by Jennifer AlLee
I am not usually one to jump on the latest/greatest techno fad. I was late getting an iPod. I was one of the last people in my circle of friends to get a smart phone. I still don't have GPS in my car. But... when I heard about the Kindle Fire - Amazon's answer to the table - I jumped on it. For the first time, I pre-ordered the latest/greatest gadget. And what fun it has been.
The Kindle Fire is a full color, touch screen tablet. It's smaller than an iPad, and in all honesty, doesn't have quite the range that the iPad does. However, at $199, it's much cheaper than the iPad, and it does everything I want it to do. And what DO I want it to do? I'm glad you asked...
Being that it's a Kindle, you know it's an e-reader. And while I have read some books on it, I still prefer reading books on my original Kindle. I find the e-ink display of the original much easier on the eyes. HOWEVER... I am loving reading magazines on the Fire. I currently subscribe to the paper version of Entertainment Weekly, so by downloading the free app, I can read the e-version on my Fire. Let me tell you... IT IS AWESOME! There are lots of interactive features, like being able to touch part of the screen and see additional information. Of course, the marketing genius in this is that you can be reading a music review and with a tap of the screen be taken to the Amazon store where you can buy said album. To quote the soon-to-be-eaten velociraptor hunter in Jurassic Park... Clever, girl.
It it has a web browser, so I can check my email and Facebook and any other stuff I want to, as long as I can connect to WiFi. But I don't surf the web that often. I spend enough time doing that on my laptop, thank you very much.
My number one, most fun thing to do on the Kindle Fire is... play games. Yes, I admit it. I purchased the Kindle Fire strictly for fun, and that's what I'm having with it... fun. My favorites are Plants VS Zombies and Angry Birds (original, Season, and Rio versions). Yep, I'm a simple gal. Between my games and my paperless magazines, I'm a happy gal.
So, is there anything I don't like about the Fire? Oh sure.
- It's heavy. I'm not sure of the exact weight, but it feels heavier than the original Kindle (and I have the deluxe, bigger one of those).
- The back of the Fire has a smooth, slick feel that makes it a little difficult to hold on to.
- The On/Off button is located on the bottom of the tablet, right where your thumb hits when you're trying to read. I turned it off by accident a few times when I first got it. This is easily remedied by turning it upside down (the screen orients accordingly).
- There is no volume button. Seriously, I searched and searched before I discovered where it is. (You have to hit the little gear icon at the top right hand corner of the screen to access volume control.)
How about you? If you have a Fire or other tablet, what's your favorite thing about it? Or have you sworn off the tablet/e-reader craze?
JENNIFER ALLEE believes the most important thing a woman can do is find her identity in God – a theme that carries throughout her novels. A professional writer for over twenty years, she's done extensive freelance work for Concordia Publishing House, including skits, Bible activity pages, and over 100 contributions to their popular My Devotions series. Her first novel, The Love of His Brother, was released by Five Star Publishers in November 2007. Her latest novel, The Pastor’s Wife, was released by Abingdon Press in February 2010. Her next two novels are The Mother Road (April 2012) and A Wild Goose Chase Christmas (November 2012), both from Abingdon Press. She's a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, Christian Authors Network, and the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance.