Kindle Fire HD 8.9. Is it the one for me?

moonie_57November 23, 2012

Because I deal so much with amazon, I thought it was. Supposedly the sound is remarkable, as tablets go, and music is one of my top priorities.

But, I have some music that I would want to put on my tablet, and not have to purchase. Since there is no SD slot to use, is that possible? Can I upload music from my computer onto the kindle fire via the cloud drive/player?

And for those "in the know", how many movies could you load onto the kindle if you were going off for a week and wanted to carry some movies along with you?

I have messed around with the blackberry playbook and would have loved that little gadget, except, well, it's little! LOL

7" is great for reading and surfing but for movies, it is just too small for me.

Do you own another brand that is at least an 8", great for music and movies and isn't too very slow for surfing and emailing?

If I decide to not go with the Kindle Fire HD, then I'm looking to not spend any more than $200 (maybe a teensy bit more if it were truly worth it.)

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chisue

May I tack on a request for similar information about the Nook? As I understand it, this has an SD slot and can be upgraded from 16 to 32 whatsises. (Displaying my level of knowledge of these things.)

I too want to read books (and be entertained with a couple of movies) on a nine-hour flight.

Can I borrow books from our library on a Nook? I'm not a buyer of books when I can borrow them, then give the money to our library.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2012 at 9:10AM
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pammyfay

I looked at the Nooks a few weeks ago -- mostly because it's one of the only ones with an SD card slot. So basically, you could have multiple SD cards each loaded with books, movies, podcasts, whatever, to expand your tablet's memory. But the SD cards are small handling-wise.

About library books, usually you first have to download an app onto your computer, then you hook up your e-reader to your computer and upload into that. I hear it's a lot easier (fewer steps, that is) using a Kindle.

My library has a FAQ (frequently asked questions) page on its web site, so you should go over to your library's web site and see if there's any info there first. Or you could call your library to see what it entails. Some libraries also offer sessions to help show people how they can use their tablets/e-readers for library materials.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2012 at 1:46PM
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dbfirewife

I'm not sure if you are interested in this or not but I am pretty sure I read that 3G connection for the Kindle Fire Hd is only 50.00 a year... that is a great price.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2012 at 2:47PM
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oakleyok

Moonie, I bought my son the KF HD, it's still in the box for Christmas. I could be wrong, but I don't think you need a computer to download from the Kindle store.

I have an iPad and I download magazines from the Kindle store and Amazon does it immediately.

I don't use 3G because I don't travel very often, so no need for the extra expense.

Oh! I did buy the Kindle PowerFast for fast charging. I did a lot of reading and it charges the Kindle much much faster than the charger it comes with. $19.00, not too bad.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2012 at 3:00PM
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Lindsey_CA

You do not need a computer to download onto any Kindle from Amazon. However, using the USB charging cord that comes with all Kindles, you can hook up the Kindle to your computer and transfer music/documents, etc. that way.

You can also e-mail documents to your Kindle, as all Kindles have an e-mail address.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2012 at 4:12PM
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moonie_57

Thanks, I believe that cleared it up. I was terribly confused on if I could upload music from my computer. Something I read somewhere made me believe you could not do that.

oakleyok - thanks for the tip on the charger. I need to get one as well!

Could that be true? Only $50 for a year of 3G?

    Bookmark   November 24, 2012 at 4:48PM
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carol_in_california

I am only able to download books with wi fi on my Kindle even though it does have 3G.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2012 at 5:11PM
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carol_in_california

I am only able to download books with wi fi on my Kindle even though it does have 3G.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2012 at 5:14PM
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moonie_57

Interesting, carol. Anyone have any thoughts on that?

    Bookmark   November 24, 2012 at 8:46PM
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alisande

The Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 are mentioned on this list of gadgets worth buying.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2012 at 10:14PM
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Lindsey_CA

"I am only able to download books with wi fi on my Kindle even though it does have 3G."

If you are in an area with both Wi-Fi and 3G, the Wi-Fi will take priority and that's how books will be downloaded. However, if you are out of range of Wi-Fi, the 3G will take over. Amazon uses the AT&T 3G network, which is virtually everywhere, including Europe.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2012 at 2:16AM
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joan_mn

I wish AT&T was everywhere! When we are in FL, we are 22 miles from the closest town, and in the middle of a national forest. No cell service out here.

I did tons of research before I got my Nexus 7. From reading forums, etc., it seems you can't (or if you can, it involves a lot of stuff that's more than I want to tackle) put a Kindle app on a Nook and vice-versa. But putting a Kindle app on my Nexus was very easy. As well as email, Facebook, Words with Friends, etc. Last night, for the first time in years, I read in bed. Only had the Nexus for a light, and it didn't bother DH at all.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2012 at 7:14AM
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oldgardener_2009

I've been wanting an ereader too and was considering the Kindle Paperwhite, but I think I'll go with the Kindle HD as apparently you can stream Netflix with it. The old laptop I've been using stream Netflix is going out and it would be nice to get an ereader that I can use for reading plus stream movies.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2012 at 1:42PM
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