Bill Haynes wrote:For bang for the buck it's hard to beat the Kindle Fire:
There are a couple of caveats:
You have to work intentionally to get them to turn off... Kindles are always on ...and listening...and recording. Multiple cases have been prosecuted using Alexa recordings as evidence. A quality Faraday Cage will keep it under control .... but it also will stop the Fire from updating, uploading new content, and synchronizing your books. You can decline Alexa...but you can't turn of the mic...or the camera.
The default browser (Silk) is a screaming horror of advertising, as bad as Safari. You can easily install Firefox and with difficulty Brave...neither will auto update on the Kindle.
Amazons default is to burn up space on the Kindle no matter how much additional storage you opt to buy... Amazon declares almost no content suitable for removable storage. The intended default is for you to store everything on Amazons servers and retrieve it as needed, this includes any documents you create, any photos, videos and any collaborative work. As quickly as you exhaust your free storage capacity (about two days of standard use) Amazon will hound you to buy more.
With the stock charging cord the USB interface is good for about a year...if treated with kid gloves. After mine quit working I found one with a 1 millimeter longer mini interface plug, and it has continued service for an additional 3 years. Because of the continual "additional features" Amazon pushes it now has constant notifications of low storage capacity...although beyond Firefox there are no optional programs installed.
Still for all the downs it's a clear reading, movie playing, web browsing interface suitable for bed and bath, cheap enough to not be catastrophic when a grandkid steps on it, and capable of delivering all the distraction from reality anybody could stand!