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By: Jennifer Devitt on November 18th, 2011

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The Kindle Fire (a review)

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I decided to upgrade my 2nd Generation Kindle to a Kindle Fire I loved my Kindle simply for what it was a well made, easy to use an e-reader. I liked the fact that if I could keep the title or genre of the book I was reading to myself if I chose (I could say, read about politics at my kid's activities without having an uncomfortable conversation pop up). I liked the fact I could read my Kindle in direct sunlight and have a vast library of free books to explore and find new authors to love.

So, ok I really enjoy my Kindle, why upgrade? If you are in the market for a tablet and cannot afford or justify an iPad, then I would say this is for you. HOWEVER, it really is no comparison to the iPad. The Kindle Fire has excellent color and is easy to use. It is lightweight and a nice size for reading. I found reading on the iPad to be cumbersome. That being said, I am not sure reading in direct sunlight (haven't tried it yet though) on the Fire will be any better than the iPad so my original Kindle still has the plus there.

The Amazon store is much more user-friendly on the Fire than on the original Kindle. I love that I can play Words With Friends on there (do you play, find me on Twitter & we will set up a game!). Any functions other than reading require you to be in a WiFi area.

There are a few things I wish Amazon would change on a whole for the Kindles. Like library passwords. I plan on giving my 13-year-old my old Kindle, but I really don't want to share my entire library with her. Currently, the only way to work around this is to make a new account and move original Kindle there. I could then lend her books. I think Amazon needs to create a way to lock books, etc outside of the primary screen lock. I also think Amazon needs a rating system so that kids or teens with Kindles can be restricted if you choose.

The Kindle Fire does have the option of TV/Movie streaming with Amazon Prime, which I haven't done yet. I think that option and book rentals, as well as the price point, will make it attractive to parents of teenagers who really want a tablet.

Overall, if you are in the market for an e-reader or lower end tablet, Kindle Fire will not disappoint. The price, color quality, ease of use coupled with Amazon's library makes it a good buy at $199.