I've never really been a part of the whole e-reader hype - mainly because while juggling college, work and blogging last year I didn't have time to, but since I'm now taking a gap year I can do all the reading I want, and what better way to do it than on my shiny new Kindle Fire HD from Argos? I know a lot of people are attached to their hard copy books but honestly I can't imagine anything better that hundreds of books on one small slab of technology I can easily slip in my handbag and take anywhere. However - this tablet is not only for books, you can download magazines, games and social apps, so it's perfect for keeping up with the ridiculous amount of social platforms I have!
As you can see from the images above, I went a little app crazy and downloaded all the staples including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. All work fast and smoothly on the Kindle and might I say they are deadly for wasting time - I must have spend over 2 hours lolling around on my bed, setting up my kindle and getting lost in the realms of Pinterest! I also set up a little Skype call with my baby brother and I, and my nana which is always nice, and the camera is a good quality - I'd say the same as an iPad.
As with anything there are always downsides - with the Kindle Fire the battery life is certainly one of them. Many of you may know that the Kindles are famous for their outrageously long battery life whereas the Kindle Fire has 10 hours worth, but to be honest, who really spends 10 hours a day on their tablet? Plus you also need to take into account that Kindles burn battery connecting to the Internet and supporting apps and a full colour backlit screen, which the basic Kindle does not do. The main downside for me is that the home screen background cannot be changed - there is constantly an advertisement for a new book or tablet case which at first drove me nuts and I feel it really cheapened the tablet, but the silver lining is that you can get some great deals on books if you do actually take an interest.
I've started off with Alice and Wonderland as it's an easy read and my mum already had it on her Kindle account! However I'm really in the market for some good reads and I'm thinking of venturing into 'The Fault in our Stars' by John Green seeing as every blogger and their dog appears to be reading it at the moment! If you have any book suggestions feel free to leave them in the comments below, and if any of you guys have a Kindle Fire - let me know of any apps etc. I should download!
This post is in association with Argos
love amy x