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I can't read my Kindle Fire in the sunshine

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Initial post: 3 Mar 2013 14:45:13 GMT
J. Clark says:
I read mostly on holiday abroad. However I can only read indoors as the Kindle Fire is impossible to read in sunlight. Is there an additional item to help me do this?

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Mar 2013 14:51:15 GMT
Damaskcat says:
Not as far as I am aware - any tablet or computer is going to be pretty difficult to read in sunshine. The only devices which you can read in sunlight are e-ink e-readers.

Posted on 3 Mar 2013 14:52:37 GMT
Just buy a kindle e-reader, either the basic or the paperwhite can be read in bright sunshine

Posted on 3 Mar 2013 15:10:06 GMT
KeithT says:
The problem has been reported many, many times now and there is no effective solution other than moving into the shade. I was fortunate to find this site before I made a purchase and then went with the Paperwhite as all I want is an e-reader.
I understand the problem is the same with most tablets.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Mar 2013 16:03:47 GMT
E R says:
We seem to have a suitable weather system now in the UK, if you can find any weather bright enough to prevent reading on your tablet, then count yourself lucky.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 May 2013 22:09:50 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 May 2013 22:18:25 BDT
Fluffalump says:
I did not know about this problem and took my new kindle fire on holiday last week. Sat down in sun to read and was looking at what seemed to be a blank screen. Went inside and it was fine. So tried a few things. If you are wearing polaroid sunglasses they add to polarisation of screen when held like a book and screen looks blank. If you turn kindle on side to read you faintly see writing. If you then change settings (need to do this inside) to black background with white writing and turn brilliance up to highest it is possible to read (although not great) in the sun if not directly shining on it. It was a big disappointment as i was really looking forward to using my kindle on holidays.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 May 2013 22:39:50 BDT
TomC says:
The only thing that will help you is one of these ....

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Posted on 6 May 2013 22:44:22 BDT
Although you've probably figured it out by now, just let me say that all the ads you've seen about reading Kindles in the sunlight apply only to the eInk Kindles. Amazon has never made that statement about the Fire, which uses a traditional LCD screen rather than the advanced eInk screen.

Posted on 7 May 2013 10:06:49 BDT
Last edited by the author on 7 May 2013 10:07:41 BDT
TomC says:
It has, no doubt, been said many times before: Amazon would have prevented a lot of confusion if they had not used the name "Kindle" as the name for their tablet. They are completely different devices, intended to satisfy different requirements.

An eInk screen as used in the original Kindle is easy to use in sunlight, but it will not play video. An LCD screen as used in tablets and in the Kindle Fire is the other way round; great for playing video and web browsing, but useless by the pool.

Posted on 7 May 2013 11:04:20 BDT
Last edited by the author on 7 May 2013 12:46:53 BDT
As I've said before it is possible to read in sunlight, I do it all the time on my tablet, all one needs to do is change background, I use sepia with black text and turn brightness up or down according to conditions. I will concede it is easier on my KK but it is possible on a tablet.

Also why does nobody complain they can't watch videos, play games or do any of the other things a tablet can do in the sunshine. Surely if as some say it's impossible to read in sunshine then obviously it should be impossible to do these other things which would make the device completely useless and only good indoors.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Sep 2013 01:19:16 BDT
I also only have time to read on holiday. After buying this in John Lewis I was furious when couldn't read at the pool on hols. They need to bring something out to help this!

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Sep 2013 05:56:47 BDT
Denis Powell says:
Sandra, there's nothing to "bring out". If reading easily in bright sunlight is an important feature for you then you needed to buy an e-ink reader and not a tablet computer.

The light inside a Kindle Fire can never outshine the sun.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Sep 2013 07:28:18 BDT
ChrisJ says:
They HAVE brought out something to help the reading in bright sunshine. It has been available in the UK for 3 years and in the USA for a few more years....

The standard e-ink Kindles (Touch, Keyboard, Paperwhite, Basic) are all ideal for reading in bright sunshine.
(And a Fire plus e-ink Kindle is much cheaper than an iPad).

Posted on 26 Sep 2013 09:31:18 BDT
Kaz says:
Changing the background might help, but as nearly everyone else has said, the Fire is fine as a tablet, but for reading by the pool, not such a good option. My best friend has a Fire, but also has the "standard" Kindle for reading on holiday, as he says that he finds the reflection from the screen a nightmare when trying to read in sunlight.

Posted on 26 Sep 2013 09:55:30 BDT
Sharon4 says:
Hubby takes his Fire out a lot and usually has to find a patch of shade so that he can use the maps app. I can't look at it at all; I tried a couple of times and got the mother and father of all headaches, a problem I don't normally suffer from. Ereaders, OTOH, are a pleasure, even in strong sunlight for long periods. Of course, my experience is limited to Kindle, but as the other makes use the same e-ink screens, I'd expect a Nook or Kobo to be just as comfortable.

Posted on 26 Sep 2013 10:03:20 BDT
Manc girl says:
A kindle is an ereader and can be read in sunlight - a kindle fire is a tablet not an ereader and therefor you use it as a small laptop - simple as :)

Posted on 26 Sep 2013 14:42:34 BDT
RichieRich says:
Or you could try sticking one of these on your Kindle Fire screen MediaDevil Magicscreen Screen Protector: Matte Clear (Anti-Glare) - Amazon Kindle Fire 7" (2011 & 2012 releases. Does NOT fit Kindle Fire HD) - (2 x Screen Protectors) This is just an example there are many out there

It does give numerous warnings in the blurb about matte screen protectors. So you may be able to view the screen in the sun but it does have a slight negative effect on the quality of the display.

But I do agree with a previous post about why Amazon chose to use the Kindle name on the tablets. Has caused quite a bit of confusion

Posted on 14 Apr 2014 17:22:35 BDT
I.F.Coyle says:
A book that I can'read out doors and camera that I can only take pictures of myself of? Hmmm! a chap could get grumpy!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Apr 2014 17:26:45 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 Apr 2014 17:26:57 BDT
Damaskcat says:
You won't be able to read any easier outdoors on any tablet, mobile phone or laptop. If you want to read outdoors buy an e-ink e-reader.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Apr 2014 19:31:18 BDT
Bawmer says:
.. And the camera is designed for Skype.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Apr 2014 08:55:46 BDT
I.F.Coyle says:
Quite clearly I know this now. Its not something that was particularly well-advertised in the sales blurb is all I'm saying.
I quite like the machine, but think its going to have to go back. Apart from the annoying "taking photos over your shoulder issue" I really think the fact that you can't read the damn thing in the sunshine should perhaps be given a little more prominence!
After all ...........its a Kindle !!!!!
Just a bit pee'd off 'cos I gave away my old "read in any conditions" Kindle. Now I would have to buy another one for holiday use or start lugging a dozen books around again on holidays, which rather defeats the object.
Anyone got any reviews on the filters that Amazon advertise?

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Apr 2014 09:21:49 BDT
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Posted on 15 Apr 2014 09:48:16 BDT
Sharon4 says:
I would definitely cut my losses and buy a new ereader. It will do what you want it to, insofar as you'll be able to read it in bright sunlight and unlike all those books, it won't mess with your baggage allowance. I don't know what the penalties are for going over, but suppose the cost was the same or even more, as the price of a new Kindle. That would be sad indeed!

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Apr 2014 13:02:50 BDT
Last edited by the author on 15 Apr 2014 13:36:31 BDT
Filetrs don't work. The problem is contrast. The screen isn't brighter than the sun. The sunlight swamps the display (which is lit).

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Apr 2014 13:17:51 BDT
Last edited by the author on 15 Apr 2014 13:18:30 BDT
Lucy Lou says:
Ah, it is not a Kindle. The Kindle became a brand after the success of the original Kindle and it does infer to some degree the same capabilities. The Fire family, however, are tablet computers and as such are not compatible with reading in the sunshine.

The filters don't work.
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