Friday, September 7, 2012

Still no Bluetooth in Kindle Fires?

I am a little surprised that Amazon's new 8.9 inch Kindle Fire HD and updated 7 inch Kindle Fire HD still do not have Bluetooth.  Or am I missing something in the specs?  I know the original Kindle Fire did not have Bluetooth.

I know they are meant as media consumption devices.  While they probably have good speakers, if you want bigger speakers or good headphones, they invariably hook up via Bluetooth.

Personally, I sometimes use a Bluetooth keyboard with my Xoom tablet to write.  I don't do it often, but when I do I find the ability of value.  I couldn't get that with a Fire.

I'm afraid the Nexus 7 is still the better tablet.  Even if I don't get affiliate commission as I would if you buy a Fire with one of the above links.


  1. Bluetooth is not listed in the specs, but at 1:02:00 +/- in Bezos' presentation there is a slide titled "Best Hardware" that has Bluetooth in the last bullet point. He also mentions it in the talk and says that it could be used to connect a keyboard.

    With the Nexus 7, can you get access to the free video streaming from Amazon Prime?

  2. Good to know Greg. Bluetooth would make them a lot more useful.

    Not sure about Nexus 7. I'll play with Amazon streaming on my Xoom when I can and let you know.

  3. Greg,

    I watched a minute or so of an Amazon video last night on Xoom through my browser.

    I had Flash installed on my Xoom, but understand it was disabled when Jelly Bean was pushed down, so I do not think I needed Flash to watch the Amazon videos.

    I used the Dolphin browser, but I suspect it will work in Chrome too. Please try it and let me know.

    Thank you.