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Old 11-30-2011, 09:37 PM   #171
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I was going to rec Pac too, he posted that he loved his right out of the box. I still love my Kindle 2.
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Old 12-01-2011, 06:33 AM   #172
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Yes, I like it. I don't do any, or much, web surfing on it though. Maybe in an emergency. I hate scrolling around a zoomed in web page to read it.
It is great (to me) for reading. I love the back-lit pages and they are very customizable.
It is heavy. It is not as comfortable to hold as a regular Kindle. I am going to get a cover for it. I'll have to put that on today's Amazon order. Preferably one that will make it open like a book, so I can rest it in my lap somehow when reading.
There is a known glitch with it that they are working on. It does not always remember your place in a book. That can be an inconvenience if you want to stop reading and do something else with it, like surf or read a different book for a while. You can put the Fire to sleep and wake it back up on the same page anyway, which is what I've been doing.
The speed is very fast and pretty intuitive to use. And the screen is brilliant.

It fills the niche I wanted filled without dropping 2.5 times as much on an iPad. Plus Amazon and Google are fast becoming, if they aren't already there, a force to be reckoned with. They seem to have a real handle on the small techie stuff.
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Old 12-01-2011, 08:14 AM   #173
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i finally had an opportunity to view a demonstration/review video of the fire--um, wow. between that and your favorable fire comments, pac, i'm sold on this kindle device. my girl will like the music and videos and apps(?) that it offers, and, of course, the really extraordinary reading experience for her budding book interests. last year i got her an ipod. still have no idea what IT does--except that it got hijacked pretty quickly by my grand kids who use it to play games on. i'm sorry to have missed the sale on covers for the fire last week, but i see it's a must-have accessory for this kindle fire gift. i think/hope this fire device is safe from my tech-addicted grandkids, it being essentially a BOOK reader, and all...i just may have to buy one for myself, though....:)
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Old 12-02-2011, 12:33 PM   #174
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i got it, i got the fire! my girl is absolutely gonna flip over it! the place i bought it, staples, has a display set up with the fire, in living color, for demonstration purposes. this kindle fire sells itself! i want one. but i'm just not willing to spend two hundred dollars on myself, without a vERy good reason, i guess....:(
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Old 12-02-2011, 12:35 PM   #175
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Cool. New toys are fun!
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Old 12-02-2011, 01:29 PM   #176
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I prefer a real book with pages I can turn, love books!
I thought the same thing, until my wife bought me a Nook a couple of years ago.

But reading is reading, and 20 minutes with one of these devices and you don't really distinguish the reading experience as being different.

And there are distinct advantages in an eReader, such as resizing text, being able to shop millions of titles and download a book in minutes anywhere in the world, not to mention the books are FAR less expensive. You can store a library of several thousand books on one device.

And the latest generation of devices are much more than eReaders (as some posts above mention).

There is a Kindle Fire for me under my Christmas tree (I saw the box when delivered by UPS). Can't wait.
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Old 12-02-2011, 01:58 PM   #177
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As someone in their fifties, resizing the text is very big for me.
I imagine in a few years, so will increasing the spaces between the words and the lines
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As someone in their fifties, resizing the text is very big for me.
I imagine in a few years, so will increasing the spaces between the words and the lines
I'm there with you on the text sizing.

About every third book I read is a history book, and for some reason, most are printed with small fonts.

And I am in my 50s as well.

The eyes, even with bifocals, aren't what they used to be.
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i don't usually do protection plans--for anything. i'm having second thoughts about this kindle fire, though. things get dropped, touch screen devices are sensitive--should i maybe spend the forty dollars to insure the fire for two years? what do you think?
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i don't usually do protection plans--for anything. i'm having second thoughts about this kindle fire, though. things get dropped, touch screen devices are sensitive--should i maybe spend the forty dollars to insure the fire for two years? what do you think?
That might be a good idea since you are giving it to your daughter (you said?). I'm not sure her age or her plans for the device... taking it to friends' houses and such.
Me personally, I never insure anything or get extended warranties. I was told a while ago that most electronics these days will break right away if they are going to break at all, so most anything will happen within the normal warranty period. I've found that to hold pretty true. And I'm pretty careful with my stuff as far as the dropsies are concerned. I consider the case I am getting for my Fire insurance against drops or splashes.
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