Kindle 7 HD redux
I’m back! I’ve been playing with Mongodb which has been loads of fun. I was looking at my webhost to see if that’s something they offer. The answer is no, so I might have to fire up the AWS service and see if I can get going there. There’s stuff outside the day job that I want to play with…
You might recall (or not) my post of a while back where I had problems with two tablets in a row. One Nook/Samsung, one Kindle Fire.
After dithering about and finding myself confused by which Kindles were actually new models (I wanted a NEW new model) and also paralyzed by the choices, I finally bought a(nother) Kindle Fire 7 inch. I think it’s a new one. So far no screen flickering and no rebooting issues. And I’m finding I really like it. The size and weight are great for the morning treadmill. I love reading on it before I go to bed. The screen is sharp and clear. It comes with 6 months of the Washington Post app for free, so all righty!
In something of a segue, a while back I got to feeling sorry for the New York Times and decided to subscribe to home delivery, which came with on-line access. Our two local papers were formerly owned by the NYT but now not anymore. Those papers are now much better reading because there’s loads of local news. Who knew people might want to keep up with local news? So, I was worried about subscribing to yet another paper, but it turns out it’s kind of awesome, especially once I gave up on the idea that I must read the entire paper.
It’s an awesome supplement to the local papers. I can supplement my news with some more in depth reading or reading articles not covered in the local paper. I like it lots.
Kind of the way I like how my Kindle Fire supplements my iPad. (See what I did there?) I find, so far, that the Fire tablet doesn’t have the more intuitive interface of the iPad. I wanted to change the wireless settings and I must have spent 20 minutes increasingly frustrated… I thought about the Mayday service, but I hate dealing with tech support. I finally found it, but honestly. There’s just no excuse for bad UI these days. Apple (more or less) showed us how a UI can be frictionless (there are a few places where Apple didn’t succeed, but the successes are too widespread to ignore.)
Mostly, I want my devices to work without me thinking about it much. The iPad does that. The Kindle Fire mostly does that and it’s substantially cheaper than an iPad. I really like reading on the Fire, and the book app is front and center. I have a Mongodb book that is quite easy to get through on the Fire. (Well done, O’Reilly!)
So, are you looking for a device that’s easy to carry around, easy on the eyes (though not eInk) and works well? The Kindle Fire 7 inch is worth a look.
Whichever holidays you celebrate, here’s wishing you the very best for you and your loved ones.