Kindle Fire (Previous Generation - 1st)
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
its astheticly pleasing but it takes forever to load. bought a newer version kindle fire 7 which i like much better. doesnt take photos or video like newer models do.Published 1 day ago by DJ.Nene
Great product but after 4 years the battery gave out. Can't find anyone to put a new one in, they suggested that I buy a new one at that price. So I am buying a new one at 49. Read morePublished 6 days ago by May Bruce
I just bought the latest Kindle fire after having an older one. I love it but I have to say I can't believe how horrible the camera is. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
I could not even read the comments of evaluators on a Kindle Fire 10 because it will not adjust the type and or spacing (as it does in Kindle books) to fill the available space.Published 11 days ago by techwreck
I love my Kindle, but it suddenly stopped charging. I purchased a new charger but that didn't resolve the problem, I've had it for 4 years so it had a long run. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Denise