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gocubs

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Amazon Fire tablet?
« on: December 11, 2016, 10:26:37 AM »
Hello all,

I'm seeking advice on a new tablet. I've owned an original iPad mini since it came out years ago.  It is slowly starting to die.  I've been researching the line of amazon tablets and they seem like a decent replacement and they are cheap!

I use my iPad daily for email, reading and checking blogs like this one.  I listen to music and occasionally watch YouTube videos if something around the house needs repair.   I also use it for work schedules and my home budget ( using excel ).

Anybody here have an Amazon Fire tablet?  If so what do you think about it?

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Re: Amazon Fire tablet?
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2016, 10:41:50 AM »
I have both an original Fire and an original iPad, and I use a recent iPad at work (which is not mine.)

I think the Fire is a surprisingly nice tablet for the price. No, it's not an iPad. I don't think it works as well if you are wanting to do a lot of word processing. I don't know how your financial stuff would translate. But it's fine for watching netflix and youtube and a little light web surfing and playing some games, which is pretty much what I've always done with a tablet.

I'm pretty resolved that when my iPad gives out once and for all, I'm just buying a new Fire.

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« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2016, 10:54:43 AM »
I mean, it's in the name, the Kindle FIRE is the clear mustachian choice ;)

I like mine quite a bit. No, it's not an ipad, but the bang for the buck is insane and it does everything I need it to, which granted does not include heavy word processing/spreadsheets. The Fire HD seems powerful enough for anything but a power user, though.
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Re: Amazon Fire tablet?
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2016, 10:55:37 AM »
I was using a second generation iPad from 2011. think it cost 500 to 600 dollars. Mainly for browsing, Amazon prime videos and apps .Each successive upgrade to the OS was degrading my experience . Recently I was getting frustrated with loading speeds and sites \ apps crashing
Bought new fire hd 8 2 weeks ago in black Friday deal for 69 dollars.
It took a moment to get used to the system vs Apple but it is performing so much better than the iPad did recently . It feels like a real bargain . Just added a 64 gb memory card for another 20 bucks so I can download movies ahead of travel.
I am very happy with it despite the screen being smaller

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« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2016, 02:12:05 PM »
If you like advertising, the kindles are good. It's basically android. But there are Amazon cr-apps where you can't disable their notifications.

Other than that they are solid. Probably better to get one with a micro SD slot if you can.

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« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2016, 04:27:56 PM »
Thanks for all the advice! Looks like I'm getting a fire table. Just gonna wait until my iPad breathes its last breath.

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« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2016, 05:32:21 PM »
I was using a second generation iPad from 2011. think it cost 500 to 600 dollars. Mainly for browsing, Amazon prime videos and apps .Each successive upgrade to the OS was degrading my experience . Recently I was getting frustrated with loading speeds and sites \ apps crashing
Bought new fire hd 8 2 weeks ago in black Friday deal for 69 dollars.
It took a moment to get used to the system vs Apple but it is performing so much better than the iPad did recently . It feels like a real bargain . Just added a 64 gb memory card for another 20 bucks so I can download movies ahead of travel.
I am very happy with it despite the screen being smaller
I bought one of the Fire HD 8 on sale too. I really like it.

You can install Google play and get all the usual Google apps that aren't available through the Amazon app store. Google for how to do it. There are 4 apps you have to download in a certain order, but it's easy to do. I did it the first day I got the kindle and its been working fine.

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« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2016, 05:57:16 PM »
I have a Fire tablet. I also put Google play on it. Google play doesn't work very well on it, but it does work. Can be very frustrating though because it'll stop and you get a popup that you need to close.

I mostly play a few games on it, and will put a particular event's app on it later in 2017.

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« Reply #8 on: December 11, 2016, 09:49:49 PM »
I have a Fire tablet, love it.  The great part is the battery life.  It blows the doors of my wife's iPad (but with a smaller screen, I might add).