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Topic # 94464 12-Dec-2011 13:44
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Hi Geekzoners,

In the past I have asked if Kindle is good for reading pdfs. Link here: http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumId=38&topicId=88458 Thanks to all who have enlightened me. Based on the responses I got, I refrained from getting Kindle and avoided disappointment.

However, my puzzle still remains unsolved. I am still looking for a cost-effective ebook reader just to read heaps of technical PDFs I have. I am least bothered about e-books / music / movies etc extras.

Now that Kindle Fire is out with Dual Core 1Ghz processor and half-a-gig RAM, I am wondering if it can handle pdfs well unlike its brothers.

Kindly let me know.

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  Reply # 557008 12-Dec-2011 14:59
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First thing you need to realise is that the Fire is not a ebook reader in that is does not use a eink display but instead uses a LCD and is running a version of Android customised by Amazon. As such I would expect its performance for reading PDF's to be much the same as other android devices. Battery life likewise is similar to other tablets.







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  Reply # 557013 12-Dec-2011 15:07
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Also...

Chaitanya: Now that Kindle Fire is out with Dual Core 1Ghz processor and half-a-gig RAM, I am wondering if it can handle pdfs well unlike its brothers.


The problem with the other Kindle models was not the processor speed, but eInk and being B/W. Nothing to do with processor or speed really.

The Kindle Fire is an Android tablet. What works for another Android tablets... Having said that, because the Kindle Fire uses some services only available in the US, it is a lot better to just get a tablet here in New Zealand. For example the 2degrees MediaPad is 7" and would be easy to carry - and available here now, without you having to worry about importing a Kindle Fire.






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  Reply # 557030 12-Dec-2011 15:42
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Thanks Nety and freitasm for your insights. I, for sure, don't want to end up spending money on Android tablet.
I just called up my brother in US and asked him not to get Fire.

I guess I will wait until next year and get iPad 3.

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  Reply # 557032 12-Dec-2011 15:43
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  Reply # 557290 13-Dec-2011 09:02
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I don't think either of us were saying not to buy an Android tablet, just to be aware that that is what the Fire is and as freitasm mentioned that the Fire might not be a good option for what you want. I have a iPad 1 and it is great but if what you want is a PDF reader then a Android tablet is certainly a valid option that might be able to provide a better setup for what you need.







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