Recently, Amazon released the new tablet version of their incredibly popular Amazon Kindle e-reader. This new e-reader tablet had a lot of buzz built up, with some tech analysts even heralding this new device as a potential major competitor for the iPad 2. Now that the Amazon Kindle Fire has hit the marketplace, many may be wondering if this new device really lives up to its hype.
While there are many things that this new device does right, it cannot quite be called a win. There are many things that Amazon and tier new tablet e-reader still need to work on before it can be a solid competitor for more established tablets.
What Makes it Great
The 7” Amazon Kindle Fire runs off of a custom Android operating system. This means that it is legitimately a tablet. While a tablet, it is essentially made to be primarily an e-reader, like its predecessors, something it does extremely well.
Some of the greatest praise the Amazon Kindle Fire has received has been over its e-reader specific features. Most of the individuals who have had the chance to try this new tablet have praised it as an e-reader, particularly for those who prefer to do their shopping for books, movies and other media with Amazon.
This full-color device helps making shopping easier, something that is probably a bigger plus for Amazon than it is for most of the Kindle Fire’s consumers. Amazon integrated its stores pretty completely in the Kindle Fire’s separate content section, a plus for both Fire users and for Amazon itself.
The Kindle Fire’s cloud storage works quite well. This memory saving feature is smoothly integrated with the local storage for ease of use and convenience. In every library you are able to choose between cloud and local storage, as they are clear visual elements.
Where it Went Wrong
No one has been calling the Kindle Fire perfect, probably because there are many areas where improvements could have been made. Performance is one of these areas; it has been said to be a bit sluggish.
The heft of the device has also been meeting criticism. It isn’t so heavy that folks will find their hand unable to hold the tablet if using for prolonged periods of time, it gets to be a bit uncomfortable after prolonged usage. It is heavier than many other similarly sized tablets, and it has more weight than other e-readers.
The Amazon Kindle Fire’s design has also been the target of some critique. The speakers that line the top of the device when held in portrait mode end up to the left of the device when in landscape, so no matter how you hold it, stereo sound doesn’t really work.
Reports of bugs and glitches have also been high. For a device that is primarily an e-reader, difficulties with turning pages seems particularly problematic. Most of these issues are more annoying than anything; the tablet is still very much usable. The quality of images and visuals have seemed to be another major flaw that many users are having issues with.
Fortunately for the Amazon Kindle Fire, there are plenty of other fantastic, well working features that users and critics alike have been praising. The unfortunate part, there are many, many more things that critics have been panning and users have been getting annoyed with.
For Amazon addicts lusting after a Kindle tablet, this is a good solution, but maybe not so for most other users. The Amazon Kindle Fire seems to be at the bottom of the pack when compared to the competition. It seems that a better tablet with the Kindle App may be a good alternative until the Kindle Fire gets retooled.
Author Bio: This article is written by Kevin Moor who writes for online-virus-scan.org, a site reviewing and testing various online virus scan issues.