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.
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
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
11 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.
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