If you are thinking for get one of a Kindle Fire for your mom on this Mother’s day due to its 30% off on covers, here are the quick facts about Kindle Fire that you may want to check out before buying one.
- I think a certified refurbished Kindle Fire is a good choice due to the fact that it is barely noticeable that it is a refurbished ones, since it has to passed the factory cleaning and also a repacking, but the sad thing is at the refurbished ones has been disappearing since May 5, 2012. If you like to take a risk you can wait until the last minute for online Mother’s day shipping, that’s around May 9-10, perhaps, you can get the 139 USD Kindle Fire for your mom !
- Kindle Fire is one of the cheapest Android tablet for the premium brand, but you may want to check out Samsung Galaxy or Blackberry Playbook, with the 149 USD, you can have a better hardware specification BB Playbook, or if you add 50 USD, you’ll get the latest OS – Android 4.0 with video call, and rear camera, you can use this tablet to video call your mom. But in contrast, Kindle Fire is a very easy to use tablet with a low learning curve, I think this is very important for senior citizens who are not used to with the technology.
This is the HP TouchPad wi-fi Pros against the Kindle Fire which is only 19 USD difference:
1. HP TouchPad comes with camera, even it is only a front camera for a video call, but it is better than nothing and you can also take some photos to show you friends with this camera, while Kindle Fire has no camera !
2. HP TouchPad offers 9.7 inch screen, the same size as IPad 2, while Kindle Fire offers 7 inch, both are capacitive screen, for me, I think the bigger, the better, unless you are looking for a portable one, Kindle Fire is 14.6 ounces (413 grams), while 740 grams or 26 ounces is a weight for HP TouchPad, while IPad 2 is 600 grams or 21 ounces, HP TouchPad may not be a good choice for mobile lifestyle.
3. HP TouchPad comes with Bluetooth while Kindle Fire offers none, this is very disappointing for me, because with these day, I think bluetooth wireless is one of the must have technology, with bluetooth you can pair it with speaker dock with out a wired.
4. For the OS, I think this may be the down side of HP TouchPad, it comes with its unique OS, which you may fine the difficulty if you want to install apps, it may not as varies as Android apps.
But still I think HP TouchPad comes with a great deal for a budget tablet.
I used Kindle app on IPod Touch 4G for a while before I decided to order my Kindle DX Graphite, for text based app like Kindle, I don’t think the size of screen for Kindle reading on IPod Touch could be a problem as if you use it with any size Android tablet, because you can adjust text to your preferred size, but the problem is LCD screen which I won’t write about this because it is not my point to write this posting.
As a Kindle and IPod Touch 4G reader, I want to help any one who is thinking about buy the Kindle Fire but still also want to buy the new released IPod Touch 4G, here is my advice : for ebook reading, I think both devices work fine, but for other tasks, I think the bigger, the better ! but if you choose Kindle Fire, don’t overlook on the fact that you have to use a tablet that come with no camera or microphone, if you are already have another device for these tasks, I don’t think it is gonna be a problem, but if not, perhaps 3.5 inch is not a bad choice at all for mobile life style !