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So the misses said the other day that she would like a Kindle but of course there are options and I have NO CLUE as to the upsides/downsides of the various devices out there. That said I am coming to you my ever so always helpful OCN community to help make a case for the best Xmas purchase. I will say that she has played with an iPad and didn't really care for it though we do have iPhones. Yes, she reads a LOT and it will likely be the primary use of said device, though if I can I might play some Angry Birds on it (so much better on a bigger screen). Thanks for the help and input!!
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For reading, definitely get a Kindle Fire HD. You can play all the Angry Birds you want on there. They have a pretty decent app store.

The only thing that really competes at that price range is the Nexus 7 and maybe the Galaxy Tab 2.0. I think the those two are much more for internet usage/games/apps/etc. It's good for reading, but I'd still get the Kindle Fire HD.
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Tablets can be tricky. If the only use for it would be reading, then you would DEFINITELY want to get one with an e-ink screen, like the regular Kindle or the Kindle Paperwhite (or the other brand of e-ink screens).

If you're going to be playing games on it, then I'd suggest either the Google Nexus or the Kindle Fire HD. Overlooking the fact that the fire HD uses an Amazon-skinned version of Android, it really is a fantastic tablet for the price, with a gorgeous screen.
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What about the new Nook HD 8GB. it has a higher resolution then the Kindle Fire HD & you can expand the memory in the Nook HD where as you cant in the Kindle
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Have seen the Nook...but that's why I'm asking "the experts"! wink.gif
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Depending on your budget and such....Personally I would go with a much more generic version of a tablet...Like the nexus 7....the google play store has apps for both nook and kindle...So depending on whom you have bought books from, you could read both on the nexus 7....If you can get Flash player on the nexus and are a amazon prime member...you can also watch amazon instant videos.... However if you dont wish to go through all that hassle, then i would merely settle for the kindle hd...

Nexus 7=More flexibility

Kindle HD or Nook HD= If one doesnt want the hassle
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Nook HD: 7", 1440x900, has microSD. Almost no development if we go according to the original Nook.
Nook HD+: 9", 1920x1200, has microSD. Almost no development if we go according to the original Nook.
Kindle Fire HD: 7", 1280x800, no microSD. Not as much development as Nexus, but still decent, if we go with the trend of the original.
Kindle Fire HD 8.9: 8.9", 1920x1200, no microSD. Not as much development as Nexus, but still decent, if we go with the trend of the original.
Nexus 7: 7", 1280x800, no microSD. Most active development.

I say go with one of the 8.9"/9" ones, or at least try out the 7" tablets before deciding. 7" is a little small for me for reading (when in portrait reading PDF, needed to zoom in a bit).
I like having expanded storage, so I didn't go with the Nexus or the Kindle.
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Guess I need to get out and look/touch/play with them to get an opinion.
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Does anyone know how well the Kindle HD screen does outdoors in sunlight when reading? I have seen the ones that look like paper and I was quite surprised by how much it looked like paper and was also not washed out at all in bright sunlight. I am worried that the HD screen not being the paperwhite version will suffer much like our iPhones do.
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Does anyone know how well the Kindle HD screen does outdoors in sunlight when reading? I have seen the ones that look like paper and I was quite surprised by how much it looked like paper and was also not washed out at all in bright sunlight. I am worried that the HD screen not being the paperwhite version will suffer much like our iPhones do.

You are quite correct, all of the color screen tablets suffer from that. The Kindle Fire HD uses some "special" screen filter that supposedly reduces the glare when you're outside, but for reading, there is no comparison to the e-ink screens (the ones that look like paper).

They may be a one-trick pony, but the e-ink screens are unequivocally the best for reading. Especially since the Paperwhite came out, which has its own backlight.
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