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Initial post: Nov 11, 2011 6:11:17 PM PST
annienem says:
I have ordered a Kindle Fire. Any suggestions on what accessories I have to have and what accessories would be nice but not necessary?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2011 6:15:39 PM PST
A good cover or case, especially if you plan on taking it out of the house. I like this one:

Kindle Fire Leather Cover by Marware, Black

Posted on Nov 11, 2011 6:38:38 PM PST
what about a stylus? will any stylus work?

Posted on Nov 11, 2011 6:45:12 PM PST
W. Andres says:
Your finger is your stylus. I use my finger with my wife's ipad2 and I use my finger with my Windows 7 phone. No other stylus is needed.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2011 6:46:56 PM PST
Not just any stylus, it has to able to interface with a Touchscreen - (think having to use the pad of your finger vs your fingernail)

I already know my OCD will kick in once I start handling my Fire and see all the finger smudges all over the shiny screen so I've ordered this: AmazonBasics Stylus for Touchscreen Devices Including Kindle Fire, Apple iPad 2, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab, BlackBerry PlayBook.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2011 6:50:30 PM PST
A finger with a longer nail doesn't make the best stylus - you to use the side of your finger so the aim be tricky.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2011 6:53:50 PM PST
W. Andres says:
Interesting. I prefer this one:

Posted on Nov 11, 2011 6:55:33 PM PST
There's also an Amazon leather cover for the Fire that's half the price of the other KF covers:
AmazonBasics Leather Folio Cover with Multi-Angle Adjustable Stand for Kindle Fire, Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 (Black)

Posted on Nov 11, 2011 6:57:25 PM PST
W. Andres says:
Smudges are to be expected on touch screens. I smudge my Windows phone, my dslr lcd screen, and my wife's ipad2. So what? You just wipe it off. How on earth are you going to play Angry Birds without using your finger? <smile> Seriously... no one wants to drag around a stylus for crying out loud. That's why devices with styluses died out. They get lost... they're a pain to keep track of... they're clunky. Your finger is perfectly fine and longer nails (unless they're unreasonably long) will not hamper things. I don't see my wife complaining on her ipad.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2011 7:00:17 PM PST
W. Andres says:
Now that's pretty cool. I like it. The truth is... most folks don't bother with covers that act as easels or stands. When I use my wife's ipad (or when she uses it for that matter) I just place it on my lap. When she's cooking, she just sets it flat on the island counter... she can't be bothered propping it up on its cover's stand. Seriously, if you haven't used this yet, don't bother with them. They're completely unnecessary.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2011 7:07:27 PM PST
You're right, smudges are to be expected, and I do manage to play Angry Birds rather efficiently on my Android phone now even with modestly longer nails, but I went with the stylus just on a personal preference. I know myself well enough to know that a 7" glossy screen covered in finger smudges is going to driver me bonkers - and who know maybe I'll give up on the stylus and just carry a microfiber cloth to continually wipe it down. Just wanted the Lori to know there are styluses (styli?) available.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2011 7:12:14 PM PST
Thanks for the advice. This is my first tablet device so I wasn't sure if the easel part was something I'd utilize or not and chances are I'll probably hand hold it as well, but the price is right for a leather cover regardless, as I know I'll be stashing it in my purse.

Posted on Nov 11, 2011 7:14:29 PM PST
W. Andres says:
I hear you. You have to do what you will find comfortable. Now... I'm betting that in time you won't even bother with the microfiber cloth either. I just wipe my phone on my pant leg when it bothers me too much. I've yet to see Lin (wife) wipe her ipad down with the cloth that came with it. Of course, I can't be bothered with these clear screen protectors either... they're hokey and completely unnecessary. Besides, these screens are tough and take a beating. After a period of break-in... when the novelty wears off... you'll see. I'm betting you will ditch the stylus and not bother with the microfiber either. These devices become "old" fairly soon. Geeze... I can't remember the last time I wiped my Kindle 2 other than with my sleeve while sitting in the car. And to add quickly... I'm neat about my appearance. It's just that these devices were made to be played with with your finger and they can take a beating.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2011 7:15:41 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 11, 2011 7:16:13 PM PST
I think I'll use an easel type cover. For use in the kitchen for recipes, and for watching videos etc. I do not plan on using screen protectors.

Posted on Nov 11, 2011 7:28:35 PM PST
No screen protector?? Wiping it on my pant leg??? [shakes head in disbelief and laughs nervously] I would welcome the day I could be so blasé about such things....

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 11, 2011 8:41:00 PM PST
Thanks for the info.....I didn't know it had to be touchscreen specific.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2011 5:09:38 PM PST
W. Andres says:
I understand. But you have to remember... I've had a smart phone now for several months and after the novelty wore off (about three weeks) it was just too troublesome to try and wipe it with a special cloth. Besides... Gorilla glass is pretty much scratch resistant so there's no need to worry about smudges. Honestly... these devices are meant to be touched. That's why they call them "touch screens". And there is absolutely no good reason for a screen protector unless you're planning on dragging your tablet across the pavement. Why put plastic over your screen? It will degrade the image in spite of what others will tell you. I've seen screens ruined by these so-called protectors.

Posted on Nov 12, 2011 5:21:25 PM PST
Since I'll have a case to protect my Fire before tossing it into my handbag, I haven't ordered the screen protectors for it yet and will take your advice and just go for it and enjoy my new device. I have noticed that the screen protector on my Droid phone seems to collect a lot more smudges than the bare glass screen but I worry about it being tumbled around in my hand bag, so will be keeping that one under wraps.

Posted on Nov 12, 2011 5:36:14 PM PST
Sue says:
I used a screen protector for my iPhone for the first several months I had it. The protector accumulated a lot of smudges and grime (and yes, I would constantly be wiping it on my pantleg :) ). It really interfered with the sensitivity of the touchscreen as well. When I finally took it off, I realized it was interfering with the quality of the picture as well.

I found without the protector, the picture and touch sensitivity are much better, and the screen actually stays cleaner! I'm choosing to not use one with my Kindle Fire.

Posted on Nov 12, 2011 5:36:56 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 12, 2011 5:37:47 PM PST
pjf says:
I got this one for my fire. Came in 2 days, free shipping and less than ten bucks. I have the poetic case for my mindle, it is very good quality for the price.

Poetic PU Leather Folio Case for Amazon Kindle Fire (Black)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2011 5:47:24 PM PST
I didn't even think about the sensitivity of the screen being affected but makes total I'm tempted to take it off just to see if I could live without it.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2011 5:52:48 PM PST
I've been impressed with the selection of cases for the KF that are $30 and under. Seems like when I the K3 came out all the leather cases were $50 and up.

Posted on Nov 12, 2011 6:15:36 PM PST
Carbonbased says:
On the Stylus, you want something for a 'capacitive' screen. When iPhones first came out, people in cold climates were carrying around vienna sausages so they could use their phones without taking off their glove/ about smudges on the screen!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2011 7:48:05 PM PST
W. Andres says:
LOL... this is hilarious. You made my day. Gotta go tell Lin.

Posted on Nov 12, 2011 7:59:49 PM PST
annienem says:
thanks everyone, good discussion. I am not getting a stylus, I'll use a sausage, I have 2 cases on order because I couldn't decide. What about a car charger and a connection to my computer? Thin sausages?
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