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Can any of the kindle models be used to actually do work?

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Initial post: May 6, 2014 8:15:06 AM PDT
I'm looking at several tablets for a child and need one that can not only view, but edit, create, etc. documents, spreadsheets, and such. On the product detail page it says documents, etc. can be viewed? Can they also be created and/or edited is really the question as a simple viewer would be a waste of time and money, IMHO. thanks for answering. :)

Posted on May 6, 2014 8:19:32 AM PDT
T. Cannon says:
I do not think that any of the e-ink Kindles can edit or create documents but there are apps that will allow you to create and/or edit documents on the Fires. I do not use my Fire for this so I do not have a recommendation as to which is best for this purpose. I would suggest that if you are going to do a lot of editing and creating that you get one of the Fires that can use a Bluetooth keyboard.

In reply to an earlier post on May 6, 2014 8:21:29 AM PDT
Thank you :)

Posted on May 6, 2014 8:24:23 AM PDT
Does anyone know what apps would work for creating and editing documents (word, excel, etc) on Kindle? (preferably HD or HDX). Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on May 6, 2014 8:26:53 AM PDT
New Girl says:
There are a few apps out there that work with MS Office, OfficeSuite Professional 7 and Docs To Go Premium Key. I have OfficeSuite Pro on my Kindle Fire HD 8.9 and it can create Word Docs and Excel spread sheets, BUT it is extremely limited. If you need a lot of formatting and detail options it won't cut it.

For serious Office work you may want to look at a Surface or other Win 8.1 tablet.

In reply to an earlier post on May 6, 2014 8:32:58 AM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
While tablets can be used to do work -- I use my iPad 2 with an external Bluetooth keyboard and various attachments and apps as an indispensable work tool -- I think that the kind of work you're describing may be done better at similar cost with a Chromebook.

Chromebooks and tablets both require network connections to achieve full functionality, but beyond that the Chromebook already has the things that need to be added to tablets as accessories (if they're available at all): keyboards, monitors that sit at an appropriate angle, USB and HDMI ports. It can be argued that by the time you add a keyboard and a stand to a tablet, you might as well have bought a Chromebook to begin with.

Chromebooks are of course intimately tied to Google and Google apps, so one must be comfortable with that, but in my experience the Google ecosystem is entirely robust enough to support almost anyone's productivity needs unless they require compatibility with some of MS Office's more obscure features -- in which case a tablet probably won't help you either.

For $2-300, IMO anyone looking at a tablet for productivity owes themselves a close look at Chromebooks before they decide.

In reply to an earlier post on May 6, 2014 8:49:25 AM PDT
But consider...... the virtual keyboard or even a physical keyboard makes creating and doing extensive document work very tedious. I compare it to writing a novel on your smartphone.

Posted on May 6, 2014 8:50:40 AM PDT
T. Cook says:
"even a physical keyboard makes creating and doing extensive document work very tedious."

How does using a physical keyboard with a tablet differ from using it on a laptop/desktop/netbook?

In reply to an earlier post on May 6, 2014 9:00:18 AM PDT
the size of the keyboard is small..... fits the size of the device. Some are built in to a cover for the device. I find typing on a netbook something that takes getting used to as well, also something that you wouldn't want to go from regular sized laptop/keyboard to a netbook (using one then going to use the other).

Posted on May 6, 2014 9:13:17 AM PDT
Thank you everyone for your input so far. I will look into the chrome book. The reason I am looking at tablets is because my son already carries so much in his backpack in terms of weight. I have thought about a netbook/small laptop too, but I will do further research. Unfortunately, what I buy next will be the replacement for 2 stolen ipads (occurred serially in school), so if anyone knows of a device that also might have a kill switch/lockout feature/locator that would be great too. The school has been unable to locate either of the ipads so far and thus I'm looking for a cheaper alternative to replace them while paying the school back too :(

Posted on May 6, 2014 9:14:17 AM PDT
I have been looking into cheaper (than Ipad) models also due to cost of replacement.

In reply to an earlier post on May 6, 2014 9:15:24 AM PDT
T. Cook says:
Oh, you're talking about using a keyboard cover for a tablet, not just a physical keyboard...
Yeah, meaning that, size is a difference. Otherwise you can just use a wireless/bluetooth keyboard the size you want.

In reply to an earlier post on May 6, 2014 9:16:57 AM PDT
**Meya** says:
If they are used to iPads, a Fire is going to be frustrating. Not to mention it uses a completely different operating system.

Posted on May 6, 2014 9:23:09 AM PDT
I have not used a Kindle Fire yet, but he has been on my Samsung Galaxy 3 without issue a couple of times. I have not owned a kindle fire yet, is there a big difference? He has also navigated well on Windows from a laptop (that I'm unwilling to give up ;). thanks everyone for your input so far.

In reply to an earlier post on May 6, 2014 9:23:57 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
If this is something he needs for school, you need to check with them to make sure the apps have the acceptable formats.

In reply to an earlier post on May 6, 2014 9:37:12 AM PDT
in a cover or out of the cover the choices I have seen all run in the range of size 10.4 x 4.6 x 0.7 inches (LxWxD) ; 9.6 ounces ...... that is a small keyboard.

In reply to an earlier post on May 6, 2014 9:46:06 AM PDT
This one's a little bigger, and it works beautifully:

Logitech Bluetooth Illuminated Keyboard K810 for PCs, Tablets, Smartphones - Black

In reply to an earlier post on May 6, 2014 9:46:55 AM PDT
I'm depressed as hell that a child needs to edit spreadsheets.

In reply to an earlier post on May 6, 2014 9:48:36 AM PDT
**Meya** says:
Tiny numbers and little tiny boxes.


In reply to an earlier post on May 6, 2014 9:50:20 AM PDT
Like a mental Indonesian sweat shop.

In reply to an earlier post on May 6, 2014 9:50:42 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 6, 2014 9:51:46 AM PDT
**Meya** says:

My husband works with spreadsheets all day long at work.

I have never mastered the mystery of them. I've never really wanted to. I blame my Nystagmus on my struggles with anything that must be tracked horizontally.

In reply to an earlier post on May 6, 2014 10:00:33 AM PDT
It is a wee bit bigger

Product Dimensions: 12 x 5.7 x 1.3 inches ; 1 pounds but still a very small keyboard to type on.

In reply to an earlier post on May 6, 2014 4:50:05 PM PDT
Lplady says:
Look at the Microsoft Surface. It isn't APPLE. It does need a password to get it going. It has a "find my surface feature". It runs Chrome, Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote), uses the Cloud to store stuff. The keyboard is small, but larger than a netbook The weight is outstanding.

In reply to an earlier post on May 6, 2014 6:07:45 PM PDT
Thank you Lplady for the idea and info and Thank you to everyone else for helping.

In reply to an earlier post on May 6, 2014 6:59:48 PM PDT
flipoid says:
I have an original Surface Pro (got it instead of the Surface RT because I wanted a laptop replacement), and I love it.
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