Amazon Kindle Fire Review Roundup: For $199, It's A Great Tablet, With Only The Odd Bug And Bad Review To Throw It Off
14 November 2014
Summary: With the exception of Wired 's review, the overall verdict on the Kindle Fire seems to be this: though Amazon's offering may not pack the most features or horsepower of any tablet on the market, it's still a great option, if only because of its affordable $199 price point.
Amazon Kindle Fire (2012) Review: For The Budget Minded, A Great Entertainment Device - But Not Much Else
30 September 2014
Summary: Therein lies the catch with the Kindles. If you're looking for a tablet computer , the Kindle is almost certainly not for you. The system is too inflexible and locked down, and they're designed from the ground up to serve as a middleman.
Summary: Overall opinion: If you are a US shopaholic addicted to Amazon, this might be the mobile device that is tailor-made for you. If you prefer other shopping venues and sites for, say, price comparisons or international service, seek another device. This one will be a waste of money.
Excerpt: This fall, Amazon surprised everyone with the release of the Kindle Fire. There had been a couple clues beforehand, but still no one expected the product Amazon announced. The Fire is an Android tablet, yes, but it is also something more.
Summary: Complete Amazon experience. Amazon caught the tablet world by storm when the retailer announced its first multimedia tablet for just $199 USD. Is the performance and hardware reflective of the budget price? or is the Kindle Fire greater than the sum of its parts?
Pros: Entry-level price, Excellent connectivity to Amazon services, Great screen quality w/ Gorilla Glass, Good speakers, Acceptable performance, Acceptable battery life, The Kindle Fire performs and offers an experience that eclipses all other budget tablets at the $200 price range. The solid build qu...
Cons: Little to no extra features, No expandability options, Screen can be too small for some, No haptic feedback, No dedicated Home/Back buttons, Glossy surface, A larger screen could appeal to more multimedia buffs looking for more screen real estate. A lighter 7-inch Kindle Fire would also make the ...
Conclusion: Amazon has upped its game with the Kindle Fire. The device is the most focused tablet on the market. Those who purchase it will know exactly what they are getting into and the tutorials and simple interface mean that almost anyone will understand how to use and enjoy the Fire.
Conclusion: If you're trying to decide between an iPad and the Kindle Fire, you've got several things to consider. The iPad peforms better, with better features. Of course, the iPad is significantly larger -- certainly too big to carry in your pocket.
Pros: Check out that price tag, Support for Adobe Flash Player, Solid web browser for basic web browsing, The wealth of Amazon content at your fingertips, Video streaming and book-borrowing for free with Prime membership, Great deals on apps in Amazon app store
Cons: No Camera, No Bluetooth, No HDMI, No SD card slot or expandable storage, Poor placement of power button and headphone jack, No free (or paid) 3G option as seen on some e-ink Kindles, Limited app selection compared to full Android market
Excerpt: Is it an eReader or a tablet? Kindle or iPad killer? Does it really matter? Packing a dual-core CPU, Gorilla Glass coated multi-touch 7″ IPS panel, and its own special brew of Android, the 14.6 ounce Amazon Kindle Fire ($199) is all about the content.
Conclusion: The Kindle Fire isn't a game changer in the world of tablets, but it's a very intelligent evolution of the Amazon ecosystem. With one device, Amazon can sell you eBooks, MP3s, videos and apps--they're all just a dangerous "1 Click" away.
Pros: Affordable, good quality, excellent Amazon shopping and support experience.
Cons: Lacks the features of a general purpose tablet, lags sometimes.