There seems to be some consumer dissatisfaction and backlash growing related to Amazon's foray into the tablet market with the Kindle Fire. It looks like Amazon is promising a major software update soon to fix a number of issues.
We know what the critics think. But for those of you who bought one, are you still finding it enjoyable to use? Any regrets? Anything you're excited about? How are you liking it now that it's been out a few weeks.
Also, it's interesting to note that the Kindle Fire currently has a 3.9 rating on gdgt (according to 23 user reviews). The average rating for all tablets on gdgt is 4.3. For comparison, the iPad 2 is rated 4.5 (336 user reviews) and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10 is rated at 4.3 (32 user reviews). Sadly, the Nook Tablet has no ratings yet.
I use it every day on the train to work to watch videos, play games, read the news or books. I've taken it on the plane to California and Texas to pass the time. I use it to stream Pandora and my Cloud Drive music at work.
I had originally planned to cancel my order after deciding that this may not fit my needs. Well I had forgotten to do that so when the Fire showed up at the office I decided to give it a fair try and see what I thought after a few weeks. This fits all of my needs perfectly and now that I am starting to see support for apps along with the ability to side-load anything I want I am no longer weary.
I feel the 6.2 Update helped with some of the sluggishness that was originally there. It's not quite all gone but I think the upcoming update will do more to address the missed taps and choppy page turns in the Kindle app. I find it odd that the Kindle books have that page turn issue as the Nook app loaded on here is very smooth.
After being weary at first and thinking I would probably be returning this, I love it. The size is perfect for my commute and I don't feel I am missing out on anything.
I'm excited about what future software updates can do to help bring developers to the platform. This Holiday season is going to drive huge sales which should get their attention. Even my girlfriend, who never expressed any interest in this or any tablet before asked for one for Christmas after messing around with it for a bit.
Yes. I use it very little but when I do it works fine. It's the best $199 tablet out there by far and a pretty good 7" Android tablet at any price.
I don't regret buying it at all but I do regret buying ANOTHER tablet. My tablet usage has dropped off quite a bit lately and I really didn't need another one. The Fire did nothing to kindle a resurgence of table use for me.
The thing works well enough to peak my interest in the next iteration of Amazon device. I'm also a little pumped to see the "big" update that's coming. Since I have a hard time finding flaws with mine, I'm curious to see if I'll benefit at all from it.
I'm still enjoying it, I've had a couple issues with comic books and pages getting repeated but otherwise it's been a fun experience. Going into it with the right expectations helped a lot - knowing it's not a competition for the ipad and it's built around consumption (vs iPad's productivity) put me in the right mindset to use it So, I wasn't frustrated by the weak email app and lack of dedicated Facebook app or a camera. Streaming episodes of Arrested Development, listening to my purchased albums, having access to the entire Prime library with just a couple of clicks is what blew me away.
I don't love the device, but I like-like it. I carry it with me almost every day, it fits perfectly in my winter coat's pocket
No. I have an iPad and TouchPad as well, and the iPad is the one I'm always going back to (I'm using it to type this). The Fire is too error prone to do anything. I just can't type at all on the tiny and badly designed keyboard. Surfing the net is a joke on a 7 inch screen. I suppose reading is the only thing it does okay, but for that I'll much rather use my Kindle touch.
Do you not do any web browsing on your phone either? I always wonder when people say 7" is too small for web browsing. Because personally, I do most of my browsing on my phone which obviously is even smaller than 7" and I have no problems. I don't hear many people complaining about their ~4" phone screens being too small for the web.
I use my for my Son. He's 2! He watches movies on it in the Car and on the go. We we're already using the Amazon Instant Video store as we have the yahoo app on our TV. It's easy to download the movies you want and take it on a long car trip. It's twice the price of a portable DVD player but cheaper than a portable bluray player. The resolution is amazing; much better than iPad and in a smaller form factor. Also my son can get handsy with it and it doesn't assume you want to pause/play the movie. You have to target the pause/play icon which I like as well.
Of course my wife and I also use the device to read books. Haven't hooked into the cloud player yet as I'm still wedded to my iPhone for that. All and all it's one of the better uses of $200 I've had lately.
My job requires me to utilize a number of Virtual Machines at the same time, and on my personal computers, I do a lot of photo and video editing, so I am not the target audience for something like an iPad. For me I wanted a highly portable tablet (I love the 7" form factor) that I could read on, watch movies on the plane (I'm on several a week) and I already was well integrated into the Amazon ecosystem. The Kindle Fire just made sense for me. I don't want to produce anything on it, I just want to consume various types of media. In fact, I had to buy my wife one so she would leave mine alone. She browses the web, plays Words with Friends and watches NetFlix. A $500 Tablet was overkill for her, and again she loves the 7" form factor. It goes in her purse everywhere with her.
Do I wish it wasn't so locked down and had the main Android app store? sure. Is it perfect? nope. Does it work for me? you bet.
The way I see it, this is a 1.0 product, so it can only get better with updates, and I look forward to future hardware revisions. With the $199 price tag, I don't feel overly guilty upgrading next year if a new version comes out.
Yes! Yes! Yes! I have one, and I made sure others in my family have one as well. I have the original Kindle, and thought of the Nook, because of the color, I am so glad Amazon moved quickly and responded to users reviews to make the Fire! As with all new tech, I expect a glitch or two. Amazon has gone the extra miles to make sure they make this the right gdgt for you and your family. I love the size, the graphix rule, and it is very user friendly. The recent Free Apps have been a great gift to download. If the rumors are true, Apple is trying to compete with the more manageable size and making a smaller iPad. I think it is a bit too late for another $700 "toy".
Nope. I ended up passing it on to my parents as an early X-Mass gift and they are loving it. I added them to my prime account and they are watching TV shows and using for e-mail and their books. i was surprised how quickly they took to it. It’s funny now they asked for a 2nd one so each could have one instead of having to share the device.
As for why I gave it up, I just wasn’t using it like I was when I first got it. I guess the “new” had worn off it. I found myself grabbing my old kindle for reading and my iPad for everything else.
I realized that this table is sort of useless to me for the same reason the iPad is. I don't download that many apps and my main reason for using Android is native Google Apps.
It's cool to take with me when I want to read a book or something but I don't do anything on that that couldn't be done any other tablet with a Kindle App. Still, $199 for the convenience of not having to pull out a laptop is good.
I may root it and stick Cyanogen on it when it's available and I feel brave enough.
Absolutely, using it now to listen to an audio book. Also use it every night to watch movies from Netflix or Amazon Prime,casual gaming,YouTube,password manager,read Google Currents,news via various apps,listen to music via Winamp, Reddit via mobile app,Twitter,FB, Google maps & Earth,etc. I rooted it and installed another launcher so it doesn't look 'stock' at all, also side loaded another browser and the Android market. Can I do all this with the ipad? Yes.. for $300 more.
Yes, I absolutely love it. I had a first gen Kindle and this is a big improvement. It has just enough possibilities for me, I am techno challenged but do love a challenge. Gave my old Kindle to my 89 year old mother in law and she loves it!
Use it as primary reading device over my Kindle2 (backlighting is nice when wife is sleeping), but find myself reverting to the iPad2 for most tablet functions. Not sure whether this is because of more experience with iPad/iOS or what, but for the $199 I paid for the Fire vs. the $879 for the iPad, I better opt for the iPad...
Received this as an Xmas gift. Wasnt sure about it at first, so far, it fits all my needs perfectly. I read, Twitter and play WWF. I just recently created a document and printed it out before i left the house using Office Suite Pro and Printer share. Saved me a trip to warm up my laptop and go through the hassle. I really haven't used the Netflix much but when i do it streams beautifully.
For what it is and what it costs, it's very good. I only use it around the house and mostly for either streaming radio (stitcher or tune in radio) and for a script / shownotes for my video podcast so I don't have to have a computer in front of me. It works great for that. I read on my e-ink kindle and surf the web on my laptop. Yes, I still like the Kindle Fire but it's not an iPad (Duh) ;) -Mike
I still use mine all the time. It's great for doing some web browsing or watching videos. Maybe it's because I don't have another tablet, but I still like mine just as much as when I first got it. In fact I hardly use my laptop anymore because I use the Fire to do most of what I used to do on it.