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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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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WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Well, you can always download the Kindle app for stock. I'm told you can also side load the Prime app as well, though I've never tried it.

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izomiac Member since:
2006-07-26

You have to use stock to take advantage of any Prime features, like the Kindle Lending Library or Prime Movie Streaming. Aside from that, the Kindle Otter Launcher is media focused rather than app focused, which is useful for consuming media and an interesting variation of Android.

Being an OS-phile, I enjoy the variation, it gives my Fire a different feel and niche. Overall, it's probably worse than AOSP, but it's not bad. If it were my only android device I'd likely use an ICS rom.

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