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Initial post: Sep 11, 2012 3:08:17 PM PDT
Bookworm says:
I asked support of there was a built in keyboard on the Kindle HD 8.9" and here is the reply:

"At this time, the built in Keyboard feature is not available on Kindle Fire HD. I apologize for any inconvenience in this regard."

So how then can one email without a keyboard of some sort?

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 3:10:11 PM PDT
Ed G says:
It will have a virtual keyboard, just not a physical one. No need to panic.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2012 3:10:17 PM PDT
It's a virtual keyboard not a built in keyboard. I think you and the CS rep had a failure to communicate.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2012 3:12:12 PM PDT
Bookworm says:
That makes sense. I also asked, but did not receive a reply wondering if one can "plug in" a keyboard as you can with the iPad. Anyone know the answer?

Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2012 3:13:47 PM PDT
Ed G says:
You'll be able to use a bluetooth wireless keyboard.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2012 3:13:51 PM PDT
Blue Tooth

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 3:15:43 PM PDT
Bookworm says:
Thanks everyone. I am a happy camper and going to reserve my HD.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 11, 2012 3:22:46 PM PDT
Bookworm says:
Support got back to me on part 2 of my question about the external.
"We can not confirm this yet until the Kindle HD is released from Amazon. However we do update information on our website for customer's reference."

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 3:32:14 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 11, 2012 3:34:48 PM PDT
jsh1120 says:

There are several excellent bluetooth keyboards that should work well with the Kindle Fire. All are sold by Amazon among other sources.

() Apple Wireless Keyboard. Aluminum frame. Very sturdy, light, and portable. The KFHD video overview shows it being used with the KFHD.
() Microsoft 6000 Bluetooth Portable Keyboard. A GREAT portable keyboard that's a bit wider, more ergonomic, and half the price of the Apple Keyboard. Have been using one for years and it continues to work well.
() Logitech Bluetooth Keyboard for Android Tablets. Haven't used this one but it should work and Logitech builds good and durable keyboards.

I'm sure there will also be keyboard/case combinations released in the coming months, especially for the 8.9" KFHD. Just a word of caution. When a case is designed to fit a tablet it often means the keyboard is downsized to fit the long dimension of the tablet, itself. That can yield a very cramped keyboard for anyone accustomed to a full size keyboard or even a keyboard in a small laptop. Furthermore, it usually means that the keyboard can only be used with the tablet in a landscape orientation. This may be problematic if you like to see a lot of text on the screen when you're typing/editing.

Finally, keep in mind that a keyboard is subjected to a LOT of abuse in daily use and if a single key goes bad it may make the keyboard worthless. If you're going to use a keyboard a lot, be skeptical of no-name cheap keyboards available on e-Bay. They may work just fine but may not be durable enough to withstand extensive use.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 7:17:05 PM PDT
Bookworm says:
Thanks for the help. It was most informative.

Posted on Sep 14, 2012 1:41:28 PM PDT
NG says:
Incase CL57575 Origami Stand Sleeve for Apple iPad and iPad 2, Black

I think this is my solution with a bluetooth keyboard (amazon's if it fits) and the excellent 50 buck cover that starts the 89er AND ITS WIFI when it opens and turns it off when it shuts (brilliant idea.) Looks like it will fit without dinking around removing the 89 er from its cover.

Saw this 6 months ago and it has taken a week to find it. Amazon and google search didn't turn it up. Stand folds into a box for the keyboard and hides away or fits in suitcase.

Would RATHER not buy a Apple keyboard, but I will.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2012 1:53:21 PM PDT
Ed G says:
The Apple wireless keyboard is very nice. I use one with my Mac Mini and it works really well.

Posted on Sep 14, 2012 2:04:00 PM PDT
Old Rocker says:
I didn't watch the Bezos press conference, but I heard that he used an Apple BT keyboard for the demo. Don't know if this is true.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2012 2:23:54 PM PDT
NG says:
I hear it is nice, but they increased my cost of reading without my doing anything to them, and it is a matter of principle.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2012 3:37:45 PM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
You can't plug a keyboard into an iPad either; it uses Bluetooth just as the Fire HDs will.

Posted on Sep 14, 2012 3:38:06 PM PDT
L. Hill says:
Yeah...but I kinda like the idea of using an apple keyboard to run an Amazon Fire...again, it just tickles me....

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2012 3:40:34 PM PDT
R. Nelson says:
NG - LOL, you made me chuckle! I didn't support Apple even before the Agency model, that surely didn't help their case in my book.

Posted on Sep 15, 2012 6:44:47 AM PDT
NG says:
AmazonBasics Bluetooth Keyboard for Apple iPad,iPhone(Black)

Looks like this one is smaller and lighter than the Apple one so will probably fit in the InCase Orgiami lapstand/keyboard case. Then I can just fold it up and stick it in the endtable or suitcase when I am not using it.

I am sitting in the a cruise boat internet cafe right now and there was a guy fiddling with his iPad without a keyboard here an hour ago, trying to go back and forth between the cruise lines sign in - buy minutes - logon - connect process and his on screen keyboard. He started complaining and walked away.

Posted on Sep 15, 2012 7:01:44 AM PDT
jsh1120 says:

Had a chance to test the Microsoft 6000 bluetooth portable keyboard with the KFHD when I received it yesterday. Pairs with no problem and is seemingly quite usable. I did notice a tiny bit of lag from time to time and unwanted repetition of keystrokes occasionally. (i.e. ffffff when I type "f"). Not sure if that was the result of the bluetooth connectivity or my heavy handed typing style. I found if I lightened my touch I could avoid it.

I'll try the Apple Wireless Keyboard later today.

Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard 6000

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2012 7:07:57 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 15, 2012 7:10:10 AM PDT
jsh1120 says:

I have a feeling the keyboard you cited won't work with the InCare Origami Workstation case designed for the Apple Wireless Keyboard. That's based on the fact that the AWK has a sort of "barrel" at the top/back of the keyboard that holds the batteries and elevates the top of the keyboard. That barrel snaps into the Origami Workstation via some plastic clips to hold it in place.

Otherwise, it looks like it would work well and could be used with a separate case or stand to hold the KFHD. Belkin makes a nice portable stand that folds almost flat and works well for this purpose when traveling.

Belkin F5L082tt FlipBlade Universal Tablet Stand

Personally, I prefer the Microsoft 6000 design because it's curved to provide a more natural wrist position but YMMV.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 16, 2012 4:54:05 AM PDT
NG says:

Thank you very much. I guess I'll break down and get the Apple keyboard. I want the whole thing to be "lapable" when I'm using the keyboard and I don't want to give up the clever cover that starts the tablet when you open it and shuts it off when you close it.

Amazon has a nice keyboard that comes with a stand, but I consider these couch computers, and putting it on the coffee or end table doesn't work for me.
AmazonBasics Bluetooth Keyboard with Mini Travel Stand for Kindle Fire HD 8.9-Inch, Kindle Fire HD 7-Inch, and Other Android Devices (Black)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 16, 2012 5:08:44 AM PDT
Bookworm says:
Which Apple keyboard are you thinking of purchasing?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 16, 2012 5:21:39 AM PDT
NG says:
This one (listed on the Amazon ICase Origami Stand's order page), but I'm not going to order it till the 20th of October or so (Amazon's return policy, you know.)

Apple Wireless Keyboard MC184LL/B [NEWEST VERSION]

p.s. Planning on getting a Windows 8 Tablet also this year and I figure I will be able to share the keyboard and stand.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 16, 2012 5:25:31 AM PDT
Bookworm says:
Thanks for the info on the keyboard. I looked at the MS Surface, but they are saying it is going to be expensive.

Posted on Sep 16, 2012 5:43:36 AM PDT
NG says:

Depends on what you need. I've got 30 years of documents, manuals, records, photos and income tax history I'm not planning on putting on my Amazon tablet. Need manage my network (and some of my friends) load DVD manuals, read and write SD and DVD. Even 10 inches is pretty small to use for those things.

OTOH I love carrying around a light tablet with my kindle books on it. I'm also really looking forward to not carrying a notebook and my Fire on my next trip.
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