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First vs Second Gen Kindle Fire HD

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Initial post: Apr 4, 2013, 12:18:28 PM PDT
LISBOA says:
Is the Kindle Fire HD second generation (16GB) worth $100 more than the first Generation Kindle Fire (8GB)?Certified Refurbished Kindle Fire HD 7", Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, 16 GB - Includes Special Offers

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 4, 2013, 12:23:04 PM PDT
Yes, without a doubt. It has twice as much storage, better processor, better screen, pretty much everything has been improved. It also has Text To Speech, which the first generation Fire didn't offer.

Posted on Apr 4, 2013, 12:28:36 PM PDT
Brent Butler says:
Plus better speakers and Bluetooth.

Posted on Apr 4, 2013, 12:34:21 PM PDT
that would depend entirely on the importance you place on having the extra storage and the HD screen. The older Fire is thicker and the screen is noticeably less sharp (less vibrant colors, not as much detail, etc). Also, the way I always think about storage when it comes to tablets or other devices that you can't upgrade without buying an entirely new device is to buy the largest you can afford. 8GB is a decent amount of storage but the actual amount of space you'll have for your stuff will be closer to 6.5GB or so because a portion of the space is taken up by the Kindle operating system and system features. The 16GB Kindle Fire actually gives you around 13GB of storage. The 8GB model could very well be enough for your needs but the problem you want to try and avoid is running out of space and then having to go out and spend another $200-300 to buy an entirely new tablet to get more storage space whereas you only need to pay an additional $100 right now to get more storage right from the beginning.

The other risk you always face when buying the older versions of devices is limited compatibility with newer applications, etc. I am personally not aware of what those limitations are between the two versions of the Kindle Fire, and they may be minimal at this point, but just like everything else you can guarantee at some point there will start to be things released for the Kindle Fire HD that just won't work on the original Kindle Fire due to lesser hardware, etc.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 4, 2013, 6:14:47 PM PDT
LISBOA says:
Thanks for your input. My daughter has the older model, and I am trying to decide which to get for my husband. The refurbished difference is price between the two is $100.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 4, 2013, 6:15:09 PM PDT
LISBOA says:

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 4, 2013, 6:17:14 PM PDT
LISBOA says:
Thanks..I am getting it for him for the TV programs and movies plus the reader..he does have a Motorola Zoom, but the Fire seems so much more portable.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 4, 2013, 7:58:27 PM PDT
D.L.C says:
You may want to wait a bit.

Amazon is rumored to be working on a $99 Kindle Fire tablet.

Posted on Apr 5, 2013, 10:59:42 AM PDT
mdholm says:
Did anyone grab the $69 refurbed 1st Gen Fire from Best Buy yesterday?

Posted on Apr 5, 2013, 11:35:32 AM PDT
With regard to the first post, that link is a 169 Kindle Fire HD (30 less than new). Here is a link to the first generation model (this is the updated one) for 134 (25 less than new):
Certified Refurbished Kindle Fire - Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation - 2nd)

Refurbished is a good way to save money, make sure it has a one year warranty (which it does).

Posted on Apr 5, 2013, 12:07:46 PM PDT
B. Marks says:
I have a first generation Kindle Fire and a 7" Kindle Fire HD. I do like the HD a lot more for a lot of reasons but there's really nothing wrong with the first generation Fire. It's a very nice device. Yes it's a bit limited but it's fine for watching videos and playing games. I still use both.


In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2013, 2:15:15 PM PDT
LISBOA says:
That sale prompted my questions here..those are the refirb. Fire First Generation HD (8GB0 and end up being $100 less than the Refirb. Fire 2nd Generation HD (16GB) offered by Amazon...the $69 have a 90 day warranty vs the 1 year on Amazon. So the toss up is that you could actually get two of the First Gen refirb for less than the Amazon refirb 2nd Generation. What do you think is the better purchase?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2013, 2:16:24 PM PDT
LISBOA says:
Thanks Barry..I was looking at 2 HD with the 8GB first gen HD and the other 2nd Gen HD with 16 GB.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2013, 2:19:22 PM PDT
LISBOA says:
Thanks..I am thinking that there is a first generation HD model and then the $169 is the second generation HD that correct? Isn't the current HD model that is selling refir. for the $169 a different model than the first Fire HD?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 5, 2013, 2:21:22 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 5, 2013, 2:26:31 PM PDT
There is only one Fire HD generation. They Fire HD can't be purchased with 8 gig of storage.

If it has only 8 gig, it is either the first generation Fire, or the second generation Fire. They are both non HD.

You need to make sure what you are buying. The first gen Fire IMO is not a good buy. It has too many potential issues. Unless you can get it for a very low price.

Posted on Apr 5, 2013, 2:30:01 PM PDT
The Fire that Franklin linked to in his post is not a first gen Fire. It has Text To Speech, so it is the second gen Fire, but it is not an HD.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2013, 8:25:24 AM PDT
LISBOA says:
Thank you so much for this info. The ad for the refur. Fire said it was the I thought it was..but now reading the sales document, it is 1st Generation for $69. And based on what you have said, this is not such a good deal. There is Refurb. on Amazon..the 16GB for $ $100 more. So I think you are saying I am better to spend the extra $100 now? Also the $69 has a 90 day warranty where the Amazon has the year...your thoughts?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2013, 8:42:06 AM PDT
Cinisajoy says:
Jennifer I have a first generation Fire. My main question is what do you want to use it for?
I will give you the exact specs on the storage on it.
Application storage is 1.17GB total
Internal storage for books, music, docs, newstand and videos is 5.37 GB
I would say if you are just going to use it for books, that $69 is a good deal. If you want to do music and videos I would spend the extra $100 and get the bigger storage. And for videos I would make sure it was the HD. There is a big difference there.
Hope all this helps.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 9, 2013, 9:13:29 AM PDT
The HD is just a better buy IMO. Everything about it is improved.

If you posted what you are wanting to use it for, it would be easier to offer opinions.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 19, 2013, 8:53:33 AM PDT
Linda C. says:
As an Amazon Prime member, I found I could not stream content on my Kindle Fire 1st Gen. You can also trade your 1st Gen in and get an Amazon gift card worth $55.25 right now...and the the Kindle Fire HD is on sale! That sounds like a plan to me!

Posted on Sep 19, 2013, 9:18:16 AM PDT
Jay says:
The second generation Fire HD has yet to be announced, let alone sold. You now have a choice between: buying: a first gen Fire, buying a second gen Fire, buying a First gen Fire HD, or waiting for the second gen Fire HD...allegedly due out in a month, or so.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2013, 10:42:16 PM PST
JDB says:
My husband just received a Kindle Fire HD as a gift & it has only 8GB.

I had also recently purchased New Kindle Fire HD's for my Grandchildren- And although I bought the 16GB - the option for 8GB was available. So I disagree - the 2nd Generation is avail in both GB

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2013, 11:12:01 PM PST
M. Ratcheson says:
You are reading and replying to an old thread. When the previous messages were posted, what the participants were saying was true.

Yes, the entry level Kindle Fire 7" now has HD screen resolution, and now has an 8GB option. None of that was true in September, when the previous message was posted. As Erin said in the message s/he posted on September 19, 2013, the second generation Fire HD hadn't been announced, let alone sold.
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