My first month with the Kindle Paperwhite

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I’ve owned the Kindle Paperwhite for just over a month now, the first Kindle I’ve owned since the original. So far I’ve enjoyed just about everything about it. When I was looking to purchase a new Kindle I was debating whether I should splurge for the Voyage ($199) or settle for the Paperwhite ($119). I decided on the Paperwhite and I’m glad I did.

Usually I read newspapers and magazines on my iPad, however I wanted something that was easier to carry around at work in my pocket for whenever there is downtime and the lightweight Kindle serves that purpose well. Reading The New York Times, The New Yorker and TIME on it is easy and they’re formatted in a way that makes them easy to navigate.

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It’s easy to browse a publication’s sections and choose which articles you want to dive into. The text on the Paperwhite is crisp and easy to read, and the adjustable brightness makes everything easy to read no matter what kind of light you have.

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The Kindle has another advantage over a tablet in that it makes it easier to read without distraction. You won’t be distracted by any notifications or be tempted to close out of a book to check Facebook or Twitter. I’ve found it easier to pay attention to what I’m reading while using the Kindle for this reason.

The Kindle Paperwhite makes for a great travel device for anyone who likes to read, whether you’re into books, newspapers, magazines or all three! It’s lightweight, easy to use and an all around great device!

 

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Get Flash on your Kindle Fire HD

So if you’re like me you’ve probably been upset to find out that the Kindle Fire HD doesn’t allow flash like the Kindle Fire (first gen) did. However, I have good news for you! It’s quite simple to get flash running on your Kindle Fire HD, all you have to do is follow the instructions in the video posted below:

The best way to do this is to open that video on your Kindle Fire HD and then simply click the links in the description one by one to download the software and install them in the order described in the description.

It’s as simple as that! It takes no longer than two minutes and you’ll have flash enabled browsing via the Dolphin web browser on your Kindle Fire HD!

Amazon pokes fun at iPad Mini

If you visit Amazon today you’ll see this on the front page:

I’ve had the 7″ Kindle Fire HD for a few weeks now and I’m in love with it, so I’ll have to agree with Amazon, the Fire HD is the better buy. Don’t believe me? Just check the specs Amazon points out. Sure for $130 more you’ll have a wider range of apps to choose from (the smaller selection of apps available for the Fire is its only downfall in my eyes), but just look at what you’ll be missing out on. The Fire HD’s screen is stunning. Don’t believe me? Just play with one in a store. Watch a movie, view pictures, read a magazine. It’s a downright amazing screen. The speakers on the Fire HD are even better. The sound quality is great, and it can actually get pretty loud which is a nice improvement over the original Fire.

Don’t think I’m just hating on Apple. I use (and love) a MacBook Pro and iPhone 4. I just think Amazon makes the best tablet for me.

Chris Pirillo unboxes a Microsoft Surface tablet

Chris Pirillo, who I consider to be THE source for technology news and insight, unboxed a Microsoft Surface tablet live on YouTube the other day and I thought I’d share the video below. Very thorough video. Personally I’m happy with my Kindle Fire HD and if I did want to step up to the next level (so to speak) my choice would be between the Fire HD 8.9″ or the iPad. The 7″ Fire HD does everything I want a tablet to do, and it does it well. Browsing the web is great, video looks amazing, and games work well on the Fire (love that Minecraft is now available. It plays great!). I’ll post more on the Fire later. For now, the Surface:

Quick glance at the Kindle Fire HD

My Kindle Fire HD (7″, 16gb) arrived today and unfortunately I have to head into work in a few minutes so I haven’t had enough time to play with it to write something more thorough. Instead I’ll share a few pictures below. I’ll post a more detailed look at the device in the near future. For now I can say it’s incredibly sexy, the screen is amazing and the device feels great in the hands. I also love the updated OS, and the new powerful speakers are much louder and sound great.

Kindle Fire HD on the way

So I had sold my old laptop and Kindle Fire and was planning to use the money to purchase an iPad, however after playing with the Kindle Fire HD I found myself hooked. I loved the first generation Kindle Fire, even though at times it felt limited (especially in the app department). The Fire HD looks incredibly sexy, and I like the ease of accessing my various content in the Kindle environment. Unfortunately only the 7″ 16gb model is currently available. The 7″ 32gb model ships in a little more than a week, and 32gb would be a welcome upgrade, but I’ll settle for 16 which is still twice the size of the first generation Kindle Fire (and the second generation Kindle Fire which also has only 8gb of storage).

I’ll post ‘unboxing’ photos (maybe video) and my first impressions throughout the weekend.