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Old 11-14-2011, 05:07 PM   #16
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I say you give him the smackdown on that But then again, that booklight complaint is one of the reasons you're getting the Fire, right? Let's argue for a new toy rather than mutual tolerance It looks like you're compromising, but really you're winning!
Well the Fire is mostly from mommy but he did pay for shipping and $30 of it. Yes I got the Fire because of this so he better not start with His it's too bright stuff.

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I did see, I think it was Engadget or The Verge, that you CAN sideload non- Amazon market apps, but none of them worked as well as they should, so I'd assume that Amazon's UI is causing some interference, whether intentional or not. Makes sense. Developers often base their app compatibility off the unadulterated OS for widest use. Sounds like a two-way issue to me. Blossom, you might be okay with e-reading apps, since they tend be less intensive than other apps. Here's hoping!
One reviewer got Mantano to work so I'm happy just having it. I can use Dropbox through the browser if the app doesn't work. My apps are Mantano & ColorDict, Dropbox, ES File Explorer (This one prob wont work) and Opera. I don't need any others to be happy with the Fire.
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in the fox news review the reviewer states that the kindle fires 7 inch screen is less than half of the ipads screen (my ipads screen is only 9.7 inches) apparantly the reviewer has a special 14 inch screen ipad that i was unable to buy :P

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/...me-sacrifices/
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Old 11-14-2011, 05:38 PM   #19
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in the fox news review the reviewer states that the kindle fires 7 inch screen is less than half of the ipads screen (my ipads screen is only 9.7 inches) apparantly the reviewer has a special 14 inch screen ipad that i was unable to buy :P

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/...me-sacrifices/
It actually is. The aspect ratio makes a difference. That said if you were watching a widescreen video on the iPad it would probably not be much bigger than a widescreen video playing on the Kindle Fire. Here is a good site showing the difference and percentages:

http://www.displaywars.com/7-inch-16x9-vs-9,7-inch-4x3

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by covfamin the fox news review the reviewer states that the kindle fires 7 inch screen is less than half of the ipads screen (my ipads screen is only 9.7 inches) apparantly the reviewer has a special 14 inch screen ipad that i was unable to buy :P
Maybe because they're so much more fair and balanced than everyone else, they get a special iPad? Sorry, my bad, Fox News jabs pocketed.

Blossom, I hope they all run smooth! I haven't tried ColorDict yet, but I noticed today in my trawling for apps that it came up a lot in "best of" blogs. And you'll probably be fine with the light, unless he's really picky. Mine likes that he can turn off the light on the rare occasions he beats me to sleep (but then he also complains the the LCD is going to mess up my sleep patterns - says the man who goes to bed and wakes up with his phone in his hands)

I've noticed reviewers saying the Silk browser doesn't seem to be any speedier than others, but that could also be because it's likely in beta stage and also they haven't accumulated enough of a cache yet to really get it going? And the software glitches will be fine-tuned as time goes on.

I wonder how long before it's rooted?
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Well the Fire is mostly from mommy but he did pay for shipping and $30 of it. Yes I got the Fire because of this so he better not start with His it's too bright stuff.
As a pre-emptive strike, make sure you point out that while a booklight illuminates down onto his face, your Fire will illuminate up into yours. There's obviously some light that bounces off the walls and ceiling, but it makes quite a difference. Also, I doubt your booklight has the same level of adjustment for brightness.

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in the fox news review the reviewer states that the kindle fires 7 inch screen is less than half of the ipads screen (my ipads screen is only 9.7 inches) apparantly the reviewer has a special 14 inch screen ipad that i was unable to buy :P
As jeremy81 hints, it is half the screen real estate, not half the diagonal length. It is, however, 80% of the resolution.
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Old 11-14-2011, 05:58 PM   #22
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Maybe because they're so much more fair and balanced than everyone else, they get a special iPad? Sorry, my bad, Fox News jabs pocketed.

Blossom, I hope they all run smooth! I haven't tried ColorDict yet, but I noticed today in my trawling for apps that it came up a lot in "best of" blogs. And you'll probably be fine with the light, unless he's really picky. Mine likes that he can turn off the light on the rare occasions he beats me to sleep (but then he also complains the the LCD is going to mess up my sleep patterns - says the man who goes to bed and wakes up with his phone in his hands)

I've noticed reviewers saying the Silk browser doesn't seem to be any speedier than others, but that could also be because it's likely in beta stage and also they haven't accumulated enough of a cache yet to really get it going? And the software glitches will be fine-tuned as time goes on.

I wonder how long before it's rooted?
ColorDict is great! It works with many of the reader apps. You can find dictionaries online that it supports. It takes some working to install them manually but there is Wordnet on the market you can install automatically. I went hunting for an old dictionary for my regencies and I found the Webster's 1913 for it and I use that alot.

We both sleep with our phones so I know how you feel. I don't think it will mess with my sleep patterns. I love to read for few hours in bed. I wouldn't call me a Insomniac but it takes me hours to fall alseep so reading helps me alot.
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As a pre-emptive strike, make sure you point out that while a booklight illuminates down onto his face, your Fire will illuminate up into yours. There's obviously some light that bounces off the walls and ceiling, but it makes quite a difference. Also, I doubt your booklight has the same level of adjustment for brightness.
Well he sometimes complains about my phone which I read from now. I've gone to using a dark grey background with black text and that doesn't bother him but switching between books or surfing does. Still he will have to get over it Or I'll just throw a cover over my head like a kid.
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Still he will have to get over it Or I'll just throw a cover over my head like a kid. :rofl
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The reviews on Amazon itself are not doing so well....even after ignoring some of the kooks...
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The reviews on Amazon itself are not doing so well....even after ignoring some of the kooks...
I can't believe how many reviews give the Fire a 1 when the writer doesn't even own one. In my opinion, Amazon should delete reviews like this one...
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I can't believe how many reviews give the Fire a 1 when the writer doesn't even own one. In my opinion, Amazon should delete reviews like this one...
Yes, and the many five star reviews from people without the device. I went through and rated down some of the most recent reviews when it was obvious they hadn't touched the thing.
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One of my favorite reviews so far in from Chicago Sun Time's Andy Ihnatko. IMO he just "gets" the Fire.

http://www.suntimes.com/8816567-417/...er-device.html
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From a B&N employee maybe? Amazon reviews have gone down hill this past year. It full of people who don't even know what they talking about. They haven't even tried the product. Amazon needs to have stricter guidelines.
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