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#241 OFFLINE   Steve

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 08:44 AM

I've been thinking about the Kindle Fire, and I've come to the conclusion if I wanted a $199 7" color tablet to read books, play movies and listen to music, I'd be better off with the Lenovo A1.

It can run the Kindle, B&N and Google Book reading apps, I can still use the Amazon or Google music clouds, the Amazon or Google app stores, I get front and rear cameras for Skyping with the grandkids and all my personalized web activity will not be passing through Amazon's servers, like with the Fire.

I also get stock Android 2.3 as opposed to Amazon's custom UI, with the prospect of an ICS upgrade. Just my .02. YMMV.

Edited by Steve, 26 October 2011 - 08:55 AM.

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#242 OFFLINE   klang

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Posted 26 October 2011 - 08:53 AM

I've still got my original K2 in my desk as a backup for my K3. If I get a touch I will probably drop off the K2 at Goodwill.

#243 OFFLINE   Steve

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 11:05 AM

The new Nook Tablet is $50 more than the Kindle Fire. Better piece of hardware, though.
  • Faster CPU by virtue of 1GB memory vs. 512 (Fire)
  • 16GB internal storage vs. 8GB (Fire)
  • 32GB expansion slot vs none (Fire)
  • supposedly better looking, laminated color screen with no "air gaps" vs. "Blackberry Playbook reference design" screen (Fire)
  • B&N claims video playback should be superior... remains to be seen.
  • Built-in microphone allows you to record your voice narrating child's book on the device. Cool idea, IMHO.
  • More detailed Nook Tablet vs. Kindle Fire comparison here.
Pandora, Hulu and Netflix come standard. Free cloud storage. 2.5 million books. What's not to like? :scratchin

Like the Kindle Fire, it's customized Gingerbread. Apps available through B&N.

The Nook "Simple Touch" tablet price is now $99, with no ads. Also 25% faster due to a software upgrade. :up:

Edited by Steve, 07 November 2011 - 11:13 AM.

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#244 OFFLINE   Cholly

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 11:12 AM

A new carrot for those wanting to make a decision on ebook readers: Amazon is now offering free Kindle books to Amazon Prime members who own a Kindle. I haven't checked to see if this offer also includes Kindle apps on tablets or smartphones, but I'm inclined to doubt it. :(

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#245 OFFLINE   Steve

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 11:32 AM

A new carrot for those wanting to make a decision on ebook readers: Amazon is now offering free Kindle books to Amazon Prime members who own a Kindle [...]

They're not free to keep. Just to read. Looks like up to one a month, with no time limit. The major publishers are not participating, however, so the selection is limited to "only" 5000 titles at this time, including "public domain" titles.

http://techland.time...-public-domain/
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Posted 07 November 2011 - 11:40 AM

A new carrot for those wanting to make a decision on ebook readers: Amazon is now offering free Kindle books to Amazon Prime members who own a Kindle. I haven't checked to see if this offer also includes Kindle apps on tablets or smartphones, but I'm inclined to doubt it. :(


Kindle apps don't qualify. Considering some of the terms at least one of the big publishers put on libraries, making them rebuy ebooks after 25 checkouts, I don't see some of them jumping on this. The RIAA is downright progressive compared to the publishing industry.

#247 OFFLINE   Steve

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Posted 25 November 2011 - 07:33 AM

Nook Simple Touch $79 in B&N stores today.

http://gadgetbox.msn...on-black-friday
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Posted 06 December 2011 - 11:16 AM

Thought I'd survey who's using what here. TIA for voting.
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Posted 25 December 2011 - 11:06 AM

New Kindle touch today, pretty nice BTW, and it appears Amazon's servers are screwed up. Can't get anything to download from my archive. Many others reporting the same thing. Glad I'm not on-call for Amazon today. :lol:

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Posted 25 December 2011 - 11:44 AM

New Kindle touch today, pretty nice BTW, and it appears Amazon's servers are screwed up. Can't get anything to download from my archive. Many others reporting the same thing. Glad I'm not on-call for Amazon today. :lol:


OK, rather odd, turns out the fix is to delete the Welcome document they send to you after registering. :lol:

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Posted 25 December 2011 - 11:51 AM

We got our daughter a Kindle Keyboard for Christmas. I had planned on getting her the WiFi one as she can manage that. But when I went to order it, the WiFi and 3G were the same price.

I don't remember the site saying anything about it, but it seems the reduced price 3G one has Special Offers on it. Winner for me and she doesn't care. I was going to initially get her the SO one anyway, but she wanted a keyboard, so we both ended up with what we wanted. :)

The downside is the price of the Kindle will pale compared to the cost of all the books she will read. But if a tween wants to read, I am all for it.

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 07:11 AM

PC Mag gives it 4.5 stars:

http://www.pcmag.com...,2403376,00.asp
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