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Kindle Fire (Previous Generation - 1st)

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28,493 of 29,303 people found the following review helpful
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UPDATE November 2012 - With the Kindle Fire HD out now, I highly recommend it over this older version, as it fixes many of the problems I mention in my review. No one should buy this original version of the Kindle Fire unless you can get it for very cheap. I would also recommend the
Kindle Fire HD 8.9" over the 7" Fire, as I feel the increased size has a dramatic effect on the tablet experience.

The first and most important thing that should be said about the Kindle Fire is that this is not an "iPad-killer." It is not designed to be. I have seen so many articles and comments comparing this to the iPad, and surveys where people are asked if they will be buying a Kindle Fire over an iPad this Christmas. If you are expecting an iPad, or even a tablet, you will be disappointed. The main purpose of this device is to deliver Amazon content to you more effectively. It is designed for consumption, not creation. That is the reason it is so cheap and why Amazon is taking a loss on it. They are hoping to make up for that loss through sales of videos, music, books, and apps through Amazon's Web Services. You can also use it to view your own movies and media, but will find that it is more limited in that way than a regular tablet. Personally, as someone who has ordered several rentals from Amazon Video, and had to contact customer support for every single one of them due to problems with Amazon's Unbox player or purchases not appearing in my downloads, I can really appreciate this. But if you don't plan on using Amazon at all to obtain your media, you may want to take this into consideration before purchasing the Fire.
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11,128 of 11,627 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I want to love it, I really do. But I can't. November 15, 2011
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As a long-time Kindle fan I was eager to get my hands on a Fire. For the most part I've found that it does what I wanted it to, which is be the one device I can take with me anywhere. There are some great features; the reader app is excellent (though not without flaws), the app store experience is terrific, videos are fantastic, and the device is quick and for the most part dead-simple to use, all thanks to the services Amazon provides. And of course the extras that come with Prime membership really make it a real value - I won't be cancelling my Netflix streaming account just yet (watching Netflix on the Fire works very well) but I imagine within a year Amazon's free streaming video catalog will be just as good as Netflix. The free "lending library" book every month really is the icing on the cake though, and makes Prime membership a no-brainer. The hardware itself is solid and has a quality feel, it's just the right size for one-handed use, and the screen is fantastic (for an LCD screen) with good brightness and excellent color, and a very wide viewing angle. So as a reader, video player and music streaming device the Fire excels, and as an occasional browsing, emailing, game playing tablety thing it does pretty well.

But there are some downsides too; the small bezel size makes holding it without inadvertent page-turns difficult, the lack of buttons makes controls harder, the accessible storage memory is limited to just 5GB, which seems awfully small when carrying my own video content on a trip, and overall the interface of the system is just a little awkward and unfinished. Sometimes the back button doesn't work, buttons are hard to push accurately or launch the wrong function, navigation isn't exactly intuitive, etc.
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4,705 of 4,913 people found the following review helpful
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I've had a chance to play with the Kindle Fire for a few hours now, and overall I think it is a great tool /toy when you factor in the cost of ownership and what you get. Compared to $500 minimum for the introductory price of the bottom of the line iPad2 (WiFi only), at $199 this is a great buy.

Using a Wifi connection at two different locations, the speed was pretty fast connecting to the Amazon server as well as to a couple of Internet sites. I had fast connectivity and display on Fox News, CNN, my personalized Yahoo page, and the website of the International Association of Penturners (hey, I do have hobbies!). I had slow connectivity at both Wifi locations with Google, ESPN, MSNBC, the Houston Chronicle, and the Weather Channel - I hope the unique app for ESPN and the Weather Channel are a lot faster, but I haven't loaded them onto the Fire yet. I will point out with the exception of the Google website, those other sites listed as slow are usually slow on my other handheld devices such as my Droid phone and my work iPad2 (yes, the Kindle guy owns and uses an iPad for work purposes). The web browser is called Silk, and it is nice and user-friendly.

Let's talk about what I see as the benefits first:

The screen size to me is just right for what I will be using it for - I have used an iPad and the screen is larger - but I did watch about 15 minutes of an episode of season 3 of 24 on the Fire and I didn't have screen envy or felt like I was missing anything. The sound quality was good, but I listened to it mainly with a set of headphones so I wouldn't wake my kids.

Concerning size of the overall unit - not too heavy or bulky and it fits nice in your hand.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good so far...
Still works well after a few years. I do not remember when we bought these but we have a couple of them and they are fine. I do expect them to last a few more years. Read more
Published 1 day ago by John O.
2.0 out of 5 stars DIDN'T LAST LONG
Pretty bummed that this isn't even 3 yrs old and quit charging. I had books on there that haven't been read yet and feel like this was a major waste of money . Read more
Published 1 day ago by jimmie
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
it was good until the color one came out.
Published 2 days ago by st
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love the kindle fire.
Published 2 days ago by Charles Ragans
1.0 out of 5 stars Basic Info
I just want to know about processor, ram and ROM which is not mentioned anywhere. Is it a policy of amazon to sell items without telling their main features?
Published 3 days ago by M Munir Qasim
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
works fine
Published 4 days ago by A Saad
2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't get the tablet to charge after just 15 months ...
Couldn't get the tablet to charge after just 15 months and there is no way to fix it. All Amazon would do is offer me a partial credit to purchase an newer and more expensive... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Peter J Vigliano
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved
Published 4 days ago by William Horgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Luv the kindle
Excellent product for beginners. Easy to use.
Published 5 days ago by brent
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
dont remember ordering this
Published 5 days ago by Leslie A. Pedigo
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