My Kindle Keyboard
Thus my Keyboard Kindle, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, became a Kindle Fire.
Yeah, it was my choice. I’d been researching the Barnes and Noble Nook. My mother in law received one and while the features on it were somewhat lacking—really, no computer interface to register and buy online while you’re hooked in; you must do so through wifi—the price at the time of $159 was sounding okay. But I knew I wouldn’t be able to transfer the way over a hundred books (some of which I actually paid money for), and movies – yeah, got me – over to the other side, which totally sucked.
So, the nice customer service lady said she could send me a $199 Fire for the incredible price of $169 if I wanted. I sighed deeply and said, “So, my $139 two and a half year old Kindle is only work $30 trade-in value to you?” and she cyber-sighed deeply and replied, “No, ma’am. Your Keyboard Kindle is no longer under warranty and the replacement cost for your version is $30.” Since we know we can’t replace a Kindle with $30, and it was only $10 more than the Nook Color, I sighed deeply and said sure. She hooked me up with the sales rep who said he was sorry I was having all these problems and to surrender the nonworking Kindle by returning it UPS with the enclosed printable mailing label, but I could keep the connector cords, otherwise I’d be charged the full price of the Fire. Since Amazon started charging $10, and I see, now $20, for the wall adapter, I figured I came out another $20 ahead. (And yeah, I know, that’s blonde for “it’s on sale.”)
My Kindle Fire
Is a heavy little device, which I could have discovered from actually reading the stats online. It says right there, shipping weight: 1.7 pounds, where the Keyboard is 8.7 ounces. One third the reason I wanted an eReader is because I don’t have a lot of feeling in my hands, and it’s a bit stressful holding open a book. The KK was like hardly holding anything. The Fire has to rest on something, and no, seriously, I am not paying the $30-35 for the cute little fold-up cover and backrest.
It gets warm.
The battery charge only lasts a few hours, so keep the cord handy, especially if you’re playing online.
It’s backlit. Love that. So much sweeter to read in the car and at night.
Apps. Yeah. Cool. Someday I’ll figure out how to advance in Angry Birds.
October 27, 2012 update: friend Kathy Rouser showed me her Nexus. Next time: YES. I'd do that one first. It looked awesome, color, 12 ounces, sound enabled, wifi, and you can download both Kindle and Nook aps. She even had one of my books. How awesome is that.