The hubby has always loved his Kindle. We’ve both always been big readers and it made more books instantly accessible.
I was a latecomer. I liked having the physical book there. I’m the same with music – I still like having the CDs.
But when I won some John Lewis vouchers I decided to take the plunge and was instantly converted. It’s lighter than a book, the battery lasts forever and any time anyone recommended a book I could instantly buy it.
I also like the fact that the Kindle app is free for pretty much every device known to man and it’s intelligent too – if you read a book on your Kindle, then open the app on your iPad it offers to immediately synch to the same page as you left off. Now that is just clever.
And all this for a relatively low priced device.
So when the Kindle Fire HD came out I was encouraging the hubby to get it. For £189 for the top of the range model it seemed like a no brainer. It can play movies, has an app store and even has a little camera (although it only faces in one direction which isn’t much good!).
When it arrived it didn’t disappoint. It is a sexy little device
The screen is crisp and clear.
It has an app store where you can buy/obtain all sorts of little apps from games to Facebook, Twitter and even Skype.
People have complained about the adverts but the price of the device itself is so low in comparison to the bottom of the range iPad Mini that it is only reasonable that Amazon are just trying to get as many upsells as they can for people who have the device. After all, I am sure the rationale with the price point of the device is similar to mobile phones – the device is ‘cheap’ because the money comes from ongoing revenue.
So personally I don’t mind the ads.
To all intents and purposes the Kindle Fire HD is a beautiful device. It does everything you could possibly want and has even managed to improved the quality for reading books. You no longer need a case with a light or to be reading in a lit area.
An absolute top marks recommendation.
So why do I have disappointed in the heading?
Well because of one thing…battery life.
The battery life is appalling …and by that I mean no more than 24 hours before you have to charge it.
It’s totally chalk and cheese with the old Kindle which would last 1 month+ and certainly enough to take it on holiday with you instead of a suitcase full of books and not worry if you forgot to pack the charger.
Clearly, like everyone other than Apple it seems, Amazon’s touch screen technology just eats up battery life.
And for that reason alone, because it is such a key feature of a Kindle, I would say don’t buy the Kindle Fire HD. Because at the end of the day you want to read books on it. And the hubby reaches the end of the day and has to swap to his old Kindle (note thanks to the page synch mentioned earlier this is very easy to do) while the Fire charges.
So don’t do it peeps. It really isn’t worth it. And I’m gutted to have to say that.