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Kindle Fire...Some Questions
« on: February 16, 2012, 02:13:49 AM »
I keep hearing wonderful things about it and I am thinking my Kindle Keyboard needs a buddy.  LOL  

Here is what I would like to do with it and some questions on each:
 
Watch movies ~ Do they play well or are there a bunch of pausing to catch up streaming?  Is Netflix available on the Fire?

Play a few games

Manage my email~ Are the only emails that work on it hotmail/yahoo/ etc or can I use my Road Runner email?

Facebook ~ Just general updates, maybe play my games from fb and chat.

Online shopping ~

My son has an ipad and I just don't like it as its too big for me.  I want something that is smaller and much more portable.   It would be used at home, in the vehicle (when someone else is driving..lol)  and places where I am waiting (dr's office, hospital, kids school, etc).  I don't travel outside of the U.S.  

Thanks for your input.
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Re: Kindle Fire...Some Questions
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2012, 04:32:44 AM »
Streaming video quality will depend on the connection.

As far as I've been able to tell, any email you can set up via a web client will work.

Don't do any more with FB than view my news feed -- I don't update or chat via the Fire.  May occasionally respond to a post.  Note there's no camera so you can't take a picture with it and upload to FB.

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Re: Kindle Fire...Some Questions
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2012, 06:05:07 AM »
I could of bought the ipad but it would not fit in my lunch bag, the fire is the perfect size and it runs a lot of apps, the operating system is some sort of android, so there is a lot of apps for it, i just got mine a couple weeks ago and i am happy with it :)



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Re: Kindle Fire...Some Questions
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2012, 07:22:07 AM »
Streaming is fine with my WiFi connection in and around the yard...

I do not have any games installed...

My ONLY COMPLAINT is that I can not purchase and load apps from the market directly into my Fire and have to side load them.. Our local newspaper just came out with an e-pages app for phones and tablets that is "ok"  on my android  phone..  BUT FANTASTIC on the fire..pictures are as clear as if I am holding the real paper in my hands and so is the print size..

I had to side load that app..

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Re: Kindle Fire...Some Questions
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2012, 08:43:37 AM »
My son has an ipad and I just don't like it as its too big for me.  I want something that is smaller and much more portable.

You want a Kindle Fire, seriously. I liked mine so much that I sold my iPad 1 and bought another Kindle Fire for my wife. The size/weight are perfect for carrying with me, even just around the house.

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Re: Kindle Fire...Some Questions
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2012, 10:22:37 AM »
  It would be used at home, in the vehicle (when someone else is driving..lol)  and places where I am waiting (dr's office, hospital, kids school, etc).

Just an FYI -- in most cases, you wouldn't be able to go online at doctor's offices, hospitals, schools, etc.  Those mostly have closed wi-fi connections that you can't access, and the Fire doesn't have 3G access (cell phone type connection), just wi-fi.  So you could still read/watch anything already downloaded onto the Fire, or play games that don't require an Internet connection (some do, some don't), or use other non-Internet apps, just not do anything that required going online.

Otherwise, I think the Fire would do everything you wanted.  And yes, there's a Netflix app.  I've downloaded it but I haven't used it personally, but I know others have.  And it seems to get updated fairly regularly, that's always a good sign that it keeps getting worked on!  :D
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Re: Kindle Fire...Some Questions
« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2012, 01:43:15 PM »
Just an FYI -- in most cases, you wouldn't be able to go online at doctor's offices, hospitals, schools, etc.  Those mostly have closed wi-fi connections that you can't access, and the Fire doesn't have 3G access (cell phone type connection), just wi-fi.  So you could still read/watch anything already downloaded onto the Fire, or play games that don't require an Internet connection (some do, some don't), or use other non-Internet apps, just not do anything that required going online.

Otherwise, I think the Fire would do everything you wanted.  And yes, there's a Netflix app.  I've downloaded it but I haven't used it personally, but I know others have.  And it seems to get updated fairly regularly, that's always a good sign that it keeps getting worked on!  :D
I can say that I have spent the last 3 years in MANY MANY doctors offices, and some "big" clinics and don't often have wifi. It's frustrating - and would be buy a I bought my iPad in 3G. I wish i could say it has gotten way better, but it really hasn't.

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Re: Kindle Fire...Some Questions
« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2012, 01:18:24 PM »
Our local hospital has wifi so that wouldn't be an issue there.

A couple more questions that I thought of.

 How hard is it to download movies?  If this is easy to do then not an issue really of having a wifi spot in the dr's office. Set of earphones and I am good.   

Does the Angry Birds App need to have wifi to work?  LOL  (yes I love Angry Birds)

Where is the best place to purchase the Fire?


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Re: Kindle Fire...Some Questions
« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2012, 05:09:39 AM »
The thing about downloading is that the on board memory is limited.  So one or two maybe, but you couldn't keep your whole video library on the thing.  I don't really use it for movies myself so can't speak to that any more.

And I don't do angry birds but I do NOT believe it needs wifi to run.

I like to buy all such things from Amazon directly, but they're also available at Target, Staples, Best Buy, and Walmart.

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Re: Kindle Fire...Some Questions
« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2012, 01:52:22 AM »

I could of bought the ipad but it would not fit in my lunch bag, the fire is the perfect size and it runs a lot of apps, the operating system is some sort of android, so there is a lot of apps for it, i just got mine a couple weeks ago and i am happy with it