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TABLETS???

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Rich, Apr 15, 2011.

  1. bobnielsen

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    Not IR, but if your Directv receivers are connected to a wireless router you can use apps like Directv Remote Pro.
     
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    dennisj00

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    Amazon just launched a new line of Kindles much closer to iPad price points but includes a $49 per YEAR 4G LTE - 250 MB per month - plan. While 250 isn't much, $49 per YEAR isn't either!

    The biggest is 8.9 inch screen.
     
  3. Sep 6, 2012 #2323 of 2347
    Drew2k

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    I'm very disappointed in Amazon for forcing ads on the lock-screens for ALL of the new Kindle Fires, no exceptions. With the Kindles at least Amazon offered the subsidized version with ads and an ad-free version, but as of now that's not the case with the new Fires.
     
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    Mike Bertelson

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    Yeah, I noticed that. I'm not gonna upgrade if I have to have ads.

    Mike
     
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    yosoyellobo

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    Are the ads mandatory or can you skip them by hitting a button?
     
  6. Sep 7, 2012 #2326 of 2347
    RasputinAXP

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    mandatory, they'll always be on your lockscreen.
     
  7. Sep 7, 2012 #2327 of 2347
    BubblePuppy

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    Drew2k

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    CNET heard directly from Amazon that ads can not be removed.

    http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-3126_7-57508526/amazon-confirms-all-new-kindle-fires-stuck-with-ads/

    (Engadget got its info from email forwarded from a customer who heard from Amazon customer support, so it's likely the customer support did not know!)


    This seems to be final... until Amazon backs down after losing customers to Google's Nexus tablet, or someone comes up with a way to block the ads, that is...
     
  9. Sep 7, 2012 #2329 of 2347
    BubblePuppy

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    One thing I've learned in cases such as this is never use the word "never", hence my use of "might be". Only time will tell what Amazon will decide. Amazon might cater to the will of the buying public. Then again Amazon might not.
     
  10. Sep 7, 2012 #2330 of 2347
    djlong

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    It's Android 4.0-based. That means someone will come out with a lock-screen replacement that will eliminate that 0.4-seconds that I would see an ad if I go for one of the new Fire HDs.

    It's not like they interrupt what you're doing to throw ads at you - like just about every site on the internet.
     
  11. Sep 7, 2012 #2331 of 2347
    davring

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    If its only in the lock screen, who cares, I don't sit and stare at the lock screen.
     
  12. Sep 8, 2012 #2332 of 2347
    Rich

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    I wanna see that 20" Sony tablet. That, I find interesting.

    Rich
     
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    Mike Bertelson

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    Rich

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    BubblePuppy

    BubblePuppy Good night dear Smoke... love you & "got your butt

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    I just received a Kindle Paperwhite. I ordered it a week or two ago and they said it wouldn't be here until Christmas. Instead, I have it for Thanksgiving.

    I wanted just a reader, not a full-fledged tablet. There is still an iPad in my future. The Kindle can be a rough-n-tumble piece on which I can read books and not worry if it gets scratched. I also didn't want to read off of a computer-type screen. I find that tiring.

    I paid an extra $20 for no ads. That was a pretty cheesy move on Amazon's part, as was needing to pay an extra $10 for an AC adapter. $150 total. Not bad for a piece with a lighted screen.

    I'm surprised how expensive books are. Many times the paperback costs more than the digital copy. I was going to buy Walter Issacson's biography of Albert Einstein, a book I've wanted to read since it came out, and found out the paperback version was cheaper than the Kindle one. So I still haven't bought the book. Maybe I'll just get it from the library.

    I did get one of Laurie King's Mary Russell mysteries and David Frum's new e-book on the election. I think what I'll use it for the most, though, is to read the New York Times every morning. This will finally put a death nail in my subscription to the La Crosse Tribune. It's not much of a newspaper.

    Of course, I like the Kindle because it's just like a Star Trek PADD. [​IMG]
     
  17. yosoyellobo

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    Try looking for it in your local library. They may have a ebook of it.
     
  18. olguy

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    I have a ColorNook that's a couple of years old. I actually use my Motorola Zoom for reading more than the Nook. I've read all of Tony Hillerman's books about the Navajo cops in the last year and a half. Now I'm on the 6th book in the Longmire series. I occasionally get a digital book from the library as well. Ereaders just make it so easy to have several books at haqnd while traveling.
     
  19. bobukcat

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    The issue with ebooks being more expensive than the printed version started when Apple and the publishers wrecked the previously established wholesale model and instituted their "agency" model. They have / are being sued by the DOJ for it but the settlement is ridiculous and does nothing to remedy the damage that's done / being done to consumers. I've had a Kindle since the 2nd generation first came out and it is amazing how much more I pay for books now than I did 3.5 years ago, it is at least 50% more on average.
     
  20. spartanstew

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    Just bought my wife a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7") yesterday for $170 plus a free SD card.

    She's been using her Nook for a couple of years now, but reads a lot on my Transformer instead cause she likes the lit screen better. Now she can read and do everything else - our days of strictly readers are now over.

    I'm also going to be purchasing each of my boys one of THESE for xmas so they'll stop borrowing my tablet.
     

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