Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Comparing My Kindles (there is no comparison)

Are you considering buying a new Kindle or interested in learning more about the new Kindle Fire HD 8.9 as a reader? If so, I am presenting a comparison of my two Kindles, old and new. My photos are not that great because of the lighting in this room but you will get the general idea.

My older Kindle is about 2 years old and it is the model with keyboard. The new one is the Kindle Fire 8.9. 

As you can see in picture #1, you have color! Yay! Plus Kindle Fire 8.9 is much larger overall. On the old Kindle, the screen is 5 X 31/2. The Kindle Fire is 8 X 41/2. 



The text display can be altered to suit your needs as can the screen. I have left mine on white/black because I like it and to me, it looks more like a book. Vertically, the screen displays much more text on the Kindle Fire than on the old Kindle. Also the Kindle Fire can be flipped horizontally and you will be able to read the same text as 2 pages.

Okay, so what I LOVE most is the touch screen. No more clicking little buttons to change pages or punching home and menu. I never really liked reading on my Kindle because I thought it was such a pain to have to go to that stupid menu screen.  No more of that on the Kindle Fire. Just tap the screen for the menu stuff. You see the orange percentage bar at the bottom? All you have to do is tap it wherever you want to go and you are there!  I was like OMG! Also on the right hand corner is  "Home". Just tap there to go to your book cloud. The color covers look great and just tap on a cover to open the book.  Also if the book has a table of contents, all you do is tap on the chapter number to go there and to change the page, just swipe and keep reading.

Of course, the Kindle Fire HD is a tablet. You can check your email, Tweet and watch movies. I watched some of Thor the other night and it does have a great picture. No problems with the streaming. But I will primarily use it as a reader, I think. The speed is fantastic.

Price-wise, it is more expensive. There is a 7" Kindle Fire HD that is very nice. I have seen that model. There is about a $100 price difference and I think the screen size of the 8.9 is worth the price difference. It is like reading a trade-size book. I like the larger screen. I did get a bundle package which included a bubble-free screen protector and a case. 

If you are considering buying a Kindle, I would say to go with one of the Kindle Fire models. I think you will be a lot happier with the product. 

8 comments:

Robin Hillyer Miles said...

We got our son a Kindle Fire 8GB for Christmas and he loves it. I don't think he's read a book on it yet but he thinks it is WAY fun. :-)

Melinda Belle Harrison said...

Great post. Love my Kindle. Just read 122 pages on it with ease. No eye strain. Love. Love. Love. I should do this too.

Patricia Preston said...

Robin: You should get one. It is great device for reading! I like it so much better than the other one.

Patricia Preston said...

Melinda Belle: You are the reason I've got it. LOL!

Donna said...

Hahaaa!!
I JUST bought my Kindle Fire ($159.00) Yesterday!!
I Have an IPad3 but it's really too heavy to hold and read my books...
The K/Fire is just perfect!!
hughugs

Pat Trainum writing as Patricia Bradley said...

I love my Kindle Fire and was very happy with it until you got the tablet...

Patricia Preston said...

Donna: Congrats on your Fire. I know you will enjoy it!

Patricia Preston said...

Miss Bradley, wait until you see it. You will be pea green with envy! :)