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Beauty Blog Advent Calendar – Kindle Fire

Ok, so maybe the Kindle Fire isn’t technically a beauty product, but I’ve certainly fallen in love with mine! I bought it primarily for reading my favorite beauty blogs in bed, as I wanted something smaller than my laptop.

There are several other features that the Kindle Fire has that I adore about it:

Amazon Prime
Sure, I get the first month free. Now that it has streaming content  available with it, I’ll be paying that yearly membership. I’ll also reap the benefits of the free two day shipping since I order from Amazon quite a bit. Oh, there’s also a Netflix and Hulu app, if you have accounts with either of those services :)

Visualization of my Kindle Library
I love that I can finally see all the covers in color of my kindle account library! If I see something I want to read, it’s easy enough to click it and download it onto my Fire over the wireless network in my home. Though to really make this “perfect” for me, I’d like to be able to further organize by subcategory series within the author category.

While I do primarily still use my Kindle2 as my eReader of choice, I really like reading on the Fire. The page turning is really easy. I do feel the white page with black text is a bit hard on the eyes, so it would be nice to be able to turn that down a bit.

Amazon Cloud Music
I’ve got just about all of my music (mp3s purchased from Amazon, as well as my cds) on my Amazon Cloud Music Storage. It’s really easy for me to flip through my music collection and access it via the Fire. The speakers aren’t great, but I did pick up a comfortable headset.

It really is nice for watching tv, movies or Youtube in bed if I’m curled up by myself. The image quality is good and the colors are bright.

I like the size! It’s smaller than my Kindle 2. It’s comfortable to hold and read. It’s comfortable to toss in my purse and go. I really like that a lot!

Magenta Safari case left, Pink Marware case right

Of course, you can get lots of cute cases for it. I originally got the Marware jurni Kindle Fire case in Pink. I also picked up the splash Safari slim stand/case in Magenta/Pink. The safari is meant more for the sideways viewing of blogs, movies, tv, etc. The jurni case is meant more for reading. However, I find myself preferring the jurni case over the safari, though both are nice. I also picked up styluses to use with the Fire, as I thought that would make it easier for me to tap the screen and not get fingerprints all over it.

The Magenta Safari stand case.

The pretty Marware case.

The Marware case and my stylus.

As far as reading blogs go on it, it’s perfect for me! I use BlogLovin’ via the web interface to read blogs, though they do have an Android app from the Android Marketplace that I have on my cell phone.

I know people inevitably compare it to the ipad. My BFF has an ipad and really loves it. I’ve played with hers several times. I feel like they’re really two different devices. I don’t think the Kindle Fire is trying to be the ipad. The Fire doesn’t have a camera or a microphone, but for my purposes, that’s absolutely fine. The only thing I could think of a camera being useful on it would be for reading QR codes. However, that’s merely my personal opinion. I balked at purchasing an ipad, mostly due to the size and the price. I debated between the Kindle Fire and the Nook Tablet, but after looking at them both in person, I decided to go with the Fire, and I’m very glad I did. For me, it was the perfect choice. The $199 price point meant no hesitation for me, unlike the $500 plus for an ipad.

What do you think of eReaders and tablets? Are you intrigued at all by the Kindle Fire? I know I love mine!

Products purchased by me. All opinions are my own.

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    • http://www.sparklecrackcentral.com LiAnn – Sparklecrack Central

      I’m not an early adopter – I don’t even have a Blu-Ray player yet – but I like the pricepoint of the Fire, and the fact that it’s lighter weight than the iPad. By the time I get around to buying one of these, they’ll probably be even sturdier, and cost a tiny fraction less (though who knows, with inflation…)

      • Phyrra

        Ray and I initially picked up the kindle on the 2nd generation, the Kindle 2. Then we got Dave the Kindle DX. For the Fire, I decided I didn’t want to wait :)

    • Nadia

      This one seems exactly to fit my needs: read books, listen some music and have great storage space.

      • Phyrra

        It’s definitely perfect for me :) I like it! Let me know if you decide to get one.

    • Kathryn

      I have the newer kindle and love it. I can download anywhere, which I love because of the built in wifi. Does the kindle fire have that becasue i would want that option for my convience. u mentioned downloading with wifi in your house, so i wasnt sure. looks cool, my kids have the nook which is good for them and kids picture books, but i dont read on it much. i like the reg kindle for that too, easier on the eyes, i agree. Hard to get the best of all in one, lol. we need big purses to carry all our prized electronics and makeup, lol!

      • Phyrra

        The Fire doesn’t have the download anywhere feature, you can only download over a wireless network. I know! I’ve got an Advent coming up about the type of purse I like to carry all my stuff :)

    • http://www.sirvinya.com Sirvinya

      That looks so much fun! I’ve got a Kindle right now which I absolutely adore but I’m not really looking for a tablet yet.

      • Phyrra

        Yay :) Yeah, the kindle is awesome.

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    • http://libbyspinkvanity.blogspot.com Kimberly

      I have a Kindle and love it. I’d love to have the Fire.

      I have a pink cover for my Kindle very much like the magenta safari. I had to get pink! I’m happy to know there are pink covers in the event I get a Fire. :)

      • Phyrra

        Yes! I’m always happy to get fun covers.

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    • http://beautybaconbunnies.blogspot.com/ Joey

      I really want one! I’m jealous =)

      • Phyrra

        I hope you can get one soon <3

    • http://glazedtalons.blogspot.com Thalie

      I love all the latest electronics.I bought a Nook last year,with Wi-fi,but when it came to using it, I just couldn’t manipulate it.

      • Phyrra

        Aww :(

    • Petra

      Oh I just love my Kindle Fire. And so do my nieces and nephews! I have to fight them off with a stick whenever I pull it out. At 3 years old my nephew is better at Angry Birds than I am.

      This is the first kindle I’ve ever owned and now I can’t believe I ever went without. I’m definitely signing up for Prime once my free month is done.

      • Phyrra

        Same here!

    • The Peach

      Thanks for the review of the Fire. I’m still a tablet virgin. Haven’t even seen any of them in person! My husband has been wanting an ipad, but this looks more interesting to me!

      • Phyrra

        You’re quite welcome! I thought a beauty blogger’s perspective might be interesting :) I’m probably NOT the intended market, but I really adore it.

    • http://www.confessionsofaglitterholic.com Christina

      I just got the Kindle Fire as well. I am somewhat of a technology newbie. I have an old school cell phone and still listen to CD’s LOL. I really like it so far. We have quite a few computers but they are almost always being used by someone so I like the Fire for checking my email and stuff really quickly. I just downloaded my first book on it am an unsure still. Reading on a screen tends to strain my eyes after awhile so we shall see!!!

      • Phyrra

        Yay! I’m so glad that you got it! Aww, you can supposedly invert the color of the text and background for reading but I haven’t tried that yet.

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    • Deb

      I am typing this from my Kindle Fire. So far I am loving the device. I was able transfer some of my favorite songs from my iTunes library to the Fire. I also enjoy the vast library of books available. There are some great apps too. It was totally worth the price.

      I love Switchblade Symphony’s Serpentine Gallery as well.

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    • http://www.primebeautyblog.net Prime Beauty

      I’m a wait-and-see gitl–I just got an IPhone this summer. Truthfully I had little interest in the KindleFire since I have Kindle on my IPhone, but after reading your review I’m thinking I need one!

      • Phyrra

        I went to look at both the fire and the nook in person, but the fire won me over :)

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