Kindle or Tablet?

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  1. Michelle Stevens

    Michelle Stevens Active Member
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    I was just looking through the advertising in the newspaper and I noticed that this Kindle will be available at half price for the next four days. I realise that it's not the latest model, but was wondering if anyone could advise me on whether it's worth looking at. Unfortunately technology is a lot more expensive in South Africa than in the places most of you come from, so don't bother trying to work out if it's a good price.
     
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    @Michelle Stevens , that looks like about the exact Kindle Fire that I have. I don't know how the price that is quoted in your ad compares with American dollars; but Amazon has the 2nd generation starting about $65 (new), and the newer ones for around $150.
    This is more than just an e-reader; it is a whole small tablet. It can pretty much do anything that the larger ones can, and if you like to read, or even surf the web, in bed; this would be an excellent choice. It is just a little larger and heavier than the e-reader kindle; but not enough that you really notice it.
    I totally enjoy mine for reading, and with the Fire version, you can also play music or even watch movies if you want to do that.
    You also would get to download a free app from the Kindle Store every day (supposing that it was an app that you would use), plus there are lots and lots of free ebooks at the kindle store.
     
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    Thanks @Yvonne Smith . The price quoted there (full price) is a lot higher than what you mention. Even half price is a lot more. Sadly that's just the way things are in South Africa and there's not a whole lot I can do about it.

    From what you say it sounds like it may be just what I'm looking for, so I'll go and have a look at it tomorrow. Thanks for all your advice.
     
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    So I bought the Kindle I linked to earlier. The shop had only received three of that particular model for their sale and didn't even have one on display when I got there. What's more they seemed reluctant to sell one to me and tried to talk me into a much smaller Lenovo tablet with a lower resolution screen, but I was insistent that I wanted the Kindle. When I got home I was a bit annoyed to discover that the salesman hadn't told me that I needed to buy a charger separately, so right now the Kindle is connected to a USB port on my computer.

    Thanks again @Yvonne Smith . I can't wait to start playing with it.
     
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    If you do not already have an Amazon account, that should be your next step, and set up the one-click buying for when you get a free book from the Kindle store. Even though it is free; it still goes through just like a book that you paid for does, and the email receipt just shows the price as zero. If you have the one-click shopping set up, then it is easy to get any of the free books from amazon; so it is worth the few minutes that it takes to set it up.

    As far as the charging; any kind of a charging port that fits a USB and plugs in should work; but charging it up with the computer works fine, too. It takes a quite a while to run down when you are just reading with it; but faster when you are doing surfing, movies, or playing games.
    There should be an online manual with the Kindle, and if you read that first, it will pretty much explain everything that you need to know to use it. If I can help with anything, just let me know, Michelle.
    Happy Kindleing ! !
     
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    Yes, I can charge my kindle with the same charger that I use to charge my cell phone.
     
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    @Yvonne Smith - I've already got an Amazon account and lots of free books I'd downloaded to "Kindle for PC" but never found time to read.I'll probably continue to choose my books using my PC.

    I really must make some time to read the online manual, though I hate reading manuals and tend to only use them for reference when I get lost. I'll remember your kind offer if I have any questions. Thanks.

    Thanks Ken. I must check whether my cellphone charger has the same fitting. I'm not sure why I didn't think of that.
     
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    If you want a Kindle and you are an Amazon Prime member, today is the day to buy one. $49 for a regular Kindle, $79 for a Kindle Fire.
     
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