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Kindle Fire - Nook Tablet - and internet connections

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OK, I know this should go in Electronics , but they don't know me over there.

How do tablets connect to the internet? Do they use wifi only or are they like smartphones?

I read on B&N website that email/ web browsing on the nook tablet was wifi.

Kindle Fire has some new browsing with an Amazon proprietary system. Is that also a wifi?

Basically, I would like to access the internet but I will not have wifi access where we are staying (gotta love those grandparents - they still have the rotary phone on the kitchen wall {#emotions_dlg.wub})

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cmhpss1322407895.237444 PostsRegistered 12/19/2008

I have a Kindle with free 3G wireless. I can be anywhere and be connected. But I am not sure it is the same with the Kindle Fire.

Christina

ratdog1111322407996.94714924 PostsRegistered 10/27/2008

My nook (1st gen) has the 3G as well but to get on the internet requires a wifi connection.

Nicecupoft­ea1322408008.852391 PostsRegistered 12/28/2008

If you get a tablet with 3G you will be able to access the internet away from home. There are areas however where you cannot get online with 3G.

ratdog1111322408073.86714924 PostsRegistered 10/27/2008
On 11/27/2011 Nicecupoftea said:

If you get a tablet with 3G you will be able to access the internet away from home. There are areas however where you cannot get online with 3G.


Thanks. I think I am going to go to the Barnes and Noble and test drive a tablet and see what they have to say.

adelle381322408125.1177870 PostsRegistered 12/22/2007

Kindle Fire requires a wireless connection. I have the Kindle E reader with 3 G because I travel with no wireless connection. One of the complaints about the Fire is it has no 3G connection.

"Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others."

Groucho Marx


ratdog1111322408137.3814924 PostsRegistered 10/27/2008

I looked into getting a Wifi hot spot or broadband card for my laptop but, with the two year contract and data plan it would cost $1200!

I can get a couple of Kindles or Nooks for less,

cmhpss1322408199.937444 PostsRegistered 12/19/2008
On 11/27/2011 adelle38 said:

Kindle Fire requires a wireless connection. I have the Kindle E reader with 3 G because I travel with no wireless connection. One of the complaints about the Fire is it has no 3G connection.


I wonder why with the cost they would not put 3g in there.

Christina

Photo Don­na1322408245.78714016 PostsRegistered 12/26/2005walking the dogs

Kindle Fire would be awesome with the 3G -- but it does not have it

My Kindle ereader has 3G and I can connect just about anywhere.

It is my understanding that the Nook needs a hotspot to connect.

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Photo Don­na1322408300.09714016 PostsRegistered 12/26/2005walking the dogs
On 11/27/2011 cmhpss said:
On 11/27/2011 adelle38 said:

Kindle Fire requires a wireless connection. I have the Kindle E reader with 3 G because I travel with no wireless connection. One of the complaints about the Fire is it has no 3G connection.


I wonder why with the cost they would not put 3g in there.

I thought the same thing -- silly -- just silly

unless they are holding out to add in 4G

every 6 seconds a pet dies in a shelter -- adopt

Rap21322408376.64713235 PostsRegistered 5/24/2006

The people over at Electronics are great. You have John, Gardenman and others who are experts. Don't be afraid to go there.

I've been debating between a Nook and Kindle for basic reading. Where are all of the free books I keep hearing about? I've been on both the B&N and Amazon websites and the e-books are nearly as expensive as the paper books. They used to sell for $10 (ebooks).

Target has the Kindle, Nook and Sony E-reader on display if you want to test drive. I just want to know which one I can get the cheap books.

Photo Don­na1322408509.26314016 PostsRegistered 12/26/2005walking the dogs
On 11/27/2011 Rapunzel2 said:

The people over at Electronics are great. You have John, Gardenman and others who are experts. Don't be afraid to go there.

I've been debating between a Nook and Kindle for basic reading. Where are all of the free books I keep hearing about? I've been on both the B&N and Amazon websites and the e-books are nearly as expensive as the paper books. They used to sell for $10 (ebooks).

Target has the Kindle, Nook and Sony E-reader on display if you want to test drive. I just want to know which one I can get the cheap books.

if you join Amazon Prime you can 'borrow' books for free.

every 6 seconds a pet dies in a shelter -- adopt

Rap21322408552.50713235 PostsRegistered 5/24/2006
On 11/27/2011 Photo Donna said:
On 11/27/2011 Rapunzel2 said:

The people over at Electronics are great. You have John, Gardenman and others who are experts. Don't be afraid to go there.

I've been debating between a Nook and Kindle for basic reading. Where are all of the free books I keep hearing about? I've been on both the B&N and Amazon websites and the e-books are nearly as expensive as the paper books. They used to sell for $10 (ebooks).

Target has the Kindle, Nook and Sony E-reader on display if you want to test drive. I just want to know which one I can get the cheap books.

if you join Amazon Prime you can 'borrow' books for free.

I know but that's $80 a year.

Photo Don­na1322408665.6814016 PostsRegistered 12/26/2005walking the dogs
On 11/27/2011 Rapunzel2 said:
On 11/27/2011 Photo Donna said:
On 11/27/2011 Rapunzel2 said:

The people over at Electronics are great. You have John, Gardenman and others who are experts. Don't be afraid to go there.

I've been debating between a Nook and Kindle for basic reading. Where are all of the free books I keep hearing about? I've been on both the B&N and Amazon websites and the e-books are nearly as expensive as the paper books. They used to sell for $10 (ebooks).

Target has the Kindle, Nook and Sony E-reader on display if you want to test drive. I just want to know which one I can get the cheap books.

if you join Amazon Prime you can 'borrow' books for free.

I know but that's $80 a year.

yes it is

there are free books around -- classics; but if you want bestsellers -- you will have to pay somehow. Remember people are writing these books and they should be compensated.

every 6 seconds a pet dies in a shelter -- adopt

cmhpss1322408725.8137444 PostsRegistered 12/19/2008

On Amazon if you go to the Kindle Store on the right hand side they have the "Daily Deal" which is a $1.99 or .99 book. Bleow that they have the top downloads, Best Sellers. There is a tab for regular and one for free. I often click on that and see what free ones people are downloading. Also, if you go into any category, such as mysteries. You can sort by price--go to "Low to high". The free ones will be first. You have to sort through some odd ones to get to ones you want.

Christina

ratdog1111322408729.98314924 PostsRegistered 10/27/2008

I have a Nook 1st gen

I like reading on the e-ink screen. I know tablets have a backlit screen.

Amazon's free borrowing of books may be in trouble, some publishers are unhappy with it and are not making their books available.

I heard Clark Howard say his money was on Amazon.

Really I just want to be able to have internet access when we are at the inlaws and unable to get out of the house! But Verizon;s contracts make it an expensive proposition!

Rap21322409226.7513235 PostsRegistered 5/24/2006
On 11/27/2011 cmhpss said:

On Amazon if you go to the Kindle Store on the right hand side they have the "Daily Deal" which is a $1.99 or .99 book. Bleow that they have the top downloads, Best Sellers. There is a tab for regular and one for free. I often click on that and see what free ones people are downloading. Also, if you go into any category, such as mysteries. You can sort by price--go to "Low to high". The free ones will be first. You have to sort through some odd ones to get to ones you want.

I noticed that. Most were books I have never heard of but I did see a few that were interesting. Can we borrow books on an e-reader from the local library? Someone also told me that people with e-readers can loan books to one another. I imagine you would have to have the same brand of e-reader.

kdgn1322409379.4613053 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 11/27/2011 Rapunzel2 said:
On 11/27/2011 Photo Donna said:

if you join Amazon Prime you can 'borrow' books for free.

I know but that's $80 a year.


Rap, $80 a year can be quite reasonable if you're an avid reader. That would be the cost of 10-12 paperback books new. If you read 4 books a month, you would probably have ten months of "free" reading by "borrowing" under the Prime plan.

Browse through the offerings in the "borrowed" section to see how many of the thousands offered you would be interested in. That $80 could end up being a bargain. I need to see if we're on that plan and do some checking myself. Between the two of us we've downloaded many, many books in the last year. Some of mine have been new releases and they cost more-

Rap21322409422.98313235 PostsRegistered 5/24/2006
On 11/27/2011 ratdog215 said:

I have a Nook 1st gen

I like reading on the e-ink screen. I know tablets have a backlit screen.

Amazon's free borrowing of books may be in trouble, some publishers are unhappy with it and are not making their books available.

I heard Clark Howard say his money was on Amazon.

Really I just want to be able to have internet access when we are at the inlaws and unable to get out of the house! But Verizon;s contracts make it an expensive proposition!

I heard of a card that you can get from the Verizon wireless store that you can hook up to your laptop and hook up to wireless connection nearby. Like the McDonald's McCafe down the street but you don't actually have to go to McD's. You just pick up their signal.

Rap21322409427.78313235 PostsRegistered 5/24/2006
On 11/27/2011 ratdog215 said:

I have a Nook 1st gen

I like reading on the e-ink screen. I know tablets have a backlit screen.

Amazon's free borrowing of books may be in trouble, some publishers are unhappy with it and are not making their books available.

I heard Clark Howard say his money was on Amazon.

Really I just want to be able to have internet access when we are at the inlaws and unable to get out of the house! But Verizon;s contracts make it an expensive proposition!

Oops - duplicate.

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cmhpss1322409554.7877444 PostsRegistered 12/19/2008
On 11/27/2011 Rapunzel2 said:
On 11/27/2011 cmhpss said:

On Amazon if you go to the Kindle Store on the right hand side they have the "Daily Deal" which is a $1.99 or .99 book. Bleow that they have the top downloads, Best Sellers. There is a tab for regular and one for free. I often click on that and see what free ones people are downloading. Also, if you go into any category, such as mysteries. You can sort by price--go to "Low to high". The free ones will be first. You have to sort through some odd ones to get to ones you want.

I noticed that. Most were books I have never heard of but I did see a few that were interesting. Can we borrow books on an e-reader from the local library? Someone also told me that people with e-readers can loan books to one another. I imagine you would have to have the same brand of e-reader.

You can loan a book for 2 weeks. I think you go into manage your account and there is a thing on the side that says "actions" and one of the actions is loan or lend. I think if you have Kindle they might have to have a Kindle.

The other thing is that you might find a new author. I downloaded a mystery I had never heard of and I really liked it.

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Christina

Rap21322409611.92713235 PostsRegistered 5/24/2006
On 11/27/2011 kdgn said:
On 11/27/2011 Rapunzel2 said:
On 11/27/2011 Photo Donna said:

if you join Amazon Prime you can 'borrow' books for free.

I know but that's $80 a year.


Rap, $80 a year can be quite reasonable if you're an avid reader. That would be the cost of 10-12 paperback books new. If you read 4 books a month, you would probably have ten months of "free" reading by "borrowing" under the Prime plan.

Browse through the offerings in the "borrowed" section to see how many of the thousands offered you would be interested in. That $80 could end up being a bargain. I need to see if we're on that plan and do some checking myself. Between the two of us we've downloaded many, many books in the last year. Some of mine have been new releases and they cost more-

Is this in addition to the free two-day shipping that goes with the Prime Membershiip?

Photo Don­na1322409672.414016 PostsRegistered 12/26/2005walking the dogs
On 11/27/2011 cmhpss said:
On 11/27/2011 Rapunzel2 said:
On 11/27/2011 cmhpss said:

On Amazon if you go to the Kindle Store on the right hand side they have the "Daily Deal" which is a $1.99 or .99 book. Bleow that they have the top downloads, Best Sellers. There is a tab for regular and one for free. I often click on that and see what free ones people are downloading. Also, if you go into any category, such as mysteries. You can sort by price--go to "Low to high". The free ones will be first. You have to sort through some odd ones to get to ones you want.

I noticed that. Most were books I have never heard of but I did see a few that were interesting. Can we borrow books on an e-reader from the local library? Someone also told me that people with e-readers can loan books to one another. I imagine you would have to have the same brand of e-reader.

You can loan a book for 2 weeks. I think you go into manage your account and there is a thing on the side that says "actions" and one of the actions is loan or lend. I think if you have Kindle they might have to have a Kindle.

you don't have to have a Kindle to read a Kindle book -- the free app is available for most tablets and smartphones as well as for your computer.

every 6 seconds a pet dies in a shelter -- adopt

cmhpss1322409686.0337444 PostsRegistered 12/19/2008
On 11/27/2011 kdgn said:
On 11/27/2011 Rapunzel2 said:
On 11/27/2011 Photo Donna said:

if you join Amazon Prime you can 'borrow' books for free.

I know but that's $80 a year.


Rap, $80 a year can be quite reasonable if you're an avid reader. That would be the cost of 10-12 paperback books new. If you read 4 books a month, you would probably have ten months of "free" reading by "borrowing" under the Prime plan.

Browse through the offerings in the "borrowed" section to see how many of the thousands offered you would be interested in. That $80 could end up being a bargain. I need to see if we're on that plan and do some checking myself. Between the two of us we've downloaded many, many books in the last year. Some of mine have been new releases and they cost more-

I could be wrong, but I thought when I looked at the Amazon Prime that you could only borrow one book a month. Because I was thinking it would be good and then that stopped me.

Christina

cmhpss1322409836.0837444 PostsRegistered 12/19/2008
On 11/27/2011 Photo Donna said:
On 11/27/2011 cmhpss said:
On 11/27/2011 Rapunzel2 said:
On 11/27/2011 cmhpss said:

On Amazon if you go to the Kindle Store on the right hand side they have the "Daily Deal" which is a $1.99 or .99 book. Bleow that they have the top downloads, Best Sellers. There is a tab for regular and one for free. I often click on that and see what free ones people are downloading. Also, if you go into any category, such as mysteries. You can sort by price--go to "Low to high". The free ones will be first. You have to sort through some odd ones to get to ones you want.

I noticed that. Most were books I have never heard of but I did see a few that were interesting. Can we borrow books on an e-reader from the local library? Someone also told me that people with e-readers can loan books to one another. I imagine you would have to have the same brand of e-reader.

You can loan a book for 2 weeks. I think you go into manage your account and there is a thing on the side that says "actions" and one of the actions is loan or lend. I think if you have Kindle they might have to have a Kindle.

you don't have to have a Kindle to read a Kindle book -- the free app is available for most tablets and smartphones as well as for your computer.

But I thought to lend it you have to lend it to someone with an Amazon account. But maybe people with other readers have Amazon accounts. I don't know anything about other readers.

Christina

kdgn1322409871.45313053 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I'm not sure what all is included with Amazon Prime- I need to do some questioning of Mr. kdgn since it's his account and he set it up. It's my understanding, from what Donna wrote, that borrowing books is under this plan. If free two-day shipping is also part of it, then yes, it goes with Prime membership.

But the books I'm talking about are e-books, not paperbacks that you would order and have shipped to you via UPS or USPS. E-books are delivered directly to the Kindle over wifi or 3g. I bought two e-books last night, looked at my Kindle 5 minutes later and there they were.

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