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Hi, I was wondering if someone could help advise me on a gift choice for a friend for X-mas. We have a spending limit imposed (under $60) and she's never had a tablet before.

Well, I've used cheap Android tablets but never had a chance to play with Kindles. Now there's a $50 Kindle Fire Tablet on the market and of course these days it's quite easy to get an Android Tablet for around the same price. She primarily will use it for reading (books, magazines, comics), surfing the net, watching streaming videos, listening to music and playing mobile games. Which would be a better fit for her? Any help is greatly appreciated.
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They are essentially the same thing. Kindle tablets run a custom version of Android. I would go with the $50 Kindle tablet because of the brand, popularity, and its solid amount of features.
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Thank you for the advice Luis815. I was wondering will it run Android apps or only those specific to Kindle itself?
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neugenx wrote:

Thank you for the advice Luis815. I was wondering will it run Android apps or only those specific to Kindle itself?


Here's the most important question to ask.. Are you paying for Amazon Prime already for two-day shipping? If so it's probably worth it for the tons of "free" music and movies, and there are a lot of ebooks you can get free or cheap, but you can't be too fussy. If you just want free entertainment (with prime) then it's a good deal. But if you want latest releases, then you still have to pay extra.

Essentially, you would be rejecting Google playstore, at least directly, because Google and Amazon don't play nice together. The corresponding Amazon apps must run on a lower version of Android than current, so sometimes they don't install, or if they do, they don't always work fully.

You can still side-load a bunch of apps indirectly from google. Some will work well, some will have minor annoyances, but the ones from the Amazon appstore aren't always the latest versions or even available from there at all.

Here's one pertinent thing, though, last I checked, the CR app that used to work in the past, now says incompatible with Kindle, so you would have to obtain the apk elsewhere and sideload it.

Still, at $50, as long as you have Prime, it's probably worth it. If you don't want to pay $100 a year subscription for that though, I'd go with a generic tablet instead if apps are what you are mostly interested in...

Although, I'm speaking from the viewpoint of owning the second-gen Fire HD, nothing newer, so I'm making an assumption about the sideloading possibilities being similar... I could be wrong.
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asharka wrote:


neugenx wrote:

Thank you for the advice Luis815. I was wondering will it run Android apps or only those specific to Kindle itself?


Here's the most important question to ask.. Are you paying for Amazon Prime already for two-day shipping? If so it's probably worth it for the tons of "free" music and movies, and there are a lot of ebooks you can get free or cheap, but you can't be too fussy. If you just want free entertainment (with prime) then it's a good deal. But if you want latest releases, then you still have to pay extra.

Essentially, you would be rejecting Google playstore, at least directly, because Google and Amazon don't play nice together. The corresponding Amazon apps must run on a lower version of Android than current, so sometimes they don't install, or if they do, they don't always work fully.

You can still side-load a bunch of apps indirectly from google. Some will work well, some will have minor annoyances, but the ones from the Amazon appstore aren't always the latest versions or even available from there at all.

Here's one pertinent thing, though, last I checked, the CR app that used to work in the past, now says incompatible with Kindle, so you would have to obtain the apk elsewhere and sideload it.

Still, at $50, as long as you have Prime, it's probably worth it. If you don't want to pay $100 a year subscription for that though, I'd go with a generic tablet instead if apps are what you are mostly interested in...

Although, I'm speaking from the viewpoint of owning the second-gen Fire HD, nothing newer, so I'm making an assumption about the sideloading possibilities being similar... I could be wrong.


Thanks asharka, I'm beginning to think the generic tablet is a better bet. It seems Kindle is way too limited in the App respect. At least the generic tablet will be able to run Kindle for Android, it sounds like the opposite is far far from a newbie's skill-range.
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