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Pretty Good Tablet for the Price,
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This review is from: Kindle Fire 7", LCD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB [Previous Generation] (Electronics)My 11 yr old daughter pre-ordered this from her savings, but I got my paws on it first while she was at school, to activate child settings (my excuse). I'm still using my basic kindle, so this took a little getting used to. There is no paper manual enclosed with it, so I had to find the manual online. There was some sort of onscreen tutorial, but it didn't cover everything I wanted to know. I changed the device name via my Amazon account "Manage Your Device" settings.
Luckily I had already purchased a case/screen protector/stylus/charger on ebay (about £70 cheaper than those offered on Amazon at time of pre-order!) - because my stubby fingers found the stylus a much better control option. Just using fingers on the touchscreen proved a little frustrating, because I kept accidentally touching links I didn't want (some of the links were quite small, even when magnified). You do need to purchase a wall charger, because charging from a P.C via the USB lead (which is included in pack) is a very slow process.
No problem with Wi-Fi internet access, in fact one of the first options it came up with, was establishing my wi-fi link. Was also offered quick links to Facebook, and several other popular websites. Shame there's no 3G/4G option for watching movies/web browsing when you're travelling on the train etc. Really think they should be trying to add this to any future versions of the Kindle Fire.
Took me a while to get trial offer Lovefilm subscription streaming up and running, seemed to be some confusion as to whether Silverlight was required/enabled or whether movies would run off a special amazon app, after about 20 minutes of fiddling and tinkering I managed (by trial and error)to get it working. Video streaming and sound quality seemed good to me on the short film I watched. Selection of movies available for instant streaming seems to be rather limited (hardly any Disney or Pixar content for kids there).
Needless to say links to store content work just fine ! Downloaded a couple of freebie games apps, very quickly and easily, and they ran well. Would like to see a larger choice of Apps, Amazon UK doesn't yet offer the full range of Apps that are available on Amazon US. Hopefully the range will expand now the UK Kindle Fire has been released.
Not overly keen on "Carousel" display on opening screen, because it sometimes displays items from cloud that you've archived/removed from device and probably never want to see again. Also if you are a 2 kindle family (with both registered to same account), it will for instance display books from the parent's device, on the child's carousel display even though they are not actually on the child's "bookshelf".
As for the child controls, they seem to work pretty well (apart from the issue mentioned above). As soon as I clicked this option in settings, I was offered the opportunity to set a password that would prevent a child from making one-click-purchases. Further options were given to restrict other types of content access, and all my books (from my own kindle) were immediately moved from her device to the "cloud". Of course this does still mean she could access my books from the cloud, but personally I don't think she'd find anything of interest there (and certainly nothing offensive). Downloaded an illustrated kids book for my daughter, and it looked great, though for a dedicated reader like me, I still prefer e-paper & e-ink.
This is supposed to be the "without special offers" model (ie you pay extra to get rid of the ads), but I believe you have to phone Amazon to actually activate this option (update/amendment to this issue in comments).
All in all, my first impressions are pretty favourable, and I am quite tempted to add a Kindle Fire to my own Xmas wish list, but have a few reservations about limited availability of apps and movies, because you are tied into using Amazon products on this tablet, and I don't think you can use Netflix or Google Play items on it.
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Initial post: 25 Oct 2012 15:34:37 BDT
The first review that actually contains useful info, rather than just being posted as soon as humanly possible to grab helpful votes. Nice one. :-)
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Oct 2012 18:05:51 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Oct 2012 18:42:34 BDT
Thanks glad you found it useful.
To update the "without special offers" issue - I phoned up and we do have an "ad free" kindle fire. Apparently "recommendations", "you might also like" lists etc. don't count as advertising. Could have fooled me lol !
So don't know how intrusive advertising is on "with special offers" model.
Link to manual here for anyone that needs it. http://kindle.s3.amazonaws.com/Kindle_Fir
Posted on 25 Oct 2012 18:46:10 BDT
M. Eccles says:
Like you it took me quite a while to work out how to stream videos through Lovefilm (I'm already a member but it wasn't immediately clear how to set up a Watchlist). I'm still not sure if all films on Lovefilm are available for just a limited selection....?
I essentially bought this for my kids to take on holiday as it was a far cheaper option than an Ipad however my first reactions are that it's not quite as user friendly as Apple's products. However that might be because I am used to the Apple/Ipod/Ipad interfaces??
Overall it seems an excellent piece of kit for the money. Easy to set up - we were online within minutes and a good on-line tutorial. Downsides - not as many apps as Android or Smartphones, no paper manual and no plug provided. I expect later versions will be a slicker.
Would still recommend as a cheaper option for quick internet access and of course, it's still a Kindle so fab for reading books on the go!!
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Oct 2012 00:56:49 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 Oct 2012 09:11:54 BDT
Re; Lovefilm there seems to be a choice of "Rent" (ie they send dvd by post) or "watch now" (instant streaming). I was looking mainly at childrens/family genre, there seemed to be a lot of recent releases in "Rent", but "watch now" offered a quite limited selection (a few modern movies, and the rest was stuff that was released years ago). Have updated/edited my review to mention this.
Posted on 26 Oct 2012 10:05:58 BDT
Does this have the same 'light' function as the paperwhite version of the kindle?? I quite like the sound of this feature so I can read in bed without disturbing hubby. I will pretty much be using it for books which is why I looked at the paperwhite version but for an extra 20 quid it seems like i'd get a lot more for my money. Does anybody have any opinion on that??? Is it worth the extra money for what I want it for?
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Oct 2012 10:29:09 BDT
I had a look at the Paperwhite, and this is what Amazon says;
"Unlike a backlit tablet display, Kindle Paperwhite 3G guides light towards the surface of the e-ink display from above so that the light never shines directly towards your eyes, allowing you to read comfortably without eye strain. The built-in light illuminates the screen more evenly than a book light or lighted cover".
However personally if I had to choose between the Kindle Fire and the Paperwhite, I'd probably go for the former, because of all the extra features you get. Mind you I already own a basic kindle with a little clip-on night light, and can now sneakily borrow my daughter's kindle fire when she's not about, so I have the best of both worlds lol !
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Oct 2012 10:39:38 BDT
Brilliant. Thanks for coming back to me. I was thinking the same (for the extra £20 you seem to get so much more!) Oh well Kindle Fire it is and the spare room for hubby if he moans!! :) Thanks
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Oct 2012 10:46:45 BDT
One other thing to bear in mind, is that you can't organise your books so easily on the kindle fire, you can't for instance create genre collections as you can on the basic kindle (and I assume the Paperwhite). However the extra features on the kindle fire are still a persuasive factor I think.
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Oct 2012 11:50:53 BDT
You are the oracle of all things Kindle!! Much appreciated and a big factor on my choice of Christmas present! Thank you for your advice :)
Posted on 28 Oct 2012 15:02:18 GMT
Owl Lady says:
Does anyone know if you can read the screen ok in bright sunlight as with the original kindle e-ink display?