Which Kindle Should You Buy?

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gruvsf

my pick would also be the Nook. Screw Amazon and their proprietary format. Oh and that Kindle Touch 3G? It only is good for downloading books and going to Wikipedia over the 3G. Talk about next to useless.

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jedisamurai

Oh and Holly Golightly...the reason why color matters in an eReader is magazines. One day they will only exist in electronic format.

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jedisamurai

Make no mistake, this is going to change the world. People have been talking about an "iPad killer" for years and now one finally exists. Half the features at half the price is what 75% of the the people in the world want, and probably what close to 100% of the people who can't afford an iPad have been praying for. A kidle without the ugly keyboard for a hundred bucks will make people like me FINALLY want to take the leap to electronic books. Bravo Amazon! This WILL change the world.

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Mibgranny

Does the Kindle Fire have 3G cellular capabilities, like the Kindle "Keyboard" does? If so, I would think you would need a data plan, if it offers email and apps and such.

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Holly Golightly

No 3G cellphone signal on the Kindle Fire... If there was, the price would be much higher. I think maybe in the future they will release a 3G version. They just have to. Although I would guess the cloud would eat up the bandwidth when it is playing a movie over the air. To keep prices down, they have to take away some features.

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gmvolk

Kind of a toss up between the Kindle and the touch.  $79 for the Kindle is pretty close to my affordability, but for $20 you get x-ray, sound, text to speech, more storage, etc.  I would have to get some hands on time and see how bad the keyboard is on the kindle.  FYI, there are 6 versions of the Kindle, you forget the Kindle DX, why that one is still priced at $379.  Almost like they don't want to sell them.  I would still like to see an SD/MMC card slot, but maybe that's not really necessary?

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don2041

Kindling for my next campfire

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Ghok

I'm happy with my Nook Touch, though Amazon is keeping it competitive with some of these offerings.

 

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Holly Golightly

I am most likely to pick the regular $79 Kindle. I do not know why... I prefer e-ink over regular screens. Not because of better battery life, but it is safer for the eyes. Why not play video in e-ink? E-Readers are fully capable of being tablets too.

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Archangel1976

I'd love the Kindle except for one small issue.....

I wish they'd enable to e-ink to work in negative. That is to say, black background with white/bright letters. I have their e-reader on my HTC Evo and love that I can adjust it that way. If the e-ink version would do this, I'd get it in a heartbeat.

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Holly Golightly

You are absolutely correct. It would be nice, and easier to read if the colors were in reversed. But I do not know if e-ink can replicate the color white to make the letters stand out. So it is black ink moving on white ePaper. It is not that bad, I can read for hours no problem. Maybe you will get what you want when e-ink goes color.

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iceman08

Steve Haber, Sony: “On a list of things that people want in e-readers, color always comes up,” said Steve Haber, president of Sony’s digital reading business division. “There’s no question that color is extremely logical. But it has to be vibrant color. We’re not willing to give up the true black-and-white reading experience.”

comes from a 2010 article by the NY Times, which also cites Chinsese E-Ink reader Hanvon using color.

<url=http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/08/technology/08ink.html>NY Times article</url>

Eventually, they'll have color, it's just a matter of having vibrant color, which carries over to quality video. Believe me, I'd be more excited if the Fire had a color e-ink display with full-motion video and vibrant colors. For now, I'm stuck between a $99 touchscreen Kindle or my first tablet at $199 

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Holly Golightly

Yes, that is the number one complaint most people make about eReaders. I personally do not mind reading in black and white. Only comics and children's books come in color, none of which I read. I like the Kindle Fire because it reminds me of my dream tablet which is the PlayBook. I am not sure which tablet to get though. But it would be nice to watch TCM on my Sony eReader. 

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