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What are the best apps to stay Kindle happy? (like a computer?)


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Initial post: Dec 1, 2012 8:54:36 PM PST
My daughter says Kindle Fire can be as versatile as a computer. I'd like to know the most popular apps that are bought for for it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2012 9:12:39 PM PST
~nospin says:
Here is the link to the app store.
Browse around

http://www.amazon.com/mobile-apps/b/ref=sa_menu_adr_app4?ie=UTF8&node=2350149011

Posted on Dec 2, 2012 6:19:35 AM PST
Fud53 says:
And your daughter is wrong...a Kindle Fire can not be as versatile as a desktop/laptop computer. If it were it would cost just as much or more. Of course if you buy a cheap desk/laptop it might be, but you'd be lacking a lot of options. Your daughter just wants you to buy one.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 6:33:33 AM PST
Sarida says:
It probably depends on how you are using it.

What is popular depends on the user. How will she be using it?

Posted on Dec 2, 2012 7:11:37 AM PST
Just Peachy says:
A Fire is first and foremost an entertainment device - books, games, videos, checking facebook. About the most productive thing you can do is check email and even that is limited because it is difficult to type a long properly formatted email.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 8:07:57 AM PST
JustMe says:
I find ColorNote to be MORE useful than programs on my computer. I get to keep all the todo lists, grocery lists and little 'notes to self' that used to be on scraps of paper all in one place. After using it for a year I just discovered it has a calendar too.

The bottom line is that it is largely dependent on what you usually DO on your computer.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 8:31:48 AM PST
What fits your lifestyle may not fit others.

I think of my Fire as a valuable tool that has quickly become indispensable in my everyday life.
It is a library of manuals and reference materials. that I have at my instant disposal. I used to rely on a small netbook for this but the almost instant "On" and quick reference to hundreds of PDF documents have made it one of the most important items in my daily carry. I find it interesting that Books are listed as primarally as a recreational activity, I am required to run through a lot of books for academic and professional reasons. I do understand that most reading is done for recreational reasons.
I do agree that writing long emails is best done on a real computer but Studies have shown that the vast majority of time spent on email is spent reading it. I suspect that most mails sent are also short simple and informal. I used to use my phone for quick emails to clients, the Fire is a whole lot easier.
Skype is a fantastic business tool, particularly for conferencing and international communications, ( Latin Ameircan business runs on Skype)

Calculator apps are wonderful .. and very useful. not much fun as a toy though.

The web itself is a usefull tool and used for things other than entertainment. If one wants to use the web for entertainment, the Fire is probably ill suited, for the lack of flash.

My point is that while the Fire may fall short as a personal computer, this doesn't mean that it can function only as a toy. I bought mine as a tool for my job, although I do read a lot for my own entertainment. It still is for me and my associates primarily a real tool.

In understand that most of the people in these forums may primarily use the FireHD as an entertainment device, I think that to dismiss these things as just toys understates how useful and practical these tools really can be.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 3:22:00 PM PST
Thank you, Liberty Spirit, for all the great suggestions. My computer is pretty old, but I think the Kindle is probably just the best media for self expression, fun, whatever works for each of us. It certainly isn't being wasted on you and I hope I am nearly as good with it as you seem to be. Thanks again. Mary T.

Posted on Dec 2, 2012 3:44:58 PM PST
Thanks to Nospin, Fud53, Sarida, Partridge Pat, JustMe, and Liberty Spirit, I think I have the idea. Kindle Fire is best used for the things important to us, what we like, what we do best. Thanks kids, I'll just go through all the options and keep those that give the most joy. You have been very helpful. Now I know what to do. Thanks again, Mary T.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 4:03:13 PM PST
JustMe says:
I'm not sure I've ever seen anyone thank FUD before! That should either make his day or rain on his parade and cause him to be even more unpleasant than he usually is.

Enjoy your new Fire Mary! I'd suggest the HD as you can add a Bluetooth keyboard. I LOVE being able to use a physical keyboard rather than the onscreen one. Then you CAN easily write long emails with ease. : )
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