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Old 12-18-2014, 08:47 PM
 
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Here it is: Amazon Fire HD 7" 8GB Black B00IKPYKWG - Best Buy

I have three questions:

1) What can expensive tablets do that this inexpensive Fire HD cannot?

2) Can you borrow ebooks from public library or buy books from online and use this Amazon Fire HD as a kindle to read them?

3) Why do people still buy close to $100 kindles, when you can buy an Amazon Fire HD 6 for the same price and use it to surf the web too?
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Old 12-19-2014, 06:52 PM
 
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1) What can expensive tablets do that this inexpensive Fire HD cannot?

Apple tablets can use apps purchased via iTunes. Android tablets can directly access the Google Play store for apps. The Microsoft Surface tablet can access...whatever it is that sells the few Microsoft Apps that currently exist.

Amazon Fire tablets are heavily integrated into the Amazon experience. There's no easy way to third party apps (some do manage, but it involves rooting their devices).

2) Can you borrow ebooks from public library or buy books from online and use this Amazon Fire HD as a kindle to read them?

You can read ebooks borrowed from a public library or purchased online from a third party on an Amazon Fire or Kindle, but it can be difficult to do this. Amazon would much rather have you buy/borrow your books from them.

3) Why do people still buy close to $100 kindles, when you can buy an Amazon Fire HD 6 for the same price and use it to surf the web too?

A Kindle has a battery life measured in weeks, while a Fire has a battery life measured in hours. A Kindle can be read in full daylight, but glare on a Fire screen makes it next to impossible. Both Kindles and Fires use Wi-Fi, but a Kindle can have an optional free 3G connection, while some Fire models offer 4G LTE service but you'll need a data contract from a provider like AT&T or Verizon. Kindles are for people who want to read books, Fires are for people who want to read AND watch video.

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A Samsung Galaxy Tab 7" Android tablet (used for work)
A Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 14" (used for work)
A Kindle Touch (retired)
A Kindle Fire, 1st Generation (passed on to a relative)
A Kindle Voyage (current)
A Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 (gifting it new in-the-box to my father this Christmas)
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Old 12-20-2014, 10:04 AM
 
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There's no easy way to third party apps (some do manage, but it involves rooting their devices).
You don't need to root to install 3rd-party apps. You just go into "preferences" and check a box. Then you can install a 3rd-party app store like SlideME or GetJar. Alternatively, you can install apps that you've downloaded with an Android phone by transferring the app to the Fire.

Apps that require Google Play Services will not run (unless you root and install Play Services), but many Android apps will run just fine on the Fire.

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You can read ebooks borrowed from a public library or purchased online from a third party on an Amazon Fire or Kindle, but it can be difficult to do this.
Not difficult at all. Most libraries use Overdrive and books in Overdrive are available in Kindle format.
Choose Kindle format for the book you are checking out and it will send you to Amazon's website to complete the borrowing. There you can choose to send the book directly to your Fire.
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Old 12-26-2014, 05:09 PM
 
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3) Why do people still buy close to $100 kindles, when you can buy an Amazon Fire HD 6 for the same price and use it to surf the web too?
Because the Amazon Kindle a different type of screen, optimized for readers, and heavy readers are willing to pay for a single-use device that does one thing well.

If I want to surf the web, I have 10" Samsung tablet, a 13" Apple laptop and a dual large-screen desktop.
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