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Maverick123w
09-28-11, 11:37 AM
http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/28/amazon-fire-tablet-unveiled-7-inch-display-199-price-tag/

"Itching for specs? How's about a 7-inch IPS (!) panel, Gorilla Glass coating, a 1GHz TI OMAP dual-core CPU, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and a chassis that weighs 14.6 ounces. There's also access to things you'd expect to have access to: Android Appstore (though no access to Google's Android Market!), Kindle books, magazines, etc. -- all stored for free via Amazon Cloud Storage. Per Jeff: "Delete it and get it back when you want." Oh, and Whispersync now works with movies and TV shows! "When you get home, switch to your big screen TV. Your movie will be right where you left it." While it's clearly Android underneath, the actual UI looks effectively nothing like it -- considering TechCrunch's intel that Amazon went and did its own thing without Google's blessing, we guess that makes some level of sense. Oh, and pre-orders are set to start today (but only for Americans... boo), with shipments heading out on November 15th."

Sounds like an absolute winner and is priced to sell @ $199. For the average user this thing is going to be astounding. I'm definitely buying one.

nekrosoft13
09-28-11, 12:15 PM
wow, i want one!!

wish it had 1gb ram, does it have micro sd slot? and no GPS right?

ViN86
09-28-11, 01:05 PM
Umm where do I preorder one?

EDIT: Sweet, you can preorder on Amazon's site. It comes out Nov. 15th. :D

six_storm
09-28-11, 02:04 PM
Not bad at all for an entry level tablet. I'm not crazy about a 7" screen, 10" is the right size IMO. I'm sure some new Android ROMs will be flying around in two or three months.

Q
09-28-11, 02:25 PM
Not bad at all for an entry level tablet. I'm not crazy about a 7" screen, 10" is the right size IMO. I'm sure some new Android ROMs will be flying around in two or three months.

Well of course 10" is right coming from Mr. Apple. :p

The overwhelming condenses now that we're getting some 7" Android tablets on the market is that it is a far more comfortable size, especially for typing.

|MaguS|
09-28-11, 02:39 PM
Well of course 10" is right coming from Mr. Apple. :p

The overwhelming condenses now that we're getting some 7" Android tablets on the market is that it is a far more comfortable size, especially for typing.

Not even typing, just holding it one hand if reading a book is far more comfortable since its a lot lighter then any 10" tablet.

Maverick123w
09-28-11, 03:10 PM
Not bad at all for an entry level tablet. I'm not crazy about a 7" screen, 10" is the right size IMO. I'm sure some new Android ROMs will be flying around in two or three months.

I agreed with this until I played around with my buddies nook color running cm7. 7" is waaaaay more comfortable. Immediately made my touchpad feel like a giant unwieldy brick.

Selling my TP and getting one of these.

Ninja Prime
09-28-11, 03:13 PM
Anyone have one of these/seen one in person yet? I do a lot of reading, and I've thought about getting a small, light tablet like this for books, as they are cheaper and easier to get on a tablet. How is the eyestrain, can you read text on one for 6 hours straight? Battery life sufficent for that?

Maverick123w
09-28-11, 03:16 PM
Anyone have one of these/seen one in person yet? I do a lot of reading, and I've thought about getting a small, light tablet like this for books, as they are cheaper and easier to get on a tablet. How is the eyestrain, can you read text on one for 6 hours straight? Battery life sufficent for that?

It's rated at ~8hrs I think

Ninja Prime
09-28-11, 03:39 PM
Hmm, I read that it has 8GB SSD space but no additional storage, they want you to cloud everything on their server farms, deal breaker for me. You'd think they would at least put in a micro SD slot or something. :/

Guess I'll wait for the Nook Color 2, supposed to launch soon.

Ninja Prime
09-28-11, 03:51 PM
Toshiba Thrive is looking pretty nice, lots of features... I guess I should wait and see what else is coming.

six_storm
09-28-11, 09:12 PM
I agreed with this until I played around with my buddies nook color running cm7. 7" is waaaaay more comfortable. Immediately made my touchpad feel like a giant unwieldy brick.

Selling my TP and getting one of these.

I like my screen size. I owned a Nook Color for two days and I thought the screen was too small to comfortably type on it. Plus watching a video on a 10" screen is so nice compared to a 7" screen. Kinda like saying watching football on my 40" LCD is better than my 32" LCD. :bleh:

I think the Kindle Fire is going to be a big hit for the price point, especially with the modding options that will follow soon after. I just hope it's not a PITA rooting process like the Nook Color. But then again, tinkering FTL.

Hogrider
09-28-11, 09:15 PM
Doesn't look very interesting to me after having an ipad2 and a Touchpad in the house. I agree that a 10" screen is preferable.

nicorulez
09-29-11, 11:06 AM
I pre-ordered one yesterday. I have the Kindle 2 and it is by far the best e-reader I have seen. The Fire is going to be great for what it is. I agree the IPAD 3 will be awesome and may get one when it comes out, but the seven inch IPS LCD screen and all the great apps makes me suspect this will be a winner. Moreover, it is barely bigger then a Droid phone and movies will look sweet. I wonder if somebody will enable Netflix streaming on it. Amazon prime is great, but Netflix would help fill in the gaps. Only downside I see is the lack of expanded memory....C'est la vie.

ViN86
04-24-12, 12:38 PM
Just loaded CM9 (Android 4.04) onto my Kindle Fire. It works great. It's fast and it looks good. It's still kind of a testing phase, so if you go for it, expect to have problems. The main problems I have so far are:


Can't connect via USB for file transfers (deal breaker imo)
Netflix app doesn't work
Notifications bar is white when new notification arrives


Besides that, the gaming on it works great and it has access to Google Play (the market). It took me about 15 minutes to get CM9 loaded up and working. Here's a quick rundown:


Root and install Kindle Fire via the Kindle Fire Utility (http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1399889) - be sure to install TWRP which is what you will use to backup the Kindle Fire OS and flash CM9
Download and copy latest CM9 Reloaded (v1.2H) to your sdcard on your Kindle Fire
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1563171 (download link there)
Reboot, hold power with TWRP fire logo on the screen to boot recovery
Follow ReloadedROM instructions (in v1.2H link above)
Enjoy your $200 ICS tablet. :)


Here's a video of it running:

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EDIT: that's not my video btw, I'd never put that music that loud over top like that...

EDIT 2: See new problems above

|MaguS|
04-24-12, 01:29 PM
I payed $150 for my ICS Tablet. :p

Touchpad FTW!

Roadhog
04-24-12, 01:35 PM
I paid $250 for my ICS tablet. Asus Transformer ftw...

Besides the fact that tegra is a sack of crap.

ViN86
04-24-12, 02:32 PM
Use AOKP, works WAY better.

http://rootzwiki.com/topic/23717-rom4232012-aokp-build-33r2-for-kindle-fire/

File transfer works, notification bar error fixed, and Netflix works. So far, so good. :cool:

|MaguS|
04-24-12, 04:25 PM
I use AOKP on my Galaxy S2 and Touchpad, I could have told you that. :p

ViN86
04-24-12, 06:11 PM
I use AOKP on my Galaxy S2 and Touchpad, I could have told you that. :p

Haha where were you 3 roms ago. :lol:

Roadhog
04-24-12, 06:30 PM
Haha where were you 3 roms ago. :lol:

Maybe he was 3 roms down.

mojoman0
05-06-12, 02:14 PM
hey i was thinking about doing this with my kindle fire. I mostly just want the google app store, but it looks like you have to root for it. The kindle fire utility installs a permanent root. This voids the warranty correct? Is there a way to remove the permanent root and have it become like you bought it or can you only temporarily unroot it from then on?

http://liliputing.com/2012/05/how-to-root-a-kindle-fire-with-software-version-6-3-1.html

Rakeesh
05-06-12, 02:31 PM
hey i was thinking about doing this with my kindle fire. I mostly just want the google app store, but it looks like you have to root for it. The kindle fire utility installs a permanent root. This voids the warranty correct? Is there a way to remove the permanent root and have it become like you bought it or can you only temporarily unroot it from then on?

http://liliputing.com/2012/05/how-to-root-a-kindle-fire-with-software-version-6-3-1.html

I'd wager you could.

Technically the kindle fire isn't an android tablet. Although it uses the AOSP code and all of that, it's modified to the point where it falls outside of the requirements that google has outlined to be able to legally use the name "Android" because it breaks compatibility with many things.

For this reason, you'll notice that Amazon doesn't mention the name android anywhere on the product itself nor on any advertisements.

mojoman0
05-06-12, 03:40 PM
well I know its possible, I just don't know much about rooting and was wondering if it was completely reversible

Maverick123w
05-06-12, 04:30 PM
What do you guys think, nook tablet or the fire for a cheap ics tablet?