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4.0 out of 5 stars A kindle but not a kindle!, 27 Oct 2012
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My kindle fire arrived on 25th which was the day of release and I have had a chance over the last day or so to try it out. I already have a basic kindle and have to say that I will continue using it as my main reading kindle. I find the Fire quite heavy and uncomfortable to hold for reading and the long rectangular screen shape takes a little getting used to for reading. It is good for night time reading due to the LCD screen.
It is a shame that books cannot be organised into categories like they can on the basic kindle.

The screen is very reponsive and I like the idea of a colour kindle screen. Images look great on it and for me the real bonus is being able to read a magazine on it, the pictures and text and very clear and the pages easy to navigate. However that is when the magazine apps are working efficiently, I have had a couple of issues with payments being taken and no magazine downloading. Unforunately at the moment you can only see and access these magazines and apps on the Fire itself, it would be great if I could maybe access them on Amazon online too and perhaps sync the missing bought magazines to my Fire from there?
Anyway despite these issues I can see the news stand being a feature I will be using the most.

The games selection is good, i have downloaded a couple of games which opened straight away and the graphics are good.
I didn't buy this as a devise to watch movies so I cant comment on anything to do with that.

The music player is good, far better through headphones and I like the option of music whilst playing a game or reading.

The carousel on the home screen I'm not too keen on,there is a setting to switch off the recommendations on the bottom which I have now done.

I find the icons and screen easy to navigate once I worked out where everything is, its just a matter of cruising around the device and getting used to it.

My main niggle is the battery life, obviously when setting it all up the wireless was on constantly for downloading and the battery did drain quite quickly.

Overall I really like the Kindle Fire, I'm not sure how feasable it is for people who purely want a reading device, but for a basic tablet with reading as an integrated theme its great and I know for me I will be using it for the other features mainly, the magazines, games, shopping and email etc, with some book reading but using my basic kindle as my main book reading device.
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Initial post: 28 Oct 2012 23:21:18 GMT
Kez says:
Your comments were really useful - my family want to buy me a kindle keyboard for xmas which i was very excited about but then came the kindle fire ???? and did not know what i wanted but i really want it for reading so i think the kindle keyboard is the one for me?? can you se the kindle fire to read in the daylight / sun light as being 10.00 extra still stuck on what to do ?? thank you

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Oct 2012 11:24:28 GMT
Hi the fire has a shiny lcd screen so in bright daylight or outside it is harder to read it. The e ink screen kindles are designed for reading in sunlight so much better for that purpose and i think more suitable as a primary reading device as also lighter, easier to hold and longer battery life. Its tricky as there is a.place for the fire and basic kindle but for different things. decisions decsions!
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