Amazon Kindle Fire

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Reviewed by coreyod (Currently owns)

Primarily, the Kindle Fire is a device for personal content use; not for business, not for creatives, not for hackers, not for students…not exclusively anyway.
Kids (though the device needs spending controls to prevent rampant purchasing), mom, dad, grandma, and non-geeks will love it.

The Kindle Fire is a seamless, friction-free gateway into the world of Amazon, and will likely suck dollars from your wallet without you even noticing. The Amazon Prime membership ($79 per year) is nearly obligatory, as the selection of movies and TV shows rivals or bests Netflix and provides a great streaming experience. The Kindle Fire has a huge leg-up over most competitors with a movie-rental store as well, offering $3-$4 rentals of recent releases that can be viewed on the Kindle Fire (even when off-line) and on a myriad of TV-connected boxes (Roku, Tivo, DVD players, Smart TV’s etc.) The application market is nowhere near the size and quality of Apple’s App Store, nor as broad as the barely-curated Google Market, but the big name items are in there and more seem to be coming, based on developer interest in the platform.

Welcome to the Post-PC era. The Kindle Fire is NOT an iPad competitor; for some (myself included), it actually offers a complimentary experience, focused more on reading and portability than unlimited-application capabilities; though time will tell if it can hold a spot in my usage patterns...

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  • Design 5
  • Display 7
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  • Software 5
  • Battery life 5
  • Ecosystem 9
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