Monday, November 28, 2011
Wanna Know What's HOT?
Isn't she beautiful :)
Some of you asked if I'd talk about it. Well, of course! Who doesn't like to talk about new toys.
Notice how I placed it on top of the synopsis I'm supposed to be working on? Yeah, that's the way it's been.
I love it!
Don't expect a real review. This is my first e-reader. And I have done very little with it except download books and read. Since I don't know how other readers and tablets work or perform, I can't compare. And I might state something that's totally obvious on all devices. It is what it is.
The size (yes, I measured) is a half inch longer and a half inch wider than a mass market paperback. And way thinner. The weight is about the same as an average hard bound book. I've held it in one hand for several pages without a problem. I've laid it flat and read. I haven't read on the sofa or in bed. Yet.
You can set how long you want it to stay awake without activity from you before it goes to sleep. The default is five minutes.
I can adjust the brightness from dim to oh-whoa-here-I-AM-in-your-face. There are many font combinations using serif and non-serif styles from tiny to gigantic. There are three line spacing options, and three color combinations for reading: black on white background, white on black background, and black on parchment background.
It's very touch sensitive, which I love. Think feather, not hammer. Since it's a touch screen, there are fingerprints. They wipe right off at the end of the day. Or whenever they bother you. The tail of a t-shirt works great. Since the weather is getting cooler, I may be wearing things other than t-shirts, so I'll probably take a shirt I need to throw away, cut a square out of it, and call it a Kindle Cloth.
It charges from low to full in 1-1/2 to 2 hours. I left the WiFi on at first and the charge lasted a couple of days Now I only used the WiFi a couple of times. I don't know how long it lasts with the WiFi off. Maybe double that. Still testing. I can go to the internet - so far I've only gone to Amazon to download books. I can download apps - some are preloaded - I haven't messed with those yet, but I'm sure I will. The same with music.
Nor do I have a cover. Reviews say the existing covers don't fit exactly right - most a little too snug and some don't close correctly. So I'll probably check once a week or so to see if there are new offerings or second generations of the existing ones. There are a couple I really like the looks of. And now that I know how I use my Fire, I know which ones will work best for me. I know I want one.
I bought the Kindle Fire to read books. I've download several - all by bloggers I know. That means I am finally reading your books :)
I'm halfway through the first one. I wanted to read them all first, but that was impossible. So I closed my eyes and pointed.
I feel as if I'm reading faster on the Fire than I do with a regular book. Don't know if that's true, but that's how it feels.
So that's about it.
If you have questions or want to know anything else or something specific, ask in the comments. I'll explore and try to find the answer.