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Kindle Fire or Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9?
1/3/2012 | me

Posted on 01/03/2012 1:17:18 PM PST by mdittmar

Narrowed it down to two.

Been looking at tablets,like the Kindle Fire because I have a Kindle,purchase things from Amazon,no problems,Kindle Fire would be easy,less expensive,yet the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 has me intrigued?


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Computers/Internet; Education; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: galaxy; kindle; tablet
Any help out there would be appreciated.
1 posted on 01/03/2012 1:17:22 PM PST by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

Don’t know much about the Galaxy, but bought my daughter a Fire...and find myself continuously stealing it from her. Lots of bang for the buck, easy to use, a winner in my opinion.


2 posted on 01/03/2012 1:22:57 PM PST by skeety ("Don't try. Do.")
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To: mdittmar

I love my Kindle Fire!!! I’m able to get apps, and surf the internet on it just fine.


3 posted on 01/03/2012 1:24:09 PM PST by IMissPresidentReagan (A kid like Prescott & still pro-life all the days of his life. President Reagan was truly a saint!)
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To: mdittmar

I have a Galaxy tablet 8.9. The tablet comes with a amazon kindle app (connetcion to Amazon library). You can still read books from Amazon.

The real question then, do you want a Tablet WiFi or Tablet 4G? You have to decide since neither are backward capatible. I have the Wifi. You can get free wifi at most hotels, Hooters, starbucks, Mickey Dees and chickfila.

If you want you to buy your tablet without a plan, you can get 4G (2Gb) for $25 per month without a contract or a wifi mobile hotpot for $50 with a two year deal, both are from ATT.

I have a home computer and right now the free wifi works. Remember you also can get “drop” insurance for about $100 p.a. or $150 for two years.


4 posted on 01/03/2012 1:25:11 PM PST by Perdogg
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To: mdittmar

Not sure if you’ve seen or read this review of the Fire. The reviewer is an Amazon vine member meaning he’s done literally hundreds of reviews and he got his Kindle Fire early from Amazon (7 days use before return) specificially to do the review. I do not know him but have read many of his and he doesn a great job.

This review compares the Fire to the iPad, but what he had to say made my husband and I hold off on purchasing the Fire. We’d considered it for the same reasons you are. Hope this helps!

http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Fire-Amazon-Tablet/product-reviews/B0051VVOB2/ref=cm_cr_pr_redirect?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0

His is the first review - Scott is his name.


5 posted on 01/03/2012 1:26:21 PM PST by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: skeety

Check out the thrive. I like it much. It has real USB connections and a real HDMI port. Cheaper then the galaxy and more expensive then the kindle. Plus it comes with the camera in the front and back.


6 posted on 01/03/2012 1:27:16 PM PST by CJ Wolf (OMG - Obama Must Go!)
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To: mdittmar

I’m looking into the Fire as well. Can you do crossword puzzles on a Kindle?


7 posted on 01/03/2012 1:27:42 PM PST by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
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To: mdittmar

I’ve been looking at the Fire as well. I bought a Kindle WiFi with keyboard a few months ago, but still have problems with my eyes, even though the screen has better contrast than the Sony EReader I had.

While I can surf the net, check email, play games, maintain a calendar, as well as read books, the Kindle WiFi is most of what I need except for the BW screen. The Fire has a much better color presentation, but the big killer (for me) is the battery life, which is rated in hours and not weeks like the WiFi.

These decisions come down to what you want to do with it. They’re not computers in that computer “work” is not what they’re suited for. So, if you’re looking for a work environment, don’t waste your time. But if you’re looking for entertainment, look at the price, look at the size of the unit, look at the memory, and look how the various units have been consumer rated. I’m not much help, but that’s about if for buying one of these things.

BTW, I’m sticking with my Kindle WiFi. At least for some time.


8 posted on 01/03/2012 1:28:12 PM PST by bcsco
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To: mdittmar
http://www.squidoo.com/best-android-tablet-reviews
9 posted on 01/03/2012 1:31:58 PM PST by FReepaholic (Stupidity is not a crime, so you're free to go.)
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To: mdittmar

Had a Kindle for year and half and was able to travel anywhere in the world with no problem getting internet access.

Just got Kindle Fire and love the touch screen, color, features, and apps. Downside, wasn’t prepared for need to have Wi-fi for use. (Solution: subscribed to mobile HotSpot service)


10 posted on 01/03/2012 1:34:13 PM PST by Brandonmark (2012: Our Hope IS Change!)
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To: Perdogg

mobile hotpot not a problem,got virgin mobile out here in the boonies to get connected,thanks.


11 posted on 01/03/2012 1:34:53 PM PST by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

More here

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2821885/posts


12 posted on 01/03/2012 1:35:55 PM PST by Perdogg
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To: mdittmar

Check out youtube for demonstrations. I saw several for the Fire. There are probably some for the Galaxy too.


13 posted on 01/03/2012 1:37:17 PM PST by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
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To: mdittmar

I still recommend the Xoom. That said, we got the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. It is pretty cool! I still love my Xoom, but the Tab is comparable, so I imagine the 8.9 is, as well. My SO is not sure if he will keep it, only because he uses his laptop so much. I have a laptop, but love the ease of portability of the Xoom. He may end up with the Fire eventually as an e-reader. Cost-wise, it makes sense for us.


14 posted on 01/03/2012 1:45:12 PM PST by ozaukeemom (No to Romney, no how, no way, no money, no vote)
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To: mdittmar

If you buy the Tab at Costco, you get 90 days to decide. You can return it if it is not what you need.


15 posted on 01/03/2012 1:48:09 PM PST by ozaukeemom (No to Romney, no how, no way, no money, no vote)
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To: mdittmar

Kindle Fire is probably the most adopted android “tablet”.. problem is its not running a tablet OS.. its running Android 2 which is not a tablet OS at all, but a phone version of Android.

To my knowledge Fire has no direct access to the Android Market.. and lord knows what apps the Fire will run if you buy them and try to run them.

I as a developer have ZERO intention of releasing any of my apps on the Kindle Market, because Amazon requires that if you put your app there, they get to set the price and that you must offer ALL your apps through their space.

My honest opinion, if you are going to buy a tablet, iPad is the king, without question. If you want a true table, get something other than a Fire.. if you want an overpriced small tablet running a phone OS, buy the Fire.

However I am a technoguy, so I get angry at bogus marketing.. you can buy Android 2 tablets all over the place for sub $200... Kindle brings nothing to the table other than some personalized coding ontop of android 2. But it is portrayed and being sold as a game changer.. its not.

However, if the Fire does what you want, go for it. But of the two you have listed I’d probably personally opt for the other device. However, from a users perspective Kindle is more controlled, so it may be a better fit for you.


16 posted on 01/03/2012 1:52:09 PM PST by HamiltonJay
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To: skeety; All

Thanks all,I’m gonna start with the Kindle Fire,brother has the IPad,way out of my league,always learning though.


17 posted on 01/03/2012 2:11:24 PM PST by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

Kindle Fire! I’m no tablet fanboi but have some experience with iPad/iPad2, Tab10.1 and wasn’t impressed enough to buy one. After using my sister’s Fire, I may have found my first tablet.


18 posted on 01/03/2012 2:37:09 PM PST by DesertSapper (Inna-gadda-da-vida!)
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To: windcliff; stylecouncilor

ping


19 posted on 01/03/2012 3:07:22 PM PST by onedoug
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To: mdittmar

Rubik’s Cube or Pet Rock?


20 posted on 01/03/2012 3:11:37 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: mdittmar

I know that it is an always moving target, but you have to think about the electronic environment. If your house has Macs and iPods, stay with Apple (iPad 3 almost certain for Spring - will push other prices down). Contrary, if Android smart phones then the Galaxy may float your boat. If you have an Amazon account, well ‘Fire’ away.

It is going to be a wonderful buyer’s market by summer if Google also enters the Tablet wars with their own device.


21 posted on 01/03/2012 3:23:56 PM PST by SES1066 (Government is NOT the reason for my existance!)
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To: mdittmar

So far I like my Kindle Fire, but you can’t use Skype or any other VOIP and to me that’s a bit of a drawback. I don’t need the camera so that’s no big deal. You now can visit the Android Market Place but still can’t download. All apps have to come via Amazon so your choicce is limited.

The other issue on readers is the Fire doesn’t have E-Ink and like most full color backlit screens it’s harder on the eyes for reading a long time. I change the background on the book to the tinted one and it seems to help (kind of a pinkish beige.). The color screens are harder to read out in full daylight (example at the beach).

I’ve watched some movies and the resoltion is excellent for the small screen. If you have Amazon Prime then the Kindle is a really good deal because of all the free movies which will also stream to your TV or other computers.

Last thing the Kindle Fire is WiFi and if you have unlimited 4G on your account that would give you more flexibiity where you travel with it.

Overall I’m pretty happy with mine which I got for Christmas.


22 posted on 01/03/2012 3:26:21 PM PST by airedale
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To: bcsco

Try changing the background on the books to the tan one with black lettering in the font section. I find it much easier to read with less eye strain.


23 posted on 01/03/2012 3:30:20 PM PST by airedale
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To: Revolting cat!

LOL!


24 posted on 01/03/2012 3:30:26 PM PST by mdittmar
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To: bcsco

Try changing the background on the books to the tan one with black lettering in the font section. I find it much easier to read with less eye strain.


25 posted on 01/03/2012 3:30:35 PM PST by airedale
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To: mdittmar

I love my fire. It makes keeping up with scripture in Church a breeze. You can also play word games, and Angry Birds!


26 posted on 01/03/2012 3:38:34 PM PST by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghan Honor Roll students.)
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To: airedale

Tan? This is a Kindle Keyboard WiFi with e-Ink technology. I find nothing on the Kindle, or at Amazon support, that says anything about changing the background color. I don’t think that’s possible.


27 posted on 01/03/2012 3:56:27 PM PST by bcsco
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To: bcsco

I didn’t realize you had Keyboard model. The topic started out with the Fire which is full color and backlit. I changed it to the softer colors to make it easier to read. I’ve never used one of the other Kindles for long enough to start playing with the settings. sorry for the confusion.


28 posted on 01/03/2012 4:27:33 PM PST by airedale
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To: mdittmar

Responding to this post on a Kindle Fire. It’s pretty cool. Got it for the wife for Christmas but she never gets a chance to use it now:). Hard to beat for only $199, despite not being a full tablet.


29 posted on 01/03/2012 6:28:06 PM PST by MCH
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To: mdittmar

If those two are your only choices, then it’s got to be the Samsung...hands down.

Amazon’s Fire does not include cameras, GPS or Bluetooth and has just one micro-USB socket and no way to output HDMI;it also has less RAM and just 8 Gb of storage space.

Where’s the decision?

If you’re looking at paying more to get more, you don’t need to. Take a look at Pandigital’s SuperNova 8” Dlx, w/32gb, Bluetooth, WiFi, HDMI, Multi Touch, USB (OTG), 2 cameras, accelerometer, Flash enabled, and access to a very large selection of FREE Android apps. It’ll cost you less than a Fire and the Samsung. I paid $158 on a QVC hourly special.


30 posted on 01/03/2012 6:43:17 PM PST by papasmurf (I pledge to vote (R). How 'bout you?)
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To: Perdogg; All
Thanks again all for your comments.

Finally got my MiFi working after 3 days of trying to figure it out;)

Now,I'm back to square one;)

31 posted on 01/05/2012 6:15:59 PM PST by mdittmar
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To: Perdogg; All

Just an update, went with the Vizio 8” tablet. Not bad, but I’m a novice.
Still trying to figure out the key board;


32 posted on 01/12/2012 3:28:36 PM PST by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

I posted a vanity thread about getting a Kindle Fire.

Most relpies were well supportive of it but I found that it was just too basic and had a security flaw.

Well life throws you a curvball occasionally and I had given my Kindle Touch to my son for Christmas, so I went and bought a Fire, only because nobody had any more Kindle Touch pads.

I spent over four fruitless hours trying to get a Wi-fi connection, could not do anything to make it work, so I took it back.

To me I must have one that has an alternative means of connection than Wi-fi, especially when I am out in the area of the country that has nothing. usually I can still get a 3G connection.

So the Kindle Fire fizzled for me, if I was living on a campus, in a real town maybe it would be different.


33 posted on 01/12/2012 3:37:57 PM PST by Eye of Unk (Liberals need not reply.)
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To: mdittmar

My local ATT store has an offer of the latest new smartphone with the purchase of a Galaxy pad, I might go that route.

And yes I did buy a second Kindle Touch 3G, the only way to go, screw wi-fi.


34 posted on 01/12/2012 3:43:20 PM PST by Eye of Unk (Liberals need not reply.)
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To: Eye of Unk

I’m out in the boonies, using a virgin mobile MIFI hotspot, so far it’s working ok


35 posted on 01/12/2012 3:55:46 PM PST by mdittmar
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To: Eye of Unk

I’m out in the boonies, using a virgin mobile MIFI hotspot, so far it’s working ok


36 posted on 01/12/2012 3:58:10 PM PST by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

I need to upgrade seriously, my travels are in Alaska and the outback of Australia. I can really say this though, I really really like my Kindle Touch for those times I just want to read. Excellent battery run time, I hate being a slave to power. Especially different voltages.


37 posted on 01/12/2012 4:00:51 PM PST by Eye of Unk (Liberals need not reply.)
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To: mdittmar

I love my Kindle Fire. I just use it for reading, games, and occasional checking the internet. Amazon has a lot of books and apps free, which was another reason I went with Kindle.


38 posted on 01/12/2012 4:04:45 PM PST by pnz1
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To: mdittmar

I recently purchased a Fire. I’d read all the bad reviews but decided to go ahead with it anyway and I’m glad I did. For a (relatively) small price there’s a lot to like about the Fire. It’s used mostly for reading books, browsing, e-mail and a few tech things like monitoring wi-fi signals. It was the best $200 I’ve spent in a long time.


39 posted on 01/12/2012 4:20:37 PM PST by Not The Other One
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I recently purchased a Fire. I’d read all the bad reviews but decided to go ahead with it anyway and I’m glad I did. For a (relatively) small price there’s a lot to like about the Fire. It’s used mostly for reading books, browsing, e-mail and a few tech things like monitoring wi-fi signals. It was the best $200 I’ve spent in a long time.


40 posted on 01/12/2012 4:20:50 PM PST by Not The Other One
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