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Offline PC User
12 Dec 2010, 12:58 PM | Post: #1

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Facebook, yahoo mail etc access from Kindle3?

This post was last modified: 12 Dec 2010 01:03 PM by PC User.
Thinking about buying a Kindle3, but first....

I have read that the web-kit browser is installed in Kindle3.
Then will I be able to access:

facebook
yahoo mail
yahoo messenger
gmail
youtube
other social networking sites
BBC Weather
Videos/Live sport via Internet

from Kindle3?

Ken
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Offline shanedean
12 Dec 2010, 01:11 PM | Post: #2

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RE: Facebook, yahoo mail etc access from Kindle3?

Hi, from what I understand the browser is 'very' limited. Certainly video/flash content will be a 'No-No'.
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12 Dec 2010, 02:44 PM | Post: #3

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RE: Facebook, yahoo mail etc access from Kindle3?

Buy a Kindle because it is an excellent E-Reading device and consider anything else it can do as a (small) bonus.

You can access web mail, anything on the web that is text based in fact. Still pictured are possible but will be in B&W of course. Nothing with Flash or video of any form. Also the browser is rather clunky and hard to navigate. I will only consider using it places the data allowance on my phone doesn't apply and I can't get wi-fi, and probably only for Gmail.
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12 Dec 2010, 06:21 PM | Post: #4

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RE: Facebook, yahoo mail etc access from Kindle3?

Shanedean & snowdog99,

Many thanks for your advice...

Have googled and have some info. A common answer is to
'use the browser site for mobile phones'.

Code:
normal version           mobile version
  
www.facebook.com       www.m.facebook.com
www.yahoo.com          www.m.yahoo.com
yahoo messenger        www.us.m.yahoo.com/p/messenger
www.gmail.com          www.m.google.com/mail
www.hotmail.com        www.m.mail.live.com
www.youtube.com  needs flash so not possible.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/weather/  http://news.bbc.co.uk/weather/mobile/
                       www.bbc.co.uk/mobile/sport/cricket
                       www.bbc.co.uk/mobile/sport/football


Erich Buhler says this in another thread (and another forum?):

'The only problem with facebook is that the login textboxes in the mobile version don't work on kindle, so you can't enter any text on them :-S
The solution is quite straightforwards... log in to the full version and then (before it hangs up and after the log in process is done) go to the address address bar and change it to m.facebook.com.'

I tried the websites for mobiles http://www.m.facebook.com etc from a desktop PC using Firefox and Opera. I could enter the sites, but didn't stay to look around. I assume the Kindle3 webkit browser will be able to do this too.

Will Kindle3 be able to enter the normal websites listed in the left-handside column above? If so, what will the user-experience be, acceptable or just plain awful (if answerable)?

For me the Kindle3 is for reading, but our teenage children want to use it for facebook too. From what I have seen I think they will be able to, so will go ahead and buy.

Ken
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Offline shanedean
14 Dec 2010, 05:12 PM | Post: #5

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RE: Facebook, yahoo mail etc access from Kindle3?

This post was last modified: 14 Dec 2010 05:13 PM by shanedean.
(12 Dec 2010 06:21 PM)PC User Wrote:  Shanedean & snowdog99,

Many thanks for your advice...

Have googled and have some info. A common answer is to
'use the browser site for mobile phones'.

Code:
normal version           mobile version
  
www.facebook.com       www.m.facebook.com
www.yahoo.com          www.m.yahoo.com
yahoo messenger        www.us.m.yahoo.com/p/messenger
www.gmail.com          www.m.google.com/mail
www.hotmail.com        www.m.mail.live.com
www.youtube.com  needs flash so not possible.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/weather/  http://news.bbc.co.uk/weather/mobile/
                       www.bbc.co.uk/mobile/sport/cricket
                       www.bbc.co.uk/mobile/sport/football


Erich Buhler says this in another thread (and another forum?):

'The only problem with facebook is that the login textboxes in the mobile version don't work on kindle, so you can't enter any text on them :-S
The solution is quite straightforwards... log in to the full version and then (before it hangs up and after the log in process is done) go to the address address bar and change it to m.facebook.com.'

I tried the websites for mobiles http://www.m.facebook.com etc from a desktop PC using Firefox and Opera. I could enter the sites, but didn't stay to look around. I assume the Kindle3 webkit browser will be able to do this too.

Will Kindle3 be able to enter the normal websites listed in the left-handside column above? If so, what will the user-experience be, acceptable or just plain awful (if answerable)?

For me the Kindle3 is for reading, but our teenage children want to use it for facebook too. From what I have seen I think they will be able to, so will go ahead and buy.

Ken

Other options are, of course, iPad or an Android tablet (Samsung Galaxy Tab for example). However these can be 3 to 4 times more expensive but can both be used with the Kindle App and offer a lot more funtionality. As snowdog99 implied, Kindle is a dedicated e-reader with a few other basic functions and is not intended to be used as an internet tablet. I think your kids will get very frustrated trying to use it as such.
Offline PC User
16 Dec 2010, 06:57 PM | Post: #6

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RE: Facebook, yahoo mail etc access from Kindle3?

Have ordered and Santa should be able to bring the device here as a family gift. The children may not be impressed by the Internet performance and actually start reading books instead!

Will report here after Xmas.

Ken
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16 Dec 2010, 07:24 PM | Post: #7

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This post was last modified: 16 Dec 2010 08:04 PM by snowdog99.
(16 Dec 2010 06:57 PM)PC User Wrote:  The children may not be impressed by the Internet performance and actually start reading books instead!

Ah, I see you have a cunning little plan - hope it works out.