Kindle Fire HD - What's the craic?

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Re: Kindle Fire HD - What's the craic?

Postby antlaff » Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:23 am

Get the Samsung Tab 2 from Currys - £119 plus 8gb Sd Card after £50 cashback

http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/samsung-galaxy-tab-2-7-tablet-8-gb-14272574-pdt.html

I have the the Kindle HD and its not child friendly - bit of a pain to get your own(ripped) movies onto it and very low on useful apps.

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Postby MrSweary » Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:33 am

Paul E wrote:
Asprilla wrote:
CiB wrote:Compare the meerkat... Ten ipad mini alternatives

I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that the Kindle is effectively a portal to Amazon, but may have misread it. Probably.


They gave the Sony Experia S 80%. That's the one I wanted to break.

It's UI plays the baboon's rusty trombone.


That's android for you and the annoying lag inducing skins they put over the top of it, that's if it detects the touch, sometimes you end up prodding the screen two or three times to get it to respond, I wouldn't touch another android device with a very big barge pole.


Shame you didn't get an HTC. The Sense UI is superb - easily the best I've tried on mobile.
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Re: Kindle Fire HD - What's the craic?

Postby Wrath Rob » Mon Nov 19, 2012 11:04 am

Picked up a Galaxy Tab 2 7" at the weekend for the new £119 price. Immediately upgraded to JellyBean and loving it. Unfortunately its going to cost me more money as its highlighted how bad the wifi performance in our lounge is so a new bridge is required so that I can surf'n'stream properly there. Kids are enjoying the games too, though the wife's less keen due to the kids/games issue.
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Postby Daz555 » Mon Nov 19, 2012 12:50 pm

Paul E wrote:That's android for you and the annoying lag inducing skins they put over the top of it, that's if it detects the touch, sometimes you end up prodding the screen two or three times to get it to respond, I wouldn't touch another android device with a very big barge pole.

What device did you have? The one you had sounds cheap or faulty or both. Shame to let it cloud your decision in relation to the world's best selling mobile platform.

On the subject of the Kindle Fire HD - the Amazon front-end is absolutely horrific and you need to hack it to get Google Play installed which is just stupid.

Of front-ends in general HTC Sense is by far the best and better than Google's default imo. Later versions of Samsung Touchwiz are good as well and at the moment I'm leaving it as it is on my new Samsung Galaxy S3. If I get bored with it though I will simply flash my phone with a custom ROM.
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Postby Paul E » Mon Nov 19, 2012 12:56 pm

Daz555 wrote:
Paul E wrote:That's android for you and the annoying lag inducing skins they put over the top of it, that's if it detects the touch, sometimes you end up prodding the screen two or three times to get it to respond, I wouldn't touch another android device with a very big barge pole.

What device did you have? The one you had sounds cheap or faulty or both. Shame to let it cloud your decision in relation to the world's best selling mobile platform.

On the subject of the Kindle Fire HD - the Amazon front-end is absolutely horrific and you need to hack it to get Google Play installed which is just stupid.

Of front-ends in general HTC Sense is by far the best and better than Google's default imo. Later versions of Samsung Touchwiz are good as well and at the moment I'm leaving it as it is on my new Samsung Galaxy S3. If I get bored with it though I will simply flash my phone with a custom ROM.


Galaxy S2 so not cheap or low end hardware and all updated using offical software, no strange builds etc, If google really wanted to wipe the floor with everyone they would instigate a design policy where apps have a difined interface flow, even their own apps don't even follow that with buttons all over the place, it doesn't make it easy to pick the device up and just use it.
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Re: Kindle Fire HD - What's the craic?

Postby bompington » Mon Nov 19, 2012 13:12 pm

Paul E wrote:If google really wanted to wipe the floor with everyone they would try and mimic apple

FTFY.

Android's strength is its openness and flexibility. Apple's strength is their rigid control of the whole system: hardware, software, content delivery. That and the blind tribal loyalty that gets people to believe things like "you end up prodding the screen two or three times to get it to respond", apparently on all android phones - despite the fact that rather a lot of us (about 72% of the market atm) don't seem to have a lot to gripe about.

Come to think of it, coming from behind to take 72% of the market does sound a bit like wiping the floor doesn't it?

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Postby TailWindHome » Mon Nov 19, 2012 13:23 pm

TailWindHome wrote:I've been reading that there may be issues running Sky Go on some android tablets.

Before I pull the trigger on the Nexus can anyone give me good advice on this?


Thanks


Anyone?




Is this whole Android thing a bit like Shimano V Campagnolo?
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Postby vermin » Mon Nov 19, 2012 13:29 pm

Oh for goodness sake people, let's not get into another OS flame war. Android is just better, end of. :twisted:

TailWindHome wrote:I've been reading that there may be issues running Sky Go on some android tablets.

Before I pull the trigger on the Nexus can anyone give me good advice on this?


Thanks


Sky was slow to roll out support for its programme; if I recall correctly, they first supported a couple of Galaxy devices (S2 being one, I think). I don't know how far they've got with the roll out, but would be surprised if Nexus devices weren't high up on the list. Best asking someone who's got one (boffin?)

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Postby WGWarburton » Mon Nov 19, 2012 14:28 pm

TailWindHome wrote:
TailWindHome wrote:I've been reading that there may be issues running Sky Go on some android tablets.

Before I pull the trigger on the Nexus can anyone give me good advice on this?


Thanks


Anyone?
Is this whole Android thing a bit like Shimano V Campagnolo?


I would say not: The Apple platform is essentially proprietry, whereas the Android platform is more open. If you want what Apple offer, and are happy to pay for it, then it's all very tidy and clean and lovely. If you want something that's not part of their concept of how you should use the device then you may not find the offering as satisfying- might cost you more or you might even not be able to do it (at least, not easily).

If you are already a fan of iTunes etc, then an iThing will likely work very well for activities that align well with the store and associated ecosystem.

Android devices give you more flexibility, sometimes at the cost of ease-of-use. They also steer you toward the Google ecosystem, which you may or may not find as attractive or as offensive as the Apple one...

I have been irritated recently that your options are restricted if you arn't linked to one or other of these ecosystems, though: As a relatively trivial example: Kew Gardens offers a mobile app for "both iPhone and Android"... if you have a Blackberry or a Symbian device you're not going to join the party... Maybe W8 will come, maybe not...

There is obviously a wider choice of Android devices (both in terms of format and price/performance, quality etc) but some of them arn't particularly good. The Apple products may be pricey but they are good products... as long as they do what you want (by design) you're unlikely to be disappointed.

Don't know if this is helpful or not... It seems to me there there are some important distinctions between the two platforms but that may be transparent to many consumers.

If there are key activities you want the thing for (eg viewing BBC titles on iPlayer, Streaming films from LoveFilm, providing remote connectivity to UNIX platforms running X11, storing your entire music collection) then it'd be worth checking which meets those requirements best, as pretty much any of them will do basic web-browsing, email, social media etc adequately.

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Postby vermin » Mon Nov 19, 2012 15:14 pm

TailWindHome wrote:Is this whole Android thing a bit like Shimano V Campagnolo?


A bit, in some ways. It's similar in that there are a lot of zealots out there who irrationally support one side or the other, but dissimilar in that it's more complex.

If, for example, Campag were only compatible with and available on Carrera bikes from Halfords, and you could only fit Halfords wheels, Halfords pedals and Halfords brake pads, then one could draw a parallel with iOS. You couldn't go wrong - you just walk into any Halfords shop and know that everything in there will fit together perfectly. But you'd be stuck with whatever Halfords supplies in the way of frames and all other ancillaries and at the prices Halfords decides are appropriate.

If, on the other hand Shimano stuff were available anywhere and were compatible with all frames, wheels, pedals, etc from all other suppliers, then that might be equivalent to Android. You might have to think a bit with regard to getting stuff to work seamlessly, but you could end up with a much more capable bike.

I can give you a little practical example from this morning. I logged onto Strava on my work PC, to be greeted by a banner warning me that Strava will, in two weeks, be incompatible with Windows 8, which is installed on the PC. The employer won't be upgrading, and I'm not allowed to install anything else, so that's that. Except it isn't, because I have an Android phone, which can be plugged into the PC and used as a USB mass storage device, from which I can run a copy of Portable Firefox on the PC, instantly resolving the problem (and thus allowing me to continue to shirk work). Not possible on iOS*.

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Postby TheStone » Mon Nov 19, 2012 15:41 pm

I really like the original Kindle. It's just for reading, but cracking device.

For phones, HTC is the choice for me. I once bought an iPod and had to use iTunes, which put me off Apple forever. Tried a Samsung Galaxy S2, but couldn't stand it. HTC make Android better, Samsung make it a mess. (although I gather this has been improved).

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Postby suzyb » Mon Nov 19, 2012 16:31 pm

I'm thinking about getting a new phone for the stupid reason the keyboard on my current one is incrediblly laggy (and I can afford one now).

Thinking of either the HTC One S or the LG Optimus 4X HD atm.

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Postby gtvlusso » Mon Nov 19, 2012 16:38 pm

Got the 10.1 Samsung Galaxy Note with £80 cashback.

It is f*cking sweet.......

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Postby Veronese68 » Mon Nov 19, 2012 16:52 pm

vermin wrote:
TailWindHome wrote:Is this whole Android thing a bit like Shimano V Campagnolo?


A bit, in some ways. It's similar in that there are a lot of zealots out there who irrationally support one side or the other, but dissimilar in that it's more complex.

If, for example, Campag were only compatible with and available on Carrera bikes from Halfords, and you could only fit Halfords wheels, Halfords pedals and Halfords brake pads, then one could draw a parallel with iOS. You couldn't go wrong - you just walk into any Halfords shop and know that everything in there will fit together perfectly. But you'd be stuck with whatever Halfords supplies in the way of frames and all other ancillaries and at the prices Halfords decides are appropriate.

If, on the other hand Shimano stuff were available anywhere and were compatible with all frames, wheels, pedals, etc from all other suppliers, then that might be equivalent to Android. You might have to think a bit with regard to getting stuff to work seamlessly, but you could end up with a much more capable bike.

I can give you a little practical example from this morning. I logged onto Strava on my work PC, to be greeted by a banner warning me that Strava will, in two weeks, be incompatible with Windows 8, which is installed on the PC. The employer won't be upgrading, and I'm not allowed to install anything else, so that's that. Except it isn't, because I have an Android phone, which can be plugged into the PC and used as a USB mass storage device, from which I can run a copy of Portable Firefox on the PC, instantly resolving the problem (and thus allowing me to continue to shirk work). Not possible on iOS*.

Go on someone, tell me I'm wrong.


Possibly a trifle harsh comparing the lovely loveliness* that is Apple and all things related (especially packaging) to Halfrauds. But seems about right.

* That's what my brainwashed friends would tell you

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Postby Daz555 » Mon Nov 19, 2012 18:14 pm

Paul E wrote:Galaxy S2 so not cheap or low end hardware and all updated using offical software, no strange builds etc, If google really wanted to wipe the floor with everyone they would instigate a design policy where apps have a difined interface flow, even their own apps don't even follow that with buttons all over the place, it doesn't make it easy to pick the device up and just use it.

Something was seriously up with your S2 by the sounds of it - S2 was without question the stand-out mobile phone in 2011.

As for Google controlling things more. No thanks - leave that to Apple. People need difference - some people like the Apple controlled user experience of iOS, others prefer the more open style of Google and Android. Oddly on mobiles this means that most people have gone Android but on tablets most people have gone iOS.
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Postby TailWindHome » Wed Dec 12, 2012 14:43 pm

Just pulled the trigger on the Nexus 7 32 GB £199

Finally made up my mind yesterday when Sky announced that the Sky Go service was now available to run on this android device.

Thanks for the advice folks
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Postby gabriel959 » Wed Dec 12, 2012 14:53 pm

TailWindHome wrote:Just pulled the trigger on the Nexus 7 32 GB £199

Finally made up my mind yesterday when Sky announced that the Sky Go service was now available to run on this android device.

Thanks for the advice folks


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Postby prawny » Wed Dec 12, 2012 15:18 pm

Mrs Prawny has got me one of these for christmas

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/251193273444? ... 1439.l2649

We got one for the Shrimp and Shrimpette each to keep their filthy toddler hands off the iPad, they're so good I thought I'd have one for the train and lunchtime dossing.

A bit light on RAM so no hardcore multi-tasking but for e-reading video watching and the like they're great.

Oh and Android for me. I had an iPhone for a few months, too inflexible for me.
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Re: Kindle Fire HD - What's the craic?

Postby vermin » Wed Dec 12, 2012 15:36 pm

Sort of on-topic, sort of not, but does anyone know if it's possible/easy to completely lock down an Android tablet? I'd like the ability to disable the app store, the web browser and access to the settings etc, so that it would become an appliance dedicated to one or two functions. Full functionality would be accessible upon entering a password. Is this possible?

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Postby apreading » Wed Dec 12, 2012 15:44 pm

vermin wrote:Sort of on-topic, sort of not, but does anyone know if it's possible/easy to completely lock down an Android tablet? I'd like the ability to disable the app store, the web browser and access to the settings etc, so that it would become an appliance dedicated to one or two functions. Full functionality would be accessible upon entering a password. Is this possible?


Perhaps you need the Kurio?

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