So I Bought a Kindle Fire


#381

Now this is more like it.

http://mobile.theverge.com/2012/5/23/3038125/nvidia-reveals-kai-199-quad-core-reference-design

Still waiting for a real release date and details, but I'll happily wait.


#382

A $200 kindle fire with a volume rocker running ICS would be all kinds of awesome. Kal El under the hood is even more so.


#383

From Reuters:

Amazon is to introduce up to five or six tablet SKUs, or stock-keeping units, according Demos Parneros, president of U.S. Retail for Staples Inc (SPLS.O), which sells the Fire.

The tablets will be different sizes, including a 10-inch model, Parneros said. Amazon spokespeople declined to comment on the company's plans


#384

I wonder if that guy differentiates between tablets and e-readers, because Amazon already has 6 combined Kindle models offered.


#385

"SKU" is meaningless. Could be anything.

8GB 7" tablet, wifi
16GB 7" tablet, wifi
32GB 7" tablet, wifi
8GB 7" tablet, 3G
16GB 7" tablet, 3G
32GB 7" tablet, 3G

And of course

8GB 7" tablet, wifi, black
16GB 7" tablet, wifi, black
32GB 7" tablet, wifi, black
8GB 7" tablet, 3G, black
16GB 7" tablet, 3G, black
32GB 7" tablet, 3G, black
8GB 7" tablet, wifi, white
16GB 7" tablet, wifi, white
32GB 7" tablet, wifi, white
8GB 7" tablet, 3G, white
16GB 7" tablet, 3G, white
32GB 7" tablet, 3G, white
8GB 7" tablet, wifi, fuscia
16GB 7" tablet, wifi, fuscia
32GB 7" tablet, wifi, fuscia
8GB 7" tablet, 3G, fuscia
16GB 7" tablet, 3G, fuscia
32GB 7" tablet, 3G, fuscia

Or even

8GB 7" tablet, wifi, black
16GB 7" tablet, wifi, black
32GB 7" tablet, wifi, black
8GB 7" tablet, 3G, black
16GB 7" tablet, 3G, black
32GB 7" tablet, 3G, black
8GB 7" tablet, wifi, white
16GB 7" tablet, wifi, white
32GB 7" tablet, wifi, white
8GB 7" tablet, 3G, white
16GB 7" tablet, 3G, white
32GB 7" tablet, 3G, white
8GB 7" tablet, wifi, fuscia
16GB 7" tablet, wifi, fuscia
32GB 7" tablet, wifi, fuscia
8GB 7" tablet, 3G, fuscia
16GB 7" tablet, 3G, fuscia
32GB 7" tablet, 3G, fuscia
8GB 7" tablet, wifi, black, $10 Amazon.com gift cert
16GB 7" tablet, wifi, black, $10 Amazon.com gift cert
32GB 7" tablet, wifi, black, $10 Amazon.com gift cert
8GB 7" tablet, 3G, black, $10 Amazon.com gift cert
16GB 7" tablet, 3G, black, $10 Amazon.com gift cert
32GB 7" tablet, 3G, black, $10 Amazon.com gift cert
8GB 7" tablet, wifi, white, $10 Amazon.com gift cert
16GB 7" tablet, wifi, white, $10 Amazon.com gift cert
32GB 7" tablet, wifi, white, $10 Amazon.com gift cert
8GB 7" tablet, 3G, white, $10 Amazon.com gift cert
16GB 7" tablet, 3G, white, $10 Amazon.com gift cert
32GB 7" tablet, 3G, white, $10 Amazon.com gift cert
8GB 7" tablet, wifi, fuscia, $10 Amazon.com gift cert
16GB 7" tablet, wifi, fuscia, $10 Amazon.com gift cert
32GB 7" tablet, wifi, fuscia, $10 Amazon.com gift cert
8GB 7" tablet, 3G, fuscia, $10 Amazon.com gift cert
16GB 7" tablet, 3G, fuscia, $10 Amazon.com gift cert
32GB 7" tablet, 3G, fuscia, $10 Amazon.com gift cert

Possibly

8GB 7" tablet, wifi, black
16GB 7" tablet, wifi, black
32GB 7" tablet, wifi, black
8GB 7" tablet, 3G, black
16GB 7" tablet, 3G, black
32GB 7" tablet, 3G, black
8GB 7" tablet, wifi, white
16GB 7" tablet, wifi, white
32GB 7" tablet, wifi, white
8GB 7" tablet, 3G, white
16GB 7" tablet, 3G, white
32GB 7" tablet, 3G, white
8GB 7" tablet, wifi, fuscia
16GB 7" tablet, wifi, fuscia
32GB 7" tablet, wifi, fuscia
8GB 7" tablet, 3G, fuscia
16GB 7" tablet, 3G, fuscia
32GB 7" tablet, 3G, fuscia
8GB 7" tablet, wifi, black, $10 Amazon.com gift cert
16GB 7" tablet, wifi, black, $10 Amazon.com gift cert
32GB 7" tablet, wifi, black, $10 Amazon.com gift cert
8GB 7" tablet, 3G, black, $10 Amazon.com gift cert
16GB 7" tablet, 3G, black, $10 Amazon.com gift cert
32GB 7" tablet, 3G, black, $10 Amazon.com gift cert
8GB 7" tablet, wifi, white, $10 Amazon.com gift cert
16GB 7" tablet, wifi, white, $10 Amazon.com gift cert
32GB 7" tablet, wifi, white, $10 Amazon.com gift cert
8GB 7" tablet, 3G, white, $10 Amazon.com gift cert
16GB 7" tablet, 3G, white, $10 Amazon.com gift cert
32GB 7" tablet, 3G, white, $10 Amazon.com gift cert
8GB 7" tablet, wifi, fuscia, $10 Amazon.com gift cert
16GB 7" tablet, wifi, fuscia, $10 Amazon.com gift cert
32GB 7" tablet, wifi, fuscia, $10 Amazon.com gift cert
8GB 7" tablet, 3G, fuscia, $10 Amazon.com gift cert
16GB 7" tablet, 3G, fuscia, $10 Amazon.com gift cert
32GB 7" tablet, 3G, fuscia, $10 Amazon.com gift cert
8GB 7" tablet, wifi, black, free polar bear sticker included
16GB 7" tablet, wifi, black, free polar bear sticker included
32GB 7" tablet, wifi, black, free polar bear sticker included
8GB 7" tablet, 3G, black, free polar bear sticker included
16GB 7" tablet, 3G, black, free polar bear sticker included
32GB 7" tablet, 3G, black, free polar bear sticker included
8GB 7" tablet, wifi, white, free polar bear sticker included
16GB 7" tablet, wifi, white, free polar bear sticker included
32GB 7" tablet, wifi, white, free polar bear sticker included
8GB 7" tablet, 3G, white, free polar bear sticker included
16GB 7" tablet, 3G, white, free polar bear sticker included
32GB 7" tablet, 3G, white, free polar bear sticker included
8GB 7" tablet, wifi, fuscia, free polar bear sticker included
16GB 7" tablet, wifi, fuscia, free polar bear sticker included
32GB 7" tablet, wifi, fuscia, free polar bear sticker included
8GB 7" tablet, 3G, fuscia, free polar bear sticker included
16GB 7" tablet, 3G, fuscia, free polar bear sticker included
32GB 7" tablet, 3G, fuscia, free polar bear sticker included
8GB 7" tablet, wifi, black, $10 Amazon.com gift cert, free polar bear sticker included
16GB 7" tablet, wifi, black, $10 Amazon.com gift cert, free polar bear sticker included
32GB 7" tablet, wifi, black, $10 Amazon.com gift cert, free polar bear sticker included
8GB 7" tablet, 3G, black, $10 Amazon.com gift cert, free polar bear sticker included
16GB 7" tablet, 3G, black, $10 Amazon.com gift cert, free polar bear sticker included
32GB 7" tablet, 3G, black, $10 Amazon.com gift cert, free polar bear sticker included
8GB 7" tablet, wifi, white, $10 Amazon.com gift cert, free polar bear sticker included
16GB 7" tablet, wifi, white, $10 Amazon.com gift cert, free polar bear sticker included
32GB 7" tablet, wifi, white, $10 Amazon.com gift cert, free polar bear sticker included
8GB 7" tablet, 3G, white, $10 Amazon.com gift cert, free polar bear sticker included
16GB 7" tablet, 3G, white, $10 Amazon.com gift cert, free polar bear sticker included
32GB 7" tablet, 3G, white, $10 Amazon.com gift cert, free polar bear sticker included
8GB 7" tablet, wifi, fuscia, $10 Amazon.com gift cert, free polar bear sticker included
16GB 7" tablet, wifi, fuscia, $10 Amazon.com gift cert, free polar bear sticker included
32GB 7" tablet, wifi, fuscia, $10 Amazon.com gift cert, free polar bear sticker included
8GB 7" tablet, 3G, fuscia, $10 Amazon.com gift cert, free polar bear sticker included
16GB 7" tablet, 3G, fuscia, $10 Amazon.com gift cert, free polar bear sticker included
32GB 7" tablet, 3G, fuscia, $10 Amazon.com gift cert, free polar bear sticker included

Etc, etc.


#386

I want a polar bear sticker!


#387

So you want the model KF2-0870wGcPB? Does the gentleman prefer white, black or fuscia?


#388

I bought my dad a Fire for his 70th birthday back in April. He doesn't use it, of course.


#389

My dad is 76. We got him a Fire for Christmas. He reads 2 or 3 books a week on it. He Facebooks, reads his email, and plays the occasional game on it. He carries it everywhere around the house. Recently he had to spend a few nights in the hospital and took it with him. Probably one of the best gifts we've gotten him.


#390

Yeah, mine is too given to switching back and forth between paperbacks and his PC. I gambled and lost (actually, I asked first if he'd be interested).


#391

$50 model announced.

7-inch 171 ppi / 1024 x 600 display
1.3 GHz quad-core processor
8GB storage
Can use microSD card


#392

If you buy 5, you get the 6th one free.

No joke.


#393

Seriously…it’s so disposable, you can buy one for the dog now.


#394

Looks like new Fire 8 and 10 HD models got announced as well…

— Alan


#395

I’ve been looking at the fire tablets as a supplement to reading for my GF. She doesn’t want a kindle, since she mainly reads danish books, and those are in short supply in Amazon.com. I figured the Fire Tablet are tablets with enhanced reading capabilities, better than Ipad and the like, or am I wrong in that?


#396

The new ones have a blue filter when reading that’s easier on the eyes, especially at night. It also does less damage to your body clock; staring at all those bright screens in bed is not good for you.


#397

Thanks - I just found that out. One thing that I am unclear on - Is it android compatible, or amazon only? We use a danish service called Mofibo, which is basically lending books, thus, no downloading, which works fine on Ipads. Its an IOS or Android app, though and I see its a modified android OS?


#398

By default, Fire tablets connect solely to the Amazon Appstore for app installations–and there’s a pretty decent selection of apps on there! AFAIK, the Fire line still enable side-loading of apps, however,so you can acquire APKs (Android app “installation files”) and install them directly to the device. In the case of a free app, I don’t think there’s a lot of moral hazard in doing so. However, for paid apps, or things that you can’t find a standalone APK for, you’d need to load the real Google Play store onto the tablet, which is a more complicated process.

So, strictly speaking, yes, the Fire is Android compatible and runs real Android apps. However, if the app you want isn’t on the Amazon store, you’ll need to employ other means of installing it.


Aside from that, it’s worth noting that there are blue-filter apps for Android in general (like the lovely Twilight that I use on my Galaxy Note 5), and I’m not aware of many other Fire-specific reading-improving features. I think for now, the Fire tablets are the best/only way to get Amazon Prime video onto an Android device (they won’t release an app for it onto regular Android devices), but aside from that, they don’t provide a lot of benefit over a real Android tablet that you don’t need to jump through hoops to use however you want.


#399

Not better, no. They are most certainly cheaper. If she literally only uses it for reading, not much reason to buy an ipad over one of the kindle fires with better screens (not the [I]super [/I]cheap ones). Note that normal kindles can load books from third-party sources. You just convert in calibre and load them up. They cannot read DRMed epubs, though.

IOS will get the blue filter stuff (which Apple calls Night Shift) in iOS 9.3.


#400

The HD6 looks like a pretty decent tablet for $100. I wouldn’t bother with the new Fire tablets, which are clearly as budget as they can get, but the HD6 was last year’s model. My sister got a couple of them for her kids and I really like them. It’s $120, though, if you want 16GB of storage rather than 8GB.