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This review is from: Kindle Fire 7", LCD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB - With Special Offers [Previous Generation] (Electronics)I bought this item as a present and was very impressed by the portability, functionality and price (£129). A lite and compact e-reader with a colour and touch screen facility that compares with most branded android tablets.
The Kindle is ideal for holidays or travelling and easily stored in your handbag or holdall. I Didn't realise that you could use this for wi-fi web browsing until I had a chance to play with it. The Kindle Fire will download apps, books, photos and music. I couldn't believe the amount of free books available via Amazon and a lending library where users can share purchases. It has organiser/calender/contacts facilities for those who like to use the filofax/diary. Some teething issues with BBC iPlayer app which is currently being developed for the android market - this will soon become available for those who want to watch tv on your Kindle.
The sound quality wasn't too bad and I was able to play music via the Amazon store. There is an earphone jack input alebit headphones will need to be purchased seperately. I've not had chance to assess the sound quality through the headphones yet so cannot comment.
The Kindle Fire only has an 8GB memory but this is reflective in the price. Amazon offer a free 5GB icloud facility so that you can store your purchases and data on-line rather than use all the memory on the device. Alternatively, you can use other external storage devices.
Accessories don't come cheap but I would consider buying a case as I imagine the kindle could be easily scratched or damaged. I bought the Marware branded kindle fire leather CEO Hybrid case which was a great fit and looks smart. This retails around the £40 mark albeit can be purchased cheaper if you shop around. Don't get buying the cheaper un-branded versions that come with a free stylus pen and Screen protector (retail around £10). They look cheap and are poor quality. The Kindle is supplied with a USB lead for charging from a computer which is sometimes impracticle. That's why a mains charger would be useful as a separate purchase. I've seen these on Amazon for as little as £3.50.
The Kindle was quick to set up albeit instructions don't come in a paper booklet format. New starters will need to view the start up fuctions on the Kindle or alernatively view information via the internet. You'll also need to create an Amazon account and input bank/credit card details when registering the device. Unfortunately, you won't be able to download apps, books etc if you don't register - even the free items.
On the whole, a very impressive gadget and is a serious contender for the Xmas market. The Kindle Fire is smaller and lighter than the ipad albeit the ipad mini will be a strong contender when it's launched this month. The thing to consider is that the ipad mini starts at £269 albeit, this is a 16gb device with a slighter larger screen. The Kindle offers real value for money and the price speaks for itself.
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Initial post: 14 Nov 2012 13:06:25 GMT
Good review :-)
Posted on 21 Nov 2012 00:34:17 GMT
J. Stokes says:
Just thought you would like to know (since you mentioned the BBC iPlayer app being developed), free to air live TV for tablets has been available for some time via web browsing (there is a particular website, but I am not putting a link in case it gets flagged as spam, googling live TV should find it though)- the development (read, improvement) of that app will be a revolution in watching shows you missed, but not so much a new age of watching TV on the go.
Thank you for the informative review, and the comment you made on the cheap cases, which has probably saved me a few bob as I was going to be stingy and go for the un-branded versions, but you have made me rethink that.
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2012 10:25:33 GMT
clare ireland says:
Am very grateful to both these posts. The iplayer, itvplayer, channel4ondemand facilities plus Skype are very important to me as are the email, wifi and forward facing camera for Skype. I am not yet sure that these are good with the Kindle Fire HD with 32 memory. Hard to choose between the ipad mini, the Samsung tablet and the Nexus 7.
Posted on 23 Nov 2012 15:46:28 GMT
Hi do you know whether you are able to put iTunes purchases or music already on your computer onto the kindle because I don't want to re purchase all my music?
Posted on 23 Nov 2012 19:20:02 GMT
The old guy says:
I don't have an internet facility at home so will I be able to surf the web without this facility
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2012 22:05:07 GMT
No, you would need a tablet with 3G for that.
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2012 22:16:25 GMT
Dizzy Mare says:
No you wont be abke to, its is only WIFI which means you will need home broadband, or you could go to various cafe's with free WIFI. However these connections are generally quite slow.
There are other more expensive tablets that have 3g, which is mobile internet. You then put a sim card in (similar to a mobile phone). These will then charge either PAYG or monthly contract, again these will be slower than home broadband.
If you plan to use the internet regularly it will be cheaper with a better connection to have home broadband.
I currently pay around £20 a month for broadband, telephone line rental, and evening and weekend calls
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Nov 2012 16:42:57 GMT
A. P says:
There are apps for iPlayer and ITVPlayer in the Google Play store. However, 4OD uses flash and Googles Nexus 7 tablet does not support it anymore, neither does the iPad mini.
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Dec 2012 19:14:26 GMT
Vicci's Books says:
My understanding is that neither the samsung nor the nexus support iplayer (which is why I'm struggling to find the right tablet!)
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Dec 2012 10:07:18 GMT
A Wittams-Smith says:
You are able to upload your own music too