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It's A Kindle Life For Me!
Kindle Fire HD 16GB
Member Name: katade
Kindle Fire HD 16GB
Advantages: easy to use, fairly light weight, good choice of books and apps
Disadvantages: battery life
I've owned my Kindle Fire HD 16GB for around 10 months now. It was a birthday present from my dad last year. At first, when asked what I thought about having a Kindle, I was a little unconvinced as I like having real books and a shelf full of them. I also had an iPod Touch and iPhone which had eBook readers on them and whilst the screen was pretty small I still used it. When doing a little research on a Kindle I actually saw that the Kindle Fire was more like a tablet which actually made it even more appealing. Since then I have made good use of it although having an iPhone and Laptop I don't really use it for internet as much, more for reading although it is handy to have when traveling as it's a lot easier to transport around than my laptop!
As a Book
I really like using the Kindle as an eReader. I like having a backlight and being able to change the contrast, font size and bookmark my pages. I have a terrible habit of folding pages when reading and this has helped me to kick the habit. I've downloaded a fair few books onto my Kindle and find it really easy to navigate. When reading a really useful feature is being able to look up words so I have found I am understanding what I am reading a lot more if it's a word or phrase I haven't come across yet. I've recently read a few of the Game of Thrones books and having them on my Kindle rather than hard copy has made them a lot easier to transport and read as they're quite large books and sometimes the sheer size of a book can delay me in reading it however with a Kindle this is never a problem. Also, having quite small hands sometimes holding a larger book for quite some time can cause quite a few aches, being able to prop up a Kindle makes it but easier to read and enjoy books.
I've found the Kindle library has lots of choice and one thing that I often take advantage of is the free books or special offers because you can get some fantastic reads for under £1 at times which is a great bonus. Even regular books are a little cheaper and I'm all for saving a few pennies. I find the Kindle easy to hold, easy to flick the pages although on a downside I have at times flicked ahead to far and got lost or read a page or two that I should have waited to read. I don't really see this as a fault though because it can happen with hard books too without a bookmark.
I've downloaded a range of stories from all sorts of genres. My most recent purchase was Goddess by Josephine Angelini and I was really glad to see it at a slightly better price than a trip to Waterstones. One handy feature is you connect the Kindle to your Amazon account which means you can buy and then download the book straight away or save it for later. Your purchases also stay on your account so that if you need to delete a book for another (although, with 16GB storage you could have plenty of books on here) you can. With the Kindle I was given a giftcard so that I could purchase a few books. I found this very easy to apply to my amazon account and meant I could start using it straight away.
One of the biggest differences between this and the older Kindle versions was the addition of colour. This makes it much more enjoyable to browse through magazines.
As a Tablet
I like using my Kindle Fire as a tablet. The internet is fairly fast although I mainly stick to casual browsing when using this or social networking. I have also taken advantage of using Spotify on my Kindle so that I can listen to music on it as well although this can require quite a bit of memory if used offline. My Kindle does not support 3G so online applications must be used over WiFi. This also means you need WiFi to purchase and download books from your account so if using this before a holiday it is advisable to download what you need before hand. As this uses the Google Play/Android system you can download App's that connect to things like your email which is really handy. You can also download and play a selection of free and paid for games.
As a Camera
The Kindle Fire has a front facing camera which allows me to use video calling through Skype and take high quality HD pictures. You can download picture editing app's onto the Kindle as well which can provide some great entertainment. It's not a camera I would use everyday as I have other methods I would use first but for good quality photo's and extra storage and of course for touch screen editing this is a great feature.
You can use things like Netflix and LoveFilm on the Kindle as well as download movies, tv shows and watch them with ease. The screen isn't large so it's not ideal for long term use but I've found this really handy when traveling.
The Kindle has parental controls for those that use this as a family friendly tablet. I do not have need for these at the moment but it's handy to know should I let my daughter use it as she gets older. I've found it very durable, especially when my daughter has got hold of it as drops do happen. So far it's been toddler proof although it is usually out of her reach.
The tablet is very lightweight which is good and very easy to hold.
I don't think the battery life is that good because of the HD system it doesn't last as long as some of the others have done but it can be easily charged. The Kindle is charged through a USB port although when charging through a laptop it can take quite a long time. I would recommend charging it through a mains adaptor when possible although a plug did not come with mine. However, it does fit into my iPhone socket so I have not had to pay out any extra for faster battery life. At time of purchase this Kindle was priced at £159.99 however it is currently available for £119.99. I think its a good price for a very reasonable and easy to use tablet although I much prefer using it for reading.
THIS REVIEW WILL ALSO APPEAR ON CIAO! -kattwig-
Summary: A great tablet and eReader in one
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