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This review is from: Kindle Fire 7", LCD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB - With Special Offers [Previous Generation] (Electronics)First impressions - the Kindle Fire is slightly heavier than I anticipated, but has a well made feel, with a smooth rubberised back and concealed on/off switch. The ereader has good resolution for static images, and vivid colours which make web browsing a pleasure. However, the default brightness setting was quite hard on my eyes and needed lowering when in an ebook, probably due to the amount of white on the page. Standard touchscreen pinch/spread function allows you to adjust the text size to your own requirements when web browsing. I assume this is adjustable in the ereader function too, though haven't worked out how just yet. Having watched a few film trailers and Youtubes I think if you are planning on using your Kindle for videos and films you might be better off with the HD version as moving images didn't seem quite as crisp as static web browsing.
Kindle Fire has an impressively quick response time with minimal lag as you scroll through web pages (though whether this remains the case as content is added we will have to wait and see). It's easy to open new tabs, bookmark pages etc, and all the sites I've visisted so far - BBC News, Facebook, MSN and so on - all nicely displayed/configured for this size of tablet.
I will say that I did struggle to get wifi connected initially (the format of the wifi password seems more important to Kindle than it did to my laptop or iphone, both of which happily accepted the short code on the router/modem. For the Kindle, I actually had to find the full code on my laptop control panel and enter it in that exact format for authentication to work). Once up and running I didn't find all the features of the Fire quite as intuitive to navigate as I might have expected - even as a long time iphone user used to touchscreen technology. For example it took me a couple of hours just to find the settings menu! A paper guide (other than the very basic one included that only tells you how to charge the thing) would be useful for a lot of us.
Not sure how applicable some of the features are to UK users right now - got all excited about 'Newstand', but then noticed most of the papers and magazines were American (even though I had UK settings selected). And furthermore, many are only available to read on Kindle if you have the paper subscription first.
There's no charger, which annoyed me - and the wording of the Amazon listing implies there is, because in the accessories list there is mention of a super duper high speed charger, which kind of suggests that the Fire comes with a a bog standard charger and you only need pay extra if you want to upgrade. In fact, what you get is a USB cable so you can charge through your computer, but this takes an absolute eternity (11 hours+) and I really would have liked something that would plug directly into the power supply on my train so I could use it on the way to and from work without draining power.
On the plus side, I linked into my Amazon account very easily indeed, and was immediately able to see books already purchased (which I'd been reading on my iphone Kindle App). However I couldn't actually access some of them due to`DRM', which is presumably some sort of royalties issue. I was instructed to redownload or repurchase, which was to say the least a bit frustrating. Also, my Kindle was set to the US store by default so I had to change to the UK store to get personalised recommendations and prices in £.
Overall, although the Kindle Fire has a fair few niggly annoyances, I'm pretty impressed with the general build quality and screen resolution, and see this as an affordable tablet, rather than just another ereader. I would recommend anyone making a purchase to seriously think about getting a case though, as I can't see the screen surviving too many knocks, and also the high speed charger, as the computer charge thingy is driving me nuts already. Or, if you have an iphone, I'm guessing the Kindle cable may well connect to the iphone charger. And, yes, it really should have had 3G too.
Update 3 days after purchase:-
There are now a number of UK magazines and papers available with UK pricing - I've taken free trial subscriptions to Vogue and Olive. There's also Marie Claire and Ideal Home, and blokey stuff like Classic Car and Health and Fitness. Papers include Le Monde and The Mail Plus (not that I'd touch the latter with a bargepole!). So the Newstand situation is improving.
Still quite impressed with this little gadget, despite the niggles outlined in my review. And have discovered it's much easier to read in bed at night than a book due to the illuminated screen. I reckon this is a 3.5 star item at the mo. Will be a 4 star one when the Newstand and Apps options are wider.
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Initial post: 26 Oct 2012 21:07:43 BDT
Debbie King says:
Good review. You can also charge it with the Samsung Galaxy charger.
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Oct 2012 21:09:07 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 Oct 2012 21:16:29 BDT
The iphone charger substitution definitely works too - I'm doing it as we speak. :-)
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Oct 2012 10:46:03 BDT
Mr. D. Quinn says:
Do you know if the charger/plug that goes with the original, Kindle works with the Kindle Fire?
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Oct 2012 11:05:17 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 Oct 2012 12:43:17 BDT
Sorry, I don't know as this is my first ever Kindle. But if you try the Kindle forum on Amazon someone there will almost certainly know.
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Oct 2012 17:21:50 BDT
Last edited by the author on 27 Oct 2012 17:25:55 BDT
Just to let you know, I put the new usb into my old white kindle plug and it works. Slowish but it did charge and I found a great screen dimmer on Amazon app store called Gsam, works a treat to give you a personal brightness setting that can be enabled/disabled at will and its free.
In reply to an earlier post on 29 Oct 2012 10:37:52 GMT
The original charger does work - as will any plug which can connect to a mini usb. I reckon the new charger may be faster though.
Posted on 29 Oct 2012 14:20:45 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 29 Oct 2012 14:34:34 GMT
Thank you, fellow Viner ;-)
I think it could be a decent tablet for the price, if they would just sort out the apps/newstand limitations and get some proper instructions in the box.
Posted on 31 Oct 2012 15:15:45 GMT
Last edited by the author on 31 Oct 2012 15:17:33 GMT
R. WARD says:
you should be able to charge your kindle fire with a standard i phone charger we have been charging our kindle book reader with one since last christmas and have no problems at all ,make sure your i phone has a mini usb connecter.Kindle Fire 7", LCD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB - With Special Offers
Posted on 11 Nov 2012 18:42:46 GMT
Last edited by the author on 11 Nov 2012 18:43:15 GMT
Mrs. J. Davies says:
The Blackberry phone charger works, also you can buy usb charger plugs very cheaply 3 pin just push in you usb lead. I won't be buying the fire, they should have had it ready for the British market before releasing also whats the point of something so portable with no 3G option.