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Kindle Fire - reading outside in sunlight?


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Initial post: Nov 26, 2012 7:52:29 PM PST
SAWatsonNC says:
Can you read on the Kindle Fire outside in the sunlight like you can on the Paperwhite which is e-Ink?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2012 8:15:25 PM PST
BethW says:
No. If you turn the brightness way up it is just barely doable but not comfortably like the e-Ink kindles.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2012 8:18:05 PM PST
No, the Fires have LCD screens like your computer screen. They don't work much at all out side.

Posted on Nov 26, 2012 8:26:55 PM PST
SAWatsonNC says:
Thanks for the information...that is what I was afraid of. I just ordered it instead of the Paperwhite which was what I had been looking at the past few weeks.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2012 4:58:28 AM PST
BethW says:
It still comes down to what you want to use it for. The Fire is the only way to go if you want to play games, watch videos, and read books that have color. You just can't do any of that in the sun. Though I have played Angry Birds and Suduko without too much trouble. Videos are impossible in the sun and books I just use my e-ink.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 5:32:04 AM PST
jsh1120 says:
I would disagree just a bit here. I wouldn't try to use the KFHD in full sunlight for any length of time. However, on my deck under the patio umbrella, even on a bright sunny day, the KFHD is quite readable. I wouldn't make the same claim about the first generation Kindle Fire. It was simply useless outside. Period. Not the case the with KFHD.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2012 8:42:44 AM PST
I just ordered one also. I have an Ipad and didn't need an kindle but wanted one to be able to read outside. The only advantage I felt the kindle had over the ipad. Very disappointed. I got the $129 deal. Will I get a full refund?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2012 8:46:25 AM PST
Has your order shipped yet? You can probably cancel it if it hasn't. Otherwise you will get a full refund but you will probably have to pay for return shipping.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 8:46:45 AM PST
Cluny says:
I used my kFire1 all summer for hours on my patio on sunny days. I just have to adjust brightness upward.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 8:47:05 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2012 9:45:02 AM PST
jsh1120 says:
Cluny,

You either have better eyes than I or more tolerance for glare. I don't doubt your experience but like issues of acceptable audio, there is a lot of individual variation here. As noted above, I find the KFHD quite acceptable in the shade on a sunny day. Didn't have that experience with the first gen KF. And others find that neither device is acceptable.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2012 10:48:18 AM PST
BethW says:
Terri- If you can not cancel before shipment then you have 30days to return it. It would not hurt to try it with the brightness turned all the way up. It probably will be the same to you as the Ipad but no reason not to give it a test.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2012 10:53:49 AM PST
❤ Ann says:
@Terri - If you want something specifically for reading outside, you might consider one of the Kindle e-readers. The e-ink screens are fantastic in bright sunlight. You can return the fire within 30 days, if it's too late to cancel the order.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2013 6:27:12 AM PST
Lois Adams says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2013 6:28:00 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 3, 2013 6:28:31 AM PST
Lois, there is no FIX for this. Any device with an LCD backlit screen is going to be difficult to read in the sun. It is the nature of the device.

If you like to read by the pool, buy an e-ink Kindle. They are fabulous in the sun.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2013 6:41:37 AM PST
If you're sitting out by the pool, you should be wearing a large wide brimmed hat, anyway.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2013 6:45:13 AM PST
PJ says:
What's even better is reading the product page before you buy. OR reading the post just above her own. It clearly answered the same thing she was bit*ching about.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2013 6:48:32 AM PST
Right? What, exactly, did she think the "fix" would be?!?

Posted on Jan 3, 2013 7:11:55 AM PST
Bill Hansen says:
Not all of us have extensive knowledge of things - like Kindles - when we first start out with them. I can understand that someone might think there could be a "fix" which would allow reading an LCD monitor in bright sunlight. I'm glad that people here are usually tolerant of my own ignorance. I hope the Kindle forums don't change and become "abuse contests" like some other forums I've belonged to.

My brief experience with reading from my KFHD 8.9 is that (1) if I insist on having the sun behind me, reflecting off the screen, of course I can't read very well (but I *could* actually read the newspaper that way), and (2) if I turn around so the screen is shaded, I have minimal problem reading. The background appears somewhat gray, but the print is still black and readable.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 3, 2013 7:28:36 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 3, 2013 7:51:14 AM PST
The Blade says:
>>>>"I'm glad that people here are usually tolerant of my own ignorance."<<<<

There is a difference, Bill. You came here asking questions and wanting to learn. That is very cool and something many of us appreciate. Anyone who does that will get a good reception and honest answers from most of us.

But the individual that you are referring to asked no questions. Didn't want to learn. Didn't even bother to read the rest of the thread. They simply b*tched about the product and told Amazon to fix what they perceived as a problem.

Big difference. People who do that won't get the same kind of reception as someone who wants to learn. Life on the internet.

Posted on Mar 30, 2013 10:00:58 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2013 10:43:14 AM PDT
how do you turn up the brightness?

Posted on May 6, 2013 6:09:04 PM PDT
Mary Meehan says:
Why can't someone come up with a screen cover for the kindle fire. It would definitely make the fire more appealing.

In reply to an earlier post on May 6, 2013 6:18:36 PM PDT
Because the Fire (and all backlit devices - your TV, your computer, your cell phone, etc.) works by shining light AT you. And when that light competes with the sun, it's going to lose. A cover is not really going to do much to allow that light to win against the sun.

In reply to an earlier post on May 6, 2013 6:26:50 PM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Get to work then. You could make millions if you found a way....
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