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Amazon has yet to release the Kindle Fire, its 7in Android-based tablet e-book reader, but it's already being claimed that the firm has chnaged its mind about the Fire 2. Originally said to be a 10.1in job, the next Amazon tablet will actually have an 8.9in screen. So say moles from within "Amazon's supply chain" - LG and/or …

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Peronally ...

I think the 7 inch size is about right, any bigger and I'd need a bag to carry one. I can carry my 7 inch tablet in my pocket including a case.

Smaller makes it more of an old fashioned PDA or phone sized device and you'd lose all the benefits of any screen size for readability.

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7" - Kindle Fire

8.9" - Kindle Bonfire

10.1" - Kindle Raging Bonfire

14" - Kindle Global Thermonuclear War (or maybe the Kindle WOPR)

and...

5" - Kindle Candle

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Thumbs up for the war games reference

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WOPR, ahh...

...nice one. :)

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Literary Kindles

I feel a Shakespearean theme coming on:

7" Kindle Much Ado About Nothing

8.9" (or iPad size) Kindle Measure for Measure

10.1" Kindle As You Like It.

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A4 now!!

Get with it ye bloody slackers.

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But paperbacks are closer to A5.

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With so many 10inch tablets already available, I can see why they might be backtracking.

I run the Kindle app on my 7inch Tab and can't fault it. Probably the reason why ebook readers are generally a similar size?

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Right size

7 inches is about right isn't it? :-) Perhaps Paris likes them bigger, though.

Seriously though, the bigger devices are heavy and awkward to hold for long spells of reading. I've done lots of reading with my 7" e-Ink Kindle, and it works quite well for that. I picked up my 7" Kobo Vox LCD reader/Android-tablet a couple of days ago, and it is noticeably heavier, but still quite holdable. I've been playing around with it quite a bit (my first Android device), so haven't tried it for any serious reading yet, other than the manual.

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You read the manual?

Call yourself an IT expert - pah!

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I'm better now

At the time, the only other books I had on it were the free ones: a kids book and a recipe book. Had to use *something* to try it out. I've got a bunch of free books now - tried "The Lost World" this aft.

Haven't figured out how to get stuff from the main Android app store yet - it keeps telling me that I need an Android phone registered with it. I'm sure others have managed to get Android apps onto tablets, but so far no luck for me - I'm stuck with the official Kobo app store.

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9" or 10" ...

doesn't matter as long as the whole package is light and slim. Just make one without backlight, e.g. Qualcomm's Mirasol !

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