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Kindle Fire for use a s a PDA

Amazon has just released the Kindle fire for 199.00. Sme of the specs include:


7" multi-touch display with IPS (in-plane switching) technology and anti-reflective treatment, 1024 x 600 pixel resolution at 169 ppi, 16 million colors.

Size (in inches)

7.5" x 4.7" x 0.45" (190 mm x 120 mm x 11.4 mm).


14.6 ounces (413 grams).

System Requirements

None, because it's wireless and doesn't require a computer.

On-device Storage

8GB internal (approximately 6GB available for user content). That's enough for 80 apps, plus 10 movies or 800 songs or 6,000 books.

Cloud Storage

Free cloud storage for all Amazon content

Battery Life

Up to 8 hours of continuous reading or 7.5 hours of video playback, with wireless off. Battery life will vary based on wireless usage, such as web browsing and downloading content.

Charge Time

Fully charges in approximately 4 hours via included U.S. power adapter. Also supports charging from your computer via USB.

Wi-Fi Connectivity

Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, or enterprise networks with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication; does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks.

USB Port

USB 2.0 (micro-B connector)


3.5 mm stereo audio jack, top-mounted stereo speakers.

You can watch a video review of it on CNET:


I know alot of Nurses use apps in the workplace; for those who do, and for those in nursing school who do, do you think this would be good to use as a PDA since it is smaller and lighter than a iPAD but a bit bigger than the iphone. Plus no camera.

CraigB-RN, MSN, RN

Has 40 years experience. Specializes in Critical Care, Emergency, Education, Informatics.

Out of the box, no its not usefull as a medical PDA. Now that might change. As of right now you can't get those medical apps on the device. Until Amazon adds those apps to its library or the device is rooted (jail broken) you can't add them to the device. You can to the nook and it's only a matter of time till the fire is cracked.

traumaRUs, MSN, APRN, CNS

Has 27 years experience. Specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU.

No, unless it fits very nicely into your pocket, an iPhone is still way more useful at work!

However, my Fire is coming Thursday so I'll let you all know....

Thanks for the Info, hopefully they will add those apps soon. Not sure if Fire will fit in a pocket, let me know.

HouTx, BSN, MSN, EdD

Has 35 years experience. Specializes in Critical Care, Education.

"Fire" is not limited to Amazon apps... all you have to do it set the parameters to allow apps from other sources. Works just fine.

Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Psych ICU, addictions.

I went to Best Buy to check one out for my brother-in-law. IMO I think it's too big to be an effective PDA for work. The one I saw definitely isn't pocket friendly, unless you wearing a smock with a kangaroo pocket.

I'll stick with my BlackBerry for now.

traumaRUs, MSN, APRN, CNS

Has 27 years experience. Specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU.

Okay - I got my Kindle Fire last Thursday. I'm an APN and wear the blue pin-striped "doctors" lab coats and it fits nicely in there. That said, without a 3G connection...well let's just say my iPhone goes in a pocket too.

I like the Kindle for looking up things quickly if I'm a wi-fi area but its heavy in my pocket too.

Trauma, I am in a wi-fi area all the time and often look things up and read alot of news. I have been thinking Ipad but now the $200 Fire has caught my eye. Would you say the Kindle eliminates the need for an Ipad since you already have the Iphone?


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