First Impression: Amazon Fire TV Stick

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My wife and I decided to pre-order an Amazon Fire TV Stick for her parents, which we gave to them for Christmas. While visiting with them I had the opportunity to setup the device and use it for an extended period. Overall, I’m impressed. The cost is relatively low, performance and stability seemed good (at least during the time I was using it) and the interface was easy to use.

We were both impressed enough that we decided to order one for ourselves, though they’re currently on back-order so it may not be until the end of January before ours ships to us. I was able to pre-order the Stick for my in-laws for $19, but it regularly retails for only $39.

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iPhone – Likes and dislikes so far…

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I’ve had an iPhone since last spring. It has proven to be a good phone and iPod combination, though certainly not without some issues. For me, the most irritating problem is its apparent difficulty in maintaining a signal in poor coverage areas.

It may sound strange to complain about poor reception in an area that doesn’t have good coverage to start with. This makes sense by stating that my fiancĂ©’s phone, which was not as expensive or feature-rich as my iPhone, can maintain reception in this area.

My home is in an area of weak coverage, which is caused in part by the immediate geography. I can rarely answer the phone (it often won’t even ring) when I’m indoors. In order to carry on a conversation I must walk outside.

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