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From Blackberry PlayBook to Kindle Fire HDX
It wasn't easy, but I had to call it quits on the ol' PlayBook - I spent a lot on that thing, and went through a lot, but it was time. And, since I've been on/with Crackberry since the Storm 1 days, I wound up here...
The family is heavily ingrained in the Amazon ecosystem (Prime members since the beginning - subscribe and save shoppers - Kindle readers and Audible listeners...and my son has the KFHD, while my wife has the KFHD 8.9), so the HDX seemed like a logical progression for me. I did A LOT of research before taking the plunge though - Nexus, G-Tabs, and Win RT all popped up on my radar, but all slowly faded. Eventually, my decision was the HDX 7 (I loved the portability of the playbook vs the 9"+ devices), with an eye towards a Win 8 Pro device in the near future...that means, I can use the HDX for exactly what it was intended (media consumption), and then have the Surface Pro 2 or something similar to 'get things done'.
So, the HDX arrived last week, and I was impressed right from the get-go. Unfortunately, 3-days into my 'affair' the thing bit the dust...it had showed signs of struggling here and there, apps crashing/closing, and a random reboot here and there, but on the 3rd day, when trying to load up Sports Center via the WatchESPN app, the screen went black, and never came back. I tried some of the 'recovery' suggestions I found on the internet, and on Amazon, to no avail (I even got a suggestion to use the MayDay button, which made me laugh). Finally, I called Amazon up, and ran through much of the same trouble-shooting steps I had already done, and confirmed what I already knew. It was bricked, and unrecoverable. Props to Amazon though (and a huge reason why our family has continued to give them our money on a daily basis), they sent a brand new replacement overnight-Saturday delivery.
Now, I'm on my 2nd HDX, and still loving it. Still experiencing some random app crashes and reboots, which I'm chalking up to a 'rough around the edges' reboot on their OS (and coming from the PlayBook, I certainly know how that 'game' works). Having had the 2 Kindle Fire HDs in the house for a year now, and seeing how 'solid' and reliable they have been, I'm not too worried. Amazon will work out the kinks, and this thing will be a winner. So far, no regrets - whatsoever - on moving on from the Playbook, and settling on the HDX.
We'll see if this sentiment changes any over the next couple weeks/months...