|Here's my Kindle Fire. I like the red case, because it's easy to find inside a black or brown purse.|
We chose the Fire for several reasons:
- Ereader — I wanted an easier way to read digital books. While, I've enjoyed having access to digital only titles, I found it uncomfortable to read on the desktop Kindle program or the Kindle app on the iPhone.
- Price — The Fire is less expensive than an iPad. It's not fair to compare the two products. They are different.
- Color — While not an iPad, it has several features like the color touch screen that make it seem more picture-book friendly than the first generation Kindles.
- Apps — I'm still sorting through the app store to find tools to maximize the Fire's potential. I found a free Google reader app, so I can see all the blogs I subscribe to through Google. I rarely look at the reader on my computer. So, the Fire has re-introduced me to several blogs.
- Documents — I can add PDFs and document files to the Kindle. I had to read the instructions online a couple of times, so I can send copies of my work in progress or an ebook in a PDF to my Fire.
- Music, movies and photos — The Fire allows you to watch movies and listen to music. I haven't tried this yet. I'm too busy reading and sending documents to my new tablet.
- Email — I can easily check email from the Fire, as long as I have wifi service.
There are plenty of negative reviews of the Kindle around the Internet. A major complaint seems to be that the Fire is not an iPad. Apparently, some people were thinking they were buying an iPad-like product for $300 less.
- I learned about a privacy issue through the negative reviews. I can't figure out how you allow or disallow a user access to material. So, a kid reading a picture book will have access to a thriller, suspense novel you are reading with more adult topics.
- If you need something on the Fire, make sure it is downloaded to the device prior to leaving wifi service. If you don't have wifi, you might not be able to retrieve your book or PDF. Downloading from the "cloud" — the off device storage — is simple (just a a quick tap of the book cover).
- Not all my books appeared on my Kindle or in my Kindle Cloud. So, I had to search the iPhone Kindle and the computer Kindle to track down one book. It took a few extra steps, but I "delivered" it to the Fire.
- The function to navigate from a page in a book to the "homepage" seems a bit jumpy.
- I've used the note app a few times and haven't figured out how to turn off the "auto correct" function. I don't like it and need a better app for writing notes, ideas, etc.
I'll figure all this out eventually.
Do you have a Kindle — want to share a tip or shortcut you discovered or an unexpected way you use the ereader?