Amazon Tablet Query - Any help?

Alright folks,

Looking for some info on the Amazon tablets and e-readers if you don't mind, having never touched one before.

My little sister has asked for one, she was originally attracted by the e-reader but wanted the functionality of being able to watch stuff, play some music, browse the internet etc.

The Amazon Fire Tablet... currently £34.99 (30% off) is the cheapest at 8gb, but it's not about what it costs, its about what it actually does.

Would it interlink with an Amazon Fire Stick at all?
She uses an iPhone 6s, I guess it wouldn't have any functionality of liaising with that for mirroring etc?

The Amazon Fire HD Tablet... currently £85.49 (5% off) has a 1" bigger HD screen (i'm asuming from the name), would that be better for her then?

And how do these things fair as a "kindle"?

All experienced advice VERY much appreciated!

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just get a Android tablet, lots of free apps, differnet makes, sizes & prices. Not locked into the Amazon eco system

ca be used like a kindle with the Kindle App on it

Lenovo range are good value



Edited by: "cullies" 14th Dec 2016

I use my fire as an ereader and it works ok, not as light as a paperwhite or with as long battery life but very useable and far more functional

cullies

just get a Android tablet, lots of free apps, differnet makes, sizes & … just get a Android tablet, lots of free apps, differnet makes, sizes & prices. Not locked into the Amazon eco systemca be used like a kindle with the Kindle App on itLenovo range are good value



The cheap Lenovo's are basically the same spec as the Fire 7" tablet but at a higher cost. (1024x600, 1gb Ram, Quad Core)

@OP.....The fire 7" tablet is a fine little tablet at £35, great if you have prime but even without you can use the Amazon app store which has plenty of apps and you there are also plenty of guides online showing you how to easily sideload the google Playstore if you want for access to ALL android apps.
howtogeek.com/232…et/

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cullies

just get a Android tablet, lots of free apps, differnet makes, sizes & … just get a Android tablet, lots of free apps, differnet makes, sizes & prices. Not locked into the Amazon eco systemca be used like a kindle with the Kindle App on itLenovo range are good value


She's convinced it's an amazon one she wants mate

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Cozworth806

I use my fire as an ereader and it works ok, not as light as a paperwhite … I use my fire as an ereader and it works ok, not as light as a paperwhite or with as long battery life but very useable and far more functional


Thank you. Question.... Wouldn't she better just using the Kindle App on her existing (but older) iPad then?

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Uridium

The cheap Lenovo's are basically the same spec as the Fire 7" tablet but … The cheap Lenovo's are basically the same spec as the Fire 7" tablet but at a higher cost. (1024x600, 1gb Ram, Quad Core)@OP.....The fire 7" tablet is a fine little tablet at £35, great if you have prime but even without you can use the Amazon app store which has plenty of apps and you there are also plenty of guides online showing you how to easily sideload the google Playstore if you want for access to ALL android apps.http://www.howtogeek.com/232726/how-to-install-the-google-play-store-on-your-amazon-fire-tablet/


Thanks mate. What about the likes of Showbox and Modbro? Is Amazon lime Apple whereby preventing access to these apps?

JusticeForThe96

Thanks mate. What about the likes of Showbox and Modbro? Is Amazon lime … Thanks mate. What about the likes of Showbox and Modbro? Is Amazon lime Apple whereby preventing access to these apps?


The likes of mobdo/showbox can be easily sideloaded - it's not like these are in anyone's app store anyway.
E Ink (from a dedicated ebook reader) is a very different kettle of fish compared to using a tablet for heavy reading, a list of pro/cons are listed HERE
Edited by: "GNKelly07" 14th Dec 2016

Buy a Nexus 7 tablet there is a link somewhere on here they are currently going for £30, I use mine for a multitude of things including showbox works a treat

JusticeForThe96

Thanks mate. What about the likes of Showbox and Modbro? Is Amazon lime … Thanks mate. What about the likes of Showbox and Modbro? Is Amazon lime Apple whereby preventing access to these apps?



no issue, tick the box in settings to allow installation of apps from unknown sources as per any android device.

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Uridium

no issue, tick the box in settings to allow installation of apps from … no issue, tick the box in settings to allow installation of apps from unknown sources as per any android device.


Don't tell anyone mate, but i'm an Apple user, so have no familiarity with any of these devices!

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furbars

Buy a Nexus 7 tablet there is a link somewhere on here they are currently … Buy a Nexus 7 tablet there is a link somewhere on here they are currently going for £30, I use mine for a multitude of things including showbox works a treat


It's the amazon one she likes mate, so just trying to decide which of those would be best

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GNKelly07

The likes of mobdo/showbox can be easily sideloaded - it's not like these … The likes of mobdo/showbox can be easily sideloaded - it's not like these are in anyone's app store anyway.E Ink (from a dedicated ebook reader) is a very different kettle of fish compared to using a tablet for heavy reading, a list of pro/cons are listed HERE


She's a pain mate, i've asked her to clarify exactly what she wants it for, despite having an iPad and iPhone, but it's a mix of both. I'd naturally have went for e-reader given the app isn't great for that function, but i'm fighting a losing battle! haha

furbars

Buy a Nexus 7 tablet there is a link somewhere on here they are currently … Buy a Nexus 7 tablet there is a link somewhere on here they are currently going for £30, I use mine for a multitude of things including showbox works a treat



I think that from SCC sold out within minutes of posting.

Hudl 2 also ticks alot of boxes.

good way to get eye strain reading books on tablets theres a reason why you need an e-ink screen if your reading a whole book

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mattmerch

good way to get eye strain reading books on tablets theres a reason why … good way to get eye strain reading books on tablets theres a reason why you need an e-ink screen if your reading a whole book


Agreed. But if you think it's that simple to explain you obviously haven't met my sister...

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stec77

I think that from SCC sold out within minutes of posting.Hudl 2 also … I think that from SCC sold out within minutes of posting.Hudl 2 also ticks alot of boxes.


Just going by what she's asking for mate, she likes this cheap Amazon one. However, i'm presuming the HD one would be superior.

JusticeForThe96

Thank you. Question.... Wouldn't she better just using the Kindle App on … Thank you. Question.... Wouldn't she better just using the Kindle App on her existing (but older) iPad then?



​I find adjusting the inbuilt blue light app to read is easy and reading is ok, even whole books, apart from weight for long periods.
I find the 7" size a good size and the Kindle eBook interaction on the fire is decent

Open as possible without bloatware android tablets are pretty much a mile better than close platform amazon products to be fair, besides you can download amazon app store amazon underground app and then you can still get the kindle app on play store not to mention play store it's self, that's more stores more purpose and if you check the best chipset for the year of 2016 and go with the better spec for the price matching you might get a far better device and gain gain gain from it not to mention still have all the features you get on an amazon fire tablet and don't on an actual simple kindle paperback style tablet
Edited by: "WIZARDZSYS" 15th Dec 2016

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WIZARDZSYS

Open as possible without bloatware android tablets are pretty much a mile … Open as possible without bloatware android tablets are pretty much a mile better than close platform amazon products to be fair, besides you can download amazon app store amazon underground app and then you can still get the kindle app on play store not to mention play store it's self, that's more stores more purpose and if you check the best chipset for the year of 2016 and go with the better spec for the price matching you might get a far better device and gain gain gain from it not to mention still have all the features you get on an amazon fire tablet and don't on an actual simple kindle paperback style tablet


Well you certainly live up to the "wizard" part of your username!

Kinda struggled with that to be honest, but in summary you're suggesting going down the android route rather the Amazon route, whoch I believe is going to end up with me in the bad books as this Amazon one is what she's after.

You sound incredibly adept at these things, would it be worth the significantly higher cost to go for the HD option? Or just get her the £34.99 cheap one she wants?

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Cozworth806

​I find adjusting the inbuilt blue light app to read is easy and reading i … ​I find adjusting the inbuilt blue light app to read is easy and reading is ok, even whole books, apart from weight for long periods.I find the 7" size a good size and the Kindle eBook interaction on the fire is decent


That sounds like she would get the best of both worlds from this thing then, thank you for your help.
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