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3.0 out of 5 stars You get what you pay for., 26 Dec 2012
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This review is from: Kindle Fire 7", LCD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB - With Special Offers [Previous Generation] (Electronics)
Out of the box it took a few minutes to figure out how to switch on and open. Referred to the very minimum booklet and away it went. It easily identified the available WiFi router and once I entered the router code it then picked up all my kindle reader books from my account. This is a problem as I didn't ask it to, and Amazon had automatically assumed it was for me. A security problem so I had a look for a set up screen but the Fire is not user friendly so I decided to leave this to the heavy team( son and grandson) to sort out. It now needed charging so I connected the USB cable to my existing kindle socket and left it for a few hours.

When fully charged I had a play with it and although I new about the nuisance with Amazon flogging their goods I hadn't imagined it would we this bad. I had heard that for around 10 this could be removed but didn't see anything immediately obvious on Amazon site.

Viewing books was easy but screens quite bright so will use mainly e reader. Internet viewing and e mails are also fine. Games and apps have to be downloaded and a few are free. I'm not sure what apps I need so time will tell as I experiment. Sometimes I found it hard to get the home screen icon to appear and I'm not sure why this should be. I didn't expect a fantastic picture but the quality so far is OK. The home screen is rubbish and I hope I can change this.

Apart from advertising my main concern is security as much of my information is held in the cloud and the fact that it automatically goes directly to my Amazon account without asking me to identify myself and log in. To me this seems the simplest of basic protection. The other issue is what security is in place to protect against viruses etc.

It's still early days so I'm not sure if it will be with me for long, I would have preferred a Samsung or Apple but at 99 on special it was less than half the price of an Apple 7 inch and you get what you pay for. As my main use will be web browsing, e mail, pictures, music and a few apps and games it should be sufficient.
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