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This is the latest in our Weekend Poll series. For last week's, see Do You Stream Your Music Library On Android, Or Store It Locally?

On September 6, Amazon announced three new Kindles: a 6" non-Android model called the Paperwhite (with or without 3G), the 7" Kindle Fire HD (16 and 32GB), and an 8.9" Kindle Fire HD (16 or 32GB), while updating the hardware and dropping the price of the original Fire to $160. Pre-orders for the new versions went live the same day, and release dates vary anywhere from September 14 to November 20.  The specs show Amazon's commitment to the ecosystem - and to not be undersold by Google:

As David found out, they certainly offer a compelling package at a very accessible price, especially thanks to the ecosystem Amazon has built up around the devices. That said, a lot of the enthusiasts who snatched up the original Fire just to root it and flash vanilla Android will probably count this one out now that the bootloaders are locked.

With all those facts in mind, will you be buying one of the new Kindles?

Will You Be Buying A New Kindle?

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Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • http://twitter.com/Just_Reboot deidein

    No. I have a Nexus 7 and no major drawstrings to the Kindle.

  • Force

    So where's the poll? ^^

  • http://twitter.com/dotLocutus Locutus

    My Nexus 7 suits me just fine, thank you very much Amazon. Especially with that locked bootloader... eww! Maybe purchasing the ad-free upgrade should unlock the bootloader?

  • http://www.nerdshowandtell.com nerdshowandtell.com

    NO GPS? Lame... Of course no Google Maps either, so forget using these things tethered up in the car :S

  • Bogdan Sladaru

    Not available in my country. Also I have a Nexus 7.
    So the answer is No.

  • http://wave-france.blogspot.com Supercopter

    With Stock Android on it, I would buy the Kindle Fire HD 8.9" since I prefer this size over the 7" format and since it has the HDMI out port that the Nexus 7 is lacking. But with an "~Android" version backed by Amazon, no thanks!

    • ari_free

      It's based on ICS

  • ari_free

    From what I've read, speed on the Kindle is pretty weak. But it has more storage. If you are using it as a magazine replacement then it may make sense.

    • zerounodos

      There was a rumor about the Nexus 10 or something. Might be worth it.

  • gladgura

    A mixture of the Nexus 7, Registered Kindle app and Screen filter app. everything you need in a kindle. But if I was to choose, I would pick the Kindle PaperWhite (Without Special Offers)

  • NoreenD

    No...I have the Nexus 7.

  • zerounodos

    Ok...the only reason I'd choose a Kindle HD over the Nexus 7 is the video output...but then again, that may be enough.

  • jordanjay29

    I will never buy into an ecosystem that doesn't allow me the freedom to choose for myself. So no, I'll stick with my pure Android devices.

    • http://www.facebook.com/spencer.hardy1 Spencer Hardy

      It's just possible that people elect to own a device like the 7" HD Fire and also have the pure Android experience with a device like the the Moto Xoom and perhaps also own an iPhone. One doesn't have to be exclusively devoted to a single device or OS.

      • PhilNelwyn

        But then you're missing the point of an ecosystem...
        If you have an Android smartphone and buy an iPad, you'll have to buy all your apps again.

        This is precisely why Android is better: if you have spent a lot of money in your iPhone's App Store, you'll want an iOS tablet, what "choice" do you have then? The iPad.
        If you have spent a lot of money in the Play Store, you'll want an Android tablet and have a real choice between numerous tablets from many Android manufacturers.

        For Amazon it's mixed. If you go from Kindle to Android, you have Amazon stores available as Android apps. But the other way around, you have to buy your apps again (I know there are workarounds, but I'm talking about an average consumer's point of view).

        • jordanjay29

          Well put, @PhilNelwyn:disqus!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Micah-Madru/100001151887665 Micah Madru

    The only way I would consider it is if I can get CM10 on it.

  • Dan Thompson

    Nexus 7 all the way

  • itsgonnalast

    no, I have a HTC Flyer.

  • Matt Tithof

    Happy with my N7 but would love to see a X-Ray-like feature come to Google Play

  • http://www.facebook.com/spencer.hardy1 Spencer Hardy

    Poll should allow for more than (1) choice. I wanted to select the Paperwhite and 7" HD

    • mike henderson

      Exactly, same here, because I might want a Tablet and an eReader..

  • Bryan

    Nope...have a Nexus 7 and a HP Touchpad running CM9

  • Smart_Windows_Manager

    Kindle?
    Of course not. You're kidding, right.

    You can buy 20 other tablets that have FAR better features... and a better price... and run FULL Android... and oh yeah... can still read Kindle books, too.

    • rick

      and what would that be?

      • http://profiles.google.com/vdogg89 Victor Stuber

        Nexus 7?

  • http://www.richrecruiter.com richrecruiter

    No thanks. Sold my Kindle and bought a Nexus 7. Very happy with it.

  • http://twitter.com/LMurphy418 Lisa Murphy

    I have a Kindle Fire. I will be getting a Nexus 7 as soon as I can afford it. I have graduated, per se. :)

  • TechGuy21

    i have a N7. i dont see me getting any KF at anytime. its good to have options

  • Palmer Nyako

    I would get the nexus 7. But i am looking to get an e-reader.
    My SGS2 works perfectly, but i'd like a dedicated device that can load up epubs from my comp easily and can last for days.

  • Nuadar

    I'll buy it, just for movies, music and books because Google sucks hard in all those things...

  • DCMAKER

    old SOC and no microSD card makes it a no...if they had any of those two or better yet both it would be a 100% yes

  • Mustang5Oh

    Not a chance...N7 + GNex = too awesome to change. The Kindle is too gimped IMO.

  • Dipish

    Was thinking of getting an e-ink Kindle anyway, and paperwhite seems like a major upgrade to its predecessor so that's a dealmaker to me.

    • Dipish

      People seem to be talking only about Kindle Fire with LCD screen in the comments... But what about the e-readers category?

  • http://www.facebook.com/Hoots.Bude David ‘Hoots’ Crawford

    I have the Nexus 7, it's way better and easier to mod

  • Nick

    I am not sure why I would lock myself into a vendor like Amazon, when I can get most of the services from a Nexus 7 or my Transformer Prime.

  • liono1787

    Nope.. I have an orig Kindle Fire(rooted) and now a Nexus 7 why would I want this thing?

  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    I voted "No", but would consider the Paperwhite (if/when the price comes down drastically). I actually just picked up a last-gen Kindle on a previous sale, and it is nice for reading. There's almost no way I would consider the Fire tablets, especially when the Nexus 7 exists.

  • Andrew

    The fact that I can't access the Play store alone ensures I won't be buying one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/archercc Ryan Stewart

    I wont be looking at the Fire for myself, I am really hoping Google releases a good 10" Nexus soon to replace my aging ASUS Transformer (Original model, its had a rough life in the hands of a consultant).

    Might be getting the paperwhite for the girlfriend. She has an OG Kindle keyboard and this would save some weight at least.

  • Mark

    I will get one once the boot loader has been broken and CWM can be installed on it. Then, the sky's the limit. I heard the build quality is better than the Nexus 7, CPU may not be as quick but it's plenty powerful, any other negativeness about the Fire HD I've heard is software related, nothing custom ROM's can't fix.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thebadoneandy Andrew Aiello

    Nexus family only from now on. I bought the original kindle fire but gave it to the wife when I got the Nexus 7. Just way too many hindrances to get through to enjoy the product .

  • http://twitter.com/bk_phil BK Phil

    Only if rootable and ROM'able.

  • hldc1

    I might buy one used in six months if Amazon doesn't release an Amazon Instant Video app for Android (the fact that they haven't already is effin' ridiculous).

  • FrillArtist

    Hell no.

  • http://twitter.com/TheGermian Roberto Giunta

    I'm having a tech-gasm with the 8,9" one but nah. Maybe when hackers can unlock the bootloader and you can flash a custom ROM on it.

  • akoli

    I wont be getting a Kindle Fire HD or Nexus 7 ,,,,,Not without an expansion slot... I want a tablet for watching movies on the move... ordered an ainol fire as a budget one for on the train ... once it arrives will see if it does the job. Itd bascially a cheaper nexus... how cheap we shall see

  • http://profiles.google.com/vdogg89 Victor Stuber

    Hmm lets see, the nexus 7 with hundreds of thousands of apps, or the kindle fire hd with like 5000 crappy games...

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=667020551 Jose Torres

    While viewing these products through a hacker's POV and while considering what jordanajy29 said, the Kindle is a useless piece of shit

  • rational2012

    No. Never. No Kindles, no Amazon. Ever.