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Kindle Fire: The missing SD card slot


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Posted on Sep 28, 2011 6:18:06 PM PDT
R. S. Chaney says:
Just checking out my cloud drive storage and noticed that Amazon is allowing unlimited storage space for music. Not just my 'zon purchase but also itune purchases and some cds that I had uploaded from my collection. This makes the Fire even more appealing to me.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 6:40:28 PM PDT
Linda K says:
Yes, mine too. The presentation on the kindle fire said that all amazon content will be free storage. All those books, music and videos that you download will not count towards a storage quota. So any storage plan will need to cover photos, docs and so forth. It is truly a good deal for a good price. I'm excited that I did the preorder today and cannot wait for it to arrive. I have an iPhone, a laptop and a kindle but this is something different than all of them and some of all of them which makes it so nice. Browse through the app store and see if there is an app for a wifi finder. I bet there is which will make it feel like gold then. No more hauling my laptop on vacation and no more squinting to play angry birds on my iPhone.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 6:46:45 PM PDT
ser says:
I think that SD card port is very important. I am just waiting for a 7" tablet with USB and SDcard port for transferring pictures. A big % of the cameras today use SD cards and when I am traveling I always have to bring a laptop to transfer the images from the SD cards to an external hard-drive...

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 6:48:51 PM PDT
@Harl Delos thanks for the explanation... Yeah lack of SD card is deal breaker for me. I do lot of research, have lot of ebooks and store off-line; I dont want to copy into the device everytime. I dont care for camera etc, there are other devices for that already. The price point is really sweet but my feeling is - as an eReader main functionality - it doesn't provide a complete experience. i can wait a few more weeks for nook 2nd gen ...

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 7:04:07 PM PDT
I agree with the notion of adding an SD slot. A microSD slot would be perfect. I understand that one can download through the USB port but that is not the same as having a card in a slot. A SD card to USB adapter would be awkward.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 7:06:14 PM PDT
me says:
No the point is that there is currently tablets with better hardware or similar + SD card at the same price of kindle-fire.
Everybody knows that IPads are overpriced and most ppl buy it because there are fad.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 7:23:23 PM PDT
Erlin Meyer says:
this could be a remedy to all those that need the use of SD cards...
Sandisk MicroMate SD / SDHC Memory Card Reader (Static Pack, New, SDDR-113)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 7:45:17 PM PDT
That would work but it would be awkward to have that hanging out of the Kindal. I would like to have a high capacity microSD in a slot for easy access to files without carrying around an adapter and pluging it in to read or write my files.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 8:10:42 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 28, 2011 8:14:18 PM PDT
TSemple says:
Umm, no. The Fire's USB port is to tether to a computer, it is not a USB host port that could be used for additional storage, input devices etc. Just as with all Kindles to date.
It is 8Gb on board, that's it.
And unfortunately, looks like no Bluetooth either (which could be used for audio in/out, keyboard etc.).

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 8:25:18 PM PDT
C. Schmidt says:
Is that the official word, or what's expected?

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 8:29:58 PM PDT
How do you type email on this? I looked around the site & couldn't find that. Is there a touch screen keypad?

Also, this gets Wi-Fi but it isn't free like the 3G models, correct? I go out of the country for 3 weeks and paying for wi-fi could get expensive.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 9:19:33 PM PDT
If I have a lot of my own content, it will not be stored on the amazon cloud, and therefore needs some kind of expandable memory. If the Fire does not have that function, cheap or not, it just won't work.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 9:46:44 PM PDT
TSemple says:
You can store whatever you like on Amazon Cloud Drive (5GB for free). I assume 3rd party cloud storage (dropbox, google docs, etc.) could be used also, perhaps with less convenience.

The issue is how much offline storage one needs, and whether 8Gb is enough. Clearly it is 'enough' for the customers Amazon is targeting, and their projected use cases, but obviously there are many people (presumably fewer of them, or Amazon has miscalculated) whose requirements don't match up with this particular device.

I'm not sure which group I fall into, but I think 8Gb is going to be okay at least for as long as I'll want to use it, which I hope will be at least a year or two. I have much more stuff than I actually use on my iPod Touch, and am only using 9 of 32 Gb after over a year of use. If it were more convenient to sync, I'd take a lot of that off and would be well under 8Gb.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 9:58:46 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 28, 2011 10:00:51 PM PDT
KindlePad says:
To those clamoring for an SD expansion slot - I submit that the Kindle Fire is NOT the device for you. It's a very lightweight, basic handheld meant to mainly consume Amazon Cloud media. Think of it as the little audio player you hang around your neck in the museum while walking thru the special exhibits. It's a relatively single purpose device. If you are wanting something with a lot of expansion, I am sure there are other android tablets out there, just probably more than $200. Likewise if you don't want to pay for amazon prime or use the cloud player, you are missing the point of this device. It is not mean to be a $200 android tablet.

So, sorry - you can't have your cake and eat it too in the case of the KF.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 10:00:36 PM PDT
TSemple says:
The description of the port is exactly the same as Kindle, "USB 2.0 (micro-B connector)". If it supported USB OTG (for USB hosting), it should state that. This is a case where I'd love to be proven wrong, however.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 10:08:47 PM PDT
Don't look at it like an e-reader. It's not. It's a tablet. I don't know why you wouldn't be able to read direct from USB. It's processors are certainly tough enough to handle it.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 10:08:47 PM PDT
Don't look at it like an e-reader. It's not. It's a tablet. I don't know why you wouldn't be able to read direct from USB. It's processors are certainly tough enough to handle it.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 10:08:48 PM PDT
Don't look at it like an e-reader. It's not. It's a tablet. I don't know why you wouldn't be able to read direct from USB. It's processors are certainly tough enough to handle it.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 10:10:28 PM PDT
Why couldn't you do that with a USB thumb drive?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 10:13:56 PM PDT
C. Schmidt says:
Is there a problem with debating the merits and negatives about the device? Of course there are other tablets, in the same price range and size that, have all the goodies. Is it unfair to just the Fire against them, or to wish the Fire had this feature or that? Or is the problem that you are so beholden to the Kindle brand name that you can't deal with hearing something negative about it?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 10:17:32 PM PDT
C. Schmidt says:
USB 2.0 (micro-B connector) is a common nomenclature for a specific style of connector, which doesn't relate to it's functionality, only it's size and type. You're probably right though, I was just hoping you had found some more info somewhere that I'd missed.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 10:19:18 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 28, 2011 10:20:32 PM PDT
KindlePad says:
Who me C. Schmidt? (grins)

Not at all, but with all the people saying the Fire is a "no go" due to lacking a card slot or this or that - I felt it was important to point out that clearly the Fire is a consumer oriented device and not a techie pda type toy. Amazon really doesn't want you to load your own content but they know they have to put a little on board storage.

People who buy the Fire thinking its a great $200 android tablet are just going to be setting themselves up for a headache and should look else where.

Its like when the ipad came out and all the detractors said "ha its not as good as a netbook or a laptop" - fine - you should buy a laptop or a netbook then.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 10:31:34 PM PDT
MamaSylvia says:
Actually, according to the interview with an Amazon rep posted in another thread, the Fire is NOT an e-reader first. It's a media consuming device.

With that goal as well as no SD slot, it's a "pass" for me. Those who are always around WiFi and watch lots of movies may well find it perfect for them.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011 10:32:56 PM PDT
C. Schmidt says:
Yes you, which is why I replied directly to your post. :D I was hoping to get clarification on your post, which you took care of nicely, thanks. :) Understanding one's tone and infections over text can cause a lot of misunderstanding, so I prefer to ask for.

Agreed, this not a tablet like many are expecting, were expecting, it to be. Again agreed, it's more of a media consumption device, specifically an Amazon media consumption device.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 10:33:50 PM PDT
I am a semi-pro photographer, consequently I carry a laptop with me to look at what shots I have taken. A kindle fire app that can read my camera would be the deal maker for me. It would mean I don't have to carry a laptop around! As for power requirements I purchased a solar panel usb charger that charges my phones and my old kindle just fine I guess the new kindle fire can join the pack of mobile devices sipping at solar power. That is if Amazon creates this app & it works with my Olympus E-volt cameras! Just a though ; )
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