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Old 05-17-2017, 11:36 AM   #16
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I'm finding that my "gadget churn" is slowing way down as the market matures. I had my last phone (iPhone 4) for four and a half years, and I expect to keep my current iPhone 6, which I've now had for two years, just as long. I've had my Kindle Voyage for over two years, which is the longest I've used any eInk reader for, and nothing's come out in the intervening time that's tempted me to change. It's reached the point where the stuff I already own does what I need it to do.

I do still buy new stuff occasionally. My last (very!) big purchase was my 12.9" iPad Pro a couple of months back, but again I'll almost certainly keep that for several years.

As such, I do tend to buy good cases for my gadgets, because I know I'll be using them for a while.
I do the same thing. I had my S$ for 4 years and just got an S*. I would still have the S4 except the battery would not hold a charge and the phone was starting to overheat. I keep my eReader until it stops working before I buy another one.
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Old 05-17-2017, 11:42 AM   #17
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Old 05-17-2017, 07:14 PM   #18
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So what's different about the HD 8? It looks like the same size so you won't need a new case. The only difference I see is that you can now have an SD card up to 256 instead of 200, and it weighs one ounce more.
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Old 05-18-2017, 12:16 AM   #19
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So what's different about the HD 8? It looks like the same size so you won't need a new case. The only difference I see is that…it weighs one ounce more.
And don't you know some review is going to knock it for that!
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Old 05-18-2017, 08:19 PM   #20
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The new one 8HD has 16 gig memory upgradable to 256. Is that a total of 256 or additional? I do not see it is efficient to pay $20 more for the 32gig model. SD is cheap. Any thoughts?
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Old 05-18-2017, 10:01 PM   #21
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Android and apps sometimes have to be in main storage. Some apps can go to the SD card and others can't so whether you need more main storage depends on what sort of apps you'll have and how many.

Generally 16 gig is plenty of main storage for most people but personally I'd buy the 32 gig to avoid traps in the future.

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Old 05-19-2017, 07:37 PM   #22
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Android and apps sometimes have to be in main storage. Some apps can go to the SD card and others can't so whether you need more main storage depends on what sort of apps you'll have and how many.

Generally 16 gig is plenty of main storage for most people but personally I'd buy the 32 gig to avoid traps in the future.

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Zinio is one of those apps. Downloaded magazines can't be saved to the sd card and those files are large.
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Old 05-19-2017, 11:51 PM   #23
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Android and apps sometimes have to be in main storage. Some apps can go to the SD card and others can't so whether you need more main storage depends on what sort of apps you'll have and how many.

Generally 16 gig is plenty of main storage for most people but personally I'd buy the 32 gig to avoid traps in the future.

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You are correct. In addition, the internal storage is much faster. I turned off the option to store apps on the SD Cars because it takes so much time on startup to check the sd-card, and those apps are unusable during that time. Pay the extra to get the 32
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Old 05-20-2017, 08:34 AM   #24
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Zinio is one of those apps. Downloaded magazines can't be saved to the sd card and those files are large.
Yes, and it drives me nuts. I use Zinio quite a bit to read magazines from my library. Since the Fire added the option to store periodicals on the SD card, I keep an eye out for sales on Newsstand subscriptions to the ones I read regularly and just subscribe through Amazon.

It's certainly more convenient than managing storage space and constantly adding / removing mags from my Zinio library, not to mention the time spent on RBdigital getting them in the first place. And there aren't many that I read regularly, so it's only costing me about $20/yr and saving me a lot of hassle.
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Old 05-20-2017, 02:16 PM   #25
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The new one 8HD has 16 gig memory upgradable to 256. Is that a total of 256 or additional? I do not see it is efficient to pay $20 more for the 32gig model. SD is cheap. Any thoughts?
Personal documents need to be in the main storage, they can't go on the SD card. I found that out last year with my HD8.
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Old 05-21-2017, 10:13 PM   #26
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So what's different about the HD 8? It looks like the same size so you won't need a new case. The only difference I see is that you can now have an SD card up to 256 instead of 200, and it weighs one ounce more.
The 6th gen HD8 has a gyroscope and the new one doesn't.
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Old 05-22-2017, 01:03 PM   #27
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You gotta love the marketing spin about a great HD screen with a million pixels. Yep, just another POS 1280 x 800 screen that was common several years ago but is way under pixelled in todays market. I treat the Fires like a do toilet paper--yes you can buy the cheap, single ply stuff for a fraction of the cost, but you are likely going to wind up with a hand full of poop at some point. Yes you can buy a cheap Fire tablet, but again, you are likely going to be holding a handful of poop. I think they might make good tablets for young children, as they can destroy an anvil with a banana peel, but not worth much for anyone else. Plus they run that horrible FireOS. They probably make good skeet shooting targets though.
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You gotta love the marketing spin about a great HD screen with a million pixels. Yep, just another POS 1280 x 800 screen that was common several years ago but is way under pixelled in todays market. I treat the Fires like a do toilet paper--yes you can buy the cheap, single ply stuff for a fraction of the cost, but you are likely going to wind up with a hand full of poop at some point. Yes you can buy a cheap Fire tablet, but again, you are likely going to be holding a handful of poop. I think they might make good tablets for young children, as they can destroy an anvil with a banana peel, but not worth much for anyone else. Plus they run that horrible FireOS. They probably make good skeet shooting targets though.
I guess you are a Scott man.
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I was really hoping for a hardware update on the KFHD 10. I hope it's not an already dead product line.
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