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Initial post: Mar 1, 2014 6:03:15 PM PST
Edward C. says:
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Posted on Mar 1, 2014 6:14:35 PM PST
Charlie Fox says:
Too bad you ordered the bare bones one.....probably meant for parents to buy to give to children without spending a fortune on a ithing.
The HDX is the grown up.
these are not "real android" tablets. They are amazing, (relatively) inexpensive media consumption devices tied to the Amazon world of movies, music and books.

I am amazed everyday at how much I can do with mine. It's rarely out of my hands.

Posted on Mar 1, 2014 6:23:01 PM PST
T. Cook says:
Sorry, but it's not a Point of Sale Device.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2014 6:23:20 PM PST
Artist says:
So, you didn't bother to read the product page and now you're complaining about what you ordered?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2014 6:24:41 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 1, 2014 6:25:10 PM PST
flipoid says:
Perhaps you should have read the product page here on Amazon thoroughly before you ordered the Fire. I had a first-generation Kindle Fire and certainly didn't think it was a POS. I now have a Fire HDX 8.9" and like it even more than my first one.

Edited for typo.

Posted on Mar 1, 2014 6:32:02 PM PST
Edward C. says:
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Posted on Mar 1, 2014 6:40:18 PM PST
kathie says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2014 6:40:54 PM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
There are all kinds of things you can do with it. For one thing you can pay $15 to get rid of the ads. Then you can download most Android apps. If Amazon doesn't have the apps you want there are other app stores you can download from. 1mobile.com is one example.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2014 7:29:32 PM PST
flipoid says:
Just remember that to load third-party apps, you have to change a setting (a checkbox) to allow installation of the third-party apps.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2014 7:36:13 PM PST
Artist says:
It is mostly an Amazon media consumption device. But you can download apps from other sites, although not from Google Play.

It is a good starter tablet, for kids and for adults who don't need everything a full tablet offers. As to how it can work for you, I have no idea since I don't know you.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2014 8:07:33 PM PST
Bufo Calvin says:
Edward, Amazon has a generous thirty day return policy on Kindles. if you don't find it satisfactory, you can take advantage of that. Since it is performing as advertised, you would be expected to pay the return postage, which is likely a few dollars.

Here's the information on that:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/?nodeId=200144510

My sense is that you would prefer to return it. If you'd like to compare it, is there a particular device you would want to get instead?

One unique ability to the newest generation Kindle Fires is the ability to download Prime videos (as opposed to just watching them streaming). That can be nice when you are on a plane, for example.

That's something that would be an advantage regardless of which other device you chose. For many other things (screen quality, price, and so on), it would help to note the specific model.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2014 7:52:22 AM PST
Edward C. says:
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Posted on Mar 2, 2014 10:50:11 AM PST
Bufo Calvin says:
Edward, you actually can use the Kindle Fire with Chromecast...at least, I've heard of people doing it (I use the Netgear Push2TV, and haven't tested Chromecast). I believe you can get the app at 1Mobile.

That's one nice thing: Amazon lets you just change a setting to install apps from "unknown sources"...no rooting necessary. Of course, you take on the risk when you do that, but it's not against any rules.

I primarily use Maxthon...on my Fire, phone, and desktop. The native e-mail app on the Fire works with gmail, and the calendar will display one of your Google calendars. I haven't been able to get it to show multiple Google calendars, but I got a free app to do the second one.

I suppose you've just stated one advantage: you could get it with the miles you had. ;)

Have you thought of a device to which you'd want to compare it?

I think you'll find that the Kindle reading experience on the Fire is a good one...I particularly like the text-to-speech options, which I use often on commutes. You can use the Kindle reading app on other tablets, but text-to-speech is something different (the Fire uses Ivona, which has been my favorite so far).

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2014 1:18:38 PM PST
Edward C. says:
Thanks Bufo.

One other issue I have: The website shows "Ports: USB 2.0 (micro-B connector) port for connection to a PC or Macintosh computer or to charge your device with the included power adapter"

Uh, all of the many USB cables I have with the small connector on one end are different than the HD. Is their "micro-B connector" proprietary? I (foolishly in retrospect) assumed there are only 2 sizes of USB connectors and that I could charge the Kindle via my desktop and use an external HDD. The Kindle HD one looks like a cell-phone connector.

Posted on Mar 2, 2014 1:51:56 PM PST
Artist says:
The Fire uses a standard usb cable with one large connector and one small connector at the ends.

BTW, your miles program shafted you! That Fire only costs $139 with 8gb. My points program would have allotted $250 for 25,000 points. Of course, I don't have to buy the items directly from their store, so I don't have to pay such high prices. I used to use American Express points at the American Express store, and they'd overcharge for things as well.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2014 2:18:50 PM PST
Edward C. says:
Er, why then do none of my USB cables, including the ones with the small end that fits cameras, media players, external HDDs, etc., fit the Fire?

BTW, United has devalued their miles program so much it's nearly impossible to use for flights.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2014 2:20:48 PM PST
Those other devices, depending on age, might be mini-USBs rather than micro-USBs. Why don't you just use the cable that came with the Fire?

Posted on Mar 2, 2014 2:36:39 PM PST
Amazon Customer Service, and Exchange For Refund / Replacement policies, top everyone else. If your kid buys an expensive e-book you don't want, using your device, Amazon lets you return it within a specified time for a cash refund. B&N only lets you exchange for another item of equal, or higher, price and gives no refunds when your kid buys a Nook book you don't want. Try to get your Galaxy problems fixed in a timely, effective, cost efficient, manner. If your airline screwed you, and you enabled them to do so because you didn't read the product description, that is not Amazon's fault. The old HD is not a POS. It is a rather bare bones model which suits some people, but not others. Next time, buy from the source, study the product description, and get what you want. In the Fire line, I got the HDX model, and have no complaints. The 7 inch model has one camera, and the 8.9 inch model has two cameras. We don't want Chrome plug-ins, so we don't miss them. When I fly, I fly Qantas...in business since 1917 without a single fatality. It costs a bit more, but is worth it...flying more comfortably, and safely, to more interesting places.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2014 2:44:27 PM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Actually the micro-B connector is the default of most Android devices today. The other small connector is the mini connector which isn't as universal.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2014 2:50:24 PM PST
Artist says:
What's your problem again? That Fire comes with a charger and usb cord. In case you didn't notice, the usb cord disconnects from the charger, so you can use it to transfer files or charge the Fire via your computer. Charging via the computer takes a lot longer than charging with a wall outlet.

Just give the dang thing away as a gift, or sell it on e-bay and use whatever money you get towards buying what you want. You are obviously not happy with it.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2014 3:19:56 PM PST
Edward C. says:
Aha, that explains it. Thanks.
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