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Initial post: Sep 28, 2011, 10:56:26 PM PDT
CNC Inc. says:
I assume that there is some virtual keyboard on screen?

I also assume that there is no ability to add a keyboard or video out to attach to tv? Kindle Fire sounds great but is missing this. I am a prime member and would like to attach it to my tv... then again my future blue ray or tv may support it directly so it may be a moo(t) point.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011, 11:13:59 PM PDT
TuxGirl says:
i don't think we have quite enough information yet. If it has bluetooth, then you can probably add a keyboard. Or, they may make a keyboard that works with it in the future. It's currently just a bit early to know for sure.

In terms of the video out, if you just want to be able to get amazon unbox movies on your tv, there is a device called Roku that can do that (and also supports netflix streaming, and a few other things). Mine was only about 100$, and I love it dearly.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011, 11:33:07 PM PDT
antirealist says:
There is a virtual keyboard onscreen - it's in the video on the product page. There is no Bluetooth.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011, 11:42:49 PM PDT
TuxGirl says:
antirealist:
is it confirmed that there is no bluetooth? i haven't been able to find anything giving a concrete answer to that.

and yes, i assume it will have the standard android on-screen keyboards, or something similar.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2011, 11:54:49 PM PDT
antirealist says:
Amazon's Kindle Fire product pages make no mention of Bluetooth. I actually think it's safe to assume that if they don't mention it, the Fire doesn't have it. Also, almost every external review of the Fire I've read mentions the lack of Bluetooth.

Posted on Sep 29, 2011, 8:53:39 AM PDT
J. Wallace says:
hmm. I really want a keyboard. Is there anyway to bring in audio? like a voice to text software like dragon dictation?

Posted on Sep 29, 2011, 6:08:57 PM PDT
sailorwind says:
If it has a micro USB input, would my micro USB to HDMI cable for my Samsung Charge work for running the Kindle Fire out to my TV most likely?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2011, 6:14:44 PM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Just get a Roku box for your TV.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2011, 6:19:00 PM PDT
sailorwind says:
A Roku box is something like $70 whereas the micro USB to HDMI cord on Amazon is as low as $5... I'm hoping this will be an alternative. I think the OP, like me, would like to avoid having to purchase another pricey piece of hardware if possible.

Posted on Sep 29, 2011, 6:24:02 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 30, 2011, 8:14:26 PM PDT
A. Serson says:
I was wondering since the Amazon Fire has a USB would I be able to off load pictures off of my camera and into the Cloud for storage or right onto the device for storage?

I am very interested in this if someone knows any input would be appreciated

Posted on Sep 29, 2011, 8:27:31 PM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
The Fire does "mirroring"...that's going to put your video on your TV for you. I don't know much about it, but Jeff Bezos demonstrated it at the announcement, and I believe it's coming to the iPad 2.

Posted on Sep 29, 2011, 8:41:19 PM PDT
sande says:
I've never heard of "mirroring", but now I'm curious. If it's wifi based I hope it will work through my PS3. I guess I'm hoping it's similar to my Windows 7 media center which I can basically DVR shows on it and access them through my PS3 because of the wifi in my apartment.

Posted on Sep 29, 2011, 9:20:37 PM PDT
DeeVeen says:
Per informationweek.com: "Amazon's mirroring will work with any internet connected TV, or a device like a Roku box, and it is tied to the Amazon Prime service. "

Posted on Oct 9, 2011, 11:35:47 AM PDT
Karen says:
does anyone know how the keyboard works? i did see the virtual keyboard in the demo video, however, i heard that you dont actually type directly on the virutal keyboard, that you still need the five-way to direct you to the letter you choose to type. Anyone else hear of that? If that's the case that's a dealbreaker, as that is precisely why i just sold my kindle 3G. That five-way is way too difficult to deal with. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2011, 2:34:41 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 9, 2011, 3:01:02 PM PDT
C. Blakeney says:
Why would you use a virtual five-way to type on a virtual keyboard?
Keyboard video
http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?desktop_uri=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DSLPMI-7N-k0&v=SLPMI-7N-k0&gl=US

Posted on Oct 9, 2011, 2:42:52 PM PDT
BareThoughts says:
There is a comapny that just came out with one of the coolest keyboards for the IPad2, maybe they will also make one for the Fire...

it snaps over the screen side to make a hard cover, then when removed is a keyboad... ya can clip the iPad in it so the sceen is upright (like a laptop) or ya can use the keyboard wth the iPad withing 5feet(i think that is the distance)....

Posted on Oct 10, 2011, 7:15:33 AM PDT
Karen says:
By the way finally got someone from amazon to clear up this matter. I am correct. There is a virtual keyboard but you still need to use the five-way controller to choose the letter you want to type. How ridiculous is that????? Color Nook here i come. He claims that they were trying to keep the size of the Fire screen smaller. I still dont understand that but it has been confirmed.

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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2011, 7:20:01 AM PDT
You type on the virtual keyboard by "touching" the keys. There is no 5-Way controller, virtual or otherwise, on the Fire.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLPMI-7N-k0

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2011, 7:20:59 AM PDT
I think someone is confused. There is no 5-way controller on the Fire. The $79 Kindle does have a 5-way controller. The keyboard on that model is on-screen, and you use the 5-way the same way you do when you bring up the Symbols on the K3s.

Posted on Oct 10, 2011, 7:42:04 AM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
1. There is definitely no Bluetooth. The Amazon developer page is specific on this.
https://developer.amazon.com/help/faq.html#KindleFire

2. There is no USB host mode.You can't plug things into it (like a keyboard), but you can connect it to other things (like a computer, where it acts like a thumb drive). Again, see the link above.

3. Someone at CS was apparently talking about the new basic Kindle when mentioning the 5-way controller, not the Fire. The Fire has a virtual keyboard you can type on.

4. The Fire does NOT have mirroring. What Bezos demonstrated was "whispersync for videos," and to use it you need an Amazon Instant Video-enabled TV or device. Interestingly, Bezos *used* mirroring (where anything on your screen is sent to the TV) during his demo, but he was using a customized Fire that had a video connector wired to it ... whereas the actual Fire has no such port. (You can see the unwieldy-looking cable sticking out of Bezos' Fire in the Youtube video, when he picks it up, if you look closely.)
http://techcrunch.com/2011/09/28/video-jeff-bezos-kindle-fire/

Posted on Oct 10, 2011, 8:04:23 AM PDT
R. Reed says:
Karen, what you are thinking of is only on the smallest new Kindle that sells for $79. The Fire has a touch keyboard on the screen.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2011, 8:46:08 AM PDT
Surveyah says:
"If it has a micro USB input, would my micro USB to HDMI cable for my Samsung Charge work for running the Kindle Fire out to my TV most likely?"

Absolutely NOT.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2011, 8:47:46 AM PDT
Surveyah says:
"I was wondering since the Amazon Fire has a USB would I be able to off load pictures off of my camera and into the Cloud for storage or right onto the device for storage?"

You could most certainly download your pics to your PC and them transfer them to the Cloud, however you will NOT be able to directly connect your camera to the Fire and download that way...

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2011, 12:58:57 PM PDT
I believe the free Cloud is only for Amazon content. So to save anything else you would have to pay. But since you can connect the Fire to the PC, there's no need to put everything on the cloud. Unless you're never near your computer and you're always in WiFi range. Has anyone seen the power cord that comes with the Kindle? Is it a two-parter that has USB on one end? Or do I need to buy that separate?
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