Thursday, July 3rd, 2014
Amazon have released quite a few Kindle e-readers and tablets over the years, and sometimes the differences between models can be hard to spot. It is important to know which Kindle you have, as you want to be sure you are getting the right cases and accessories. If you’re not sure what Kindle you have, then you can use the strategies below to answer the question “What Kindle do I have?” and identify your Kindle.
Check the Serial Number
You can find this sixteen digit code in the box your Kindle came in or when you click on Settings and go to Device Info. Find your specific generation or type based on the first four characters.
- Kindle 2: B002, B003
- Kindle DX: B004, B005, B009
- Kindle 4: B00E, B023, 9023
- Kindle 5: B012
- Kindle Keyboard: B006, B008, B00A
- Kindle Paperwhite (2012): B024, B01B, B01C, B01D, B01F
- Kindle Paperwhite (2013): B0D4 or 90D4
- Kindle Touch: B00F, B010, B011
- Kindle Fire (2011): D01E
- Kindle Fire (2012): D026
- Kindle Fire HD 7(2012): D025 and D059
- Kindle Fire HD 7(2013): 00D3 and 00D2
- Kindle Fire HD 8.9: B0C9, B0CA, B0CB, and B0CC
- Kindle Fire HDX 7: D0FB, 00FB, 00FC, 0072, 00FD, 00FE, 0073, 006C, 006D, 006E
- Kindle Fire HDX 8.9: 0018, 0057, 005E, 00F3, 0019, 0058, 007D, 007E, 007F
Note the Appearance and Size of Your Kindle
Inspect the keyboard and interface. Another helpful indicator would be the size of your Kindle. Here are a few key traits.
- Kindle 2 & Kindle DX - While both look very similar and have a keyboard, the Kindle DX has a larger screen, 9.7” diagonally compared to the Kindle 2’s 6” display. The Kindle DX also supports simple PDF files.
- Kindle 2 & Kindle Keyboard - Refer to the serial number by selecting Settings > Device Info. The Kindle 2’s first four digits will be B002 or B003. The Kindle Keyboard’s will be B006, B008, or B00A.
- Kindle 4 & Kindle 5 - Both the Kindle 4 and Kindle 5 have a 5 way controller, as opposed to the keyboard of the earlier versions.
- Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Touch - While both don’t have the same 5 way controller that other Kindle models have, the Paperwhite’s defining feature is its built-in light that can be adjusted manually.
- Kindle Fire & Kindle Fire HD - The Kindle Fire HD has a micro HDMI connection and its headphone and charging ports are located on the bottom of the device. The original Kindle Fire HD from 2012 also has a front-facing camera. The updated 2013 version of the Kindle Fire HD does not have a front-facing camera.
- Kindle Fire (2011) & Kindle Fire (2012) - While they look the same on the outside, one main thing to look out for is the operating system that the Kindle runs on. The Kindle Fire 2011 runs on an Android 2.3-based operating system, while the 2012 version runs on a 4.0-based operating system.
- Kindle Fire HD (2012) & Kindle Fire HDX (2013) - Released in 2013, the Kindle Fire HDX looks very similar to HD but it’s smaller, 5″ wide compared to the older HD’s 5.4″ width. The HDX 8.9, also released in 2013, differentiates itself from the HD 8.9 by having a rear-facing camera.
We hope this information is helpful! If you have any questions not solved by following the steps above, then please let us know in the comments below or by writing to us on Twitter @mobilefun.
Monday, April 7th, 2014
Here are five recommendations for tablet cases that you should be looking out for; good models and brands that’ll keep your tablet safe. There are both universal cases (use with any tablet of the size provided) and specific cases (use with the device named) included here, but the specific cases are available in many varieties to suit different cases… so either way, you should be able to find most of these for the tablet of your choice! Let’s get into the article, shall we?
5. SD TabletWear Stand and Type Case (Nexus 7 model pictured)
SD TabletWear have been producing quality tablet cases for some time now, and the Stand and Type is one of their most popular creations. The case is a standard folio form factor, with the back, sides and bezels of your tablet protected by a durable faux-leather material. The beauty of this case is that the flip cover can be pushed back around to form a stand, either at a high angle for watching videos or a low angle for writing. It’s a competent combination that works well for almost all tablets on the market.
4. Case-Logic Universal 10 Inch Tablet Sleeve
Our next case is this universal option for ten inch tablets, which includes all of Apple’s full-size iPads and Samsung’s ten inch Note tablets. Of course, smaller tablets can also fit inside but you’ll find they may move around a bit. The Case-Logic Universal is a simple zipped case, which covers every side of your tablet to provide good protection while you’re traveling – against both scratches and impacts, thanks to the soft inner lining and thick shock absorbing padding.
3. SD Tabletwear Frameless Case (Kindle Fire HD model pictured)
Another great SD Tabletwear case to be on the lookout for is the Frameless Case, which offers a much slimmer signature compared to the traditional folio form factor. The thin case doesn’t include much impact protection, but you get a much lighter and smaller case. Screen protection is still provided here, with the cover also flipping around to form a helpful stand. A good choice for anyone short on space.
2. Kit Universal Bluetooth Keyboard Case for 7-8 Inch Tablets
A Bluetooth keyboard is one of the most useful accessories you can add to your tablet, allowing you to write and work much more effectively. The Kit Universal adds just such a keyboard, while also protecting your tablet with a svelte cover. The beauty of this case is that it provides that useful laptop-like working position with its built-in stand.
1. Proporta Quiksilver Pouch Case for 7-8 Inch Tablets
Our top-rated tablet case is the colourful Proporta Quiksilver Pouch Case, which offers both style and protection for seven and eight inch tablets, including the iPad Mini, Samsung Note 7/8 and the Google Nexus 7. Scuffs, scratches and light impacts are no worry when this case is installed. The case has a cool eye-catching design on the outside and a soft lining inside; the best of both worlds.
That’s all for now folks! Have a look at our full site for cases and other tablet accessories, and be sure to let us know what you think of the selections above.
Monday, February 4th, 2013
Modern smartphones and tablets are definitely power-hungry beasts, requiring up to 2.1A to charge at full speed. While you can get car chargers that’ll dispense the necessary power, usually they’re 2A split between two USB ports – not enough to charge a tablet and smartphone simultaneously at full speed.
That isn’t a problem for this Kensington Powerbolt Dual Car Charger, though – it dispenses a mighty 3.4A all told, with 2.4A on the top port and 1A on the bottom. That’s more than enough to charge even the latest iPad and iPhone at full speed – no more waiting around for the iPad to charge, or even having it lose charge faster than it gains it back!
This Powerbolt also comes with a rather useful extra – a free Lightning USB cable that’ll allow you to charge any of Apple’s latest devices, including the iPad 4, iPad Mini and iPhone 5. The cable is a meter long too, so it should be quite convenient to use as an iPad charger or for other devices too.
You might worry that you’d mix up which socket is which, but Kensington have thought ahead and included labels on both USB ports to ensure that you’re always going to be charging at maximum speed.
The Kensington has a simple, professional looking design, with a very small size that’s only as big as is necessary to include the two USB ports. That means it’ll never get in the way of other nearby connections or buttons. It’s so small and light that it’s easy to toss in a bag or take on holiday without issues.
All in all, the Kensington Powerbolt 3.4A charger is a complete in-car charging solution, particularly for Apple devices as you’ve got that extra Lightning USB cable. Of course, the USB ports will work fine with your own cables for Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone, as well as other USB charged items like e-readers and headsets.
What do you think of the Kensington Powerbolt – do you reckon it’s the best iPhone 5 and iPad 4 charger? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading and have a good one!
Monday, February 4th, 2013
Amazon have kicked off the week by cutting the price of the Kindle to just £59, a savings of 15%. That price is only good for today, so if you’ve been wanting to pick up a Kindle this is the time to do it!
In this article, we’ll be looking at five Kindle accessories to complement that new purchase. All of these will fit the new Kindle perfectly and will add a lot of functionality to the e-reader. Let’s have a look, shall we?
5. Omnilight Clip-on Reading Light for Kindle
The only real issue with the Kindle is that, unlike the Paperwhite, the regular Kindle doesn’t include an integrated back light, making it hard to read in low or no light situations. This Kindle light eliminates that weakness, offering a clip-on solution that evenly lights the page and won’t decrease the battery life of your Kindle.
4. FlexiShield Skin for Kindle
If you’re worried about your Kindle getting scratched or knocked but don’t want the thickness inherent in a folio form factor, the FlexiShield Skin is an ideal solution. It covers the back and sides of the device to protect them, and also provides a lip that will protect the screen if the Kindle is dropped. Definitely one of the most useful Kindle covers on the market!
3. 3-in-1 Charger Pack for Kindle
The Kindle no longer ships with an AC adapter, so if you want to charge your Kindle from a wall socket you’ll need to pick up this kit. The pack also includes two other items – a replacement USB 2.0 cable of a good length that you can keep at home or at work, as well as a car adapter that will allow you to easily charge your Kindle on the road.
2. M-Edge Go! Jacket for Kindle
This is our most popular Kindle case, offering a slim and sleep protection for your Kindle in a convenient folio form factor. With a durable exterior and a soft grey microseude interior, your Kindle will be fully protected. This is definitely one of the best looking Kindle covers, with a cool modern look.
1. Amazon Kindle Gift Pack
If you’re not sure what to get, why not get it all? This Gift Pack is the perfect accompaniment to the Kindle, offering a book-style case, silicone case, screen protector, charger and reading light all in one box. With 130 customer reviews averaging 94%, you can’t go wrong!
I hope you found these selections useful. Please feel free to share your feedback and questions in the comments section below. Thanks for reading and have a good one!
Friday, December 28th, 2012
It’s no surprise to hear that the Kindle Fire HD sat under a lot of Christmas trees this year: the tablet boasts some really impressive specs and a small price tag making it the perfect tablet for all the family. The Kindle Fire HD is a great media hub too, thanks to the movie and music streaming apps and the Kindle technology Amazon is well known for – it really does give the Nexus 7 a run for its money.
Here at Mobile Fun we’re all about keeping your gadgets safe and looking newer for longer and no brand is as protective as Otterbox – so we’re really pleased to announce that we’ve sourced the Otterbox Defender Series for the Kindle Fire HD. Here’s why the Otterbox Defender case is so good:
- It’s protective – more protective than any other case available. The Otterbox Defender Kindle Fire HD case uses three layers of protection to keep the Fire HD looking like it’s fresh out of the box for longer. The first layer is a strong and solid polycarbonate layer which protects against bumps and drops. Layer two is a silicone skin which absorbs all shocks, especially those on the delicate corners; whilst the third and final layer is a built-in screen protector that stops the vital display of the Fire HD from becoming scratched, which could ruin your experience with the tablet.
- It has a built in stand – great for viewing media. As the Kindle Fire HD has media at its heart, any case for the tablet needs a built-in stand to make it perfect – the Otterbox Defender has this. The stand simply pops out when you need it allowing the tablet to be docked at the most comfortable angle for typing, swiping and streaming media. Pop it back in when you’re finished and the stand is there waiting for whenever you need it.
- All the ports are protected yet accessible – so the tablet can stay in the case. When using the Otterbox Kindle Fire HD cover all of the ports and features of the Fire HD are fully accessible so that the tablet doesn’t need to be removed from the case to be used – it’s always protected. However, even the ports of the Fire HD are protected with the Otterbox: silicone plugs are used to keep the ports covered and you just remove them when you need to access the port – it’s a great feature for if you’re using the tablet outdoors.
So what other reasons do you need to buy the Otterbox Defender case for the Kindle Fire HD?