Amazon Kindle Fire Review
Amazon Kindle Fire is now the best-selling product on Amazon.com. So, what exactly is Kindle Fire and why so many people are loving it?
AMAZON KINDLE FIRE RATING
EASE OF USE: 5/5
First of all, you need to understand one important thing. Despite what a lot of people say, Amazon Kindle Fire is more an advanced eReader with lots of functions than a tablet PC. Amazon developed it as an eReader, which means that the absence of 3G, cameras, Bluetooth and microphone is only natural.
Amazon Kindle Fire is a 7-inch color touchscreen eReader with some tablet PC functionality. The great thing about it is that it’s connected to Amazon’s extensive library of books, magazines, music and videos. Accessing and using Amazon with Kindle Fire is a breeze.
So, what can you use it for? Well, first and foremost, you can use Kindle Fire to browse and enjoy Amazon content. You can use it as an eReader and as a media player that works really well for listening to music and watching films. In addition to that, Kindle Fire supports games. So you can play your favorite Angry Birds games on it. You can also browse the Web if you are in a Wi-Fi area. Kindle Fire has a built-in Web browser developed by Amazon that works really well and is very fast.
Under the hood
Kindle Fire is an Android-based device, just like Samsung Galaxy, HTC Flyer and many other tablets running on Android. Just like the original Galaxy, Kindle Fire has a 7-inch screen. It’s not as bright as Samsung (in fact, it’s rather dim and is not Fire’s strong point), but it still works well. The screen’s strong point is that it’s treated with an anti-reflective solution, which makes it better for use outdoors. The screen supports multitouch.
Amazon Kindle Fire comes with 8GB of internal memory and you get free access to Amazon cloud storage. This is great, but again you need Wi-Fi to access your stuff in the cloud.
Kindle Fire’s battery life is pretty decent, especially considering its price. You won’t get Apple’s 10 hours, but 8 hours reading or 7 hours of video are realistic.
Amazon Kindle Fire supports a number of text, video, audio, and image formats:
Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, WAV, MP4, VP8.
This means that you can use Kindle Fire for entertainment (that’s what it’s designed for) and for reading business documents in PDF format. There isn’t a text editor, though, so you should regard Kindle Fire as an entertainment device. You can also use it to check your emails.
Amazon Kindle Fire is not the sleekest looking device, but it’s very functional. It’s made of durable materials and even its display is strengthened – you won’t have to worry about scratching it by something in your bad. Kindle Fire is very easy to hold in your hand and it doesn’t slip. All connectivity points are well thought-out. The only thing some people might not like is that the headphone jack in at the bottom rather than at the top.
Major Kindle Fire Cons
So far we’ve mostly discussed the advantages of Kindle Fire. But nothing is perfect and Kindle Fire has some cons. The main disadvantage of Kindle Fire is that you can’t expand its storage capacity. It has 8GB of storage and that’s all. There isn’t an SD card slot. This is a huge disadvantage that really shows that Kindle Fire is an eReader.
Another huge disadvantage is that even though Fire runs on Android, there is no Android Market (I mean, Google Play now). Basically, this means that you are limited to what’s available on Amazon. Not nice.
[box]The Verdict: Amazon Kindle Fire is a great device for entertainment and frequent Amazon customers. It’s the best you can get for the price. But if you are looking for a proper tablet PC that will allow you to do more, then it might be worth spending more on an iPad, Samsung Galaxy or HTC Flyer.[/box]