I recently purchased a Kindle Fire Tablet and I love it. I went back and forth about a thousand times about whether I should buy a Kindle Fire or spend an additional money on an iPad. Just about everyone at Starbucks has an iPad so I could talk to people and found out what they liked about the device and what they did not like. Since the Kindle Fire is new I could not get those types of reviews.
I finally decided that since I will be using my device primarily when I travel that I would buy The Fire. And, I am glad I did – I love it! It is easy to use and small enough that I can throw it in my purse. Plus, as upset as I would be if I forgot my Kindle Fire in my hotel I would not be as devastated as if I left my more pricey iPad in a hotel room.
I have not used everything on my Kindle Fire yet, but I have been able to access all 7 of my email accounts which is more than I can do on my phone. I have been able to read books and magazines, look at videos and play games. My only complaint is that not as many accessories are as available for the Kindle Fire as for the iPad and as any woman knows, accessories are important.
What people are saying:
” The Kindle Fire is a 7-inch tablet that links seamlessly with Amazon’s impressive collection of digital music, video, magazine, and book services in one easy-to-use package. It boasts a great Web browser, and its curated Android app store includes most of the big must-have apps (such as Netflix, Pandora, and Hulu). The Fire has an ultra-affordable price tag, and the screen quality is exceptional for the price.” – CNET
” The Fire gives me the features I want at a price point that’s less than half of the iPad 2. I can check my email, browse the Internet, maybe play a few games, most importantly, I can read magazines in color on a Kindle.” – Gizmodo
” The Fire is a marvelous device.” – Chicago Sun Times
” Amazon’s Kindle Fire is likely to be the first successful tablet not sold by Apple, and there are several good reasons for it: the low price of $199, the convenient, portable size of 7 inches, and a rich catalog of books, movies and music offered through Amazon’s Web-based services.” – Ars Technica
” There’s a new mayor in Droidville. But this guy didn’t roll into town with pomp and circumstance. He strolled down Main Street and simply offered more than any other candidate, extolling a plan based on down-to-earth sensibility and affordability. Meet the Kindle Fire.” – Seeking Alpha
Kindle Fire Technical Details:
Display: 7″ multi-touch display with IPS (in-plane switching) technology and anti-reflective treatment, 1024 x 600 pixel resolution at 169 ppi, 16 million colors.
Size: (in inches) 7.5″ x 4.7″ x 0.45″ (190 mm x 120 mm x 11.4 mm).
Weight: 14.6 ounces (413 grams).
System Requirements: None, because it’s wireless and doesn’t require a computer.
On-device Storage: 8GB internal (approximately 6GB available for user content). That’s enough for 80 apps, plus 10 movies or 800 songs or 6,000 books.
Cloud Storage: Free cloud storage for all Amazon content
Battery Life: Up to 8 hours of continuous reading or 7.5 hours of video playback, with wireless off. Battery life will vary based on wireless usage, such as web browsing and downloading content.
Charge Time: Fully charges in approximately 4 hours via included U.S. power adapter. Also supports charging from your computer via USB.
Wi-Fi Connectivity: Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, or enterprise networks with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication; does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks.
USB Port: USB 2.0 (micro-B connector)
Audio: 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, top-mounted stereo speakers.
Content Formats Supported: Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, OGG, WAV, MP4, VP8.
Documentation: Quick Start Guide (included in box); Kindle Fire User’s Guide (pre-installed on device). Additional information available online.
Warranty and Service: 1-year limited warranty and service included. Optional 2-year Extended Warranty available for U.S. customers sold separately. Use of Kindle is subject to terms and conditions.
Included in the Box: Kindle Fire device, U.S. power adapter (supports 100-240V), and Quick Start Guide.