Kindle Fire HD Review.

My mom got me a Kindle Fire HD for my birthday because after reading all about it online, I decided this was the best e-reader for me. Not only can I read using it, but I can watch movies and TV shows. And, that's all I really wanted to be able to do.

Pros:
- Size. At 7 inches, it is the perfect size. I can see what's on the screen and my hand doesn't feel strained when I hold it to read.

- Navigation. It took me a little while to figure this out and honestly, I'm still trying to understand all the tricks, but it's actually really easy to use. I'm so used to my iPhone that I was at a disadvantage. My mom thinks it's really easy and likes that she can quickly go between things - she loves the Pinterest app and playing Angry Birds.

- Amazon Prime. Ok, I've had an Amazon Prime account for a long time, but it's seriously so great. Aside from the free shipping, they also have free shows to watch and yeah, a lot of the titles are also on Netflix, but there are some great differences,
            - The West Wing
            - Pee Wee Herman's Big Adventure
            - Season 2 of Downton Abbey

- I'm out of my reading rut. After graduating college this May, I thought, "I will have time to read ALL THE BOOKS." But really, I've just watched All the Television Shows on Netflix. I'm actually really excited to be reading and I feel like I can easily complete my goal of reading 50 books over the next year.

Cons:
- Not compatible with Calibre. When I first thought about getting a Kindle Fire, I immediately redownloaded Calibre, an application for ebooks, and put all the ebooks from my harddrive onto it. From what I read, I could easily plug the Kindle Fire into my computer and load the books. However, with the new Kindle Fire, it is not compatible with my MacBook and definitely not syncing with the Calibre. It took a long time to figure out how to get the books on the Kindle (I have to email them from my Calibre straight to my Kindle email address). And, the worst part is that they don't show up as Books, but rather in my Documents.
I've looked up different ways to fix this, but to no avail. My brother keeps swearing I'll figure it out sooner or later.

- How do I put movies on? I still haven't figured out how to put some of my movies on it since my computer doesn't recognize the Kindle Fire when I plug it in. And, when I'm travelling, I won't have steady internet access and I'd like to just have some movies on my device to easily watch.

- Apps. I'm still trying to find some decent apps, but I feel really limited with the selection on Amazon. I've heard I can download straight from Android sites, but I haven't ventured that far yet. And I don't even know what kind of apps I'm looking for.


So, the cons are mostly things that I've been too lazy to figure out and I'm just frustrated that it hasn't been easy. But I love it so far and I can't stop reading.


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Somehow Chaotic. : Kindle Fire HD Review.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Kindle Fire HD Review.

My mom got me a Kindle Fire HD for my birthday because after reading all about it online, I decided this was the best e-reader for me. Not only can I read using it, but I can watch movies and TV shows. And, that's all I really wanted to be able to do.

Pros:
- Size. At 7 inches, it is the perfect size. I can see what's on the screen and my hand doesn't feel strained when I hold it to read.

- Navigation. It took me a little while to figure this out and honestly, I'm still trying to understand all the tricks, but it's actually really easy to use. I'm so used to my iPhone that I was at a disadvantage. My mom thinks it's really easy and likes that she can quickly go between things - she loves the Pinterest app and playing Angry Birds.

- Amazon Prime. Ok, I've had an Amazon Prime account for a long time, but it's seriously so great. Aside from the free shipping, they also have free shows to watch and yeah, a lot of the titles are also on Netflix, but there are some great differences,
            - The West Wing
            - Pee Wee Herman's Big Adventure
            - Season 2 of Downton Abbey

- I'm out of my reading rut. After graduating college this May, I thought, "I will have time to read ALL THE BOOKS." But really, I've just watched All the Television Shows on Netflix. I'm actually really excited to be reading and I feel like I can easily complete my goal of reading 50 books over the next year.

Cons:
- Not compatible with Calibre. When I first thought about getting a Kindle Fire, I immediately redownloaded Calibre, an application for ebooks, and put all the ebooks from my harddrive onto it. From what I read, I could easily plug the Kindle Fire into my computer and load the books. However, with the new Kindle Fire, it is not compatible with my MacBook and definitely not syncing with the Calibre. It took a long time to figure out how to get the books on the Kindle (I have to email them from my Calibre straight to my Kindle email address). And, the worst part is that they don't show up as Books, but rather in my Documents.
I've looked up different ways to fix this, but to no avail. My brother keeps swearing I'll figure it out sooner or later.

- How do I put movies on? I still haven't figured out how to put some of my movies on it since my computer doesn't recognize the Kindle Fire when I plug it in. And, when I'm travelling, I won't have steady internet access and I'd like to just have some movies on my device to easily watch.

- Apps. I'm still trying to find some decent apps, but I feel really limited with the selection on Amazon. I've heard I can download straight from Android sites, but I haven't ventured that far yet. And I don't even know what kind of apps I'm looking for.


So, the cons are mostly things that I've been too lazy to figure out and I'm just frustrated that it hasn't been easy. But I love it so far and I can't stop reading.


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8 Comments:

At October 22, 2012 at 7:05 PM , Blogger Kaileigh said...

I saw your comment on My Beautiful, Crazy Life and I thought I was losing it and that I had made a comment and forgotten about it! It's not very often I find other Kaileigh's with their name spelled the same as mine!

You e-reader sounds way more advanced than mine, but I love mine! The best thing about it is that it fits in my purse and I can take my book everywhere.

 
At October 22, 2012 at 7:26 PM , Blogger Chris said...

Hi Kaileigh, I have a Sony e-reader - my co-workers at the library gave it to me when I retired and I will be taking it with me tomorrow on my trip to see my grandkids. It sure will help pass the time on the 13 hour bus trip. I'm just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca/

 
At October 23, 2012 at 1:32 AM , Blogger Holly said...

Oh wow I am SO not buying one of those! I am addicted enough to my iPhone to begin with! LOL!
Dropping by from the GFC Collective. :)

 
At October 23, 2012 at 4:02 PM , Blogger Kaileigh said...

I was confused when it said "Kaileigh" commented on my blog. I always meet "Kayleigh" or "Kaylee," but this is my first encounter with another Kaileigh!

That's why I love this Kindle Fire - it's going to be great to travel with.

 
At October 23, 2012 at 4:04 PM , Blogger Kaileigh said...

I've been suggesting e-readers to everyone now that I've finally joined the club. I love it. Thank you for stopping by my blog!

 
At October 23, 2012 at 4:04 PM , Blogger Kaileigh said...

I love my iPhone, but it's so small - there's no way I'd ever be able to read on it. Thanks for stopping by!

 
At October 23, 2012 at 7:40 PM , Blogger Bre @ Peacoats and Plaid said...

I got a the Fire a few weeks ago and LOVE it, but I use it a lot for web browsing and a little for reading. I've never heard of Calibre, though. I do agree with you about the apps-the amazon appstore is still lacking.

Thanks so much for linking up again with the GFC Collective!
Bre @ Peacoats and Plaid

 
At October 24, 2012 at 12:05 AM , Blogger Kaileigh said...

I have an easier time web browsing on my computer, but this Kindle is great for when I'm relaxing back. Calibre is just a program for books - it's what everyone has always suggested to me for managing ebooks.

Thanks for stopping by! I love doing the GFC Collective - I always find great blogs to follow.

 

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