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Kindle Fire 7 vs 8 HD
« on: July 05, 2017, 01:51:14 PM »
Hello,

Just curious to see if anyone has purchased the Fire 8 HD. If so, what are your thoughts? I'm undecided about buying the 8 and the 16 vs 32 storage. Is there anything different that stands out compared to the 7? I have a 7, but it no longer stays charged. Either way, I'm going to have to add a new Kindle to my wish list.


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Re: Kindle Fire 7 vs 8 HD
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2017, 02:13:47 PM »
Hey Marguerite,

I moved your question to the Fire Talk board -- might get better answers.

I have the HD8, purchased December 2015. The newer models might be slightly different. It's a nice device, but I find I don't use it much. I prefer reading on one of my eInk kindles and I prefer my Galaxy Tab2 for games/apps/email, etc. I've actually been thinking about selling it, I use it so little. I only remember charge it about once a month! :o

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Re: Kindle Fire 7 vs 8 HD
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2017, 04:14:48 PM »
Hey Marguerite,

I moved your question to the Fire Talk board -- might get better answers.

I have the HD8, purchased December 2015. The newer models might be slightly different. It's a nice device, but I find I don't use it much. I prefer reading on one of my eInk kindles and I prefer my Galaxy Tab2 for games/apps/email, etc. I've actually been thinking about selling it, I use it so little. I only remember charge it about once a month! :o

Thank you, Ann!

For moving my post and for the advice. Have a great evening.

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Re: Kindle Fire 7 vs 8 HD
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2017, 04:24:11 PM »
I've purchased 3 HD8's in the last 6 months, that replaced older Fires. Everyone really likes them. We all have laptops that are our primary workers/surfers. I use mine for USA Today and the Washington Post. I guess I'm in the minority in that I prefer reading on it compared to my Voyage. My wife does Facebook, and FB games, and it is her only reader. I've streamed video/TV shows on it and was impressed with the speed and image. If all depends on your needs.

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Re: Kindle Fire 7 vs 8 HD
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2017, 04:27:15 PM »
I have both the 8" and 10" and, like Ann, I find I rarely use the 8" now. (I used to use the 8" for reading library books on because in the UK we can't get them in Kindle format, but now I use a Kobo reader just for library books instead). But if you don't already have a larger tablet, that probably won't be a problem.

As to whether to buy the 16Gb or 32 Gb, you might find it cheaper to buy the 16Gb with a 32Gb memory card. Most apps can be stored on and run from the card, though not all.
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Re: Kindle Fire 7 vs 8 HD
« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2017, 06:28:10 PM »
Good point about buying the smallest amount of installed memory and using a card . . . . that really does make the most sense.

And, yeah, I might use mine more if I didn't also have a larger tablet . . .

If I was traveling and Very Limited in what I could take, it would be a decent all purpose web surfer/reader/email device.
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Re: Kindle Fire 7 vs 8 HD
« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2017, 05:27:30 AM »
I'm not too much into tablets, but will always have one.  My current is a Fire HDX 7", 32 GB which I bought in October 2013.  Still suits me and works fine.  I remember at the time I was debating between 7" or a larger screen.  Someone on KBoards recommended smaller 7" screen.  Very happy that's what I got.  :)
 
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Re: Kindle Fire 7 vs 8 HD
« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2017, 08:36:18 AM »
I would get the 32 GB.  A 16 GB tablet only has about 10 GB or so after all the system files.  The 32 GB would have about 22 GB.  That is a big difference.  Also, putting apps on the sd card can cause them to be slow to load and slow to run, especially if you don't get a fast sd card.  They run much smoother and faster when they are stored on the device.  I like to keep my apps on the device and everything else on the sd card.

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Re: Kindle Fire 7 vs 8 HD
« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2017, 12:07:46 AM »
Thanks so much for the advice everyone!

I'm putting the 8 on my wish list for Christmas and will try my best to load books (only) :) No other apps.
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Re: Kindle Fire 7 vs 8 HD
« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2017, 02:08:52 PM »
The 7th gen Fire HD 8 is a great device (2017 model) especially for the price. If you're having issues with your 7 staying charged, the HD 8 battery lasts up to four hours longer than the 7 with up to 12 hours of battery life. The battery on the HD 8 should be more suffice for you especially if your main usage will be for reading books as you mentioned.

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Re: Kindle Fire 7 vs 8 HD
« Reply #10 on: August 04, 2017, 06:51:00 PM »
The 7th gen Fire HD 8 is a great device (2017 model) especially for the price. If you're having issues with your 7 staying charged, the HD 8 battery lasts up to four hours longer than the 7 with up to 12 hours of battery life. The battery on the HD 8 should be more suffice for you especially if your main usage will be for reading books as you mentioned.

I appreciate the information. I wasn't expecting for my 7 to blink out on me like it did. I'm lucky if it'll hold a charge for more than three minutes. And that's with the battery showing a "full" charge.