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Initial post: Sep 28, 2011 11:55:09 AM PDT
acemics niv says:
I pre-ordered a Kindle Fire and I can't wait to get it. I will primarily be using it for watching videos, browsing the net and reading. I also have a Kindle 2 that I love and I am not sure how the reading experience will be on the Fire. If I like it then I will probably give my Kindle 2 to my wife.

One of the other big things I expect to be able to do it email. I see on the Kindle Fire product page that it comes with an email client that brings together various webmail accounts into one, which is great, but I also have my work email which is on an exchange server that I hope to be able to get.

I have read many of the reviews on the Kindle Fire and seen the Your Tube videos that have come out since it was released this morning, but I see very little regarding the email experience. Does anyone have any additional knowledge on how the email experience will work on the Kindle Fire?

Thanks in advance!

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 12:00:55 PM PDT
Just a little reading between the lines: the included email client will handle the usual suspects of webmail services: Hotmail, Gmail, etc. Not sure about exchange although both OWA and Office 365 present web-based views of exchange servers so it might be possible. One thing Amazon does say is that if included email client can't handle your needs, there will be alternate clients available through the app store. You might browse through Amazon's Android app store to see what's already available email-client wise. Exchange is such a big part of the enterprise space, that I would be surprised if an approach does not become available.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 12:06:19 PM PDT
acemics niv says:
I did look in the Amazon Android app store and didn't see anything, but that doesn't mean that something won't be there by the time we get these in the middle of Nov. You're right, Exchange is a big part of the enterprise space and I would be surprised if there isn't a way to make this work. I just wish they would have given people more of a hands on at the event today so that maybe some of these questions could be answered.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 12:28:06 PM PDT
M. Johnson says:
There is an Exchange App in the Productivity section.......

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 12:43:00 PM PDT
Go to the App store and search for "K9". It's a free, open source app for SMTP/POP mail. (Don't know if it does IMAP.) I'm using it on my Android phone, don't see any reason it wouldn't work on a KFire.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 12:55:48 PM PDT
acemics niv says:
Thank you very much for the info!

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 1:44:49 PM PDT
EPMoto2002 says:
I think the fact that Amazon forked Android, thereby precluding the possibility of ever get the official Google apps included (gmail, g voice, etc...), is the only semi-annoying drawback of the Fire.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 5:29:17 PM PDT
Michael says:
I use Touchdown ( on my Android devices. You can get it off their website without going through the app store. It's an extremely feature rich ActiveSync client for Exchange.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2011 5:59:02 AM PDT
Touchdown is great, but it requires an activesync backend. Not sure if the fire has that or not.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2011 8:23:53 AM PDT
i use godaddy as my server will it be compatible with the fire email system

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2011 7:10:50 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 29, 2011 7:11:03 PM PDT
Hi Mitchell;

When you say you use godaddy, what to you mean exactly? Are they hosting your domain and you collect via smtp or POP3?

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 9:27:50 PM PDT
stormer says:
I ordered the fire today. I use touchdown on my evo4g. I'm hoping I can install it on fire. What about Calender syncing and contacts? The default email on standard android supports active sync.

Posted on Sep 30, 2011 1:55:07 PM PDT
Brad Stuart says:
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Posted on Sep 30, 2011 2:12:42 PM PDT
If the app isn't in the Amazon AppStore- you can't install it on the Fire. Amazon has already said it won't have access to the Android Market (when it ships). I see several shortcomings with the Fire, but the cost can make up for some of them. Email, however, is a deal-breaker for me. If it can't access my corporate email account- it is just a gadget wasting space for me.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2011 2:33:39 PM PDT
stormer says:
I use Touchdown for exchange and it's available in the amazon app store. Works great on my Evo4G. Uses activesync. Syncs contacts, email, calendar, notes... it's the best. Worth the $20.00. I fully expect to use it on fire.

Posted on Sep 30, 2011 2:35:49 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2011 3:33:27 PM PDT
Linda K says:
I'm not sure if a native email app is included when you open the box. I thought I heard someone say during the videos that you will have to download an email app from the app store. The android app store on amazon looks to be currently for android phones. I noticed a spot to enter your phone number to download the app. You will most likely need to shop for your email app on the app tab of the fire. If it is like my iPhone, there will be lots to choose from like maybe Xfinity, hotmail, yahoo and so forth. You will want to shop from your fire so that you know the app is compatable with it.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2011 6:34:21 PM PDT
Not sure if the fire has activesync on it. If it doesn't, then Touchdown won't work. I'm suspicious because they make no mention of enterprise mail capabilities.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2011 6:35:49 PM PDT
I'm not real technical but ... would you be able to access your gMail from the Kindle Fire?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2011 10:54:50 PM PDT
Maria S. says:
From what I've read, it doesn't sound like it. No access to Google apps.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2011 11:17:02 PM PDT
Nobody says:
Here's what Amazon says about that:

Stay in touch using our built-in email app that gets your webmail (Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, AOL etc.) into a single inbox. Import your messages and contact lists from other email accounts. Additional email apps are available in our Amazon Appstore for Android.

Posted on Oct 2, 2011 6:41:02 AM PDT
MrG says:
Should be able to browse to gmail or any other service and send/receive e-mail, right? Not so elegant but functional. I mostly browse news sites, e-mail, and on-line shopping. I am mostly intrigue by the Flash player and a much bigger screen than my phone. Might be a pain not having a direct USB drive interface. Does anyone know if the Fire will be able to send data both ways on the USB computer interface?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 2, 2011 6:49:50 AM PDT
A. says:
Yes, Gmail should work in the web browser, and there will also be an email app to use.

Posted on Oct 3, 2011 6:01:44 PM PDT
as for a calendar what is out there for that?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2011 5:02:19 PM PDT
I'd like to know also. I suppose you could use GoDaddy's web based e-mail, but that would be cumbersome compared to a stand alone client. I too have a GoDaddy account & get my mail through windows live. I'm hoping they have something similar for the fire.
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