Amazon’s Kindle Fire Review Round Up

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14 Nov, 2011 5:45 pm

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The reviews are out on the Amazon Kindle Fire and  they are mixed, but the reality is that for the $199 price point there were some sacrifices made even though its got some very decent specs.

The Kindle Fire has a 7-inch multitouch IPS display with Gorilla glass protection. The device is powered by a TI OMAP4 dual core processor, it has 8GB of built-in storage, 3.5 mm headphone jack, a pair of stereo speakers on the top and it is pretty light weighing at 413g. The battery is rated to last for 8 hours of continuous reading and 7.5 hours of video playback, with WiFi switched off.

 Check out the Amazon Fire pre-order page here

We’ve got a round up of some of the interesting reviews around the internet, some of them aren’t very favorable and some place it in a very appropriate light seeing as its price point would attract casual tablet users.

  • MSNBC‘s review has a good summary “The Kindle Fire can handle about 80 percent of what I want to do on an iPad, for 40 percent of the price.” The Amazon’s Silk browser is fast and fluid, but complains that the Fire lacks some of the goodies like microphones, cameras, and precision unibody aluminum construction that the iPad has. Additionally, there’s also no 3G so your video streaming is limited to WiFi.
  • Gizmodo complained about the Kindle’s heavy lag, especially in the browser. However, “Luckily for Amazon, its tablet is among the peppier around—but it’s pretty pathetic that it can’t match the iPad at this point. Paper doesn’t lag. Your Kindle shouldn’t either.”
  • NYTimes “The Fire deserves to be a disruptive, gigantic force — it’s a cross between a Kindle and an iPad, a more compact Internet and video viewer at a great price. But at the moment, it needs a lot more polish; if you’re used to an iPad or “real” Android tablet, its software gremlins will drive you nuts.”
  • Tim Stevens from Engadget is harsh on the tablet “When stacked up against other popular tablets, the Fire can’t compete. Its performance is a occasionally sluggish, its interface often clunky, its storage too slight, its functionality a bit restricted and its 7-inch screen too limiting if you were hoping to convert all your paper magazine subscriptions into the digital ones. Other, bigger tablets do it better — usually at two or three times the cost.” The value in the Kindle Fire, Stevens writes, is in the “integration of digital content.”
  • CNET calls the Fire no-frills as it lacks some premium features like no HDMI out, GPS, 3G option, microphone, lacks cameras, and only 8 GB of storage. They also think that it doesn’t have enough parental controls if you were thinking of buying it for your kids and since there is so much digital content you might want to limit some of the racier content. But for $199 “the Kindle Fire has an outstanding entertainment value that prizes simplicity over techno-wizardry.”
  • Joshua Topolsky over at The Verge is concerned that Amazon’s disparate implementation of the Android platform will create futher fragmentation of the ecosystem. However, “if you’re thinking about getting the Fire, you have to decide not just whether you want a tablet, but what kind of tablet you want. This isn’t an iPad-killer. It has the potential to do lots of things, but there are many things I have yet to see it do, and I wonder if it will get there given the lean software support.”

Here is the Video Review from the Verge:


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