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Re: Kindle Fire First Impressions
« Reply #25 on: November 15, 2011, 01:00:29 pm »
An Amazon review (Dianne Socci) says there's no sideloading from Calibre because the old/regular USB cables won't fit. Can anyone confirm that?  :'(

Any micro-USB cable should work. That's the same cable that came with the e-ink kindles. I haven't tried side loading yet. But it theoretically should work.
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    Re: Kindle Fire First Impressions
    « Reply #26 on: November 15, 2011, 01:03:06 pm »
    so how is the actual reading on it? Same as an iPad? Better?
    I'm dying to know

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    Re: Kindle Fire First Impressions
    « Reply #27 on: November 15, 2011, 01:03:52 pm »
    so how is the actual reading on it? Same as an iPad? Better?
    I'm dying to know

    I like it.  I really like using the Verdana font.  I think it's better than the iPad for reading.

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    Re: Kindle Fire First Impressions
    « Reply #28 on: November 15, 2011, 01:05:23 pm »
    Here is a link to my opening photos: http://flic.kr/s/aH***KaoY2

    Has anyone figured out how to start the update manually? I had a weak wi-fi signal so it couldn't get the update at work.

    I downloaded the Netflix for Android app. In its description it said Kindle Fire. My video started off slightly pixilated, but cleaned up. (Fractured Fairy Tales - nothing HD)

    The Fire is heavier than I expected, even seeing the weight in print and compared to other Kindles and tablets. Its heavier than it looks. The Fire booted successfully, knew who I was and was ready to go out of the box. Well, after getting the wi-fi setup which was simpler than I thought. (Work has a pretty secure wi-fi network which is why I didn't expect it to be easy.)

    I've setup my Gmail account and have checked my mail, but haven't sent anything. But as far as apps go, they all seem to be what I have for my Android phone, just larger and optimized for the Fire.

    I'll add more as I continue to play with it.
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    Re: Kindle Fire First Impressions
    « Reply #29 on: November 15, 2011, 01:49:10 pm »
    I just wanted to add that the hulu and netflix apps are in the appstore.  I clicked on the apps tab, and they are in the top free section.  So that's the quick easy way to download it.
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    Re: Kindle Fire First Impressions
    « Reply #30 on: November 15, 2011, 01:52:15 pm »
    Also here is what I posted in another forum:

    I received the kindle fire a couple of hours ago. Turned it on, connected to wifi, register to my amazon account. Then an update downloaded, didn't take long, but I plugged it in & let it sit because I was watching dexter. Lol.

    I downloaded my currently reading book, Steve Jobs, which like any kindle device took under a minute.

    The interface is beautiful.  I really like the design.  I think the update may have addressed some of the concerns and issues that some of the early reviews were talking about.  Honestly I have had nothing like what some showed.  It's fairly smooth and responsive.  No, not like the iPad 2, which I'm currently typing on, but it's nothing at all like the videos and reviews were mentioning. 

    I downloaded the Pandora App, and it was quick and easy.  No problems at all.  I set up my email and it was very easy, just signed in to gmail and checked off a couple of settings and it was done within 15 seconds.  I even replied to an email.  I have to get use to the android keyboard, but it's fine.  It's a software qwerty keyboard.  Spacing is a little different for a 7in device, I've only had experience with my ipad and my iphone, so the in-between size is new for me.

    Reading on it is very much like on the kindle for ipad app.  the only difference is you get a set of fonts, which is cool, similar to ibooks.  Page turns were quick and responsive, all of your normal settings are there, brightness, page type, font size, etc.

    It's a little heavier than I expected, but of course not as heavy as my ipad.  No biggie as I usually have my ipad resting on my lap or sitting up on it's case. 

    So overall I'm very impressed.  I think it's a great experience and look forward too using it more.

    Hope this helps.
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    Re: Kindle Fire First Impressions
    « Reply #31 on: November 15, 2011, 01:52:41 pm »
    Ok, I just spent like twenty minutes in Best Buy playing with the demo unit and I'm sold. I love the form factor and I think it will serve my purposes very, very well. Unless my mom can convince me to give her my iPad, it is sold. Now that I have a functioning computer again (I originally bought it when I was between computers) I don't use it very often and never for the "heavy stuff" (word processing, etc.). I mostly use it for media consumption, which the Fire will do for me very well and in a more portable format.

    And I found my demo experience to be very pleasant. The device is easy to hold, though I don't think one-handed reading would work very well over an extended period of time- touch screens are just not very conducive to it, imo. I found reaching my thumb over to turn pages while holding it one-handed to be awkward. That is one of my two main complaints about it- some side buttons would be nice. I wouldn't expect side buttons on a non-ereader based tablet, but as the Fire is still a Kindle, I feel like more thought should be put into the reading experience. Also, an exterior volume switch. Other than that, I was very pleased with the device.
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    Re: Kindle Fire First Impressions
    « Reply #32 on: November 15, 2011, 02:20:18 pm »
    Is there a NetFlix app?  I know I read we can watch NetFlix on it, just wanna know! :D

    Yes. . . .search 'netflix' on Amazon in the Appstore.  It's one of the results -- when I did it, it was the last one, which is odd.
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    Re: Kindle Fire First Impressions
    « Reply #33 on: November 15, 2011, 02:23:09 pm »
    An Amazon review (Dianne Socci) says there's no sideloading from Calibre because the old/regular USB cables won't fit. Can anyone confirm that?  :'(

    Can't speak to its functionality with Calibre, but the connector for the power cord is the same tip as the USB cord that comes with all other Kindles since the K2.
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    Re: Kindle Fire First Impressions
    « Reply #34 on: November 15, 2011, 02:55:44 pm »
    Yes. . . .search 'netflix' on Amazon in the Appstore.  It's one of the results -- when I did it, it was the last one, which is odd.

    It's in the top free apps too.  That's how I got it.  Along with Hulu.
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    Re: Kindle Fire First Impressions
    « Reply #35 on: November 15, 2011, 03:32:26 pm »
    So where do we post our questions for all you lucky people???

    Questions like:

    --Can I download my iTunes songs onto it? (All my music is iTunes)

    --Specs say battery life for video is 7.5 hrs...*wireless turned off*....doesnt wireless have to be on to stream video? Or are you supposed to download it onto your Fire, turn wireless off, then watch?

    It seems like a good value for the $$, I just need a little push since I dont actually need one........and really want to have my music on there.

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    Re: Kindle Fire First Impressions
    « Reply #36 on: November 15, 2011, 03:34:53 pm »
    I. Love. It.  I posted a review on Amazon, but about 150 people beat me to it!

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    « Reply #37 on: November 15, 2011, 03:49:47 pm »
    I got mine today.  I really like it.  Like others who have already posted, I haven't noticed any of the things the negative reviewers noticed.  The NYTimes website, which always seemed to load slowly on my iPad, seems to load quicker on the Fire.  E-mail set up was quick and easy.  The user interface is very simple, and that's a good thing.  There are really only two views -- the home screen with the carousel, and then the bookshelves showing all your content, and that's it.  When web browsing, scrolling and pinch-zooming seems to work smoothly.  I haven't been testing it for hours, but that's my impression so far.

    One reviewer pointed out that there are fewer pixels-per-inch than the iPad, so the letters should look sharper.  I haven't actually read with it for any period of time.  I love my e-ink Kindle and I didn't like reading on the iPad so much, so I'm interested to see how it will be on the Fire.

    One thing I love about this as compared to the iPad -- no iTunes!  I don't know how the iTunes program runs on Macs, but on PCs it's a big, balky, buggy program which is a pain in the neck.  I love the fact that the Fire lives independently of the desktop so I don't have to worry about maintenance chores.

    I'm delighted so far!

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    Re: Kindle Fire First Impressions
    « Reply #38 on: November 15, 2011, 03:58:50 pm »
    Well mine has been downloading the software for 35 minutes and is only to 80%....probably because of our pokey satellite internet (our only option out here).....I had never used a touch screen before but found it quite easy to figure out, at least the steps up to downloading.

    I love the feel of the back.

    I cannot wait to explore after it finishes.

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    Re: Kindle Fire First Impressions
    « Reply #39 on: November 15, 2011, 04:05:34 pm »
    So where do we post our questions for all you lucky people???

    Questions like:

    --Can I download my iTunes songs onto it? (All my music is iTunes)

    --Specs say battery life for video is 7.5 hrs...*wireless turned off*....doesnt wireless have to be on to stream video? Or are you supposed to download it onto your Fire, turn wireless off, then watch?

    It seems like a good value for the $$, I just need a little push since I dont actually need one........and really want to have my music on there.

    Music: Yes you can. From the user's guide "Transfer it directly from your computer to your Kindle Fire via a micro-USB cable (sold Separately). Please note that only MP3 (.mp3) and AAC (.m4a) files are supported in your Music library."

    When the Cloud Storage first came, I uploaded a bunch of my iTunes to "the cloud" so I could use the Amazon mp3 player. Those are still in the cloud and I can download those from the cloud to my Fire as well. That would probably take care of any file conversion needs, I'd bet. I don't pay attention to the file format, I only care if it plays. :)
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    Re: Kindle Fire First Impressions
    « Reply #40 on: November 15, 2011, 04:06:05 pm »
    Even though I haven't ordered a Fire (yet), I'm interested to know everything about it!  Thanks to all for sharing your excitement, tips, and reviews!  It sounds like it's a great device.  :)
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    Re: Kindle Fire First Impressions
    « Reply #41 on: November 15, 2011, 04:29:54 pm »
    I've been playing with it for over an hour now. Here are my thoughts:

    * It is so PRETTY! But thumbprint city, front and back

    * It's heavier than I expected, & my wrists were aching after a few minutes (but this is a common issue for me). I find it hard to type in landscape, but super-easy in portrait, unless I'm switching frequently between letters and numbers.

    * The update happened automatically when I first booted it up, and once it was done I found the books I'd sent to the Fire waiting for me. Wonderful!

    * Apps are easy to get and install quickly. Netflix & Hulu+ are there now.

    * The video clarity with both Amazon Prime free videos and Netflix is great! I wish the volume would go louder, though, and it needs a mute button. My Prime trial started automatically, apparently.

    * The lack of external volume buttons is annoying, and the power button is annoyingly easy to bump. Fortunately, bumping the button just puts it to sleep, not off, as other reviews led me to believe.

    * The email app is lacking. It's not as aesthetically pleasing or functional as the mail app on my iPod touch, but I can live with it.

    I hope this helps some people. In conclusion, buy, buy, buy :) My SO played with it for a few & said he regretted canceling his order

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    Re: Kindle Fire First Impressions
    « Reply #42 on: November 15, 2011, 05:01:28 pm »
    Not yet, but it's supposed to be coming in the future.  

    ETA: I was able to sideload Netflix, along with a few other apps using this method....

    http://blog.laptopmag.com/how-to-sideload-apps-on-the-kindle-fire


    I don't know what sideloading is, but I opened the app store on the Fire, typed in "netflix android app," and then downloaded the app it displayed, and it works fine, so, whatever. I wouldn't call that sideloading. I'd call it downloading.

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    « Reply #43 on: November 15, 2011, 05:25:47 pm »
    I don't know what sideloading is, but I opened the app store on the Fire, typed in "netflix android app," and then downloaded the app it displayed, and it works fine, so, whatever. I wouldn't call that sideloading. I'd call it downloading.

    I dont think the app was available in the appetite when that was listed. I got.my fire @ 530 EST & the app.wasn't there when I first looked, but has since appeared

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    Re: Kindle Fire First Impressions
    « Reply #44 on: November 15, 2011, 07:04:37 pm »
    If you're interested, here's my Amazon review:

    http://www.amazon.com/Kindle-Fire-Amazon-Tablet/product-reviews/B0051VVOB2/ref=cm_cr_pr_btm_link_5?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&filterBy=addFiveStar&pageNumber=5

    Right now it's on page 5 of the 5-star reviews. It may move around a bit, but it should stay close to page 5.

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    Re: Kindle Fire First Impressions
    « Reply #45 on: November 15, 2011, 10:14:42 pm »
    Music: Yes you can. From the user's guide "Transfer it directly from your computer to your Kindle Fire via a micro-USB cable (sold Separately). Please note that only MP3 (.mp3) and AAC (.m4a) files are supported in your Music library."

    When the Cloud Storage first came, I uploaded a bunch of my iTunes to "the cloud" so I could use the Amazon mp3 player. Those are still in the cloud and I can download those from the cloud to my Fire as well. That would probably take care of any file conversion needs, I'd bet. I don't pay attention to the file format, I only care if it plays. :)

    Thank you Liz. I didnt know what format my iTunes were.

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    Re: Kindle Fire First Impressions
    « Reply #46 on: November 16, 2011, 03:54:28 am »
    A few suggestions for concerns expressed thus far:

    For worries about accidentally putting the device to sleep because the on/off button is on the bottom:  this one is easy.  Turn it upside-down!  The text will right itself after a second, and the on/off button will be on top.

    For achy wrists from holding the device:  I got the Marware case, and it can fold into a stand, so you can prop it on your lap or a pillow in the perfect position for watching, browsing, reading, or typing.

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    Re: Kindle Fire First Impressions
    « Reply #47 on: November 16, 2011, 03:55:20 am »
    What about the Fire's email address? The one for personal documents. Does that show up after you connect to the internet?



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    Re: Kindle Fire First Impressions
    « Reply #48 on: November 16, 2011, 04:00:12 am »
    What about the Fire's email address? The one for personal documents. Does that show up after you connect to the internet?

    It's listed in Manage My Kindle Devices section of your amazon account page.
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    Re: Kindle Fire First Impressions
    « Reply #49 on: November 16, 2011, 04:07:33 am »
    I got mine today.  I really like it.  Like others who have already posted, I haven't noticed any of the things the negative reviewers noticed.  The NYTimes website, which always seemed to load slowly on my iPad, seems to load quicker on the Fire.  E-mail set up was quick and easy.  The user interface is very simple, and that's a good thing.  There are really only two views -- the home screen with the carousel, and then the bookshelves showing all your content, and that's it.  When web browsing, scrolling and pinch-zooming seems to work smoothly.  I haven't been testing it for hours, but that's my impression so far.

    One reviewer pointed out that there are fewer pixels-per-inch than the iPad, so the letters should look sharper.  I haven't actually read with it for any period of time.  I love my e-ink Kindle and I didn't like reading on the iPad so much, so I'm interested to see how it will be on the Fire.

    One thing I love about this as compared to the iPad -- no iTunes!  I don't know how the iTunes program runs on Macs, but on PCs it's a big, balky, buggy program which is a pain in the neck.  I love the fact that the Fire lives independently of the desktop so I don't have to worry about maintenance chores.

    I'm delighted so far!

    Technically all iDevices are independent of the computer now.  Just wanted to clarify.

    Also the Kindle Fire is supposed to have a few more pixels per inch according to spec sheets.  When I was reading on it, the fonts did look sharper too me than on my iPad.  I do have perfect vision so I know my eyes were not deceiving me, lol.
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