I am in the process right now of writing my first look and hands-on review of the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet. The article I excerpt below beats me to the point I was going to make — it is no iPad and anyone who wants an iPad as a holiday gift will be disappointed.
This might be an option for those who want an e-reader — watch out, Nook, I now agree with our Dino Londis — but think about it. If you get a Kindle Fire as a reader, are you going to be carrying your smartphone, tablet and laptop, too?
My review is coming later.
So far, I’m pretty unimpressed. Unless you have $199 to burn for the fun of it, I’d wait for the 10-inch Amazon tablet coming in 2012 (code-named Hollywood) or the Apple iPad 3. This one is too chunky (heavier than a RIM PlayBook), the screen quality isn’t that excellent and — though Amazon has done a great job of integrating the streaming music and video features — the speakers suck. Excuse the former-Yugoslavian. It’s as if Amazon has never put together a user experience that combines communications and content — oh, wait, it hasn’t. I wish it sported a better version of Android, too …
I’m going to run it through some more tests and give it a little more time for the sake of fairness today. In the meantime, check out Shelly Palmer’s excellent review, excerpted below. So far, I’m not recommending the Amazon Kindle Fire. Other reviewers at aNewDomain, I know, disagree with me vehemently. You’ll hear about that. Watch for my review and Brian Burgess’ counter to it later today.
I Want An iPad: How About A Nice Amazon Kindle
Fire?Source: Shelly Palmer
Kindle Fire vs. iPad 2
“Mom … you bought me the wrong one!” Yep, that’s the thing about kids and stuff. They know what they want. And, more importantly, they know what they don’t want. According to Nielsen Media Research 44% of kids between the ages of 6 and 12 years old want an iPad 2. So, how about a nice Amazon Kindle Fire? After all, it’s $300 cheaper and it does a lot of the same stuff. You can make this argument until you are blue in the face, but – after “death and taxes” there is now a third certainty … “If you want an iPad, nothing else will do.” It has gotten to the point where I am now quite sure that there is no such thing as … READ the rest of Shelly’s review here.
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