I promised I’d let you know if I ever bought a Kindle Fire, and two weeks ago I did.
Why I LOVE the Fire:
The Kindle Fire is gorgeous, fun to use, and easy to navigate. If you’re used to browsing the web or navigating your smart phone, I think you’ll find the Fire’s navigation very intuitive.
Reading ebooks on the Fire is a pleasure. The “bookshelf” layout is beautiful and makes it easy to find what you’re looking for. Surprisingly, paging through books feels very similar to paging through regular paper books–it’s easy to just “flip” through the pages.
Highlighting books on the Fire is amazing, and I love being able to quickly scroll through my highlights. If I log on to my Amazon Kindle page, I can even see highlights from ebooks I borrowed from the library–after I’ve returned them.
I also read a lot of PDF ebooks, and these are much easier to read on the Fire. (Although it’s worth noting that you can highlight PDFs on the Touch but not on the Fire.) Obviously, images look much better on the Fire: check out this side by side comparison of pages from The No Brainer Wardrobe.
The Fire is a tablet, and I’ve loved using its features to check my email, stream Pandora radio, listen to podcasts, manage my social media accounts, fire up the tiny timer, watch movies, and more. I’ve only had it two weeks, so I’m still learning everything it can do!
About those movies: I’d be lying if I said my kids haven’t watched a lot of videos on the Fire already. (And by a lot, I mean 30-60 minutes a day.) We can stream a large selection of movies for free with our Amazon Prime membership, and we’ve been taking advantage of that. Ahem.
Why I’m glad I still have my Touch:
The Fire is definitely a computer screen, so if you limit screen time before bed like I do, you won’t want to use it then. (On the other hand, many people love the bright screen because they can read it in bed without a light.)
The Fire’s bright screen also means it’s nearly impossible to use in the sunlight, where the Touch–with its e-ink screen–does great. I do a lot of reading outside while my kids play, and I always choose the Touch for this reason. I can also easily hold the Touch in one hand, but the Fire’s a bit to heavy to manage that comfortably.
There’s also the issue of distraction potential. With all its capabilities, you can be tempted to check facebook instead of reading that book you sat down to finish. This just isn’t an issue on the Touch.
Why the Fire is going to cost you more than $200.
You’ll really want Amazon Prime to go with it. Amazon knows this, so they include a free month of Prime with your Fire purchase–they know you’ll be hooked.
Prime members can watch a large selection of free videos instantly (via wireless only). You can also borrow one book a month from the Kindle lending library.
What’s your experience been with e-readers and tablets?
My Thoughts on the Kindle, One Month In. My initial review of the Kindle Touch. The comments on this post are really excellent.
What to Do When Your Productivity Tools Are Your Biggest Distractions: A Two-Step Plan. Here’s a simple plan to stay on task when you’re using your computer/phone/tablet.
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