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Old 12-01-2011, 06:31 PM   #1
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Kindle Fire vs Kindle Touch 3G

I have a Kindle Fire and it's definitely a nice thing but seems a bit heavy for something be reading with for long periods of time, or just heavy for a tablet for that matter. I have never owned any other tablets so I may be wrong. Also do you think they will release a Kindle Fire 3G + WiFi down the road? I have a question about the Kindle Touch 3G, is it just an ereader or can you browse the internet and download APPS and stuff like you can with the Kindle Fire? Thanks guys!
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Old 12-01-2011, 06:49 PM   #2
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Here's a detailed video of the Kindle Touch. Should answer most of your questions.



It's a simple eInk device. Totally different than the Fire.
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Old 12-02-2011, 07:25 AM   #3
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Browse the internet - yes, possible (via WLan) if you don't mind the 1 second screen refresh rate.

Also, for me the decision was to go to the Fire because the eInk devices can easily be broken, e.g. by putting something on top of the display or slightly bending it. While Amazon have a great policy of replacing units with broken displays, I would love to avoid that risk, haven broken the display of my Kindle keyboard after 3 weeks of use.

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Old 12-04-2011, 12:39 PM   #4
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I have both and can honestly say that the Fire is light enough to read comfortably for hours. Something that I could not say for the Nook Color (don't know about the Tablet though). The Touch has a primitive browser which you can fully use over wifi, but you can only access amazon, wikipedia and shelfari over 3g. The Touch has a few apps which are absolutely pitiful in comparison to Fire's app market.
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Old 12-05-2011, 08:36 PM   #5
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On a side note, is wiki and shelfari included in the free whisper net?

As for the main question, they aren't comparable as devices, do very separate things but as a reader, I much more prefer my touch over the fire. The kindle app on the fire isn't even as featured as the iOS app for iPad, iPhone, etc so it loses there and then e-ink is just a dream to read books on especially when outdoors which I do frequently with kids and their activities.
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Old 12-11-2011, 10:22 AM   #6
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On a side note, is wiki and shelfari included in the free whisper net?
Whispernet is for syncing notes, bookmarks and current location between devices. It doesn't really have anything to do with websites.

If you meant the free 3g yes both wiki and shelfari are included.
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Old 12-11-2011, 10:32 AM   #7
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Whispernet is for syncing notes, bookmarks and current location between devices. It doesn't really have anything to do with websites.

If you meant the free 3g yes both wiki and shelfari are included.
Are you sure that "shelfari" (whatever that might be?) is? AFAIK, the only web sites that one can access via 3G on the Kindle Touch are the Kindle Store and Wikipedia. You can, of course, reach any site via WiFi.
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Old 12-12-2011, 08:12 AM   #8
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The X-Ray feature uses information from shelfari. It's a social book shelf site like good reads or library thing, but now it is owned by amazon. I didn't test to make sure, I simply assumed that it was 3g accessible... I'll try it today and report back.
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On that website (shelfari) over 3g instead of just stopping you it redirects you to an amazon login. I wonder if any heavy users have their accounts matched between the two and do use shelfari over 3g... anyway that wasn't much of a clarification but there you have it.
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My wife just got a Kindle (plain ol' non-3G non-touch) yesterday and I was amazed at how light and small it is. It made me realize just how heavy the Fire is compared to the newer e-ink devices.

That said, at about 14 oz, the Fire is on par with a thick paperback book and less than a hardcover. It's also on par with other 7" tablet devices (only the Nook Tablet is lighter, and only just by a little) and the Fire is significantly lighter than say an iPad 2. The Fire is about the same weight as my older Kindle 2 with leather cover, so for me the transition is not even noticeable.

As for the question about whether there will be a "Fire 3G" I think there absolutely will be, but it will be both more expensive and require a data fee. The only reason that the e-ink Kindles don't require a data fee is because they don't really use much data; nobody really browses on them, at the most people might spend a little time on wikipedia researching something they read in a book. The Fire is a very Internet-centric device, and Amazon would have to charge a data fee for people to download video, stream music, or browse the web.
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