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Kindle fire - my new favourite gadget
Member Name: Chris7982
Advantages: Affordable, great ereader, fun extras and apps
Disadvantages: Occasional crashing, battery life not long enough for tablet functions e.g. games, catchup tv
I got my kindle fire as a christmas gift from my boyfriend. After a bit of present price conference with him, found out he'd gone a little over our £100 limit, but was still impressed the tablet came in at £129. I'm a bit of a book hoarder, so the kindle was perfect for me and the extras are very fun and entertaining.
I've only purchased a couple of books on the kindle so far and can't fault the ereader functions (of course this is the kindles specialty) Works well, doesn't hurt my eyes, don't need a book light and the bookmark never get lost, so all my fears and reluctancies about using a screen instead of the old reliable books were unfounded.
As a tablet, it works well, of course there are less amazon apps than itunes apps, but that's a small price to pay for the money you save purchasng a kindle instead of an ipad.
The battery life isn't great. Playing games/eatching tv or movies on kindle fire means keeping an eye on your battery life, just lasts a few hours. If you are using this predominently as an ereader and not a tablet, this isn''t so much of a problem.
One further small problem is the tablet sometimes crashes, sticks, or controls stop working. Again, this appears to be a side effect of the kindle fire being originally designed as a reader, not a tablet.
Overall, this is a good and affordable little tablet / ereader, but probably for those who want an ereader with tablet functions as an extra.
Summary: Good little ereader/tablet, but not for you if you're looking for a lower priced ipad
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