4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Far from what I expected. Maybe I was expecting too much.
, December 12, 2011
I preordered the kindle fire the first day it was announced for preorder on amazon. I consider myself an early adopter and always with the trend with electronics. I have an iPhone and iPad at home and wanted something small, easy to carry around, and similar functions to the iPad without the Apple price. I was a bit disappointed that I received the fire two days after the release date. All of my friends and coworkers received theirs on the release date even though they ordered it a week before the release date. They fell short on giving a satisfying shopping experience for a long time Amazon prime member and supported.
So the day I received it, I was quite excited to play with the Fire. It's very compact and the build was exceptional for something in this price range. It didn't seem or feel like a cheap table. I booted it up and the screen was beautiful and vivid. But as I got around to playing with it, I began to see its limitation and many of the complaints addressed by other users. The OS feels very laggy in a sense that scrolling through websites is very jittery. Zooming in and out was far from an Apple product that it was jerky. I had the web browser crash at least two to three times in the one hour I was using it. Thinking it might be a bug, I restored the unit back to its factory setting. Still I encountered occasional crashes and freezes when running apps.
The thing I hate absolutely most is that when you power on the Fire it gives the history of everything you did. The carousel icon system shows every app, website, or music you were using or playing. I have nothing to hide, but if someone else picks up my Fire, I don't need them scrolling through all my albums or see where my last website I was shopping on.
The lack of the Android app store was also very disappointing. The basic banking apps I couldn't even find. There is no intuitive way of sorting apps. Customization is almost none on this device. It took me sometime to find the volume slider also. There doesn't seem to be a way to multitask. I needed to copy a coupon code from an email to a website I was browsing, I couldn't find an easy way of switching apps.
At $199 seems like a deal on this, but I purchased two, one for myself and one for my parents. But after using it for a week, I think I'm going to have a much harder time trying to explain to them how to use this thing. I ended getting them a 16GB iPad and ever since then, they have been loving it. Easy to use, no problems. More apps. Sorry to say this just fell way short of my expectations. Sorry Amazon.