I’ve been debating on whether or not I want to upgrade my Kindle to the new Kindle Fire. Part of me absolutely wants to; touchscrean, full color display, YES! Those are the two features that have really been lacking in the old version of the kindle and now its here.
My biggest concern really, is that this will stop being my book and start being another computer/device that I can read on. Right now, my Kindle is my book, period. When I grab my Kindle I’m grabbing my book and nothing else. When I turn my Kindle on, I’m going to read and I don’t get distracted by everything else that you can get your attention on a computer. Plus, I don’t have to worry about charging my Kindle because the battery lasts for at least a month.
So here is a breakdown of what I see as pro’s and con’s for upgrading to a Kindle Fire.
5 Reasons Not to Upgrade
- 1st generation. I’m not an early adopter and with good reason. The 2nd generation always comes out a few months later with all the kinks worked out, a better battery and a lower price.
- Reading on the e-ink display is about as good as reading on a digital reader gets…just like paper
- I already have a Kindle (is this even a reason though? come on.)
- The Kindle Fire becomes less of a book and more of a media device
- Its only a 7 inch display. I don’t know how big of an impact this will really have but, the iPad and Galaxy Tab are 10 inch displays and that seems to be the standard size for tablets these days.
5 Reasons to Upgrade
- This turns your digital book into a full blown digital media device – isn’t that what we all really need! (that and love I guess)
- Full color and a touch screen are huge improvements that the original Kindle has been lacking
- It’s only $199!
- The Kindle Fire becomes a
- 7 inches sounds small for a display, but this article from Wired made me rethink my apprehension. Not to mention that for what I’ll be using this for, around the house, 7 inches is probably the right size. 10 may be overkill right? right!
It’s a pretty even race but ultimately I think Amazon knows consumers better that the other ‘media’ companies do. As long as their technology keeps up with the other guys, the Kindle Fire might be the best tablet available.