I have wanted an ereader for two years. I have had my eye on the Kindle Fire for months before it came out. I was excited when I learned about all the features it has, and it is mainly a device for people with Amazon Prime, or people who want an ereader. It is for readers and writers alike.
I have had it since a few days after Christmas, and I love it. Here is my review:
It has a power button at the bottom, and speakers at the top. It is mainly a touch screen, and it even has an earphone jack next to the power button. When you first pull the ribbon across the touchscreen there is a bar that pops up. Newsstand for newspapers, Books for ebooks, a music and videos buttons when you want to use the device to buy movies and music from amazon. A Document category also called Docs for sending your documents to the Fire to read on the go.
The Docs tab has a cool feature that allows you to pull up google documents too. The Apps tab, and they are pretty neat too. The last tab is the web with the ultrafast Amazon Silk, and the browser is pretty fast compared to some of the ones out there. It comes with 8gb of memory, and a dual core processor.
There is a carousel that also shows your most recent activity, and the last thing you were doing. The charge lasts 8 hours, and it is very handy for reading under the covers. It has some good apps like Note to take notes. The usual twitter and facebook applications in case you want to tweet or look at what you friends are doing. There is Adobe reader to view PDF files too, and it is cool how you can zoom in and out. There is Quickoffice pro too, and it lets you type word documents, excel files, powerpoints, and PDFS. It took me sometime to learn how to save files, and just keep the .docx ending. Then save it to a file on SD card. The only bad thing is it does not have an SD card slot.
It does not have 3G, and only a wi-fi connection is possible. It even has a free app called greader, and it lets you read google reader blogs on the go. The cool thing about reading ebooks is it lets you change the background from black, white, and tan. You can change the typeface of the font, and size too. One of the reasons why I wanted a Kindle too is because of the Kindle Lending library which lets you rent a free ebook a month. There are no due dates, and you can keep the book until you want to get a new one. The lending library is only for prime membership though.
It came with a wall charger, and you can buy a USB cord for it. There are a ton of accessories for it too. I love the digital keyboard, and it is not too hard to get used to either.
I love it, and for a writer like me who loves books so much it is a good ereader to get. It is a tablet too, and 7 inches is good enough to fit into a backpack and a big purse.