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Will Kindle Fire still be a good tablet 2 years from now?

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Initial post: 5 Mar 2014 09:49:17 GMT
May I ask this question?

I would like to buy the Kindl Fire 8.9, but am not sure how updated it will still be 2, 3 years from now. If I buy it now, is there a fear that it will be too slow in the next 2 or three years? In other words, should I wait for the new version?

Thank you

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2014 10:17:59 GMT
Denis Powell says:
One thing you can be sure of is that technology changes quite quickly. Three years ago there were no e-ink e-readers with lit screens, tablets had poor screens compared to todays HD models. Nobody knows what the future holds. I have an Asus Transformer, purchased in 2011. It received one firmware update in 2012 and nothing since. It's screen is okay but inferior to that of the Fire HD, for instance. It gets very little use now.

If you wait for 9 months and the next model, you'll still be faced with the same question. Will a better one be available shortly after.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2014 11:04:35 GMT
Last edited by the author on 5 Mar 2014 11:12:49 GMT
eric rambler says:
It looks pretty good to me. I'd be more concerned about whether or not you want an Amazon tablet, it's primarily designed to sell you Amazon media but unlike the early Fires the price IMHO no longer reflects that.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2014 11:11:13 GMT
I want to buy it to read books. I know a normal kindle would be great for reading. However I also need to read epub and pdf files. That is why I think I need the Kindle Fire.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2014 11:58:32 GMT
CBRetriever says:
that part is true, but the Kindle Fires from 2011 are still going strong and the only downside they have is that newer apps are usually not configured to work on them and some companies, when they update their apps, have dropped support for earlier versions (the NetFlix app in its latest version now no longer works on the very first 2011 Kindle Fire)

Generally speaking, while an older device may not have the capability to upgrade enough to rival a newer version, it will still perform exactly the same functions as it was originally designed to do

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2014 12:29:21 GMT
Denis Powell says:
Unless you're going to buy a lot of Amazon media there is, in my opinion, little advantage to buying a Fire over most other tablets.

I don't like reading for long periods on a tablet but you may find one quite acceptable.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2014 13:32:07 GMT
Any tablet, almost, will fit your use. How fast it is or what processor it has is moot since what you read can be performed on an "extremely slow and clunky" one like that found in devices of four/five years ago. Screens have improved immensely and are now at their maximum, or beyond, resolution that the eye can actually notice (unless you are carefully scrutinising fine art pictures - with a magnifying glass)

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2014 14:41:55 GMT
KindleLover says:
I think you can read PDF's on a kindle I haven't tried but they do advertise that documents can be read on them.

These are the formats which you can use on a kindle paperwhite:
Kindle Format 8 (AZW3), Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion

epubs can be converted using websites of the internet to make them compatible with kindles (mobi) I use these all the time to convert my epub books and they have all been fine for me.

I think you should be careful when thinking about buying a fire just for reading. I am 22 and bought a fire thinking with it being more technically advanced that I will enjoy using all of its features when reading. I hated it for reading. I went out and bought a kindle paperwhite as a replacement! and the paperwhite ill never feel out of date unlike the fire.

Hope this helps

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2014 14:43:56 GMT
CBRetriever says:
thee can be problems with some pdfs on the e-ink kindles (too small and the font won't adjust well)

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Mar 2014 15:12:46 GMT
Hi, can you explain why you hated the fire for reading?

Posted on 5 Mar 2014 15:18:08 GMT
KindleLover says:
Screen glare was a major factor even with an anti-glare screen protector over it, another was the battery life. I only used it for reading on the bus and I was constantly checking that the battery would do me for the journey home (2 hours each way). I don't have this problem with the paperwhite, I dont worry about the battery I haven't charged it in 2 weeks and I have had the back light and WiFi on and still more than half the battery, I love reading so having to charge the kindle fire every day/ every other day depending on my reading activity really annoyed me.

2 main points were the battery and the screen glare(which is shocking during the day)
Kindle Paperwhite, 6" High Resolution Display with Next-Gen Built-in Light, Wi-Fi

this link has an example of what the difference is between a tablet(kindle fire) and a paperwhite
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