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Amazon fire 8 tablet 32g

(14 Posts)
seacliff Fri 28-Dec-18 07:56:27

I just received this, and am wondering if I made a mistake in asking for it. I have a normal kindle, but wanted to read online from library too. I know this isn't as good to read on, but library books works OK on my laptop, this would mean I could read in bed.
I also thought it would be handy to google things, and maybe listen to music, radio sometimes away from home. Use it as a mini laptop really.
When I look at YouTube set up info, it's all about buying stuff on amazon, I don't play games and rarely watch films.
Has anyone got one please, or should I just send it back.

GrandmaMoira Fri 28-Dec-18 08:55:45

I have a kindle fire and never use it for buying stuff - I use my laptop for that. I don't play games or watch films either.
It's good for reading books and I no longer use my normal kindle. I do use it to google things though it is slow for that. I haven't downloaded library books but it's useful that you can do that.
I would definitely keep it.

seacliff Fri 28-Dec-18 09:05:15

Thanks Moira, yes I'd read that it is slow on google, you have to download a google app. It's slow apparently partly due to Alexa! I have a smart phone. Just unsure.

If you are a library member you can use overdrive, on library web site, to borrow online free. After 3 weeks it is automatically returned, so no fines. I think you can borrow audio books too.

notentirelyallhere Fri 28-Dec-18 09:44:48

We have an Alexa, you don't have to buy things to make it useful. We use it for listening to the radio, for music, traffic information, weather, general amusement - she'll look up things on Wikipedia for you etc.

MiniMoon Fri 28-Dec-18 10:34:43

DH has an 8" kindle fire hd. He uses it for reading, listening to audio books, online banking, and not much else. He likes his.
i have a 7" kindle fire hd. I don't use it to read on very often although I do occasionally but a book. I use mine as a regular tablet but it is a bit small. I don't watch films on it, but I listen to music having downloaded the radio player app. I also have three games on it, scrabble, sudoku and Patience.
The more you use it, the more useful it becomes.

seacliff Fri 28-Dec-18 11:35:37

Thanks for your comments. Can you do notes on it (perhaps save recipes etc) and save, like a word document or similar?

Buffybee Fri 28-Dec-18 13:35:03

I'm on my 3rd Kindle, I have the 7" Kindle Fire HD.
I use mine as a lap top and can't remember the last time I bothered to get my lap top out.
I have the library App on it and you can download the audio books, used with earphones, very relaxing.
Use it for, emails, online banking, music, Netflix, radio, Gransnet, online newspaper.
Would be easier to tell you what I don't use it for.
You can go in the App Store and download free Note Books for recipes etc.
I would recommend a Kindle!

Buffybee Fri 28-Dec-18 13:37:55

You can download through Silk Browser.

seacliff Fri 28-Dec-18 13:51:32

Thanks Buffy, you've all convinced me. I will put it on charge.

Buffybee Sat 29-Dec-18 12:29:08

You'll love it once you get used to it. I carry mine about with me in my handbag when I go to my Dd's to look after Dgc and it always comes abroad with me.
There are Apps for practically anything you can think of, just use the search icon.
Happy Kindling!!!grin

seacliff Sat 29-Dec-18 16:23:57

Hi, I am struggling with this still. I asked Alexa to play music, no, unless I join Amazon Prime. Then it seemed to say I could use Netflix, again no as I am not a member. It is all more subscriptions wanted.

I have my library access. And Email but not Gransnet yet as I can't remember my password and it hasn't sent me a new one in spite of me emailing.

I am rather underwhelmed at the moment.

MiniMoon Sat 29-Dec-18 18:21:08

You'll always have to subscribe to Amazon music. There are other free music apps like Spotify though.
I have downloaded Radio player which I listen to as I like to have Classic FM in my bedroom. It's very relaxing at night.

Buffybee Sat 29-Dec-18 18:32:41

Download Radio player from App Store.
There is no free Netflix on any device, I pay about £8 per month and it is on my tv and kindle, also my son "borrows" it as you are allowed two households on one subscription.
Ask family if they will let you "piggyback" on their Netflix Subscription but if not it's well worth about £2 per week.
You can also get some films free through Youtube and music.

spottysocks Sun 30-Dec-18 14:40:19

I brought the Amazon 7 inch fire tablet a couple of years ago mainly for downloading library books and for this it's great.

I don't really use it for much else, as I find the advertisements and recommendations somewhat annoying; and it's not great to read in sunlight making it somewhat useless to take away for an holiday in the sun. smile