Should I Buy the Kindle Fire HD 7″ with 8 GB or 16 GB?

Overall, the Kindle Fire HD 7″ gets very good reviews. It’s widely regarded to be more solid and well-built than previous versions of the Kindle, with a 7-inch, 1,280-by-800 IPS LCD with great color balance and impressive viewing angles. And with a price tag under $200, it’s much cheaper than an iPad, for example.

Its biggest limitation is the fact that it is so tied to Amazon ecosystem (you can’t access the Google Play app store, for example—only the Amazon Appstore). But if you’re comfortable with that, and have decided to buy a Kindle Fire HD, you’ve made a pretty safe choice.

But which Kindle Fire HD 7″ should you buy, the 8 GB or the 16 GB?

The first question to ask yourself is what you’ll be using it for. If you’re using it primarily as an e-reader, and mostly storing books on the device, you might be fine with the 8 GB version. You’ll be able to store thousands of books and still have room for apps, like Pandora and Netflix, that let you enjoy streaming movies and music as well.

But if you want to have a large collection of apps, music, and movies on the device itself, you may find yourself running out of space quickly. Because the Kindle doesn’t have any slots for a memory card, there’s not much you can do when you run out of space besides rotate content out of the device.

The general consensus among Kindle Fire owners is that it’s safer to get the extra storage.

Still having trouble deciding? View our comparison page: Kindle Fire HD 7″ 8GB vs 16GB