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Kindle Fire review
« on: November 21, 2011, 04:50:17 AM »
PC Magazine is a very well respected computer industry magazine which had some interesting comments about the fire.  It is interesting to note that two non-apple tablets took top honors: Fire and Loveno.  Even though another computer industry trade magazine, PC World, did not like the fire at all PC Magazine liked it a lot and had this to say about the fire:

The Amazon Kindle Fire puts the Apple iPad on notice. The Fire is the first small tablet that average users can pick up and immediately use, with a simple, clear interface. Then there's the price: Android along with amazing specs for just $199. It's open enough to attract geeks, too. While the user interface occasionally gets sluggish, we're willing to have a bit of patience to get a first-rate tablet for half of what most competitors charge, thus the Kindle Fire is our first Editors' Choice for small tablets.

Design
A solid little brick at 7.5 by 4.7 by .45 inches (HWD) and 14.6 ounces, the Kindle Fire looks and feels a lot like the BlackBerry PlayBook ($499, 2.5 stars), but the Fire is smaller in all dimensions. There are no slots or tabs; both the memory and battery are sealed in, and the only interruptions in its smooth, black form are the headphone jack, Power button, MicroUSB jack, and dual stereo speakers. There's no camera, but I've never been sold on the value of tablet cameras anyway. It uses 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi networks to get online; there's no cellular radio or Bluetooth connectivity.

Turn the Fire on and the 7-inch 1024-by-600 IPS LCD screen lights up. This display is very sharp and clear, but it's also rather reflective. Just like on the Apple iPad 2 ($499-$829, 4.5 stars), you may have trouble reading in bright light because of the screen's sometimes mirror-like gloss. While this is par for the course with tablets, I expected more given the Kindle name. This isn't a dedicated e-reader by any means.

OS and Content
The Kindle Fire packs a dual-core, 1GHz TI OMAP4 processor and runs a very highly customized version of Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread). The customization is really good news for non-geeks. Android is a delightfully open-ended OS, but it's too open-ended for a lot of people; it's not immediately clear what you're supposed to do with an Android tablet.

It's immediately clear what to do with the Kindle Fire, though. Start it up and you see seven words: Newsstand, Books, Music, Video, Docs, Apps, and Web. That's what you do. Most of the rest of the home screen is devoted to a Cover Flow-like carousel of your most recently used content, with four user-assignable favorites at the bottom.

Each of the seven sections gives you a virtual "bookshelf" of items stored on your Fire along with a link to Amazon's relevant store. Yes, this tablet is designed to make you buy stuff from Amazon. You don't have toyou can load your own filesbut it's very, very easy to buy and arrange items from Amazon's many digital shops. And that's great.

Most people are familiar with Kindle books, which read and sync well on the Fire (although they don't have some of the new Kindle Touch features, like X-Ray summaries.) There are some new kinds of content in the bookstore for Amazon too, like color childrens books, for example. But they show up in landscape format. They look like straight flatbed scans, and you can't zoom in or out and there's no text-to-speech support there. That's a less appealing experience than you get on the Nook, at least for now.

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Re: Kindle Fire review
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2011, 08:42:04 AM »
That's a pretty good review, IMO.  Kim Komando is starting an article about tech stuff for Christmas.  There was no mention of the Kindle Fire only the $500 tablets and the Nook color.
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Re: Kindle Fire review
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2011, 06:13:29 AM »
I like Kim Komando in general, but she seems to be fairly anti-Amazon. . . . . .

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Re: Kindle Fire review
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2011, 09:51:02 PM »
I am mainly a PC Person and due to my daughter having an Apple Macbook Pro I am really liking the newest Apple Mac OS. She also has an iPad II. Having wanted a Tablet but finding IPAD to be too expensive my wife got me a Kindle Fire for Christmas. After reading the many reviews (some very positive and some very negative) I was afraid it was a mistake so she let me open and try it out. Right off the bat (not having used an Android type product before) I found some aspects to be exasperating. One was the tiny virtual keyboard and my rather fat fingers. The other was how to get the smallest (on a Pc) things such as copy and paste.
Now let's move to the present. A Stylus eliminated the "fat finger problem" and allowed things to flow with significant ease of use. Copy and Paste is very workable for the most part but I find some pages on the internet I just can't seem to get it to work. I am sure I will work that one out too in time and searching the internet for answers on forums, books, etc.
I find the Kindle Fire to be somewhere between a PC and a 2007 Mack book Leopard (not pro with Lion OS) that my wife has thanks to my daughter upgrading to MacBook Pro this fall.
As I learn the functionality of the Kindle Fire I am liking it more and more. It is mostly just a learning curve. I do get exasperated when I type (actually peck) a reply to a forum post just to accidentally do something (haven't figured out exactly what yet) to have it suddenly "blip" and disappear from "the face of the earth" LOL.
Maybe someone has experienced this and knows what causes that to happen. Please note this is written to show Progression from an exasperated non Android user to a real love for this little tablet and it's functionality. Hey I had the same problem going from one Microsoft OS to a complete new one such as Windows XP to then Windows 7 (after trying Vista and not liking it due to bugs).

I have nothing but accolades for the substantially easy setup for wireless connection to your modem. Can't get any easier than that, well maybe if it could read your mind and just do it! ;)
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Re: Kindle Fire review
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2012, 04:06:04 AM »
I just ordered mine today and waiting for it to be delivered. I will post my personal review as soon as I have played with it.  ;)

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Re: Kindle Fire review
« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2012, 04:15:22 AM »
Woohoo, eric!  Can't wait to hear what you think of it!

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Re: Kindle Fire review
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2012, 03:32:31 AM »
Kindle Fire is an awesome tool to enjoy paper-free literature.
It's eco-friendly and it's a whole lot of fun and beauty packed in a portable little package.

Thank you Amazon, and Kindle! :)
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Re: Kindle Fire review
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2014, 07:40:03 AM »
One feature I am particular after is a Cloud Reader for the Kindle Fire. In other words, I want to be able to see from my desktop how a graphic book in MOBI format might look on the Kindle. Graphic novels are a problem on Kindle but they might work better on the Kindle Fire. Any ideas on how I can go about this?

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