Fun things to do with your new Kindle HD
If you just got a Kindle, congratulations!
While all Kindles are fun, they can’t all do the same things. Before you plunge into these quick suggestions, make sure you know which Kindle you have:
While just to keep things simple, I’m just listing items for a Kindle Fire HD, some of these will also work with other models.
Note: while most of these are free, some do require purchase of an app. Please check the price before clicking or tapping the Buy button. In many cases, they do require download of an app, even if it is free. Also, these are available to US customers, and may not be available elsewhere.
This is mostly just a listing. If you have questions about them, please free to ask by commenting on this post.
One last thing: I have used all of the apps listed here. There are certainly many other options, and I won’t guarantee that each is the best possible solution for you.
Fun things to do with your new Kindle Fire HD
- Take a picture (tap Photos: there is a camera icon)
- Send a text
- Make a phone call
- Make a videocall using Skype (Skype is installed; you may need to set up an account)
- Play Magic Piano
- Play Angry Birds Star Wars
- Get a free trial for a magazine
- Send an e-mail (E-mail is installed; you’ll need to configure your accounts, which is generally easy)
- Check the weather
- Watch webcams around the world
- Go retro and play Atari games
- Get a free e-book
- Get a free song
- Get the free app of the day
- Check out the Kindle Daily Deal
- Set up a free Flipboard account and get news and your Twitter feed
- Make plasma sounds
- Watch Netflix
- Listen to Songza
- Listen to local radio stations
- Turn the world into art with Paper Camera
- Enhance your TV experience with Zeebox
- Level a table
- Measure something
- Put a pricewatch on a Kindle book, so you know when it goes down in price
- Have your Kindle read a book out loud to you (tap towards the top middle of the page, tap Aa, tap More options, turn Text-to-Speech On)
- Chat with other people inside a book (long-press ((hold your finger or stylus on something for about a second)) something, choose Share)
- Find local movie showtimes with Fandango
- Make notes (including pictures) about who gave what with Evernote
- Play my favorite game on the Kindle Fire, the word game Dabble
- Light up the room (including flashing police lights)
- “X-Ray” a movie (Videos- Prime Videos…you can see if a movie has X-Ray or not before you start it running. Tap the screen while the movie is running, and you’ll see a choice for X-Ray: tap that, and get info about actors in that scene, including links to other movies in which they appear)
- X-Ray a book (open a book and tap towards the top middle of the screen…you’ll see the option)
- Have a Roku? “Throw” your pictures or personal videos on the screen with Juice for Roku
- Make a voice recording (perhaps have the group in the room say something appropriate for the event)
- Make a video recording
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.