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Initial post: Apr 2, 2012 10:32:45 PM PDT
Q says:
Hi everyone,
Does anyone know how I can stream Amazon Prime Instant Videos on my Galaxy Android tablet besides via the included web browser?

The web browser seems to slow down Prime movie streaming compared to using my Fire. Is there an app or a better way to view my Amazon Prime videos on our Samsung Galaxy 5" tablet?

Thanks!

Posted on Apr 2, 2012 10:43:00 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2012 10:51:08 PM PDT
Q says:
Thanks for your quick response.

... I was wondering the same thing. I like my Fire. :)

So do you try to watch Prime videos on your Galaxy 10" tab? Have you noticed a difference compared to watching that video on the Fire?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2012 10:53:14 PM PDT
Q says:
Kno,
Quite certain. It's called the Galaxy 5. Their phones are called the Galaxy Note.

... But I'd be delighted if it were a phone (for $219)!

So Kno, do you have any response to my question?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2012 10:53:56 PM PDT
I don't have a Fire, but I stream on a laptop, on a roku, on my Galaxy tab and see no difference at all. I have not tried it on my Samsung phone, tho. ;)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2012 10:56:30 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2012 11:00:58 PM PDT
Q says:
Andrys,
And while we are on the topic of Galaxy tabs, do you try to read any Amazon magazine subscriptions on your 10" Galaxy Tab? The latest K4A does download the magazine subscriptions, but they show only as the "Text" version of our magazines; one photo per article and not all the words are in it.

I have a subscription to Nat'l Geo that is really beautiful on the Fire (though I still think the NT's edition is a little better. Seems sharper images). But on the little Samsung Galaxy 5, the same magazine is a very 'reduced' text image.

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Q says:
Kno,
It probably has more to do with the bandwidth of your internet service. Ours is a DSL 6Mbps connection. Many people have 15Mbps or faster. Going up to 12 or higher would have a significant affect on streaming video from certain web pages. Being on cable and not DSL also really affects things.

So, for example, I can watch videos just fine on my netbook from Hulu, ABC, Fox, etc. But my Fire can't play ABC at all and keep the lips in sync. Any TV channels' online videos on my Fire have the lips out of sync. That is for sure my bandwidth.

So the Galaxy 5 can't play Prime videos without stutter and frequent stopping whereas my Fire plays all Prime videos perfectly on my DSL connection.

So that causes me to think that Andrys' opinion is likely true.

You won't see that if your internet bandwidth is faster then mine.

Is it?

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Q says:
Kno,
What? We're going to argue about the mini-tablet in my hand? Really?

In my search on Amazon for "Samsung Galaxy 5", it was the first hit I had. Here's the link:
Samsung 5-Inch Galaxy Player (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

It's Samsung's response to Apple's iPod Touch. They have a Galaxy 4 and a Galaxy 5 (called MP3 player, but is called just Galaxy 4 and 5 in reviews and in stores.)

But that's not the question any way. What difference does it make, even if it was a phone (which it's not)?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2012 11:13:31 PM PDT
Q,
No, I've not tried. (Will have to, to see how it goes on Comcast). I've watched only Netflix on it. Because the KFire is only 7" but is LONG vs the Samsung's 4:3, I enjoyed the Netflix more on the Kfire. More pixels in the space alloted.

Also, I think you have maybe the older Samsung Galaxy 5, with single core processor? (I may have that all wrong.) That would make a difference though. The KFire is duo-core.

- Andrys

Okay, I just signed onto Amazon Prime and opted to look at their new series from PBS, Frontline. I chose season 30 and then as I started to watch, the screen said it was in HD and to click for HD. I did and it's moving along without a hitch. Very smooth. I'd thought that choosing HD would give it more trouble as there's more data to pass along. It's been about 7 minutes and there are no glitches and I don't sense a slowdown.

I do think DSL will deliver less bandwidth than a cable tv arrangement like Comcast's though. I get 20mbps down, in speed tests. And the needle stays steady. A friend in Ann Arbor gets 32mbps.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2012 11:13:36 PM PDT
I could be wrong, but Amazon cannot determine what device one is using to restrict or enhance bandwidth.

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Q says:
Perhaps. But I would think their servers know if the Fire's app is contacting them with a request (through the Fire's Video section) vs any other tablet.

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Q says:
No, it is not an MP3 player (merely called that) so where's the huge difference? You are going by the title, not the description. It is a *full* Android 2.3 tablet with a 5" screen that does everything an Android 2.3 tablet does. All apps work.

They call is an "MP3 Player" to differentiate it from their phones, as Apple does with iPhone and iPod Touch.

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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2012 11:34:25 PM PDT
Q,
I subscribe on the Galaxy 10.1 only to TIME, which is just terrific as an app. It shows the magazin just as it is (but better this way).

I just tried Nat'l Geo, presented the way they do for text Kindles, with text and lead photographs.

I subscribe to it already on NookColor and that is to the WYSIWYG version, that matches the magazine page for page. Since I have the Nook app on my KFire, and on my Samsung, I can just use the Nook app to see the magazine-formatted version and this Nook app does a good job with it.

I took the special trial transcription to The New Yorker and didn't like it that way on my KFire. Never tried it on the Samsung. But TIME, wow, try that! as an app, which mimics the magazine and then some.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2012 11:35:43 PM PDT
Q says:
"Also, I think you have maybe the older Samsung Galaxy 5, with single core processor? (I may have that all wrong.)"

Ah ha. That's it. Looking up the Galaxy 5 YP-G70, I see it is listed as a 1GHz *single-core* processor.

For normal apps, it seems very snappy, but in video streaming, the graphics demand is likely a lot for the little chip.

Thanks!

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Q says:
"I don't care what you call it; it's not gonna act like a tablet. It's gonna act like an mp3 player."

Kno,
I have no idea what to say to that uninformed comment. I'll repeat. It is a *full* Android 2.3 5" tablet. There is no difference at all, except in the processor (1GHz single core.) It is not an MP3 player, but it plays MP3's like any other tablet.

You then said, "It's your processor that makes the difference. and you have an mp3 player's processor. "

Oh, so all tablets (there are many) who have a single-core processor are just MP3 players? Riiight.

You know, Kno, you have not said one educated or helpful comment in this thread. What don't you go elsewhere if you haven't any useful advice bearing on the original post?

I was looking for an Amazon app, if any, that relates to their streaming videos ... and I've found several who are looking for that. The answer is, there are none. Folks need to use a browser to access it on a non-Fire tablet.

A simple answer.

BTW, the iPod Touch is still a single-core processor. Is that also just an MP3 player?

Posted on Apr 2, 2012 11:55:34 PM PDT
Just for the record. On the product page for the Galaxy 5 in question:

"Style: 5" screen

Powered by Android 2.3.5 , with access to over 250,000 apps including games, productivity software, and more
Uses a Wi-Fi connection (802.11b/g/n) for Internet access
8 GB internal storage with a microSD card slot for adding up to 32 GB
5-inch touchscreen with WVGA (800x480) resolution
3.2-megapixel rear-facing camera with built-in flash, and a VGA front-facing camera
for video calling

There are a couple of things there that we wished the KFire had.

It's essentially a 'media player' - video, audio, skype, apparently...

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 3, 2012 12:07:58 AM PDT
Q says:
Indeed it is essentially a media player. And noticing that even the latest 4th Gen iPod Touch has only a single-core processor yet plays videos fairly well, I wonder what makes it do so without stutter?

Perhaps some graphics chip inside? Better OS? It wasn't streamed when I tried it on our 2nd gen iPod Touch? I've watched some downloaded Amazon videos on the iPod Touch, and they worked great as did streamed podcasts.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 3, 2012 4:13:25 AM PDT
saraf says:
Yes, Galaxy has a 5" tablet. Samsung Galaxy 5.0 Android MP3 Player Sweet little device. It's kind of like an Android iPod Touch (comparing their capabilities). I carry it in my purse for reading in the car on the Nook and Kindle apps when it's dark (using the night mode isn't as distracting to the driver as my Kindle Touch with a book light). Also supports a 32gb memory card so I have it loaded with music.

Posted on Apr 3, 2012 4:48:49 AM PDT
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By the way, the Amazon Android app store has a lot of things I want.

If I access with my KFire, Amazon doesn't show them to me. When I come
in with my Samsung Tablet or phone, it does show them. It does determine what you're using to access the store or at least what it isn't.

Two things easily brought to mind are Aldiko and Mantano. Both read Adobe-DRM'd ePub books. So, I put them on the KFire by getting them elsewhere, which Amazon allows. And they work well enough.

Q, your Galaxy 5 costs about $20 more than the KFire currently, at Amazon.

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