"It's 'okay' but, frankly, just barely 'okay.'"2.5 starson by emillkim13
Pros: 1. $200 is a great price point
2. 7-inches is actually a great size and easier to carry around than an Ipad
3. It's a nice function to have a remote storage area for purchased content.
4. Really the best marketplace after itunes.
Cons: 1. Internet browsing speed is slowwww.
2. Really poor resolution even with high res side-loaded video
3. You can get really lost moving around from one function to another.
4. Hard to side-load (add) personal content like non-amazon purchased videos
Summary: My brother bought this as a Christmas present to himself. Before he went out of town the day he gave it to me for the week to "test drive." I was excited. I wanted to experience first hand the veracity of this proverbial 'ipad killer,' the great equalizer that would bring the egregioiusly high prices of the tablet market back to a sensible place.Sorry. There are a ton of grammatical errors in this review. I wrote this very late, very caffeinated, and decided not to proof-read it before submitting it. My bad.
There were so many reasons, both practical and philosophical, why I really wanted to love the Kindle Fire. But I frankly got tired of using it after 4 total hours.
Four totally frustrating hours.
"The comparisions to the Ipad are considered unfair," is often stated by both tech journalists and customer reviews. This is often made in reference to price. My problems with this argument stems from the fact that the majority of my displeasure with the device has nothing to do with tech quality. This is a slow, awkward, insensitive device because of design and interface. There is enough processor speed and ram where this thing should fly with touch recognition and page loading except that it chugs at doing both.
The Amazon user interface (UI) is just plain confusing and bizarre. I have no idea why they couldn't just lay out the format like a android phone for tablet. This is the hardest thing to convey to those who haven't spent some significant time with Fire tablet. I felt like I spent an extra 3 steps to get anywhere.
This is one closed-ass system. I have a ton of video that I own that isn't purchased from Amazon. It took me some google research, downloading an android app, side-loading that app then downloading the video that can only be used or view using the app. It just felt janky. Like I was duct taping fins onto my cool new car. Yeah, they make the car more aerodynamic but it feels jerry rigged and a bit sloppy.
Last poing is the only technical criticism I have and that is the video quality even on really large, high quality files didn't look very sharp.
Four hours. Seriously. This tells me that it didn't excite me. That I was more frustrated and elated at the first impression coolness of it. Is this an Ipad? No, of course not. But just because it isn't an Ipad doesn't allow it to be a mediocre product.
I spent uncountable hours, days, and sometimes months obsessed with my XBOX 360, PS3, early Sony Vaios, Ipad, Iphone, Original NES, Archos video player, Nissan 370z (just to name a few) when I first got these respective products. I couldn't get enough of how interesting, novel, cool and fun they were. Amazon's lastest wunderkind failed this most visceral of gut-checks.
The Kindle Fire may suffer from being a latecomer to the party but it doesn't excuse it for being under-dressed, uninteresting, and strangely obtuse.
Updated on Dec 26, 2011