Friday, November 25, 2011

Kindle FIRE - Love It!

Scott gave me a very early, over the top, extravagant birthday gift.  Not that I'm complaining!  My Kindle Fire arrived last week and I loved it from the beginning.

And look, it even has my name on it! 

Scott has a keyboard Kindle which I borrowed a few times.  I liked his a lot but sharing a Kindle is a bit difficult, so after reading a few books on it, I stopped.  Using it a few times gave me a reference point.... and a bit of Kindle envy.

Here's a few random thoughts and impressions of the Kindle Fire:

The Fire is heavier.  It's the same size (or the littlest smidgen wider).  It's thicker by maybe half.   But this is all relative.... I think it's pretty light.

It's "glossier" so it collects dust and fingerprints that show more readily.  However, the "glossy" is pretty. 

The really cool looking carousel type scrolling of all media on the home screen is very touchy.  It's hard to stop on the item you want. (I have since found that tapping an item as it scrolls by will stop the scrolling on that item.) I find it easier to go to the category and then choose.  Each category (books, video, music, apps, etc) is set up like a book shelf.  Touch the one you want and it opens. 

I love turning it on.... the start up pictures vary, but each is interesting to look at......old typewriter keys, collections of fountain pens, printer's type sets, and more.

Amazon prime members can watch free live streaming movies and tv shows.  The selection is so-so, but the quality is excellent. (I have since discovered that the selection of free is much larger than I thought - gotta hit the right buttons),   And, of course, there is a much larger collection of pay-per-view movies and tv shows.

There are lots of apps on it already.  And you can shop for more. 
I shop in the free column.

The Kindle Fire is full color so I guess that means it's different technology than a regular Kindle.  That means a backlit screen for books, which in turn means books can be read in low light.... or no light :)   The regular Kindle is great in regular light, and doesn't get a glare in sunlight making it easy to read outdoors, at the beach, wherever. But it doesn't work in low light. I haven't read the Kindle Fire in bright sunlight, but I'm guessing all that gloss is going to create a good amount of glare. We'll see.

I have found the page turning quicker than on the regular Kindle. And easier. You don't have to look to be sure you press the correct button (forward or back); just touch the screen and swipe a bit for the direction you want. Doesn't matter if you swipe a bit or a lot, quick or slow, it just turns one page.

Okay.  Enough for now.  I have some reading to do. :)


Karen said...

Nice! i GOT AN EARY XMAS PRESENT MYSELF....A WINDOW DEFROSTER THAT PLUGS INTO THE lighter in the car 'cause the car defroster broke about 2 years age. yippee. Ur present sounds so much nicer.....

Pat said...

Have fun with your Kindle Fire! I have a regular Kindle and love it and really love the case I bought for it...can be opened in an easel fashion and sits on the tabletop for hands-free when I'm having a cup of tea. Of course, I still have to push the button to turn the pages, but I don't have to hold the Kindle with that cover if I'm sitting at the table. I'm spoiled by that cover and guess I'd not want to switch to the newer Kindle unless the cover would also fit that one.

Jeanie said...

Fun gift! I have an ereader and just love it too. I haven't bought any books....I just borrow books from our city library's ereader collection. Easy peasy... and free too! Enjoy!

Anita in Florida said...

My husband got me the Fire for our, love, love it...I bought an anti glare screen protector...haven't put it on yet. But it's almost impossible to read in the sun..hope the anti glare thing will help...enjoy the Fire!!! I know I will.......

Jean said...

I'm so happy you're enjoying it. Hopefully a tablet will be in my future.