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So, as my old netbook grinds to a halt I decided it was time to get a tablet, a back up method to get online to do my internet business and ciao ratings so to take the strain off the said netbook. Sadly the online ciao site is not great and hard to figure out how to rate so more about doing facebook and email at the moment. In fact owning an Amazon Fire 7’ is like having an oversized Smartphone.
The AF7 is essentially a kindle and designed for that short-lived craze of reading online, mostly used and purchased for little middle-class kids tucked up in bed listening to Harry Potter, a distraction so mum and dad can nip into bed for some ‘rumpy pumpey’. But today the kindle is simply a cheap way to buy a portable tablet to get online and I cashed in on the vulgar Black Friday. It was Amazon that triumphed the kindle at the turn of the decade and now they are selling off their older models to push HD models, a tacit admission that the act of kindling is a thing of the past and tablets are more for going online to do online things, like watching films for nothing and looking at porn. I personally would not advise looking at porn on any device that you may have to send away to fix that virus. If you want to emergency shutdown the Fire because of a frozen screen or an America voice telling you to call this number to unlock your browser because you have been looking at naked ladies (and your partner may hear it) then hold the start button down for 40 seconds and then release and then press the same start button to reboot.
At £29.99 in that Black Friday deal on Amazon it was hard to turn down. It does everything a decent 7 inch tablet does and so no need to spend £60 -70quid on one. Now the first problem is Amazon Store, their version of Google Play, the online app shop. Amazon Store simply does not have anywhere near the free apps that Goggle Play does and so you may have to online search another gateway to get your free app or use the online website instead. It makes a lot of difference to navigate an app as it does a website. It’s not a big problem as all the big free apps are there but, for example, the Ciao app is not. You may have specific apps you use from your phone that you won’t get here or, at least, a stable version.
You will need to buy a case for this as it’s just too big for the hand and somewhat slippery to hold securely all the time. You will eventually drop this as you will drop your Smartphone and that means the screen will eventually break or the battery dislodge and so a manual reboot. You can replace screens for both with a YouTube tutorial and a cheap generic screen from Amazon Marketplace, for example. That’s not the case with all tablets as the likes of Apple seal the screen down with special connectors to make it hard to change parts and damage the kit in the process. The Fire seems fine to fix with nothing in the way. If you buy a cheap wallet cover to protect it then it will cost about £6.00 and fold out to act as a stand for the tablet. If you buy a cheap one the holes in the cover may not line up right with the buttons, memory slots and charging points on the tablets.
The Fire feels like a quality build and supplied with a lightweight adapter to power it up and recharge the battery. The battery lasts a while and I recon would stay charged for 7 hours if left unused. It’s best to turn it off when not using it, a simply on/off button on the top of the tablet. Constant recharging may reduce battery life.
Once up and running you have a traditional android desktop display with swipe screen and 8 GB of memory and storage, enough to download 20 apps. You can add to your memory and space with a STD card but hard to run apps of that extra storage card. Amazon offer unlimited free cloud storage for non business users. The cloud is a big safe in the sky. It encourages you to sign up to Amazon Prime and various other Amazon pay services but not something that’s a hassle.
The screen image is a nice and crisp 7" display (171 ppi / 1024 x 600) and the model available in four colors from Amazon..
It has a decent fast 1.3 GHz quad-core processor and rear and front-facing cameras. The camera and video image is pretty good. Navigation and page load speed pretty good to and they also have their own browser. It really is great value for the price I got. It normally retails at around at £49.99 if you are interested in a non HD tablet. It may be worth paying the extra tenner for the 16GB version at £59.99. Amazon does an 8 and 10 inch tablet but the price really rockets.
So summing up it’s an excellent product and great for web surfing and watching TV and movies etc. It’s more kindle than you want in set up but does everything a tablet can. The package it came in was a slight issue as it’s like a carry bag you would get perfume in but well packed from Amazon. There is no flash for taking pictures and video though. Oh and you can get a grubby screen quickly so make sure you have the right cleaning kit.
I am an avid reader and a die hard fan of books. I was one of those people who swore they would never get a kindle or its equivalent because I felt like I was being traitorous to my beloved books. And for a long time i stood by my word. That is until a couple of Christmases ago when my husband, running really thin on ideas for presents for me, book me one. I have to say that I love it actually. It will never be as good as holding a book, but it is not bad for a second place!
The thing that I like most about it is the convenience - you can have hundreds and thousands of books on there and it is still the same size and it still weighs the same! This is particularly good for when you are going away on holiday - no need to limit yourself to what you think you might want to read.
The kindle is very lightweight as well which is good for travel too and it is also very easy to hold. i have tiny little hands and I can still comfortably hold it in one hand - I would strongly recommend getting a cover for it though because they often have a little loop in them to slide your hand into to make it even easier to hold.
Downloading books from Amazon is unbelievably simple if you have an account set up and they have everything and anything available on there. The only thing that I don't like about the Kindle is the fact that the books are more expensive than normal ones.
I have the basic version of the Kindle which suits me fine and I can’t understand what is so different or better about the more expensive versions.
The Kindle has a 6 inch screen which is a really nice size for reading on as it is more or less the size of a paperback page. It is made of plastic but it doesn’t feel cheap and I love how thin and light it is. Before having one I imagined that it would be awkward and uncomfortable to read on but it is actually a lot lighter and more comfortable than reading a paperback. It just feels right in my hand and I am surprised as I thought it would feel alien to hold.
It is touch screen and this comes really intuitively and you just sort of tap the side of the screen when you are ready to turn the page. I thought that I would be constantly thinking about this when using it but I don’t even notice that I am doing it as it just works so intuitively. The page turning is so smooth and instantaneous that I don’t even notice it happening and there is only a split second delay so even during a really exciting chapter you aren’t pulled from the story.
I also love the fact that I can adjust the text size to suit myself. Sometimes I find that text can be a little bit small so I can enlarge it slightly so that it is the perfect size for my eye. The screen is fantastic and I can’t believe that I am reading from an E-reader and not a printed page as it just feels so comfortable. The E-ink is amazing and so comfortable. When you stare at a computer or tablet screen for a while it can tire or hurt your eyes but there is nothing like that with this and I can read for hours without it hurting my eyes. You can even use this is direct sunlight and there is no glare and no needing to move about trying to find the right position to keep it out of the sun.
I have the WI-FI version and I always have it connected to the internet at home so that I can browse the Amazon bookstore whenever I want. I love the fact that I can always choose a new book no matter the time of day and it downloads almost instantly to my Kindle so I can choose what book I want and then buy it and have it available to read within seconds. Amazon have a huge range of books and a lot of the time they have some great offers on. There is also a big selection of free books too so there really is something for everyone on it.
I bought my Kindle a few years ago, and I really love it. It's so useful being able to travel without having to carry a load of heavy books in my suitcase. Nowadays, whenever I travel, I always carry my kindle with me.
Great for travelling:
When I first started using my Kindle on a plane, the cabin staff would tell me to switch it off during takeoff and landing. Nowadays, though, I'm just told to switch it to Airplane Mode and can use it any time I like during the flight. Even on the longest flights, I still don’t run out of things to read. The same applies for any other sort of journey. For instance, cars or trains, and especially on cruises.
Good company when you’re eating or drinking or waiting:
If I go out shopping, I pop it into my handbag so that if I stop to have a coffee or a snack, I can just pull it out of my bag and carry on reading. Waiting for buses and trains, waiting to meet friends, waiting in the doctor’s or dentist’s or at the hairdresser’s, my Kindle is always there. You can read more than one book at a time because wherever you've reached in any particular book is where it takes you back to.
Other nice things about the Kindle:
What's also nice about the Kindle is that you can read it in full sunshine without any reflection on the screen. I’ve read my Kindle on beaches, poolside and in my own garden, all in full sunlight, without any problem. I have never dropped it in water, but it has been covered in sand, which I’ve just brushed off, and it’s been none the worse for it.
It's also rechargeable, and one charge will last about a month. You can get Kindles that have keyboards but mine is a very simple one.
Kindle books are usually cheaper than the printed versions are. Quite often they are quite a bit cheaper, and occasionally even free. It’s a great way to discover new authors, whose books are sometimes offered for free for a limited period. I’ve read some really good books that way, and have gone on to find and buy more of those authors’ works.
Once you've read a book you can archive it so that your kindle index doesn't get too cluttered. If you need to retrieve a book you can just go to your archive and reload it onto your Kindle.
One of my most used items of tech in the house.
I've always been a reader and this device has opened out a massive library of titles.
As a user of Amazon i find the process of acquiring and installing items simple and quick.
The device is highly portable and reliable.
I love to read, I always have done since I was a child – but just recently as I’ve been travelling a lot to see my other half that lives nearly 500 miles away I do a lot of train travelling. So I have been thinking for a while if I wanted an e-reader, debated it for a long time even though I knew it was always going to be a Kindle.
I’ve personally got a simple 6 inch Kindle with Wi-Fi and touch screen – all I wanted was a basic bog standard black and white e-reader. I’m so easily distracted when I’m on my phone or iPad so wanted something that no Facebook could reach and I tell you what it was the best decision I ever made.
The kindle when bought from Amazon comes already linked to your account, so it’s a lot easier when it arrives. You can literally turn it on and go – all you need to do is put your Wi-Fi password in and it’ll start to download everything you have on your amazon kindle cloud – if you want them downloading. I sent everything to mine from my Amazon account so now I’ve got all my eBooks on my reader.
Due to the fact that it doesn’t use a full colour screen, the battery lasts ages, I’ve not yet had to fully charge mine – I’ve had it nearly a month and it gets used on average every day for a good maybe an hour or so every day. It’s well worth the money, mine was quite cheap to be honest because I got an extra £10 off mine because it was preprogramed to send me the adverts and special offers but that doesn’t bother me.
When connected to the internet it’ll update for you, my most recent update gave me the ability to buy another book straight from finishing the current book. I tend to buy a selection of books rather than just one so might not need it so much, but it’s still useful to have. My only complaint is that when you hold down the power button it doesn’t give you an option to turn off completely. However I can overlook that for the easiest to read e-reader with no distractions!
The screen is identical to a book, you need light to make it readable but that doesn’t bother me it’s ideal if you just want something to read and nothing else!
There are so many different Kindles from a basic up to a singing and dancing Fire HDX which is essentially a tablet so prices go up from £59.99 – on Amazon and varying websites and shops.
I was very hesitant to purchase my amazon kindle because I wasn't sure if I would use it enough to warrant the buying of it. I have had my kindle for around 6 weeks and have read my way through over 2000 pages of literature. While I do miss the feel of a book the non glare screen is fantastic and I have not once had a headache from looking at it for too long
Buying the books is so simple that I went from finishing one book to reading the sequel in no more than a minute. If you simply want an e-reader then I would suggest the basic kindle over any of its more expensive and high-tec companions as it offers everything I would have wanted. There even is a very primitive web browser for surfing the internet which I found useful when i was looking at which books I wanted to purchase.
Also I have been able to link my kindle to my PC and my phone which means that if I don't have my kindle with me but want to read it will sync what page I read up to and I can keep going. The battery life is also fantastic, I have only had to charge it twice since I bought it.
I love gadgets and as soon as I saw this advertised on Amazon I wanted it! The Kindle is similar to the Sony reader however while the Sony reader holds up to 160 books on it's hard drive (you can save some on a memory stick) the Kindle holds a massive 1500 (approx) books. Very impressive.
I read a lot and this is an excellent item for holidays etc to save on luggage space as well as to stick in your bag to take on train journeys/bus trips/shopping when you stop for coffee etc. This is a lightweight product and very thin too, thinner than I was expecting (which I thought was a good thing!) about 1/3 inch thick. It does not weigh much either, weighing in at 10.2oz which is less than a normal paperback.
To switch the Kindle on there is a small sliding button to the top left of the device which you simply slide to the right to switch on. To switch off the Kindle you do the same ie slide the button to the right. When you first switch the Kindle on it should open with the full user guide (which is saved on the device) - it also comes with a very short hardcopy guide on how to start the Kindle up. The Kindle is only provided with an American plug, however it comes with a usb cable which you can connect into your computer to charge etc, so this should not be a problem for **most** people.
Reading a book is very easy (and I found the first time very exciting!!!) - you order and within a couple of minutes the book pops onto your home screen. You then use your mini '5 way controller' to move the highlight to the book of your choice, then press the 5 way controller down and voila you *should* be on the first page of your book. Happy reading...
There are two buttons on the left of the Kindle which are 'Prev page' and 'Next page' which you obviously use to move forwards and backwards through the book you are reading. On the right side of the Kindle you also have a 'Next page' button and a 'Home' button, which takes you to your home page. There is also a 'Menu' button which does various things, the most important, I find, is 'bookmark your page'(!) and also you would access the Kindle store. The 'Back' button re-traces your steps on your Kindle. There is also a text key (Aa) on the keyboard to the front of the Kindle which is useful for changing the size of your words (if you lend the device to your Mum who can't see very well!!) and also fonts. The keyboard uses up the bottom 1/4 of the Kindle and is generally used to look up books in the Kindle store.
There is quite a large range of books available (which you will need to order from Amazon.com rather than Amazon.co.uk) that can be sent wirelessly, as well as newspapers and magazines. I have only used this a few times since getting it for Christmas, however my experience is that it would be best to look on the internet on your normal computer to pick your books and then order them via your computer or go onto your Kindle just to order. It is possible and easy to find and buy your books direct from your Kindle, however it (understandably) is not as quick on the web as a normal computer is. Once purchased I have found the book is delivered to your device within a few minutes. There is no problem with speed when turning the pages on this, just as fast as if you were reading a 'real' book.
I have read a couple of books on it so far and was surprised at how easily I forgot that I was reading from an electronic device and not paper! The screen does not glare and really does look like light grey paper. I would recommend this as a very convenient way to carry and store books, however I don't think anything will ever replace a real paper book and this is the only reason my overall rating is 4*!
The Amazon Kindle is an e-book reader using the e-paper display technology. Unlike a conventional flat panel display, which uses a backlight to illuminate its pixels, electronic paper reflects light like ordinary paper and is capable of holding text and images indefinitely without drawing electricity, while allowing the image to be changed later.