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Re: does any one use a kindle fire?
I had one Huck. Bought it last December and used it daily for 6 months. I recently sold it and replaced it with a Kindle Touch.
Now, I already have a 17" MacBook Pro. So, I only bought the Fire to use as an eReader. It was twice the price of a Touch, but at $199, cost was not an issue considering what it could do compared to the Touch. Plus, it was a bit more portable than my MBP so I thought it would be cool for the boat.
eReader - Since it's backlit LCD, you can choose brightness levels and I preferred the sepia color scheme. Even so, my eyes and head grew weary during longer reading sessions. I got "bleary eyed". The Kindle Touch and eInk is far superior for extended (more than an hour) reading sessions.
Magazines - Plenty of free ones to try out. Both in native format and Page View optimized. Not a very good experience. The screen is just too small to enjoy magazines. They're either too small for my eyes, or you're scrolling, zooming, pinching....constantly. No thanks.
Web Browser - Works, but is pretty limited. The built in browser is not fully compatible with all the web technologies, and the small 7" size is not a good web browsing experience. It works, just not real great.
Media - I found the screen too small really. It's memory is limited so you can only load so much, like maybe a movie or two. You have to plan what you'll watch, or stream it. I watched one episode of Curb on HBO Go, and by the end of the episode I was ready to put it down. Can't imagine enjoying a movie on it.
Music - Since I use an iPod nano, and space is limited on the Fire, I only loaded a couple Pink Floyd albums. The music player is okay...nowhere near as good as an iPod. Deleted the music.
email - Tough to use. Small touch keyboard is hard to type quickly and accurately on.
Apps - Let's face it, I'm an Apple fanboi and I'm used to the App Store. Everything works there. The Android market and app store is like a flea market. Alot of stuff works on one thing but not another, since Android is so fragmented. Not a whole lotta stuff works on the Fire, but there is some stuff. Lots of garbage out there. I just didn't use the device for apps.
3G - Another device and data plan? I think not. It's not really very good speed wise...barely enough to stream something and only if you have a strong signal. The data plans are crap with low caps, you can hit them quickly streaming Netflix or HBO....big $$$ to keep going. Best to use just wi-fi. (puck or hotspot needed)
Weight - The device is solid. And heavy. You see folks holding it with one hand, at the corner, in the commercials.....yeah, right...for a couple minutes maybe. Holding the device for long periods of time becomes very tiresome. My forearm would actually start to burn after an hour or so.
Battery Life - This thing eats power. Using it as just an eReader, a couple hours a day, and I'm recharging every other or every third day. A 30 minute episode of Curb, streamed from HBO Go ate up 35% of the battery! A full 2 hour movie would drain it. Just as an eReader you should get about 8 hours from it. To compare, I charge my Kindle Touch once a month.
So....I sold it to a friend and bought a Kindle Touch. Better choice for what I need...very lightweight, easy to hold, eInk is easy on the eyes. An eReader is all I really wanted to begin with. I have my MBP, iPod, etc for all the other stuff. If and when the time comes to buy another tablet. I will buy an iPad, full size one...64Gb (or larger if available) 4G. The Fire is a neat little device for what it does, it just wasn't a fit for me. The screen is too small for the user experience I want. A 7" device is a "no-go" for me. I gave it a fair shake too. I used it daily for 6 months before I made the change to the Touch.
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