kindle fire

… well not exactly, but something is about to explode in it.

This morning, I found my Kindle Fire had gained a few waist sizes since the last time I saw it. Something had expanded inside the Kindle to the point that it has now separated the bezel. I’m assuming it’s the battery and a quick google search tells me this is a somewhat common issue. It’s the first generation Kindle Fire so it’s no spring chicken, but it still displays content really well and I was still reading books off of it.

The Kindle is now emitting a possibly toxic smell that reminds me of Super Elastic Bubble Plastic which you would only know if you grew up in my era.


What’s even crazier is that it still works and it still works well. If I was looking directly at the screen I wouldn’t know something was wrong with it. I’m assuming this might have been an issue for a long time but the expansion couldn’t break the bezel until now.

So now, I’m not sure what to do with it. I’m sure it’s way passed the warranty so I won’t be able to get it replaced. I’m not going to fix it because it’ll probably cost too much for a 3 year old tablet. And I think if I keep it around it will eventually explode.

Maybe I could use this as an excuse to get the new Nexus 9. Hmm…

It’s the end of the second day wearing the LG G watch.

Here’s a few things I’ve noticed:

  1. It is practically impossible to catch the time at a glance in direct sunlight. This is especially true if it’s on the screensaver mode. I’ve put the brightness to the highest and I still can’t see it. I’m a compulsive time checker while driving to work in the morning. I didn’t realize this until it took extra effort to check what time it was.
  2. The watch is too bright in the dark. Even at it’s lowest brightness it’s distracting. It’s a problem even with the screensaver on. I don’t know if I’d wear the watch to, let’s say, a movie theater or anywhere it’s dark because I worry that if the watch were to get out of screensaver mode, which is very possible, it would probably blind everyone
  3. I feel like the watch goes to screen saver mode too quickly. When I use navigation, I want the direction cards to stay longer
  4. I’m still getting used to how heavy it is. Sometimes I feel like I’m wearing a small phone
  5. I initially worried about battery life, but I’ve been able to go to work and back and still have about 50% battery left. I’m more than certain it would last at least the 20 hours I would ever be away from the charger
  6. The step counter has motivated me to walk more. For most of the day, I sit in front of a computer so it’s hard for me to accumulate steps. I ran this morning (albeit not for long) and I still only have 5212 steps now as the evening wanes. I don’t know how I’m supposed to get 10k steps a day.
  7. The watch doesn’t pick up random steps while I drive which is pretty awesome.
  8. Lastly, one comparison to Pebble: I have this reoccurring thought in my head. A Pebble is a watch that can do some cool things. Android Wear is a notification device that can also tell time.

LG G Watch

The LG G Watch was on sale for 60 bucks last week so I, of course, impulsively bought it. Honestly, it wasn’t something I was even looking to get because I already have a Pebble and I love my Pebble. But as a gadget-y techie guy, I felt it was my duty to try it. I haven’t really played around with a lot (I fell asleep while looking at it last night), but here are my first impressions

  • The watch is heavy. It’s roughly the same size as the Pebble but noticeably heavier
  • I’m getting used to seeing color. It reminds me of when I used to wear my ipod nano as a watch.
  • I wish the OK Google message would go away. I’m sure there’s a setting to get rid of it (.. right?) but I haven’t found it yet.
  • I’m a little lost on how to use it, but I’m sure it’ll just take some time to get used to it
  • The battery life is terrible. The watch was dead in the morning after I had charged it to full and started playing around with it around 11pm. Far cry from the Pebble that lasts me at least of week
  • As I was taking pictures of the watch, the watch asked me if I wanted to use it as a camera button. That’s pretty cool.
  • I feel like it should be talking to me. It seems quiet
  • I noticed my Nexus had Google Play Services running for a long time. Not sure if they’re related

LG G vs Pebble

That’s it for now. I’m going to try it out for a couple of days. I’m sure I’ll be comparing it to the Pebble constantly like a Asian parent to their neighbors’ child and we’ll see which one I prefer using more. (The Pebble can do this, why can’t you?)

Do I need to take my watch charger to work?