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Initial post: Nov 28, 2012 8:28:00 AM PST
Redrosesdz says:
My mom just got me a Kindle Fire for Christmas. (She's not comfortable with ordering anything on the computer, so I had to order my own Christmas present! LOL) I'm replacing my very old Kindle and know that I'm going to need new accessories.

My wish list:
Cover with keyboard, that works with the Kindle Fire, and has a place to store a stylus.
Screen protection that is anti-glare, but doesn't distort the picture, and is easy to clean.
Stylus, but I'm not sure if there is a difference in choosing one.
Anything else that is important. (Note: quick charging isn't that important to me, because I read with wifi off more than do anything else and I can charge overnight.)

I know from researching that a cover with a Fire compatible keyboard doesn't exist, but if anyone knows of one and has a quick, easy, safe work around, please let me know. My 2nd choice for a cover is decent protection, holds a stylus and makes the Fire easier to hold. I'm considering Marware jurni Kindle Fire Case Cover, Pink.

Any suggestions are much appreciated! Lastly, I'm rather broke, due to the past shopping weekend, so I'd like to spend $50 or less for everything. I'm so excited, because I just got the email that my new Fire has been shipped and will be here soon! Thank you in advance for your replies.

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 9:13:46 AM PST
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Posted on Nov 28, 2012 9:29:02 AM PST
Arieswoman says:
I have the new Kindle Fire HD and got my cover off Ebay. I paid $13 for it with shipping included. No, no keyboard but it is a easel stand and the KF rotates. It is a very nice cover and is leather. Nice leather lining with a place for a stylus. The KF snaps into it and the cover can be turned back for reading a book. Use the easel for playing apps/games.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 11:32:15 AM PST
Redrosesdz says:
What is the brand name and model? Thanks!

Posted on Nov 28, 2012 1:34:29 PM PST
Redrosesdz says:
Anyone have any suggestions for me?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 1:54:38 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 28, 2012 2:01:26 PM PST
Honestly, it's going to be nearly impossible to find everything on that wish list for $50!

Did you get a Fire HD? If so, Bluetooth accessories are available to you. Bluetooth keyboards in various forms are available. I just bought a Microsoft Wedge Mobile Keyboard, which is a fantastic small bluetooth keyboard, with a durable cover that doubles as a tablet stand. I'm loving it so far, but it alone busts your budget. None of the less expensive case/keyboard USB combos I am seeing in search results are compatible with the Kindle Fire, according to reviews and/or product descriptions. Sorry.

The best anti-glare screen protectors I have ever used are from a company called Green Onions. They do a very decent job cutting down on glare. However, no anti-glare screen protector will be distortion-free. Causing distortion in the image (which makes things look pixellated and may alter colors) is how anti-glare materials work: they scatter the light... both the light shining onto and out of the screen. Honestly, my experience with my Fire HD has shown that a screen protector is probably a waste of money. The glass on them is very nice and difficult to scratch. Screen protectors would likely be completely unnecessary if you invest in a decent cover.

I very much love my new Jot Stylus ( which has a precision tip specially designed for art apps, but again it's on the pricier end. If you don't mind having a wide-tipped stylus (it's hard to design a narrow tipped stylus for a capacitative touch screen), many capacitative styluses are available from about $8 and up, and they're all pretty much the same in terms of functionality. Keep in mind that the tiny styluses with small tips commonly found in combo pens, or with a Nintendo product, won't work because they're designed for touchscreens which work in a different way.

Something I would add about covers/cases: what do you intend to do with your new device? If it will be traveling with you in a bag or suitcase, invest in a good hard cover. If not, a soft foam slipcase is probably good enough. If you want your Fire to last, you will want a case for it, period.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 3:48:18 PM PST
Redrosesdz says:
Thank you, CJ! I am getting the Fire and it unfortunately doesn't have bluetooth. Bluetooth is the one feature on the HD that I'm really wishing the Fire had. Unfortunately, the HD was outside of my mom's budget and I already kicked in as much as I could for the Cyber Monday Fire deal.

The cover is #1 on my list of things to get. I have a nice one for my old Kindle and can't image not having one for the Fire. I've been reading about the incompatibility between the USB keyboards, even the ones with the Micro-B USB connection, and the Fire. One post on another site said that there was a work around, but I haven't found the details. I primarily use my current Kindle at home, in the car and with carry-on when traveling. I tend to drop things, so I wouldn't consider taking it out w/o a decent cover.

Do you know if the glass is the same on the Fire as on the Fire HD? My main concerns are smudges/scratches that will be difficult to remove. My second concern is that I do a lot of waiting in my car for my kids, so reading outside is a must. I've read where the Fire is almost impossible to see in sunlight. I wish I knew how Garmin beats the glare and stays crisp. I can always see it.

Sounds like I can get away with a cheap stylus. I'm looking at using it just to keep my fingers off the screen as much as possible. Although, I'm not sure I'm going to be able to type w/out fingers. I'm not too keen on using a virtual keyboard and the thought of pointing at each character one at a time is driving me crazy. I've avoided getting a smart phone for the same reason. LOL

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 4:12:35 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 28, 2012 4:13:49 PM PST
If you have a case, you're just unlikely to get scratches. I believe that the same grade of Corning Gorilla Glass is used on all current-generation Kindle Fires (and most other tablets, including iPads), regardless of model. Gorilla glass is amazingly scratch-resistant, though of course it's not perfect and you can still mar it with things like keys. It'd be pretty hard to scratch it with anything plastic, though, and certainly not a fingernail. Since most scratches tend to happen while in bags or after being dropped, a case should take care of most of those situations. As for smudges... the whole front of the unit is a slab, so you can safely clean it with a damp cloth (though I wouldn't use anything but water). If you're really, really worried, you could still get a screen protector, but my opinion is that it's probably not worth it.

Unfortunately, a glare-reducing screen protector won't help you read any back-lit screen outdoors. The issue isn't glare, but instead the fact that the light from inside the device is competing with the light from outside; The contrast is a lot more than with indoor lighting. The Fire's screen does get very bright, so it might be easier to read than a cell phone screen. Some have been reporting that their Fires can be read outdoors in the shade. If most of what you do is reading, though, I would recommend an e-ink Kindle reader, not a tablet. E-ink Kindles also have some simple games if you get bored with books.

The onscreen keyboard has a swipe/trace feature, which allows you to drag your finger from letter to letter instead of poking them one at a time. It's a little less taxing and faster than tapping, but a little less accurate. Try it out for a while and see if you can live with it. I've had it on my phone for quite a while and I'm usually pretty happy with it.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 4:39:37 PM PST
Redrosesdz says:
I've had the original Kindle for many years. I really wanted a tablet for other things besides reading, although I'm pretty sure that will still be my primary activity. I don't mind reading on my computer's LCD screen, so I'm pretty sure that reading on the Fire won't bother me. The Fire has already been ordered and shipped. I'm hoping that I can read it in the shade, since my usual outdoor reading is in the car.

Do you know of any cases for the Fire that hold a stylus, too? I've decided against a slip cover, even though they look roomy enough for both the Fire and a stylus. They just don't seem very secure. All the leather/hard cover/slicon covers I've looked at don't seem to have a place to hold a stylus. If I can't keep them together, then there's no sense in getting a stylus. I'd forget about it too often.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 4:47:45 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 28, 2012 4:48:35 PM PST
I have the Marware case that has an elastic band across the front, and I use the clip on my stylus and hook it to the band. Works for me.

Like this one:

Kindle Fire Lightweight MicroShell Folio Case Cover by Marware, Pink (does not fit Kindle Fire HD)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 4:52:36 PM PST
Redrosesdz says:
Now why didn't I think of that! Sometimes it's the simple solutions that elude me. Thank you, Laura!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2012 4:58:46 PM PST
No problem! I did have a stylus that plugged into the headphone jack, but the plug broke off in the jack. Amazon replaced the Fire and refunded my purchase of the stylus.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2012 10:19:36 AM PST
Most people just don't use styluses with touchscreens. for most things, it works better using a finger because the electrical current from your skin is a little diffusive, and the screen's designed to read that diffusive signal and then figure out where you're actually trying to touch. That's why the capacitative touchscreens need a wide-tipped stylus. The narrow-tipped stylus I own still manages to make a wide signal, but it's easier to visualize the point of it because of how the stylus is shaped. Lastly... using a stylus may be tougher on your screen in some ways, because it has a hard tip that you'll be tapping all the time. Even the best glass eventually develops weak points, because glass is amorphous - it has no definite structure. The harder the impact, the more vulnerable that weak point is. (Sorry if this is too technical... engineer here. ;-P)

If your wanting a stylus is mostly because you don't like fingermarks on your screen, I might make a bold suggestion that you invest in a microfiber cleaning cloth instead. I'm a bit OCD about fingerprints myself, but I was surprised at how fast I stopped noticing.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2012 10:30:41 AM PST
Miss M says:
You might be interested in this Amazon Local special which is still valid - you download the coupon voucher and get 30% (up to $30) on any 'official' Kindle accessories. I got the code on Monday but just checked and looks like it's still available (says Boston but worked for me.)

I picked up the Fire special on Monday too, and just ordered this cover for $10.71, with the coupon:
Kindle Fire Lightweight MicroShell Folio Case Cover by Marware, Graphite

Anyway, hope the coupon can help you out.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 12:25:18 PM PST
Redrosesdz says:
Thanks CJ, maybe I'll hold off on a stylus.

That's wonderful, Miss Mitford! It's still available. I'm very appreciative. Thank you :)

Posted on Dec 10, 2012 12:29:56 PM PST
I used my original kindle fire to read in bright sunlight all the time. I had a Tech Armor anti- glare and anti- fingerprint screen protector on it. It worked great! I also got one for my new kindle fire hd. This company has great customer service!
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