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So is the Fire really awesome or No?

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Initial post: Dec 19, 2012 5:45:34 AM PST
Hey everybody! I have a 1-year-old, old-school white Kindle with a little keypad on it. I mostly read novels without illustrations, but I keep hearing amazing things about the fire. Is it that much better? Or no big deal? I just love to read, but if it is way faster for buying and browsing books or super convenient as far as checking your e-mail and stuff? Can you stream movies and video from Amazon on it? Are there super cool apps? Let me know what you think if you have the time.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 5:49:34 AM PST
It's a tablet computer, not a reader. You CAN read on it, but that's not it's primary talent.

You can play games, surf the web, email, listen to music, stream videos, etc, etc... It does MUCH more than an e-ink reader. I love mine.

But I don't read on it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 6:33:19 AM PST
I have Kindle eReaders and the Fire HD 7. I love both. I do MOST of my reading on my Kindle Touch, but occasionally on the Fire HD--whisper sync is nice for this. I use the Fire HD to read comics :^), stream video, play Jewels Legend while listening to audio books, check email, play hidden object app games.... My husband has the 8.9 inch Fire HD and the larger screen is nice for him as he mostly uses it at home. It's just that slightly bit awkward in size for me to carry in my purse, and the 7 inch renders my content just fine.

We both have the 32 GB devices. I would not recommend going smaller.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 6:37:14 AM PST
Wendy White says:
Yes! AWESOME! I love mine. I prefer to read on my Kindle Keyboard, but often find myself just reading on my Fire instead of changing over. If I have an extended opportunity to read, I use my KK.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 6:39:07 AM PST
I just loaded all of my cookbooks onto the 8.9. They're beautiful!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 6:40:18 AM PST
 nospin  says:
I thought it was under the tree!?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 6:59:31 AM PST
It will be. ;0)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 7:00:53 AM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
For reading you can't beat e-ink devices like you have now. The Fire is just a tablet computer just like a small laptop without the physical keyboard. Many of us use e-ink Kindles to read and then also have tablets for everything else. As for the Fire being awesome I don't know. It didn't have all the features I wanted in a tablet so I went with a different one. Check the product page and make sure it does what you want.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 7:05:49 AM PST
Wow. I'm really tempted. I was going to get an iPad and just keep my Kindle, but if I become an Amazon Prime member I hear I can stream some video for free. So the 32GB would be enough to stream video and play some games?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 7:12:34 AM PST
 nospin  says:
Streaming videos does not take any memory.
I am fine with 16 GB.

It depends whether you anticipate being away from wifi a lot.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 7:41:16 AM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
You can stream the same video from the iPad as well. Like I said do some research and find the tablet that fits your needs.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 7:48:21 AM PST
Me, too. 16 GB is plenty for me. But everyone has different needs.

I am within wifi range virtually all of the time so have little need to store anything other than my current books and most frequently used apps on the device itself.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 7:53:36 AM PST
I love my e-ink Kindles but am no fan of the Fire models. For my use, an android tablet running the latest version stock OS is much better. My choice was the Nexus 7 but any of them are better for my uses than a Fire. If Amazon video is important to you, get a Fire. Otherwise, consider the competition and make an informed decision.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 7:54:56 AM PST
The Blade says:
Lol! Cheater...

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 8:05:47 AM PST
The Blade says:
I love my Fire. It does exactly what I want. I'll re-emphasize 2 points already made above:

1. For long form reading, you simply cannot beat an eink screen. Don't get rid of your current ereader.

2. Do consider the competition. While the Fire may be right for you, you owe it to yourself to check them all out before making a decision. I chose the Fire (actually Wife did, it was a gift), but I was very interested in remaining with the Amazon ecosystem so that made the Fire the best choice for me.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 4:06:02 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 19, 2012 4:08:33 PM PST
NG says:
I do free tech support for my friends and neighbors here at the beach as a retirement hobby. Lots of various computer kindles, IOS devices and android gadgets. Currently have 2 Fires (one 8.9), 4 android gadgets with kindle apps and iPad and several computers in the house.

The Fires are much easier to support than the "stock android" gadgets. If you have an issue you can get an answer from CS. Verizon provides the android phones and tablets. Try getting an answer (or support) out of them.

After the initial introductory problems, the only Fire problems that have occurred have had to do with changes made by the mail provider (usually Yahoo.)

Now, if you are a little techish, stock android may be better for you.
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