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Old 12-07-2012, 02:56 PM   #453
WT Sharpe
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Device: Kindle Paperwhite, iPad Air, iPod Nano. Other devices gathering dust.
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Originally Posted by jswinden View Post
I didn't realize they had updated the original Fire (Fire 1) to a Fire 2. Is it just a firmware update to match its big brother the Fire HD, or did they upgrade the hardware too?

To be honest I was never impressed with the Fire 1 and the Fire HD really isn't much better. The special Amazon GUI is really annoying and the lack of Collections for books inexcusable, IMO. The only reason I reluctantly bought the Fire HD was because the Paperwhite sucked even worse and I wanted a mid-size tablet/reader with good screen for reading Kindle books in low lit areas. The Fire HD does excel at that task. But if Apple had put a better screen on the mini I would have bought it instead as the Kindle for iPad app is really good.
I love my PW more each day. The only thing the Kindle Touch has over the Paperwhite is looks. That solid black with silver letters looks like a cheap throwback to earlier models to me. Plus, I miss the option of a headphone jack; even though I never used it the text-to-speech function except to check it out. Other than that, the PW rocks.

Now if I were in the market for a Fire, I'd check out the new, larger ones, perhaps even the $499 HD 8.9" with the 4G LTE Wireless. 250 MB/month for 12 months for a one-time payment of $49 is nothing to sneeze at—unless you plan to watch videos and do a lot of downloading when away from your home Wi-Fi setup. You can pack a lot of emails and forum surfing into 250 MG per month. I have a 3G 500 MB/month plan for my Virgin Mobile Hotspot and rarely go over 300 MG in a month. It's slow as molasses, but for what I use it for, it gets the job done.
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