Kindle Fire HD – An All-in-One Recreational Device for Truck Drivers

Unless you live under a rock, I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about the big trend on the market these days – tablets. They’re everywhere you look and every brand has one, or so it seems.

Apple has the infamous, highly-praised iPad, Samsung has the Galaxy Tab, Google has the Nexus 7, blah, blah, blah. The list of companies and their representation of the tablet seems never-ending.

Tablets are great recreational devices for truck drivers, but unfortunately, they can cause a significant strain on your pocketbook… until now!

You might be familiar with the recent hullabaloo surrounding Amazon’s newest addition to the tablet family, the Kindle Fire HD. Of all the tablets currently on the market, this one is going to be the best option for truck drivers. Today, I’m going to talk about what this tablet brings to the table big rig of OTR truckers nationwide and why it may be a good idea to invest in one!

WiFi Functionality

A big selling point for the Kindle Fire HD is its WiFi functionality. As a truck driver, I’m sure you can understand the importance of having access to an internet connection. It’s vital in order to keep in touch with friends and family. The WiFi functionality means you don’t have to lug your laptop with you on the road in order to kill time on Facebook or Skype with your family. The new forward-facing camera on the Fire HD allows you to video chat straight from your tablet (which happens to have Skype pre-installed)!

The WiFi connection also allows you to keep in touch with friends and family through email and social networking apps like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Most truck stops have WiFi available for a small fee, and some generous souls provide it to their trucker friends for free. Unfortunately, WiFi isn’t enough for some people because unlike 3 or 4G, you have to be near a mobile hotspot to access the internet. If you really want a pimped out tablet, the Kindle Fire HD with 4G LTE internet connection comes out in October, but is significantly pricier than the WiFi model, starting at $499 for an 8.9 inch screen.

All-in-One Recreational Tool

Question – what would you like to be able to do on a tablet? Because with the Fire HD, you can do just about anything your little heart desires.

Let me just give you a brief rundown of the tablet’s capabilities and what you, as an OTR truck driver, can do with it:

  • Skype with friends and family back home
  • Listen to music or audiobooks while you’re driving
  • Watch movies/TV shows when your shift is over
  • Read magazines, books, and newspapers (Amazon offers select classic book titles completely free of charge)
  • Email friends, family, and coworkers
  • Download and play games from the Amazon App Store during your downtime
  • Store/view photos of loved ones
That’s right – just about anything you can do on a laptop or TV you can do with the Kindle Fire. The fact that you can do so much on the same device is pretty cool and will significantly reduce the amount of clutter on board your already tiny home on wheels. This tablet eliminates the need for a TV, DVD player, laptop, gaming system, and boatloads of books as everything you could want or need is right at your fingertips. As you know, big rigs are not in fact actually that big inside, and the more space you can save, the more comfortable you’ll be.

You may be thinking, “Sure, it seems pretty cool from a time-killing perspective, but how can it actually benefit me with my job?”

For starters, it will make trip planning easier. Wireless internet access means you can sit down at the end of your day and plan your route for tomorrow. You can research road closures, check satellite views, look up directions, and plan fuel stops and rest breaks all from the same device.

Even though you’re on the road, you can still give your mind a jolt start your morning off right with coffee and the news by downloading various newspapers straight to your Kindle.

Price Point

Don’t worry, I saved the best for last.

All of the above would be terrible, irrelevant arguments if I didn’t touch on the number one deal-breaker for most people – the price point. It doesn’t matter if a tablet has every single bell and whistle known to man if you can’t afford it.

Luckily, a seven-inch, 16 GB Kindle Fire HD is available for just $199 (or $249 for the 32 GB model). When you compare that to the biggest competitor on the market, the Apple iPad, which rings up at a steep $499 for the smallest model, the Kindle is practically a steal! That’s cheaper than what you’d pay for most smart phones right off the shelf of your local AT&T.


In my opinion, the Kindle Fire HD’s convenience factor alone is enough of a reason to invest in one. It’s very reasonably priced and contains everything you’d ever need to keep yourself occupied during your downtime. An added perk that the iPad doesn’t have is that your Amazon content can also be accessed on other platforms. Say you downloaded several books to your Kindle, but forgot it at home before you left. Drat! You could then download the Kindle app to your iPhone or Android and still access your purchases from your Amazon account. Pretty convenient, huh?

The Kindle Fire HD is available now for $199 for the 16 GB, or $249 for the 32 GB. The 4G Kindle Fire HD ships October 25 and is available for $499. Visit Amazon for more info on the Kindle Fire HD.

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Derek McClain is a blogger with and co-host of the Mile Markers show. Derek has worked in the Internet & Technology industry for over 7 years dedicating last few years to writing about truck driving jobs and careers. McClain has always had a passion for exercise and fitness so with truck driver health becoming such a hot topic in the industry, it just made sense to work with You can Connect with Derek on Google+ here