Kindle Fire HD ?

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Murphy Slaw, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. Murphy Slaw

    Murphy Slaw Long timer

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    I ordered one for my wife for Valentines day, she loves to read but is pretty computer illiterate. (I'll get her some chocolate too.....)

    I went with the larger one, the small ones look pretty small.

    I've never owned a tablet, are these pretty user friendly for a novice?

    Notice I ask AFTER I ordered it?

    Doh.....

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  2. Crocker

    Crocker Just passing through

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    I returned mine after a week. It was laggy, really laggy. Like trying to type a URL and it would pause 3-4 seconds a few times. It became extremely frustrating.

    Other than that, it was great. I really enjoyed reading electronic magazines on it but I'll wait until that issue is resolved.
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  3. Meter Man

    Meter Man Living on a prayer

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    I have the regular basic kindle. I love it for what it is.

    Almost all the tablets get mixed reviews. I think that the tech is still new enough that you can get a "good one" or a "bad one".

    I say if she doesn't like it, return it and try something else.:clap
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  4. fierostetz

    fierostetz Been here awhile

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    Crocker - was that a new HD or the older kindle fire?

    My Kindle Fire was a turd until I reflashed the OS with base android, then it was awesome.

    Out of the box, the kindle fire HD was exponentially faster and much better user experience, though it still lacks the Android App store. The lack of the app store lead to a return, though the device felt fine.

    When it comes to reading, I'm on my third regular kindle, which I own alongside the fire. For reading, there's just no comparison.
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  5. Fener6

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    Did you watch the same commercial I did? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtJBQHLdcM4

    I haven't tried the hd, but the kindle fire worked well enough. For a novice, they are user friendly and functional. She'll be happy with the purchase as long as she isnt a techy.
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  6. Murphy Slaw

    Murphy Slaw Long timer

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    Thanks to all.

    She's sure NOT a techy, just wants to read and maybe browse a bit.

    Now it looks like it might not make it in time. I ordered it Wed and chose the free shipping because it said "IN STOCK" and thought surely they could get it here in 8 freaking days.

    My email confirmation yesterday says by Sat.the 16th......

    I'm going to remain positive.

    :huh
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  7. Thinc2

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    You should call Amazon Customer Service right now - explain this is for your wife for Valentine's.

    See what they can do.
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  8. Crocker

    Crocker Just passing through

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    It was the 8.9" Fire HD.

    I was severely disappointed. Maybe I just got a bum one with bad software.
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  9. dlrides

    dlrides 1:1.618

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    Bought the GF one for Christmas, she is a computer novice, and loves it ! She has downloaded books, movies, etc with no problems.
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  10. Star-Bellied Sneetch

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    My girlfriend got one for Christmas and it's great. However, we were both unimpressed at first because we were trying to use it like we would use a computer - by doing everything through a web browser. As soon as we found out that the key was downloading and using apps, everything clicked and we started really liking the thing. She doesn't have a smart phone, and I don't really use mine for anything but phone calls, so we were both pretty unfamiliar with the whole "app" thing.
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  11. Murphy Slaw

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    That's where we're going to be.

    :D
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  13. acejones

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    My wife has a Kindle Fire and loves it. She's a semi computer geek and is always looking for new things to do with it.
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  14. Murphy Slaw

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    Ditto that.....

    :evil
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  16. DirtyOldMan

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    Thanks, I'll explore that. I intended to just use it as a reader and it works great for that.
    Been looking at a couple of forums since I can an d th e main difficulties s seem to be watching videos and having to occasionally re-log in.
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  17. Murphy Slaw

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    I just noticed (read a review) it only comes with a usb cord, no charger, and it's slow to charge off a computer and will only do it while sleeping.

    What a crock.

    The charger is extra, I just ordered it.

    Not cool.
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  18. Thinc2

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    I just use one of the $3 adapters that allow a USB cable to plug into a socket. Useful for all kinds of devices.
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  19. ehatcher

    ehatcher Hello? Is this thing on?

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    I have the little Fire HD and I like it a lot. Easy to use, nice for watching a movie on or surfing the web. The app selection is okay and it seems to run everything smoothly. I wanted the smaller one because we have an Ipad and I think it is a little too big to hold for reading in bed (though my wife reads on the Ipad all the time and thinks its fine.)

    The battery life seems too good to be true, it goes a LONG time between charges

    The Fire came with a month of Amazon prime which got me hooked on the service, lots of free movies and free shipping on a lot of stuff.

    For the money, I think the Fires are great deals, even though you do have to pay extra for the charger and to get rid of the ads.


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