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Initial post: Sep 29, 2011 5:24:17 AM PDT
Carola P says:
Has the Kindle Fire the feature that you can read outside home, I mean the screen or is it to use just in doors?? Cause that was a huge advantage in the previous ones.

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 5:26:24 AM PDT
It's an IPS LCD screen similar to that of the iPad so the answer is that it's not going to work well for reading in direct sunlight. The unknown factor is exactly how bright the backlight is - but I would say in general that any screen that has to be brighter than ambient lighting to be readable is going to be a challenge outdoors.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 29, 2011 5:27:51 AM PDT
CLB77 says:
The Fire is an LCD screen, just like the iPad, Nook Color, or your cell phone. You can read it outdoors, but not very effectively in bright sunlight. The other Kindles are still e-ink screens.

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 5:39:49 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 29, 2011 5:42:28 AM PDT
darlynmarcia says:
Thanks Carla P. for asking this question because this was the only question that I had. I was so siked about the kindle fire until I read the answer to your question. I guess I'll stick with my current kindle. I still LOVE my kindle!!! And THANK YOU guys for answering.

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 5:46:55 AM PDT
John Newton says:
Most devices like this are fine if you're in the shade outdoors. In direct sunlight is going to be a problem though. Then again direct sunlight isn't good for your skin either so find some shade ;-)

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 8:08:25 PM PDT
pinxet says:
No doubt the Fire will be a worthy device; I've come to trust Amazon in such matters, and the equation of features and price make it a great advance.
That said, joining the throngs of people trying to read their smartphones and iPads under the nearest shady tree at lunchtime isn't an aspiration of mine, or at least one I'm willing to pay for. I'll be passing on the Fire and keep to my KindleDX and my TabletPCs with indoor/outdoor screens until technology can evolve a cost effective mobile device (ie one I can use anyplace between points A and B, including the bus stop and park), and not stagnate with portable ones (which I can use only *at* points A and B, under subdued light).

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 5:16:47 PM PST
MrsTopkat says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2011 5:26:55 PM PST
For the hundreds of others who have asked this exact same question, the answer they received was that the Fire would not be very good out in the sunshine.

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 9:59:24 PM PST
Kim Cooper says:
I felt "Fire" envy for a minute. I feel better now!

Posted on Dec 10, 2011 4:10:05 PM PST
Martin Matus says:
So glad I found the answer with all of you! Saved me not only money, but disappointment and heartache as well!

Posted on Dec 11, 2011 10:07:14 AM PST
Lectrice says:
My ophthalmologist says people shouldn't be reading ANYTHING in bright sunlight - bad for the eyes. Find some shade, even to read paper materials.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2011 11:14:39 AM PST
C A says:
Sharon I personally do not have any trouble reading outdoors in the sunlight. Some people report they can see nothing on their Fire or other backlit reader. I don't know what the difference is. I did buy an anti glare screen protector but I bought it for the protection and not the glare reduction.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2011 11:17:11 AM PST
C read your Fire outside in bright sunlight? I doubt it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2011 11:21:42 AM PST
C A says:
Yes, I do. I also have a NookColor and have read outside since last April. I live in an area where we don't have many cloudy days and I enjoy being outdoors. I have more trouble with the one day battery life than with reading in the sun. Think about it... There would be hundreds more complaints if NO ONE could read outside.

Posted on Dec 26, 2011 6:46:22 PM PST
Andiamo says:
I have an older Kindle...proably a 2nd generation I think...which I love and use often....but now that there are so many newer versions, I too am considering an update, but I most oftne read at the beach or pool and although I wear sunglasses, I am in direct sunlight.... which kindle upgrade, if any, do you suggest???

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 6:52:24 PM PST
Andiamo says:
I too have "FIre" envy....bought one for my sister for Christmas and would really love to update my several year old secon generation as well...but I most often read at the beach or pool and worry that the Fire won't be effective there. Wondering which upgrade, if any would best meet my needs???

Posted on Jan 14, 2012 3:00:31 PM PST
I read on my phone (droid x) at the beach without any problem. I can't see it well without sunglasses, but who wouldn't wear sunglasses outside on a sunny day. I have a kindle fire, and love it. Even if I couldn't read outside with it, I would still have purchased it because it has a lot of other functions. If I just wanted a reader, sure, the regular kindle is the way to go. If you're on the edge, I would say borrow an ipad or fire or cell phone and try it outside for yourself.

Posted on Jan 14, 2012 3:07:28 PM PST
Its a backlit screen so it will be harder to read in direct sunlight. But Ive found that if I turn the brightness all the way up its readable. The biggest problem for me in sunlight is glare and reflections on the screen.

Posted on Jan 14, 2012 3:43:16 PM PST
PS56k says:
Have you seen the Kindle TV commercial with the two people reading at the pool ?????

The Kindle is the E-reader model

The iPad is just like EVERY other LCD screen - along with the Amazon Kindle FIRE -

If it looks anything like a color screen tablet computer..... then it has a LCD screen and you will have difficulty reading outdoors in bright sunlight.... just like the iPad.

In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2012 5:52:36 PM PDT
I cannot see crap on my Kindle Fire outside. I purchased it and downloaded 4 books and 4 magazines so I could read by the Pool, just like their commercial projects; however, it's false advertising and sure looks good on TV when they want you to purchase one. Even the other commercial with the girl running up the steps, opening up her Amazon package while sitting on the stoup in the sunlight. What a lie. Can't see a thing and if I knew how to clean it all off, I would return it. WalMart is taking them back, no questions asked. Don't buy one if you plan on sitting on the beach and reading. Mary Jo Conley, Lillian, AL

Posted on May 10, 2012 6:13:33 PM PDT
NG says:
I was reading on the beach today. Partly cloudy but bright. The brim of my cap shaded the book sufficiently. Get Screendim for easier brightness control. I did miss my K2.

Posted on May 10, 2012 6:31:23 PM PDT
janice399 says:
I just purchased a anti glare screen and it works pretty good in sunlight on my fire. It works best when there is no shadows. The internet router and the anti glare screen are my two best purchases for the fire.

Posted on May 10, 2012 7:00:32 PM PDT
Lectrice says:
I do, indeed, read my Fire outside in bright light, but I have a book-type Kindle cover, and I position myself and the Kindle cover so that the screen is in shadow. It doesn't take long to get used to doing this.

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2012 8:41:34 PM PDT
Thanks for the hint. Went to read in the sunshine today and couldn't see a thing. Made me wish for my 1st gen kindle back. I will try your idea.

Posted on May 22, 2012 9:16:35 PM PDT
PS56k says:
The problem with this entire area is the melding of the overall family name of "Kindle" with the lack of specifying a specific technical model like "Fire" vs all the other e-Ink readers.

Too bad Amazon couldn't come up with a naming and branding scheme where the one word would clearly define both attributes vs having to specify two names..... and not imply anything just by saying you have a "Kindle".
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