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Old 05-08-2012, 11:33 PM   #1
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Received Fire today - several issues/questions

Today I received my refurbished Fire and already have several problems I need help with.

Battery charging - plugged in and charged; light was orange for a very brief time, then turned green. Battery indicator on status bar does not indicate any battery status.

Page turning - I cannot access menu items, such as settings, beyond the first page so I cannot access the Device menu. Swiping the page does nothing and I can't see any other options. What am I missing?

App download - has been stuck at 10% for two hours (ES File Explorer). This can't be normal and I can't find any way to cancel. I tried downloading a book and it took seconds.

Tried contacting customer support using "Call Me". Message "connecting your call" appeared, phone did not ring, message "your call with us has ended" appeared. Tried several times with same result.

As you can imagine, I am very frustrated with my new toy. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

ETA Update:
Just finished "chatting" with support and the end result is they're sending me a replacement.

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Old 05-09-2012, 04:28 AM   #2
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Good to see it kinda sorted! The battery status thing is kinda annoying, I agree. It's hidden in the settings page. I think because the thing lasts so long on one charge and that people would charge it before it got empty is why they didn't bother theming it for the Kindle.

The settings can be accessed at the bottom where the menu bar is. It's the button next to the arrow that looks like a piece of paper with lines. That is universal for every app keep that in mind.

Quick settings, (ex. device info, brightness) is the little circle button next to the Wifi icon.

App downloads can take a bit to download for whatever odd reason like the server being overloaded or the internet connection timing out. I have this happen a lot on my iPhone. It's a problem with the internet in general. A simple reboot of the device can usually fix that.

Read the KF's user guide: http://kindle-fire-updates.s3.amazon...User_Guide.pdf It will help you understand the device a lot better and covers the UI very well.

It also comes preinstalled on your Fire if you need to reference it later.
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Old 05-09-2012, 07:27 AM   #3
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ETA Update:
Just finished "chatting" with support and the end result is they're sending me a replacement.
Sounds like they left the 'furbish' out of your unit and just re-sent a defective one.

Glad it's sorted out.
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Sounds like they left the 'furbish' out of your unit and just re-sent a defective one.

Glad it's sorted out.
Yes, I think this sums it up nicely.
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@ Jessica Lares

Thanks for the response. The battery indicator that doesn't work is the icon on the status bar. Even when fully charged it is empty. I couldn't access Device in Settings to confirm the battery was charged until after a factory reset.

Usually when I download something to my PC and it times out for any reason I get a message saying so. Does the Fire not give any notification?

Any clue why the "Call Me" function did not work?

Bottom line is I'll play with this one until the new one arrives and hope the touch screen is much more responsive.
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:21 AM   #6
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That is so unfortunate and such a bad experience for a new user.

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Old 05-09-2012, 08:31 AM   #7
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That is so unfortunate and such a bad experience for a new user.

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Thanks Kenny. It certainly doesn't make me rave about Kindles
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A quick way to contact customer service is by calling 1-866-321-8851. When you get the recording, hit 5.

Amazon CS is excellent, and I think if you ask for a replacement for your refurb, they will quickly do so.
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Old 05-09-2012, 03:16 PM   #9
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A quick way to contact customer service is by calling 1-866-321-8851. When you get the recording, hit 5.

Amazon CS is excellent, and I think if you ask for a replacement for your refurb, they will quickly do so.
Replacement due to arrive Friday.
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Old 05-09-2012, 03:51 PM   #10
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I use this app to keep track of my battery. It puts the percentage in the notifications area.

It does sound like you got a lemon. Hopefully the next one will work fine. Amazon is great about replacing problem Kindles. My first Fire after a firmware update wouldn't go past the start logo. I called Kindle support and the next day I had a new one in my hands. I am much more careful now what I put on my KF. I've had no problems with it. It's not so much a Kindle thing but Android devices specially tablets are finicky.

I once bought a Coby tablet and it was defective from the time I turned it on. The battery gauge went up and down like a yo-yo. I sent it back to Amazon and got my Kindle Fire instead.
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@Blossom,

I did download the free version of Badass Battery Monitor and added it to Favorites but I don't find it as intuitive as I hoped. I'm sure the pro version is better but I'll wait for a fully working Fire before I actually pay for any apps. I think I've downloaded the free version of all the apps I'll need for awhile, even sideloaded a couple.

Thanks again for your help.
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I did download the free version of Badass Battery Monitor and added it to Favorites but I don't find it as intuitive as I hoped. I'm sure the pro version is better but I'll wait for a fully working Fire before I actually pay for any apps. I think I've downloaded the free version of all the apps I'll need for awhile, even sideloaded a couple.

Thanks again for your help.
The free version is not really compatible with the Kindle Fire. The $1.99 app I linked to works great. There's even a extra icon pak you can purchase to add to it that will replace the battery gauge with the percentage of the battery. The app sucker part of the app will tell you what apps use most of the battery and it will also tell you how many hours you have left. It takes a few charges for it to be really accurate but it works great.
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Replacement due to arrive Friday.
So sorry this has happened but, honestly, it is indeed the exception and not the rule. Amazon's customer service is absolutely top-notch and they will make it right so that you will be enjoying your new Fire as soon as possible.

I also can add to the recommendation for the BB Monitor for the Fire. It's a must-have app and well worth the price.

Enjoy your new Fire and report back when it arrives!
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The free version is not really compatible with the Kindle Fire..........
That's interesting; Amazon shows it as compatible. I think I'll forget about trying to configure it better and just wait to buy the pro version and icon pack.


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Thanks for the support; I'm crossing my fingers that everything works on the next one.
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I did download the free version of Badass Battery Monitor and added it to Favorites but I don't find it as intuitive as I hoped.
I use the free version on my Galaxy Players and it works great for me.
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