questionsis the kindle fire hd ($139) a good option for a…

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No.

I do not have a Kindle Fire but I am basing my answer on the many pieces of feedback provided on apps on the Amazon store. The Amazon store is the only place you can go to buy programs for your Kindle Fire since it is not a full Android device and they disabled the Google Play store. This keeps all the money in the Amazon family without letting Google get any of it. Sort of sneaky by the way.

Looking at that feedback you will find many 1 star reviews and the reason people give is that the app crashes or doesn't load on the Kindle Fire. This happens so often that it makes me avoid that device. It's not on all apps but it's enough that it's not a viable option for me.

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in case you want to buy one, best buy will have them for $99 on black friday.

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@cengland0: We've had a lot of trouble getting my friend's Kindle Fire to do what we want. My other friend (who's been a programmer at IBM and Invidia) just gave up on it after repeated attempts to get the sort of basic functions we are used to from tablets. The one who owns it has been disappointed because his favorite game app isn't available on it, he still looks forward to coming over and playing it on my worn out tablet.

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i have a fire and love it, but i only use it for reading books and occasionally surfing the web. my wife uses it for pintrist. She'll look up recipes and tehn prop up the kindle and use it while she cooks. I don't use many apps on it so i can't comment on that. if you just want a tablet for internet and books its great. if you want alot of apps, it sounds like people aren't happy with it, but again, i can't comment.

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No.

There is not an easy way to disable the store, and the store never asks for a password.

If you have it linked to your account it is trivial to One-Click purchase all sorts of stuff/apps with no password.

The only way I found is by adding a $0 balance old Visa gift card as a payment method and making it the default 1-click. You still have to deal with failed orders, but at least there are no surprise orders.

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My kindle fire HD asks for a password whenever I buy anything, even free apps. My 6 yr old daughter plays with it all.the.time and it has more than enough good quality, fun apps for her to use. If you want to be able to customize, root or program for your tablet then no, it's not a good choice. If you want to read books, surf the web, play some games, etc. then it is perfectly fine. I much prefer using it to watch Amazon Prime and Netflix because it's speakers are WAY better than any other tablet I've used. It is also great if you want kids to use it a lot because with Kindle Free Time you get access to a TON of content for $3.99 a month (less than the cost of a lot of single apps) and you can manually add apps you purchase so the kids can access it. I like having it password protected so my daughter can't go rooting through my books and videos without me putting in the password.

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No.

Although it runs a variant of Android, it can't do a lot of the normal stuff people tend to expect from a general-use tablet, such as run Google Play Store apps. Sooner or later (depending on how heavy of use it gets), you'll find something important that it can't do and it'll end up in a drawer while you switch to a full Android machine--which are about the same price anyway.

Basically, think of the Fire HD as a very solid e-reader machine, but for a family tablet go with Android.

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i want to give this a "possibly, yes" answer. while the kindle fire HD 7" isn't going to win any performance tests, you can tweak it a bit to add functionality to the otherwise stripped-down kindle OS. if you root the device, you can add the google play store and many of the apps that are unavailable on the kindle via amazon's app store.

note, this will also void any warranty on the device. do not attempt to root a kindle if you don't have a very good idea of what you're doing.

another point i wanted to make. the kindle fire HD 7" was recently on sale at amazon for $99. i would imagine the $139 tag it currently carries will see another drop around the black friday weekend, possibly to a price point even lower than $99...

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I give a resounding "YES!"

We have 2 Kindle Fires - a 1st gen model and the new HDX. My 3-year-old plays the (free) puzzle games on the unit. My middle daughters have used it to watch movies while "camping" in the back yard, as I can stream the content out there(and I am an Amazon Prime member.) I use it for quick internet browsing. My wife checks her Facebook page. It is great for the car, the grocery store, or any other place where you need it to avoid child melt-downs. And any book that you buy on Amazon can be read on either device, as well as your phone, etc. Children's books are interactive, too.

I have NEVER run into an app that wasn't on the Amazon marketplace that I felt I needed but you CAN SIDELOAD apps from the Google Play store if you need. There is very little that this handy, fun device can't do!

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Yes! I think it is a great little tablet. I have been using the kindle readers and the Fire now since they came out. My son has one for his family and it does help for the kids and car trips and just down time. I bought one has a go to for my daughter because her laptop died and she loves it for whatever! I am happy for this until she can get a new laptop! I seriously want the 8.9 Fire but I can't validate a new one...my first gen. Fire 7in is still going strong. I do love the Fire I got for my daughter though...

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I would say if you are a run of the mill user who would use it to surf the internet, play a card game or two, send a email once in a while, etc. it might work for you. If It's going to be used extensively, I would buy a galaxy tablet that has more options.