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Old 12-13-2011, 05:40 PM
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I'm thinking of buying a Kindle Fire and signing up for Amazon Prime so I can get loads of free movies, books, etc. For those of you who own one, is it as good as advertised? I know there are much better tablets out there. In fact, my son has an Acer Iconia but I'm more interested in content delivery from Amazon Prime and are there a bunch of good movies to watch for free, loads of books to choose from, etc. Thanks.
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Old 12-13-2011, 05:56 PM
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My wife just got one. She loves it. She doesn't put it down which is nice 'cause it keeps her from pestering me. My 2 1/2 year old daughter loves it too. Lots of stuff for kids. I like it as well.
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Old 12-14-2011, 03:48 AM
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Getting my wife one for Xmas so I guess I'll find out.
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Hated it. Got one for my daughter last Spring and had to send it back 4 times. They actually sent a new one each time(I know because the replacement arrived overnight when Amazon was informed of problems). So the customer service was great, but after the fifth failure my daughter called Amazon and demanded my money back. At first they said no, but she stayed with it and we received a full refund. I think I'll wait a while on E readers and maybe just get her an I Pad or tablet of some sort.
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Originally Posted by Cat-a-holic View Post
Getting my wife one for Xmas so I guess I'll find out.
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Hated it. Got one for my daughter last Spring and had to send it back 4 times. They actually sent a new one each time(I know because the replacement arrived overnight when Amazon was informed of problems). So the customer service was great, but after the fifth failure my daughter called Amazon and demanded my money back. At first they said no, but she stayed with it and we received a full refund. I think I'll wait a while on E readers and maybe just get her an I Pad or tablet of some sort.
The Kindle fire just came out last month. How did you get one last spring?
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I was going to get one for the kids to share (Mom got the iPad) but I read that that Amazon hasn't included any parental controls on the Kindle Fire for locking out the Web browser or preventing the downloading of objectionable media. Several reviews of the Kindle Fire said that if there were partental controls it would make it much easier to recommend for children and teens.
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Originally Posted by Buoy Scout View Post
The Kindle fire just came out last month. How did you get one last spring?
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Old 12-14-2011, 08:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Buoy Scout View Post
The Kindle fire just came out last month. How did you get one last spring?
X3! A friend has one and it works fine. The only complaint I have heard is that it is easy to buy stuff from Amazon on it. So be careful in loaning it to kids!
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Originally Posted by Buoy Scout View Post
The Kindle fire just came out last month. How did you get one last spring?
He's probably thinking of the Nook.
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I also went with the Kindle Fire. She wanted an E-reader and needs something backlit for her evening bus commute. I was tempted to go with a tablet but I have a feeling that the technology is about to get much better and at lower prices over the next year or so. This stuff seems to always go through a couple holiday seasons before it saturates the first tier market and the compitition picks up.
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Originally Posted by Buoy Scout View Post
The Kindle fire just came out last month. How did you get one last spring?
Sorry, we had the Kindle, not the Fire. But, just the same problems were to much to bear and I wont go back with Kindle for a while.
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Originally Posted by surrender View Post
Hated it. Got one for my daughter last Spring and had to send it back 4 times. They actually sent a new one each time(I know because the replacement arrived overnight when Amazon was informed of problems). So the customer service was great, but after the fifth failure my daughter called Amazon and demanded my money back. At first they said no, but she stayed with it and we received a full refund. I think I'll wait a while on E readers and maybe just get her an I Pad or tablet of some sort.
Maybe you should have waited until it was released to the public?
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Got a wireless Kindle for Xmas last year.

I like it. Use it a bunch. Here almost one year later I am still using it like the day after I got it, so it must be good.

Not a single solitary blip with mine. Daughter has one, no slips trips runs or errors. Several friends have them, no problems I am aware of.

Five broken, malfunctioning devices, to one single customer. Gee what's the chances of that happening? What is the rate of failure, got to be way less than .5%, right? With those kinds of numbers --- well y'all see where I'm headed. If one guy got 5 bad ones, randomly selected, in sequence, mathematically they has bound to be millions of broke ones out there. Strange we haven't heard about it. I took mine out the box, turned it on, registered it, 15 minutes I had my first book, haven't looked back. I don't even know how many books are stored in the thing, 75, maybe 100.

The only draw back I have noticed, is some books do not "read" as well as others. Not the words but the functioning of the book when downloaded. Mostly the one time introductory super duper special offers--- in other words free. Just little glitches in the book, like it doesn't remember your last page read, maps are small and won't zoom in. But the books you pay for and most of the free ones do well.

If I had an excuse I'd get me a Fire thing.
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Sorry, we had the Kindle, not the Fire. But, just the same problems were to much to bear and I wont go back with Kindle for a while.
Sorry about that I just could't resist.

In terms of your plight,it used to seem strange to me that lots of people would have zero problems, and then one person like you would have many problems. But then I noticed a pattern like this, and not just with Kindles but everything from ipods to cable boxes.

While at first glance it would make your story seem incredulous, I think it happens quite easily. When they send you a replacement, it's probably not new, but refurbed. Then guess what happens to the one you returned? It goes to someone else as a "refurb".

They get returns for all sorts of reasons, and some guy opens the RMA box, looks to see if it will turn on, and if so puts it in the refurb pile.
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Got one for the wife for Christmas,, hope it's OK.
We're entering Future Shock..
I still like haveing a paper book.
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Old 12-16-2011, 06:30 AM
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I got one as an early Christmas present. So far so good. Its my first tablet/reader so there is a "break in" period, thats for sure.

I'm onto my second book, and am still getting used to reading on it. It is kind of nice that when I fall asleep, then pick it up again later its right on the page I left it. No more flipping around trying to figure out where I left off.

Careful with the "tons of free books and movies". I discovered that the "free books" is limited to one a month. Unfortunately the first one I picked up, I realized I already read, so I am locked out of free books until January. Its possible that I am missing something though within the Prime. I haven't ventured into movies yet.

One thing I am not real happy with is the scrolling on the "shelf". Your items FLY by, and trying to get it to stop on the icon you want can be frustrating.

For $200 though, its great. Certainly less of a commitment than a Galaxy or iPad, though obviously with much fewer bells and whistles.

I am not positive, but I thought I saw something in mine about web content control, but I could be wrong.
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I am not positive, but I thought I saw something in mine about web content control, but I could be wrong.
Would be interested to know if web content can be controlled for my kids' sake.
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So tell me whats the whole story?..I'm thinking of getting the wife one for Christmas...
1. You buy this Fire for ...$..??
2. You now have to sign up for a 'prime' acct???...$ ? What do you get if you don't spend $ to get prime acct.? .......?
3. Now you can download some free (?) books ( 1/month)? or what?
4. You can buy ($..?) books from Amazon..? at what prices?
5. What else can you do? movies?...

Am I missing something here? Please help!
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So tell me whats the whole story?..I'm thinking of getting the wife one for Christmas...
1. You buy this Fire for .200.
2. You now have to sign up for a 'prime' acct "not required but 1 month is free with it"
3. Now you can download some free (?) books ( 1/month)? or what? 1 Bestseller per month free with prime, There are other free books even if you do not have Prime. Prime is really for shipping items from Amazon this is just an extra benefit. Also you can check out books from the library though the selection and wait times depend on your library.
4. You can buy ($..?) books from Amazon..? at what prices? Usually cheaper than new hardback/paperback books and some are only available on kindle from new authors.
5. What else can you do? movies?... Yes and surf the web and install apps. It is an Android tablet that is reasonably priced. Similar to the Ipad though smaller and cheaper with different hardware. It is a good Android tablet.

Am I missing something here? Please help! I hope i did.
See above.. good luck..
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