Anyone use a Nexus 7″, Kindle Fire, or Kindle Fire HD?

I was wondering what the Ricochet experience is with these devices.

  • Any problems?

  • Any unexpected benefits?
  • Other than browsing the web what do you use these devices for?

Thanks in advance for helping me out with your reviews.  It is great to have the RKB (Ricochet Knowledge Base) to turn to.

  1. Little My

    I have a Kindle Fire, used almost exclusively for book-reading. I can’t load apps because to purchase them you need a U.S. credit card; I can’t watch movies while outside the U.S. because Amazon can’t stream them outside the U.S. With those exceptions, I am quite satisfied. Downloading new Kindle books is instant. So, for basic book-reading, it’s great. E-mail and internet is also fine.

    My one BIG complaint is that the micro cable connector does not fit firmly in its socket, and has to be propped up so that it connects in order to re-charge. I tried a new cable, but this is apparently a design flaw with the socket, and there is nothing to be done about it. The annoyance, had I known about it before purchasing, would have been a deal-breaker.

  2. 10 cents

    Thanks!

    What type of formatting text box is available when you post or comment?  Can you do bold, italics, underline, lists, etc.?  Would you test this in a post preview? Would you put up a comment on this thread to with that formatting?

    Modus Ponens: I was able to preview a new post. I haven’t actually posted it since I don’t have anything to write, but I suspect there would be no problem posting a new conversation. The Nexus comes with Chrome already installed, but you can install Firefox if you wish. I unfortunately can’t comment on the kindle app since I’ve never read kindle books. Perhaps someone else may be able to check it out. · 1 hour ago

  3. 10 cents

    Thanks!

    Do you have the first generation or the second generation Fire? When did you buy it? What kind of battery life do you get?

    Little My: I have a Kindle Fire, used almost exclusively for book-reading. I can’t load apps because to purchase them you need a U.S. credit card; I can’t watch movies while outside the U.S. because Amazon can’t stream them outside the U.S. With those exceptions, I am quite satisfied. Downloading new Kindle books is instant. So, for basic book-reading, it’s great. E-mail and internet is also fine.

    My one BIG complaint is that the micro cable connector does not fit firmly in its socket, and has to be propped up so that it connects in order to re-charge. I tried a new cable, but this is apparently a design flaw with the socket, and there is nothing to be done about it. The annoyance, had I known about it before purchasing, would have been a deal-breaker. · 54 minutes ago

  4. Little My

    To 10 cents: I bought my Kindle Fire last summer when I was in the States, so it’s not the newer Fire HD, which (naturally) came out just after I bought mine for $200. I’m not sure what the battery life is, since I usually keep mine charged. Only once did I use it off and on for a whole day without re-charging. I think it was about 8 hours and still had at least 40% charge left.

    One big plus that I had after it arrived was a month of Amazon Prime, so I was able to stream television shows, documentaries and quite a large selection of movies until I had to go home. That was great fun, and I was surprised at how well the video looked on the small screen. I only wish I could watch stuff here at home.

  5. Basil Fawlty

    I have an original Kindle Fire.  I use it mostly for limited web browsing, email and games.  The browser is a bit clunky in that it often opens phantom tabs that need to be beaten with a stick until they go away.  I read Ricochet (mobile) with it, but don’t like the virtual keyboard so don’t post from it.   For books, I prefer my older Kindle reader, but will read on the Fire when traveling to avoid carrying the older device.  Movies and music stream well on it, although the sound leaves a lot to be desired.  When at home, I prefer using the TV and stereo for such things.  Battery life is great (much better than on my mobile phone) and I recently loaded some music on it via usb so I can listen without wifi.  I use an inexpensive stylus to keep the screen free of finger prints.  All-in-all, I’m happy with the purchase and am not terribly tempted to upgrade to the HD.

  6. Barkha Herman

    I have both the Nexus 7 and the kindle fire.  Nexus 7 is the best tablet out there hands down.  

    The kindle fire is older and still serves it’s purpose but the newer one is better, of course.

  7. WillowSpring

    I have a Nexus 7.  I got it for doing Android development, since it has the latest version of Android, but I also use it for Web browsing and looking at recorded conference videos.  I use it for note taking in meetings - using Evernote – since that will synch across multiple devices.  The keyboard is ok for me to use for typing, but I also have an ASUS TF101 10″ tablet which I use more often when I think I will input lots of data in a portable setting.

    The size is a little too big for a normal pocket, but much better of an experience for most viewing than the iPhone and easier to carry around than the 10″ tablet.

    The Kindle App works fine – the screen is a little smaller than a paperback, but is very clear and the light weight is nice compared to the 10″ tablet.

    I got the “Slim Fit” leather case which in addition to protecting the screen has a stand (ok, not adjustable) automatically puts the tablet to sleep when closed.  I love that.

  8. Matt Bartle

    I have the original Kindle Fire, and it works fine most of the time. Occasionally when I open a web site it will not let me scroll down. (This seems to happen with Ricochet more than any other site.) Also, pop-up ads are really annoying anyway, and on a smaller screen they’re worse! 

    Mostly, besides reading books and playing Freecell, what I do with it is check several blogs using greader, a great app for pulling FSS feeds together.

  9. Modus Ponens

    I have a Nexus 7, which I use for reading PDF files. I haven’t had any problems yet, but I don’t use it for a wide variety of applications. The display is very clear and the interface works smoothly and without lag. What specific features are you looking for in a tablet?

  10. 10 cents

    How is internet browsing?

    How is the Kindle app?

    Can you make comments on Ricochet?

    Can you start a post on Ricochet?

    Modus Ponens: I have a Nexus 7, which I use for reading PDF files. I haven’t had any problems yet, but I don’t use it for a wide variety of applications. The display is very clear and the interface works smoothly and without lag. What specific features are you looking for in a tablet? · 0 minutes ago

  11. Modus Ponens

    Commenting seems to work.

  12. Aaron Miller

    I sometimes access Ricochet and post comments here from my Kindle Fire HD. It’s slower than using a laptop, but it works. No major issues.

    I access Ricochet via the normal site, rather than use the mobile site. I forget why I do that, but there was a reason… I think. Perhaps it was just the comfort of familiarity.

    For a while, I was using the Beyond Podcast app to download a few of the Ricochet podcasts to my Kindle. It didn’t work with all Ricochet podcasts.

  13. Modus Ponens

    I was able to preview a new post. I haven’t actually posted it since I don’t have anything to write, but I suspect there would be no problem posting a new conversation. The Nexus comes with Chrome already installed, but you can install Firefox if you wish. I unfortunately can’t comment on the kindle app since I’ve never read kindle books. Perhaps someone else may be able to check it out.

  14. TeamAmerica

    I would recommend the Nexus 7″. I don’t own one, but it has a quad-core cpu, whereas most other tablets have at best a dual-core. Furthermore, Nexus is a Google product, and Google makes Android, so the Nexus is more likely to be updated to newer versions of Android. It also, AFAIK, has a higher-def screen than the Kindles. On the other hand, it doesn’t take a sim card or an sd card, as Google expects you to use cloud storage.

    As for me, I have a T-Mobile Springboard, which is dual-core but takes both a sim and sd card, and has a very good screen.

  15. WillowSpring

    10 cents:

    The TF101 is now 2 versions back and has been upgraded twice – I think the latest version is the TF103.  I am not sure if the 103 has the latest Android version (Jelly Bean) or not.  One selling feature for me with the TF101 was that it has an optional keyboard/cover.  The keyboard attaches at the bottom of the screen and basically, you end up with a small laptop.  It adds several ports that are not in the TF101 itself, but a significant feature of the keyboard is that it has an added battery that significantly increases the runtime.  I often use that when I will be at a conference or somewhere where sitting by a plug may not be an option.

    I think that the newer versions have the same keyboard or the equivalent.  One thing that I would check is if the new version had the GPS.  I remember some issue with that.  (It is in the 101)

    I would say that the Nexus 7 is fine for consuming content, but the TF series would be better if you are going to generate much

    Hope this helps.

  16. Mr. Dart

    I just bought a Nook HD+  9″ screen. Gizmodo review here

    Absolutely phenomenal as a small tablet and e-reader and under $275.

  17. Modus Ponens

    I tried text formatting using Chrome. A few notes:

    There is no text formatting box when you try to post a new conversation.

    When posting a comment, there is a formatting box. However, it does not function properly. For example, If I select bold type the characters will appear in the proper format, but when I deselect that option, it the bold icon continues to appear as if it were selected. I had other issues with the underline option and could not disable it properly for some reason. The text formatting ranges from finicky to non-existent

    I also tried Firefox, but for some reason I could not log in to the site at all. When I selected characters on the keyboard, they would not appear in the login text box.

    In any case, that’s my experience so far.

  18. TeamAmerica

    An IT co-worker has a Nexus and raves about it, FWIW.

  19. 10 cents

    Modus and TeamAmer,

    Thanks. This is making me take a longer look at the Nexus or Asus 10″. Just thinking outloud, I wonder if there is a Bluetooth mouse equivalent for small tablet/phones.

  20. Modus Ponens

    10 cents,

    You’re welcome. For the record, I love the Nexus 7 and would highly recommend it if you want a sleek, lightweight tablet with an excellent screen at a very good price point. I’m not sure where the issues with the text formatting box are coming from, the tablet’s browsers or the website itself. If Ricochet does eventually migrate to WordPress, I’ll probably check out how the tablet performs on that platform.

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