Kindle Fire, any good?

Discussion in 'Hardware - PCs, Consoles, Gadgets' started by dingerr, Apr 25, 2013.

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  1. I'm considering buying a kindle fire for the kids, but would like opinions first.

    What does it do?

    What doesn't it do, that you think it should?

    Any niggles/faults?

    How does it compare to IPad or other tablets?

    Would I be better spending more on an iPad mini?

    Any other advice would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Balls to the Ipad, always go android if you can. Kindle aside (& heard good things so far) go for a Samsung or Nexus tablet.
  3. I have a kindle fire.

    Goods points - price
    Excellent shop front for amazon and associated books etc.
    Love Film (excellent for kids with plenty of choice, not so good for adults unless you like Danny Dyer films)

    Bad points - lack of apps, however this will improve with time.
    Love Film you have to stream over wi-fi, no option to download.

    Improvements, like all these tablets, would benefit from a USB dock.

    Good, cheap and great for kids, but will never match iPad in performance

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  4. I much prefer Apple, as a personal choice it's not up to debate, nor is it what I asked.
  5. Thanks kybosh.
  6. Sixty

    Sixty LE Moderator Book Reviewer
    1. ARRSE Cyclists and Triathletes

    Downloads books almost instantly via Amazon's Whispernet.
    TV and Films (first month free then £4.99 a month - LoveFilm)
    Office Software (spreadsheets and stuff - less use for the kids)
    Front facing camera (for Skype)
    Backlit display for reading is stunning and adapts to lighting conditions
    Silk web browser

    As noted; limited apps
    Designed to sell you content
    Some web video won't play

    Had it for a while - dropped it, bashed it about with no issues build quality-wise.

    You're getting what you pay for here. It won't match an iPad but for the kids and recreational use? £159.00 sound like a bargain.

    What do you want it for? Horses for courses.

    Some opinion to be going on with :)
  7. Recently bought one for the wife (to keep her off my ipad).

    I am really impressed with the Kindle Fire, it does most of the things you woyuld want from a tablet, eg down load games,
    go on the internet emails etc

    As kybosh said it has limited apps (compared to ipads), but if it is for the kids and you don't want to spend £300 plus then a Kindle
    is well worth it. No niggles so far and the reviews were pretty complementory too. Carphone warehouse had a deal on recently
    we bought ours for £89.00, bargain.

    So, depends what you want to use it for. Serious stuff, go for an ipad or Sony tablet. Not so serious or for younger kids,
    I would go for the Kindle Fire or even the Kindle Fire HD which has also had good write ups.
  8. Sixty

    Sixty LE Moderator Book Reviewer
    1. ARRSE Cyclists and Triathletes

    Good point. Should note that I was talking about the Fire HD.
  9. I had one for Xmas due to iPad getting trashed by the stupid sprog.
    It is better for reading out doors etc than a iPad.
    Down side not 3G so no net when out doors unless you can borrow a stray wifi link.
    I moved back to a iPad as soon as funds allowed main reason being that when I'm duty driver for the Frau I wait in the car and like to go on line also reading a book feels looks better on the pad for me.
    The fire seems to burn out the power faster than the pad.
    I think the pad is better with ref the touch screen than the fire faster and better response time,
    I went to dixons who had the pad next to the fire and spent a while playing with both once I made up my mind the Frau was given a slightly hard hint that hubby wanted a new toy for Xmas and Santa dropped one off.
    Best advice is to rock up to a large retailer and play with both.
    Male training films are a bitch to watch and or up load to both which could be my fault as I am a total retard with any IT if any one could give me a pointers on it I'd be very happy.
    If you know or have a sprog at Uni they get bloody good discounts via the uni on IT it saved me £300 on the oldest brats Apple lap top.
  10. There used to be a goverment employee discount for Apple on armynet discounts if that helps ? Not sure if its still there as i havent been on for ages (cant remember passwords etc)
  11. Can you do email, twitter and facebook on a Kindle Fire HD?
  12. It's not much for iPads. More for desktops and laptops.
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  13. yes hantslad

    seem to have troubly keeping me sprog of the internet on the kindle .
    i log out of the net , but don't seem to able to lock it , unless i lock the whole kindle
    mebbes i'm just to mince to suss it out
  14. Grumblegrunt

    Grumblegrunt LE Book Reviewer

    the important questions, does it do xhamster and is it wipe clean?
  15. Sixty

    Sixty LE Moderator Book Reviewer
    1. ARRSE Cyclists and Triathletes

    Easy enough. Swipe down, select Parental Controls and set up a PIN code.