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dealgate 12-12-2012 04:18 AM

Kindle Fire HD
 
I just got this thinking this would be a good e-reader and tablet all in one. Well it is not. It is a great e-reader but sucks as a tablet. They have some bastardized version of Android that doesn't allow you to do much. No gmail, no playstore, etc. Too bad the hardware kicks ass. We sent it back and got a Nexus 7. Same price but a full tablet with no OS restrictions.

menace33 12-12-2012 12:47 PM

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Originally Posted by dealgate (Post 55962270)
I just got this thinking this would be a good e-reader and tablet all in one. Well it is not. It is a great e-reader but sucks as a tablet. They have some bastardized version of Android that doesn't allow you to do much. No gmail, no playstore, etc. Too bad the hardware kicks ass. We sent it back and got a Nexus 7. Same price but a full tablet with no OS restrictions.

Yup, you got it. It's designed for the Amazon ecosystem and is not as well rounded as say, the Google Nexus 7 or a Transformer TF300. The TF300 is a bit more expensive but offers more than the Kindle Fire HD. Yeah the Fire HD has the Amazon App Store bit us far more limited compared to the Google Play Store.

Nexus 7 is sold for the same price and if you do want the Amazon ecosystem (Books, Music, etc) then use their apps (only Instant Video has no such app for licensing reasons).

I'd say if you could return it, do so, then double down on a Nexus 7.

Danny1234 12-17-2012 03:35 AM

But it has its special prime service and Nexus 7 cannot get the service.

menace33 12-17-2012 09:11 AM

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Originally Posted by Danny1234 (Post 56140082)
But it has its special prime service and Nexus 7 cannot get the service.

Only for Instant Video. With a small selection of new releases and a large collection of old libraries of videos and movies, one is not missing much from Prime Instant Video.

As far as the rest of the Amazon ecosystem, there is an app for that.


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