In horrible news my old Kindle died. 

I went to charge it up and it took 6.5 hours to charge to 30%. Thinking it was being glitchy, I left it overnight. 12 hours later it was still at 30%. Ergh. Oddly, a twitter conversation later, I found out that the new(ish) Amazon Fire 7 inch was selling for £35. So I bought another, using vouchers from leaving my old job, and then managed to get freeeee Amazon Prime delivery. My new Kindle all in all cost me £5. Bang on. Plus it’s tangerine in colour. Gah it’s gorgeous. Is it worth investing in? Read on.

Specifications

Beautiful 7″ IPS display (171 ppi / 1024 x 600). Available in four colours.

Fast 1.3 GHz quad-core processor and rear- and front-facing cameras.

Amazon Underground: All-new, one-of-a-kind app store experience where thousands of apps, games, books etc. 

Up to 7 hours of reading, surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video and listening to music

Stay connected with fast web browsing, e-mail and calendar support

115 x 191 x 10.6 mm

313g

First Thoughts

I love how thick and chunky this Fire tablet feels. It has a weight, is sturdy and is covered in a textured (tangerine) plastic. Weighing 313g it feels weighty in my hand. Apparently it’s twice as durable as a Apple iPad Air 2. I believe that, but it is a lot, (lot) smaller in size.

Is it my eyes?

The 7in screen isn’t HD. The resolution is only 1024 x 600 pixels, so it can be a little blurry. But, the screen is pretty bright, and although the blacks are a little grey and it’s not as crisp as an Ipad it’s a 6th of the price. Plus for reading (which I’m mainly using it for) it’s brilliant.

Lag?

I’ve played numerous games on my new fire and I really love it. Although a little slow sometimes to load, all the games I’ve played, have been lag-free. SimCityBuilder (definitely worth a download) played seamlessly and Doodle Jump also. Switching between apps can be sluggish but not frustrating.

Battery lasts around 5 hours when just watching Video playback with maximum brightness. Obviously will last longer when dimmed. Charging takes a while but I just charge it overnight. (No biggie.)

Shall we go shopping?

Yes you only have access to the Amazon store but all main apps are available including video streaming services (I.e Netfix.) The camera is poor as like my old Kindle. Don’t bother downloading camera editing software use your phone instead. (I have an Iphone 5S and it is four times as good – maybe.)

Final Thoughts

Definitely worth buying. It’s not an incredible tablet and to be honest that’s not why I purchased it. The screen resolution isn’t incredibly high and moving between apps can be clunky but for reading it’s fantastic. Yes the battery isn’t crazy strong and yes it might be a little chunky (which I really like.) But I love this not only for the price but for  the colour. Oh my life – the tangerine colour is lit.

(+ it’s so good to photograph.)

 

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Helllloooo readers, it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday and today’s is a free week so we’re allowed to pick our own bookish topic! Over Christmas I was tempted over and over again to buy alllll of the bookish things but I stopped myself because 1) Christmas, 2) Money. However I thought this post would be the perfect time to collate all the bookish bits I want that would fit in my dreamy book blogger bag. I know it’s a little odd for a topic but imma going to go with it. Additionally I will link where I found all of these bits so you can go buy them yourselves!

Canvas And Leather Foldover Backpack by EAZO

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Firstly I kinda need a bag to carry around all my lovely bookish-bits. This bag is utterly gorgeous and would have plenty of room for laptop/book/purse/make-up/spare socks etc. I can see me popping this on with skinny jeans, flannel grey blazer, white silk shirt, converse and a bright yellow scarf. Gorg.

Organic Cotton Tablet Case by EKA

Turquoise iPad Case

Knowing me the bag would be fulllllll of bits-and-bobs so to save a little space I’ve gone for a Kindle case in this beautiful sassy light blue. I have a number of these for my Iphone 5c which I bought from Etsy and not only are they are super soft, but they’re brilliant for protecting from screen scratching – perfect.

Classic Paperback Notebooks by PAPERPAPER

Classic Paperback Notebooks

*eeeee* what could be better than this bookish Penguin style notebook. This would be perfect in my bookish bag and perfect for all my bookish post ideas!

Personalised Words Leather Bookmark by JANE DE BONO PRINTED ACCESSORIES

Personalised Words Leather Bookmark

I am the worst at keeping an eye on all of my bookmarks but I think if I had one as lovely as this I would definitely look after it. ‘Ethically produced from off-cuts of leather, leftover from our seasonal collections and hand stamped in lowercase jaunty font.’ It just speaks to my bookish-heart.

Ampersand Rose Gold Necklace by LITERARY EMPORIUM

Ampersand Rose Gold Necklace

I know this should probably be around my neck but knowing me it would be in the bottom of my bag because I’m a nightmare so it’s going in the bag. I bought a necklace with a stack of books as the pendent a year of so ago and they broke off so quickly *wails.* Looking back may have been a bit too bulky but this is beautiful. Simple, classy and perfect for Lizzo.

Raw Chocolate Bar With Peanut Butter by NANTWEN

Raw Chocolate Bar With Peanut Butter

If you’re anything like me you need to have a snack in your bag and I am lusting over this yummy looking little bar. They also do one with fig that is also on my wish list for snacking.

Bookworm Photographic Phone Case by CASSIA BECK PHOTOGRAPHY

Bookworm Photographic Phone Case

I lave me this phone case – and even though I have a pink 5c so I’m a little against covering its salmon pink wonderfulness – I may make an exception for this little beauty. Totally bookish and so dainty – I’m sold.

Alice In Wonderland Handkerchief Set by CHÁ COM LETRAS

Alice In Wonderland Handkerchief Set

Another product I wouldn’t normally carry in my bag but I just couldn’t resist these adorable handkerchiefs. Styled on Alice and Wonderland I can see me cleaning my phone or sunglasses on these beauties, but mostly having them just to stare at *eee.*

Splash Print Leather Purse by JANE DE BONO PRINTED ACCESSORIES

Splash Print Leather Purse

THIS PURSE!  There’s something about the inky splashes that just feels so bookish. I can imagine keeping my library card, and spare pennies for library fines in here and maybe a spare bookmark or two.

Set Of Five Pencils With Purpose by NEWTON AND THE APPLE

Set Of Five Pencils With Purpose

Finishing it off with five beautiful pencils – I’ve seen a number of different sets all over the internet but there’s something about the wording and the white colour of pencil that screams Lizzo – *adds to basket.*

Right, so there we go, ten wonderful things in my bookish-dreamy-bag. All of these I found on Not On The High Street (where all the images are from,) and I think all of them are currently available for you too get your mitts on, unless I get there first! What would you add? What dreamy book items are on your WANT list? Let me know in the comments or tweet me @littlebookblog1!

If you are considering making the transition from hardback books to digital books you have a fun journey ahead of you.  The Kindle provides lots of fun and is not too overwhelming to get your head around although it may feel a little different to regular paperback books.  As you take the time to navigate around your new device you will soon pick up lots of tricks and tips.

To help you we have come up with seven tips for protecting your Kindle including shopping for Kindle cases, ways to protect your device and how to minimise battery usage.  I asked Case Happy a Kindle cases provider for tips and they were happy to discuss in a little more detail.

SAVE THE BATTERY LIFE

New Kindle owners are often not aware that an active wireless connection can drain your battery.  The majority of the time you only need to access the internet for a few minutes to download or purchase a Kindle book so turn the Wi-Fi off and only turn it on when you need it.

SHOP FOR KINDLE CASES

One of the biggest benefits of owning a Kindle is the ability to take it with you everywhere.  Protect your Kindle from falls and accidental knocks with a Kindle case from Case Happy.  Shopping for Kindle cases can be a lot of fun as you will quickly notice there is plenty of choice on the market.  There really is something for everyone.

Did you know Kindle cases are effective at gripping surface space?  Many have additional features such as an automatic on/off feature when you close and open the cover

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SAMPLE BOOKS BEFORE YOU BUY THEM

It can be very easy to buy every book on the Kindle store.  Unfortunately you only have so much time to read so many books.  Be wiser with your choices and sample books before you commit to purchasing.  If you like the sample then purchase the books you are most drawn in by.

MAKE THE FONT LARGER

If you find at bedtime when the lighting is not as bright your eyes struggling to adjust, give your eyes a rest and adjust the font size.

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PUT ADEQUATE SECURITY ON YOUR KINDLE

Not only is it important to protect the exterior of your device with Kindle cases you need to put the relevant controls in place to secure the interior.  A password will protect any information you have on your Kindle.  Putting sufficient security in place will also reduce the chance of people looking at your content without permission to do so.

If you have children, consider putting the child lock on too.

LEARN NEW THINGS

Your Kindle gives you almost the same features as you would expect from you hardback.  You can look up certain words with the built in dictionary or write notes on the side of pages.  You can even highlight sections and bookmark.  Don’t be overwhelmed by all these extra features, you will soon get the hand of them.

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PROTECT YOUR SCREEN

A large proportion of the Kindle is made of an LCD screen and it can be very easy to damage this.  We cannot stress how important Kindle cases are; they look good but they will also provide sufficient protection from falls.  It can be very easy for your Kindle to fall from the side of your bed so protect it with Kindle cases.

There you have a couple of handy tips for looking after your Kindle. As always thank you to Case Happy for such a lovely little article, hope all you bookish readers enjoyed! Also, if you’re looking to invest in a new case – Case Happy have a really brilliant selection for you to take a browse through!