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5.0 out of 5 stars Good value for money, November 14, 2011
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This review is from: Kindle Fire (Previous Generation - 1st) (Electronics)
As an Ipad owner I initially had low expectations for the Fire. However, after having played around with the Fire, I have to admit it is actually quite compelling especially if you are a price conscious buyer. Here's why:

- The mp3 apps works real well. I switched to using the Amazon MP3 store fairly recently having used the itunes store for years primarily since Amazon seems to have a larger selection and lower price. I uploaded all my Apple DRM free music to my Amazon cloud drive and now I have access to all my music - both itunes and Amazon MP3. Unfortunately, some of older Apple DRMed music files do not play on the Fire as expected

- The video app is real snappy and I had no issues streaming video at home over wifi. I can honestly say that the Amazon video app is as good as the Netflix app on the Ipad. It seems like the netflix app will be released soon for the fire so I plan to compare them side by side then.

- I don't read many books so I can't really provide much useful insight on the book app. I did like on the Fire that the one book I owned opened up on the last page I had stopped reading on my Ipad from months ago. The screen is a bit glossy so that may put some readers off.

- The Fire is in general very snappy especially compared to most other Android tablets. Not as snappy as an Ipad but oh so close.

- I did notice a slight improvement in page load times in Silk. I am not entirely sure whether that was due to the browser or my internet connection.

- I don't like the placement of the power button as I find myself accidently hitting it all the time. The fire is also feels a bit heavy but it is not intolerable.

Overall, I feel this is a compelling device for the price and the negatives I stated above are minor to me. If I were looking for a 7"" or below $300 tablet, I would say this is the best tablet around. However, if you have $500+ to spend, chances are you would be happier with an Ipad.
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Showing 1-4 of 4 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Nov 16, 2011 7:03:40 AM PST
maureec says:
The Netflix app is already available for the Fire.

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 9:01:40 PM PST
warder says:
Yes, but for some reason it didn't show if you searched in the app store for Netflix. At least on day 1 it didn't.

Posted on Nov 20, 2011 9:19:37 PM PST
RT says:
As far as the placement of the power button, I too hit it a few times on accident, until I turned the whole pad upside down. The button was then on the top, and almost impossible to hit accidently.....

Posted on Dec 6, 2011 9:04:20 AM PST
J. Fullerton says:
I believe Apple is now offering itunes clients an "upgrade" from previously purchased DRM music to DRM free versions. To "upgrade" my collection was 40 bucks. Not a huge sum but it kind of chaffs me that Apple is profiting off a legacy format. Should be free and automatic... Hrumph... Anyway, this may be an option to getting all ones music on to Amazon's cloud.
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