9 Replies Latest reply: Jan 9, 2012 1:27 PM by Evildad RSS

What technology toys did YOU get for Christmas?

jbeninco New User
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Having received my iPad for my birthday in September from my husband, the only choice left was for him to upgrade my iPhone 4 to the 4S.  Yes, I'm in love with a techie.   I have found that Siri is fun for a few laughs; however, I'm not so impressed with her skills.  She doesn't respond like she does on tv.  But I have found some neat Easter eggs within her system to play with.

 

At work, I got a Samsung Galaxy tablet to try out.  I'm still playing around with it and have been trying to decide what free apps I want to try.  According to an older article, Android Market appeared to have more free apps than Apple's...but that was a 2010 article. 

 

What free apps are you using?

 

So....what toys did YOU get for Christmas!?

  • Re: What technology toys did YOU get for Christmas?
    KFIGGATT New User
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    I bought my 8 year old twins Kindle Fires. When they can get around to it, they will teach me how to use it. They are getting lots of free apps for games and have purchased the Smurfs movie for $4.99 (a real bargain!) which let them stream it to their Fire. I have an older Kindle, not a touch but enjoy reading on it. My book purchases also show up on the twins' Fires as I have their accounts set up on my Amazon account. So they are free to use whatever I buy also. As practice, they are reading Grimm's fairytales (a free book) at night. My daughter has read "The Help" on the Fire and loved it so much she now wants to see the movie. (She is not a reader, but all that might change since her kids have the Fire.)

     

    You are right about the Android having fewer apps now. But since the Kindle Fire is Android based, they are working really hard to have more apps as a way of competing with Apple.

  • Re: What technology toys did YOU get for Christmas?
    cm_grand New User
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    I have a couple of questions......

    My only experience with the Kindle is my Kindle Keyboard (new name they have given it)  I asked the tech at Best Buy yesterday about the Fire: "could I go to the Android Market to download Apps on the Fire". Not sure he understood my question but his comment was "since you are using the Amazon Silk Browser you could only get apps which were available from Amazon".  Interested in your experience with that.

    Also, I am interested to learn if you can log out of your account, to prevent inadvertent purchases, but keep content and apps intact.  With my Kindle Keyboard, if I log out, I lose content. 

    One click purchasing could be a problem if you are dealing with anyone other than family members

    • Re: What technology toys did YOU get for Christmas?
      KFIGGATT New User
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      My understanding of the Android apps available to Kindle was that whatever apps Android has are available to my Kindle Fire. There's not as many as the iPad, but Android is trying to catch up. I haven't worked with the Fire that much since my grandkids take it home with them and are very proprietary about its' use, but there is also internet browsing available to you on the Fire, you can check your email, etc. But I'll go to my support and ask your question to see what they say.I can change settings in my Kindle so that access is password protected, which would keep just anyone from buying something on your account. I would think just because you log out of Kindle, your content would still be there when you login again as the content is supposed to be saved to the cloud.

      • Re: What technology toys did YOU get for Christmas?
        cm_grand New User
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        You are correct, my content stays on the cloud but I do not see it if I disconnect my account.  Example:  My husband purchased my Kindle, but not as a gift.  It is registered to his Amazon account.  I purchased books using his account before I was aware that could be an issue.  When I went through the process to register the Kindle to my account instead, all books (verified through tech support) were gone.  There is no way to move those books to my account so they were just gone.    My current experience with the device does not include apps and it is a personal device.

        I am wondering about apps as well......since I do not have the ability to test that feature. 

        The password for purchase is something I am just learning about. 

        Currently working on the problems, pleasures, and growing pains, of (possibility of) managing these as school devices with accounts that are school based instead of student or personal user accounts.

    • Re: What technology toys did YOU get for Christmas?
      Evildad New User
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      http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2396276,00.asp

       

       

      The new Amazon Kindle Fire is a powerful, dual-core Android tablet for only $200. It doesn't have the quarter-million apps from the Android Market, though; by default, you can only load the "thousands" of apps in Amazon's App Store.

      But that's OK. If you have an Android phone around, you can use free tools to load almost any Android app onto the Kindle Fire. You don't need to hack, alter, or "root" your phone or tablet to do this, and Amazon doesn't oppose sideloading apps.

       

       

       

      The Kindle Fire was designed as an Amazon device, and it's strong point (like an i-device and iTunes) is making it easy to get stuff from Amazon. If you're a power user or want to use other Android stuff, you're going to have to find the workarounds. The business about buying books for the device is pretty much the same as it always has been for the Kindle; my coworker complained about this at Christmas because it makes it impossible for you to buy books for someone else as a gift, since the only way to buy it for them is to use their Kindle account. I think you can "loan" books to another person.

       

       

      My wife and her sisters ordered both a Fire and a Nook Color for their mother (she wanted an e-reader with a lit screen), and in the end, they shipped the Fire back. The Color doesn't have Amazon behind it, but it's a bit more open than the Kindle and enjoyed a nice proce drop after the intro of the Tablet. The Nook Tablet was not in consideration.

       

      Mike

       

      BTW, there are now more Android apps than there are iOS apps, but once you hit a million apps, it just really doesn't matter any more. I've only bought one $1.99 app for my EVO in almost 2 years.

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