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#1 HydroLar

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 08:50 AM

With 'Black Friday' and 'Cyber Monday' on their way in the USA I thought I might finally get myself a tablet.

I would use it for reading, mostly, storing and listening to music with the occasional video thrown in and price is extremely important...

After looking at quite a few different models I'm pretty much settled on a Kindle Fire HD. It's a cheap price for what you get and does run the Android OS although you would never know it. The only drawbacks would be that it is a slave to Amazon and built primarily to consume Amazon products (meaning I would have to become an Amazon Prime member most likely). There is no support for Gmail, YouTube or Adobe Flash and apps are few and buggy. But for what I use it for maybe that is still my best choice.

Anyone have any experience with a Kindle Fire? Any pros or cons someone would like to share?
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Posted 19 November 2012 - 11:29 AM

I have an aversion to the 'Walled Garden' experience that is Amazon Kindle based. The Fire does run a proprietary version of Android, not true Android. With that said unless, you're in love with what Amazon offers on the back end. Why not go with a 'real' Android and go with a 16GB Nexus 7 by Google. Virtually the same price as the Fire without the 'Walled Garden'. Real Android apps and Play Store access.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 04:03 PM

For some reason I had thought the $199 price for the Nexus only included 8 gb and not 16 gb. This was the only reason I went for the Kindle Fire HD - price.

Now, seeing that the prices are pretty much the same for both tablets with 16 gb, the Nexus is the better choice by far. Not only does it have Google Chrome built in, it can play YouTube and movies not from Amazon, read eBooks from Nook and Kindle and it can handle Gmail. Besides, an Amazon Prime membership with a Kindle Fire HD is almost mandatory and I see little use for Amazon Prime.

Thanks for making me look again at the price comparison!
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Posted 20 November 2012 - 01:32 PM

You're quite welcome. :thumbup2:

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 05:34 AM

Nexus 7 is definitely the best 7" tablet on the market right now, and at a great price too! The device itself is very nicely manufactured and feels great in hands for reading and browsing the web, the HD display makes it really nice for watching movies. The support is the thing that I like most about Google devices.

I'd pick the N7 any day over a Kindle Fire HD! :)




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