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    Default Why did YOU buy the Fire?

    With so many competitors out here now, it might be interesting to post WHY you bought your Fire.
    I bought mine because:
    • The price..first and importantly.A tablet is a toy..and at $199.00 (NO TAXES FROM AMAZON as well) makes a toy much more realistic.
    • I like the form factor....you can put it in your pocket, albeit a LARGER pocket, it is possible. An iPad is a dinner plate and takes two hands. Of course, I can't find the remote sometimes and this might end up in the cracks of the couch. I can find a dinner plate though.
    • I think the bookshelf homescreen layout, with recent apps is functional. Home seems very organized and user freindly.
    • Obviously, the Android system itself.
    • It looks very easy to purchase from Amazon...movies, books, and I have done a LOT of Christmas/other shopping on Amazon. Now instead of calling mom to the desktop, or dragging the laptop to her or squeezing in on the Droid X, I can just whip out the Fire.
    • It fits MY needs: I have wifi at home/work should it be needed. And, I like the cloud storage if needed. I don't need a webcam/mic. And I certainly don't want another connectivity bill to pay. I don't feel like I'm wasting my money on stuff I really don't use. My X has sufficed very well for 3G required things.
    • It's going to bridge my 'slow-to-tech' wife into 2011. She reads a lot, so I think she'll be grabbing this outta my hands, which.......might make me have to buy the next generation Fire. haha (man thinking)


    So..what's YOUR reasons for buying your Fire?
    p.s. Amazon..I would like an SD slot on the Fire2.
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    For the web browsing and e-reader. I read tons of news on my Thunderbolt while it's nice it's still small.
    And of course the price.
    After telling a few family members about this I might be ordering more for Christmas gifts.

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    Default Re: Why did YOU buy the Fire?

    The major reason is the price and these other reasons

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    I bought it primarily for the content. I liked my Acer tablet, but the only video I can watch on it was laggy or crappy apps that had shows I didn't want to watch. I only read the news and watched stuff on youtube, checked email and really that's it. It wasn't fun to read on because it was cumbersome. The Fire just seems to have a purpose some thought was put into it not just a random mess.
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    For those buying it as an e-reader mainly and you not concerned with trying to read it in daylight. Pool,beach or just outside in general?
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    Default Re: Why did YOU buy the Fire?

    Quote Originally Posted by robdec17 View Post
    For those buying it as an e-reader mainly and you not concerned with trying to read it in daylight. Pool,beach or just outside in general?
    I'm sure there will be an anti-glare screen made available soon after launch, but I mostly read indoors, and if I plan on reading outside on a bright, sunny day, I will just take my kindle e-ink. It's still cheaper than your standard tablet if you get both.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tokiyoo View Post
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    If you want to read mostly, the Kindle or Kindle Touch are better options (The Touch has more options, but costs another 20 bucks). Those eReader Kindles batteries last a long time and the eInk is supposed to be better on your eyes.
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    Because I wanted a media device and it fit the bill, especially price-wise.

    Also, one thing I've said for awhile is that I don't just want a jumbo version of my phone. That's why I've never liked iPads or most of the other Android tablets. I have a 4.3 inch Android phone, why do I want another one that's a few inches bigger that can't make calls? The Fire is just different enough, but still with Android, to feel like a different device, yet still provide me with what I want in a tablet.
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    Default Re: Why did YOU buy the Fire?

    I have a 11 yearold that will be 12 soon. $200 for a tablet he can use is a good deal.
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    I never find myself reading outside with my nook. Beach? Pool? Sand and water don't mix well with electronics. Now I do read at night, in bed. With a back lit, non e-ink, I don't have to have on another light which would keep the wife awake. Just my 2 cents.
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    cheaper and popularity
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    Because my ipad is too big sometimes and it annoys me if I am just trying to read a book. A fire and a MacBook air is perfect for me. I could care less about a camera on a tablet since I have a tablet and my work pays for a mobile hotspot so don't need embedded 3g. GPS and gyro is also pointless for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frmorrison View Post
    If you want to read mostly, the Kindle or Kindle Touch are better options (The Touch has more options, but costs another 20 bucks). Those eReader Kindles batteries last a long time and the eInk is supposed to be better on your eyes.
    Get the Fire and the $79 Kindle
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    Can you load your own PDFs onto the Fire?

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    At $199, I might pick a few up for my nieces and nephews for Christmas presents. That truly is an awesome price!

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    Bought it as a present, so it won't be for us.
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    I wanted an ereader that could do more. I also wanted web browsing and video. I also wanted 7inch screen so I could hold with one hand and price was an issue. Looked at htc but was tooooo expensive.

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    I purchased it for my 14 year old girl for Christmas. Cheap and fairly powerful for the price. I don't have a problem with no camera, no sd slot, hacking the os, etc. She will love the color, ebooks, web browser and email function, along with playing games is a bonus. She is already a fan of Amazon and she makes a lot of purchases there with gift cards, just makes it that much more easy. If she can connect to facebook (which I'm sure she will be able to) it will be the perfect device for her and I won't have to buy a iPad. Her music is all portable in her phone already, so no need to go there. Gets her closer to the Android system and further away from expensive apple products...
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    Default Re: Why did YOU buy the Fire?

    I ordered as soon as it went live. I have been seriously considering canceling my preorder since there are so many unknowns with the device. One thing that really irks me about the device is the max storage of 8gb. I know that may be a lot of storage for some people but I think that I could fill that up pretty quickly. There are IOS games that are over half a gig in storage. I also don't like the fact the android market won't be available.

    I'm starting to believe that the 7 inch $299 HTC flyer may turn out to be a better deal. It has 2 cameras (which everyone claims they don't need), bluetooth, access to both the amazon and google markets, and 16GB memory (expandable to 48GB). It may be possible that Amazon has a ace up their sleeve so I am not canceling just yet.
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    I'm a gadget freak. I have the IPAD 1st gen. Gave it to my wife. Then got the Motorola Xoom. Now want a smaller tablet. Pre-ordered the Amazon Fire....pre-ordered the Lenovo IdeaPad A1. Can't wait to get them and decide which one to keep....or which two to keep.
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    Default Re: Why did YOU buy the Fire?

    Greag price. TV and video, books and I've been a Prime member for years.
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    Default Re: Why did YOU buy the Fire?

    Quote Originally Posted by cwalker28 View Post
    Greag price. TV and video, books and I've been a Prime member for years.
    I've used Amazon in the past to order a few things, but never used Prime. I've not spoken to one person who has used Prime and hasn't LOVED it. And, they've not used it for movies. They just loved it for the shipping advantages.
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    Default Re: Why did YOU buy the Fire?

    I bought the Fire because I wanted an Android tablet but didn't want to pay the $ for the Thrive and wasn't sure if a 10" was the right size. I actually ordered two Fires - one for the son and one for our oldest daughter (I'll play with one for a month or so and may order another one just for me if I like it.) I also wanted Amazon Prime video in my house for TV viewing and now my son will have to have it. Amazon's reputation and the price point were also big factors. I don't see a problem with 8G storage since you have 5G in the cloud for non-Amazon content and I have nearly unlimited storage on our web page server.

    I really like the iPad's functionality but despise iTunes and don't like Apples dictator like control of everything Apple. The iPad is overpriced for what you get.
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    Default Re: Why did YOU buy the Fire?

    I already have a Motorola Xoom that I rooted and installed a rom on, I love it. Though it seems my wife and kids do as well, they most play games on it and watch videos. Getting this for the wife as I slowly got her on the Android train by giving her my OG droid running Cyanogen-mod and she's been loving it ever since.

    Had her spend some face time with the BN Nook Color and I had to pull her away from it, so this was the next logical choice. However even though I pre-ordered the Kindle Fire, I'm still not 100% about it. I do wish it had a camera and a sdcard especially for a device the revolves around content 8GB for storage does not seem like a lot at all. Still on the fence and also looking at the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 / 7 Plus, but for the money the Kindle Fire seems like a good bet.
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    I've been on the fence, fighting back and forth about the Fire or the GTab 7.0 Plus. I've decided that a 7" tablet is the right size for me, so those are the two I narrowed it down to. I've finally pseudo-decided to get the Fire. My reasoning behind this is what I want a tablet for. The main things I want are:

    Email
    Some games and apps
    Books, Movies, TV shows

    Basically, the Fire covers all of those at a much lower price point than anything else out there. Amazon is a well-founded company and definitely isn't going anywhere anytime soon, so I know the Fire will remain supported. I completely understand if the storage bothers some people, or no camera, or no GPS. But I don't think I'd ever use the camera, not sure why I'd need GPS on a wi-fi only device when my phone has it, and the unlimited cloud storage for Amazon content should suffice. Plus PRIME keeps picking up more and more channels and shows and I think it's only going to get better. All of this wrapped up into the $200 price point will let me put some of that extra money into a great case and a PRIME membership.
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