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Old 01-05-2012, 10:49 PM   #1
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general questions about Kindles from a newbie

I bought a Kindle Fire; it's my first Kindle device, although I'm very familiar with Android devices and the Kindle Android app. The Fire has now piqued my interest regarding the other, e-ink Kindle devices:

1) I was led to believe that other Kindles have web browsers and/or email support, is that true? It's not mentioned in any of the Kindle's descriptions, but I'm sure I've heard people mention it.

2) Can the wireless-only Kindles work with a hotspot-enabled 3g smartphone?

3) What possible warrants the DX's $379 pricetag? Is it the global 3g? (just a rhetorical question - no need to answer)

Thanks for any insight anyone can give me.
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Old 01-06-2012, 12:34 AM   #2
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1) I was led to believe that other Kindles have web browsers and/or email support, is that true? It's not mentioned in any of the Kindle's descriptions, but I'm sure I've heard people mention it.
Grvthang Hi, as regards the web browsing, all have an experimental version except the Fire. Open the link and scroll down to compare kindles, scroll down further and there is a small piece about the web browser.

I don't own a kindle yet so can,t help with your more indepth questions but I am sure you have email usage.

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Old 01-06-2012, 04:29 AM   #3
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My kindle 3 (aka keyboard) works fine with my android phone's hotspot. I use it all the time. The browser is rather slow to update, so not good for browsing around, but it's good for online content high in text (eg news sites, blogs, etc), and even pretty good for forum viewing and updating (I prefer it to my phone, but not to my computer).


I haven't used any of the other Kindles, but glad to have my keyboard, good for forums, and playing text adventure games as well as reading books.
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Old 01-06-2012, 07:13 AM   #4
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1) I was led to believe that other Kindles have web browsers and/or email support, is that true? It's not mentioned in any of the Kindle's descriptions, but I'm sure I've heard people mention it.
They have an "experimental" browser. It's handy to have in a pinch to get a book from somewhere other than amazon, but I certainly wouldn't want to use it for general browsing. I'd expect there's a good split between those who like it and those who don't though, so you may find it's perfectly fine.

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2) Can the wireless-only Kindles work with a hotspot-enabled 3g smartphone?
If a phone can act as a wifi hotspot, I see no reason any wifi device wouldn't work with it, whilst I've not tried it, the kindle should be fine.

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3) What possible warrants the DX's $379 pricetag?
No idea, but a guess would be the size of the eInk display or perhaps the with it been more suited for reading text books which are generally more costly, amazon figure a higher price will be paid. Pure speculation though.
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Old 01-06-2012, 08:01 AM   #5
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1) I was led to believe that other Kindles have web browsers and/or email support, is that true? It's not mentioned in any of the Kindle's descriptions, but I'm sure I've heard people mention it.
They have a very basic web browser. It's ... not good.

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2) Can the wireless-only Kindles work with a hotspot-enabled 3g smartphone?
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3) What possible warrants the DX's $379 pricetag? Is it the global 3g?
No, it's the 9.7" screen. Not many of these are made, and they are very expensive.


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Old 01-06-2012, 07:18 PM   #6
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Thanks for the responses! I'm a big Android user, but I also like sitting in the sun on the beach (with sunscreen - don't want to start another topic), so I'm thinking of getting an e-ink reader, because these screens (including the Fire) are almost unreadable in direct sun. I would also like to have a simple browser for getting email and for reading text-heavy sites - no video or animated graphics.

I use my Android phone as a mobile hotspot for my Fire, and I was wondering whether it could also work on a regular wifi-only Kindle.
It looks like my questions are answered. I think I'll just get the plain-vanilla $79 wifi Kindle and see how I like it.
Thanks again!
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I use my Android phone as a mobile hotspot for my Fire, and I was wondering whether it could also work on a regular wifi-only Kindle.
I suppose that as long as the Android will broadcast in infrastructure, and not ad-hoc, you should be ok.
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