Should I get a Kindle Fire?
I already have a Kindle Touch wi-fi only w/deals. I do not have a tablet of any type. I have Amazon Prime so the steaming where I can get a wi-fi connection would be a plus.
It depends on what you want/need/have. I posted a similar question yesterday; I'd broken my previous generation Kindle w/keyboard and wasn't sure what to replace it with. I made a pro/con list for each Kindle I was interested in and concluded that I didn't want a Fire for the following reasons:
1)Because there is no 3g/4g, I could only stream movies when I was at home or at another location with Wi-Fi. And you can't download Prime videos to your Fire--only videos you've rented or purchased--that was a big non-starter for me. Also, since I have a Roku, I can't really see myself streaming to the Fire when I'm home.
2) I use my Kindle during my long commute, and I've chosen that time to dedicate to reading, with as few distractions as possible. (I do allow myself music via my iPod Nano.) It's one of the few places where the lure of the Internet, games, or the TV doesn't permeate my brain.
I think it's a neat little tablet, but it's just not for me.read more collapse
The Kindle Fire is a nice piece of equipment and a good way to get into tablets. The interface is smooth and simple. It has a smaller screen than an iPad or other tablets, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. If you like Amazon, you will like the Fire. The biggest drawback to the Fire is that you are basically forced to do get all apps through Amazon, but they have a very good selection and a free app every day.
The Amazon Prime videos are also a big plus. The selection seems to be getting a lot better, although still not as robust as Netflix. (EDIT: Of course, you must have WiFi to watch these on a Kindle Fire)
Also, one thing my son didn't like when he went from a regular Kindle to the Fire is that there is no book "audible reading" option to have Kindle books read out loud to you. I hated that option because it sounded like you were listening to a robot, but some people like it and miss it on the Fire.read more collapse
I love my Kindle Fire! It's very portable for traveling. It would be a bonus to have 3G/4G connection, but not a big deal for me. I find it is very easy to read on (I like the antique look the best) and it's more of a bonus that it has Wi-Fi to check e-mail, browse internet, facebook, deals.woot! etc. If you wanted a tablet more for internet usage then you may want to look at something with a larger screen, if you're looking for a reader that doubles as pretty slick tablet, then the Fire is for you!read more collapse
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