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Could be good but Amazon's control lets it down,
This review is from: Kindle Fire 7", LCD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB - With Special Offers [Previous Generation] (Electronics)
I bought this on the basis that I didn't want to spend a fortune on a tablet and to use it to watch TV shows, films and use apps. The device itself works very well, a good size and clear graphics and sound. The problem comes with Amazon's absolute control over the product with an insufficient service supporting it. For example, in the US you can buy films and TV shows through the Amazon shop to watch offline. You get an even better deal on these purchases if you have Amazon Prime.
In the UK the only thing that is offered is Lovefilm where you cannot download anything and have to be connected to the internet to view anything. I have a laptop for that. So there goes use number one of my Kindle Fire.
When it comes to apps, you can only purchase those available through the Amazon store. You cannot purchase anything from Google Play or any other available android apps. To say that Amazon's selection of apps is appalling is being generous. It has very, very few available android apps and it is extremely frustrating to not be able to install ones I know exist but that Amazon chooses not to sell. There goes use number two.
Yes, I can read books on it but I could do that with a normal kindle and this is marketed as a multi-media device which it is in theory but not in practice.
All in all, Amazon has brought the Kindle Fire to the UK without the infrastructure behind it to make it the tablet it should/could be and is in the US. They have tried to emulate Apple's model but failed dismally. They should either open up purchasing of Android products from other providers for use on the Fire or get the Amazon store up to scratch to sell a really compelling range of apps and the option to buy or rent films and TV shows as Apple do.
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Initial post: 26 Aug 2013 09:12:31 BDT
Kindle Customer says:
Posted on 27 Sep 2013 01:01:07 BDT
I am glad I looked at this review as I was looking to get one for my wife. Not now, I will get the same tablet as I got my 14year old son and then buy her something else. By the way my sons tablet is an Android and he can get as many free aps as he likes and buy from who he wants. It has the same HDD as the Kindle Fire the screen rez is fine and the 7" touch screen is as good as any I have used it also has a webcam, usb ports and can use up to a 64gb sd card He loves it. O and the price, well the price was £37 1st class p&p included. So my wife will get a nice lilac tablet ( though there is 6 colours in the range ) a night out at the theatre with a visit to a restaurant with what I save.
Posted on 27 Sep 2013 10:50:09 BDT
Jen B says:
I wish I had read this post before I purchased my Kindle Fire. Very frustrating that I cannot add any apps for android. What was the point of offering this version if it is so limited, a fancy screen for reading or to nab suckers like me who didn't want to spend the extra money on the HD version? I wish I had spent the extra money and purchased an Ipad instead.
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Oct 2013 15:10:35 BDT
S. J. Porritt says:
which android tablet is it?
i wouldn't mind one for my wife and son
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2013 23:09:08 GMT
Mrs. G. ALLEN says:
Which tablet did you buy for £37???
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jan 2014 20:24:31 GMT
@Mrs. G. Allen - He probably bought this one:
7" inch Touch Screen Allwinner A13 1.0GHz CPU Android 4.0 Tablet PC 4GB HDD 512MB WiFi (Blue)
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