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Kindle Fire

Anyone tried one of these?

 

i am tempted by the ads but can't see what it does that my iPad doesn't - still tempted!!!



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Re: Kindle Fire

I've been thinking about getting a Kindle Fire as a Xmas present for a family member, but I’m a bit unsure. It seems to have some good features and is also (relatively) reasonably priced compared to some of the other tablets out there.

 

The online reviews I've seen so far seem to be mostly positive, but if anyone has tried it out I'd also be interested in your opinion.

 

Stephanie

 

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Re: Kindle Fire

Fire or Fire HD?

 

Looked to a couple of 7in choices recently and once the price for the ipad announced, that was quickly discarded for a number of reasons. Basically it was the Fire HD or Nexus 7. The Fire is fine if all your media is from Amazon. Otherwise the Nexus 7 has access to the full Google Play store, including Kindle app, Kobo and Books. A breeze to use, priced to sell and as a Google premium device, is regularly updated....

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Following carlj64's point; for users who currently have an android phone they will probably find the KF a bit limited and frustrating, as it wont have the full andoid build that they are used to seeing on their phones.

 

The Nexus range[various screen sized] look very tempting. 

For anyone currently thinking about buying an online subscription to "The T***s" newspaper, the paper will sell you a Nexus 7 for £50.Smiley Surprised

 

Unfortunately fo me, I already have a subscription so dont qualify for the offer. Smiley Sad

 

The BT shop has been e-mailing some other good deals on tablets recently as well. Smiley Wink

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carlj64
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Re: Kindle Fire

Just to add another contender. Android is open source, but like Amazon, some manufacturers prefer to shell it, and limit usability. If Google Play isn't important, but a screen that is absolutely gorgeous is, Barnes and Noble Nook HD. Well built and unlike the others in contention, has a micro sd slot!

 

Carl

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r1sean
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Re: Kindle Fire

I just set up my daughter's Kindle Fire HD (for Xmas) it was so simple and the screen is beautiful downloaded a few apps for her and connected it to her twitter and FB account. I also set up a amazon account. You get 5Gb of icloud which should be plenty.

I must also say it was easier to set up then the ipad for my other daughter foolishly I put in her date of birth and of course she wasn't old enough to have an ipad so had to use my apple account, after some apple support I re-registered it in her name.

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Re: Kindle Fire

I have a Nexus 7 and I must say it is excellent.

 

I'm having a hard time making my mind up, the person I would be buying the Kindle Fire for has expressed interest in getting one but I think it's just because they saw an ad for it rather than because of any specific tech preference.

 

Ah well, it's not like Christmas is around the corner or anything 😉

 

Stephanie

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Distinguished Guru
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Re: Kindle Fire

I fancy one for reading but also for the size - holding the iPad can be problematic when watching films - if I ever win the lottery I will buy something in between the iPad and phone for size I think.

 

my wife tried out the Kindle Fire in Waterstones and thought it was sluggish and unresponsive compared to the iPad 



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Re: Kindle Fire

Stuart,

 

The Nexus 7 doesn't have any problems with responsiveness, other than waking up from sleep mode. Even with my Mr Magoo eyesight, kindle/kobo/play and Nook apps font is clear and crisp. Content is certainly starting to make a difference with Google Play now offering movies, music and magazines alongside apps.

 

Carl

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