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Old 11-18-2011, 06:15 PM   #31
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Not love at first sight for me. Last night I cancelled my cover order thinking today I'd return it, but then I changed my mind - reordered the cover. I'm right on this side of the fence. Maybe as I learn more about it, it'll grow on me.

One of my main issues with it is web browsing and it being slow/unresponsive and stuttery - compared to my iPad. I love that is has flash so DD can play things like starfall.com - BUT then the screen is pretty small for that - can't figure out how to get a true full screen - and when she tries to touch things and move them, it's just not overly responsive, IMO. A lot of misses - and for a 3-year-old, the attention span doesn't make room for many of those before she gets frustrated.

We'll see, though.

Edited to add: I realize the iPad is $300 more - but the "Silk" browser was heavily pushed and I had faith that it was going to be "Smooth" (like Silk) ... I don't see it.
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Old 11-18-2011, 06:23 PM   #32
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I am quite pleased with it. Have an iPad which I love, but this smaller size is just right for reading, audible books, knitting patterns (pdf) which worked amazingly well, and my favorite use of the moment, BBC iplayer radio which I can't access on the iPad because the website needs flash. So I would give it a 10. And the screen is absolutely gorgeous!
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I'm at about a 7.5 out of 10. For the price, its a great deal. I'm just a bit disappointed with the cloud storage being no more then just online storage. I totality thought it would connect with my Fire and eliminate the need for a USB connection.
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I'm at about a 7.5 out of 10. For the price, its a great deal. I'm just a bit disappointed with the cloud storage being no more then just online storage. I totality thought it would connect with my Fire and eliminate the need for a USB connection.
If you have WiFi you don't need to use USB you can use ES File Explorer or WiFi File Explorer to access any PC on your network.

ES File Explorer has a LAN feature and WiFi File Explorer let you browse your Fire from any browser connected to your network. I'll never use the USB cable again.
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Old 11-18-2011, 07:20 PM   #35
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Old 11-18-2011, 07:24 PM   #36
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Old 11-18-2011, 07:31 PM   #37
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Because I can. . Nah, I just find it very fun.

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Old 11-19-2011, 10:01 AM   #38
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Old 11-19-2011, 12:46 PM   #39
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I've always been reluctant to criticize a new product for what it won't do. It's a bit of a straw man argument. My MP3 player won't load the dishwasher, so therefore . . .

True, the Fire is not a tablet, but my iPad and my Transformer are not a netbook, and my netbook is not as capable as my desktop, etc. For what the Fire is and was intended to do, I'd give it a solid 9.9*.

Yesterday I watched 2 episodes of Voyager (Amazon prime) and an episode of Mad Men (Netflix) and they were flawless. I read for an hour using Mantano (sideloaded). I checked my email using Touchdown synced to my Exchange server. I listened to some music both from the Cloud Drive and from the local device. I played a little gin rummy (and was trounced), surfed the web, looked at some downloaded PDFs, made a few notes in Evernote which successfully synced to my other devices, listened to a couple chapters of an Audible book, and checked out a book from the Amazon.com Kindle library. Not bad for $199 and only 65% of its battery capacity.

As to Skype, this occurs to me: How many of us are single device users? For example, I always have my phone with me — currently an Atrix 4G smartphone. I use it for Skype, too. Why would i need to use the Fire? I also use the Atrix for podcasts (via BeyondPod) because I find it easier to carry with me all the time. I won't use the Fire for podcasts, although I could. I also use my phone for voice notes, alarms, and text messaging — none of which I'll do on the Fire. I won't use my phone to watch movies or surf the web, though technically I could. At the other end of the spectrum, when I travel I almost always take my Sony netbook because it runs Adobe Lightroom and I can do remote desktop computing with my computer back home. Multiple devices to provide a variety of tech-intensive needs. I have no doubt that the Fire will have a place in this panoply. I'm not so sure about the iPad and Transformer which may very well find themselves warming the back bench and gathering dust in favor of the smaller, more portable, quite capable, and handy Fire.

* Loses 0.1 points because I can't seem figure out how to play MP3 links from the browser nor download them; I would use bluetooth headphones if the Fire had bluetooth capabilities; poorly positioned on/off switch; and it won't load the dishwasher.
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Old 11-19-2011, 12:59 PM   #40
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Right now with about a day and a half of usage, I'd give it an 8. It will be a complement to my KDX and the KT (which hasn't arrived yet). As a book reader it's not quite as good as the KDX (not having collections is my biggest ding here).

OTOH the browser and email functionality are way better than the KDX's , and somewhat better than my Android phone.

I haven't tried videos, music, personal documents, read it later, send to kindle, etc. -- so my rating might go up (or down :-) ) depending on what I learn.

Since I'm coming from a long kindle experience, I find a lot of conventions to be familiar, which might not be so readily apparent to completely new-to-kindle users.
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Old 11-19-2011, 02:58 PM   #41
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After using it all last night I have to say I am very happy. I watched Lisa's MobileTechReview on the Kindle Touch from YouTube then I was posting here from the Fire and then I read on the Kindle app for a bit using Sepia that SCION so dislikes. After awhile the text look black to me instead of brown.

I have to use Screen Filter the whole time as it's way too bright but with that app it's manageable with lights on. Lights off I am still trying find a way to use the Kindle app it's too bright.

I ran the battery to 23% after heavy use. That's 16 hours and it was used alot yesterday in those 16 hours. If you keep WiFi off when not in use it last a long time that battery is amazing! Out performs my netbook's 9 hour battery hands down.
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If you have WiFi you don't need to use USB you can use ES File Explorer or WiFi File Explorer to access any PC on your network.

ES File Explorer has a LAN feature and WiFi File Explorer let you browse your Fire from any browser connected to your network. I'll never use the USB cable again.
I can't get my fire to connect with ES file explorer
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Do you have File sharing enabled for other PCs if so it's as easy as entering the IP address of your PC or doing a scan. If not make sure you enable it and on your firewall.
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Yes, yes, and yes. I even turned my firewall completely off
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Okay does your router have a built in firewall?
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