Two days ago I excitedly opened the brand new Kindle Fire. I have been able to play with it for two days, so I thought I would write a review. You can see the Kindle Fire, Full Color 7″ Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi here.
When I opened the Kindle Fire box, I noticed there were no paper instructions except a little piece of cardboard telling me how to charge it. I didn’t need instructions per se, because it is available on your Kindle. However, some people might care if there are instructions available or not.
Anyways, I plugged my Kindle Fire in the wall and let it charge. There is only 1 button on the Kindle Fire, which is the on/off button. No case is included, but there are several available online here. The Kindle Fire comes with an AC adapter. It does NOT come with a micro USB data cable for syncing with your computer. You will have to purchase that separately.
Before I get into the details that you’ve already probably read online, I will tell you my beefs with the Kindle Fire so far. First, I noticed the Kindle Fire was heavier than anticipated. Although it is stated that the Fire weighs 14.3 ounces, you don’t really know how heavy it is until you are holding it. I was a little surprised at the weight; however, after a couple of days I am use to it.
For you ladies out there, I nurse my child when I rock her to sleep. I was able to successfully rock my daughter while holding the Kindle in one hand with the Boppy Pillow as support. I am very happy about this because I was sick of reading the screen on my iPhone at night when I rocked her to sleep.
The next issue I’ve had, well the only real issue, is that the Kindle Fire has crashed a couple of times. The screen has frozen and becomes unresponsive. I tried to turn off the Kindle and turn it back on but it did not work. My husband emailed Amazon for me, and the automatic email suggested that the battery was low. I can guarantee you that the battery was not low. After about 20 minutes, I decided to plug it in the wall and then perform the hard reset on the Kindle Fire. To perform a hard reset, you push the power button for 20 seconds. It DID turn off. So that seemed to fix the problem.
You can see the Kindle Fire, Full Color 7″ Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi at that link.
The pros of the Kindle Fire is that it is a gorgeous ebook reader. It has a beautiful screen and awesome, clear picture. I love reading on the screen. The pictures in books are beautiful, crisp, and crystal clear.
I have an iPhone so I have been doing comparisons between the two (although I know they are completely different!). Surprisingly, the volume on the Kindle Fire and the volume on the iPhone are comparable. If you plan to watch movies, don’t expect the volume to be much louder on the Kindle Fire. If I had to do it over again, yes, I would buy the Fire.
Kindle Fire Spec’s Straight From Amazon.
- 7″ multi-touch display with IPS (in-plane switching) technology and anti-reflective treatment, 1024 x 600 pixel resolution at 169 ppi, 16 million colors.
- Size (in inches) 7.5″ x 4.7″ x 0.45″ (190 mm x 120 mm x 11.4 mm).
- Weight 14.6 ounces (413 grams).
- System Requirements None, because it’s wireless and doesn’t require a computer.
- On-device Storage 8GB internal (approximately 6GB available for user content). That’s enough for 80 apps, plus 10 movies or 800 songs or 6,000 books.
- Cloud Storage Free cloud storage for all Amazon content
- Battery Life Up to 8 hours of continuous reading or 7.5 hours of video playback, with wireless off. Battery life will vary based on wireless usage, such as web browsing and downloading content.
- Charge Time Fully charges in approximately 4 hours via included U.S. power adapter. Also supports charging from your computer via USB.
- Wi-Fi Connectivity Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, or enterprise networks with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication; does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks.
- USB Port USB 2.0 (micro-B connector)
- Audio 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, top-mounted stereo speakers.
- Content Formats Supported Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, WAV, MP4, VP8.
- Documentation Quick Start Guide (included in box); Kindle Fire User’s Guide (pre-installed on device). Additional information available online.
- Warranty and Service 1-year limited warranty and service included. Optional 2-year Extended Warranty available for U.S. customers sold separately. Use of Kindle is subject to the terms found here.
- Included in the Box Kindle Fire device, U.S. power adapter (supports 100-240V), and Quick Start Guide.