I just picked up my Kindle Fire (amazon affiliate link) and found it to be really good as a consumption device. I’d seen some early tech reviews saying that it wasn’t all that and a bag of chips, but I’m not seeing it. I think the device is pretty slick, shiny, and works well. I shot a video review, so scroll down if you want to see it in action for a moment. (There’s even some Batman to be seen.)
What it isn’t is an iPad2. And maybe that’s where people are getting all hung up.
Amazon Kindle Fire
The device is about 7 inches, which makes it a bit smaller than an iPad2, bigger than a smartphone (one hopes), and absolutely reasonable to put into a larger pocket, or to tuck into your laptop bag or purse. There are a decent number of covers and sleeves available at this time, but I haven’t tried any out, so I will just point you towards a few at the bottom for you to check out (again- none of these have been touched by me, so I can’t vouch for them.) Upon getting the device turned on, connected to my wifi, and then linked to my Amazon account, I suddenly had access to all the books I’d bought from the Kindle store, to all the music I’d purchased from the Amazon MP3 store, to the movies and TV shows I’d purchased from Amazon’s video service. It was pretty quick and simple.
The system running underneath all this is an Amazon-skinned flavor of Android, the popular Google OS. Amazon offers a much smaller version of the Android App store with fewer applications available, but I haven’t yet found that to be particularly limiting (except there’s no Google+ yet, which kind of bums me out). The average regular person user will likely not notice a thing, plus all the other social networks are well represented, and I presume Google+ will have a Kindle Fire version soon.
My Video Review
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NEW: My PARENTS’ Video Review
This video is a tad long at over 11 minutes, but there are some interesting parts to consider. Plus I trimmed out some of it, so what’s left is pretty meaty.
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So Why Were People Complaining?
I think it’s because we’ve seen how slick an iPad2 is, and because we’ve seen some of the other feature-heavy tablets, and we think that the Kindle Fire should be that instead of what it is: a perfectly good, quality digital consumption device. If you’re thinking of getting a non-Apple tablet device for someone over the upcoming holiday season, and the person isn’t a hardcore Apple fiend, this might well be the device.
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