Date: 9 January 2015. Kindle versus Fire (nail
As many may
know from reading this website, I love my
was a gift from He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named (not Voldemort) back in October 2013
and what a godsend.
For years I'd wanted an eReader but the cost seemed prohibitive. But
then HWMNBN gave me the Kindle and love ensued. Still, a girl can
have her head turned, and the color Kindle Fire's appeared...
least expensive Kindle sold on Amazon and I love it. However there
is one drawback. It does not have an internal light and therefore I
have to use the LED by my bunk at night. Sometimes, especially when
it's cold, I'd much rather stay beneath the blankets and there my
light won't work.
Then, this past
December I saw a special on Amazon for the Kindle Fire and it
tempted me. I was happy to trial the Fire (7" screen) because Amazon
allowed a three month testing period. If I wasn't satisfied, I could
return the product for a full refund. I picked magenta (hey, I like pretty things) and it is
Note the red dot of nail polish on
the mini-USB. That denotes top so I can plug in without my glasses.
white and silver nail polish.
Maybe green and black too. You never know...
In ship's stores, I would
recommend a bottle of bright red nail polish. Ditto a bottle
of white and/or silver polish. At some point you'll find it
useful. As you can see in the previous picture, I dotted my
USB plug (both ends incidentally) and now it's easy to insert
the proper way in any unit.
A friend used silver polish
when he needed to make a mark on a flywheel to get an RPM
reading from his digital
worked. Of course you could buy the fancy strips sold online,
but we're on a budget. Discount nail polish retails for a
dollar a bottle, and at thrift stores often can be found for
Silver is generally double
the cost of normal colors. So sparkle and spend the $2. You
will find a use for it, guaranteed.
The magenta (aka pink) exterior is bright and is easy to spot in my
purse. The problem though is the doggone thing is heavy -- much
heavier than my original
some good things about the KindleFire7 (latest generation) and they
on the screen is wonderful.
are crisp and don't wobble/no funky pixel block errors.
built in wifi and it's MUCH better than the one included in my older
wifi I could download email.
connection I was using was distant and I had no issues surfing,
though it was slower than with the Verizon gizmo I pay for. See
Bandwidth Blues (internet afloat)
article for details.
Side Note: I'm not certain if I could attach the Verizon gizmo to
the Kindle -- never tried it. Kindle does have a mini-USB port so it
may be possible to surf with it. I'm practical, and prefer using my
The internal wifi allowed me to
very easily shop on Amazon. I liked the connection better as far as
looking at follow up books in series and such.
connection allowed me to download apps so I could visit
BuzzFeed and more.
(the KindleFire) is an android-type gizmo, folks familiar with smart
phones will probably get a lot more from the goodies included in the
unit. I'm simple, and not too interested in learning new techniques.
Plus, well, I understand my computer and like it.
is heavier than my original Kindle, and the weight for reading in my bunk was more than I
liked. My wrists are not the strongest. Holding this
KindleFire7 quickly became painful. And when I fall asleep the
doggone thing clunks hard enough to wake me.
screen to turn a page requires two hands.
from the mini-USB plug is simple. What bit me was that I have a
couple of 12-volt plugs for charging from my batteries. If I used
one, it was a lower powered and battery power in the Kindle
would steadily decrease. I had to utilize the higher output plug.
I'm being picky, but this is truth:
I want my life
simple and the tools used need to be intuitive, easy and work!
loss of power occurred when I plugged the KindleFire7 into my
computer. It would not recharge while I was using the unit. The
original Kindle (plain, bottom of the line version) does recharge
fully while in use from my computer or any of the USB charging
outlets aboard Seaweed.
issue is the size of the unit. It is much thicker than my original.
The weight is substantially higher
and for me, even though I enjoy Lost Bubble along with reading
books on it -- this Kindle Fire 7" version is simply not worth the
$150. I'm sending the pink one back.
Now if you're an app fan I can see
liking it. Were the Fire7 one-third the price I'd keep mine. Still,
I have a Kindle to read lots of old books for free. A lot of the
classics can be found for free, both on
Amazon [that's an affiliate link] and on
Project Gutenberg. Project Gutenberg offers books in lots of
formats and I check it regularly for new goodies.
The original Kindle is small,
light weight and just right for me. I wish I hadn't waited and am
blessed, truly blessed to have lots of wonderful books at my
fingertips. When you shop for yours, I'd consider weight a big
issue. If you're more into connectivity, the new generation Fire's
are impressive. In some ways I wish I could afford to keep mine.
Update: 15 January 2015. My
Kindle has developed a fatal hardware error. What that means is
that the screen only displays the top half. I can no longer read
on it and of course the holiday sales are over. For the next
week and a half I'll use the Fire but it will be returned. As
above, the fancy Fire is too heavy so it's going back.
I'm glad to have it for the
short term and will of course be looking for another small,
lightweight Kindle (on sale) to replace my original. After all,
in the words of many much smarter than I:
Do you own an eReader, and if so which one?
And, does yours come with you always or is it strictly for use at home?
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