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Accessories for Your New Kindle Fire

Updated on March 8, 2012
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So You Have a Kindle Fire...

So you bought a new Kindle Fire. The price seemed right at $199. It is a great tablet and eReader at a very low price. You registered the Kindle Fire. You've even downloaded some apps. You've been reading books, listening to music, and even playing Angry Birds. However, within a short period of time, you will realize your Kindle Fire needs some accessories.

I am not talking about adding "bling" to your Kindle Fire (which you can actually totally do, by the way) or anything silly like that. I am talking about buying practical accessories for your Kindle Fire. In no time at all, I determined I needed certain products to go along with the Kindle Fire to help it function better and to keep me sane. Let me explain some items you might want to consider purchasing for your Kindle Fire.

Kindle Fire Case Covers

Let's be real, the covers for a Kindle Fire can be a little expensive. For this reason, I decided not to buy a case cover for the Kindle Fire when I initially made my purchase. I figured I would wait and see if I needed it. Well, guess what? I needed a case cover for the Kindle Fire!

If you are going to take the Kindle Fire anywhere, you might as well buy the cover right off the bat. This poor tablet is going to be battered around no matter where you go. If you are putting it in a purse, you know some of the scary things that lurk there! You can't put your Kindle Fire through that kind of torture.

Do yourself a favor and buy one right away. Amazon sells plenty of Kindle Fire case covers in a number of attractive colors. Sure, some can be a little expensive, but it is much more money to replace your Kindle Fire if you carry it everywhere and it gets smashed or scratched without a cover. You can also find some covers in stores, too. Just take your Kindle Fire with you and compare sizes when you go.

Kindle Fire Screen Protectors

Oh, the fingerprints!!! Your Kindle Fire will constantly have fingerprints all over it. I never realized how obsessive compulsive I could be about fingerprints until I got the Kindle Fire. I am forever wiping away prints all the time.

Aside from the fingerprint issue, there is also a bit of a glare from the Kindle Fire's screen. Depending on how the light hits the Kindle Fire, you might have a tough time seeing the screen. Also, you will see reflections easily in the screen depending on how the Kindle Fire is angled when you use it.

For me, I personally don't find the glare to be an issue. I am, however, slowly going insane from the fingerprints. Luckily, Amazon sells some handy anti-glare screen protectors with a cleaning cloth. Hooray! If you don't want to bother with the anti-glare screen protectors, but just want the cleaning cloth, you can also buy a cleaning cloth intended for eyeglasses. It will work just as well. Trust me, you can thank me later on this one.

Kindle Fire USB Cable

I am going to confess something right now - when I ordered the Kindle Fire, it never occurred to me that I would not be able to download files from my computer to the device. Yes, I realize I am an idiot. I just didn't give it any thought. I suppose I assumed the download fairies would come along and make everything better. That is simply not the case.

If you've got some really cool stuff stored on your computer and you want to transfer it to your Kindle Fire, you are going to need a special USB cable. Luckily, Amazon does sell this cable and it is fairly cheap. I do wish it was simply included with the Kindle Fire, but it is probably a good time for me to remember it was only $199 and couldn't possibly included a lot of accessories.

Thanks For Reading!

I hope this has been helpful for you. If you are considering buying a Kindle Fire, you might just want to add these items to your shopping cart. If you've already bought a Kindle Fire, you are probably already considering making these purchases. Hopefully, this will give you some good ideas on the products you will really need for your new Kindle Fire. Of course, I would also like to explore some of the totally useless and fun accessories for the Kindle Fire, but I will hold off on that until another time.

Please check back for more Kindle Fire advice. Also, please check out:

A Guide to the Kindle Fire for the Technologically Challenged

Copyright ©2012 Jeannieinabottle


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  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie InABottle 

    6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I'll be honest, I have yet to even read a book on the Kindle Fire. I keep using it to play games and music. I know what you mean about less glare on the original Kindle, too. I guess if I did actually read a book on there, I would consider getting a regular Kindle. Thanks for dropping by!

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    shuck72 

    6 years ago from Seattle

    Thanks interesting article. I got a Kindle Fire a couple of months ago and also tried to go without a cover. Not practicle. And the finger prints drive me nuts as well. I like it a lot but admit reading books on the original Kindle is better. Less glare.

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie InABottle 

    6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    LinksTycoon - I consider the Kindle Fire a birthday present to myself, too. I really wanted one for a while, so I finally saved enough to get one this month for my birthday. I hope you enjoy it!

    THEHuG5 - I checked out the Nooks yesterday at Barnes & Noble. It is so funny to see the small differences. The Nook Color is a little bigger than the Kindle Fire. The Kindle Fire is pretty heavy though. I had no idea it would be that heavy! I like it nonetheless though. :-)

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    THEHuG5 

    6 years ago

    Jeannieinabottle,

    Yeah I have a nook color. I'm glad you're enjoying your kindle :)

  • LinksTycoon profile image

    LinksTycoon 

    6 years ago from San Diego, CA

    Great Hub, thank your for sharing. My birthday is coming up, I am going to treat myself and get me one.

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie InABottle 

    6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    molometer - You should consider getting a Kindle Fire one day. It is pretty awesome.

    THEHuG5 - Yes, you've got to have a cover. So far, I do really like the Kindle Fire. You have the Nook, right?

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    THEHuG5 

    6 years ago

    Very useful Jeannieinabottle. I mean you gotta at least have a cover for your eReader right! How are you liking you kindle fire?

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    molometer 

    6 years ago from United Kingdom

    I haven't gone down the kindle route myself but this is useful information.

    I have briefly looked at the kindle and I have used a similar device many years ago.

    This was interesting and if I should even buy one. I now know what to haggle for in the shop.lol

  • Jeannieinabottle profile imageAUTHOR

    Jeannie InABottle 

    6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    That is good to know. For now, it is one big adventure. Thanks for sharing!

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    Rolly A Chabot 

    6 years ago from Alberta Canada

    Love the two in this home... after you have what you need you are set for many years of great service...

    Hugs

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