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Old 08-04-2013, 15:44
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My daughter would like a Kindle Fire, primarily for books but also twitter facebook and youtube. I don't know a lot about these devices but is the Kindle fire HD the best buy or should I consider the Google Nexus ?
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Old 08-04-2013, 16:12
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Kindle Fire is very good, but is closely tied to the Amazon website for content. This may be a good thing or a bad thing.
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Old 08-04-2013, 18:58
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Probably better off with the Nexus 7 as you can use the Play Store for what you want or Amazons Store - best of both worlds.
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Old 09-04-2013, 00:48
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Thanks for the replies. Think I shall opt for the Nexus 7.
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Old 11-04-2013, 08:56
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I've just sent my fire hd back, I couldn't stand it! I'd say anything but the fire hd. and thats from a kindle lover!
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:11
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There also a Nexus 10" model, obviously rather more expensive though.

If she's going to be doing much typing then perhaps a Chromebook or a small conventional laptop might be a better option.
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Old 11-04-2013, 18:56
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I've just sent my fire hd back, I couldn't stand it! I'd say anything but the fire hd. and thats from a kindle lover!
But why?
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Old 11-04-2013, 19:15
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I've just sent my fire hd back, I couldn't stand it! I'd say anything but the fire hd. and thats from a kindle lover!
I love mine. each to their own.

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Old 11-04-2013, 19:50
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I did write a full evaluation on my other thread, but in general, it felt like a big phone. Rather than a little extra that'd I expect froma tablet. It was clunky and not intuitive. I couldn't find tings like downloads easily. The App Store is really limited (more so than I'd expected) and didn't load well.
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Old 12-04-2013, 15:04
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I'd go for the iPad. Its maybe a bit more expensive but I just dont like the android tablets, theyre not nice to use. And Kindle seems a bit too stripped down.
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Old 12-04-2013, 20:59
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Go to tescos and try the kindles out. I got my son a basic fire, yep its a bit clunky and your locked into the amazon if i had the extra money I would have got the fire HD or the nexus. But for him its great, books, games, watches his videos on it, netflix, my plex server works on it.

what i like about it, its really easy to lock down with parental controls, and setting his own amazon account with no credit card assigned and I just load it with a gift card now and again.

not having the full google play store is a but of a bummer though, as some games he wants are not in the amazon one.
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Old 12-04-2013, 21:13
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My daughter would like a Kindle Fire, primarily for books but also twitter facebook and youtube. I don't know a lot about these devices but is the Kindle fire HD the best buy or should I consider the Google Nexus ?
I was given a Kindle Fire for my birthday, I was actually very delighted with it. Great for twitter, facebook, youtube and also good for catch up TV (iBBC IPLAYER) but the only downside is it's tied to Amazon plus you can't add any browsers. You have to use the one built in called SILK which works very well I should add.

The Kindle fire is just what your daughter needs but it's a good idea to try one out as suggested. You could go for something better but why spend more money for features that are not required...
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Old 12-04-2013, 21:13
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Kindle Fire HD or other tablet?

I'd also suggest the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 range - I'm very satisfied with mine and you're not tied to anyone's limited app store and restrictions either.
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Old 12-04-2013, 22:00
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I was given a Kindle Fire for my birthday, I was actually very delighted with it. Great for twitter, facebook, youtube and also good for catch up TV (iBBC IPLAYER) but the only downside is it's tied to Amazon plus you can't add any browsers. You have to use the one built in called SILK which works very well I should add.

The Kindle fire is just what your daughter needs but it's a good idea to try one out as suggested. You could go for something better but why spend more money for features that are not required...
If you were buying one for yourself though would you pay the same price and get the Nexus 7 or the Kindle Fire HD? I can't see any reason to go the Amazon route.
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Old 13-04-2013, 00:20
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If I had to choose again I'd still go for a Kindle Fire HD. I have installed Opera and Dolphin via the Good E-Reader Appstore. Silk is perfectly fine though and for a couple of weeks or so it has had an experimental flash player, which seems to work ok.

I think I have a rather jaundiced view of the Nexus. I only really get to use it to sort out problems and it's just not intuitive to me. Husband is a bit of a technophobe and the Nexus is handed to me to "mend" when things go wrong.
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Old 13-04-2013, 00:55
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If I had to choose again I'd still go for a Kindle Fire HD. I have installed Opera and Dolphin via the Good E-Reader Appstore. Silk is perfectly fine though and for a couple of weeks or so it has had an experimental flash player, which seems to work ok.

I think I have a rather jaundiced view of the Nexus. I only really get to use it to sort out problems and it's just not intuitive to me. Husband is a bit of a technophobe and the Nexus is handed to me to "mend" when things go wrong.
That's an interesting point - not thought of the ease of use aspect of the Fire HD.

For myself I like the fact the Nexus 7 does not have any locked down software but I can see how many people would prefer it and probably get more out of it as there is less to go wrong and need to sort out.
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Old 13-04-2013, 06:44
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I was given a Kindle Fire for my birthday, I was actually very delighted with it. Great for twitter, facebook, youtube and also good for catch up TV (iBBC IPLAYER) but the only downside is it's tied to Amazon plus you can't add any browsers. You have to use the one built in called SILK which works very well I should add.

The Kindle fire is just what your daughter needs but it's a good idea to try one out as suggested. You could go for something better but why spend more money for features that are not required...
you can download and use dolphin, this also enables you to watch flash stuff.
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Old 13-04-2013, 10:16
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you can download and use dolphin, this also enables you to watch flash stuff.
AH, I shall try that, I wasn't aware of any browsers you can put onto the kindle fire...thank you...
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Old 14-04-2013, 15:48
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Im thinking of purchasing this tablet, 16gb quad core, 1gb ddr3 ram. Anyone got this tablet and, if so, any feedback? I don't want it for games. Thanks.
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Old 15-04-2013, 00:39
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Kindle Fire HD or other tablet?

I'd also suggest the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 range - I'm very satisfied with mine and you're not tied to anyone's limited app store and restrictions either.

It's an OK tablet, but I don't think it's a very good choice when compared to the Nexus 7.

e.g.

149 gets you an 8GB Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 with a 1024600 screen and a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU

or...

159 gets you a 16GB Nexus 7 with a 1280800 screen and a quad-core A9.

Only 10 more, but you get twice the storage plus a high resolution screen plus a better CPU.
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Old 15-04-2013, 02:09
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Im thinking of purchasing this tablet, 16gb quad core, 1gb ddr3 ram. Anyone got this tablet and, if so, any feedback? I don't want it for games. Thanks.
Sorry, I don't want to sound rude, but perhaps start your own thread with your question rather than hijacking someone else's
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Old 15-04-2013, 02:58
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Buy her a Kindle standard for her books and a 10" Android tablet for the other stuff, you can read books on the Android too; you'll get both for less than 170.
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Old 15-04-2013, 16:47
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I'd go for the iPad. Its maybe a bit more expensive but I just dont like the android tablets, theyre not nice to use. And Kindle seems a bit too stripped down.
Sorry, I'd go along with that. Now that I've had the chance to use both the Kindle Fire HD and a Nexus 7 hands-on, neither compare to the iPad Mini for ease of use and quality. It really is a lovely little device.
But the iPad is a lot more expensive.
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Old 15-04-2013, 20:15
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neither compare to the iPad Mini for ease of use and quality.
Quality?
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Old 15-04-2013, 20:25
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You don't think the iPad is a quality device?
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