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By J. Sawyer, 28-Sep-2011 09:44 PDT Permalink Report abuse

I currenlty own a Kindle and love it. Am considering purchasing a tablet. What advantage - other than price - does the Kindle Fire have over the iPad? And will I be able to access and send e-mails?

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By Amazon Customer Serviceamazon, 28-Sep-2011 10:53 PDT Permalink Report abuse

Hello J,

We are glad to hear you are interested in the Kindle Fire. Kindle Fire has a built-in email app that gets your webmail (Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, AOL etc.) into a single inbox.

You can read more on the Kindle fire detail page.

Thanks for choosing Kindle.

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By paula, 28-Sep-2011 11:05 PDT Permalink Report abuse

Hi: I have read the page about Kindle Fire and watched the video, but I still have some unanswered questions:

1. Does Kindle Fire support Adobe Flash. This feature is very important to me.
2. Kindle Fire doesn't include 3G. Will you be providing that soon as an upgrade? This capability is also very important.
3. Currently, this Kindle has no camera. Are you planning to provide that too?
4. How easy is it to open and read .pdf's? Can I read them from websites in the browser as I do now on my Mac? Using .pdf's on the iPad is very awkward.
5. Will the Kindle Fire be able to print?
6. Exactly how do I get files on and off of the Kindle?
7. How long does the battery last?

Many thanks.

Paula Metz

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By Ronald Burcham, 28-Sep-2011 11:12 PDT Permalink Report abuse

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28-Sep-2011 10:53 PDT

Hello J,

We are glad to hear you are interested in the Kindle Fire. Kindle Fire has a built-in email app that gets your webmail (Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, AOL etc.) into a single inbox.

You can read more on the Kindle fire detail page.

Thanks for choosing Kindle.

What I don't understand is the internet connection needed for the Kindle Fire. Yes I have a new (White Kindle) but I have never been any furthre away than my own internet connection when ordering a book with the wi-fi. Do I need another Internet connection for email and internet surfing for Kindle Fire and if I do what will this cost per month?

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By Thomas Vincent, 28-Sep-2011 11:13 PDT Permalink Report abuse

Will the Kindle Fire allow me to change default or primary dictionary to one I purchase. Current Kindle allows this, but not Kindle PC or Kindle Android. For example, if I buy a Latin to English dictionary, the Kindle allows this to be the primary dictionary but the Kindle PC does not.

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By paula, 28-Sep-2011 11:18 PDT Permalink Report abuse

Hi again: I have just answered two of my questions. Battery life: 8 hours.
Yes, you support Flash. You should not bury this important information in the FAQ's for Silk.

Yet another question:

Can one hook the Fire to the TV to watch a streamed movie? I notice that you provide a USB cable. If the TV doesn't have a USB connector, then one could connect the Kindle to one's PC and then connect to PC to the TV to watch the movie. Correct?

Thanks again.
Paula

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By Catty, 28-Sep-2011 11:23 PDT Permalink Report abuse

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28-Sep-2011 10:53 PDT

Hello J,

We are glad to hear you are interested in the Kindle Fire. Kindle Fire has a built-in email app that gets your webmail (Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, AOL etc.) into a single inbox.

You can read more on the Kindle fire detail page.

Thanks for choosing Kindle.

Somebody please tell me is the Fire is backlit like iPad or e-paper like the other Kindles.....

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By Amazon Customer, 28-Sep-2011 11:24 PDT Permalink Report abuse

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28-Sep-2011 11:18 PDT

Hi again: I have just answered two of my questions. Battery life: 8 hours.
Yes, you support Flash. You should not bury this important information in the FAQ's for Silk.

Yet another question:

Can one hook the Fire to the TV to watch a streamed movie? I notice that you provide a USB cable. If the TV doesn't have a USB connector, then one could connect the Kindle to one's PC and then connect to PC to the TV to watch the movie. Correct?

Thanks again.
Paula

i want to understand SILK does this mean i DONT need a hot spot that i can access my mail and the web just like i access books on my kindle

the answer will decide if i purchase this unit or not

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By G. Chenoweth, 28-Sep-2011 11:28 PDT Permalink Report abuse

Will you be able to upload photos to the Kindle Fire? This is an important feature for me in deciding whether to buy or not.

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By Angela Green, 28-Sep-2011 11:33 PDT Permalink Report abuse

I am also interested in knowing if photos can be uploaded. I would like to use my kindle for making photo books on the go with the 3g wireless.

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By julier, 28-Sep-2011 11:35 PDT Permalink Report abuse

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28-Sep-2011 09:44 PDT

I currenlty own a Kindle and love it. Am considering purchasing a tablet. What advantage - other than price - does the Kindle Fire have over the iPad? And will I be able to access and send e-mails?

ipad has the advantage of a 3G option, and it works almost like a desktop computer. However, if Kindle Fire had 3G, I would ditch the ipad and get Fire immediately. Major strikeout without 3G on Fire. The minute Fire gets 3G, I will buy it.

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By julier, 28-Sep-2011 11:36 PDT Permalink Report abuse

ipad has the advantage of a 3G option, and it works almost like a desktop computer without flash. However, if Kindle Fire had 3G, I would ditch the ipad and get Fire immediately. Major strikeout without 3G on Fire. The minute Fire gets 3G, I will buy it.

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By Maria, 28-Sep-2011 12:01 PDT Permalink Report abuse

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28-Sep-2011 10:53 PDT

Hello J,

We are glad to hear you are interested in the Kindle Fire. Kindle Fire has a built-in email app that gets your webmail (Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, AOL etc.) into a single inbox.

You can read more on the Kindle fire detail page.

Thanks for choosing Kindle.

when will it be available in the uk?

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By Audrey Abbott, 28-Sep-2011 12:14 PDT Permalink Report abuse

I have no wi-fi access. I'm on the verge of buying the I-pad 2 but would prefer the Kindle Fire. Is there any chance of a Kindle Fire with 3G coming anytime soon? I was all set to pre-order today and was sooooo disappointed. We are a 2 Kindle 3g/wifi family and really, really want the Kindle Fire with 3G. Please say it is coming!!~!

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By Amazon Customer, 28-Sep-2011 12:15 PDT Permalink Report abuse

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28-Sep-2011 12:14 PDT

I have no wi-fi access. I'm on the verge of buying the I-pad 2 but would prefer the Kindle Fire. Is there any chance of a Kindle Fire with 3G coming anytime soon? I was all set to pre-order today and was sooooo disappointed. We are a 2 Kindle 3g/wifi family and really, really want the Kindle Fire with 3G. Please say it is coming!!~!

thats what is going to decide it for me as well

does ANYONE know what SILK is all about

is it "like" 3 g anybody with an answer

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By Catty, 28-Sep-2011 12:31 PDT Permalink Report abuse

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28-Sep-2011 12:15 PDT

thats what is going to decide it for me as well

does ANYONE know what SILK is all about

is it "like" 3 g anybody with an answer

Silk is a browser like Firefox or IE. It isn't the connector to the internet.

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By Amazon Customer, 28-Sep-2011 12:35 PDT Permalink Report abuse

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28-Sep-2011 12:31 PDT

Silk is a browser like Firefox or IE. It isn't the connector to the internet.

thanks mad appreciate the response..so you need to be in a wi fi area to use the device correct ??

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By Catty, 28-Sep-2011 12:40 PDT Permalink Report abuse

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28-Sep-2011 12:35 PDT

thanks mad appreciate the response..so you need to be in a wi fi area to use the device correct ??

Silk can be used anywhere you can connect and unfortunately, the Fire only has WiFi at this point. If connectivity most anywhere is important to you, wait till the upgrade it to 3G...and drop the price. : ~)

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By N. Cooper, 28-Sep-2011 14:36 PDT Permalink Report abuse

The Nook has (free) 3G but you can't use it for web surfing. It only allows connecting to the B&N ebook store to search/buy ebooks.

I imagine that any 3G version of the Kindle Fire would be just the same in that you can only use it to connect to the Amazon ebook store. It wouldn't allow you to use the 3G connection for general web surfing unless there's also a monthly charge for a data plan (like a smart phone gets).

SILK is technology that offloads some of the work of retrieving and rendering a webpage to Amazon's servers rather than your Kindle. This supposedly has a speed advantage in rendering complex pages, however it has a big disadvantage that Amazon are now in the middle of every web activity you do, and you are entirely reliant on them for your ability to access any website. Amazon can see/control everything you look at and do (think privacy concerns such as online banking passwords etc). They even implement SSL/HTTPS (the encryption security your browser would normally implement to access secure websites) 'on your behalf' on their server instead so there's now a large security hole between your kindle and their server. it is clear that this is a great way for them to gather your personal and surfing habit info for their use or even sale to 3rd parties.
See these:
http://www.readwriteweb.com/cloud/2011/09/the-implications-of-amazons-si.php
http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2011/09/28/amazon-kindle-fires-silk-browser-sounds-privacy-alarm-bells/

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By Charles Scott, 28-Sep-2011 14:57 PDT Permalink Report abuse

What are the cost of using the Kindle Fire other than the $79.00 for Prime ???
Cost for internet and getting e mails etc. ???

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By V. Hill, 28-Sep-2011 15:22 PDT Permalink Report abuse

Can I use mi-fi with the Kindle Fire?

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By Jose Luis Leviaguirre, 28-Sep-2011 15:23 PDT Permalink Report abuse

what are the hidden cost, what's the catch?

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By Andrea Beutler, 28-Sep-2011 16:17 PDT Permalink Report abuse

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28-Sep-2011 10:53 PDT

Hello J,

We are glad to hear you are interested in the Kindle Fire. Kindle Fire has a built-in email app that gets your webmail (Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, AOL etc.) into a single inbox.

You can read more on the Kindle fire detail page.

Thanks for choosing Kindle.

Can you use Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Photoshop, etc....

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By G. Caballero, 28-Sep-2011 16:22 PDT Permalink Report abuse

Will I be able to connect my Kindle Fire to a computer monitor?? Or to a projector??

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By Karie Burd, 28-Sep-2011 16:34 PDT Permalink Report abuse

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28-Sep-2011 11:36 PDT

ipad has the advantage of a 3G option, and it works almost like a desktop computer without flash. However, if Kindle Fire had 3G, I would ditch the ipad and get Fire immediately. Major strikeout without 3G on Fire. The minute Fire gets 3G, I will buy it.

I agree I need the 3G. I wont buy Kindle Fire without it. I need that access without paying for an internet serves.

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