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Who has bought the Kindle Fire?
vanity | 11/27/2011 | Eye of Unk

Posted on 11/27/2011 6:21:00 AM PST by Eye of Unk

Has anyone bought the Kindle Fire yet? Is it an adequate tablet and book reader? With my town having lost its brick and mortar book store all I have is miniscule supermarket best sellers. I do not want to invest in an Ipad, I do like the Kindle foe e-book reading but the Fire at its low price is very tempting, I would like to hear of any reviews, the ones I see on Amazon I have to kinda take for a lot of favoritism.


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1 posted on 11/27/2011 6:21:02 AM PST by Eye of Unk
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To: Eye of Unk

Wife bought one and likes it.
Virtually unlimited library and very readable.


2 posted on 11/27/2011 6:25:44 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Eye of Unk

I have two Fires. Great device. Integrates nicely with Amazon Prime video streaming, reads well, nice browser. I think it was worth every penny. Nothing out there beats it as this price point.


3 posted on 11/27/2011 6:28:35 AM PST by ChuckHam
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To: Eye of Unk
I already own a kindle and would like to buy the fire. But until they bring out a 3G version, I'll wait. No 3G is a deal breaker for Me. I love My current kindle but I'm willing to wait for 3G as I live rural where 3g isn't available.

CC

4 posted on 11/27/2011 6:29:02 AM PST by Celtic Conservative (Wisdom comes from experience. Experience comes from a lack of wisdom.)
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To: Eye of Unk

my brother told me he returned his....

He compared it to his sons I-Pad and found it wanting.


5 posted on 11/27/2011 6:29:13 AM PST by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Vaquero

Agree. I have an iPad also and it doesn’t compare to the iPad, but the iPad costs much more so it brings more to the table. For $199 the Fire is great.


6 posted on 11/27/2011 6:31:14 AM PST by ChuckHam
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To: Eye of Unk

I received mine over a week ago, it’s very nice BUT I don’t consider it a tablet device. It’s a media display device. It does books very well, easy on the eyes and can be read in the dark. The screen automatically adjusts for lighting levels too.

It plays movies and TV episodes from Amazon in very good detail. The selection is very good and prices are reasonable for rentals or purchase.

It also can surf the web BUT! I don’t recommend it for typing out long posts. The keyboard is way too sensitive and small for me.

As a media display device it is very, very good and I do recommend it for those who are looking for that limited capability. Just don’t expect it to be a tablet computer or a Smart Phone.


7 posted on 11/27/2011 6:31:20 AM PST by The Working Man (The mantra for BO's reign...."No Child Left a Dime")
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To: Eye of Unk

We own two 10” Kindle DX models plus a 6” Kindle. Wife just got a Kindle Fire too. For only reading, the Kindle DX is better because of screen size and the electronic ink. The DX is 10” v. 7” Fire. However, wife loves the Kindle Fire because still easy to read and can do a lot more with it than just read books (web browsing, Android apps, etc.).
Want a pure reading device? Consider the Kindle DX. Want to do more than that, get the Kindle Fire. Skip the 6” Kindles. Too small for reading IMHO and don’t have the versatility of a Kindle Fire.


8 posted on 11/27/2011 6:31:34 AM PST by peyton randolph (B. Hussein Obama solved Bush's "problem" of a AAA credit rating)
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To: Eye of Unk

You are aware that for many ebooks, there is no price diff between the ebook and the dead tree edition? Publishers are frequently charging the same, or close to it, for either edition. FWIW, we have a Nook and an android tab. Both are very good ereaders. But I’m still getting the dead tree edition if it’s cheaper, or I know I’ll be keeping the book :-)


9 posted on 11/27/2011 6:33:56 AM PST by mewzilla (Forget a third party. We need a second one.)
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To: Eye of Unk

I have an iPad, but recently bought the Kindle Fire for my husband. He likes it. The screen is a little small for me, I have problems seeing the text on the websites. Also, because of the smaller screen I’m less accurate when I use the touch screen (often “touching” the link I didn’t intend to.)

As someone mentioned, if you have Amazon Prime, it’s great for instant videos, or if you use Netflix. Lots of free eBooks also with Amazon Prime.

Best pro, when compared to iPad, you can view Flash.

That being said, I love my iPad (I use it for work as well as for entertainment.) But like you said, the difference in price is substantial and the Kindle Fire is more than adequate for an entertainment device.


10 posted on 11/27/2011 6:36:18 AM PST by dawn53
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To: Celtic Conservative

Same issue (3G) here. Daughter and I were looking at them in Staples yesterday. She has a 3G Kindle, but really wants the fire, but until it comes out with 3G, we’re holding off.


11 posted on 11/27/2011 6:37:17 AM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: mewzilla
I still prefer books to electronic editions.
Take the WSJ at a newspaper even though the elc. edition would arrive cheaper and earlier in the day...
12 posted on 11/27/2011 6:37:40 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Eye of Unk; All

—another question from a beginner to these devices—with an HDMI-UBS cable, can I hook a Kindle Fire to my HD TV and show movies, etc., on the tv?


13 posted on 11/27/2011 6:37:47 AM PST by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the media or government says about firearms or explosives--)
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To: Eye of Unk

I have bought two of them for my kids for Christmas.


14 posted on 11/27/2011 6:40:12 AM PST by ContraryMary (Obama = Carter redux)
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To: Eye of Unk

I have a rooted Nook Color, running Android, so it is very much like the Fire. The Fire has goodies that no one, sorry iPad, can top. With the Fire you get a month free of Amazon Prime which gives you the Kindle Lending Library. Every month for free you can download a book and take as long as you’d like to read it. Think of it like Netflix. Think of it as your local library but you don’t have to go there and you don’t get chastised for returning the thing late. With Amazon Prime, you also get streaming video and Amazon offers a ton of movies and TV shows. You also get free 2 day shipping on anything from Amazon.

If I didn’t have the Nook, I would get a Fire. And reading on one of these instead of a paper book is great. I don’t understand about the book smell people complain that’s missing. There are probably close to 100 books on my Nook and it takes up very little space, I don’t care about the missing book smell.

This is the future. Provided after we still have electricity if the nitwit is reelected.


15 posted on 11/27/2011 6:41:10 AM PST by Rytas
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To: Vaquero

That would be expected, given the price differential and difference in market sector focus.


16 posted on 11/27/2011 6:41:52 AM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Dead tree books are my favorite, but I won’t buy a higher percentage of ebooks until the price drops. I’ll wait for the margins to thin out a bit :-)


17 posted on 11/27/2011 6:42:49 AM PST by mewzilla (Forget a third party. We need a second one.)
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To: rellimpank

That is indeed a good question, or can it transfer to a larger LCD monitor screen. Without heading back to Amazon I was also wondering how this holds up for long plane flights, like more than 10 hours. I know its limited but a person can just bring along a battery source. I have seen them.


18 posted on 11/27/2011 6:44:13 AM PST by Eye of Unk (E-Cat is the future, unless we want to live in the past.)
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To: Celtic Conservative

You’ll likely be waiting quite a while. Amazon has stated they purposely left out the 3G/4G capability so customers didn’t have to add yet another data plan to their expenses. Bandwidth usage analysis for the Kindles showed that not many people used their Kindles outside of a WiFi area, so that was another reason.


19 posted on 11/27/2011 6:46:32 AM PST by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: Eye of Unk

Kindle Fire review from EEV blog
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ip9az2c3-F8&feature=feedu

Kindle Fire teardown from EEV
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQ6xxveRJSw&feature=feedu


20 posted on 11/27/2011 6:48:49 AM PST by Bobalu (More rubble, less trouble)
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To: mewzilla

Dead tree books are my favorite too but I have a 27’ fifth wheel travel trailer FULL of books, every single Clive Cussler, all the Travis McGees, John Ringo you name it going back 20 years, hardcovers and mostly sci-fi.

I would say I have over 2000 books, all good enough to sell, but they are my past, lots of popular authors, really good stuff.

But I move around a lot and finding the latest Randy Wayne White is terrible (similar to the Travis McGee)because for some reasons the stores won’t sell his books. Some dispute.

I just finished John Ringo’s Citadel, and then I read the one before it, Live Free or Die, THEN I read Citadel again for the story continuation.


21 posted on 11/27/2011 6:50:55 AM PST by Eye of Unk (E-Cat is the future, unless we want to live in the past.)
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To: Eye of Unk

I have been scanning books to pdf. files.

Not OCR...just image pdf’s. They are large files but with
huge HDs and cheap 32gb micro SD cards I can have a lot of books with me on a tablet.

I also enjoy movies on my 7” tablet. Holding it in my hands the image is much larger than the 42” TV across the room.

What’s not to like :-)


22 posted on 11/27/2011 7:02:26 AM PST by Bobalu (More rubble, less trouble)
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To: Eye of Unk
I bought a Kindle Fire a couple weeks ago. My father has an I-Pad. I think the Fire is OK....but, I think the other Kindles are better for reading books. (They are made for that.) The I-Pad is better for surfing the Web etc. I suppose the Fire is good for watching movies. (Which I don't really do.) So, buy a cheaper Kindle if you want to read books. Buy an I-Pad if you are going to surf the web. Read other reviews if you like to watch movies.
23 posted on 11/27/2011 7:03:31 AM PST by There You Go Again
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To: Eye of Unk

I got my new Kindle Fire last week and I like it so much I’m getting my son one for Christmas. All the praise
you have read on here is accurate. I watched an episode of ‘Planet Earth’ last night and was amazed at the sharp picture.
I bought the original Kindle when it first came out. The ebooks then were never more than 9.99 and I got a lot of really good books that I have gone back and re-read many times.
My son and I have always shared books and when I found out that you can have as many as 6 devices on your account and share the content, I got him a Kindle.
My husband likes audio books and we have an account with Audiobooks.com and one of the first things I did was check out our audio library and it is compatable with the Fire.
So I can read books and magazines, or listen to a book while I am knitting.
You can surf the web with it and you can set up an outside email account such as yahoo, hot mail or your own private one if you choose.
But don’t expect an ipad, its a media device and a very good one. You can also get some ebooks on Amazon from free to .99,1.99,2.99. Some libraries also lend ebooks.


24 posted on 11/27/2011 7:05:30 AM PST by SwatTeam
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To: Rytas

I have installed an RV roof mounted solar panel to 4 golf cart batteries, they sell very compact solar panels that should in theory recharge a tablet, or charge a battery that will hold the charge to then recharge a tablet.

I doubt that will be an issue for a device that draws very few watts, now something bigger like a full sized PC and monitor or even a small LCD TV is different. Just depends if a person has some basic deep cycle battery equipment in an RV, boat or camper. Or even just a modern power tool.

But a topic like this doesn’t belong here. I’m just curious to what point this Kindle Fire can be utilized, could a person access FR and post comments?


25 posted on 11/27/2011 7:08:48 AM PST by Eye of Unk (E-Cat is the future, unless we want to live in the past.)
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To: Eye of Unk

I bought B&N’s colored Nook for my grandson a few days before they came out with their version of an Ipad which was even cheaper. I’ll admit as a meddling grandmother, it was an attempt to help this three year-old learn English as his mother, a psychologist, is Portugese and although fluent in seven languages, including English, evidently speaks only Portugese to him. She’s with him all day; they live in NZ, and my son’s busy teaching psychology. When he gets home, she wants only Portugese spoken. She’s determined to return to Portugal permanently. They were in that dreadful earthquake and lost their house and all their possessions, but it seems a bit much to want to flee to Portugal of all places.

Well, they’ve flown to Portugal for three months (before they have to go back to NZ), and son emailed me how grateful he was that I’d gotten the Nook for little Daniel. Why in the world — with Portugal in such trouble, would you want your child basically trapped there, unable to speak English which is today’s lingua Franca? This is nuts. Something unfortunate is going. At some point I suspect the only contact my son will have with Daniel will be over the internet, so I guess the Nook was indeed a great idea.


26 posted on 11/27/2011 7:09:06 AM PST by hershey
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To: SwatTeam

Now that I find very interesting, often on long flights I just get tired of keeping my eyes open hour after hour either reading or watching a movie, but hearing an audio book is different. I will have to head back to Amazon and see just how that works, so far I’m sold, for reasons some might understand I don’t want to be an Apple fan, I do not want to spend $500 or more on a tablet just yet, I won’t even be going back to work unless for some reason somebody WANTS me to work and my seasonal job won’t appear until next april unless I fly down to Australia and work their summer but for other reasons this year I am stuck in Alaska this winter.


27 posted on 11/27/2011 7:15:55 AM PST by Eye of Unk (E-Cat is the future, unless we want to live in the past.)
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To: hershey

Yes the earthquakes were terrible, it was immediately after that I decided to make work arraignments to fly from Alaska to Oz being that I am in the concrete batching field.
Sounds to me the child would benefit from English speaking tutorials or even just childrens audio books.


28 posted on 11/27/2011 7:19:30 AM PST by Eye of Unk (E-Cat is the future, unless we want to live in the past.)
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To: Eye of Unk

The Kindle Firs is nothing more than a direct POS device linking to the Amazon ecosystem of services. It’s meant as a device that locks you in to books and movies and whatever else can be bought through Amazon.

Why would anybody want to limit themselves to just one vendor? The fact is that, the Fire should not have to cost anybody anything, and it should be free if it’s mostly a POS device in every home.


29 posted on 11/27/2011 7:21:40 AM PST by adorno (<)
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To: adorno

Uh huh, I had that thought for a bit.

If Amazon crashes then the Fire is useless.

If Amazon wants they can track your habits.

If the Feds want they can track you through Amazon...

But otherwise what else? I know some people disagree with Amazon, I could but ever since they started they have never really disappointed me, shipping is fast even by Alaska standards, they are much better than Ebay as far as security I think.

And somebody probably from Samsung will have a clone in the next month even cheaper. I skipped on the Kindle because I simply waited to see it mature a bit, it did and it has improved and is cheaper still. I agree Amazon should indeed offer this device with a contract just like a cellphone, of which I prefer to use a Tracfone.

I don’t like contracts and because Amazon did stand up against some internet taxation I am beginning to have some limited faith in them.


30 posted on 11/27/2011 7:30:23 AM PST by Eye of Unk (E-Cat is the future, unless we want to live in the past.)
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To: Eye of Unk

If you don’t want the whole media thing, just a reader and an audio book, the other Kindles also can be used as audiobooks. With the other Kindles you have to download the audiobooks to a computer and then to your kindle.
I haven’t tried to buy and download an audio from my Fire yet but since I just had to download the audiobook ap and sign in to access the library, I assume you can do that.
I hope you find what you want. I don’t think you will be disappointed whichever one you choose. All of the Kindles stay charged a lot longer than the Fire. I have had to charge it frequently.


31 posted on 11/27/2011 7:32:19 AM PST by SwatTeam
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To: All

Thank you all for a very fast courteous and intellectual response, I bet liberals don’t even bother with the Kindle Fire, probably too basic, too commoner, non-elitist and so on.

I gotta warm up the truck, its -18F and i have to drive 13 miles into town and pick up a few things, like a couple of books, that will be about $15 in gas for my 8.1 liter Silverado gasser round trip.


32 posted on 11/27/2011 7:42:05 AM PST by Eye of Unk (E-Cat is the future, unless we want to live in the past.)
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To: Eye of Unk

Books from library for iPad and kindle are free, great. Sometimes you have to wait for them but beats paying 14.99. And there are very easy ways to pass them around but won’t go into that.

I have run out of room for dead treenbooks, seriously and like to read two or three at a time so carrying them around is impossible. The only downside is waiting during takeoff on a plane and not being able to read. And not seeing the details of maps, etc.


33 posted on 11/27/2011 7:43:52 AM PST by cajungirl
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To: Eye of Unk

I don’t disagree with Amazon’s services, but I do disagree with a lock-in system where any purchases one makes, has to be through their POS Kindle Fire.

If Samsung does come out with a similar item, I’m pretty sure that it won’t be to lock people into their shopping ecosystem, and it will be a general purpose tablet for anything that can be done in the “open” and not in a closed system like the Fire/Amazon.


34 posted on 11/27/2011 8:35:19 AM PST by adorno (<)
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To: Eye of Unk

>>could a person access FR and post comments?<<

I know I can on my Nook Color. ;)


35 posted on 11/27/2011 9:06:45 AM PST by Daffynition ( **Socialism, in general, has a record of failure so blatant that only an effete could ignore it**)
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To: Eye of Unk; Eric in the Ozarks
"I still prefer books to electronic editions."

Me too. I buy mostly used books on Amazon, or trade the paperbacks I have for others on a site I discovered earlier this year. It's PaperbackSwap.com for anyone who is interested.

You post your books on the site, then earn a credit for every book someone orders from you. You then use those credits to order books that you want from other people who have posted their books on the site. When mailing a book out to someone, you have the option of buying the postage and optional tracking from the site, or you can purchase the postage when you take the package to the post office. If you use their postage and tracking, once you've marked the book shipped, you get instant credit. The main thing to remember is that you pay for the shipping when you mail the books out, but get the books you order sent to you for free. They are also linked to Amazon.

36 posted on 11/27/2011 9:34:18 AM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Eye of Unk

I am on sending this reply through my Kindle Fire. I love this kindle..easy to use, lots of ways to use it.


37 posted on 11/27/2011 9:56:38 AM PST by arbee4bush (My Dad, My Hero. Love you Dad!!)
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To: Eye of Unk

I am on sending this reply through my Kindle Fire. I love this kindle..easy to use, lots of ways to use it.


38 posted on 11/27/2011 9:56:40 AM PST by arbee4bush (My Dad, My Hero. Love you Dad!!)
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To: Eye of Unk

Sorry for the double posts. FR is so burpby today! Keep getting 503 errors everytime I refresh or click on a link.


39 posted on 11/27/2011 9:58:27 AM PST by arbee4bush (My Dad, My Hero. Love you Dad!!)
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To: Eye of Unk

You might consider a cheap Android tablet, or an Android phone for that matter. There are eReader apps for all the major ebook formats (Kindle, etc.). Not only can you use it as an ereader, you can surf the web via WiFi.


40 posted on 11/27/2011 9:58:44 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("The very idea of a community organizer is to stir up a mob for some political purpose." Ann Coulter)
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To: arbee4bush

I bought one for my husband and he loves it. It’s a great device for the money and I like the size better than my IPad. It’s much more portable.


41 posted on 11/27/2011 9:59:24 AM PST by Eva
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To: adorno

I have a Nook Color, and I’ve rooted it into a full Android tablet. Not difficult to do. (Here is one example: http://icrontic.com/forum/showthread.php?t=93234 ) Then you just go to the Google Android marketplace, download the B&N Nook ap and the Amazon Kindle ap, both free, and you can source e-books from either site.


42 posted on 11/27/2011 12:19:46 PM PST by RedWhiteBlue (Mama tried)
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To: Eye of Unk

My wife just got one and likes it very much.

I haven’t played with it yet but I will say that I was very impressed with the graphic display while playing streaming media. Excellent picture.


43 posted on 11/27/2011 12:33:50 PM PST by 2111USMC (Not a hard man to track. Leaves dead men wherever he goes.)
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To: arbee4bush

Can the Fire copy and paste text from the web browser screen?


44 posted on 11/27/2011 1:59:15 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Bobalu
I have been scanning books to pdf. files.

How do you do that?
I myself would OCR them, because any book in PDF I have is a reference book, and I need the word search and highlight feature.

To add to the discussion, I do not yet have a kindle, just Kindle for the PC, and I have no desire for a reader swiss army knife. Just downloading andreading for me. No web browsing, no apps no texting, nothing but reading. Ideally a large screen with no texting keys would suit me (no such animal yet).

45 posted on 11/27/2011 2:39:14 PM PST by Publius6961 (My world was lovely, until it was taken over by parasites.)
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To: Eye of Unk
Could a person access FR ad post comments?

I do it all the time. In fact, this post is coming to you from My kindle as we speak. (um, post)

CC

46 posted on 11/27/2011 9:25:44 PM PST by Celtic Conservative (Wisdom comes from experience. Experience comes from a lack of wisdom.)
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To: All

After reading some buyer comments about the Fire at Amazon some have pointed out a security flaw, that anyone who picks up the Fire, a friend, co-worker or a thief can immediately access you Amazon account.
Went to town and again looked at the regular Kindle and some other pads like the Galaxy and the Xoom, the display Ipad I could not figure out how to work, I tried swiping, tapping, turning and it just would not cooperate. Either it was locked up or it requires some sort of blood or sperm sample first for ID.

I think this is a temporary fad, I will just get a decent laptop, those are being ignored big time and the prices are falling.

I expect these pads will do an advanced cascade advancement pretty quick,by next year there should be some improvements. I remember saving all my limited funds years ago to buy the top of the line PC at 700mhz or something, cost me $2,000, of course a decent cellphone can do that or better for a lot lot less. And it was obsolete in less than 6 months.
So as I see it the Fire has a poorly positioned power switch, gets too hot where you hold it, cannot easily transfer photos and has a limited capacity, also when viewing a widescreen movie the image is distorted. And then it also supposedly is too open security wise.

Just because its a cheap tablet does not mean I am going to run with the herd on this, I believe it needs to go through another phase to address these and other issues.

Sorry if I sound like a person that hates technology, far from it, but over the years I am totally turned off buying anything new and cutting edge, worst was when I bought the latest and most expensive Toshiba laptop at $3,100, and two months later some chocolate milk spilt on the keyboard it killed it, absolutely killed it, I still have it as a door stop to remind me of my lunacy to never ever repeat the same mistake. No its not for sale, it could be repaired eventually.
It sounds like a lot of people are happy with it, I do not have any wi-fi in my house that I can think of, I am currently in rural Alaska, on dial-up only, too expensive to get anything else and it does just fine, the Fire not having 3-G seems to be another issue. It requires me to drive to civilization, more fuel costs.

Thanks folks but sorry, I’m passing on the Fire, I really was wanting to get one but after putting a pair of darker glasses on and reading the specs its too immature I think.


47 posted on 11/28/2011 2:46:15 AM PST by Eye of Unk (E-Cat is the future, unless we want to live in the past.)
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To: adorno

“The fact is that, the Fire should not have to cost anybody anything, and it should be free if it’s mostly a POS device in every home.”

I’ve felt that way about the iPad - a device for purchasing more stuff that starts with an “i” with great speed and convenience.

I think that Amazon WOULD give them away for free if hackers wouldn’t root them and repurpose them.


48 posted on 12/03/2011 9:45:37 AM PST by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: All

This is probably a waste of time but after this thread died out I went ahead and bought a Kindle Touch 3G Dec. 3rd.

Up until yesterday I have been stuffing it with all my favorite authors from Clive Cussler to Edger Rice Burroughs.

It has over 40 different books, even a book on automatic rifle teardowns. Not the best for illustrations though.

It never strains my eyes, never hiccupped and was very easy to use. I found the Cloud excellent to put up on my puter and thus everything I bought was also readable on the puter scree though that does after a while make my eyes hurt.

My 17 year old son lives in a foster home, he occasionally gets down to the public library but has very little money to buy the books he really wants like good old fashioned sc-fi. Turns out he has the same taste as I have and most of the books in the Touch were to his liking.

Here we have Christmas coming and shortly after that will be his birthday, so I decided to give him my Kindle Touch 3G and I would get another Touch, but Walmart was out of the Kindle Touch 3G, so I did something stupid and bought the Kindle Fire.

That was yesterday afternoon, I immediately found that unless you get it registered its basically useless. I took it home where my daughter has her puter on a wi-fi router along with the wifes puter, min is still on a dialup.

I spent 4 hours trying to get authenticated to no avail, I tried connecting a USB to my puter and doing a registration to no avail, I could not download anything from the Cloud to the Fire until it was registered by the Fire itself, I did enter the serial number on the Amazon site and registered it with Amazon, apparently it requires a software update, it was estimated to be 181MGB and 12 hours download on my puter but the Fire just would not connected to the wi-fi in the house.

I live well away from town and I have no idea how you connect at any wi-fi hotspot, so I was really pissed after all this and I said the hell with it, I did try checking some Kindle Forums and yes quite a few Fires are having this same problem.

I took the Fire back to Walmart last night and got my money back. Unless Amazon gets its act together and offers one with 3G I will never ever consider this device. I may not have the most modern router but I feel this is just being too dependent upon wi-fi and it leaves many people like me frustrated because we are rural and not the urban WI-Fi addictonadons.

My gut feeling was right from the very start and I was lured by the sirens of tech but I escaped without injury, those of you that have the Fire and have no problems I am not against you, its just not going to work for some people.

I may now get another Kindle Touch 3G, it works great as long as I don’t have to download any audio books as they require wi-fi, the 3G download is usually less than 20 seconds. Love that Kindle Touch, basic, easy to use, easy on the eyes.

I still want a tablet but only if its with 3G, maybe a Galaxy or the Xoom.


49 posted on 12/18/2011 9:12:36 AM PST by Eye of Unk (Castigo Cay by Matt Bracken, check it out. And his other works.)
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This is probably a waste of time but after this thread died out I went ahead and bought a Kindle Touch 3G Dec. 3rd.

Up until yesterday I have been stuffing it with all my favorite authors from Clive Cussler to Edger Rice Burroughs.

It has over 40 different books, even a book on automatic rifle teardowns. Not the best for illustrations though.

It never strains my eyes, never hiccupped and was very easy to use. I found the Cloud excellent to put up on my puter and thus everything I bought was also readable on the puter scree though that does after a while make my eyes hurt.

My 17 year old son lives in a foster home, he occasionally gets down to the public library but has very little money to buy the books he really wants like good old fashioned sc-fi. Turns out he has the same taste as I have and most of the books in the Touch were to his liking.

Here we have Christmas coming and shortly after that will be his birthday, so I decided to give him my Kindle Touch 3G and I would get another Touch, but Walmart was out of the Kindle Touch 3G, so I did something stupid and bought the Kindle Fire.

That was yesterday afternoon, I immediately found that unless you get it registered its basically useless. I took it home where my daughter has her puter on a wi-fi router along with the wifes puter, min is still on a dialup.

I spent 4 hours trying to get authenticated to no avail, I tried connecting a USB to my puter and doing a registration to no avail, I could not download anything from the Cloud to the Fire until it was registered by the Fire itself, I did enter the serial number on the Amazon site and registered it with Amazon, apparently it requires a software update, it was estimated to be 181MGB and 12 hours download on my puter but the Fire just would not connected to the wi-fi in the house.

I live well away from town and I have no idea how you connect at any wi-fi hotspot, so I was really pissed after all this and I said the hell with it, I did try checking some Kindle Forums and yes quite a few Fires are having this same problem.

I took the Fire back to Walmart last night and got my money back. Unless Amazon gets its act together and offers one with 3G I will never ever consider this device. I may not have the most modern router but I feel this is just being too dependent upon wi-fi and it leaves many people like me frustrated because we are rural and not the urban WI-Fi addictonadons.

My gut feeling was right from the very start and I was lured by the sirens of tech but I escaped without injury, those of you that have the Fire and have no problems I am not against you, its just not going to work for some people.

I may now get another Kindle Touch 3G, it works great as long as I don’t have to download any audio books as they require wi-fi, the 3G download is usually less than 20 seconds. Love that Kindle Touch, basic, easy to use, easy on the eyes.

I still want a tablet but only if its with 3G, maybe a Galaxy or the Xoom.


50 posted on 12/18/2011 9:15:17 AM PST by Eye of Unk (Castigo Cay by Matt Bracken, check it out. And his other works.)
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