Does the Kindle fire 1st gen have built in wifi? Im so confused!
My nook tablet has recently decided to stop being awesome and screw up all the time so im looking into getting a kindle fire, im looking into the first generation because of the great price. I know the description says it has "amazon silk" or built in wifi, but i dont understand. The reviews talk about connecting to wifi and hotspots… So does it not have wifi in the tablet? Im mainly concerned about getting a texting app. I cannot use my phone, temporarily, and i have been using my nook textnow app to communicate. Will i be able to use this "built in wifi" to send and receive messages with an app similar to this? Please help me, im honestly very very comfused.
It has built in wifi capabilities, as in if there is a wifi hotspot around it could connect to it and give you internet. However, if there's no wifi where you are then obviously you wouldn't have internet. I'm not sure if you meant wifi or 3G/ 4G. 3G and 4G will give you internet anywhere you have service, and it's "built in."
The built-in Wi-Fi on Kindle Fire 1st means users can connect the Kindle Fire to Internet in any place with wireless Internet provided. It won't have wifi connection if there is no wifi source. Hotspot is one kind of wifi source.
A 3G Kindle Fire will be the one that with "real" built-in wifi. But the Kindle Fire people talking about is just the one accepting wifi connection from outer sources.
The WiFi on the Kindle Fire 1st generation just works exactly the same as that on the Nook. Whenever you're in WiFi hotspot (available in many places for free, like malls, libraries, restaurants, cafes, etc.), then you can have it connected to the internet.
Here you can find some more on WiFi and internet on the first Kindle Fire device:
So if you have wireless router at your home, you can have the device connected to the internet for free via the wireless router.
There're some good free texting apps on the Kindle. TextPlus is one of the good ones.