Sunday, 18 February 2018

Fire HD 8's grainy screen

I've noticed that the 7th generation Fire HD 8 has a grainy coating on its glossy screen. Usually this graininess is a feature of matte displays, but I've seen it before on low-cost glossy screens. It is likely Amazon bulk ordered these low-cost IPS screens to further cut down the price. It is a not a major issue and considering the up-shot in specifications compared to the 5th generation (the 6th and 7th generation Fire HD 8 are near identical) the compromise in display quality is worth it. There is little difference between the 6th and 7th generation display but the 6th generation didn't have the coating.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Kindle firmware update (5.9.4)

Amazon just released a firmware update for their Kindle devices (5.9.4) - the update is for 6th generation devices and up. Unfortunately, the update doesn't include font bolding for MOBI e-books. According to Amazon, the updates are minor and include:
Expanded Search: In-book search now includes results from your notes and highlights.
Clock: Now you can check the current time without leaving the page you're reading. Use the option in Display Settings (Aa) menu to display the clock. 
Usually it can take up to a few weeks for the update to download via WiFi. However, it is possible to download and install the update manually (instructions available here).