Listening to ‘Radio’ on the Kindle Fire
Kindle Fire is getting some attention as an Internet
Matthew Lasar of the blog Radio Survivor writes that the new device
is attractive for listening because of small size, WiFi interface, attractive
display and speaker outlet. He calls it a “great dedicated broadband radio
“When most writers review
general-purpose broadband gadgets, they don’t say much about radio,” he blogged.
“This is understandable. What we look for in a computer or tablet are office
tools, social networking apps, and live and prerecorded video. Because the iPad
is so good at providing those features, it’s hard to imagine just setting it
aside as an Internet radio machine. But the Kindle’s smaller dimensions and
comparatively smaller capabilities and cheaper price ($199) make it something a
consumer can reserve for particular uses. And the most popular radio apps
display well on a Kindle Fire.”
He says Pandora looks “much classier” on the device
than on his Droid X or desktop screen.
“Leaning the Kindle horizontally against a paper
book (oh the irony) just above my keyboard gives me easy access to the standard
Pandora choices: like, dislike, skip, pause and next. There’s plenty of blank
space across the screen — no visual crowding, even with the ads. And I can
easily switch to Pulse or the web if I want to check the news, which makes my
desktop computer experience less complicated and cluttered.”
He likes it for using TuneIn Radio as well, though
not so much for Turntable.fm.
Read it here.