If anyone is actually able to do this deal please let me know. I've placed three orders now and all were confirmed and then cancelled. Made three calls to customer service. First two calls got a song and dance about not being able to verify some unknown piece of address or CC info. Used paypal for the third order. 10 minutes later got a refund. Made another call and finally got some truth. Rep finally confessed that these aren't available to be shipped to store and she didn't see that any were available in-store anywhere in CT.
I am in CT, too and my order still shows with processing. Paid with Paypal as well. I ordered very early in when this thread only had two posts.
Are there any custom roms out there for this that still allows for some of the preloaded Amazon software? I was told that when you put a custom rom the reading-function changes a bit.
I have rooted a few android smartphones and tablet. All of them have procedure to reverse it back to stock. I'm not sure of specifics preloaded amazon apps, but I'm guessing that it'll be available via amazon store or google play store or executable apk. At worst case, you can always reverse it back to stock.
original amazon kindle has big following in xda, which is good because rooted device with custom roms will have a lot more options, flexibility and upgradable to more recent android version.
If you only want to read books, a smaller subset of games, amazon prime, surf internet, then rooting is not necessary. If you want to use it as a tablet, with more game variety, task, scheduler, consolidated email in scrollable form....etc, then rooting with custom rom is recommended. This is my personal opinion...
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Will rep for useful information. I feel generous today
"I got mine" = great deal, you snooze you lose.
"I didn't get mine" = scummy SDers...didn't wait for me.
is this good enough for casual browsing/video streaming?...
I had a bad experience with mine trying to stream Netflix when I had one. I gave it to my mom a long while back. Its possible its gotten better with OS and App updates though. For everything else it was great. I love the size. I would be tempted to get one again just to install all the free daily apps I have gotten from Amazon...
I've owned a Geek Squad Refurb iPod Touch and it literally felt like a cheap knockoff. GS certified isn't something I'd rely on, especially since they only give you a 90 day warranty. It's a great deal though, but buy at your own risk.
My iPad 5 is way better than this piece of shat. Cant imagine someone actually wanting this inferior product, unless theyre really poor.
Thanks but no thanks.
Where did you obtain an iPad 5 for $85 to do your unbiased comparison? Speaking of inferior products, you bought a NEW iPad5 when it gets trumped by older existing tablets for less (eg. Asus TF700)? If you're talking about the iPad Mini since the iPad5 isn't released yet, then the TF300 still beats it in a straight up hardware comparison. I'm sure you know exactly what you're talking about though, so carry on. Pretty sure being what you call "poor" is better than being ignorant.
This seems to be a better deal than the Blackberry Playbook a few days ago. I just need a tablet for web browsing. Anyone care to chime in on which is better ?
I would pass on the Playbook. I own one and am not generally a fan of the browser; it tends to be somewhat unstable with more than, say 2-3 tabs open. It's not absolutely terrible, but the second time in a sitting that the browser crashes on you and then doesn't recover the session... frustrating. On the plus side, it does play flash content well.
Strangely, I have actually kept the device (in a drawer), because:
1. It just feels incredibly well-built for a tablet in its price-range (or, honestly, any tablet) and
2. With the new Blackberry 10 devices coming out shortly, I imagine the impending OS update will provide some niceties.
The amazon tablet sounds like the way to go for the price. Even if you're only using it for browsing now, if you ever think you might want to download some hot new app... You can be nearly certain that it won't be available for the playbook. At least there's a chance it'll be usable on the kindle (or rooted kindle).
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