I caved to peer pressure (haha) and bought my 3rd Kindle product—a Kindle Fire. I knew, functionally, it would be a cross between my current 2nd Gen Kindle, my iPhone, and my husband’s iPad. I’ve had it for about a week and a half, and while I don’t have it fully set up yet (I don’t have email activated and no additional apps), I’m enjoying it immensely.
Here’s what I’m using it for: I’ve transferred most of my (allowable) iTunes library to it. I spent a decent amount of time researching how to do this until I poked around and discovered I could do it through Amazon’s Cloud (duh!). I love the free content that comes with my Amazon Prime subscription. I’ve watched a couple free movies on it (Clockwork Orange and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), some free TV shows on it (early episodes of Arrested Development I hadn’t seen) and a Louis C.K. comedy special. The video is surprisingly clear and smooth.
I have not read any books on it yet (though I haven’t read a book on my regular Kindle since I got the Fire either–too busy!), but when I briefly pulled up one of my books on the device, I immediately noticed it reads nothing like my trusty Kindle 2—I missed the E-ink. It was like reading a book on my computer screen except with more glare. My husband thinks I could adjust the brightness and that would help, but I haven’t tried that yet. Regardless, I doubt I’ll give up reading on my regular Kindle anytime soon.
I can access Facebook and enjoy seeing it on my Kindle Fire much more than on my iPhone because my screen is bigger. I can also access Hootsuite, and though I haven’t done it yet, there is a program that will allow me to read Word documents that are emailed to me, which would be nice for travelling.
This is a great, portable entertainment device. I sometimes sprawl out on my bed and watch a movie on it in peace, or I can see it being a great device for business travel (great way to kill time on a plane with a pair of headphones) or personal car travel (I could download some movies and allow my kids to use it or myself if I’m not driving). I don’t think it’s as versatile or powerful as my husband’s iPad, but so far, I expect it will fit my needs and get a lot of use. I like the small, portable size. If I need something more powerful, I’ll have to pack my laptop.
For those of you who have a Kindle Fire: What do you use it for most?