Kindle Fire Review

When Amazon first announced that they, were working on a tablet, many people in the tech world labeled it as an iPAD killer. The Kindle Fire is fully integrated into the Amazon store which features a giant library of video, music, apps, books, magazines and movies. Even though the Fire is likely to put a dent in Apple's market share; I would hardly call it an iPad killer. From a hardware standpoint, the fire feels identical to the Black Berry Playbook, which makes sense because both tablets are made by the same company. The Kindle Fire's screen is gorgeous. Videos look awesome and the touchscreen works nearly flawlessly. The brightness on the Kindle Fire can be turned up so high it can actually blind you. It only make since that a lot of work was put into the display technology, because the Kindle Fire is designed for consuming media like streaming movies and graphic novels. As for as the battery; even with the brightness turned up it lasted all day. The battery does drain noticeably faster when watching movies on Netflix or streaming content from Amazon; but streaming content tend to negatively affect battery life on all tablets; with the only exception being the iPad. I would recommend purchasing a case with this device, because the battery tends to get noticeably hot to the touch, after about 2 hours of continuous use.

 

Although the hardware isn't exactly on par with the iPad, the Kindle fire can go neck to neck with Apple when it comes to getting the stuff you want to watch, read, or listen to. Not only does Amazon have a killer library of books, movies, and tv shows, but; it also has the best subscription service to newspapers and magazines on the internet.  What's amazing about the fire is all these media consumption items are built into the Kindle Fire; giving consumers quick access to Amazon's excellent music store, plus thousands of movies and tv shows, for immediate streaming or downloading. If the Amazon library of movies isn't enough for you; both Netflix and Hulu are also integrated into the Fire. When you first turn on your Fire, you may be surprised to find all the apps you previously downloaded from Amazon's app store, already in the Kindle Fire's app library. All you have to do is tap each one and they will sync, quickly. Just as with the Nook Color and Nook Tablet; apps are being added daily, but don't expect any other device to compete with the amount of apps already optimized for the iPad. Apple's market share domination is to great for any other tablet to compete with, this generation.

 

As an ereader, the Kindle Fire does just fine. If you are one of them E-Ink addicts like I am, you probably will not use it for ebooks. The main reason plain old ebook readers aren't going anywhere any time soon, is because they are more superior as ereading devices, then their tablet cousins. So reading an ebook isn't nearly as pleasurable on the Kindle Fire as it is on, other E-Ink devices such as the Kindle Touch. Consumers who purchase a Kindle Fire as their first tablet will have an enjoyable reading experience, since they are more likely to not have been exposed to the awesomeness of E-Ink devices. When it comes to the silk browser, there is nothing ground breaking about it like Amazon claimed. Right now it's probably one of the worse android browsers on the market and I already here rumors of updates coming soon to improve performance. Despite its flaws, the Kindle Fire is only $ 199. There is no other tablet out there that costs as little as the Kindle Fire, and can match it's performance; except the trusty old Nook Color which also has been reduced in price to $199. While the Kindle Fire may slightly out perform other 7-inch tablets such as the Black Berry Playbook ($500) and HTC Flyer($300), I don't see it ever competing with the iPad. It still is an awesome media device and if you already own content within the amazon market place, then the Kindle Fire is a must buy.