Today marks the second time I’ve spent 5 minutes playing with Amazon’s new Kindle Fire. The first time, I felt frustrated since I figured it would only take me 2 seconds to decide how to work it. I am an iPhone owner, and this seemed similar. This time it did take me that long. Don’t know what happened the first time, but oh, well!
I like the new Kindle Fire, and may end up replacing my current Kindle earlier than expected. It has a nice look, stores materials in an easy to use way, and you can read magazines in living color. This is the main thing I can’t do on my current Kindle with keyboard.
If you know me, then you know that I am absolutely obsessed with my Kindle. It goes everywhere with me, and is rarely far from my side. What I like about the Fire is the crisp, clear resolution. But is it really workth the money for me to replace my beloved Kindle just to read magazines? Not sure yet.
What I don’t love is that you have to swipe the screen to turn the pages. When I first bought my Kindle, it felt weird to use the side buttons to turn the pages. Now, it’s like second nature. Having to lift my finger to turn the page (as fast as I read) seems like it will be annoying. This is what I didn’t like about reading on my iPhone. I can put my music on both devices, but the Fire allows you to watch movies and television shows which would be helpful when traveling.
Overall, I believe the Kindle Fire would be a great buy for those looking to get into eBooks. It’s reasonably priced, and looks great. If you are only interested in reading books, then you may want to choose a different model for more storage space, and a better battery. Otherwise, this will make a perfect Christmas gift. But don’t think of the Fire as an inexpensive iPad, or you’ll be sorely disappointed.