Amazon FIIIIIIIRE



  • Continuing the discussion from S^T^A^T^(U^S of America):

    @blakeyrat said:

    Status: Just got my new Fire tablet, yay. The box is too thin to contain a wall plug, huh.

    Edit: Oh, nevermind. Amazon has apparently created the World's Skinniest Wall Plug.

    Edit edit: they made-up space by using the World's Shortest Micro-USB Cable.

    Edit edit edit: the initial system update takes AGES I WANNA PLAY WITH TABLET HURRY UP WHIIIINE

    Edit edit edit edit: it finished that, and now it's "optimizing system storage and applications"! IT MIGHT TAKE UP TO 10 MINUTES!? FOR WHAT IT'S BRAND SPANKING NEW!!!

    Amazon does the same thing they do with Kindle, where the pre-load it with your name and timezone and basic shit already filled-in before they ship it. That's pretty awesome. The update took forever, but the first-run experience is pretty awesome.

    The Amazon hard-buttons (Back and Home) have now turned into soft-buttons, and there's a new one which looks like a task switch button?

    For some reason, Amazon named it my 2nd Fire. I've never owned or purchased a Fire before? Does my Kindle count as the first Fire?

    Updated available for downloaded voices... huh? Is that a text-to-speech feature? That's a... very strange notification.

    Now to figure out how to get my game on here.


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    Which model did you get?



  • @Weng said:

    Which model did you get?

    The 7" Amazon Fire, the cheap one.


    Ok I followed the instructions here, and installed the Google Play store. It says to give it a few minutes to auto-update, then you can log into your Google account and install apps.

    Process wasn't too tough but it did involve running a .bat file from a strange website I'm not sure I actually trust. But whatever. HowToGeek is a pretty mainstream site, so I'm sure they've vetted it.



  • @blakeyrat said:

    Amazon does the same thing they do with Kindle, where the pre-load it with your name and timezone and basic shit already filled-in before they ship it. That's pretty awesome.

    No it's not. It's creepy.



  • Well if it makes you feel better, they wouldn't have if I'd have checked "gift order". But if Amazon knows it's coming to me, why NOT pre-load it with my account?



  • My Google Appstore game seems to run fine, yay. Playing it now. Now I just have to figure out how to link the Android app to the Steam app, so they're in sync.


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    @blakeyrat said:

    The 7" Amazon Fire, the cheap one.

    Heh. I thought about that one. But I own a 6 inch phone and "slightly bigger than that" isn't big enough in my mind.

    I'm stuck at "The HD10 is the right size and the right price but doesn't have enough pixels" and "The HDX8.9 may be a tolerable size and has enough pixels, but it's iPad money"



  • This is enough pixels to play the game I want to play on it.

    I just finished linking my account between the two devices, works fine. Yay. The only thing left is to see if I can do internet connection sharing through by phone via Bluetooth.

    Which isn't a HUGE deal because if it doesn't work I can just use wifi.



  • Ugggh.

    My WinPhone can detect the Fire, but the Fire can't detect the Windows Phone.

    Thankfully I was able to pair using the WinPhone as the driver.

    Hm. Ok Bluetooth is on both devices, both shows the other, ICS it turned on, but Fire tablet has no Internet, and I see no place to say "use Bluetooth access point". 😞



  • Welcome to using a neutered Android tablet I guess?



  • Meh. I didn't seriously expect it to work. Just annoyed because wifi on my phone eats so much juice it means I need to change it and also it gets hot in my pocket. But it works, that's the important bit.

    I kind of wonder what the point of pairing a bluetooth phone with a tablet. I guess I could play my phone's MP3s over the excellent tablet speakers? 🚎



  • I use the phone's mobile hotspot to get wifi on my kobo when I'm out camping, but I practically always have the phone on the charger when I'm doing that.



  • @blakeyrat said:

    hot in my pocket



  • 15 minute synthesizer solo followed by

    #FIIIIIIIRE

    Was going to follow up with a hippie joke, but apparently FA has a poop symbol but not ☮ symbol. 👍

    @blakeyrat said:

    Well if it makes you feel better, they wouldn't have if I'd have checked "gift order". But if Amazon knows it's coming to me, why NOT pre-load it with my account?

    What if you got it, decided you didn't want it before even opening it, and gave it away or sold it. Now you have your account compromised.

    Of course you'd be TRundefined for selling or giving away a device without wiping it.

    Though you'd be forgiven slightly for not thinking Amazon would put your info into a sealed box.

    And you'd be forgiven more if you didn't want to open the box, because doing so would lower the resale value.

    Of course the 🏤 might have "lost" your package, and thus your personal information.

    I'd say Amazon is about a 38% undefined on this one.



  • @Lorne_Kates said:

    What if you got it, decided you didn't want it before even opening it, and gave it away or sold it. Now you have your account compromised.

    Not really? They know my name and time zone. They don't have access to my account in any notable way. They can't buy stuff from my account, they can't access my products without my password, etc.


  • Impossible Mission Players - A

    @blakeyrat said:

    I didn't seriously expect it to work.

    Yeah, back in the day there were some apps that you could install (one on phone, one on tablet) that would kinda work, but then you'd need another app (probably requiring root) to fool the tablet into thniking wifi was connected, and I'm not sure the required app is available on Windows Phone anymore...



  • @blakeyrat said:

    Not really? They know my name and time zone. They don't have access to my account in any notable way. They can't buy stuff from my account, they can't access my products without my password, etc.

    Okay, that isn't too bad. I'm at 28% 📖undefined now.



  • Dude, it literally just fills in your name, your timezone, and automatically creates a device name. That's it.


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    @blakeyrat said:

    Process wasn't too tough but it did involve running a .bat file from a strange website I'm not sure I actually trust.

    All the batch file does is use ADB to push out the Google Apps installer and three other ones. One of the things it can do for you--although I guess you probably already found this out--is to disable the ads on the lock screen.


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    @Gaska said:

    No it's not. It's creepy.

    Why? You're just going to do it yourself.


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