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phone to compliment Kindle 8.9

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Initial post: Jun 2, 2013 1:24:48 PM PDT
I am thinking of purchasing a Kindle 8.9 and getting my first smartphone. What would be a good phone to compliment the qualities, programs and apps of a Kindle 8.9?

Posted on Jun 2, 2013 3:06:28 PM PDT
The Kindle Fires all run a forked version of Android, and the Amazon app store is available for most Android devices, so you'll be able to use many of the apps purchased for the Fire on another Android device. Is that what you're asking?

Posted on Jun 2, 2013 3:11:52 PM PDT
And, that should be complement, not compliment.

Posted on Jun 2, 2013 3:12:44 PM PDT
Just Peachy says:
My phone always tells my Fire how nice it looks.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2013 5:32:53 PM PDT
I'm a little slow. I didn't get your comment till I got the next post. Cute!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2013 5:34:18 PM PDT
Thanks - spelling - not my best subject, but I try!!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2013 6:37:18 PM PDT
Raylene - I really like the Samsung range of smartphones. They run on Android, although probably a different version of Android than the Fire, but you will be able to have many of the same apps and games.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2013 7:14:54 PM PDT
I think that is what I'm asking. This is a big purchase, so I wanted to have some input from others. I like the 8.9 for the size for movies, TV, e books - also has internet. I will be using these as I travel for a month or more. I want a phone with a camera for photos and for Skype. GPS for maps, etc. My only experience with apps is on my i-touch, but that ended up being used mainly as a phone address directory. Guess I need to learn about phone plans.
Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2013 7:16:37 PM PDT
I'm thinking that is where 'ice cream' comes into play.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2013 7:43:59 PM PDT
The newer Kindle Fires run Android "Ice Cream Sandwich", but any new Android phone you buy will probably have "Jelly Bean", which is a slightly newer Android OS.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2013 3:12:08 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
I really like my Samsung Galaxy S3. AT&T often has refurbished models at a huge discount. They come with a 90-day warranty instead of 12-months. I think I paid $30 for mine in December when full price was $150 to $200.

Posted on Jun 3, 2013 3:40:56 AM PDT
Charlie Fox says:
I would suggest the Samsung Galaxy S3 also. You can load pretty much all the apps on both the phone and the Fire (I have the 7" HD). A good combination.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2013 5:06:20 AM PDT
I'm pretty sure that's the phone my kid just ordered for her upgrade. Not the newest *newest* version, but the most recent before that (now discounted!).

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2013 5:08:36 AM PDT
Just Peachy says:
Yep, I think now they have the S4.
Less than 2 years ago I tried to get my son to go with Android but no doing, he wanted iphone (not the lastest but still iphone) because he said Android was horrible. He has used my Samsung a few times and now doesn't want an iphone anymore. He wants his next phone to be a Samsung.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2013 5:35:20 AM PDT
Sarida says:
If you are going to get an Android device, make sure to get the latest operating software. So you want Jelly Bean, not Ice Cream Sandwich. Make sure your salesman knows that, and s/he can offer you phones with that operating system.

Remember, you are stuck with this phone for two years, so you want the latest operating system in an Android phone.

Since you are familiar with the isystem/Apple because of your iTouch, I would wait and see what Apple announces in a few weeks. I personally expect nothing innovative, but you never know.

The LG opimus pro has a 13 megapixel camera and 1080p video. I seriously had Android envy when I touched that baby. I absolutely loved the bigger screen and it has more positive reviews than the Note II.

But yes, the Samsung Galaxy 4 is outselling everything.

Now, whether or not there are apps that make it seamless like the iStuff is something I don't know. I was assuming you meant like you can enter information on your iPhone and have it show up on your iMac or iPad. I can put something on my calendar on one device and it is automatically is on my iPad calendar. Same with photos. Is that the kind of thing you are talking about?

If so, hopefully, someone with more expertise can help!

Posted on Jun 3, 2013 5:54:21 AM PDT
Surveyah says:
I need a new phone (currently have a Motorola Droid X2), and i wanted another Droid because, of course, all my chargers fit it, and i purchased a windshield mount as well. I have looked at the Samsung Galaxy 4, and it looks sweet. I was at the Verizon store to look over the new droid models, and I am not sure they will fit my windshield mount anyway. I just hate having to re-tool every 2 years.....

Oh i need a new phone because sometimes the keyboard doesn't work (I txt a lot), and the 3G seems to drop off (didn't used to), and well.....just because i'm a gadget geek :)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2013 5:58:17 AM PDT
I am due an upgrade, too, but I was looking at the same time my daughter was, and I don't *want* to add a data package to my line. I have a dumb phone, which calls and texts. There aren't any other dumb phones that do anything that this phone doesn't do, and it's working fine.

I don't need to answer emails or shop or be on the web everywhere I go. I had a Blackberry a number of years ago, and I'm over it. I can wait until I get to the office or the house. I need to *reduce* my bills, not increase them. I'll wait until this dumb phone dies.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2013 9:34:50 AM PDT
Surveyah says:
not really relevant...but....

I have always loved gadgets.....electronic i guess i am sort of a geek that way.

anyway....I recently began getting into Big Bang Theory (which i find hilarious), and I am hoping that i am not turning into a nerd as well (does geek=nerd?)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2013 11:18:30 AM PDT
Sarida says:
Does Android have an app like Siri? Apple has an app called Vlingo that works pretty well. You wouldn't need a keyboard.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2013 11:34:13 AM PDT
Sarida says:
I thought that way, too. I thought my iPhone was just a drag on our phone bill. (Hubby wanted one since they first came out and refused to get one unless I did, too. He upgraded to the 5 and I still have the 4.)

HOWEVER, last year, when my granddaughter's basketball team won the state basketball championship, I was all about sending pics to every person I knew on the planet immediately.

What I have found extremely helpful is the ability to immediately take a picture of something at Home Depot, send it to my husband and say, "Is this it?" My daughter-in-law takes pictures of the grandkids schedules or school notes and sends them immediately, so I have the info.

Another thing, I found helpful was the "scan" app. We were at a "clearance sale" at a certain retailer and there was an ice chest we thought was a pretty good bargain. I scanned the barcode and found out the item was actually the same price everywhere else, so we just waited.

Do I need one? Nope. But it IS handy to look up directions when in an unfamiliar area and not have to beg to look at a phone book when I've taken a wrong turn. It's nice to avoid road construction and stay on track when there are detours.

It's convenience. It's like having a heated steering wheel in my new Murano. Do I need it? Nope! But it sure is nice to have!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2013 12:08:54 PM PDT
My plain-jane cell will take pics, and I can send & receive them. And if I didn't already have a TomTom, I can see where the GPS would be nice. But I have photos and GPS covered, so at this time, I don't need my phone to be any more intelligent. :0)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2013 12:12:56 PM PDT
flipoid says:
I wish that I could still *get* a plain-Jane cell phone!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2013 12:19:23 PM PDT
Verizon had a few for me to pick from, when I inquired about my "upgrade". I mean, they weren't really upgrades, of course, but if my current phone was dilapidated in some way, I could replace it with a fair equivalent. There were 4 or 5 "basic" phones that I could have picked; they used to call them "feature" phones, but that must have been causing confusion.

My Verizon Samsung Intensity U450 No Contract MP3 QWERTY Camera Phone Black is in fine operating condition, though, and it frankly looks like the best of the bunch. I don't need a new one, yet.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2013 12:30:16 PM PDT
flipoid says:
They didn't seem to have any when I was looking for a replacement last summer. I should have kept my Blackberry--I liked it better than the HTC I have now.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 3, 2013 12:39:45 PM PDT
You can if you have service that uses a removable SIM. We're on a family plan with AT&T with my parents and they upgraded our phones and I HATED the phone, so I bought a new Motorola Razr Vi from ebay, popped my SIM card in and was good to go. It doesn't look too much like a old people's cell phone, yet can still text and e-mail if needed... and it was $39.
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