Monday, January 9, 2012

New Accessories for the Kindle Fire!

As we predicted, the huge popularity of the Kindle Fire is driving more and more manufacturers into producing accessories for the device. In this post we'll be looking at a couple that are out and then one interesting one that is a few weeks away from release. I'll be very curious to know whether or not you think this will be a hit or a flop.

First, here are a few other neat toys that can help you expand your use of the Fire.

External Speakers for the Fire
Who says the Fire can't be the life of the party? If you've got a bunch of people over or you're just hoping to pump some tunes through your home, portable speakers could easily help you get the job done. There are a few different brands out there that work well with the Fire, but our favorites are the Altec Lansing iM227 Orbit MP3 Speaker (left), which has a great design and a nice 20% off the price, and the AYL (TM) Portable Mini Speaker System (right), which is small but packs a lot of punch! It's also temporarily on sale for a whopping 54% off! Both plug right into the 3.5mm headphone jack and have enormously favorable reviews. 


Wireless Flash Drives
I also got a tip from a reader here who raved about his Maxell AirStash Wireless Flash Drive A02, which is a great way to add some storage space to the Fire and access additional music, movies, or files as an alternative to the Kingston Wi-Drive 32 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive. Some of the benefits include being able to stream to up to 3 devices, 7 hours of battery life, and does a great job working in place of an SD card, which the Fire lacks. It's a bit pricey, but if you go for it, definitely double your space and go for the 16GB model, which is just $15 more.



A Kindle Fire Docking Station
Now this is the one I was referring to in the beginning. A company called Readerdock is preparing to launch a specialized docking station for the Fire called the FireStation [Website Here]. Pre-orders begin at the end of the month, and then the item ships in mid-February. It has an adjustable arm, built-in speakers, and it recharges your device as well.


And there's also a snazzy video you can check out that shows off the FireStation.

What do you think? Is that something you're going to be interested in? Again, you can find the website for it HERE.

Stay tuned for more cheap and free apps later this afternoon!

22 comments:

  1. Does the Kingston Wi-Drive work with the Fire? Are there any limitations on it? It's cheaper and has more storage than the AirStash.

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  2. I think the docking station is a wonderful idea...hope the costs are not too high! The other 2 items are good, but not always in need. However, I will probably purchase them.

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  3. Ooooh - I want that FireStation! Thanks for posting it.

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  4. Hi Marie, the Kingston Wi-Drive absolutely does work with the Fire. We've been recommending it for a while, and yes, since it's on sale it's a lot cheaper than the airstash.

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  5. these look nice. I love the idea of the wireless flash drive. Question for you, do you know if there is a keyboard you can use for the Fire?

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  6. Hi Astrid, a keyboard that works with the Fire is one of the things we're dying to see. There isn't yet, but you can be sure we'll shout it from the rooftops as soon as we hear about one.

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  7. Wow...that's an awesome line-up of items! Have you heard any rumors about a ballpark price for the firestation?

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  8. the flash drive for kindle fire. would i be able to play the games on face book with it, or even on pogo?

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  9. Hi Shannon, can't say we have any idea about what the Firestation would cost. There's no indication on the site.

    About the flash drive, I'm not sure it would allow you to do anything more than you already can with the Fire. It gives you more space for files and things.

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  10. You're welcome, Shannon. I wish I could give even a reasonable guess, but it's impossible to tell with some of these tech items. Thanks for visiting!

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  11. I just tried calling Kingston Technical Support and the first person I talked to had not even heard of the Kindle Fire. The second person I talked to told me it was not Supported. I don't have much faith in their Support. I really would love one to store my little dude's movies on.

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  12. Hi Glamazon, it does work with the Fire, but you have to have a corresponding Android app. The link we had it for was actually taken down. Let me go and see if I can find another.

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  13. Ok, I found an alternative place to download the app, which needs to be sideloading from the Android Market (you or someone you know will need an Android Phone to be able to download from there). The updated link and the details can be found in our Portable Storage Drives feature. If you need more help, don't hesitate to ask.

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  14. Thanks Gadget. I trust what I read on techie sites like this (working in tech myself) more than I trust the tech support people, which is sad.

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  15. Thanks Gadget! I have a Android phone and am very comfortable sideloading, etc. That is awesome

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  16. You're welcome, glamazon, thanks for visiting. I know what you mean about not being able to rely on tech support like that. Since the app isn't in the Amazon Appstore, according to them it won't work, even if a lot of users here use it. I am glad you tipped me off that that link was down. As long as you can get the app from the android market you should be fine.

    Enjoy the Kingston Wi-Drive and don't be afraid to come back if there are any hiccups setting up and we can do our best to straighten that out.

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  17. I'm guessing I will want to install on my phone, do a backup of the app. and then copy the .apk to the Fire.

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  18. Ok, that's great that it should be a snap for you then!

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  19. Yeah, you've got it exactly right. We've got details on here for that as well in case there are any hiccups. :)

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  20. Note that AirStash is not limited in storage capacity, as is the Wi Drive. You can use any number of SD cards (just swap 'em out) up to 32 GB for SDHC cards and 2TB for SDXC cards.

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  21. That is a key feature, mgbhouse. Thanks for emphasizing it. I'm not sure I was aware of that, and it certainly ups the value!

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