But a few months back, I was looking for a device to bridge the gap between my iPhone and my Macbook Air. I have been using a Kindle Fire since it came out, and it has proved to be an invaluable addition to my tech toolkit.
This post will not be a comprehensive review of the device, as I am neither qualified nor interested in writing such a piece. Instead, I will attempt to explain how I use mine.
I agree with many of the reviewers I have read that refer to the Fire as a media consumption device. You won’t do much typing on the Fire. But I actually LIKE that, because it excells at media consumption. As I eluded to in the opening of this post, much of my time spent on my Fire is reading. There are a number of apps that I use in addition to the Reader (which holds almost all of my e-book library)…
- gReader – This is how I access my Google Reader, where I scan 400+ blog posts from 130 or so blogs a day.
- Hootsuite – I manage my Twitter and Facebook from this app. I utilize it from time to time on my iPhone, but it’s a much more effective tool on the Fire.
- Pulse – This app came with the Fire, and I really like it for news feeds. I have tabs set up for news, technology, comedy, and miscellaneous. I’m able to share news stories with Hootsuite or save links to Evernote.
- YouVersion – My Bible app of choice for the Fire and iPhone.
- Logos – I love the fact that this tablet is the same size as my Bible and Moleskine. I am able to keep the tablet next to my Bible and study using Logos as my reference tool. Or, I can quickly look up a passage in Sunday School for further study.
- Evernote – I use Evernote for so many things. It is handy when I want to save articles from the web, Google Reader (as I said before), or my own thoughts, ideas, and pictures. I also use it to archive the various PDF ebooks that I find, as well as subscriptions to a couple of ministerial newsletters.
In addition to reading, there is consumption of other content, such as video and audio. The Fire comes with access to Amazon’s Cloud Player, where I am able to access a number of my music files from anywhere with a wifi connection. This saves drive space. I also use Netflix for movies and Pandora for music (although lately I’ve become a fan of the PG stand-up comedy station on there).
And the games are pretty cool too. 🙂
Drawbacks? A few. I wish it had more memory, but I knew that limitation when I bought it. Also, I could do without the carousel, whcih displays your most recently viewed/used content/apps.
Bottom line: I know the Kindle Fire it isn’t an iPad Junior, and I am OK with that.
Do you use an e-reader or tablet, or both? How do they fit into your reading / consumption pattern?