Review

The Kindle Fire is a color e-Book reader and with the functionality of tablet, at a very reasonable price. This new device runs on a tailored version of the Android operating system. The Kindle Fire has several features offering many advantages over traditional eReaders and tablets alike.

Fast Browsing

To start, the customized Silk browser was specially made for the Fire allowing faster loading of web pages, an issue seen with other eReader browsers, such as the Nook Color. This Silk browser uses a special technology which divides the job of loading a webpage between the device and cloud-based computing, essentially doubling the processing power. The loading process is rather quick, allowing for a much faster and spontaneous feel to surf the net. Aside from this, the Silk supports Adobe Flash (why can’t the iPad do this again?).

Here’s Looking at You

Another feature of the Kindle Fire is the vivid display screen. A revolutionary in-plane switching technology is added to the display allowing the user to see the screen from a lot of various angles. The Kindle Fire’s screen uses a great display that features more than 16 million colors as well as 169 pixels per inch producing some of the richest and deepest colors seen in the tablet offerings.

Processing Power

The Kindle Fire has a dual core processor that allows the device to handle multitasking conveniently. You can listen to music while downloading a movie and at the same time surf the web. The dual processor also improves the video streaming capability. It offers fast downloads of book and a seamless streaming of videos and TV shows. This new device will surely give you a more enjoyable time and entertainment while browsing the web.

Where the Kindle Fire Falls Short

The Kindle Fire is not without it’s negatives. The device misses some of the most basic of other tablet features: no bluetooth, no Android marketplace connectivity, no 3G and no camera. Perhaps because it labels itself an eReader first and foremost, the Kindle Fire expects to be excused from these weaknesses. Perhaps. Maybe it was an executive decision by Amazon execs that decided to build upon the strength of the Kindle to vault into the tablet market at a ‘bet you can beat this’ price, simply by tacking some color and the Amazon App market onto the already strong Kindle product. In the end, the Kindle Fire does enough to make it more than just an eReader, but we will watch closely for these common features to be included in future versions, in particular 3G. As for the lack of Android marketplace, if the Amazon marketplace proves its worth, and development and popularity improves, users won’t think twice about the Android omission.

Conclusion

Aside from the features offered by the Kindle Fire, its price makes it a very attractive option for those looking for a new device on a limited budget. It has most of the basics: 8GB of storage, Wi-Fi, fast-downloading, vivid display, and a super smooth browsing experience, yet at a more then competitive $199 price tag. If this falls within your budget, fear not taking a plunge into the Amazon. However, if you don’t read a lot or plan on using the Kindle Fire eReader, you should probably look elsewhere until future versions prove more all-encompassing.

While the Kindle Fire has certainly hit the ground running, the device will improve over time with refinements and improvements. Don’t be surprised if in a year or so we reflect on this Kindle Fire debut as the dawn of the affordable do-it-all tablet age.

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