Looking at buying the 8.9 kindle fire

  1. wolram

    wolram 3,732
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    Does any one have one? I am looking at buying the 8.9 version , what are they like for surfing the net, forums etc, any other features that are notable?
    what are they selling for in $US, thanks for any info i do not want to get burnt on a useless toy.
     
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  3. Drakkith

    Staff: Mentor

    I've got a kindle fire. All I really do is listen to Pandora on it and a small amount of web browsing.
    Of course, part of the reason is that I hate the interface. I've had it for like 2 years now and I still don't really know how to get to the files I download. (Seriously, the interface is horrid)

    Also, if I remember correctly, my Fire is not able to connect through Wifi to things like my cell phone thanks to Amazon wanting me to use their dumb Amazon Prime or whatever.

    All in all I can't recommend it unless they're 8.9" is much different from mine.
     
  4. Greg Bernhardt

    Staff: Admin

    It's a great price and I'd get one if I weren't already in bed with Apple.
     
  5. Greg Bernhardt

    Staff: Admin

    bah, my Fire just broke. Let's see how good Amazon customer service is. I want a replacement.
     
  6. Evo

    Staff: Mentor

    Broke? What happened? I have the free repair and replacement even if I drop it into the toilet, dog eats it, etc... But I want to know what you encountered.
     
  7. Greg Bernhardt

    Staff: Admin

    I just opened it up one night and it started to turn off when it became unlocked. It just shut off. I think the battery went bad. Even when I connect it to an outlet. It always shuts off after I put in my pass code.
     
  8. phinds

    phinds 8,349
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    My wife got the fire some time back when her original Kindle died and she tells me she wished she had just gotten another basic one. She doesn't like the fire but, sorry, I can't remember why. Hm ... I'm not being very helpful here, am I :smile:
     
  9. Evo

    Staff: Mentor

    Weird, I hadn't used my Kidle Fire HD 8.9 in a couple of weeks, turned it on tonight, unlocked it, it blinked and powered off. WTH??? Then a box appeared with "KindleFire" in it, then after a moment, a message "KindleFire is upgrading". After a couple of minutes it shut off again and is fine now. Maybe your update got corrupted?
     
  10. Greg Bernhardt

    Staff: Admin

    That is exactly my situation. Except mine doesn't get fine, it always shuts down after 10-15 seconds. I'm calling Amazon tomorrow.
     
  11. Greg Bernhardt

    Staff: Admin

    Amazon is sending me a new Kindle Fire.
     
  12. Drakkith

    Staff: Mentor

    Nice.
     
  13. Evo

    Staff: Mentor

    Awesome, was it still under warranty? Or did they just do the right thing?
     
  14. Greg Bernhardt

    Staff: Admin

    They didn't even mention it, I think they just did the "right" thing. Two day shipping too.
     
  15. Evo

    Staff: Mentor

    That's encouraging. I'd heard that they were doing things like this to keep feedback positive. Smart move. The damage bad reviews could do far outweigh their cost to replace when one goes bad for whatever reason.
     
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