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Kindle Fire: The missing SD card slot

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Initial post: Sep 28, 2011 9:15:24 AM PDT
Paul Sung says:
Am I the only one that notices there is no SD card slot for Kindle Fire? Is this feature hard to implement? People like to keep/back up their stuff, cloud or not.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 9:18:16 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 28, 2011 9:19:08 AM PDT
KindlePad says:
There's another reason for this, same reason the ipad doesn't have one. If you limit the types of content someone can load on a tablet to just supported file types - then you will have less support problems and less customers bad mouthing the product. If you put an SD slot on the Fire sure enough some yahoo will try to open an autocad file or a visualstudio project and then whine that he couldn't access his data from the card.

Add to this, it could be Amazon is holding off on some feature like the mic, camera and sd card slot for future versions to give you a reason to by the newer Fire models. That's a tried & true Apple "trick".

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 9:21:18 AM PDT
Personally, I was very interested, even without a camera or mic... but without an SD slot, I wouldn't have nearly enough room on the device itself, and it won't be very usable when you aren't connected to wifi, especially with the serious limitation on the amount of video you can store.. passing on this gen, if the next version adds (Micro)SD, I'll bite.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 9:22:15 AM PDT
I think $199 is a great price point for a 7" device, but the lack of an SD card slot (more than the camera), makes this product a 'pass.'

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 9:22:46 AM PDT
Paul Sung says:
@KindlePa - good points. Now I see, there is an USB port.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 9:23:23 AM PDT
Does the Touch have a SD slot?

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 9:27:12 AM PDT
Since all your amazon content can be stored on the amazon cloud, free, you don't need a massive amount of storage capability on the device. It is similar to your kindle books being archived on amazon's servers and not stored on your device.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 9:27:54 AM PDT
Paul Sung says:
I have a 16Gb sd card on my cellphone and I still always run out of space with all of those ebooks let alone anticipating heavier use on a device such as the Kindle Fire.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 9:29:01 AM PDT
KindlePad says:
To each his own, you're not going to find a better cheaper tablet for $200 with access to streaming music and video.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 9:29:29 AM PDT
Scott says:
"but the lack of an SD card slot (more than the camera), makes this product a 'pass.' "

There is a USB slot. Why do you need an SD slot AND a usb slot? You can transfer files to it with USB just fine. This isn't designed as a laptop.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 9:31:37 AM PDT
Was really hoping for a SD card slot. Without it, this is not a "complete" e-reader. Can the usb port used for reading pdfs etc from an usb device? Not sure if this supports djvu format too.. Nook could be hacked to do that. In a sense nook was a "complete" eReader, I like Fire, price is great, but without the extra slot and only 8gb memory, it doesn't compel.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 9:34:39 AM PDT
KindlePad says:
It sounds like it has 8gb of local storage for any type of supported content. So ebooks, movies, music, pics, etc. Granted 8gb isn't a lot (well it is for ebooks) but again this is a $200 device. There are going to be limitations.

If you are seriously needing more storage, I guarantee that there will be a Kindel Fire Pro or something like that in 6 mos or so and it'll have more storage and probably more features.

However, this is mainly a device for channeling Amazon content - unlike the iPad which is a heavy duty all purpose tablet. I would not expect Amazon to release a full powered tablet anytime soon. This is a media consuming device mostly.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 9:35:46 AM PDT
C. Schmidt says:
What happens when you're not in wifi coverage?

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 9:38:02 AM PDT
Paul Sung says:
Agreed, the price is attractive even with the limitation.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 9:39:21 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 28, 2011 9:47:25 AM PDT
Paul Sung says:
@C. Schmidt - I guess most of your stuff will still be in the cloud. I read from somewhere, storage in cloud is 5GB, no charge.

hmm...I just remember about those 286 days with 20mb hard drives.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 9:51:23 AM PDT
When not in wifi coverage you can only access the content you've already downloaded. There is 8GB of internal storage, which will hold a lot of books or a few movies.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 9:52:01 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 28, 2011 9:54:45 AM PDT
F. Rubaiyat says:
great price point. Lack of camera & mic is ok, but no SD card slot is a bummer.. i use tablet in travel. i need to copy GBs pictures to my tablet, delete some redundant ones etc. If I have to carry full size laptop in travel, no point in having a tablet.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 9:59:44 AM PDT
C. Schmidt says:
Exactly, which is why I would prefer an SD card slot. :) I don't keep ebooks around, but I do keep a ton of apps, music, audio books, movies, and pictures. And those would be the things I would want if I were going out of wifi coverage, especially for an extended period. I know, I know, I'm probably a digital packrat....

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 10:04:20 AM PDT
J. Carrow says:
As a photographer, I would love to carry a Kindle Fire to proof images at a larger size than the LCD on the back of my camera. A "killer ap" for me would be a way to see all my photos on the device, flip through them, and select 'keepers' to save on the device to go into a slideshow (or send to flickr, etc). If it doesn't have an SD slot, can we at least use the USB port to use an SD card reader?

Uploading all of my photos to the cloud first would be sloooooow- I just want to be able to flip through them quickly on a big bright screen on a device that's light, inexpensive, and good on battery life. This would be way more convenient than a laptop!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 10:07:15 AM PDT
It sounds like it would cost about as much as a laptop, as well. Since the Kindle Fire is only $199, you can't expect it to do everything a laptop does & be even more convenient - that will cost you $$$.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 10:07:30 AM PDT
History Buff says:
I think you really have to look at this new device as a big iPod. It is not as functional as an iPad (yet...) but you will have the larger screen size for watching video, and you can store your music on it as well. Lest we forget it is an eReader first... :-)

Just wish they had put 3G on it.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 10:07:49 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 28, 2011 10:08:28 AM PDT
John Newton says:
If you have an active and fast connection the cloud is fine. If you don't and you want to carry more than 8 gigs of stuff you're out of luck. If that works for you only you can say.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 10:17:02 AM PDT
When you look at the Kindle Fire in context with the other products announced...

It makes you wonder if a 10 inch Kindle is on the board for some future announcement... a Kindle with 4G and perhaps an SD card slot, camera and mic... something at a higher price point that competes more directly with an iPad.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 10:18:06 AM PDT
I will use my evo as a hot spot :) Problem solved.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 10:18:32 AM PDT
I'm not worried about the SD card slot. I currently use the Amazon App Store on my HTC EVO and most of my apps are stored in the cloud for later. Amazon does a good job of storing my purcheses in the cloud. I mean, how many apps can one use per day? There are maybe 5 apps that I use ever day (Facebook, Twitter, Email, Taptu & Pandora Radio), so for me 8GB of internal storage is fine.
I've already ordered mine. Come 2012 I'll be having a close look at Windows 8 Tab or the 10in version of the Fire...My mission now it the see how I can have internet coverage everywhere, any ideas?
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