What you don’t know is how long I AGONIZED over which kind of tablet to purchase.
I love my iPhone. LOVE my iPhone. And was all set to purchase another Apple product, an iPad.
Until I realized an iPad would be $400.00.
While I love all the functionality of my iPhone, iTunes, and the app selection, I wasn’t sure that I loved it $400 worth.
So I waited.
Then I looked at the Kindle Fire.
It seemed as sleek, powerful, and amazing as the iPad. Yet in my mind I kept thinking, “But, it isn’t an iPad. You are always going to feel like you got the second-choice.”
After I checked out the quality of books in the lending library, my decision was made. Even if the Kindle Fire didn’t turn out to be as “amazing” as an iPad, I could download free books, watch Amazon Videos on Demand, and still have apps. The pros outweighed the “cool” factor.
Then she arrived.
And outperformed in every way possible.
- Easy to set up to our home’s Wi-Fi. (Check.)
- Easy to get apps downloaded. (Check.)
- Easy to download books. (Check.)
- Has the apps I want. (Check.)
- Has a long battery life for the five-hour late night reading of Hunger Games. (Check.)
- Able to surf the internet. (Check.)
- Able to check email. (Check.)
- Able to check and comment on Facebook. (Check.)
- Able to watch Netflix. (Check.)
- Able to access the Amazon Cloud Server easily. (Check.)
Truly. Without a doubt. I could not be more happy about my decision to purchase a Kindle Fire.
However, I understand that laying down $200 is a hard move.
So here is the list I used to make my decision.
- Since my local library does not have a digital lending library, using the Amazon Lending Library is a great addition because I enjoy reading.
- The Kindle Fire supports the Android apps that are really important to me like Netflix, All Recipes, Evernote, MyFitnessPal, and HootSuite. Make sure the apps that are important to you are supported.
- That it is wi-fi compatible. For some, having 3G capabilities is a game changer. If so, then the Kindle Fire isn’t for you.
- I was a member of Amazon Prime. The majority of free benefits when you own Kindle Fire (or any Kindle) come from Amazon Prime. Not only do you get FREE 2-Day shipping, but also FREE access to the Amazon Lending Library and Video On Demand. If you aren’t a member, then this becomes not as big of a pro.
- You receive 90-Day access to FREE magazines from Conde Nast.
Not only will you be guaranteed a Kindle Fire, but you also receive a FREE month of Amazon Prime with your purchase. Then you can purchase from Amazon when you want no longer have to worry about the $25 minimum purchase, you receive your purchases in two days, and will be able to experience the lending library and FREE video-on-demand.
With all that being said, in the end I think it becomes personal choice. Spend some time thinking about where the majority of your purchases come from, what interface you feel comfortable with, and what programs are important to you.
I’m not tech reporter or a computer genius. I’m just mom. So please take this review as that. I just want my technology to be the same as my Kitchen Aid Mixer – to work every time I turn it on, to perform the way it should, and to be uncomplicated. And the Kindle Fire does that for me.
What about you? Do you have a Kindle Fire? What do you think? Please leave a comment and share your experience.