I love my regular Kindle. The Fire has all sorts of apps and bells-n-whistles that I wouldn't use. I do like the idea of a touch screen, but all the other flash doesn't appeal. And the bottom line (for me) is that the Fire is like reading on a computer screen. I don't like the backlit format, it gives me the same eyestrain that I get in front of the computer.
I was all set to buy the Fire, but when I looked at it in the store, I decided that what I really wanted was a big portable library, and the Kindle I have accomplishes that really well.
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My husband bought me one for Christmas. I really enjoy it! I've downloaded an album (volume is very good) for a small fee, along with a game for my husband. I also read a sample of a book & another game for me for free. I might purchase the book, but I found it was a bit expensive throught Amazon. But, I still love my Kindle Fire!
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I have a friend who has a Kindle and the Kindle Fire. She loves her Kindle Fire.
1/2/12 1:47 P
I got myself one for Christmas and so far am enjoying using it to surf the web and also downloaded a couple of books to read. Screen is certainly smaller than iPad but then so is the cost. I heard on ABC news a few days ago that Amazon is planning on upgrading the Kindle Fire this year so it might get faster and who knows they may increase the screen size too.
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1/2/12 1:44 P
I got one for my sister for Christmas and she loves it. Note there was some news right after Christmas about some complaints users were having. One had something to do with the volume, also there are no privacy controls and there were some other things and some they fixed automatically with auto updates to the device. I have a feeling if you wait it out they will come up with an improved version soon. You can look up those complaints and see if its anything that would bother you, otherwise, its a hot item with all its functions.
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Got my NOOK tablet and I love it. Now just if the books were cheaper. Might go to the library and see what I can download for free. I like being able to surf the web with it and set an alarm.
I just love the one I got for Christmas. I have a case for mine that prevents the power button from being easily pushed when I am carrying it around with me. It works great for reading books, watching movies, surfing the we, and watching movies. There are some free books that I have downloaded. I got my case off ebay. It allows me to prop it up so it is easier to watch movies. I have found some apps that won't work with the KF, but there are a lot of alternatives out there. The one draw back is that to download even the free apps you must have 1-Click turned on for Amazon. That could be a problem if anyone gets a hold of the KF when you aren't looking. But it can easily be turned off and on as needed.
I agree with the power button issue - I'm hoping the case I'm going to get for it to protect it in my bag will also make it a little harder to push that power button unintentionally!
I haven't had any speed issues, I've thought things load up pretty quickly. I've watched youtube videos and stuff on it. For the price I think it's a pretty solid device. Every device I've ever owned has been hacked with improvements at some point, I'm sure this one will be no different. I am one of those people who always seems to want a bit more out of my tech than what came out of the box!
Whether your goal is primarily to read books or as a mini-laptop, there are better alternatives to the Kindle Fire. The Fire also suffers from hardware problems that cannot be fixed by software upgrades. The biggest hardware complaints are that the power button is too easily pressed accidently and there are no dedicated volume buttons. It is also kinda slow - future software upgrades may fix that.
I just bought one for my mother and now her and my dad are fighting over it. I agree with cathyinla -- it is a great alternative for an IPAD. It has cloud memory, it works with wi-fi, and you can stream movies directly into your TV - my parents did this.
My dad likes it because it is 'on call' or some word he used where once you turn it on -- there is no 'boot up time' like his laptop. It connects to everything that they use it for and they both seem to find it easy to use. My mom has never used a computer and really likes it.
My dad finds it better than his lap top and now she accuses him of 'wanting it for himself' lol.
I got a KF for the holidays, and I just wanted to add that I think it's great. Easy to read on, works well with my wi-fi at home, and I can even pull up SP and log my food on it. I'm planning to use it on my long bus commute for reading primarily, but it will be nice to use it to log my food if I can find a wi-fi hotspot while I'm out and about. I considered a 3G iPad, but it was just too rich for my blood! I think the KF is a nice compromise.
12/24/11 10:37 A
Thanks for the feedback everyone, Merry Christmas to everyone that celebrates!
12/23/11 1:44 P
I LOVE my Kindle Fire. I have wifi at home so that isn't a problem. I bought it mainly to read and download books from the library. Works great for that. I am enjoying some of the free apps and Prime videos. I am amazed at the video quality. I have a 4 yr old grandson that loves the children's books and games. I have not had an ereader or tablet before so I can't really compare. All I know is that if I don't have it then one of the family does and we have had no trouble with it at all.
12/4/11 6:04 P
Can't say. I have a Nook and LOVE it. I don't think there's much difference, but B&N gives you a free book every Friday.
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Did some more looking around on the Fire and Nook. It appears that the 3G is a service that I must pay for on the device it self. This would be in addition to the plan that I have for my phone. So, not sure I want another phone bill.
Can the device with the 3G be purchased but not activate the 3G until later? That is my next new questions.
12/4/11 2:23 P
All of the Kindles (including the Fire) do have internal memory and will store books. The regular Kindles store 3000-3500 books (depending on the exact Kindle). The Kindle Fire will store 80 apps plus either 10 movies, 800 songs or 6000 books (or a combination of these). You can easily access anything that's stored in a Kindle's internal memory, whether or not you're around WiFi or whether or not the Kindle has 3G. But, you may find that, even though it sounds like a lot, the Kindle Fire's internal memory will get filled up very quickly.
The Kindle Fire was designed, though, to be more than a book reader. It was designed to allow people to actively access the internet. But, with WiFi alone, I personally see it as more of a limited laptop than anything else. If it had 3G and I could access the internet anywhere, I'd buy the Fire in a heartbeat. But, without that, I see it as more of a limited laptop (small screen, less memory, slower, etc.) than anything else and I prefer the reading experience on my regular Kindle (with the e-ink/without the backlighting and glare). But, overall, it really does depend on what you need as an individual and the Kindle Fire may be just the thing for many people...just not for me, though.
KISSFAN, if you don't have internet access at home (no WiFi), you'll have to take the Kindle Fire somewhere to access the internet (e.g. work, Starbucks, etc.). On the other hand, your daughter could get children's books in color on this device. I think there may be other devices, though, that have 3G (so you could access the internet at home without having WiFi) and are also in color. I know that there are other tablet-like devices that have these options (including the ipad, but there are also other tablets available that get 3G, but you do have to purchase a monthly 3G plan).
Edited by: LOVE4KITTIES at: 12/4/2011 (14:35)
12/4/11 2:43 A
12/4/11 1:57 A
To clear up any confusion about 3G vs WiFi, 3G is what most cell phones work on and it's available anywhere a cell phone would work. WiFi is what your computer uses (e.g. the wireless network that you pay for at home for your computer to use). Some places (e.g Starbucks, some McDonalds, etc.) have free WiFi so that you can go there and use their internet access (e.g. use the internet while you're drinking coffee at Starbucks). Hope this helps.
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So ... the WiFi access is a problem. Does the Nook tablet also rely on WiFi access or is it 3G? And how available is 3-G acces?
I've been thinking about the Fire and a cheaper version of the I-pod.. maybe I want to hold off.
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2,323 12/3/11 5:59 P
I want a Nook Tablet. I am confused about the wi-fi and 3G comment. I thought the Kindle Fire would work, bring up a book, without wi fi. Once the book is downloaded isn't it there?
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Depends on what you are going to use it for... my husband bought the Fire for his 16 yo and 10 yo sons. They like to read and play games so it is ample for what they need it for. However, my husband has a job where he travels a lot and the Motorola Zoom has been a blessing for the things he needs to be able to do.
I've been thinking about getting a Kindle Fire for myself. A co-worker of mine has one and loves it. I'm really happy that someone started this discussion so I could see some of the downsides to the Kindle Fire. Still I think it would fit what I need it for.
12/3/11 7:54 A
Thanks everyone for all the great comments and information. My daughter has a regular Kindle and I know the good thing about it is you can take it outdoors and not worry about glare so much. The Kindle Fire I know is different and isn't the same regarding glare.
I think I will wait until they come out with a different generation of the Kindle Fire before spending the $200 on the current one.
I love my black/white Kindle with 3G. Have considered the Fire as it would increase my enjoyment of content and I am one who prefers going paperless with my reading, but some things work better in color. But as others have said, I would not Wi-Fi only. It just isn't widely available where I live and I like the ease of the 3G. If Amazon ever makes a 3G version, I'm there with the Fire.
12/2/11 2:13 P
I have a friend who got a Kindle Fire and she's thinking about returning it for a few reasons. The first reason is that she's finding it pretty inconvenient that it doesn't have 3G (only WiFi). So, you can't use it anywhere, only in places where there's WiFi. The other reason that she's thinking about returning it is because it doesn't have text-to-speech. She likes to listen to her books while she drives, exercises, etc. She also says that the screen has a lot of glare on it and that she prefers reading on her regular Kindle (that's not backlit). I know that they do sell anti-glare screen protectors for some devices, but I'm not sure if there's one for the Kindle Fire.
I did get the opportunity to take a good look at the Kindle Fire and I did like it. It's a nice-looking device. But, like my friend, I think that I'd find the lack of 3G problematic and I also wish that this version of the Kindle had text-to-speech (I like to listen to my books while I exercise). I really, really LOVE my regular Kindle. But, it's not good for internet access.
Edited by: LOVE4KITTIES at: 12/2/2011 (14:17)
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12/2/11 11:46 A
I'm going to bump this thread up again because I also would like to know as much as possible about the Kindle Fire.
I want one, but the only reason I want it is for internet access. (I'll never give an actual book for a e-reader)
I would love to have a kindle...my son was telling me about the kindle fire the other day. Maybe Santa will bring me one...LOL
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12/2/11 4:06 A
I have the Kindle keyboard 3G and love it. If you're using it mostly for reading and do any reading outdoors, you probably wouldn't like the Kindle Fire. The e-ink technology of the other kindle models is much easier on your eyes and you can easily read in sunlight. The Kindle Fire has a backlit screen, which doesn't work well in bright sunlight.
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4,787 11/29/11 9:31 P
OK ... I have a "stupid" question. How accessible is Wi-Fi?
I know that most hotels offer internet access. Is that the same Wi-Fi that is needed for these devices? Will I not be able to use such a device at home? ... or at work? ... or at my sister's house? because they don't have any special Wi-Fi connection?
What good are these devices if you have to go someplace special to use them?
11/29/11 3:50 P
My friends and I just gave one to one of our friends as a birthday gift. She also doesn't have a smartphone and thought it was a cost effective alternative to the IPad. As others have mentioned it doesn't have much internal memory so if Wi-FI is not available that can be an issue. I have the Nook (not even the color one) and the new Nook has more internal memory than the KindleFire. Prices I think compare. So if you will use where Wi-Fi is readily available then the Kindle is the way to go. If you want to use while riding in a car or other remote locations the the Nook's new one may be a better choice since you can store more on it and not depend on Wi-Fi accessibility. Not sure how much if any external storage either can add for ease of use. I do think this is probably the defining issue however. Kindle will likely over time have more movies (the Netflix connection) available as well.
I bought one as a christmas gift but haven't used one yet. I have heard the down side to them is lack of internal storage. You have access to the "cloud" storage but, can't use it if you don't have wi-fi access. Internal storage is limited to 8mb I believe. The new nook is supposed to be very comparible to the kindle but doesn't have much for music. It does have 16mb of storage and a memory card slot to increase storage another 45 or so mb. It doesn't have cloud storage so it would definetly need more storage. I hope I made the right choice and I hope this information helps you.
11/29/11 12:02 P
My daughter has the regular Kindle but the books for children seem to be limited so I'm not sure if she would like the Kindle Fire. I'm definitely thinking of it more for me but wasn't sure if it was worth the $200 price tag or not, LOL.
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11/29/11 11:58 A
i want one too...i got both the kids kindles (one regular one touch) and i have the keyboard one...i am not sure how i'd do with the fire...
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11/29/11 11:09 A
I'm interested in the replies. I am thinking of doing the same thing. I love my Kindle 3g.
11/29/11 9:24 A
I'm thinking of gifting myself with a Kindle Fire but a little scared to make the plunge. I just don't want to purchase something that I end up not using, but have read reviews on Amazon as well as read what the Kindle Fire offers.
I wanted to know if anyone had one and if so, what do you like or dislike about it? Are you happy with your purchase/gift? I know it's not to be compared to the Apple I-Pad so not asking for that as the Ipad is larger and more expensive and does more. I just thought it would be nice to have access to the internet since I don't have a smart phone and this is budget-friendly.
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