September 3rd 2011 12:11 am

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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Features its well integreated into the amazon ecosystem and offers applications, music and video. good
  • Display the 7inc screen handles HD movies well and easy to watch and read from. good
  • Battery life No comments good
  • Ease of use easy to use out of the box and easy to navigate. good
  • Storage capacity 8gig on board and no expansion that sucks. poor
  • Design and form factor its a sold device has a rubbery back and a power button on the bottom that i don't like. so-so
  • Portability (size / weight) the 7inch screen is a good size but the device is thick and not the lightest thing i have ever held so-so
  • Durability No comments good
Detailed review
It’s strange that I keep finding myself saying “for the price” when I describe the Fire to people. It’s always something like “For the price it’s a great device.” or “For the price the screen is large enough.”

The device is well integrated into the Amazon ecosystem. Right out of the box when ordered from Amazon it loads easily and links up to your account and starts showing your books and media once it starts synching up over your Wi-Fi connection.

The device is a little heave for its size but it feels solid and has a brick is built to it. The rubbery back is nice to hold and rest against things. The sound is good from the built in speakers. The power button sticks out a little from the bottom which has caused me to turn it off by accident.

You can access the amazon app store, on line video library and with prime you get free streaming of movies and TV Shows. You also can stream music right from their locker service which has the music you bought from them and any you may have uploaded.

If this device was sold for $300 or even $250 I don’t think I would recommend but at the $200 dollar price tag it’s a pretty good device.

Would I recommend this device to family and friends? If they were wanting to only spend the $200 and were OK with a 7inch display yes I would. But if they could afford an iPad or a Galaxy Tab 10.1 I would recommend that for them instead. But with that in mind for people like my parent who just love their Kindles I would suggest the Fire because they could have all their books right there plus movies and apps would be something I could see them playing with when sitting on the couch or just lying in bed. They already have a prime membership and the Fire is just a nice add on to that even though it’s not needed to fully take advantage of the device.