Pros -Perfect size
-Bright, vivid screen
-Good battery life
Cons -No external volume buttons
-Limited access to apps
-Carousel-style interface becomes a chore if you have a lot of apps
-No customizability without third party apps.
Summary This is a fine piece of hardware for basic internet use, video and audio streaming, reading, and casual games. It's extremely easy to use right out of the box. My Fire is primarily used for reading before bed, and as a radio in the morning. I do, however, have some frustrations about Amazon's imposed limitations. Instead of getting your apps from the vast Android Market, Kindle Fire apps come from the Amazon App Store, which has a much smaller selection (note that the selection of books and movies for Fire is huge, I'm just talking about apps). I'm also a big fan of customization, which isn't AT ALL a feature of the Kindle Fire without third party installations. I've made a lot of tweaks to my Fire to get around the issues, and now I love it, but I did have to jump through some hoops to get the tablet I wanted. Would I buy it again? Probably not; if you value customization and app selection like I do, go for an actual Android tablet. On the other hand, if you just want a well-constructed, budget friendly, easy to use tablet for reading, movies, music, and internet, this isn't a bad choice at all.
Pros 7" screen
Easy to install modded ROM onto
USB OTG support BUT
Cons No expandable memory for sd card
washed out screen
No full size USB port you have to buy an extra wire
Can't replace the battery without voiding the warranty
Summary All in all this is a solid, however, cheap device. It feels cheap and the rubberized plastic is easy to bend, don't drop this. My friend had one and the screen SHATTERED the first time it was dropped. I hooked a Sansui 128gb external SSD to mine and Velcroed it to the back. It gave it a lot more room but it eats battery life when attached. Pairs with a WiiMote and PS3 controller for gaming. The 16gb of onboard space is really cramped because it shares space with the OS, so you end up with like 9-11GB. The processor and video graphics are alright, but you would be much better served with a laptop or netbook. As I said the screen is very washed out. Reds look almost pink, blacks look almost grey. It is very hard to see outside even on a cloudy day. Go ahead and spend 400 bucks on a Laptop with Intel HD 4000 graphics and you will have a much better experience.
It is too big to be used as an MP3 player, too small to watch extended movies on, and the battery lasts around 5 hours (which laptops are now giving you 8-10 hours) Nothing more to be said, if you want an Android device, you can find nothing better for the price than this, but like I said, buy an inexpensive Laptop with Windows and be happier.
Pros Great little budget tablet.
Cons Well I'm sure there are a few.
Summary I don't own this device, but I did own the 2011 kindle fire I now own a Kindle fire HD. And the 2011 kindle fire didn't deserve a 1 star review. So I'm sure this one does not either with the improvements they made. And from people I know who bought this device they say they love it. (But they have never owned a tablet). I love my HD I liked my 2011 fire I love my Ipad more than my Fire HD, but look at the savings. And with the upgrades they made on 2012 Fire it has to be a huge improvement. If you are on a budget and this is your first tablet you will not hate thing you should love it. If you have the money to upgrade to the HD (if you are big in the Amazon ecosystem this would be the way to go Prime membership for sure) If not the Google Nexus should be your next choice. If you have the money for a Ipad mini that would be my next suggestion.
Pros Easy to use, quick, not a good as Nexus 7 which I also own. nice apps selection on Amazon, good amazon person who uses their products all the time. No Google Play.
Cons Why did Amazon leave such a huge loop hole in the tablet of not being able to log out of the purchase app? very dumb to me. And a major concern. per email I received from help desk, must deactivate the registration,
Summary I did that and the apps don't work like supposed to ... ***... really... this is the best they can do on their software? I would not suggest this product just for that issue alone. No Google play without hacking, another negative. So my options are, leave at home just in case someone steals it and only use it at home. My kid purchased in-app coins on jetpack joyride... had to turn off in-app purchase so this would not occur again. this is just a dumb idea on Amazon's part. I suggest Don't purchase till this issue is resolved. buy a nexus 7 and fewer problems.Why is this tablet even considered one of the better ones out there by CNET? I really respect Cnet for the most part, but the software loophole is a major flaw not even mentioned in their review.
Updated on Jan 9, 2013