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Kindle Fire - anyone got one?


Big Bri 13 15.7k United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 10:03AM
My wife finally expressed an interest in the Kindle, so she is using mine at the moment to see how she likes it. The plan was to buy her one for her birthday if she does. Now the Kindle Fire is out, I am wondering whether to get one of those instead... It seems like there are advantages (it's basically an Android tablet, it's got a backlit screen), but I don't know how well it would read outside in the sunlight.

I already have a tablet, but it is much heavier and larger than my Kindle, and I like being able to stick the Kindle in a pocket (and only charge it once a month).

And then, to cap it all, I go on the US site and discover the Kindle Paperwhite, which is still e-ink, but is higher resolution, higher contrast, touch screen and the screen lights up!! Cool. Except it's not available in the UK yet Sad

So, does anyone have a Kindle Fire, and how are you finding it? How does it compare to the "normal" Kindle? (I have the 3G/wifi keyboard one).
Is it worth holding off for the Paperwhite, or trying to import one? Or should I just buy one of each Smile

(confused)

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keithh e2
11 23.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
19 Sep 2012 10:08AM
I'd say one of each.

i have the same Kindle as you and have pre-ordered a Kindle HD Fire but I reckon the backlit screen will not make it as good for reading as the Kindle. Hold out for the Paperwhite.
Ewanneil 4 1.1k 2 Scotland
19 Sep 2012 10:11AM

Quote:My wife finally expressed an interest in the Kindle, so she is using mine at the moment to see how she likes it. The plan was to buy her one for her birthday if she does. Now the Kindle Fire is out, I am wondering whether to get one of those instead... It seems like there are advantages (it's basically an Android tablet, it's got a backlit screen), but I don't know how well it would read outside in the sunlight.

I already have a tablet, but it is much heavier and larger than my Kindle, and I like being able to stick the Kindle in a pocket (and only charge it once a month).

And then, to cap it all, I go on the US site and discover the Kindle Paperwhite, which is still e-ink, but is higher resolution, higher contrast, touch screen and the screen lights up!! Cool. Except it's not available in the UK yet Sad

So, does anyone have a Kindle Fire, and how are you finding it? How does it compare to the "normal" Kindle? (I have the 3G/wifi keyboard one).
Is it worth holding off for the Paperwhite, or trying to import one? Or should I just buy one of each Smile

(confused)



I'm having exactly the same thoughts as you and curiously also because my wife started to use my Kindle. I'm also not sure whether to take the plunge so will watch this thread with interest. Just to make matters worse, of course, there is also the Kindle Fire HD to consider.
miptog 9 3.5k 61 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 10:23AM
Big Bri 13 15.7k United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 10:25AM
In the US there is also a larger 8.9" version of the Fire...
Big Bri 13 15.7k United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 10:34AM
I'd read reviews and comparisons thanks, I was asking if anyone here actually has one.
mohikan22 10 2.3k 1 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 10:58AM
nope. ive no need for a "tablet" version. im happy with the kindle touch as my htc does everything else i need lol. But its does look inviting for those interested.
keithh e2
11 23.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
19 Sep 2012 10:58AM
Maybe need to wait until the USA members get online, Bri.
KenTaylor e2
10 3.0k 2 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 3:21PM

Quote:Maybe need to wait until the USA members get online


Using their Kindle Fire of course Smile

I pre ordered the Kindle Fire HD for UK. Any imported ones appear to have connection issues
Big Bri 13 15.7k United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 3:42PM

Quote:Any imported ones appear to have connection issues


Where did you hear that from? I would imagine the connections are identical...
daviewat 11 4.1k Scotland
19 Sep 2012 3:45PM
My mate has one, he was in USA last month. I would not bother to be honest just a tablet really, reading the screen is no better than my i-pad which is atrocious in all but perfect dull overcast conditions. Also as is normal he has filled up with so many apps that books s eem to get a second place spot on it !!!!!!!!!! after all all any tablet android or otherwise can be an e-reader ?? :-( My Kindle goes everywhere with me and i have bought a clip on LED light which may not be perfect but allows me to read it in the dark and strangely improves reading in bright sunshine as well !!!!!!!!!!

Its also pleasing to have an item that does exactly what it is meant to do without all other sorts of distractions etc Smile
KenTaylor e2
10 3.0k 2 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 5:44PM

Quote:Where did you hear that from? I would imagine the connections are identical...


I should have said internet connections that of course will depend on the router settings. I for one cant be doing with any hassle on those lines. Its what I read on various sites while I see that the one Davie refers too doesn't seem to have that problem. That begs the question as to why they are shipping a UK version ?


Quote: just a tablet really,

An e-reader is different in that the display is for clear text and graphics in monochrome purely for reading books and magazines.
Big Bri 13 15.7k United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 6:56PM
No, the Kindle Fire doesn't use e-ink, it uses a standard type backlit display. That's why I want to find out from someone who has one how good it is.
KenTaylor e2
10 3.0k 2 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 8:32PM
Looks like you will have to wait until late Oct when its shipped out Bri
Big Bri 13 15.7k United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 9:15PM
Wondering if I should buy a Paperwhite from the US and have a colleague send it over...

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