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Initial post: 19 Jun 2014 01:37:23 BDT
anybody else thinking that for them the kindle fire no longer the tablet of choice,had my fire hd almost two years now played wit a samsung and nexus ,and found all the things amazon have been locking us out of too big a draw to buy another kindle , i want playstore blinkbox and others so next tablet will not be kindle.
all my amazon accounts work on other devices so i can only see an upside so goodbye kindle it was almost fun.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jun 2014 04:55:23 BDT
CBRetriever says:
not thinking about it - anything my Fire doesn't do my laptop does just fine

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jun 2014 06:42:25 BDT
ChrisJ says:
There are MANY different tablets available from lots of vendors. There is NO tablet that does everything you want it to. Make a list of things that are important to you, and then choose the device that matches the closest.

For me: I "need" a device that is small enough to slip into my pocket so I have it with me all the time. But it also must be large enough to display a good sized Excel spreadsheet so that I can read it. I have never come across a device that does both :-)

Posted on 19 Jun 2014 07:43:50 BDT
lizzie says:
The new Firefly phone? 4.7" screen...just launched on, won't get here for a while though.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jun 2014 08:00:49 BDT
@Andrew: I don't get why you have stuck with a device you were not enjoying for so long. I hope whatever you choose makes you smile.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jun 2014 09:41:54 BDT
DC says:
It's a bit harsh complaining about Amazon trying to lock you into their ecosystem. Amazon have never made any bones about their intentions. They sell hardware at cost to encourage sales from Amazon. There are also some advantages to owning a Kindle device if you have Prime (Amazon Instant does not work on Android).

Google used their soon to be defunct Nexus line, in a similar way.

Apple are a bit different because they were clever enough to be first off the block, hence able to charge a premium on hardware and also lock you in.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jun 2014 13:38:34 BDT
That tends to unwisely assume that the Kindle Fire was ever the tablet of choice for people. It was for those who wanted Amazon as their choice of system. It was chosen by others because they knew no better other than price and a glance at the specs.
From your post the Kindle Fire was your tablet of choice. Peculiarly, you chose not to find out what it does and has left you disappointed and hence was a very bad choice. I suspect you chose it on price. I hope on your next purchase you do not repeat the mistakes of your first choice.

Posted on 19 Jun 2014 16:08:41 BDT
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Posted on 19 Jun 2014 18:11:07 BDT
eric rambler says:
If I had a KIndle Fire, I don't but if I did, and I was disappointed with it, well then I would be very disappointed.

Posted on 19 Jun 2014 20:55:35 BDT
ChrisJ says:
I suppose this sharing everything world is different....

But if I had chosen a tablet, spent money on it, and then read the instructions to find it didn't so what I wanted.... I am not sure if I would have shared that slip-up! I would have just sold it quietly and bought what I wanted.

Posted on 19 Jun 2014 23:49:38 BDT
sorry did not mean to mislead anybody ,but i did say no longer the tablet of choice .
i was very happy at first but as i find my needs changing i find the kindle not changing with me ,i hope that makes more sense, i had sort of hoped the amazon guys would have opened the system up, when the new fire came out even microsft sometimes listen to their customer, as with the x box 1

Posted on 20 Jun 2014 00:17:05 BDT
Get an iPad mini, has all the apps and services you'll need

Posted on 20 Jun 2014 03:01:04 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 Jun 2014 06:50:06 BDT
K. A. Newton says:
This was my very first laptop and I still have it and it is still in working order.

Unfortunately despite this one being pink, it is pictured in black and white.

Mine is a very pale pink. It's XP Home. I bought it for travelling around and it served me well for a long time. I used it all the time but found that when I used it for family tree research ie., staring for long times at columns of small figures I got headaches so I bought a laptop with a larger screen for general home use. There is a white one on Amazon being sold for 39-99 but that one has a broken screen.

I still have my "little oyster shell". It is registered to my Amazon account as an app and it has the Kindle for PC Windows XP on it.

It has its own pink laptop bag, with a usb plug in pink floppy disc player and pink usb plug in cd/dvd disc player/recorder neither of which need mains power.

It'll do all the things my Kindle Fire cannot do. It is no longer covered by anti virus programme so I don't generally surf the net with it but if it is charged up I can find what I want on good websites very quickly and then sign out.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jun 2014 07:29:37 BDT
But you will find that whatever tablet you get. Why Blinkbox out of all the similar services you can get. Like the content? For now anyway until it changes. Why not Netflix? Why Google playstore? What apps is your life incomplete without? Are there similar, and maybe better, apps that do the job? Have you tried all app sites? Why not iTunes?

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jun 2014 07:41:20 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 Jun 2014 07:41:46 BDT
The iPad Mini seems a nice product, and certainly there is no "down" review of it on, say, the John Lewis page. At 249 for the 16Gb wifi only one it does not seem too expensive considering that comes with the John Lewis 3 year warranty.

BUT - it's locked at 16Gb without any expansion possibilities, locked to the Apple OS and I presume locked to Apple apps rather than general Android apps. If the OP went this route would he also feel locked and trapped in an Apple Ghetto rather than an Amazon one? Seems a case of out of the frying pan into the fire.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jun 2014 08:34:32 BDT
Sharon4 says:
I have an iPad2 and while I love it and think it's one of the best value items I''ve ever owned (it wasn't cheap, but it gets hours of use every day) that 16gb limit is a bugbear and would be a major one if I didn't also have an iPod Touch for all my audio. I effectively have 32gb at my disposal, less all the stuff that's preloaded and can't be removed.

The 'walled garden' issue isn't really a problem for me, as I'm neither very techie or adventurous. I understand that it is possible to jailbreak iOS devices and load them with apps from outside the App Store, but I don't know what the legal implications of that would be, how it would affect any warranties, the impact on the utility of the device, or whether there would be a risk of importing viruses. IMPO, there are too many imponderables to make it worth the trouble.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jun 2014 08:55:56 BDT
CBRetriever says:
and the Kindle Fires can get most of the google play apps from other reliable sources like and (a lot of us have those marketplace apps installed on our Fires and shop from them as well as Amazon)

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jun 2014 11:45:41 BDT
DC says:
There is no way that Amazon will open the platform too widely. There is definitely no way that they will get Google Play. First the Kindle devices serve the Amazon shop front and services and second there is no way that Amazon will want to abide by Google's rules which they would have to do if the took Play Services. Besides Google Play competes directly with Amazon in several areas.

Posted on 20 Jun 2014 12:03:23 BDT
ChrisJ says:
Ahhhhh Google Play... the centre of all the best on the web.
But beware of copies!!

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jun 2014 12:18:46 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 Jun 2014 12:20:48 BDT
Lesley says:
I have an iPad mini 2, I waited until the retina mini was out and bought a 64Gb so I'd have enough storage for future years as I tend to keep my iPads a long time.

Prior to that I wasted a lot of money on another make of 7 inch android tablet. It didn't do what I wanted and wasn't as good as an ipad. My lesson for that was to wait for what I really want and not buy second best hoping it will do.

Research is the key.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jun 2014 12:23:20 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 Jun 2014 12:23:47 BDT
CBRetriever says:
and beware of all the fake apps on Google Play and the Windows Phone store

supposedly the reason Amazon has fewer apps is bacuse it's a curated app store

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jun 2014 13:41:13 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 Jun 2014 13:41:45 BDT
It really does depend what you use the iPad for. 16gb is no problem if you stream your music. Out of home then just how much music can you listen too. I once thought I needed to carry lots of tracks around with me but found I was listening to certain playlist, or random, and a thousand at most were more than adequate with a regular sync to change content. Now I have all music on my phone which conveniently allows travel and home use - albeit that is 64gb as the phone is also used as a holiday video store.
If you have a lot of video then 16gb will run out quite quickly if you don't watch it.

I think there is a really useful memory, 32gb, size that will cope with everything exept hoarding.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jun 2014 14:05:48 BDT
Yes but you cant read a tablet in bright sunlight!

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jun 2014 14:07:07 BDT
but you cant read it in bright sunlight

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jun 2014 14:54:04 BDT
DC says:
That would be fine if we were talking about ebook reading, but we are not, so you've made a pointless point twice!
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