Amazon Kindle Fire Review

Posted by Mayank on September 28, 2011 in Kindle

Amazon launched Kindle Fire, a $199, 7″ color touch-screen tablet that really looks a lot like the Playbook from HP and has the potential to be a true iPad competitor. Kindle Fire is a tablet running the Android OS. It has a single button on one side of the device, stereo speakers on the other. It’s roughly 11.5 millimeters thick and does not include a camera. It’s also Wi-Fi only, has very less input slots and just 8GB of internal memory.

The main selling point of Kindle Fire is likely to be the attractive price of $199. We all saw what the price drop of Touchpad to $99 did — it sold out in minutes. Amazon has realized the potential of that market and has brought a product which looks premium, but is available at a non-premium price.

Amazon Fire’s home screen looks like a bookshelf, with access to recently accessed content and Apps (books, movies and music) and another shelf to pin favorites or frequently used items. At the top of the screen is search and menu access to Newsstand (for magazines), books, music, movies, apps and docs.

Endgadget has this below video on Amazon Kindle Fire Demo.

The Kindle Fire, which will be available from November 15th and is available for pre-order now. The device will come with a 60-day free trial of Amazon Prime (a $79 a year value) membership and pre-registered with your Amazon account. November 15th can’t come soon enough!

As for comparison between the alternatives, check out this side-by-side specs comparison of Amazon’s Fire, Apple’s iPad 2 and Barnes & Noble’s Nook Color, courtesy of The Verge.

the verge specs comparison kindle fire nook color and ipad 2When you first turn on the Amazon Fire, all of your content (your books, magazines, music and videos) is automatically loaded and is available for you to download or automatically stream from Amazon Cloud. The device has 8GB of storage in the device and unlimited storage in the Amazon Cloud.

Amazon Kindle Fire comes with a new web browser known as Amazon Silk. Read more about Amazon Silk.

Positive Features of Amazon Fire :

  1. 7″ vibrant color touchscreen that delivers 16 million colors in 1024×600 resolution –especially vibrant for Movies, magazines and children’s books.
  2. Attractively priced – $199
  3. Light Weight – 14.6 ounces (413 grams)
  4. Battery Life – Up to 8 hours of continuous reading or 7.5 hours of video playback, with wireless off.
  5. Charge Time – Fully charges in approximately 4 hours.
  6. Magazines in true rich color. Special editions of titles like Vanity Fair, Wired, and GQ come with built-in video, audio and other interactive features.
  7. Designed from the ground up, Kindle Fire’s simple, intuitive interface puts the content you love at your fingertips – spin effortlessly through your recent titles and websites straight from the home screen.
  8. Over 100,000 movies and TV shows, including thousands of new releases and your favorite TV shows, are available to stream or download, purchase or rent. Amazon Prime members (2 months FREE for an annual membership of $79) enjoy unlimited, commercial-free streaming of over 10,000 popular movies and TV shows.
  9. Fast Dual Core Processor lets you stream music while browsing the web or read books while downloading videos.
  10. Ultra fast web browsing using Amazon Silk
  11. Millions of Books from the App store – The Kindle Store offers over 1 million books, including 800,000 titles at $9.99 or less. In addition, over 2 million free, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books are also available.
  12. Free Cloud Storage – With Kindle Fire, you get free storage for all your Amazon digital content in the Amazon Cloud. Your books, movies, music and apps are available instantly to stream or download for free.
  13. Accessibility to 17 million songs in the Amazon MP3 Store.
  14. Durability – Kindle Fire display is chemically strengthened to be 20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic.
  15. Email – Built-in email app that gets your webmail (Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, AOL etc.) into a single inbox. Additional Email apps are also available in the Amazon App Store for Android.

Negative Features of Amazon Fire :

  1. Wi-Fi Only
  2. No Camera
  3. Less physical input slots
  4. No Microphone

Verdict : Attractively priced, Amazon Fire is truly worth its value. Check Kindle Fire details in Amazon.

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  • george says:

    how is the e-mail sytem, easy to use or what?

  • Apurva says:

    Yes, it is pretty easy – very much like the email system on an iPhone/iPad or an Android phone.

  • Roger says:

    Who cares about a freaking camera and mic. I have never seen anyone lug around a IPAD and take pics.

  • Cole says:

    You’ve obviously never been to a business conference and used Evernotes. Once you use it, you’ll understand that power of a camera and a mic!

  • Kris says:

    I am not so worried about a camera on the Kindle Fire, but I feel that the tablet could make great use of a mic. The app market would open up tremendously if there was a mic. This is one area where Amazon needs to improve–the APP marketplace, if they do that the sky is the limit.

  • mike says:

    the playbook is Blackberry not HP

  • Apurva says:

    Mike – Thanks for identifying the error .. It helps a lot to keep the blog error free and I appreciate your keen observation. I’ve updated the blog.

  • geek says:

    Never been to a business meeting where an I-Pad was used for video conferencing and conduct business with companies all over the country. Polycon (if you need to ask that says a lot. Also never met anyone in business without a cell phone with a camera that can also record.

    Note taking at meetings, frankly a lost are but on occasion you see someone take out a Netbook or some small laptop, that is the business world. Oh, I did forget the Blackberry that appears to be the major player in the business world because of their enterprise e-mail.

    Of course I am bound by reality and first hand experience.