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Initial post: Jun 10, 2013 5:32:42 PM PDT
Don't know much about the kindle. would it be good for a college student? can you plug in a key board for writing papers?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2013 5:40:04 PM PDT
Most Kindles do NOT have a usb port that you can plug a keyboard into. Some Kindle Fires will let you use a wifi keyboard.

As for writing college papers, the Fire does not use any of the Microsoft Office programs. You would have to know what your college requirements are for the papers. Per my nieces, you have to turn your papers in electronically, in many cases and the profs will only accept certain formats.

There are some word processing apps available that may do the job but you should go over to the app store and check out what is available.

I suggest you read through this forum - do some searches using the search box on the right (be sure to uncheck "Search only this discussion") and see what others have said about work processing and keyboards.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2013 5:58:05 PM PDT
Sarida says:
I agree with Vickie 100%.

Check with the college and see what they recommend for her/his field of study. Most classes require Microsoft Word for submitting papers, because most of that is submitted online these days anyway.

I suspect between now and August there will be some really good deals on laptops which is what most college kids have these days.

But again, it depends on the field of study.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2013 6:08:54 PM PDT
writing a paper on a kindle is like writing a paper on your iphone. Definitely not a task to take on timewise alone.

Posted on Jun 11, 2013 7:36:27 AM PDT
Soulrider says:
I'm not sure which Kindle you are looking at but the Kindle Fire HD 7" for example has a Micro USB port but the USB port can't be used for plugging in a keyboard or flash drive (it can't host those via USB). You CAN however hook up a keyboard, headphones, speakers, etc, via Blue Tooth. I'm not aware of any wi-fi keyboards working with the Kindle Fire HD 7" at this time but they do have Blue Tooth keyboards that work. There are also a couple of external hard drives that can be connected for additional storage. One is the Kingston Digital Wi-Drive which DOES use wi-fi. Kingston Digital Wi-Drive 32 GB USB 2.0 Pocket-Sized Portable Storage with US AC Adapter (WID/32GB-A)

Posted on Jun 11, 2013 7:41:32 AM PDT
Frank Tuttle says:
As much as I love my Kindle Fire, there is absolutely no way I would even consider trying to kludge together a keyboard and an app and write a paper on it.

You might as well modify your wristwatch to bake potatoes using sunlight. Maybe it could be done, but it's not a good idea.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2013 7:43:03 AM PDT
"...modify your wristwatch to bake potatoes using sunlight...


In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2013 7:43:54 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
Kindles are not computer replacements. A Fire may do something that can be done on a computer but a college student needs a full blown computer (laptop is fine).
Eink Kindles are for reading. The Fires are good for reading, web surfing, game playing and watching videos.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2013 7:51:21 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 11, 2013 7:51:31 AM PDT
Frank Tuttle says:
Exactly. They're great for viewing media, but they simply aren't built to create media (including written documents). Get a laptop for that.

Posted on Jun 11, 2013 7:52:03 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
the only kindles that can use a keyboard are the Kindle Fire HDs and that cannot be done through the usb port - it needs a bluetooth capable keyboard to connect wirelessly to the Kindle

Posted on Jun 11, 2013 7:54:57 AM PDT
I remember when Palm Pilots first came out. You could buy this full size keyboard to port the thing on. I kinda thought that carrying around a keyboard kind of defeated the purpose.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2013 7:58:05 AM PDT
That's what kills me. People want small and portable, and then they want to turn it into a virtual laptop with keyboard, and then to connect it to a large screen TV with HDMI.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2013 7:58:53 AM PDT
Hey, happy birthday, kiddo!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2013 8:00:12 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
It should be everything to everyone. It should be whatever size and shape I want it to be at that very moment. It should do everything I want it to do.
I want it ALL and I want it NOW!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2013 8:01:14 AM PDT
Yes, Amazon owes me all that and more!

Posted on Jun 11, 2013 8:02:21 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 11, 2013 10:56:51 AM PDT
I'd recommend that you consider a traditional laptop or a light-weight ultrabook as a primary device for a college student. An e-reader or tablet is fine for a secondary device but is no substitute for a computer for writing papers. Also, e-textbooks will be more widely available and will display much better, particularly PDF's and print-replica editions. Compare features here:

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2013 8:23:59 AM PDT
And only cost $49 and last a minimum of 10 years.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2013 8:27:54 AM PDT
I agree that the laptop is really the essential tool. I would add, however, that if the student is an English major, the little $69 basic Kindle would be an important device as well. Many of the books required would be available for free, and it's much easier to look up a line in a Shakespeare sonnet using Search than by thumbing through. A lot of other required reading might not be free, but would likely be less costly than the paper editions, and would certainly be much more portable.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 11, 2013 9:17:27 AM PDT
J. Gatie says:
And always have the same speed, storage, software and features as the new models released over the next 10 years.

Posted on Jun 11, 2013 10:43:42 AM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
I do a lot of long-form writing on my iPad 2, using QuickOffice, and I'm confident the Fire HD 8.9 would work as well.

I use a Bluetooth keyboard, which of course makes the on-screen keyboard go away, leaving the entire screen clear for your text. This setup sort assumes you're sitting at at table or similar where you can set the tablet up on a stand. It would be much clumsier if you were sitting on a sofa.

QhickOffice saves in .doc format, and several others.

But with entry laptops available for under $300 these days, I agree that's something no student should be without. Although I enjoy the lightness and portability of the tablet and BT keyboard, I still need the real computer on many occasions.
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