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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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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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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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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..

Bob G.
 

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mommacomet said:
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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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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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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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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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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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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