Amazon has a range of tablets, called Amazon Fire, that have many useful functions for blind and partially sighted people. They have their operating system, so their tablets are not linked in any way to Apple or Android. They all use touch screen technology to control the device. The Amazon Fire tablet has built-in accessibility through speech feedback and screen magnification. Products range in size from compact screens of seven inches to larger ones at 10 inches. The Amazon Fire tablet can run many applications (apps) to add functionality.

Amazon Kindle is a series of e-readers designed and marketed by Amazon. They enable users to browse, buy, download, and read e-books, newspapers, magazines and other digital media via wireless networking to the Kindle Store. Currently, it comprises a range of devices, including e-readers with e-ink electronic paper displays and Kindle applications on all major computing platforms. All Kindle devices integrate with Kindle Store content. The store had over six million ebooks available in the United States.

There are three different types of Amazon Kindle devices:

Each of these devices costs a bit more than the previous model, and each gets an updated version every few years.

Amazon Fire tablets VS. Amazon Kindle:

Display

The key difference between Amazon Fire tablets and Amazon Kindle is their screens.

Kindle devices are e-readers, so they use E-Ink screens. This technology replicates the way books look, with electric signals making ink appear where it needs to, to form writing or pictures. E-Ink screens are monochromatic, so they don’t show colours, just black and white. As a result, e-readers are designed for reading books and documents. You won’t be able to use an Amazon Kindle to play games or watch movies, but it’s great for sitting in the sun reading a novel.

On the other hand, Amazon Fire tablets have LCD screens, like TVs, computer monitors and smartphones. Thus, for watching TV shows or playing games, Fire Tablets have screens that are much better for that.

Design

Amazon Kindle and Fire tablets have a lot in common when talking about design. They’re usually made of plastic, which is durable enough to withstand bumps or drops. Compared to ‘premium’ devices in their markets, they’re not very good-looking, but that won’t matter to everyone. 

Amazon Kindle devices have micro-USB ports, however now many new devices use USB-C, which is faster for charging, and recent Fire tablets have this kind of newer input.

Most Fire tablet devices have 3.5mm headphone jacks (the circular ones that you plug headphones into). But Kindles generally don’t have any apps to play music, so they don’t have headphone jacks. 

There is one exception; Kindle Oasis devices, as you can use these to listen to electronic readings of books.

Cameras

Amazon Fire tablets generally have quite low-resolution cameras on both the rear and the front, so they can be used for taking photos or video calling. Kindles don’t have cameras though.

Battery Life

All Amazon devices are pretty stellar compared to their competitors, but Kindles are the best in terms of battery life. It can usually last up to six weeks between charges if you’re reading for half an hour per day. So, Kindles are great for holidays if you don’t want to bring a charger.

On the other hand, Amazon Fire tablets don’t last quite as long. However, that makes sense, as e-ink is known for being great for battery conservation. Newer Fire tablets models last for about twelve hours of use between charges. It sounds great for car journeys or entertaining kids.

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Software and performance

What you’ll be doing on your Fire tablet or Amazon Kindle device exactly depends on their software (the programs and apps).

Amazon Kindle devices are designed purely for reading, so the services you get are a bit limited. You can access the Kindle Store to buy and download books. Some Kindles have access to Goodreads, too. You can also enjoy plays, poems, magazines and comic books. And even more! You’re able to upload your PDFs and other files to your Kindle device. Thanks to this you can read work documents, as well as scientific papers or books. You can’t play games, watch movies or listen to music on Kindle devices – they’re just for reading.

Amazon Fire tablets run the popular Android operating system, but Amazon’s own Fire user interface is laid over the top! It means that the tablets encourage users to use the company’s suite of apps: stream video from Amazon Prime Video, music from Prime Music, and books from the Kindle service. The app store only contains Amazon-approved apps. Some Amazon-competitor services, like Netflix and Spotify, are available too. Because of the particular services available, Amazon Fire tablet devices are considered portable entertainment devices. They don’t have many productivity apps though, they’re mainly for the fun stuff. 

What Is a Refurbished Amazon Fire and Kindle?

Refurbished Amazon Fire and Kindle are pre-owned devices that have been tested, restored, cleaned and passed an intensive quality check. Generally, they are as good as new ones, and they are sold at great discounts.

Second-hand Amazon Fire and Kindle entrance into the technology market was a revolution. They are the perfect medium for users who prefer reading e-books rather than paper ones. Compared with tablets, they have longer battery life and are more suitable for the eyes. The best refurbished Amazon Fire and Kindle devices are the ideal portable devices for work and leisure. They are small enough for travelling with ease, yet large enough to comfortably read books or browse the web.

Why buy second-hand Amazon Fire and Kindle devices?

 

Manufacturers will eventually retire products and product lines periodically depending on that item. Retiring a product does not mean that it cannot be used any longer, or it will not work anymore, it is simply a business decision. As newer generations enter production, it is simply not logical to continue the production and support for older ones.

Once the support has ended, you are left with two options – update to a newer generation, or turn to the refurbished and second-hand market. Choosing refurbished products gives you independence from the manufacturer-defined life cycles.

Moreover, refurbishment is good for the environment. Refurbishing old and used equipment instead of throwing them out reduces electronic waste, as well as maintaining an older setup does too. Naturally, this is not the most important factor to consider when deciding on upgrading versus maintenance, but it is good to keep it in mind. Choosing to buy refurbished instead of new has a positive impact on the environment, and reduces the ecological footprint of the company.

At Faircado, we are on a mission to reduce waste on earth by making second-hand shopping easy and accessible, so that it would naturally become your first choice.

And here are some advantages of buying refurbished and second-hand Amazon Fire and Kindle:

Where to buy a second-hand Amazon Fire and Kindle?

Everyone prefers to buy refurbished items from trusted sources. No matter if you purchase from a private seller or online market when you purchase a refurbished / second-hand Amazon Fire or Kindle online, it is important to verify that your information is safe and that the seller is reliable.

It’s easier now more than ever to score yourself a deal on second-hand markets like Faircado. If you’re looking to buy an Amazon Fire or Kindle for the best price, Faircado has the deal for you. When you buy an Amazon Fire or Kindle device from us, you get peace of mind warranty as well assurance in the form of rigorous testing conducted by professionals. This helps ensure we deliver your equipment in excellent condition and perfect working order, while the warranty provides longer-term peace of mind. So, as you can see, we provide much more than a simple second-hand Amazon Fire or Kindle when you shop with us.

Using the best Amazon Fire or Kindle device will make a difference in your reading e-books experience. The best Amazon Fire or Kindle devices are designed to be kinder to your eyes!

For further help or information, do not hesitate to be in touch with the Faircado team.