I was devastated when I discovered my little Kindle had come to a tragic and unfortunate end when I arrived back from France last week. We'd shared laughs and tears, we'd travelled Europe together (I took it on holiday to Spain and France), and I'd bought it a really cute 'keep calm and carry on' stick-on skin thingy that's now been wasted. And to add insult to injury, I still hadn't paid my boyfriend back the money he loaned me to buy it a year ago. Yep, RIP little Kindle!
Anyway, before I'd even organised a suitable send off for my little reading buddy, I'd already decided which device I would next be downloading my e-books onto: please meet Mr. Kindle Fire. Although he's not actually available in the UK yet (I read somewhere that it would be at the end of the year - but don't hold me to that), my boyfriend managed to get hold of this one for me. It's more of a tablet than a simple reading device, although if you're in the market for a tablet then the iPad is obviously going to win every time! For me, it's a reading device with a better display and access to Facebook, Twitter and Netflix. I'm not overly bothered about downloading loads of apps on it because I already have an iPhone. I don't know how much they will retail at in the UK, but this one worked out at about the same price as my Kindle 3 (£110) but with lots of added extras! I really love the crisp look of the pages of the books and the fact that it's in colour (the grey display on my old Kindle wasn't quite so appealing). The pictures make it look a bit fuzzy, but it looks much better in real life.
The only downside is that, unlike its predecessors, the Kindle Fire has an LCD screen which causes that annoying glare from the sun (one of the main selling points of the previous Kindles is that they don't do that!). But this can be easily fixed with an anti-glare protective screen. I really love my new Kindle! If I'm honest, my reading plan for the summer went a bit downhill so I'm hoping this will help restore my enthusiasm! Tomorrow you will find me sunbathing and reading ;D x
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