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Old 11-16-2011, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Coast of Somewhere Beautiful
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OK, I've had mine for 2 days and burned way too many hours fooling with it. I'm gonna give it a week, but at this stage, it's going back. Major complaints -

1) The pad repeatedly drops WiFi during web browsing, requiring manual reconnection, despite the fact I'm sitting literally 5' from the router. There's a laptop on the other side of the house that maintains a consistent connection via the same router, so I don't think the router is the problem. The browser is sharp and works well, but the WiFi connection is a game breaker.

2) The virtual keypad is seriously incompatible with my fingers. Not sure I can overcome that.

3) The email client sets up well, but the font on the emails is too tiny and doesn't zoom out like the browser.

On the plus side, the color display is bright and very sharp. It makes a great e-reader, but so far it's a disappointing pad.

Anybody else playing with one? Opinions?
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Old 11-30-2011, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts & Hilton Head, SC
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My WiFi is ok, but I am unable to set up emails for some reason.

I use a stylus for typing, even though I have small hands.
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Old 12-02-2011, 08:50 AM
 
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What about 3G?
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Old 12-02-2011, 06:12 PM
 
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What about 3G?
Fire is Wi-Fi only - there is no 3G option
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Old 01-19-2012, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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I have had mine a few weeks now, and I like it so far

Pros - Nice screen, decent apps (you get a paid one for free every day), good battery life, lotsa books (free ones too!).

Cons - too easy to buy stuff (especially in the hands of a toddler! Must turn off Wi-Fi!!!), menu button can sometimes be hard to get to (esp with a case), screen is a bit small for good web surfin (more for just now and then), cant organize books into collections (all one big folder),no extra storage!!!!

I wanted the nook tablet, but this was a gift, so I cant really complain. Over all, its very nice and usable. Been doing alot more reading now that I have it.
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Old 01-23-2012, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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Amazon is taking a huge gamble with the Fire. Early hour problems are getting a LOT of bad press while customer satisfaction ratings are very low.

Amazon is even selling the Fire for a loss but that's how bad they want a piece of the tablet market. If they fail with the Fire............
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Old 01-24-2012, 05:18 PM
 
Location: North America
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Amazon is taking a huge gamble with the Fire. Early hour problems are getting a LOT of bad press while customer satisfaction ratings are very low.

Amazon is even selling the Fire for a loss but that's how bad they want a piece of the tablet market. If they fail with the Fire............
For something that's so bad it sure is out at best buy and walmart a lot . The kindle is a nice basic entry level tablet for a user on a budget, or someone younger. I'ts not a galaxy or an iPad however, and for 200 dollars you are gonna notice a difference.
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Old 01-24-2012, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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For something that's so bad it sure is out at best buy and walmart a lot . The kindle is a nice basic entry level tablet for a user on a budget, or someone younger. I'ts not a galaxy or an iPad however, and for 200 dollars you are gonna notice a difference.
Sometimes I think that the Fire customers "think" they are getting a cheaper ipad when the two devices are not on equal footing. These people will be very disappointed in the Fire.

The ipad is the ipad thus owning the tablet market for now. The Fire , at best , is a multi purpose entertainment device. These people will enjoy the Fire for what it is.

I own both a Kindle Keyboard and ipad finding them to be great for the uses I want to assign to them. I'm very happy with both. Don't need a Fire so I won't be buying one.
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Old 01-24-2012, 08:09 PM
 
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Bought my wife the Fire for Christmas and she loves it! I read a particularly thorough user review about the Fire which I thought to be pretty honest. The Fire is not designed nor intended to compete with the I-pad. Amazon sells the Fire at a low cost in hopes to make up the loss by purchasing books & streaming video from their website. Since we already had an Amazon on demand account it was the locgical route to go.
I am disappointed it doesn't have 3G, but neither does the Nook.
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Old 01-28-2012, 08:04 PM
 
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My wife and daughter got Fire's for Christmas and they both love them. So far they have worked perfectly and do everything expected of them. They do pretty much everything the average iPad user uses their iPad for: surfing the internet and reading. Those who want to use a tablet as a mini computer shouldn't buy a Fire as it was never intended to be an iPad. It is aimed at the huge portion of tablet users that want a portable, good quality, reasonably priced tablet for simple tasks.
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