Yes. I am married to the most wonderful man in the world. He got me the Kindle Fire for Christmas and he let me “open” it now. (He’s a keeper).
So, for the past three days, I’ve been playing around with my new Kindle Fire. I thought I’d share my initial reaction with you.
Things I Like
1. Welcome back color book covers. Oh how I’ve missed you! This has been one of the hardest (and most unexpected) things about moving from the paper world to the digital world. When I got my second generation Kindle in mid-2010, the first thing I missed was browsing books by their cover. I tend to buy a bunch of books at one time. Then, when I’m looking for the next book to read, I flip through the titles on my shelf and look at their covers. So, I’m thrilled at the return of color covers on my new Fire.
2. Room to breathe. I love the larger reading area on the Fire. I tend to make my font a little bigger than the default, so it’s nice to have a bigger screen than the old 2nd gen Kindle. It feels more like your typical paperback page size.
3. Making life easier. I’m totally addicted to my iPhone. I love that I can tweet out or check my email from anywhere. Being able to do these routine daily tasks from my Fire is an awesome value-add for my day. I’m extremely happy with the tablet like features.
Things I Don’t Like (But Can Live With)
1. I miss e-ink. I really do. But, I found something that makes reading on the Fire as close to e-Ink as you can get. There is a font setting (see picture) with a cream background and brown letters. Once I found this and adjusted the brightness to be very dim, I found reading on the Fire to be almost as good as on the 2nd gen Kindle.
2. I am glaring at the glare. The one feature that is disappointing (but not enough to send it back) is the glare. I’m used to some glare with my iPhone 4, but with the Fire, it is worse. When I sit on my favorite couch with a lamp behind my head, I have to constantly move my Fire around as I read to adjust the glare. It wasn’t as bad yesterday afternoon when I could turn the lamp off and read by daylight. Still, it’s a little annoying.
3. Power is everything. But the location of the power button is really annoying. I like to hold the device with one hand. It’s a little on the heavy side, so I balance it with my pinky finger on the bottom of the device. The only problem? That’s where the power button is. I found this to be irritating until I realized that I could turn the Fire upside down, so the power button would be at the top. Since the screen rotates I can still read the words right side up.
4. Cable woes. Okay, maybe that’s a bit dramatic. But as an author, I always preview my own book on my Kindle before I publish. One of the ways I did this was to copy my Kindle ready file to my device from my computer. Amazon made it easy because the power cable was also a USB cable. The new Fire does not come with this type of cable any more. The charger is a plain vanilla AC adapter. But, have no fear, you can still buy a USB cable separately and you can still copy files directly from your computer to your device.
Regardless of the things I don’t like, this Fire is one that won’t get put out any time soon.
Do you have a Fire or are you considering getting one? If so, leave a comment. I’d love to know what you like / dislike about it or if you have any questions about it.
Best-selling self-published author, Karen Baney, enjoys sharing information to help authors learn about the Business of Writing. She holds a Masters of Business Administration from Arizona State University and has worked in various business related career fields for the past 20 years. She writes Christian Historical Fiction and Contemporary Romance novels. To learn more about her novels visit her website: karenbaney.com. Authors can find tips and information on self-publishing and marketing at: www.myauthorservices.com.
Karen and her husband, Jim, also run several online businesses. They make their home in Gilbert, AZ, with their two dogs.