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    Kindle Fire HD...or other tablet

    So I got a gift card for Best Buy and really don't NEED anything from there. Did some browsing and figured maybe I'll get a tablet. Might be fun for the kids. Looking to spend about $120 and Best Buy has the Kindle Fire HD on sale. Anyone have a Kindle? All I need it for is internet and maybe movies and game apps. Thoughts? Any other tablet ideas in that price range?
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    I have a Kindle Fire. Besides using it for reading, I use it to do some minor web surfing and forum posting.

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    I have a Fire HD, firstly it's a reader, thats what it does best. I also use it for a few games, and web browsing. The thing you have to remember is that your attached to Amazon as the easiest way to get material on to the Fire. Not saying you can't get non-amazon stuff, but it's easier to put stuff on your Kindle by going through Amazon. There is lots of places to get free books, including Amazon. Can't tell you much about geting apps and games from non-amazon because I haven't done it, and don't need\want to.
    It's nice that you can have a few books on a small device that you can carry around, and pretty easy to use.
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    I have a Kindle Fire, and a Kindle Fire HD. The HD is great for what you want to use I for. I use them on the net frequently, and it's easy to transport...... stream movies to it every night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
    I have a Kindle Fire, and a Kindle Fire HD. The HD is great for what you want to use I for. I use them on the net frequently, and it's easy to transport...... stream movies to it every night.
    I really don't see myself reading books on it...I'm pretty old-school and prefer to read actual books. Would be mostly internet and movies. Do you need an anti-virus for a tablet?
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    The tablets are best as readers... that is there main purpose. The Kindle is a good little tablet, very reasonably price because its tied to Amazon... that said my techy friends say really weigh what your purpose is... they most often recommend instead getting a laptop vs. tablet. Friend got the new Kindle Fire HD for Christmas - very easy to use, great for reading...

    I used to say I prefered paper books but now using atblet I won't go back. There is the whole environmental issue of not having to waste trees and then what to do with the book once I am finished. As to travelling the tableybeats a paper book hands down... especially on crowded planes where people like to push back seats and so lighting is covered up... and there is the endless possibility of the books available...
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    Quote Originally Posted by pgjackson View Post
    I really don't see myself reading books on it...I'm pretty old-school and prefer to read actual books. Would be mostly internet and movies. Do you need an anti-virus for a tablet?
    I'm going on 68, and held books in my hands for many years. I thought, as you did................... Now, seldom do I pick up an actual book any longer, and currently have about 150 books on my Kindles (same on both) and another 100 in the cloud, which I've already read............. It is very handy as a reader, and, now, I like it better................

    You can teach an old dog new tricks!!!!!!

    edit: I have also downloaded the same books on my 10" Samsung Galaxie Tab 2, and like reading out of the Kindles much better.

    For an old guy, I really love tablets.

    Both of my Kindles are the 7-8" size.
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    Here's one thing to remember about "buying" books through Amazon you're not actually buying a book. You're buying a license to view the book on a Kindle which can be revoked by Amazon or the publisher and usually the only thing you can get is your money back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
    I'm going on 68, and held books in my hands for many years. I thought, as you did................... Now, seldom do I pick up an actual book any longer, and currently have about 150 books on my Kindles (same on both) and another 100 in the cloud, which I've already read............. It is very handy as a reader, and, now, I like it better................

    You can teach an old dog new tricks!!!!!!

    edit: I have also downloaded the same books on my 10" Samsung Galaxie Tab 2, and like reading out of the Kindles much better.

    For an old guy, I really love tablets.

    Both of my Kindles are the 7-8" size.
    I'm only 43, but perhaps I could give it a try. I've never read an e-book. The idea turns me off, but I'll try it out.
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    I really like the fact that I have 150 books with me, so I never run out. And, don't have to carry more than one -------- ever!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikebuddha View Post
    Here's one thing to remember about "buying" books through Amazon you're not actually buying a book. You're buying a license to view the book on a Kindle which can be revoked by Amazon or the publisher and usually the only thing you can get is your money back.
    That's completely standard for digital content, no? They can also be permanently downloaded, though there may be a limit to that. Wanderer probably knows.

    I'm considering one of these myself. I'm hooked on the amazon prime.

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    Once it is downloaded, it's in there for good................ on whatever device you download to....

    The exception - when downloading a book from your public library - it just disappears after 3 weeks. At last there is no late fee!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
    Once it is downloaded, it's in there for good................ on whatever device you download to....

    The exception - when downloading a book from your public library - it just disappears after 3 weeks. At last there is no late fee!
    Except when it's not. Kindle devices and nooks etc regularly check with the licensor and if your license has been revoked you lose access. From the terms of service.
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    All well and good - but they can't come into my house and hook my Kindle up to the net to slap my hand............... and take away my books....................

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
    All well and good - but they can't come into my house and hook my Kindle up to the net to slap my hand............... and take away my books....................
    No but people often aren't aware of when and how often their kindle connects to Amazon servers. This of course applies to Nooks, iPads, GooglePlay purchases etc. The fact is we're probably going to need a law that guarantees that once you buy something online, it's yours until you decide to get rid of it.
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    I also download everything into my laptop, so if anything is missing or corrupt, it's easy to dump it back in. Even my backups are backed up ------ lol

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    I read plenty of treeware, but I'd rather not store it. There'd have to be another ten feet of shelving here to keep the books I've read on Kindles, and then they wouldn't be nearly so well indexed or backed-up. Just like with my files, photos, and music - if this dump burned down, I'd still be able to access all of that stuff on any device. In that way these licensed "objects" have more permanence than their material counterparts.

    But I still wouldn't recommend a Fire. Better to use Amazon apps on another tablet than be stuck in the Amazon verse with their apps.

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