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Old 09-06-2018, 06:05 PM   #16
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I noticed one of the only other changes was working on the camera, but that kind of baffles me. I mean, I rarely see people walking around taking pictures with giant tablets on their face. Does anyone use their Fire camera regularly? Not that I've seen or heard, so it's a bit odd to put more work into its improvement IMO. I suppose if it's supposed work better with their other products their trying to promote - like the post above me mentions - it at least makes a bit more sense.
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I noticed one of the only other changes was working on the camera, but that kind of baffles me. I mean, I rarely see people walking around taking pictures with giant tablets on their face. Does anyone use their Fire camera regularly? Not that I've seen or heard, so it's a bit odd to put more work into its improvement IMO. I suppose if it's supposed work better with their other products their trying to promote - like the post above me mentions - it at least makes a bit more sense.
I suspect it is for better video phone calls and to give amazon a better idea what you look like.
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Picture this. Alexa collects and keeps your paycheck. It'll happen to us all eventually.
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I noticed one of the only other changes was working on the camera, but that kind of baffles me. I mean, I rarely see people walking around taking pictures with giant tablets on their face. Does anyone use their Fire camera regularly? Not that I've seen or heard, so it's a bit odd to put more work into its improvement IMO. I suppose if it's supposed work better with their other products their trying to promote - like the post above me mentions - it at least makes a bit more sense.
You said it buddy! I don't understand why tablets have cameras in the first place. Mediocre front facing cameras for video calls? Okay. But who in their right mind takes photos with a tablet?

I was at a wedding once where one of the guests did walk around taking pictures with her iPad. Everyone else looked at her like she was a weirdo.
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Picture this. Early in the morning or late at night, dark outside, still in the bed, eyes bleary and still shut, muscles stiff, "Alexa what time is it? Alexa what is the weather? Alexa set an alarm for: ,
Alexa Fox News, Alexa CNBC , Market news, bitcoin, Cancel, Alexa play Simple Man.",
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You never have to move or open your eyes.

I will go into the music, etc., in another post.
I also love Alexa I use it for a timer daily for many reasons one being I have to take certain medications after other meds. I use it for all of the above and I use it to turn on/off lights. Really nice to do that when out of town! Horay ALEXA! Yes, I could put them on a timer but I think being able to turn them on and off at any time is better than a timer. It sure beats a CLAPPER! I love reading in bed at night all cozied up and just say lights off and not have to walk or reach for a light. Yep, I bought the Koolaid and love it!
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Old 09-06-2018, 08:31 PM   #24
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Yes, I could put them on a timer but I think being able to turn them on and off at any time is better than a timer. It sure beats a CLAPPER!
Alexa, clap on, clap off
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I'm still wondering why this is being announced as if it was a major change. Other than the built-in Alexa, what is the difference between this Fire HD 8 and the 2017 Fire HD 8? We've added an Alexa app is big news?
I think the hands-free feature is the big "advance" — now you can use the Fire as an Echo. I wonder how much it's going to harm Echo sales (especially the Echo Show)?

I'm not an Alexa (or Google – whatever-theirs-is-called) fan, but for those who are, this is a big deal for them.

Just as a side note, why does the 32GB version cost $30 more? 16 additional GBs of memory doesn't seem to justify a $30 price jump.

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Or ... "Alexa, please don't report to my boss and tell him I'm really not sick."
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I wish Amazon would come out with a 9-inch tablet. The 10-inch seems a little too big.
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Hmm... so it won't be Cylons but Alexons? And again we make ourselves vulnerable.
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They used to have one. Very good for the time but it was premium priced.

The new line is value priced so they use high volume components and 8" and 10" tablets are more common than 9". Which means cheaper high quality panels.

The 8" is actually very good.
Check the reviews.
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They used to have one. Very good for the time but it was premium priced.

The new line is value priced so they use high volume components and 8" and 10" tablets are more common than 9". Which means cheaper high quality panels.

The 8" is actually very good.
Check the reviews.
I have last year's 8-inch. It's been having charging issues, so if there's a good Black Friday price on the new version, I may buy it. Or maybe jump up to the 10-inch.
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