5 Reasons Why You Should Own a Kindle Fire

by Jeannieinabottle

You probably know all about Kindles, but do you know about the Kindle Fire? It is an amazing tablet and so much more than just an e-Reader.

If you are interested in buying a tablet computer, but aren't sure what to pick, I highly recommend the Kindle Fire. Not only is it reasonably priced, it also has some incredible features you simply don't get on other tablets. Even if you are not interested in downloading and reading books on an electronic device, that doesn't matter. The Kindle Fire is so much more than an e-Reader.

Reason #1

The Price is Awesome

I don't know about the rest of you, but I've been sitting back for a while jealous of people with iPads.  I mean, an iPad can practically do everything except get up and make you dinner.  I am pretty sure the next time an iPad comes out, it will probably be able to do that as well. 

No matter how cool an iPad seems, it usually costs around $500.  Are you kidding me?  It certainly ought to make you dinner for that price.  So obviously, it was time for me to look for something a bit more reasonably priced.  This is when the Nook and the Kindle Fire entered my life.

I thoroughly investigated both devices, but found that I liked the Kindle Fire the best.  It is heavier than a Nook, but it is also sturdier, which is good.  At some point, it will get dropped.  I felt I died a little on the inside the day I dropped my Kindle Fire, but so far, so good.  No damage to report.  I am not encouraging you to drop a Kindle Fire.  I got lucky it didn't break, but still, accidents happen.

What most appealed to me is the Kindle Fire is affiliated with Amazon, whereas the Nook is affiliated with Barnes & Noble.  I prefer to order my products from Amazon and I felt Amazon offered more free downloads for the Kindle than B & N offered for their Nook, so I went with the Kindle Fire.  Its price is only $199, which is the same price as an 8 GB Nook and a lower price than the 16 GB Nook.  Most of all, it is HUNDREDS of dollars less than an iPad, which is great if you ask me.

Does the Kindle Fire offer everything the iPad offers?  No.  Do I care at all?  Not in the least.  The Kindle Fire is more compact and fits in my purse better than a Nook or an iPad.  It also has everything I was looking for in a tablet and then some.  You simply can't beat $199 when you consider everything it has to offer.

Reason #2

Fruit Ninja

No, I am not kidding.  One of the best features on the Kindle Fire is you can download great games like Fruit Ninja.  The Nook still doesn't offer Fruit Ninja yet, although it offers a number of other fruit games.  I don't know if you've ever played Fruit Ninja before, but it rocks and you totally need to play it.

Aside from staring at the screen for hours and slicing fruit with your finger, Amazon offers plenty of other games for the Kindle Fire, many of which are free.  Oh yes, I said it - FREE!  You typically have to pay at least 99 cents on other tablets to download games.  On the Kindle Fire, you can own free versions of Fruit Ninja, Angry Birds, and so much more.

The Kindle Fire
The Kindle Fire

Reason #3

It is Portable!

I have a desktop computer at my home and although I like the big screen and the large keyboard, let's face it, it is not moving anywhere.  Sometimes I am tired, but that doesn't mean I don't have important tasks that must get done on the computer.  I might have emails I need to see immediately or I want to respond to comments on my blogs.  Now that I have a Kindle Fire, my slacker butt can lay down and do these things while curled up under a blanket.  I have my Kindle Fire to thank for this luxury.

Sure, typing on a Kindle Fire can be a little restrictive compared to typing on a desktop or even a laptop, but it is way easier than typing on a cell phone, which I've seen other people do.  You are way better off with something like the Kindle Fire when you must access the internet, but don't have the time or the energy to deal with a regular computer.

Another nice thing I previously mentioned is the Kindle Fire's ability to fit in a purse.  Obviously if you have a Kindle Fire, one of the pros is being able to take it with you.  Since it is so small, it can easily fit in a purse, tote bag, and even in a coat pocket depending on your coat.  This is a great convenience.  Just be careful to get a carrying case for your Kindle Fire before you take it on too many journeys.  It can get easily scratched during all that travel.

Reason #4

Amazon Prime

A really fun bonus to buying a Kindle Fire on the Amazon website is that you get to be an Amazon Prime member for free for one month.  Amazon Prime offers extra discounts, some free downloads, and free 2 day shipping.  Unfortunately, you have to pay for the service once the month is up, but it is fun while it lasts. 

I downloaded a number of apps and ordered plenty of purchases online.  I had everything from Kindle Fire USB cables to a new camera shipping for free from Amazon.  It was great!  The discounts were pretty awesome, too. 

Even when you no longer have Amazon Prime, you will still have access to the Amazon Cloud.  This means any movies, music, or other apps you've downloaded are still saved in the Cloud until you delete them.  This is great news if you don't want to slow down your Kindle Fire with too many saved apps.  You can easily watch movies, listen to music, or read books using the Cloud as long as you have Wi-Fi service.

Reason #5

It's an e-Reader

Of course, most people picture an e-Reader when they hear the word "Kindle," and yes, that is still the case.  The Kindle Fire is an e-Reader.  Not only can you order books online on Amazon and save it to your Kindle Fire, you can also "borrow" books from many public libraries for free to read on your Kindle Fire.  Since the Kindle Fire has access to the internet, you can easily download books from sources other than Amazon if you like.

Since the Kindle Fire is so easy to take everywhere you go, it is very convenient to read books on it.  For that matter, you can listen to music on the Kindle Fire while reading a book on it.  The possibilities are unlimited!

Updated: 08/06/2012, Jeannieinabottle
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Jeannieinabottle on 11/18/2012

No problem! Happy to help! By the way, there is an even better Kindle on the market now... the Kindle Fire HD. It is going for the same price this one used to be... $199. I am so jealous now! The new one even takes photos. Shesh! Thanks for your comment!

VictoriaLynn on 11/17/2012

Hmmm. I'm just learning about these contraptions, so this article was extremely helpful! Who knows? I may invest in kindle fire one day! I do need something portable for checking email and other online stuff. Thanks!

Jeannieinabottle on 08/28/2012

Oh no! My library first got Kindle e-books, but they just got books for the Nook. That is why I went with the Kindle over the Nook. Isn't it interesting how some libraries prioritize things? I haven't tried the bird field identification guide yet, but thanks for telling me about it. I love birds and that sounds really cool. Thanks for checking out my article!

Stephanie Henkel on 08/06/2012

I do like my Kindle Fire for reading books, though I'm pretty cheap about which ones I buy. Unfortunately, our local library only has e-books for the Nook, so I can't borrow books there. One of the apps I like the best is a bird field identification guide - It's terrific! Nice, useful article!

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