As you might already know, hubby got me a Kindle Fire for our 20th wedding anniversary last month. Before then, he had gifted me with the Kindle 2 back in 2009, and sadly, the poor thing was not charging as it should anymore (although ‘B’ was quite happy to get it).
I am not the more technologically inclined person, but the Fire was easy enough to figure out. Of course it helped that I read the user’s manual and I also bought a copy of Kindle Fire How-To Guide: Your Guide to Tips, Tricks, Free Books, and Startup by Michael Gallagher. As we were traveling to Virginia for a romantic weekend, I had a chance to read these. Here is what I like about it:
Very colorful – The Kindle Fire is technically a tablet, so the screens are very colorful and I can see all the book covers in all their glory, which I truly love.
More than an eReader – Besides being able to get books, magazines and other documents, such as PDF; now I can also get videos, movies, music, apps and browse the web. I could do some of these things with my old Kindle, but the Fire makes it easier and more intuitive. I can also use Twitter and check my email!
Size – Although the Fire is a bit heavier than my previous Kindle, it is also smaller and easier to carry everywhere.
Touch screen – My old Kindle had a keyboard and buttons to change pages and select items. Now everything is touchscreen. If you have a smartphone, they you are already used to this technology.
Easier to highlight and take notes – I can take advantage of these perks (as well as view other people’s favorite quotes) that make it easier to go back when I’m reviewing a book.
And of course, there are some things that I don’t like:
Wi-Fi – is not that I don’t like the Wi-Fi, but my old Kindle had 3G technology. That meant that I could get connected to the internet and to Amazon all the time. Now I have to be connected to a Wi-Fi network or a hot-spot.
‘Book description’ is gone – My old Kindle had a link that would take me directly to the book description in the Amazon store. This was very handy as I have a LOT of eBooks and I can’t remember all of them, therefore I like to read the synopsis of any book before I ‘open’ it. Not only that, I could see customer reviews too. Now, I have to go the ‘Web’ tab and go into Amazon or Goodreads to see the synopsis.
Screen – The screen of the Fire is shinny and reflects light, which is a nuisance. I immediately missed my old Kindle that read as the page of a book. The solution was to buy an anti-glare screen protector (I got this one), problem fixed!
Collections are gone – In my old Kindle I had ‘collections’, books that I grouped by categories. For example, you could keep all your review books together, or all your YA and adult books separate. I really miss this feature.
What eReader do you use? What do you love about it? What don’t you like?