It’s here. It’s cheap. And it’s pretty cool
The Kindle Fire is a great tablet for reading, watching and playing. It’s sturdy and powerful, yet light and exquisite. And for a mere 200 bucks, why not?
This thing reads books, plays games, surfs the web (with Amazon’s fast Silk web browser) and everything in between. And with the dual-core, 1GHz application processor, everything you do will be fast and easy. It has a 7-inch, 1024×600 touch-screen IPS display and 8GB of flash memory (I think that’s a couple books). All of this, plus a generous 512MB of RAM, is squeezed into this little tablet. There are no cameras, but this is an e-reader, not a DSLR.
But let’s talk about it’s purpose. Reading.
The integrated Kindle application is great. It lets you adjust settings to your liking, it ties directly to Amazon’s Kindle book store, it is speedy, responsive and easy to use, and, unlike the Kindle app on the Android Market, it was made exclusively for the Kindle Fire. Also, the app has a brightness function built in, so you can read no matter how bright your surroundings are.
What about watching videos?
Even with it’s small (for a tablet) 7-inch screen, the Kindle Fire is excellent for watching moves, videos, etc. And Amazon’s Instant Video store has a great selection of movies and TV shows. You can stream the videos directly to your Fire for instant viewing, or you can download them and watch them later. Either way, if you want a tablet for watching movies, the Kindle Fire is as capable as any.
But what if you want music?
Amazon did a pretty good job on the music store. It’s simple, easy to use and navigate, and has a huge selection of music. Now, obviously your not going to jog with the Fire wrapped around your arm, but if you are reading a book or browsing the web, you might want to listen to some tunes, and you can.
Why is the web browser called Silk?
Because it is. The web browser is extremely fast. It loads your favorite websites within seconds, and is even faster than the iPad 2‘s Safari web browser. It does this by pre-caching web pages in the cloud and delivering these pages more efficiently. And they did a phenomenal job.
And finally, apps and games.
Just like most Android tablets, you can go and download apps. But unlike most tablets, you don’t get the Android Market experience. You see, Amazon decided to replace the Market with their own app store. Yes, there is a good number of apps and games to choose from, but it really doesn’t compare to the Market. There are ways to exploit the software, and install the Market onto the Fire, but that is a hassle, and it doesn’t work very well. If you want a tablet that has a huge selection of 3D games and apps for your every need, that you may want to keep looking. Of course, this isn’t a HUGE flaw. Amazon DID take some of the most popular apps and put them on their app store, but these only make up a small fraction of your choices when using the Android Market.
The Kindle Fire
By now you know that the Fire is one of the cheapest tablets out there, and it packs a huge punch relative to the price. If you are looking for a powerful e-reader, than the Fire is definitely up your alley. If you are looking for a laptop replacement, you may find yourself a bit disappointed. All-in-all, there is a great experience to be had with the Fire.