Amazon Kindle Fire (2012) Review: For The Budget Minded, A Great Entertainment Device - But Not Much Else
18 October 2012
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. Those who are looking for a very simple, streamlined experience will find that it's well worth tehe amazingly low price. But for everyone else....
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.
Summary: Yes, it is an expensive tablet, on paper. Yes, it has a very sleek form factor. Yes, the UI looks brilliant. But, this is essentially a U.S. only device at the moment, and you can't even download basic stuff like apps without a valid credit card from a financial establishment in the U.S. We don't think this device makes sense to buy in India.
Pros: Sleek design, IPS display is excellent, Eye catching UI, Enticing price, at least on paper
Cons: Most features donï¿½t work in India, No expandable memory
Conclusion: The Kindle Fire is already a wildly popular device because of its sub $200 price tag and Amazon’s brand reputation. The reasons why I like the Fire are its price, compact size, nice display, snappy performance and good battery life. The reasons why I don’t like this device are the lack of 3G, Bluetooth, dedicated volume and menu buttons, laggy web browser and no access to Google’s app market or core apps (Gmail, Calendar, etc.).
Pros: Compact, Snappy performance and great battery life, Nice display, 5GB free cloud storage, Free 1 month of Amazon Prime
Cons: Laggy web browser, No Bluetooth, No microphone, No camera
Summary: If you can live with modest connectivity and being solidly tied to Amazon for reading and other content the Kindle Fire is a nice little tablet. The average user will be well served with this and it will make a great first tablet for users of all types. You can buy the Kindle Fire now on Amazon for $199 .
Pros: Great price, Does what the average user expects and does it well
Cons: Lacks volume from onboard speakers, No Bluetooth, No 3G capability
Conclusion: The Amazon Kindle Fire is no Apple iPad replacement then, but it doesn't try to be. If you just want a way of immersing yourself in the Amazon eco-system, it's worth a look, but we suspect there will be more fully-featured models joining the Fire in the not too distant future. It's these models that are likely to be coming to the UK.
Pros: The 7-inch screen on the Kindle Fire is impressive. It's sharp enough to do justice to web pages and photographs, and it also offers decent viewing angles. The Kindle Fire's web browser is more than capable, and everything responds at a decent pace. We managed to get 7-8 hours of runtime from a single charge. The Menus on the Kindle Fire are all laid out sensibly – the Fire runs a reskinned version of Android, and it could be easier for the first-time user.
Cons: That's unfortunately where the good news ends. For a start, the Kindle Fire will not be coming to the UK – and is on sale in the US only. The Kindle Fire is also less capable than the standard Kindle when it comes to use as a regular eReader, with the display proving harder on the eye. The 8GB of storage space is limited, and there are virtually no features – from a camera, to 3G, to a decent choice of games – everything is omitted to keep the price down.
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. It is a specially optimized tool for accessing Amazon's numerous cloud services, and it just happens to run Android as well.
Amazon Kindle Fire review: It’s no iPad killer, and that is why it will succeed
The Boy Genius Report
16 January 2012
Excerpt: Amazon has been a leader in the eBook reader space since it first introduced the Kindle eReader in November 2007. At that point in time, the Kindle had a 6-inch E Ink display that supported just four shades of gray, it included 250MB of storage that could accommodate about 200 eBooks, and it retailed for $399. For the first six months or so, Amazon couldn’t keep the device in stock — it was a smash hit.