I have to give kudos to Amazon for making the Kindle Fire a personalized experience. Right out of the box, it is already configured to connect to the Amazon account of the person who bought it. (I'm not sure how that works if you are buying it as a present for somebody else...).
|Is Kindle Fire an iPad killer?|
The interface is nice, and reasonably intuitive. You can tell it wants to be iPad-ish. Lots of side-scrolling carousels make it easy to visually browse your apps, books, etc. I did find it difficult to figure out how to add/remove something from the "favorites" carousel at first, but now it is not difficult.
The on-cloud/on-device design of the Kindle Fire is really quite nice, and I think Amazon will get a lot of other manufacturers who will "imitate" this behavior. The Kindle Fire has limited on-device memory, but Amazon makes it easy to download and keep copies on the device any time you want.
Lack of 3g doesn't bother me like it bothers others. I pretty much have WiFi wherever I am, and I can always make a wireless hotspot from my phone as needed. IMHO, it is smart to drop the 3g from the device and make it cheaper and without a contract, just like Amazon did here.
|No microphone on the Kindle Fire is a major #fail|
The audio and video quality on the device is quite nice. No complaints, smooth video, good hi fidelity on the music.
Amazon Prime: One interesting note about this, you can't hook up this device to a TV and stream video, so the streaming video portion of Amazon Prime doesn't jump out at me yet. I have a PS3, but haven't found a way to stream their video service to my TV, so I'll stick with Netflix for now.
|Kindle Fire flash support is excellent, |
its a shame that Adobe is killing it off
Overall rating: 6.5/10
I think this device will cater to first-time tablet buyers, and is great if you want to buy all your books, videos and music from Amazon. It is not obvious how you might use your own music (ripped from CDs or stolen via torrents).
No 3g? who cares. No camera? no biggie. No microphone? BAD BAD BAD. Everything else is certainly acceptable.
So is it an iPad killer? Definitely not. Performance is behind the original iPad gen 1, in my opinion. The size is convenient, but still surprisingly heavy. I'm not convinced that the 7" size really is better than a 10" tablet. Maybe time will tell, and we will see which one goes to meetings with me, but the lack of more screen resolution certainly doesn't help. The selection of apps suffers because of not utilizing the Android market. iPad still reigns in pretty much every category, but of course that comes at a price.
Kindle Fire is a really nice device, especially for the price. First time tablet buyers should buy without hesitation. Power users should save their money for an iPad.