May 28, 2015

Kindle Fire HD 7 review

Over the past few months I have been using a Kindle Fire HD 7 on my commute to and from Boston. This replaced my older Amazon Kindle Touch which I have been using off and on for two years.

The purpose of having a Kindle was to make it easy to read books on the train. Paper books were fine until I wanted to read bigger books and it didn't make sense carrying heavy books on my daily commute.

My new Kindle is very practical and allows me to not only read the latest books but with the Internet access on the MBTA I can do some Internet surfing too. I have found other Applications to be useful too.

The TED application allows me to download TED videos that I can watch on the train. The app has a cool functionality to pick random clip based on the time you have and the category your interested in.

Using EverNote, I can browse the Internet on my home computer and send interesting documents to my Evernote account. Just before I leave for the train I sync my Evernote on my Kindle to get the documents. I have a Premium account and that lets me download the full content of a notebook to my Kindle. So I don't have to be online to read the content. Which is good because Internet access in Wellesley is pretty bad.

The best thing about the Kindle is that I don't need to be tied into buying and reading books from the Amazon bookstore. I can easily read PDF documents - which was nearly impossible on the Kindle Touch. In addition, there are plenty of places online where I can get free books.

Having the Kindle HD 7 is a great education tool. I now take full advantage of my morning commute time to learn about different thing. The Kindle fits perfectly in the front slot of my Swiss Gear Backpack, so I can quickly get to it once I find a seat on the train.

Some of you know that I am a huge Macintosh fan. Why am I not using a iMac Mini? The Kindle Fire HD 7 is much better overall solution to use and it meets the simple needs for my daily commute. In the past 5 months that I have used my Kindle, I have not encountered any technical issues. It would be nice to have all the same Apps that I have on my phone, but having a Kindle allows me to stay focus.

So if your one of the thousands of MBTA Commuter Rail commuters traveling to Boston everyday and using your phone on your commute, check out the Kindle HD 7. I think it will make your commute a lot more productive.

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