The Kindle Fire is a pretty cool device, especially for just $200. No, it's not an iPad, but it does come with enough to stand on its own. What it doesn't come with, however, is a clean set of instructions. Basically, there's just a card inside that says "plug it in and be amazed!"
Sure, you can dig around in the ebook pre-loaded to figure it out, but here's a collection of things I wanted to know right away and had to figure out.
Step 1: Change the volume
The Kindle Fire only has one button, the power button. Tap it to turn the Kindle on and tap it again to put it to sleep. Longer presses actually turn it off.
That's great, but no volume buttons? Nope, it's stuck in the settings menu. To get to those, tap the little gear on top. Now you can change the volume by selecting "Volume" and sliding the volume control.
Step 2: Locking the screen
Also in the settings menu is the screen-lock so that it doesn't change orientation if you turn it on its side.
OK, fine, that makes sense. Still annoyed with the lack of volume controls.
Other controls in there do what you'd expect as well.
Step 3: More settings!
Tapping the "More" button will get you ore settings. No big surprise there, but to save you the time of digging around here are the two main uses: security and keyboard. Security lets you lock your Fire and the keyboard settings let you turn off auto capitalization or auto-correct.