Saturday, October 1, 2011

Thoughts on the Amazon Kindle Fire-$199

Thoughts on the Amazon Kindle Fire

Just days ago, Amazon officially announced its new reader/tablet, the Kindle Fire. Weighing in at 14.6 ounces with a seven inch display, the Kindle Fire is in direct competition with other small-screen tablets, most notably the seven inch Samsung Galaxy Tab and the seven inch Blackberry Playbook. While many product reviewers are also comparing it to the iPad 2, I find this comparison incredibly idiotic as the iPad 2 costs more than twice as much as the Kindle Fire and also has a larger screen and weight.

Positive Features of the Kindle Fire

Before going into limitations, I think it’s important to consider what the Kindle Fire can do for its buyers. There is a lot of talk about the limitations of this device, but I think it can offer quite a bit depending on your needs:

Thoughts on the Amazon Kindle Fire-Cheapest tab in the world$200 Price. This is, far and away, the most appetizing feature of the Kindle Fire. No other tablet in the market comes close to this price value (although the seven inch Samsung Galaxy Tab comes second for about $300 currently on Amazon’s site).
Dual Core Processor. Wow we don’t have any performance benchmarks to actually determine how great of a dual core processor this is, you have to admit the fact that the Kindle Fire is the only small tablet in the market with a dual processor. Performance looks promising.
Solid State Hard-drive. I’m still not actually sold on this being true, but with several different tech blogs reporting a solid state hard-drive (combined with a dual core processor) the performance that this tablet is getting for the price is unbelievable. We’ll see if this remains true as specs are narrowed.
USB Port. While this isn’t an essential feature, it’s nice to have and works great in any pinch where you don’t have internet access to cloud services.
8 hour battery life for reading; 7.5 hours of video playback. This is pretty much the standard battery life for tablets of this size (although the Blackberry Playbook can reportedly last 10 hours), and I’m glad to hear that the Kindle Fire did not skimp on battery power, given its low price.
Cloud Storage for Amazon digital media. If you have a Kindle Fire, all the digital content you buy from Amazon (books, movies, music, and apps) are available to stream or download.
Free Month of Amazon Prime. This not only includes free two-day shipping, but also unlimited streaming of Amazon’s massive (and growing) digital catalog.


Limitations of the Kindle Fire

With a $200 starting price, you know that something will have to give within the features or specs of this device. Let’s take a look at some of the shortcomings of this device compared to its competitors:

8GB storage space. Amazon is obviously emphasizing its digital library and streaming capabilities with this device, implying that the 8GB storage won’t be that limiting. It will be, however, if you purchase digital media from other vendors and try to store it on this device.
No SD card slot. Not all tablets come with a SD slot, but since the Kindle Fire already has such a low storage space, the slot would have been a nice alternative for those with large media libraries.
Limited app selection. Though the Kindle Fire was built on the Android OS, it does not grant access to apps from the Android Market, instead forcing customers to use Amazon’s App Market. This is a huge limitation (10,000 instead of 200,000 potential apps).

Kindle Fire Specification Details
Lack of physical input buttons. All you get is a power button; no volume controls or anything else. Instead users have to go through the touch-screen interface, which many may not prefer.
Equal Cloud Competition? This is still very much based on speculation, but with all the emphasis on Amazon’s digital library and streaming and Amazon Prime, people are wondering if Amazon will allow the competition (Netflix, Pandora, Spotify) into the Kindle Fire. Only time will tell, but his may be enough to hold off potential buyers for the time being.

Bottom Line

The Kindle Fire seems to be the most basic of tablets, meant almost purely to be a consumption device. For the extremely low price, its limitations appear to be just fine, and will probably get a large share of the potential tablet market. Not everyone needs a $500 iPad 2 for their mobile media consumption needs, and for those looking for a surprisingly capable device for a fraction of the price of competing tablets, the Kindle Fire seems promising. Still, if you are wary of any of the possible limitations of the device, I would hold out for similarly ranged competitors and second generation tablets.

For more info-Specifications,Full review,Customer side- www.nexttablets.com

By-line:
Mariana Ashley is a freelance writer who particularly enjoys writing about online colleges. She loves receiving reader feedback, which can be directed to mariana.ashley031 @gmail.com.

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1 comments:

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