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If all she will be doing is reading mail and surfing, it's not bad. The problem with unrooted Fires (and Nooks) is that they use only their own respective market for apps, which is both limiting and expensive. Of course if this is going to be your wife's exclusive tablet and she's not comfortable with rooting, then may a Galaxy Tab would be a better choice. Yuo can still put the Kindle and Nook apps on that.
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I think there are better out there for a general android tab, if you can find a good price on a dell streak or acer iconia a100 for example they are close in price. I really don't like the default browser on the Fire. But it is not that bad as a general tab except the lack of Android Market.
For me it's a great tab, then again mine is rooted. If your wife has an android cell phone she can just download a certain app that let's you back up your app's apk files and transfer them over to your kindle. So you wouldn't have to root. It VERY easy. It really is a good tablet for the price. And yes it does support flash. It isn't for anyone expecting to have an ipad or something very "HIGH TECH" like a new galaxy tab. If she just wants basic needs met (email, web browsing, games, shopping, etc) out of a tablet it's perfect.
Good luck with the searching though.
My wife spotted someone at work with one of these, and mentioned to me she may have interest in it as a Christmas present.
My concern is that she doesn't read THAT much, id like to see her use it more for emails, browsing, games with our daughter, etc.
I also noticed the lack of a camera, but i suppose that's not a huge deal.
Wondering how this Fire stacks up for general purpose uses outside of reading books?
Really depends on your anticipated use. For me, it is a no-go. Screen size is too small. Not at all suitable for my needs. For kids and occasional users, a few hundred dollars is not a big investment. If your wife decides she likes tablets, the world is filled with acceptable devices.
I really do not play games, but occasionally, I see something on the other side that is stunning.
For web surfing, a few games and email, it is just fine.
For $200, you aren't going to find a better tablet.
The Kindle Fire can play games, email and browse the web just fine. It has a powerful Ti Omap 4430 processor, so it has enough horsepower to keep up with the top of the line Android tablets. While processor isn't everything, the Kindle Fire will provide a smooth and polished experience compared to other tablets in its price range.
Its main drawback is that it uses the Amazon Appstore instead of the Google Market. It has a decent app selection, but if you bought many apps from the Google Market, you have to buy them again for the Kindle Fire. The good thing is that there is a free app a day and if you buy from the Appstore, you can use the apps on your Android phones too.
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Originally Posted by rsarno
Does it support Flash?
I read it doesnt have Android app store, or a gmail app? That def sucks
Yes, it supports Flash. Yes you can get your gmail, read, send, etc. although not through a specific gmail app. No android store unless you root it and add that. However, you can load just about any Android app you want on the Kindle Fire without rooting.
Funny - a few weeks ago I called it an Android tab in these forums and people jumped all over me bc they said Amazon doesn't call it an Android tab, so I shouldn't. Like I give a damn what Amazon doesn't want me to call it...
Anyway, you can do plenty without rooting. The main advantage I've seen to rooting the Fire is the ability to load Google apps, but, as a previous poster said, the stock email app is great - you can load your gmail account using it, and get just about the same functionality as gmail.
And if you look around these forums you'll learn very quickly how to find & load just about any app, and get this thing to do what you want it to without rooting. You're not going to find a tab of this quality for $200 anywhere else.
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So I just saw this post and thought of asking if you did pick one up for her or not? If you did I can point you in the direction of a great video tutorial of loading the Android Market onto her Fire without rooting her Fire. I could send you the files over to you through PM if you want me to with instructions on how to do it. The best thing is is that you can do it straight from the Kindle!
While it is probably a little late to put in my two cents. Here goes anyway.
For $199.00, you are not going to find a more capable Fully Functional Android Tablet Computer.
What it does not have:
It does not have a Camera,
It does not have a Phone,
It does not have a GPS Device,
It does not have Bluetooth, and this is one thing that I miss, but I have found a bluetooth device that will plug into the speaker jack, and connect with my Bluetooth Headset. So not to bad.
What is does have is the same CPU as the Nook, and iPad 2, a Texas Instruments OMAP 4220 Dual Core Processor /w 512mb RAM.
While IMO the Stock Amazon Kindle Fire, User Interface, is child like. That is easily changed with a after market Launcher, I use Ice Cream Sandwich 2.4 version 126.96.36.199 by Syndacate Apps. It is very stable and works great. and I do not have to get rid of the stock launcher, there is an icon for it on my home screen.
The stock wallpapers on the Kindle Fire, SUCK. But they can be changed with the addition of a small app ie: MyWallPaperChanger.apk.
If you are interested in seeing some of what you can do with a Fully Functional Android Tablet Computer "Amazon's Kindle Fire" just look at my blog.
I am not an Android Whiz, but this works really well, I have full functionality and I have not endangered my warranty.
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For me, and I've had the KF since the day it was released, the lack of an SD card has not been an issue at all. It depends what you're using the Fire for - if you want to store myriad movies and video, it isn't what you want.
For games, web browsing and streaming video and music, I think it's wonderful. I've had over 100 apps loaded without any performance issues, without rooting it.