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Initial post: Jun 30, 2014 2:56:42 AM PDT
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9", HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB - Includes Special Offers

I have an older model kindle that is just a reader and I like the fact that it works well in bright sunlight. Does the HDX reader work in bright sun or is it more like the ipad which is difficult to see when trying to read outdoors, say at the beach.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2014 3:21:43 AM PDT
K. Rowley says:
All tablets with LCD screens are going to be difficult to use in full sunlight.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2014 3:53:50 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
it's almost exactly like the iPad

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2014 4:58:59 AM PDT
Sarida says:
I used to have a very good anti-glare screen protector on my iPad when enabled me to read in the shade - although it wasn't ideal.

But what happened was that when I was inside, the screen protector really ruined the clarity of the screen when watching movies or playing games.

So I gave up the anti-glare screen protector and got an eink reader. Many, many of us on this forum have BOTH the dedicated ereader and a tablet. That combo works for us!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2014 5:16:45 AM PDT
I'm "new-tech/old-school". I read on an e-ink reader. When I want to use the internet, I put down the reader and pick up my tablet. When I want to make a phone call, I put down the tablet and pick up my cell.

Then I put down my cell phone and pick my reader back up. I know, I KNOW. I'm a Luddite.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2014 5:53:45 AM PDT
Sarida says:
I'll confess.

I still have a house phone.

I don't have a smart tv.

When my KK died last year, I don't know if you remember, but I truly struggled over which one to have replace it! I spent days trying to decide. When my car died, I just went and bought another. It took an hour.

I think the eink reader is the greatest thing invented since strawberry shortcake.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2014 6:00:39 AM PDT
We still have a house phone too, but I never make calls on it. Its purpose is to field any calls that I don't want coming to my cell phone. You know -- those times when you HAVE to put a phone number down, like on dentist and doctor forms, or the Chevron gas card, etc... I don't *want* to be reachable by everyone all the time.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2014 6:18:11 AM PDT
K. Rowley says:
"I still have a house phone."

I do too.. and it has a rotary dial.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2014 6:20:16 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
those were the only ones working after Hurricane Ike went through Houston - all the fancy phones that needed electricty weren't working, no way to charge a cell phone, but since the phone lines were still up, our ancient phone worked just fine

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2014 6:21:27 AM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
Keith, a Fire and a non-Fire Kindle work very differently. They each have their strengths and weaknesses.

The Fire is a "backlit" device: you see what is on the screen because of a light coming from behind the screen. What are you reading is between you and the light.

That light competes with light hitting the screen from the front. It helps to turn the brightness up all the way...but you aren't going to beat the sun. :)

The advantage of the backlit technology is that is is more mature. It is capable of showing many colors, and it "refreshes" quickly enough for full animation (for watching videos and using apps).

You see what is on a non-Fire Kindle by light bouncing off the screen: the same way you read a paperbook.

Light hitting the screen makes it easier to read: that's why people use lamps to read paperbooks. The Paperwhite has a built-in "frontlight". The light shines at the screen from the same side of it that you are, and bounces back.

The advantage of a non-Fire Kindle, as you note, is that it is easy to read in bright light (although impossible to read in the dark without a light source, which the Paperwhite provides).

Another advantage of a non-Fire Kindle is that it takes much less energy to maintain the image on a non-backlit screen like this. A backlit screen requires a constant application of energy to show you something, which drains the battery charge.

As someone else mentioned, many of us have both devices, since they serve different purposes.

That said, I've never been outside with my KDX where I couldn't read. The trick is to keep the sun from directly hitting the screen. Read with the in front of you or to your side. If you sit down on a bench and recline backwards, tilting the top of the screen towards you, you'll probably be good. :)

Glare, by the way, is a different issue. It has to do with too much light being reflected back at you, or at a bad angle, basically. Anti-glare screens diffuse the light so you don't get that effect you get when light bounces off a mirror into your eyes...but it doesn't make the image on the screen brighter.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2014 6:22:26 AM PDT
I have read in emergency prep materials the suggestion to find a non-electric phone to keep on hand just in case. I think I have an old princess phone in a closet somewhere.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2014 6:25:17 AM PDT
It doesn't have to be a rotary dial phone. Push-button phones work, too, even ones with caller ID as long as caller ID is battery-operated.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2014 6:48:43 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
I use a Google Voice number for this.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2014 7:55:32 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
my battereis ran out during the hurricane aftermath - just a plain no power of any kind phone worked

plus, as no gas stations were open, using a cell phone charger from a car wasn't a good idea either - I'm getting one of those hand crank units to charge batteries/cellphones/kindles when I get back to hurricane territory

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 30, 2014 1:15:57 PM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
We got one of those for our adult kid who was attending college in New Orleans.

The hand cranks are a lot of work, but you can get a few minutes out of it, which could matter.

Another possibility (which I have in my car) is an inverter. You can use that so that you can plug your regular household plugs into the device, which runs off the car's batteries. That's not better than a USB charger in your car, but it does give you some good options for other devices which don't have that. Yes, eventually, you'll run down your car's battery, but it could be a lifesaver for a few days without household power.
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