Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 6th Sep 2012 23:57 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Some impressive new stuff from Amazon today. Great hardware, good price points, and, unlike Nokia, Amazon opens up pre-orders right away and gives us shipping dates. Still, I would personally advice waiting with buying one until you can replace Amazon's Frankendroid with Cyanogenmod or something.
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Why is "Frankendroid" a reason to wait?
by chithanh on Fri 7th Sep 2012 00:51 UTC
chithanh
Member since:
2006-06-18

And do you also advice waiting with buying Windows RT tablets until you can replace their operating system with Metro^8, or holding off iPad purchases until it has PureDarwin support?

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quackalist Member since:
2007-08-27

"Frankendroid" or not, always await the next something or other excuse to buy. Save yourself hundreds of dollars with next to no loss in the quality of life. Usually, the reverse.

Besides, no memory card slot is always the kiss of death.

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WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

And do you also advice waiting with buying Windows RT tablets until you can replace their operating system with Metro^8, or holding off iPad purchases until it has PureDarwin support?


The Fire tablets run a very gimped version of Android, so I'd never consider them until/unless they were unlocked. Once they hack this thing and put Jellybean proper on it, assuming they don't screw up the hardware somehow, it's probably going to replace the Nexus 7 as the 'low end' Android tablet of choice, especially since it has an HDMI port, which the 7 lacks. And thank god, they put physical volume buttons on this one ;) I'm betting it's going to get lots of love from the dev community also.

As for the lack of an SD card slot, just get an OTG adapter for the micro USB port (one can be had for less than $1) and you can plug whatever the hell you want in there.

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izomiac Member since:
2006-07-26

It depends on what you are using the Fire for. I'm one of the rare ones who downgraded from ICS back to the stock firmware. The integration with Amazon makes the Kindle uniquely useful for consuming Amazon products.

Reading books and watching movies work well on the 7" form-factor, and I tend to get those from Amazon so the integration outweighs the loss of ICS features. (I did root and install Google Play and such, that much is essential.) Plus, I like variety and was getting a bit bored with the overlap between ICS on my phone and tablet.

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Radio Member since:
2009-06-20

Replacing Amazon's version of Android is more like replacing/upgrading Windows 7 Starter Edition on a cheap notebook. An act of sanity.

As for the Windows RT tablets, the bios lockdown is a very good reason to avoid them, yes.

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rklrkl Member since:
2005-07-06

Sorry, but replacing the heavily crippled Kindle Fire's Frankendroid is the first thing anyone with any sense would do. Without that, you're limited to Amazon's Appstore, which is nowhere near as comprehensive as Google Play, plus no doubt other limitations Amazon will impose.

Heck, I even rooted my Nexus 7 and put CyanogenMod 10 on it, which brings a lot more customisability (including a percentage figure next to the battery icon - yay!) than even the vanilla JellyBean release that came with it.

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