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nunsie 12-09-2012 11:52 PM

16GB Kindle Fire 8.9" 1920x1200 HD Display Wi-Fi Tablet (with Special Offers) $249 + Free Shipping
 
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/...PDKIKX0DER

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 16GB on Amazon for $249 with Coupon Code FIREHD89.
FS with Amazon Prime

brisar 12-09-2012 11:52 PM

16GB Kindle Fire 8.9" 1920x1200 HD Display Wi-Fi Tablet (with Special Offers) $249 + Free Shipping
 
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Amazon.com has 16GB Kindle Fire 8.9" 1920x1200 HD Display Wi-Fi Tablet (with Special Offers) for $299 - $50 w/ coupon code FIREHD89 = $249 with free shipping. Thanks nunsie
The also offer $50 off various other Kindle Fire 8.9" Tablets. Thanks uscpsycho [Discuss], Selma [Discuss], & all who contributed

Review courtesy of Engadget

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nunsie 12-10-2012 12:01 AM

Kindle Fire HD 8.9

Kindle Fire HD 8.9" Deal of the Day
Today only, save $50 on Kindle Fire HD 8.9". Enter promotional code FIREHD89 at checkout.

Limit one discount per customer. U.S. customers only. Discount valid on all versions of Kindle Fire HD 8.9” sold and shipped by Amazon. It does not apply to the same products sold by other sellers. Amazon reserves the right to cancel the promotion at any time. Promo codes may not be combined with other offers. If you return items purchased using a promo code, we will subtract the value of the discount from your return credit. Offer not valid with 1-Click ordering. Void where prohibited.

dealseekerfrom 12-10-2012 12:02 AM

10% off code stacking with it?

ragtag 12-10-2012 12:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dealseekerfrom (Post 55875776)
10% off code stacking with it?

not stacking :(

dealseekerfrom 12-10-2012 12:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ragtag (Post 55875876)
not stacking :(

sad :( didnt remember any exclusions in amazon email

moppy 12-10-2012 12:24 AM

Quote:

Promo codes may not be combined with other offers.
Thanks op.

pdq 12-10-2012 02:20 AM

[Today Only] AMAZON Save $50 on Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 16GB $249, 32GB $449!
 
Kindle Fire HD 8.9" Deal of the Day
Today only, save $50 on Kindle Fire HD 8.9". Enter promotional code FIREHD89 at checkout.

Limit one discount per customer. U.S. customers only. Discount valid on all versions of Kindle Fire HD 8.9” sold and shipped by Amazon. It does not apply to the same products sold by other sellers. Amazon reserves the right to cancel the promotion at any time. Promo codes may not be combined with other offers. If you return items purchased using a promo code, we will subtract the value of the discount from your return credit. Offer not valid with 1-Click ordering. Void where prohibited.


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pdq 12-10-2012 02:25 AM

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DonnieT 12-10-2012 02:32 AM

This is already posted.

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Hrshycro 12-10-2012 02:39 AM

Unless you're comsuming massive amounts of Amazon–supplied media, I'd still get the iPad Mini or iPad 2. Phone apps on Android tablets are just a mess; been there, done that, wouldn't go back.

metacortex 12-10-2012 02:50 AM

Thank you, my wife is going to love this for Christmas.

oyouno 12-10-2012 02:51 AM

awesome deal!.

bezidebela 12-10-2012 02:54 AM

I'd rather have this over the iPad mini any day.

escoe 12-10-2012 02:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bezidebela (Post 55878892)
I'd rather have this over the iPad mini any day.

what about Saturday

PartyInTheUSA 12-10-2012 03:09 AM

The amazon kindle is honestly the worst of both worlds. You get an even smaller walled garden than you get with iOS, coupled with all the lag and unrefinment you'd expect with an android tablet.

smartdeals 12-10-2012 03:11 AM

no slot?

nycdude 12-10-2012 03:27 AM

good deal

HeavenlySkies 12-10-2012 04:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hrshycro (Post 55878800)
Unless you're comsuming massive amounts of Amazon–supplied media, I'd still get the iPad Mini or iPad 2. Phone apps on Android tablets are just a mess; been there, done that, wouldn't go back.

Quote:

Originally Posted by PartyInTheUSA (Post 55878978)
The amazon kindle is honestly the worst of both worlds. You get an even smaller walled garden than you get with iOS, coupled with all the lag and unrefinment you'd expect with an android tablet.


Shouldn't you two be on a date somewhere? Go pick some apples off at tree. Why are either of you in this thread?

jmandawg 12-10-2012 04:07 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PartyInTheUSA (Post 55878978)
The amazon kindle is honestly the worst of both worlds. You get an even smaller walled garden than you get with iOS, coupled with all the lag and unrefinment you'd expect with an android tablet.

Lol best description I've heard so far. I have an hd 7 and I'm going to return it or sell it. You can't do crap on it except buy Amazon stuff and look at their ads. But 250 for the 8.9 is a really good deal. To bad the battery life kinda sucks.

SynGamer 12-10-2012 04:19 AM

I think I would rather go with the Nexus 7 for $199...

JDFitz 12-10-2012 04:24 AM

I've had both and I'll take a Kindle over an IPad any day. I use my tablet as a media device not a substitute computer and from the speakers to the display, Apple can't compete with the Kindle's value/price point.

anewdayrising79 12-10-2012 04:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bezidebela (Post 55878892)
I'd rather have this over the iPad mini any day.

Then you haven't had any extensive experience with tablets.

Quote:

Originally Posted by SynGamer (Post 55879554)
I think I would rather go with the Nexus 7 for $199...

^ Truth.

achiral 12-10-2012 04:33 AM

i would say if you are a consumer of amazon media, this device is great. ios still doesn't have anything as tightly integrated from a content delivery perspective. ios has much better app support and better apps.

amazon's cloud integration is another great feature. i've uploaded 10gb worth of my own mp3s to amazon's cloud, and the songs are all available on my fire as if they were actually on the device. the wifi is so fast that my cloud content plays instantly.

for me, it's much better than the ipad. i'll always like the apps on the ipad better, but over time my ipad has become a graveyard for a thousand app icons that are getting harder and harder to navigate.

PFX7 12-10-2012 04:34 AM

Damn, people stop whining about this tablet. If you don't like it, root it and install a custom ROM on it.

Craig924 12-10-2012 04:38 AM

I'm very happy with my 7" kindle fire hd. If i could justify spending another $250 I would be all over it.

FriscoSoxFan 12-10-2012 04:40 AM

Don't forget cost of accessories
 
Anyone weighing this vs the iPad mini...

Consider the charging cost in the equation. The fire uses a micro SD charger which you probably have lying around. If not, they are extremely cheap ($1-2).

The iPad mini uses the new chipped lightning connector which is $20 for the cable without the charging block.

smokarz 12-10-2012 04:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PFX7 (Post 55879686)
Damn, people stop whining about this tablet. If you don't like it, root it and install a custom ROM on it.


Agreed.

Root it and install a custom rom. Overall much better performance. True for any android tablets.

blacksoxing 12-10-2012 04:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PFX7 (Post 55879686)
Damn, people stop whining about this tablet. If you don't like it, root it and install a custom ROM on it.

You shouldn't have have to modify an item to enjoy it when there are alternative out there

Plus... It can void the warranty. And for every techie on the net... There are 10 folks who will need their hand held the moment they hit xda

dzap 12-10-2012 04:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PFX7 (Post 55879686)
Damn, people stop whining about this tablet. If you don't like it, root it and install a custom ROM on it.

Yeahhh..you mean the really crappy CM10 port that doesn't have
- Sound
- Video playback
- Sensors (no rotation)
- Camera
- BT
..that's your only option too. So try again.

deymayor 12-10-2012 04:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by escoe (Post 55878912)
what about Saturday

is Saturday a day?

dzap 12-10-2012 04:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by deymayor (Post 55879842)
is Saturday a day?

I thought it was a month.

gjcv1408 12-10-2012 04:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by smokarz (Post 55879782)
Agreed.

Root it and install a custom rom. Overall much better performance. True for any android tablets.

I like it when it first came out but nowi like it even more afteri rooted it with jelly bean4.1.2

gobigblue312 12-10-2012 04:50 AM

Is the quick charge adapter for $9.99 needed? Could I use any USB charger, like the one with my iPad or phone, to charge the Kindle Fire HD safely?

PFX7 12-10-2012 04:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dzap (Post 55879818)
Yeahhh..you mean the really crappy CM10 port that doesn't have
- Sound
- Video playback
- Sensors (no rotation)
- Camera
- BT
..that's your only option too. So try again.

Good thing I know how to mess with the kernel to get that stuff working, but it's too much work for a dying hardware platform. At least I can watch amazon instant video on it with prime. Also, it is the best tablet with a >7" screen.

mthanded 12-10-2012 04:52 AM

Personally, if you want a low cost tablet I think the nexus 7 is a better deal. Even with a smaller screen it is the way to go. This is coming from someone with an iPad 3.

Medic311 12-10-2012 04:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FriscoSoxFan (Post 55879760)
The fire uses a micro SD charger which you probably have lying around. If not, they are extremely cheap ($1-2).

a micro SD charger?

show me where those are $1-$2, let alone if they even exist :shake:

MAK1981 12-10-2012 04:57 AM

What benefit does this have over the Nexus 7? Noticeably better resolution? Better interface? Faster?

I'm trying to see what the extra $50 gets you. TIA.

rebelx 12-10-2012 05:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hrshycro (Post 55878800)
Unless you're comsuming massive amounts of Amazon–supplied media, I'd still get the iPad Mini or iPad 2. Phone apps on Android tablets are just a mess; been there, done that, wouldn't go back.

From 1-10, with 1 being rarely, and 10 being almost all the time, how often do you find yourself downloading an app for your tablet and then realizing that it's made for a phone and either stretched horribly or shows up in the smaller phone app size?

Quote:

Originally Posted by gobigblue312 (Post 55879896)
Is the quick charge adapter for $9.99 needed? Could I use any USB charger, like the one with my iPad or phone, to charge the Kindle Fire HD safely?

Yes. The quick charge adapter is literally, just a quick charger. If you were to buy an iPad charger for instance (the one with 1A or more of charge) then it'd charge faster.

davel.usa 12-10-2012 05:08 AM

The amount of fruity people giving their 2 cents on this thread is amazing. They must feel left out of something! Thanks OP. This is a good price for those that want it!

Alan278 12-10-2012 05:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gjcv1408 (Post 55879894)
I like it when it first came out but nowi like it even more afteri rooted it with jelly bean4.1.2

This deal is tempting. But I vowed to avoid Kindle after finding I needed to root my original Kindle Fire to get access to the apps in the Google Play appstore, including GMAIL. It was pretty good after that, even without certain features like Amazon Video, but it was pretty easy to switch back and forth between root & non-root for that.

Anyway, is this pretty easy to root and install jelly bean on? If so, with 1900x1200 rez and a pretty large screen, it might be a better value for me at $250 than the Nexus 7.

xBabax 12-10-2012 05:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MAK1981 (Post 55879994)
What benefit does this have over the Nexus 7? Noticeably better resolution? Better interface? Faster?

I'm trying to see what the extra $50 gets you. TIA.

Basically just the better resolution and the size of the screen.

dzap 12-10-2012 05:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MAK1981 (Post 55879994)
What benefit does this have over the Nexus 7? Noticeably better resolution? Better interface? Faster?

I'm trying to see what the extra $50 gets you. TIA.

This is a bigger screen for starters. It's a 1920x1200 resolution so 254ppi, Nexus 7 is 1280x800 is 216ppi.

So screen is better a little clearer (however you should note the 7" Kindle Fire HD has the same screen resolution as the Nexus 7. so apples to apples).

Better interface: If you like lag and ads, sure.

Faster: See better interface. No.

Nexus 7 has built-in GPS and NFC though.

gabriela32 12-10-2012 05:18 AM

Thanks! I had ordered it 5 days ago called Amazon and they gave me 50.00 back I had also used gift cards purchased at BB that were 10% off price match from TRU so final cost 220.00 saved $80.00

flygrrrrl 12-10-2012 05:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by achiral (Post 55879674)
i would say... my ipad has become a graveyard for a thousand app icons that are getting harder and harder to navigate.

Exactly why I sold my 1st gen iPad two weeks ago for $300 in exchange for the 7" Kindle Fire HD 32GB. Too many apps for what I really need a tablet for. Especially when I have an iPhone.

Quote:

Originally Posted by blacksoxing (Post 55879816)
You shouldn't have have to modify an item to enjoy it when there are alternative out there.

Plus... It can void the warranty. And for every techie on the net... There are 10 folks who will need their hand held the moment they hit xda

People jailbreak Apple products and root Android as soon as they get them. It's fun. But really, what do people do with tablets other than watch movies? What do kids do on tablets other than watch movies, read, and play games? Modifying any of these tablets is seriously overrated considering what they're used for in the end.

I have a Kindle Paperwhite 3G (unwittingly rang up as non-3G model by a Fry's employee), 7" Kindle Fire HD, laptop, iPhone 4S, and HDTV. Honestly?? Besides taking the Kindle Fire to the gym, what the hell am I going to do with all these devices?

warsaws 12-10-2012 05:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HeavenlySkies (Post 55879334)





Shouldn't you two be on a date somewhere? Go pick some apples off at tree. Why are either of you in this thread?

They are contributing far more than you.

The_Linux_Crew 12-10-2012 05:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MAK1981 (Post 55879994)
What benefit does this have over the Nexus 7? Noticeably better resolution? Better interface? Faster?

I'm trying to see what the extra $50 gets you. TIA.

More freedom out of the box, because you are not limited to the Amazon store. Otherwise you could root the device to get around it.

_Puzzle 12-10-2012 05:36 AM

I wish SD would implement a button to filter the Android/Apple fanboy debates. There might have been 3/46 posts in this thread that I actually wanted to read.

rbraden 12-10-2012 05:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by flygrrrrl (Post 55880462)
Exactly why I sold my 1st gen iPad two weeks ago for $300 in exchange for the 7" Kindle Fire HD 32GB. Too many apps for what I really need a tablet for. Especially when I have an iPhone.

I have a Kindle Paperwhite 3G (unwittingly rang up as non-3G model by a Fry's employee), 7" Kindle Fire HD, laptop, iPhone 4S, and HDTV. Honestly?? Besides taking the Kindle Fire to the gym, what the hell am I going to do with all these devices?

These are usually the things I consider before I buy a bunch of devices. I guess buying them all and then asking the internet what to do with them is another strategy.

aerotive 12-10-2012 05:45 AM

Is there a good quality, stock Android ROM available for this tablet?

JimboLodisC 12-10-2012 05:47 AM

I don't see how a $329 iPad 2 that's been shrunk to 7.9", where you have to purchase every movie and episode, is any better than a $249 8.9" 1920x1200 display with access to free movies and TV shows on Amazon Instant Video via Amazon Prime membership.

I pay more for the hardware, and then keep paying for the media? Even factoring in a $79 Prime membership for newbies, a Fire HD is still a whole dollar cheaper than the Mini alone. You turn on your shiny new Apple product and open your wallet for content, then in less than 6 months from now the Retina iPad Mini will arrive haha

UPDATE: Forgot Instant Video app was released for iPad back in August, so it comes down to ecosystem and hardware... iOS users will probably want to get the Mini instead, while those that want a both bigger and higher resolution screen can grab a Fire HD for $80 less.

guitarguy316 12-10-2012 05:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JimboLodisC (Post 55880896)
I don't see how a $329 iPad 1 that's been shrunk to 7.9", where you have to purchase every movie and episode, is any better than a $249 8.9" 1900x1200 display with access to free movies and TV shows on Amazon Instant Video.via Amazon Prime membership.

I pay more for the hardware, and then keep paying for the media. Even factoring in a $79 Prime membership for newbies, that's still a whole dollar cheaper than the Mini alone.

The "free" prime movies selection sucks btw

jd03ctd 12-10-2012 05:50 AM

FYI... Amazon instant video is available on the iPad... I've had a few tablets and always come back to the iPad.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature....1000798971

Hoolagain 12-10-2012 05:50 AM

I'm considering this since my old kindle fire can't sign up for the new kids subscription for books etc.

corenom 12-10-2012 05:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JimboLodisC (Post 55880896)
I don't see how a $329 iPad 1 that's been shrunk to 7.9", where you have to purchase every movie and episode, is any better than a $249 8.9" 1900x1200 display with access to free movies and TV shows on Amazon Instant Video via Amazon Prime membership.

I pay more for the hardware, and then keep paying for the media? Even factoring in a $79 Prime membership for newbies, a Fire HD is still a whole dollar cheaper than the Mini alone. You turn on your shiny new Apple product and open your wallet for content, then in less than 6 months from now the Retina iPad Mini will arrive haha

iPad 2 shrunk down to an 7.9". You're basically paying for the ecosystem, each system has their benefits but I'm not a fan of Amazon ecosystem. Rather would have iOS or Android (pure or with a skin but with Google Play)

The experience on an iPad is far better than any kindle. Probably gonna get rid of my Kindle HD I got over BF, not really a fan of it.

omextreme 12-10-2012 05:52 AM

I just got mine delivered for $299 last week, i am assuming they will not price match correct?

z(+)diac 12-10-2012 05:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by guitarguy316 (Post 55880924)
The "free" prime movies selection sucks btw

That's a bit of an over exaggeration, it's about on par with Netflix, in fact they offer quite similar titles. I look at it as a bonus for having Prime, which has saved me enough time to and money since picking it up.

corenom 12-10-2012 05:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by omextreme (Post 55880978)
I just got mine delivered for $299 last week, i am assuming they will not price match correct?

Someone mentioned they got a $50 refund on the previous page. Doesn't hurt to try!

z(+)diac 12-10-2012 05:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by omextreme (Post 55880978)
I just got mine delivered for $299 last week, i am assuming they will not price match correct?

You can certainly try; in my experience Amazon is usually pretty good at working with you on the issue.

life4eva 12-10-2012 05:56 AM

Kindle fire is amazing for the kids.

So many apps and movies my daughter uses is amazing. Heck she does everything on that thing. You people are totally lost, Amazon integration with kindle fire is better than any tablet on the market for kids.

All kind of educational games for free with countless tv shows as well. My daughter loves her fire, she's only 3

stukintx 12-10-2012 06:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by omextreme (Post 55880978)
I just got mine delivered for $299 last week, i am assuming they will not price match correct?

Had mine delivered last month and was told no earlier today. Can't apply special promotion to my purchase.

ZeeLobby 12-10-2012 06:00 AM

Honestly, if your in it for the budget. I would go with a Nexus 7. Even the 32GB version can be had for around $220/$230. The NFC/GPS tend to get downplayed but I love having both to be honest. I have an NFC enabled stereo, some of those Samsung Tech-tiles (which work with all Android devices) which I use for changing multiple-settings on the fly when I reach work/get home, and the GPS is REALLY nice to have. I like handing my N7 to whatever passenger is in the car to DJ music over the BT and navigate.

That said, I'm sure the Fire's a great device, but if you like doing anything outside of just browsing content, it's nice to have that option without having to root/rom everything (I've had a Nook Color, Old Kindle Fire, etc. which I've gone down that road with). Plus I think the N7 has a good enough screen and with brightness turned down to low I get the same comfort as my Nook Touch w/ Glowlight before bed (I honestly might resell it after getting the 7).

I'm sorry, but Apple tends to either hit the mark, or completely miss it, and for me the iPad mini is a complete miss. old hardware, unfriendly size ratio for one-handed uses, expensive as balls, no NFC, no GPS, no micro-SD, etc.. I have to say that after upgrading to the Galaxy Nexus from iPhone 4, and moving from my iPad to a used OG transformer and now the N7, you really begin to see how dated iOS is. I have about 3/4 widgets running on the home screen of my N7 at any one time (weather/calendar/tasks/email/etc.) and can check things at a glance. When I pick up my Mom's iPad 2 I just can't help but feel that the countless pages of rows of icons is just such a waste for a device that is so well built, has such power, and is so expensive.

ScottieJD 12-10-2012 06:02 AM

through thick and thin, it seems likes the biggest reason to avoid this tablet it the amazon store-exclusivity. but I can easily forget the ipad for lack of hdmi. if I can't eventually play all my media through a reciever or on a tv, then I have no desire for the tablet. or am I misinformed on the ipad? nexus 7 is out too, no hdmi. but the kindle stucck to the amazon store? I dunno...

what has hdmi AND an sd card slot?? with access to google play and around 300. that's what I need.

itsdon 12-10-2012 06:04 AM

Folks, for the same price you should also consider the Samsung Chromebook S3. I've had:

HP Touchpad 32GB (running ICS)
OG Kindle Fire
Nexus 7
Sony 9" Tablet (forget the stupid name)
Asus TF300

and was never truly satisfied until I hit upon the Chromebook. Pure Google, automatically updated, no viruses. It is a MacBook Air clone in size/weight has SD card slot, HDMI, USB 3.0, Bluetooth, internal SSD with NO fan etc.. Yes, there are some drawbacks (what device doesn't have them?) but for the most part it does everything I need it to do (including Amazon Prime videos). Anyway, don't mean to distract from the OP since I believe the Fire 8.9 at this price is a smokin' deal, just wanted to point out that tablets, while great, really aren't all 'that'.

nehaanish 12-10-2012 06:06 AM

Got price match / refund (chargeback on CC)
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by omextreme (Post 55880978)
I just got mine delivered for $299 last week, i am assuming they will not price match correct?

I bought 2 during thanksgiving. They will allow one $50 refund based on the promo price. Returning the other and repurchasing using a friends account.

I just used the chat option on amazon.com and the first rep , transferred the session to a Kindle rep and she was able to notify me that $50 will be refunded back to me as a charge back on CC (same card that was charged with).

Hope this works forks for u. :bounce:

Nice work OP. TU & reps for u.

gjcv1408 12-10-2012 06:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by flygrrrrl (Post 55880462)
Exactly why I sold my 1st gen iPad two weeks ago for $300 in exchange for the 7" Kindle Fire HD 32GB. Too many apps for what I really need a tablet for. Especially when I have an iPhone.



People jailbreak Apple products and root Android as soon as they get them. It's fun. But really, what do people do with tablets other than watch movies? What do kids do on tablets other than watch movies, read, and play games? Modifying any of these tablets is seriously overrated considering what they're used for in the end.

I have a Kindle Paperwhite 3G (unwittingly rang up as non-3G model by a Fry's employee), 7" Kindle Fire HD, laptop, iPhone 4S, and HDTV. Honestly?? Besides taking the Kindle Fire to the gym, what the hell am I going to do with all these devices?

My kid has a rooted kindle fire and he only uses to watch Netflix and play a couple of games.don't need an expensive iPad for him.

shockwaveudk 12-10-2012 06:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hrshycro (Post 55878800)
Unless you're comsuming massive amounts of Amazon–supplied media, I'd still get the iPad Mini or iPad 2. Phone apps on Android tablets are just a mess; been there, done that, wouldn't go back.


I totally disagree, I have used all and the Kindle FIRE holds its own. Its the only tablet that does Hulu+, Netflix, and Amazon prime streaming video. Its also easy for my kids to use like the IPAD.
I got the 7" fire hd this year, If I had known this deal was coming I might have gon for the bigger one. Its a good deal!!

tist006 12-10-2012 06:12 AM

My gf bought me one last week. Any chance theyd refund 50?

deymayor 12-10-2012 06:12 AM

i know that the bootloader has been cracked but dev is still a long way to go to release a custom rom. if you can withstand the annoying kindle skin on top of this device, it might be a good deal. this is the cheapest hd tablet in the market.

Square 12-10-2012 06:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Medic311 (Post 55879956)
a micro SD charger?

show me where those are $1-$2, let alone if they even exist :shake:

I've bought several USB to micro USB cords from monoprice for around that price (same website I've purchased cables for my HDTVs and theater room). I've always received a quality cable. I just plug them into the computer to charge.

http://www.monoprice.com/products...1&format=2

pdoobs 12-10-2012 06:13 AM

attention nexus 7 owners, nobody cares if you think your "pure google" experience is the greatest thing ever. this is $50 off an already very inexpensive tablet that does what most people want a tablet to do. nexus evangelists are hands down the most annoying group of people on the internet. also for the record you don't need to root a kindle fire to side-load apps from places like getjar.com, you just can't access the google play store, which isn't much different than the amazon appstore without root.

ZeeLobby 12-10-2012 06:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by itsdon (Post 55881424)
just wanted to point out that tablets, while great, really aren't all 'that'.

Totally agree with this post. The number of people I know who own multiple tablets and smart phones who end up still picking up a laptop with a dedicated keyboard are countless. It's crazy how fast consumers have jumped on the tablet bandwagon. Sure there are some practical uses, especially for kids and travel, but man, you'd think we couldn't survive without one these days.

Sultanofdeals 12-10-2012 06:14 AM

I wanted a Nexus but could not pass up the extra screen real estate. Thanks OP

VaporTrailer 12-10-2012 06:14 AM

I'll chime in.
I have owned the following tablets:

Original iPad
HP Touchpad
Kindle FIre (1st gen)
Nexus 7

For me the N7 is by far the best of the bunch. But thats just me. I'm a geek. I know how to get the content I want/need on my tablet and it's not a hassle at all to have to encode movies I want or make sure the music I need for a trip is DL'd to the device before I leave.

That being said, I *love* the Kindle family of tablets. I think for a non-geek the ecosystem is amazing with all the free content, not to mention the free app of the day. And "Freetime" for kids is really well done and will only get better over time.

If you're tech-savvy then the Kindle might not be the best option for you. But if you're a tablet newbie who wants a boatload of content, the Fire HD is a great option IMO.

Sultanofdeals 12-10-2012 06:15 AM

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Originally Posted by ZeeLobby (Post 55881668)
Totally agree with this post. The number of people I know who own multiple tablets and smart phones who end up still picking up a laptop with a dedicated keyboard are countless. It's crazy how fast consumers have jumped on the tablet bandwagon. Sure there are some practical uses, especially for kids and travel, but man, you'd think we couldn't survive without one these days.

Tablet and dekstop are the way to go bro

ZeeLobby 12-10-2012 06:16 AM

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Originally Posted by pdoobs (Post 55881666)
attention nexus 7 owners, nobody cares if you think your "pure google" experience is the greatest thing ever. this is $50 off an already very inexpensive tablet that does what most people want a tablet to do. nexus evangelists are hands down the most annoying group of people on the internet. also for the record you don't need to root a kindle fire to side-load apps from places like getjar.com, you just can't access the google play store, which isn't much different than the amazon appstore without root.

Personally, it's a lack of updates, lag, lack of widgets and un-customizable skin issue for me. There are valid reasons for both, but considering I can get all of my content on the N7 that I can from Amazon's devices for around the same price point, but have all that additional functionality, I don't see why owners shouldn't suggest the N7 over this?

ZeeLobby 12-10-2012 06:18 AM

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Originally Posted by Sultanofdeals (Post 55881700)
Tablet and dekstop are the way to go bro

I'd rather have a convertible tablet/laptop that could handle both. But maybe I'm just in the minority. I just think the prices people are willing to pay for what is essentially a consumption device in it's most basic form is a little ridiculous. That said I have owned 2 iPads so I guess I'm just as guilty as everyone else :P.

trk72 12-10-2012 06:23 AM

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Originally Posted by itsdon (Post 55881424)
Folks, for the same price you should also consider the Samsung Chromebook S3. I've had:

HP Touchpad 32GB (running ICS)
OG Kindle Fire
Nexus 7
Sony 9" Tablet (forget the stupid name)
Asus TF300

and was never truly satisfied until I hit upon the Chromebook. Pure Google, automatically updated, no viruses. It is a MacBook Air clone in size/weight has SD card slot, HDMI, USB 3.0, Bluetooth, internal SSD with NO fan etc.. Yes, there are some drawbacks (what device doesn't have them?) but for the most part it does everything I need it to do (including Amazon Prime videos). Anyway, don't mean to distract from the OP since I believe the Fire 8.9 at this price is a smokin' deal, just wanted to point out that tablets, while great, really aren't all 'that'.

Too bad everywhere is OOS with no word from Google on when the next shipment is going to happen. Apparently the Planning/Demand dept really missed the mark on this one!

Sultanofdeals 12-10-2012 06:25 AM

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Originally Posted by ZeeLobby (Post 55881740)
Personally, it's a lack of updates, lag, lack of widgets and un-customizable skin issue for me. There are valid reasons for both, but considering I can get all of my content on the N7 that I can from Amazon's devices for around the same price point, but have all that additional functionality, I don't see why owners shouldn't suggest the N7 over this?

I do not see why people are not finding major value in the extra screen size.

YesOffense 12-10-2012 06:28 AM

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Originally Posted by Sultanofdeals (Post 55881970)
I do not see why people are not finding major value in the extra screen size.


Yeah this is pretty much why I got it, person who wanted it wanted a bigger screen, and I can just root for google play.

nycdude 12-10-2012 06:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pdoobs (Post 55881666)
attention nexus 7 owners, nobody cares if you think your "pure google" experience is the greatest thing ever. this is $50 off an already very inexpensive tablet that does what most people want a tablet to do. nexus evangelists are hands down the most annoying group of people on the internet. also for the record you don't need to root a kindle fire to side-load apps from places like getjar.com, you just can't access the google play store, which isn't much different than the amazon appstore without root.

I like the google experience on my rooted devices but I kinda agree with this that its overated. You can definitely sideload apps to this device and still have an awesome experience.

coronakid 12-10-2012 06:29 AM

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Originally Posted by Hrshycro (Post 55878800)
Unless you're comsuming massive amounts of Amazon–supplied media, I'd still get the iPad Mini or iPad 2. Phone apps on Android tablets are just a mess; been there, done that, wouldn't go back.

...and you would be $250 lighter on the wallet. For many of us, the Kindle Fire does exactly what we need and for half the price.

ahma0023 12-10-2012 06:30 AM

I've had both Kindle Fires. The HD is definitely a step up. However, we sure are shopping for the right reasons. The Kindle is great for watching shows, movies, and books. Although, if you are getting it for access to the "Kindle Lending Library" with prime, you only get 1 book every 30 days. The free books are free because no one else wanted to pay money for them, in other words, they suck. There are a fair amount for free movies and shows. That is where the Kindle stops being cool. It's email functions are very limited. Typing on the kindle is the most frustrating process. I usually just turn it off and grab my phone to type (sad that a tiny phone types better). The internet is another painful aspect. It's just not user friendly.

If you are looking for a devise to watch movies and books, get the Kindle

If you want to use the internet and send emails, etc, get a different tablet.

You may also not the Kindle's reviews. There are more 1 star reviews than 2 and 3 stars. That says something. Mine has major problems with the sounds no always working. I think they rushed to the market on this product. We already have an iPad, so I figured I'd get this to swtich it up but I would rather have my $200 back.

ScottieJD 12-10-2012 06:31 AM

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Originally Posted by ZeeLobby (Post 55881668)
Totally agree with this post. The number of people I know who own multiple tablets and smart phones who end up still picking up a laptop with a dedicated keyboard are countless. It's crazy how fast consumers have jumped on the tablet bandwagon. Sure there are some practical uses, especially for kids and travel, but man, you'd think we couldn't survive without one these days.

tablets are nothing compared to smartphones, they've hardly even caught on yet so it doesn't surprise me that there are haters out there. phones are pocket sized, and therefore more common to use and carry around while most people don't seem to know WHY they need a tablet, that its just the trendy thing now, but there are those that just like touchscreens....like me.

jezzdogg 12-10-2012 06:31 AM

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Originally Posted by HeavenlySkies (Post 55879334)





Shouldn't you two be on a date somewhere? Go pick some apples off at tree. Why are either of you in this thread?

Because they both speak the truth. I have a kindle fire (which is soooo slow) have fios in my house and still takes a year and a day to do anything. Hubby just got an i pad for holidays and it is like day and night. For 150 more would invest in another ipad and apple products always have a resell value

jaco22 12-10-2012 06:33 AM

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Originally Posted by ZeeLobby (Post 55881740)
Personally, it's a lack of updates, lag, lack of widgets and un-customizable skin issue for me. There are valid reasons for both, but considering I can get all of my content on the N7 that I can from Amazon's devices for around the same price point, but have all that additional functionality, I don't see why owners shouldn't suggest the N7 over this?

how about a bigger, better screen? Plus, rooting should fix many of the issues..

tist006 12-10-2012 06:33 AM

Hdmi, big screen, high resolution, stereo speakers, rootable.. Why is googles 7 better again? Lawl.

slammedisuzu 12-10-2012 06:33 AM

Too bad they didn't run any specials on the Kindle Fire HD 7" tablet. I would be all over it. The extra money for the larger screen is just not something I need. I will keep my fingers crossed, hoping the 7" goes on sale soon.

Pandarion 12-10-2012 06:34 AM

Thanks, this is just what I wanted!

jacewt 12-10-2012 06:35 AM

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Originally Posted by MAK1981 (Post 55879994)
What benefit does this have over the Nexus 7? Noticeably better resolution? Better interface? Faster?

I'm trying to see what the extra $50 gets you. TIA.

It's a bigger screen, it's a better screen, HDMI, it has better sound and overall better build quality. I prefer the Amazon interface to generic android.

If you have Amazon prime, this is a no brainer.

nahdogg 12-10-2012 06:35 AM

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Originally Posted by bezidebela (Post 55878892)
I'd rather have this over the iPad mini any day.

I don't see any of those for 249, you're in the wrong thread.

Gosh 12-10-2012 06:37 AM

I think with their new service Kindle FreeTime Unlimited it's a best solution for kids' tablet. That's the only reason I'm going to buy it (and regain my ipad back)

ZeeLobby 12-10-2012 06:38 AM

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Originally Posted by Sultanofdeals (Post 55881970)
I do not see why people are not finding major value in the extra screen size.

Yea, I guess since I primarily use my 7" tablet for widescreen movies and reading, I really wouldn't get that much more from those additional inches, as well as lose some of the portability. I think it's a perfectly good tablet for couch browsing, but I like holding my devices one handed when I read, etc. and I find the 7" factor to be perfect for that. Here is a good review of the KF 8.9 HD though:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jk...e=g-user-u

omextreme 12-10-2012 06:38 AM

got my price adjusted from my order last month.

sklar 12-10-2012 06:39 AM

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Originally Posted by Hrshycro (Post 55878800)
Unless you're comsuming massive amounts of Amazon–supplied media, I'd still get the iPad Mini or iPad 2. Phone apps on Android tablets are just a mess; been there, done that, wouldn't go back.

A curious piece of advice considering that about half of the apps I use on my ipad are iphone apps that are crappily doubled in size, yet my jellybean tablet scales all apps attractively and fluidly. I'm also struggling to think of more than 2 or 3 apps that weren't tablet optimized for android that I used prior to jelly bean.

This seems to be another apple myth that gets perpetuated for years after its no longer applicable.

That having been said, one could obtain a considerable range of android tablets much more capable than any of the Fire series for about the same price. The HD 8.9 should be $199, the 7" HD 159 and the regular 7 129 or 99. If they were open tablets without ads, I could almost see the price points, but they simply aren't fully featured and are too closely coupled with amazons services for non amazonites to want it.

I turned my nose up at the BF $129 7" fire because it simply isn't much better than my sub-$100 rooted nook tablet. I'd turn my nose up at this because its not much cheaper than an ipad2 or a slew of asus/acer/lenovo/nexus tabs, and there are a ton of first tier chinatabs with the same specs for half the price, and they have google market.

v_h 12-10-2012 06:39 AM

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Originally Posted by jmandawg (Post 55879470)
You can't do crap on it except buy Amazon stuff and look at their ads.

You can easily side load apps on the Kindle. Just install a file browser like ES Explorer and change the Kindle settings to allow installation from untrusted sources.

Of course this doesn't over come any physical features missing, which in my original Kindle Fire which is GPS, camera, and bluetooth. The new KF HD brought back some of these features, but I don't use any of these features.

contactmeemail 12-10-2012 06:45 AM

For anyone that has a Kindle, are the ads that much of a pain or is it really worth paying to be ad free?

jacewt 12-10-2012 06:45 AM

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Originally Posted by Hoolagain (Post 55880934)
I'm considering this since my old kindle fire can't sign up for the new kids subscription for books etc.

If I had kids, I would get it. A monthly subscription for books, apps and music. It's a deal.

gjcv1408 12-10-2012 06:47 AM

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Originally Posted by jezzdogg (Post 55882198)
Because they both speak the truth. I have a kindle fire (which is soooo slow) have fios in my house and still takes a year and a day to do anything. Hubby just got an i pad for holidays and it is like day and night. For 150 more would invest in another ipad and apple products always have a resell value

They do not speak the truth just bec it's an apple..mine runs fast streaming, playing games.maybe it's your fios...
Or maybe bec my router is ddwrt makes the connection lightning fast

sklar 12-10-2012 06:47 AM

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Originally Posted by contactmeemail (Post 55882580)
For anyone that has a Kindle, are the ads that much of a pain or is it really worth paying to be ad free?

When you're not using the tablet, it puts the ads on. When you touch the screen, they go away. Some of the offers are actually pretty good. I'm somewhat annoyed that my old kindle is a non-kso model and the one I bought my ex mother in law does, as I'd use the offers and she never did.

Alan278 12-10-2012 06:48 AM

I've been considering this Chromebook as an alternative to a tablet. I would though like to read in bed with it which might be a little less convenient than a tablet, and would miss the touchscreen.

Quote:

Originally Posted by itsdon (Post 55881424)
Folks, for the same price you should also consider the Samsung Chromebook S3. I've had:

HP Touchpad 32GB (running ICS)
OG Kindle Fire
Nexus 7
Sony 9" Tablet (forget the stupid name)
Asus TF300

and was never truly satisfied until I hit upon the Chromebook. Pure Google, automatically updated, no viruses. It is a MacBook Air clone in size/weight has SD card slot, HDMI, USB 3.0, Bluetooth, internal SSD with NO fan etc.. Yes, there are some drawbacks (what device doesn't have them?) but for the most part it does everything I need it to do (including Amazon Prime videos). Anyway, don't mean to distract from the OP since I believe the Fire 8.9 at this price is a smokin' deal, just wanted to point out that tablets, while great, really aren't all 'that'.


contactmeemail 12-10-2012 06:48 AM

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Originally Posted by sklar (Post 55882656)
When you're not using the tablet, it puts the ads on. When you touch the screen, they go away. Some of the offers are actually pretty good. I'm somewhat annoyed that my old kindle is a non-kso model and the one I bought my ex mother in law does, as I'd use the offers and she never did.

OK, thanks for the tip. I will include the offers since they are so easy to skip. I am buying for my hubby and didn't want to drive him crazy. :) Thanks again!!

gjcv1408 12-10-2012 06:49 AM

TE=contactmeemail;55882580]For anyone that has a Kindle, are the ads that much of a pain or is it really worth paying to be ad free?[/QUOTE]
Nope..most of apps i used doesn't have ads and it's free

jwcdis 12-10-2012 06:49 AM

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Originally Posted by contactmeemail (Post 55882580)
For anyone that has a Kindle, are the ads that much of a pain or is it really worth paying to be ad free?

The ads are actually pretty good. They don't get into your way, you don't have to wait to close them. You can immediately bring yourself to the UI the moment it pops in.
(The ad is your lockscreen wallpaper)

I consider it a varying wallpaper and so far they've only advertised cool stuff like Epic Mickey 2, Intel, Free 2 dollar amazon video credit, Lexus car..
Great deal btw, I wish I could justify dropping 249 for another one. Or maybe I can...

rockmo 12-10-2012 06:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jacewt (Post 55882314)
It's a bigger screen, it's a better screen, HDMI, it has better sound and overall better build quality. I prefer the Amazon interface to generic android.

If you have Amazon prime, this is a no brainer.


Better build quality? That's highly debatable. The rest though, I tend to agree with but if you want a more powerful processor and quicker web browsing the N7 is the way to go.

ZeeLobby 12-10-2012 06:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Alan278 (Post 55882676)
I've been considering this Chromebook as an alternative to a tablet. I would though like to read in bed with it which might be a little less convenient than a tablet, and would miss the touchscreen.

Supposedly (and this is a rumor at the moment) Google may be planning to come out with a "Nexus" Google Chromebook beginning next year (supposedly it will be shown at CES this January). It's supposed to be touchscreen enabled, and may have some other goodies that the current gen don't (though supposedly the Samsung model rocks).

tist006 12-10-2012 06:51 AM

I own the tablet and the only ads I really notice are the ones on the lock screen. I actually kind of like seeing them. Saw a good deal just yesterday I wanted.

ZeeLobby 12-10-2012 06:52 AM

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Originally Posted by tist006 (Post 55882764)
I own the tablet and the only ads I really notice are the ones on the lock screen. I actually kind of like seeing them. Saw a good deal just yesterday I wanted.

That would be my biggest fear. I already check SD daily. Last thing I need is more good ads popping up on my tablet... I don't wan't to be poor :(

sklar 12-10-2012 06:52 AM

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Originally Posted by jezzdogg (Post 55882198)
Because they both speak the truth. I have a kindle fire (which is soooo slow) have fios in my house and still takes a year and a day to do anything. Hubby just got an i pad for holidays and it is like day and night. For 150 more would invest in another ipad and apple products always have a resell value

They don't speak the truth. Both the kindle and the ipad 2 are powered by almost identical hardware...a dual core a9 based 1GHz cpu with very similar gpu's. I don't own a kindle HD, but I have an android tablet with nearly identical components to the ipad2 and see no difference in general performance in any regard, so I'm not thinking its an android issue.

So if you own a kindle fire that appears to be measurably slower than an ipad 2 at pretty much anything, then there is something wrong with your kindle fire or some aspect of your home network.

I'd guess than the wifi antenna in your kindle isnt well attached or is broken, or the device is being allowed to overheat.

deymayor 12-10-2012 06:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jaco22 (Post 55882232)
how about a bigger, better screen? Plus, rooting should fix many of the issues..

rooting is still a vaporware for this device. i'm sure it will happen in the next few months but you have to wait.

sbaker411 12-10-2012 06:54 AM

Great deal. Whole family loves them.
 
[Great deal I have one kindle fire 7in and one kindle fire HD 7in & 3 boys (8,13,15). My kindles get used all day long when my wife and i are not using them. The kids all asked for kindles. They even use them at school. So i jumped on this deal. I can box my 7in HD up and give that to my 15 yr old. I will be keeping the 8.9 HD for my self. :lol: The ad's are just on the front screen saver soon as you swipe it on there gone.

ZeeLobby 12-10-2012 06:55 AM

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Originally Posted by sklar (Post 55882804)
They don't speak the truth. Both the kindle and the ipad 2 are powered by almost identical hardware...a dual core a9 based 1GHz cpu with very similar gpu's. I don't own a kindle HD, but I have an android tablet with nearly identical components to the ipad2 and see no difference in general performance in any regard, so I'm not thinking its an android issue.

So if you own a kindle fire that appears to be measurably slower than an ipad 2 at pretty much anything, then there is something wrong with your kindle fire or some aspect of your home network.

I'd guess than the wifi antenna in your kindle isnt well attached or is broken, or the device is being allowed to overheat.

To be honest, sometimes just buying a newer router with better frequencies/multiple channels can do the trick. Just picked up an Apple Airport Express and man is the signal and speed 10 x better than my Netgear router (which was no slouch either).

nutz 12-10-2012 06:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pdoobs (Post 55881666)
Attention nexus 7 owners, my name is pdoobs and need some cheese for my whine

Fixed for accuracy

contactmeemail 12-10-2012 06:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jwcdis (Post 55882716)
The ads are actually pretty good. They don't get into your way, you don't have to wait to close them. You can immediately bring yourself to the UI the moment it pops in.
(The ad is your lockscreen wallpaper)

I consider it a varying wallpaper and so far they've only advertised cool stuff like Epic Mickey 2, Intel, Free 2 dollar amazon video credit, Lexus car..
Great deal btw, I wish I could justify dropping 249 for another one. Or maybe I can...

Thanks so much! I bit and added the wall charger. I got the 16GB, but for $50 more I could have gotten double the storage space (32GB). Hmmm, now I am wafflng on whether or not I should change. I guess I will stick w/the one I bought. Decisions, decisions. :)

sklar 12-10-2012 06:59 AM

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Originally Posted by ZeeLobby (Post 55882880)
To be honest, sometimes just buying a newer router with better frequencies/multiple channels can do the trick. Just picked up an Apple Airport Express and man is the signal and speed 10 x better than my Netgear router (which was no slouch either).

Good piece of advice if you live in an apartment or where the homes are close together. Some routers do a much better job on their wireless 'auto' settings for picking channels and channel widths/rates than others. In fact most of the routers I've owned set to 'auto' would gleefully drop right on top of a neighbors channel when there were plenty of free ones.

But that wouldn't explain why the fire tablet was slow and an ipad 2 would be twice as fast. That sounds like a specific problem to the fire, and since those have that dual point wifi antenna, my bet is one of the antenna's came off, or they left it on a couch or bed with a blanket laying on top of it until it overheated and throttled down, which is something I see a ton of people doing with tablets and laptops.

jezzdogg 12-10-2012 07:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sklar (Post 55882804)
They don't speak the truth. Both the kindle and the ipad 2 are powered by almost identical hardware...a dual core a9 based 1GHz cpu with very similar gpu's. I don't own a kindle HD, but I have an android tablet with nearly identical components to the ipad2 and see no difference in general performance in any regard, so I'm not thinking its an android issue.

So if you own a kindle fire that appears to be measurably slower than an ipad 2 at pretty much anything, then there is something wrong with your kindle fire or some aspect of your home network.

I'd guess than the wifi antenna in your kindle isnt well attached or is broken, or the device is being allowed to overheat.

First of all hubby has I pad 3 plus have 2laptops in this house and 2 printers all are fast and respond to commands it is just the Fire that is a slow piece.. Have used it maybe 10 times in the year i have owned it. It is ok for reading a book, but to do anything else with it or if you go to a wifi place (starbucks, etc) has huge problem attaching to another wifi and forget getting on web and doing something simple like reading an email while out or responding to it. As for overheating not on that long ....

momomchine 12-10-2012 07:00 AM

From someone that owns a Fire with Special Offers, how annoying are the Special Offers?

Restless24 12-10-2012 07:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by slammedisuzu (Post 55882258)
Too bad they didn't run any specials on the Kindle Fire HD 7" tablet. I would be all over it. The extra money for the larger screen is just not something I need. I will keep my fingers crossed, hoping the 7" goes on sale soon.

x2... ugh. Why can't the HD 7 ever go on sale like the regular 7 did and now the 8.9 ones have? I guess because the HD 7 has been the best selling model.

vixer03 12-10-2012 07:02 AM

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Originally Posted by tist006 (Post 55881608)
My gf bought me one last week. Any chance theyd refund 50?


Someone got the rebate after buying it last week. You can return and buy it again. They will not fight with you. Ask Politely.

tist006 12-10-2012 07:07 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jezzdogg (Post 55883062)
First of all hubby has I pad 3 plus have 2laptops in this house and 2 printers all are fast and respond to commands it is just the Fire that is a slow piece.. Have used it maybe 10 times in the year i have owned it. It is ok for reading a book, but to do anything else with it or if you go to a wifi place (starbucks, etc) has huge problem attaching to another wifi and forget getting on web and doing something simple like reading an email while out or responding to it. As for overheating not on that long ....

Why would you even mention laptops or printers when debating tablets. I don't know if you used your fire for a frisbee but I've had no speed problems on the old or new versions. I'm not saying apples os isn't fast but the fires runs just as smooth.

trk72 12-10-2012 07:08 AM

Is the charger $9.99 anywhere, the only one I see is $19.99 -- NVM you have to add it to your cart first to get the $10 discount.

finka 12-10-2012 07:08 AM

Man I've bene watching prices of both the 8.9 and the Nexus 10 and I've convinced myself I wanted the Nexus 10 but at this price point I am very very tempted to pull the trigger on the 8.9 and call it Xmas. Wish Best buy would price match it so I can bring on my trip to Japan tomorrow.

jwong 12-10-2012 07:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by momomchine (Post 55883080)
From someone that owns a Fire with Special Offers, how annoying are the Special Offers?

It's really only on the lockscreen, as stated. Also, if you find them annoying you can pay the fee to have them removed from the device later.

jacewt 12-10-2012 07:11 AM

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Originally Posted by deymayor (Post 55882846)
rooting is still a vaporware for this device. i'm sure it will happen in the next few months but you have to wait.

Get your facts, it's already rooted.

contactmeemail 12-10-2012 07:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by trk72 (Post 55883344)
Is the charger $9.99 anywhere, the only one I see is $19.99

When you purchase it wtih the device you get a $10 credit making it $9.99. That is what I just did.

jacewt 12-10-2012 07:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jezzdogg (Post 55883062)
First of all hubby has I pad 3 plus have 2laptops in this house and 2 printers all are fast and respond to commands it is just the Fire that is a slow piece.. Have used it maybe 10 times in the year i have owned it. It is ok for reading a book, but to do anything else with it or if you go to a wifi place (starbucks, etc) has huge problem attaching to another wifi and forget getting on web and doing something simple like reading an email while out or responding to it. As for overheating not on that long ....

To be clear then, you're speaking of the first generation Kindle Fire since the 8.9 has only been out for 1 MONTH.

momomchine 12-10-2012 07:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jwong (Post 55883392)
It's really only on the lockscreen, as stated. Also, if you find them annoying you can pay the fee to have them removed from the device later.

Only the lockscreen? That's not bad at all. It doesn't appear anywhere else?

jwcdis 12-10-2012 07:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by contactmeemail (Post 55882580)
For anyone that has a Kindle, are the ads that much of a pain or is it really worth paying to be ad free?

Quote:

Originally Posted by momomchine (Post 55883080)
From someone that owns a Fire with Special Offers, how annoying are the Special Offers?

The ads are your lockscreen wallpaper. See 3 posts above your original post.

Virtual69 12-10-2012 07:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by deymayor (Post 55882846)
rooting is still a vaporware for this device. i'm sure it will happen in the next few months but you have to wait.

Yeah, just checked XDA, I was surprised at the lack of hacking topics on this device. I will wait until the enthusiast community is more developed.

Leeno 12-10-2012 07:16 AM

Nobody has mentioned this but, how is the web browsing experience? That's one of the most important things to me.

flygrrrrl 12-10-2012 07:17 AM

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Originally Posted by VaporTrailer (Post 55881696)
I'll chime in.
I have owned the following tablets:

Original iPad
HP Touchpad
Kindle FIre (1st gen)
Nexus 7

For me the N7 is by far the best of the bunch. But thats just me. I'm a geek. I know how to get the content I want/need on my tablet and it's not a hassle at all to have to encode movies I want or make sure the music I need for a trip is DL'd to the device before I leave.

That being said, I *love* the Kindle family of tablets. I think for a non-geek the ecosystem is amazing with all the free content, not to mention the free app of the day. And "Freetime" for kids is really well done and will only get better over time.

If you're tech-savvy then the Kindle might not be the best option for you. But if you're a tablet newbie who wants a boatload of content, the Fire HD is a great option IMO.

I originally decided on the Nexus 7, but then it didn't have HDMI output or the opt of Amazon Instant Videos (I found out later about the Plex app for $4.99) or free app of the day. Special Offers have not annoyed me at all. Also I've received $226 in Amazon gift cards for free this week from banks and other promotions. Another $50 in gift cards from purchases of Kindle Fires I plan to give as presents. Over the past couple months there have been magazine issues I could download free copies of directly from Amazon. And there's FreeTime with parental controls available for my nieces and nephews. Yes, the other tablets are cooler but Amazon's ecosystem and packaging are more neatly tied together. Their one-stop shopping approach has me sold.

momomchine 12-10-2012 07:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Leeno (Post 55883640)
Nobody has mentioned this but, how is the web browsing experience? That's one of the most important things to me.

Or is there a web browser app that does the job better?

jwcdis 12-10-2012 07:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Leeno (Post 55883640)
Nobody has mentioned this but, how is the web browsing experience? That's one of the most important things to me.

It's good. Not great like iPad's Safari in terms of fluidity. One thing I have to say is the on-screen keyboard lags sometimes. Ok for a casual. Might tick a techie off.

jacewt 12-10-2012 07:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by momomchine (Post 55883686)
Or is there a web browser app that does the job better?

You can sideload pretty much any browser. I like Firefox but it's not working on the HDs right now, but they are working on a fix.

sklar 12-10-2012 07:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jezzdogg (Post 55883062)
First of all hubby has I pad 3 plus have 2laptops in this house and 2 printers all are fast and respond to commands it is just the Fire that is a slow piece.. Have used it maybe 10 times in the year i have owned it. It is ok for reading a book, but to do anything else with it or if you go to a wifi place (starbucks, etc) has huge problem attaching to another wifi and forget getting on web and doing something simple like reading an email while out or responding to it. As for overheating not on that long ....

The ipad 3 is a faster piece of hardware than the kindle or ipad 2.

That having been said, if your kindle is slow at home and cant attach to another wifi without issues, then like I mentioned twice already...your kindle is broken and has a bad wifi connection somewhere. Return it for replacement if its under warranty, otherwise you should have.

This is like saying in a car deal thread "I hate this car. It goes 'bump bump bump' when I drive it", when the car has a flat tire...:lol:

ZeeLobby 12-10-2012 07:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Virtual69 (Post 55883622)
Yeah, just checked XDA, I was surprised at the lack of hacking topics on this device. I will wait until the enthusiast community is more developed.

This may just be my experience, but I feel like the ROM/ROOT community has died off recently. This is most likely due to 2 things: direct from Google devices with timely updates and a much better OS in ice cream sandwhich/jelly bean. I'm not sure you should really expect any ROM support on any non-stock Android devices going forward outside of really popular phones. Even stock Android devices are receiving the greatest attention. It always fun to work to improve the latest software.

mtnmuncher 12-10-2012 07:23 AM

I wish it had a rear-facing camera.

Cheers!

SDRebel 12-10-2012 07:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ZeeLobby (Post 55883806)
This may just be my experience, but I feel like the ROM/ROOT community has died off recently. This is most likely due to 2 things: direct from Google devices with timely updates and a much better OS in ice cream sandwhich/jelly bean. I'm not sure you should really expect any ROM support on any non-stock Android devices going forward outside of really popular phones. Even stock Android devices are receiving the greatest attention. It always fun to work to improve the latest software.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Virtual69 (Post 55883622)
Yeah, just checked XDA, I was surprised at the lack of hacking topics on this device. I will wait until the enthusiast community is more developed.

The problem is the locked bootloader. That halts develoment

smokarz 12-10-2012 07:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mthanded (Post 55879924)
Personally, if you want a low cost tablet I think the nexus 7 is a better deal. Even with a smaller screen it is the way to go. This is coming from someone with an iPad 3.



That supposed to mean something?

:wave:

stpetedan 12-10-2012 07:25 AM

Quick Question

Does NetFlix App work on this device? Thanks

scott78945 12-10-2012 07:26 AM

Can you download Droid apps directly to this or only the apps that Amazon allows you to view/download? I havn't seen a Fire in action yet....

fargone 12-10-2012 07:26 AM

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I had ordered this last night as a gift for my wife... was mad when I saw this post this morning... but was able to cancel and re-order using the coupon. Thanks for saving me $50.

ZeeLobby 12-10-2012 07:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SDRebel (Post 55883854)
The problem is the locked bootloader. That halts develoment

True, I was just talking of non-super-popular android devices in general, as I visit XDA pretty regularly. But yea, locked boot-loaders don't help either.

SDRebel 12-10-2012 07:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by momomchine (Post 55883080)
From someone that owns a Fire with Special Offers, how annoying are the Special Offers?

I have a kindle fire 2nd gen and also a paperwhite. The ads on the paperwhite are ok. They are only on the lock screen and go away when you unlock. On the fire they do not. After you unlock, you still are presented with an ad, so you are not taken back to the screen you were at. So yes, it's only a few extra taps, but after a couple of hours of using it, it becomes extremely annoying. That is the main reason I want to return mine, plus it crashed many times and you can't install an alternate browser without rooting it first

sbaker411 12-10-2012 07:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Leeno (Post 55883640)
Nobody has mentioned this but, how is the web browsing experience? That's one of the most important things to me.

It is a smooth web surfing experience with the Kindle Fire HD’s Silk web browser. Alot better then the first gen. Zooming in and out is flawless & navigation is simple.

jwcdis 12-10-2012 07:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by stpetedan (Post 55883894)
Quick Question

Does NetFlix App work on this device? Thanks

Netflix is offered on this device through the Amazon Appstore for free.
No need to root/sideload/etc.

Just download the app and login.

tist006 12-10-2012 07:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by scott78945 (Post 55883904)
Can you download Droid apps directly to this or only the apps that Amazon allows you to view/download? I havn't seen a Fire in action yet....

From my experience I've been able to install any droid app when I transfer it to the kindle. Their store is limited so you'll have to get it another way. What I do is download the app on my phone, pack it and move it into my drop box. Then I just install on my kindle. Ezpz.

jwcdis 12-10-2012 07:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SDRebel (Post 55883996)
I have a kindle fire 2nd gen and also a paperwhite. The ads on the paperwhite are ok. They are only on the lock screen and go away when you unlock. On the fire they do not. After you unlock, you still are presented with an ad, so you are not taken back to the screen you were at. So yes, it's only a few extra taps, but after a couple of hours of using it, it becomes extremely annoying. That is the main reason I want to return mine, plus it crashed many times and you can't install an alternate browser without rooting it first

It's back to lockscreen only ads.

lex2000 12-10-2012 07:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SDRebel (Post 55883854)
The problem is the locked bootloader. That halts develoment

bootloader is already unlocked. cm10 on the way...

jwcdis 12-10-2012 07:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by scott78945 (Post 55883904)
Can you download Droid apps directly to this or only the apps that Amazon allows you to view/download? I havn't seen a Fire in action yet....

Yes, from my experience here is the easiest way.
1) Find Android app APK
2) Drag and drop .APK into kindle
3) In device settings, "Allow installation from unknown sources"
4) Get the app ES File Explorer on the Amazon app marketplace
5) Navigate to your APK via ES File Explorer and Install. Your app will be added to device and then you can customize adding it to your carousel.

You've just sideloaded an app.

stpetedan 12-10-2012 07:34 AM

Thanks. Repped for the quick and clear response
Quote:

Originally Posted by jwcdis (Post 55884024)
Netflix is offered on this device through the Amazon Appstore for free.
No need to root/sideload/etc.

Just download the app and login.


JimboLodisC 12-10-2012 07:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by guitarguy316 (Post 55880924)
The "free" prime movies selection sucks btw

They've had everything I've wanted to watch.

Taking away the Amazon Instant Video, both the iPad and Fire HD have access to Netflix. So that's either:
  • $329 buy-in for 7.9" 1024x768 (163 ppi)
  • $249 buy-in for 8.9" 1920x1200 (254 ppi)

Fire HD still wins on viewing experience and with a lower initial cost, not sure how either one does for playing non-streaming files (MKV, MP4, AVI, etc.), but I assume there's the right app for everything on both platforms

Again, not knocking the iPad Mini (too hard) but if you're an iOS fan, wait for Retina. If you're into couch surfing and non-iOS apps, get the Nexus 7. If it's movies/TV, the Fire HD is the better value (assuming most slickdealers have Prime Shipping already).

Just my opinions.

abercrombieboy 12-10-2012 07:36 AM

Finally took the plunge on FIre HD 8.9, which I knew I'd be getting before Christmas anyway. Great deal... nothing beats the Kindle in terms of media integration.

Goodair 12-10-2012 07:36 AM

Does anyone know the game that is used by Amazon for advertisement, its the third picture down..

thelazysailor 12-10-2012 07:38 AM

For those who already bought and want to get a price adjustment.

I just spoke with an Amazon customer service rep. who gave me a refund of $50 +tax for one I bought in November, no questions asked. He said they were all sent an email about this today, so they should know what to do to get you your refund when you call.

Interesting that that did this sale with a promotion code instead of just temporarily lowering the price on the web site. That kept my automated price checking site from catching it.

abercrombieboy 12-10-2012 07:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jwcdis (Post 55884154)
Yes, from my experience here is the easiest way.
1) Find Android app APK
2) Drag and drop .APK into kindle
3) In device settings, "Allow installation from unknown sources"
4) Get the app ES File Explorer on the Amazon app marketplace
5) Navigate to your APK via ES File Explorer and Install. Your app will be added to device and then you can customize adding it to your carousel.

You've just sideloaded an app.

Thanks - I'm sure I will need these instructions, but how exactly do you do steps 1 and 2?

jd03ctd 12-10-2012 07:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JimboLodisC (Post 55884178)
They've had everything I've wanted to watch.

Taking away the Amazon Instant Video, both the iPad and Fire HD have access to Netflix. So that's either:
  • $329 buy-in for 7.9" 1024x768 (163 ppi)
  • $249 buy-in for 8.9" 1920x1200 (254 ppi)

Fire HD still wins on viewing experience and with a lower initial cost, not sure how either one does for playing non-streaming files (MKV, MP4, AVI, etc.), but I assume there's the right app for everything on both platforms

Again, not knocking the iPad Mini (too hard) but if you're an iOS fan, wait for Retina. If you're into couch surfing and non-iOS apps, get the Nexus 7. If it's movies/TV, the Fire HD is the better value (assuming most slickdealers have Prime Shipping already).

Just my opinions.

Just to clarify Amazon Prime instant video is available at no additional cost on the iPad.....


http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature....1000798971

tist006 12-10-2012 07:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by abercrombieboy (Post 55884338)
Thanks - I'm sure I will need these instructions, but how exactly do you do steps 1 and 2?

Google search the app you want with .apk afterword.
Ex: netflix.apk or netflix apk


To transfer it to the kindle the easiest method is use the usb cable to your pc. Move the file onto the kindle sd storage under my computer.

...

Be careful when downloading apps via the web. Pm me for a good link

JimboLodisC 12-10-2012 07:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by crspyjohn (Post 55880956)
iPad 2 shrunk down to an 7.9". You're basically paying for the ecosystem, each system has their benefits but I'm not a fan of Amazon ecosystem. Rather would have iOS or Android (pure or with a skin but with Google Play)

The experience on an iPad is far better than any kindle. Probably gonna get rid of my Kindle HD I got over BF, not really a fan of it.

Indeed, my mistake, it is similar to the iPad 2 and not the 1. I'll fix my post!

A Retina iPad Mini is what the world needs. I understand why Apple went with the lower-res screen: cheaper components, everyone's gonna buy the Mini no matter what, and leaves the refresh to Retina as a viable upgrade option for Mini 1 owners. It was their best option for bringing the price down to compete with Google and Amazon. I imagine a Retina Mini this year wouldn't give them much room for improvement in 2013, and would have driven costs up another $50 at least. $379 doesn't compete with $199-$249 as well as $329 does. Still, for those invested in the iOS ecosystem, I guess they're stuck with an inferior display for the moment. I'd recommend a refurb iPad 3 over a Mini right now.

I really like the new Fire HD's, Amazon really did jump back into competitiveness with their current lineup after Google dropped the Nexus 7. I'm still happy with my Nexus 7 and I don't travel a whole lot, so Amazon Instant Video on my Xbox is serving me well. I mostly use my tablets for couch surfing though (FB, email, XBMC remote, IMDB lookups, "bathroom breaks"), so the only thing I've really purchased in the Play Store is music and not movies or TV shows. We don't have Netflix since we have access to Instant Video... and a 1TB drive connected to XBMC... so for me, OS updates are more important than access to a portable Instant Video tablet.

Tom_Chan 12-10-2012 07:50 AM

I guess if one buy it for $249 then the squaretrade warranty would be $69.99 for 3 years even without coupon code, am I correct?

flygrrrrl 12-10-2012 07:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by flygrrrrl (Post 55880462)
...I have a Kindle Paperwhite 3G (unwittingly rang up as non-3G model by a Fry's employee), 7" Kindle Fire HD, laptop, iPhone 4S, and HDTV. Honestly?? Besides taking the Kindle Fire to the gym, what the hell am I going to do with all these devices?

Quote:

Originally Posted by rbraden (Post 55880760)
These are usually the things I consider before I buy a bunch of devices. I guess buying them all and then asking the internet what to do with them is another strategy.

Well, I need a phone. The larger screen of the TV is very nice for watching movies at home, the e-ink ereader for books is an awesome size to carry around in my purse, and the Kindle Fire is great because it's small and in color. Nothing out there yet completely replaces a laptop. You know what they need to come up with next? An EXPANDABLE phone-tablet with a keyboard! It should be able go change from 3.5" to 32" in seconds. Anyone have the contact number for 007's tech guy? His lazy butt needs to get on it! :lol:

JimboLodisC 12-10-2012 07:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jd03ctd (Post 55884356)
Just to clarify Amazon Prime instant video is available at no additional cost on the iPad.....


http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature....1000798971

Well there ya go, so it comes down to whether you want the iOS ecosystem or a better screen.

yuchai 12-10-2012 07:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by abercrombieboy (Post 55884338)
Thanks - I'm sure I will need these instructions, but how exactly do you do steps 1 and 2?

It's actually even easier than what was stated. This i how I do it :

1. Enable "Allow installation from unknown sources" (you only have to do this once)
2. Using the Kindle's browser, google search the app that you want to load. Find a site that allows direct downloading of the apk file.
3. Select download link. A prompt shows up asking if you want to install the app. Confirm.

That's it! You can also download the file and manually execute it (as was described), but at least in my experience you do not need to do that.

scoopwon 12-10-2012 08:00 AM

Lots of GREAT books for free
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ahma0023 (Post 55882166)
The free books are free because no one else wanted to pay money for them, in other words, they suck

I get loads of great books, even many new releases, for free. I follow www.ireaderreviews.com for daily deals, but there are other great sites tracking Kindle book deals, as well. Of course, this applies whether you are consuming on a Kindle device or not, but there are definitely great books for free.

bru20 12-10-2012 08:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by yuchai (Post 55885024)
It's actually even easier than what was stated. This i how I do it :

1. Enable "Allow installation from unknown sources" (you only have to do this once)
2. Using the Kindle's browser, google search the app that you want to load. Find a site that allows direct downloading of the apk file.
3. Select download link. A prompt shows up asking if you want to install the app. Confirm.

That's it! You can also download the file and manually execute it (as was described), but at least in my experience you do not need to do that.

What exactly is meant by "Droid" apps? Obviously these must not be apps from the Amazon App store. Are we talking about Google Play?, somewhere else?

scott78945 12-10-2012 08:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bru20 (Post 55885180)
What exactly is meant by "Droid" apps? Obviously these must not be apps from the Amazon App store. Are we talking about Google Play?, somewhere else?

Yes, I meant Google Play when I said that...Android Apps. I didn't want to be locked into Amazon's app selection...

bariumai 12-10-2012 08:03 AM

I use my tablets for business. I use the internet, spreadsheets(office suite pro), google docs, and a couple other apps like rapidsketch. My Acer A500 was stolen, so I need a replacement. Will this, rooted, be a good tab for me, or should I go with N7 or a dedicated(unlocked google play etc) Android tablet?

jaco22 12-10-2012 08:07 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JimboLodisC (Post 55884846)
Well there ya go, so it comes down to whether you want the iOS ecosystem or a better screen.

does iPad have Kindle Freetime Unlimited? didn't think so

thelatest2008 12-10-2012 08:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PartyInTheUSA (Post 55878978)
The amazon kindle is honestly the worst of both worlds. You get an even smaller walled garden than you get with iOS, coupled with all the lag and unrefinment you'd expect with an android tablet.

Totally agree.. I tried out all these tablets side by side, for several minutes each, and nothing was even close to the smoothness of an ipad, not even to an ipad 2.

t1967m 12-10-2012 08:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by flygrrrrl (Post 55884788)
Well, I need a phone. The larger screen of the TV is very nice for watching movies at home, the e-ink ereader for books is an awesome size to carry around in my purse, and the Kindle Fire is great because it's small and in color. Nothing out there yet completely replaces a laptop. You know what they need to come up with next? An EXPANDABLE phone-tablet with a keyboard! It should be able go change from 3.5" to 32" in seconds. Anyone have the contact number for 007's tech guy? His lazy butt needs to get on it! :lol:


I think the new MS Surface Pro (due out next month) will be the first laptop replacement tablet.

superflysocal 12-10-2012 08:11 AM

If rooted (but without custom rom installed), is there a way to get rid of the ads or "Special Offers" part?

fauxden 12-10-2012 08:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bariumai (Post 55885278)
I use my tablets for business. I use the internet, spreadsheets(office suite pro), google docs, and a couple other apps like rapidsketch. My Acer A500 was stolen, so I need a replacement. Will this, rooted, be a good tab for me, or should I go with N7 or a dedicated(unlocked google play etc) Android tablet?

I think you feel restricted with this. I had the original Kindle fire and rooted it, but I preferred the full android experience without the need to root. Just my 2 cents

sklar 12-10-2012 08:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bru20 (Post 55885180)
What exactly is meant by "Droid" apps? Obviously these must not be apps from the Amazon App store. Are we talking about Google Play?, somewhere else?

Quote:

Originally Posted by scott78945 (Post 55885252)
Yes, I meant Google Play when I said that...Android Apps. I didn't want to be locked into Amazon's app selection...

Now you both have to send George Lucas two bucks.

And let me tell you...he WANTS HIS TWO DOLLARS! :nod:

nicholasyud 12-10-2012 08:17 AM

I got 5% discount through Discover and one day shipping option + 10% discount through their previous not working product.They make an exception. It's just make the deal even sweeter. Save 15% + 1 days shipping. Amazon + Discover = Rock.

tuhraycee 12-10-2012 08:20 AM

The 6 month no interest financing with Amazon Store Card pushed me over the edge and I got it. Six months to pay off $258 (Kindle Fire HD and charger), not bad!

sklar 12-10-2012 08:22 AM

Of course, since we've seen the $129 BF basic 7" and now a $250 8.9" fire HD, I guess that means between now and xmas we'll see the 7" fire HD for what...$159?

I'll also guess that those will be the regular prices sometime early next year.

jwcdis 12-10-2012 08:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fauxden (Post 55885668)
I think you feel restricted with this. I had the original Kindle fire and rooted it, but I preferred the full android experience without the need to root. Just my 2 cents

Quote:

Originally Posted by bariumai (Post 55885278)
I use my tablets for business. I use the internet, spreadsheets(office suite pro), google docs, and a couple other apps like rapidsketch. My Acer A500 was stolen, so I need a replacement. Will this, rooted, be a good tab for me, or should I go with N7 or a dedicated(unlocked google play etc) Android tablet?

Get a Nexus 7, Nexus 10 or iPad.
Rooting a Kindle HD out isn't always the greatest thing. I had a friend who did it with the original Kindle Fire and said he had 2 hours battery life (I guess it really depends on the optimization of the ROM build though)

supernoman 12-10-2012 08:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jwcdis (Post 55886294)
Get a Nexus 7, Nexus 10 or iPad.
Rooting a Kindle HD out isn't always the greatest thing. I had a friend who did it with the original Kindle Fire and said he had 2 hours battery life (I guess it really depends on the optimization of the ROM build though)

Rooting drains battery life? Stop spreading lies. I had a friend who said drinking water gave him cancer.

tennisplayer888 12-10-2012 08:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PFX7 (Post 55879906)
Good thing I know how to mess with the kernel to get that stuff working, but it's too much work for a dying hardware platform. At least I can watch amazon instant video on it with prime. Also, it is the best tablet with a >7" screen.

They have an app for that on iOS.

jwcdis 12-10-2012 08:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sklar (Post 55885972)
Of course, since we've seen the $129 BF basic 7" and now a $250 8.9" fire HD, I guess that means between now and xmas we'll see the 7" fire HD for what...$159?

I'll also guess that those will be the regular prices sometime early next year.

I actually highly doubt it.

The Kindle Fire HD 7'' is in a really competitive position and still is.
Probably will see it as $169 at the lowest (similar to the B&M Retailers where they give a 30 dollar giftcard)

I think the Kindle Fire HD 8.9'' is in the grey area where there is so much competition they aren't meeting their demand. This one arrived to the market about a month after it was announced. This competes with the iPad in terms of size/spec as well as the iPad mini in terms of price. I think they throw 50 dollars out to bring people who were considering to buy. They'll probably make the money back from subscribers to Amazon Prime, renting Movies and Ebook buyers.

Bhishdawg 12-10-2012 08:41 AM

Somewhat unrelated but I usually sell on eBay my old Kindle or iPads and through the course of a few years have gone through a few. Now, when I try to DL some previously purchased Kindle books it says I've exhausted the downloads. Anyone have experience with requesting Amazon for the ability to download? Seems to defeat the purpose of buying and upgrading a Kindle if you can only download the book a few times?

desilva 12-10-2012 08:42 AM

Is the $9.99 charger worth it? I need to save money and already have usb chargers.

gossipninja 12-10-2012 08:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hrshycro (Post 55878800)
Unless you're comsuming massive amounts of Amazon–supplied media, I'd still get the iPad Mini or iPad 2. Phone apps on Android tablets are just a mess; been there, done that, wouldn't go back.

My experience has been completely the opposite. With my android tablets (acer iconia a500, modded hp touchpad, pandigital planet) the usage of non-tablet optimized apps has been stellar save for a very few random apps. (This is based on 4.0 ICS android, the older <2.3 Gingerbread was never meant to do tablet sizes)

On the flipside, the Ipad I have to use for work, either shrinks the phone app to occupy only the center of the screen or "2x" the app and it looks like garbage.

I am a frothing at the mouth android fanboy so take it for what you will.

My parents have an original fire and love it, the screen on the HD along with great speakers and micro hdmi out make this very tempting. The only real issue I have with it is the locked bootloader so custom roms are a bit iffy right now.

sklar 12-10-2012 08:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jwcdis (Post 55886696)
I actually highly doubt it.

Then you must not have seen any of the upcoming $99 tablets that will drive the prices on these ecosystem-locked slabs down? Looks like we might have a dual core nexus 7 for $99 some time in the near future.

richinlife 12-10-2012 08:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by yuchai (Post 55885024)
It's actually even easier than what was stated. This i how I do it :

1. Enable "Allow installation from unknown sources" (you only have to do this once)
2. Using the Kindle's browser, google search the app that you want to load. Find a site that allows direct downloading of the apk file.
3. Select download link. A prompt shows up asking if you want to install the app. Confirm.

That's it! You can also download the file and manually execute it (as was described), but at least in my experience you do not need to do that.


#3 never works for me. I always get redirected to Amazon's app store, which then tells me that the app is not found. I've tried this using different browsers: Silk, Dolphin HD, and Dolphin Beta. Side-loading is the only way I've found to install apps outside the app store.

jwcdis 12-10-2012 08:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by supernoman (Post 55886400)
Rooting drains battery life? Stop spreading lies. I had a friend who said drinking water gave him cancer.

No, I'm saying installing a non-optimized ROM for your hardware may not always be the best thing.

TrueGamer01 12-10-2012 08:45 AM

Great deal in for 1!

fauxden 12-10-2012 08:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bhishdawg (Post 55886764)
Somewhat unrelated but I usually sell on eBay my old Kindle or iPads and through the course of a few years have gone through a few. Now, when I try to DL some previously purchased Kindle books it says I've exhausted the downloads. Anyone have experience with requesting Amazon for the ability to download? Seems to defeat the purpose of buying and upgrading a Kindle if you can only download the book a few times?

I think on your account page you need to go "manage devices" and you can delete out those devies you got rid of. I'm not really sure beyond that though. ..

bariumai 12-10-2012 08:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by supernoman (Post 55886400)
Rooting drains battery life? Stop spreading lies. I had a friend who said drinking water gave him cancer.


It's feasible, if the ROM isn't as efficient at using the power as the stock OS.

I'm leaning towards a $150 or so Chinatab with similar specs, though. If I'm going to root something anyway, might as well have fewer penalty points for bricking it.:rolleyes:

sklar 12-10-2012 08:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by supernoman (Post 55886400)
Rooting drains battery life? Stop spreading lies. I had a friend who said drinking water gave him cancer.

If his water had radioactive elements or heavy metals in it, it may very well have.

Rooting on its own rarely changes battery life, but people who root their tablets often do so to install a new operating system, make settings changes not normally available to them like overclocks, and applications that can be fairly far reaching in terms of what resources are used.

So yeah, rooting and the stuff that made you want to root can indeed affect battery life.

yuchai 12-10-2012 08:51 AM

Anyone have a recommended cover for it?

youra6 12-10-2012 08:51 AM

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Originally Posted by supernoman (Post 55886400)
Rooting drains battery life? Stop spreading lies. I had a friend who said drinking water gave him cancer.

Who said anything about rooting? The guy said his friend used a custom ROM which drained his battery. This definitely can happen.

supernoman 12-10-2012 08:55 AM

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Originally Posted by youra6 (Post 55887130)
Who said anything about rooting? The guy said his friend used a custom ROM which drained his battery. This definitely can happen.

Guy said rooting, then said it was probably the custom rom.

Either way, I'm glad others have shed light on the actual truth about rooting. Yes it's more likely the custom rom having issues with deep sleep that is affecting battery life and not rooting a device.

Now back to the deal. I'm in for one to tinker with.

richardbb85 12-10-2012 08:55 AM

thank you

Szyszka 12-10-2012 08:55 AM

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Originally Posted by yuchai (Post 55887120)
Anyone have a recommended cover for it?

Great question, was about to ask myself: is one needed?

youra6 12-10-2012 08:56 AM

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Originally Posted by supernoman (Post 55887302)
Guy said rooting, then said it was probably the custom rom.

Either way, I'm glad others have shed light on the actual truth about rooting. Yes it's more likely the custom rom having issues with deep sleep that is affecting battery life and not rooting a device.

Now back to the deal. I'm in for one to tinker with.

I stand corrected, although I have a feeling he meant that the custom ROM was the cause of his battery problems.

Anyone have a recommendation on a cheaper Chinese alternative?

jwcdis 12-10-2012 09:01 AM

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Originally Posted by yuchai (Post 55887120)
Anyone have a recommended cover for it?

I have the Marware Vibe for 34.99, it's pretty good for indoor/table top use. Although it only sits in landscape position. If you take relatively good care of your tech items this is probably the best bang for the buck.
They have a slightly more expensive one that can revolve and sit portrait mode but I figured I didn't need that.

I read the Amazon branded case is one of the best for the 7'', not sure if that transfers over to the 8.9''.



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supernoman 12-10-2012 09:01 AM

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Originally Posted by youra6 (Post 55887388)
I stand corrected, although I have a feeling he meant that the custom ROM was the cause of his battery problems.

Anyone have a recommendation on a cheaper Chinese alternative?

I've stayed away from Chinese tab alternatives because of reported poor batter life. Onda has some good models but the occasional deal for an N7 make it less attractive.

Archos was the "cheapest" tab I've tried and I wouldn't go back. N7, N10, Ipad 4th Gen right now for me. I've been through my share of nooks as well.

dbpaddler 12-10-2012 09:02 AM

Outside of dropping $50 large on the official case, you have the typical china ones that were always popular with other tablets and under $20, here [amazon.com] and here. [amazon.com]


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