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May The Fire Be With You

November 15, 2011

Reading Drew Karpyshyn’s Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan on the new Amazon tablet Kindle Fire — just icing on the cake for the gadget geek-girl in me.

10 comments

  1. Wow cool. 🙂


  2. So jealous! Ours don’t get here until tomorrow. Curious what you think of your new toy.


    • So far, it is doing everything I NEED it to do very well — reading, streaming movies and music, light internet browsing, etc. That’s what was most important for me, and in that, I am very happy with the device.

      Beyond the things I mentioned though, that’s where I’m still trying to figure things out. Apparently, still some issues with getting documents through the Cloud, and I’m not entirely satisfied with managing my apps on it as of yet. But like I said, I love it already for flawlessly doing the things I require of it, if I can work around some issues and get more out of it, that will just be gravy.


  3. Congrats! Once you’ve used it a bit, I’m going to pick your brains. 🙂

    I was really interested in the Fire until I found out it wouldn’t have the Google Market on it and was so heavily customized. For most people, I imagine a tablet is just a media consuming device, but I’m sure I’ll want to tinker with mine.


    • Yeah, one of my main problems is the lack of flexibility in the Amazon UI. Some really dumb things, like not being able to customize your main carousel in the home page to show only what you want, and the fact some really annoying third party apps are preloaded and I can’t remove them. While I know many other devices do this, I can live with the app being stuck on my Kindle Fire, but I can’t get over the fact that I can’t even hide them from my app library.

      The Fire definitely isn’t something you can tinker with right out of the box. It’s a tablet, but in my eyes it’s more of a souped up e-reader/Nook Color.

      Good news is, Amazon is getting a lot of feedback on their UI and are very likely already working on updates to make it more customizable. They also know people will want to root their device. They’ve made comments before that don’t really promote it, but are acknowledging it and are doing nothing to stop people who want to root their Fire. That’s probably what I’ll end up doing in the future once more options are available to me, so I can get stuff like the Google Market and change the interface as I please.


    • Now where have I heard that before? >.>


      • I don’t know, where have you heard it before?


  4. You’re really tempting me to get it from B&N just to show off my Transformer, eh?

    Actually, not that bad of an idea. I’m 2/3rds of the way through my KOTOR replay; just finished Koriban and Manaan. I’m closing in on the end of book 4 of Game of Thrones. I’m in the mood for a break from GRRM. Revan might be a good breather before diving into book 5.


    • Revan is a good book to read if you’ve played KOTOR. While the other SWTOR books can be picked up and enjoyed if you don’t know anything about the lore, I’m not sure that can be done as seamlessly with Revan. Definitely seeing a lot of old familiar names pop up, and a lot of events from KOTOR being references. Drew Karpyshyn does a good job of explaining, but it might be a bit much for someone who has never touched KOTOR.



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