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Nexus 7 vs Galaxy Note 2 vs Kindle Fire HD: Size Doesn’t Matter

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 phablet is a favourite all over the world, except for the price tag, so does it compare to more affordable tablets on the market that have been best-sellers? In particular does the Google Nexus 7 or the Kindle Fire HD have a chance against a tablet/phone hybrid?

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs Google Nexus 7 & Amazon Kindle Fire HD

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In regards to the form factor the main difference between the devices is the fact that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is a phone too. Therefore you can call and text along with doing everything that the other tablets do. However the screen size is smaller than on the others. The Google Nexus 7 and the Kindle Fire HD both have screens of 7 inches. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 on the other hand comes with a screen of 5.5 inches. All devices offer full HD; however the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a ppi of 265, while the other two have 216ppi. The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 also has the S Pen.

For processing power the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a quad core processor with 2GB of RAM, which means that heavy apps run very smoothly. If you don’t need processing power that is intense, but you want email, browsing and gaming, the Google Nexus 7 and the quad core processor with 1GB of RAM, or the Kindle Fire HD and its dual core processor, with 1GB of RAM may be enough.

For internal storage the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 supports SD card and up to 64GB. The Google Nexus 7 along with the Kindle Fire HD only has up to 32GB on the high end devices.

If it is a great camera you want the phablet has the best, with an 8 megapixel on the back and a 1.9 on the front. However if you have a phone with a great camera and all you want is a tablet that can connect to the internet, both of the tablets have cameras that will suffice.

The Kindle Fire HD has Android 4.0, the Google Nexus 7 has Android 4.2 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has Android 4.1.2. The tablets will set you back around $199 to $299; the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will cost more than $800, if you want the unlocked device.

So overall it is clear that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has the most advantages. But with a price tag almost 3 to 4 times bigger, you will have to see whether you need all the “extras”.

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How to connect your Amazon Kindle Fire HD to Wi-Fi

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Depending on where you set you Amazon Kindle Fire HD up, you’ll probably be connected to at least one Wi-Fi network already, but what happens if you move location, or want to connect to an alternative Wi-Fi network?

No fear, we’re here to show you exactly how to set up additional Wi-Fi connections on your Amazon Kindle Fire HD so you’ll never be without an active connection again (assuming you’re always in an open Wi-Fi zone).

To access the Wi-Fi settings, pull the top notification bar down on your Amazon Kindle Fire HD and choose Wireless from the shortcuts.

Make sure the Wi-Fi toggle is turned on and choose the network you wish to connect to.

Enter a password if required and Connect. You can opt to turn the Show password option on or off – it’s a lot easier to enter the password with it turned on, but only do so when no one can see what you’re typing.

If you need to change the IP settings to DHCP or Static, you can do so by selecting IP settings.

If you want to join a hidden network, you can select + Add network which is right at the bottom of the list. To set up a hidden network, you will have to know the Network SSID (network name) and password, plus the type of security type of the network.

When you have selected the network and entered the password, or entered details for a new network, just tap Connect and you should be connected.

Kindle Fire 2: Is Amazon Designing A Smartphone?

The latest rumor surrounding Amazon’s followup to the popular Kindle Fire tablet is that the redesigned device may be able to send and receive calls and text messages.

The news was first picked up in July. An anonymous employee told the Wall Street Journal that the company was testing out a smartphone and preparing for mass production of the new device.

Amazon’s smartphone sounds like it may feature a similar design to the current Samsung Galaxy Note, a massive smartphone-tablet hybrid that has become a cult hit with over 7 million units sold.

The rumor was also supported by analyst Shing Yin, who wrote in a recent report that Amazon’s planed smartphone will be a smallish tablet that can make calls and text message using special apps, according to Market Watch.

“Even though this device would look, feel, and act like a smartphone, one could hardly call it a phone if it doesn’t have voice and text capability,” Yin wrote. “Looking at the other entries in their service plan price list, one must conclude that this device most resembles a tablet. Who says a tablet has to be a certain size?”

The concept of using apps to send messages or make calls in far from new, and used by many iPhone owners who already have access to regular cellular network. Google’s Nexus 7 can even can even act as a phone via WiFi, using apps like Google Talk and Skype.

The redesigned Kindle Fire 2 is also expected to feature a camera. It will also likely be thinner and lighter that the original tablet, with an improved display.

The Kindle 2 is expected to hit stores this year, as Amazon gears up to compete with Google’s new tablet, as well as the rumored iPad Mini from tablet.

Adobe digital editions step by step

  • 1. Step OneGo to http://www.adobe.com/products/digitaleditions/ There is also a link under “Required Software” atfresno.lib.overdrive.com
  • 2. Step Two Click “Launch” to begin installing Adobe Digital Editions (ADE)
  • 3. Step Three A message will appear to make sure you want to install the application – click “Install” to begin
  • 4. Step Four Click “Yes” to begin the download and install ADE
  • 5. Step Five Select the elements you want to install, then click “Next”
  • 6. Step Six Click “Install” to install the program to your hard drive
  • 7. Step Seven Click “Close” to finish the installation process
  • 8. Step Eight Click “I Agree” to accept the Terms of Use and launch ADE
  • 9. Step NineClick “Continue” to start the Setup Assistant
  • 10. Step Ten Select get an Adobe ID onlineYou need an active email address to complete the Adobe ID process.
  • 11. Step Select “Create an …” and complete the form (tip:Account” complete red asterisks items only to save time)
  • 12. Step Return to Adobe Digital Editions to activate with your new Adobe ID and password.
  • 13. Step ThirteenClick “Finished” and you’re ready to useAdobe Digital Editions!
  • 14. YOU DID IT! Open Adobe Digital EditionsThe main screen will display – the menu on the left willshow your books once you download them.

How To Make the Most of Your Kindle Fire’s 8GB Storage

I almost ran out of space on my Kindle Fire last week. Sadly, I was away from my computer, which meant I couldn’t simply move data off the device – I would have to delete it!

Fortunately, this didn’t cause much of a problem as I was able to connect to my cloud storage account, upload some bulky data and then download the new book to my device. I should add here that not all of the storage on my Kindle Fire was taken up with eBooks!

If you are lucky enough to own an Amazon Kindle Fire, then you should already know that the tablet has just 8 GB of internal storage. While this might be seen by many to be a disadvantage, we should bear in mind two things:

  • Although a tablet computer, the Kindle Fire is designed to be a high-end e-reader.
  • Cloud storage negates storage restrictions.

So what cloud storage options are available for the Amazon Kindle Fire?

Kindle Cloud Storage

Initially, you should know that your Kindle will share data with the Amazon Cloud, where details of your book, music and video purchases are stored.

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Should your device be stolen or you opt to wipe it, the Amazon Cloud will enable you to download favourite books, films and audio purchased through Amazon and the Kindle Store and rented through Amazon Prime.

Technically there is no physical limit to this storage, although of course you can’t use it for your day to day cloud storage requirements. For this, you will need to find the best cloud storage solutions for Android tablets (the operating system found “under the bonnet” on the Kindle Fire).

Where Can I Find Alternatives To Kindle Cloud Storage?

So, how was I able to move data around to allow the download of my latest book purchase?

By default, the Kindle Fire only has the Amazon Cloud storage; alternatives to this are not available through the Amazon App Store. As such, you will need to find another way to install the suggestions which we will go into shortly.

There are two alternatives.

  1. First, you will need to root your Kindle Fire to afford access to the Google Play Store (the new name for the Android Market). This is straightforward, although forced updates can undo it.
  2. If this is not something you are prepared to do, your other choice is to download solutions from alternative app stores, accessible via the Kindle Fire’s browser.

Either of these methods will allow you to install the following apps.

Storage Management & Cloud Apps For The Kindle Fire

Various cloud storage apps are available for Android-based devices, but with a device like the Kindle Fire you need more than just more storage – you need tools for managing your data as well.

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Google Drive – naturally once you have rooted your Kindle Fire, you will have access to Google Drive via the Play Store. This provides the ability to not only to create and edit documents that are then stored in the cloud, but also to upload photos and videos. Starting with 5GB of storage, an extra 25Gb to 16TB can be purchased with a monthly subscription.

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DropBox – the king of cloud storage, DropBox gives users 2GB of free storage, with more available when you pay a subscription. Like Google Drive, items uploaded to DropBox are available from any device, allowing you to easily share and swap files between computers and your Kindle Fire.

Astro File Manager – although not a cloud solution, this (or any similar file manager) is vital for browsing your rooted Kindle Fire so that you can find data that you might like to save to your chosen cloud storage service.

All of the above apps are free to access.

Conclusion – Don’t Be Limited by 8 GB!

When all is said and done, 8 GB is adequate for reading eBooks, but limiting to anyone who wants to store a good deal of music or video on their tablet.

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While some cloud solutions don’t let you upload/download files of more than 100 MB, getting the most out of your Kindle Fire’s storage means being clever with the available applications.

Taking advantage of the various file manager applications that can be installed on Android tablets will help you to stay on top of any potential storage-filling downloads and delete unwanted files if necessary.

Free Kindle books

Amazon.com is offering a bunch of free fiction and nonfiction e-books right now. For a list of top-selling free Kindle titles, go HERE. (You can find free ebooks in every category.) Remember, you don’t need a Kindle to read Kindle books. You can read them on any of a host of other devices. Go HERE for more information.

Have a Nook reader? Barnes & Noble has been expanding the amount of free ebooks it has available for those who own its Nook e-reader. If you have a Nook, you can go HERE to get free books and games.

Amazon Instant Video comes to iPad with offline viewing option

Amazon has released Instant Video, a new video streaming app for the iPad. The app mirrors much of the functionality found on the Kindle Fire, including access to stream ‘thousands of titles’ available to Amazon Prime subscribers. It appears as though you won’t be able to discover a great deal of content from within the app — Amazon says only a ‘selection of top Prime Instant Video titles’ is included. Instead, users will need to visit the Amazon website to add items to their Watchlist.
For movies and shows purchased or rented through Amazon, you can choose to either stream or download the content for offline viewing. Again, to purchase video that’s not already in your library, you’ll be kicked out to amazon.com to go shopping. There’s AirPlay compatibility, but it’s audio-only — video stays on the iPad, and there’s no compatibility with Apple TV. Other features include Amazon staples such as auto-updating season subscriptions and Whispersync, which saves your position in a movie ready for you to pick up viewing on another device. Amazon Instant Video is available as a free download from the App Store.

Update: After initial testing, we’ve found that the app’s streaming video option is accessible only over Wi-Fi, even when used on the 4G LTE-enabled iPad.