Kindle Fire Review
Earlier this morning, I had to take my mother-in-law to the doctors office. It wasnít supposed to be done until tomorrow, but an opening came up so they moved her a day.
Normally, my wife takes her parents to appointments and such, but she was tied up with other errands, so I ended up taking her.
Would you believe that as a software developer with an extensive collection of different devices, every single gadget I could take with me was without a charge?
You donít realize how spoiled you get with these gadgets until you sit there, in a waiting room filled with Spanish magazines. I was lucky enough to be able to grab a hold of the only English one, a Better Homes and Gardens mag from about 7 years ago.
So, I figured with that experience under my belt, today would be a good day for my Kindle Fire review.
The review is overloaded with screenshots, and with an image limit of 5 on the forums, it would take about 8 posts for me to post the full review here, so here is a link to the review on my website instead:
Amazon Kindle Fire Review (no Apple bias, I promise) | Tools4Movies
11-30-2011 12:59 PM
Nice review, I just wish I hadn't purchased the wife a Kindle 3 months ago. I would have purchased this instead.
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Originally Posted by ggrant3876
I actually have a Kindle Touch on my x-mas list, because they are quite different.
The fire rocks as a media device, but for reading, I think the e-ink display devices are a bit better. Especially if you are sitting outside in the sun, the color screen devices all have a glare to them.
thanks for the in depth review. my wife (unlike you is an avid reader) has had a second generation kindle (3G) for a couple of years and has loved it every minute. for her birthday this year (beginning of nov) i decided to get her the fire so she would have a bit more flexibility (and because she became interested every time i took out my xoom to use). it was delivered on release date (thank you amazon prime, lol. i have had that service for about 2 years and use the heck out of it) and my wife just loves it. she isn't a techie by any means, but has found using it no more difficult than any thing else she has encountered tech wise. the display is bright and the text when using it for it's kindle function is excellent and certainly more flexible that the plain old kindle. while i noted your "cons" in the review, i believe you left out a pretty important one and that is as a tablet type vs the kindle type display, it is a bit difficult to read with in the bright light glare (like out doors) where the regular kindle relishes that type of environment and was designed with that in mind to a great extent.
Dang that was a great review I was thinking about getting this for my daughter
Hold up, wait, wait... the device functioned smoothly for you? No issues? Every other review I've seen talks about how choppy it is... I really want one but can't stand choppiness in the UI, of course if it's any better than the Xoom, I won't mind. Thanks for the review, especially the pics - no other review had enough!
Everything runs fine for me. Most of the other reviews compare it to an iPad, which might appear to run smoother. For me, someone with a tablet from just about any group except an iPad, the Kindle Fire runs just fine. It has its occasional glitch, but everything else I have has glitches every now and then as well, so really it doesn't matter.
Originally Posted by Obey
The pics I did after a factory reset, so I managed to get them from the very beginning. I took pics from the manual setup process as well, but since it comes pre-configured, you only see those if you do the reset, so I figured I'd leave those out.
I don't read much on my tablets, and as a developer, I live in a barely-lit cave, so glare isn't that much of an issue. The thing is, all color-screen devices have this issue, which is why the e-ink Kindle and NOOKs are still being sold. For an all-rounder the Kindle Fire is amazing, but if you use it mainly for reading books, go for an e-ink one. They don't do the color magazines much justice, but the readability is a lot better on those.
Originally Posted by srs244
i agree with your analysis completely, i was just trying to expand a bit on it from an over all perspective, after all it is being marketed as a "kindle", and i thought it fair to point that out to those who are reading here and considering as an all around unit (kindle use included). like you, what i have observed on the unit my wife has is very good (not choppy) visuals overall. thank you again for your comprehensive and unbiased review. i was just trying to add a bit to it in a completely none technical manner as a regular user.
Originally Posted by dvdcatalyst
Oh, you are absolutely right, and thank you for your addition.
Originally Posted by srs244