much more. Any advice?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2013, 1:54:17 PM PDT
PeepDittie says:
You're aware that the Paperwhite 3G can only be used for Amazon and Wikipedia, right?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2013, 2:40:26 PM PDT
K. Young says:
One of the reviews I read said that it could surf the web just like the model I have been using does. If I purchased the Paperwhite 3G it would be just for reading purposes. I just wondered if others who used the Kindle primarily for reading found themselves using the other features once they were available with an upgraded model. I have really dry eyes that are light sensitive. It seems that the Paperwhite lighting is easier on the eyes. I also read a lot in the car at night while my husband is driving and think that the Paperwhite will not bother him as much as the HD Fire backlight might. But wonder if I will regret purchasing the Kindle HD Fire with all it's extra features.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2013, 2:43:13 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 4, 2013, 2:46:10 PM PDT
The PaperWhite 3G can surf the web using wi-fi. If there isn't a wi-fi connection, it will use the 3G, but only to go to Amazon, Wiki and the translation function. You can't do anything else - surf, e-mail, etc. - with the 3G.

Edit - from the product description page:

WebKit-Based Browser

Kindle Paperwhite 3G's experimental web browser is based on WebKit. It's easy to find the information you're looking for right from your Kindle Paperwhite 3G. Kindle Paperwhite 3G enables you to connect to the Kindle Store and access Wikipedia - all over 3G or Wi-Fi. ****Experimental web browsing on other websites is only available over Wi-Fi.****

**added for emphasis

Posted on Jun 4, 2013, 6:50:19 PM PDT
Pageturner says:
With the dry eyes problem, I would strongly recommend the Paperwhite. I think you will love it.

Posted on Jun 4, 2013, 6:54:10 PM PDT
ambrosia says:
I LOVE My Paperwhite 3G, which is I use solely for reading. It's MUCH better than the Fire If you don't need web surfing, etc. because you can read in sunlight and it's easier on your eyes. (I also have dry eyes). I used to have the Kindle Keyboard 3G, but it got really slow and doesn't have the light, so . . .

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2013, 6:57:45 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 4, 2013, 7:00:05 PM PDT
Artist says:
Keep in mind that the Fire doesn't have an e-ink screen. The screen is a backlit lcd screen just like on your phone. You have to decide whether you can read for long periods of time on that kind of screen. Also keep in mind that it will be very difficult to read the Fire in the sun.

If you want an e-ink screen, and you want to be able to read in the sun, choose the Paperwhite.

ETA: The light on the Paperwhite is not coming from behind the screen as it does with a backlit lcd screen -- it's reflecting onto the front of the screen just like a booklight would. The Paperwhite screen clarity will be much better than your K2 (I have a K2 and a KK).

Posted on Jun 4, 2013, 7:21:49 PM PDT
JMaze says:
I love my paperwhite!! But I wanted it exclusively to use as an e-reader. If that is what you want, I would definitely suggest it.

Posted on Jun 4, 2013, 7:55:44 PM PDT
B. Marks says:
I have a Fire HD and a Paperwhite 3G. The Fire is great for videos and web surfing and it's okay for reading. The Paperwhite is, I think, the best reading experience there is. Better even than paper books. If what you want to do is read, get the Paperwhite. It's far superior for reading than your Kindle 2.

You can surf the web with the Paperwhite as long as you're near a Wifi hotspot. That's true for both the 3G and Wifi Paperwhite, since both have Wifi. You can't surf the web when you're away from a hotspot, just on 3G.


Posted on Jun 5, 2013, 7:04:34 AM PDT
K. Young says:
Thanks, everyone. I appreciate your input. After reading your comments, I believe the Paperwhite would best for me because I love my Kindle for reading books above all else!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2013, 7:55:22 AM PDT
Sarida says:
Just understand that the Paperwhite is for reading books 99.9 percent of the time. The other .1 percent can be used for other things. If you are thinking you will be surfing the web, etc., I can promise it won't take the place of your Fire.

BUT since you said your phone will do everything you want, I'm thinking you are making a good decision!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2013, 8:17:29 AM PDT
I have both, but I didn't buy them at the same time. I got them each for different reasons. The Fire I got as a stop-gap when my laptop died, and all I really needed at home was to check emails (and FB and Amazon, of course!).

The PW was as an upgrade to my KK, and I love it! I use the Fire for videos & audiobooks, but I read almost exclusively on my PW.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2013, 8:20:23 AM PDT
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