Tablet or Kindle

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  1. hans5849

    hans5849 Serious as a heart attack

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    I'm looking at getting purchasing my school books through amazon's kindle service. I can then install the kindle app on a tablet and use it. What I'm worried about is long term reading. Does anyone here have experience with eye strain while reading on a tablet? Any other input?
  2. ivanolo

    ivanolo Guest

    I gave a Kindle Fire to my GF for Christmas, and she loves it! Sure, it can't access the Android Market, but the Amazon Appstore is not bad. It still does Netflix and FB just fine, and its browser is decent. Also, 7" is just right (queue the "that's what she said" jokes). For $199, it's a steal! You can also look into the nook from B&N or a full-featured Android tablet.
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    namelessentity Resident Cynic

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    Just buy a Kindle Fire and root it.

    Also, the e-ink readers are obviously easiest on the eyes since they're just like reading paper. Anything back-lit will cause eye strain, especially if you use it in low light.
  4. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    I'm probably going to get a Kindle myself, at $199 it's basically impossible to beat.
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    86mcss Devouring your Soul

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    My buddy did that and can not stop talking about how great it is.
  6. Commissar Smersh

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    I purchased one of my texts on Kindle and read it via the app on my iPad, no issue with strain as I used it as a textbook basically, in fully lit environments. One thing you might want to consider, not sure how easy it is to search for stuff in text on the Fire but with the iPad app it was pretty easy especially on the 9/10" screen.
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    I like my asus transformer, no eye problems.
  8. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    BUMP!

    So, for those that have used them, how's the virtual keyboard on the 7" Kindle screen? I would use mine for browsing and light word processing, and one of the reviews I read said it was kinda cramped. But I really like the size, so I can slip it in my pocket. Currently debating between:

    Kindle Fire 7" - ($199)
    Samsung Galaxy 8.9" - ($349)
    Samsung Galaxy 10.1" - ($399)
    Toshiba Thrive 10.1" - ($399)

    EDIT: And the long shot:
    iPad 2 16GB - ($429)
  9. gB dAvId x

    gB dAvId x thats what she said

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    i just got the kindle last night, for what it does its pretty awesome, im going to root it to ics though tonight so that i can play CBT videos on it
  10. MaesterB

    MaesterB King of the Wicker People

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    Take the plunge into a Galaxy Note? 5.3" phablet. :)

    My mother-in-law picked up a Kindle Fire in New Orleans when she was down that way earlier this month. I got to play with it. Pretty nice for what it could do. And she got a $50 walmart gift card along with it. So it ended up costing $149 (if you look at it like that). Not to shabby.

    And the keyboard was fine. Although I'm not a big fan of stock. Swiftkey FTW. Don't know if it works on stock Kindle Fire OS though.
  11. Commissar Smersh

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    The Apple Slut in me says go for the iPad, however, you really should get a non-Kindle tablet. I think you're going to regret the interface Amazon uses if you're not using it primarily for reading or buying stuff off of Amazon (which is what it was designed for).
  12. MaesterB

    MaesterB King of the Wicker People

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    LOL Apple Slut.

    If you get the kindle, there's a community out there creating custom ROMs, so you could get ICS on it, or a different launcher. Or at least root it.
  13. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    The appeal of the Kindle is: a) price, and b) Prime content. I'm already a Prime member so I would literally get all those movies and books and TV shows for free. Plus as MasterB said rooting it is easy and thus far Amazon doesn't seem to be actively thwarting those efforts.
  14. smirnoff

    smirnoff Curmudgeon

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    If you're primarily looking to read (and for long periods) I would consider the massive difference in battery life. One would last maybe a day, the other, months. I can't tell you how nice it is not to have to plug yet another thing in at the end of every day.
  15. MSP

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    I'm not much of a reader, it would be a tertiary feature. And thanks to my short attention span for short periods. :)

    Anyway, I'll have my hands on a Kindle Fire to play with after work. My wife ordered one to replace her first gen Kindle, so I get to do an extended trial of it before I buy for myself.
  16. MSP

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    OK, so initial opinion of the Fire:

    Pros
    Price!
    Solid feel, just the right size to fit in your hand/pocket
    Amazon interface is polished
    Nice screen
    Free Amazon Prime content is awesome

    Cons
    Small, typing is cramped in portrait mode
    Doesn't appear to be quite as responsive as the Thrive, iPad, or Galaxy
    No camera, front or back

    So frankly I still don't know what I'm going to buy. As nice/cheap as it is, I found myself reaching for my netbook to type and edit photos. I'm going to stick with it though, as some of that is just the learning curve and getting things set up. If I had to wager right now I'll likely buy a larger tablet, the Galaxy or Thrive.
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  19. MaesterB

    MaesterB King of the Wicker People

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    Probably not. That's the problem with Apple and it's products...they're like the honda/toyota/nissan of tablets/phones. The freakin' things retain their value quite well...so you might get a USED iSoulstone for only slightly less than what it originally went for new.
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    Sooo tempting. But I generally avoid the refurbs just because of the abbreviated warranty period.

    In regards to iPad 3, what's the rumor mill been saying about new features?
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    Confirmed features:

    Retina Display as on the iPhone 4/4S
    Quad Core CPU
    4G LTE

    Rumored:

    (possibly thinner and no physical home button)
  22. Mr. Ali

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    Display is suppose to be 1920x1080.
  23. MSP

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    Well, been toying with the Kindle and the Lenovo A1. I think I can live with the 7" screen, but I really want the cameras so I think the Kindle is out. Not going to buy anything until the Apple announcement on Wednesday. iPad 3 (or 2S or whatever) will almost certainly have Suri, and that's kinda a big deal. Plus there's rumors of another price cut to fend off the Kindle and Nook.
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    MaesterB King of the Wicker People

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    Oh no...another person falling to the Appall iPhad. :)