Last week, Amazon released a new updated Kindle Fire as well as two sizes of Kindle Fire HD. With this release, many Kindle users may be itching to get their hands on the new models. As we've discussed many times before, the best route is always to use your gadgets for as long as possible and not give in to the yearly upgrade, but if you're really ready for an upgrade, make sure to recycle your old model and read on for ways to keep your environmental footprint in check while enjoying your new gadget. These tips also work for anyone hanging on to last year's Kindle Fire.
Really Make it Your Primary Media Device
It's been found that e-readers don't really beat out paper books when it comes to environmental footprint, but multi-media tablets are able to help us consume less and lower our footprint if we truly use them to their full potential. To that point, the best way to get the most out of your Kindle Fire is to make it your go-to media device -- this is what it was designed to be. Read all your books on it instead of buying physical copies (of course the library is always an eco-friendly choice too), use it for reading magazines and newspapers and all your online news sources.
Use it for movie and TV viewing, streaming video, listening to music, etc. Do all of this with your Fire instead of consuming physical versions like CDs, DVDs and magazines. The new Fires come with a mini HDMI jack to connect it to your TV with an HDMI cable, so it can become your DVD player too.
The new Kindle Fires have been praised for the clarity and anti-glare quality of the display. Put that fancy screen to good use by consuming as much of your media on it as possible. Additionally, tablets like the Fire consume less energy than desktop computers and laptops, so switching your media consumption over to the Fire can cut down on your energy consumption too.
Go App Crazy
Along the same lines, take advantage of Amazon's 30,000 apps in their store. Play games, get organized, take notes, get the news. Let the apps perform functions in your life that you might otherwise use another gadget or device for.
Keep Up with Software Updates
This may seem obvious, but one of the best ways to keep loving your device and get the most out of it is to make sure you're always using the latest software available and taking advantage of any updates. Your device will keep running smoothly and you'll be satisfied for much longer.
If All Else Fails, Hack
If at any point you find yourself bored or unfulfilled by your Kindle Fire and itching to ditch it for a newer or different model, there is always the option of taking matters into your own hands and making it better suit your needs. There's a good round up of tips and work-arounds for the original Kindle Fire at PC World. There are ways to add apps outside of the Amazon store, music and movies directly from your computer and even reconfigure the interface to make your tablet more like what you want it to be.
It's important that we enjoy the gadgets that we have. That way we're more inclined to hold onto them and use them often. A well-loved and fully-used gadget is far better than a gadget that sits on a shelf collecting dust and eventually ends up as e-waste.