Roundup of Early Kindle Fire Reviews

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    Amazon's first color tablet, the Kindle Fire, began shipping today following its September introduction. The Fire, the top-of-the-line Kindle tablet, has reportedly given some potential iPad purchasers second thoughts as the Fire is some $300 cheaper than the least-expensive iPad.

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    The Kindle Fire is $199, available now from Amazon.

    Article Link: Roundup of Early Kindle Fire Reviews
     
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    well what a surprise
     
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    Once again, we get the "it's good, but it's no iPad" attitude.

    Which in the tablet market, usually means the beginning of the end.
     
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    As much as I love the iPad and Apple, I kinda actually wanted this product to work for Amazon. They are a great company and [normally] make good products. I'm kinda disappointed this was a flop.
     
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    I wasn't aware that kindle is runnin on iOS5...:rolleyes:

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    Where does it say it's a flop?
    You got sales numbers?
    Customer satisfaction reports?
     
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    For those who got used to the ease of use of iOS products, the kindle fire would be a big disappointment. There is a reason why it's so cheap.

    On this other hand, I think it's a mistake if Apple continues to ignore the 7 inch markets; there needs to be something between an iPad and ipod touch.
     
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    Well - it's not a flop yet. But we know what you mean. I guess it's only a 1.0 product - so I'm sure Amazon are aware of these flaws and will look to address them soon enough.

    Having said that, though, they better get their skates on - especially if Apple will be revealing the 3rd generation iPad in the next few months...

    RTP.
     
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    To each his own

    I still rock a Kindle 3 and I think it's a great product. Hey, I hope this one works. Not everyone has $500+ to spend on a tablet and people deserve a semi-decent machine (rather than the hacks at this pricepoint).

    (Still holding out for iPad 3 :) )
     
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    It will be more interesting to see how the new Nook Tablet and the Kindle Fire compare rather than the iPad to the Kindle Fire.
     
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    Now imagine an Apple product with those same problems, and see if reviewers would be even that gentle!

    I still like the Kindle platform as a whole, though, and I wish I had a reason to get one of the super-light e-ink versions: I don’t like how dark the white e-ink “paper” is at present, but ther’e something cool about them all the same! (Instead, I’m reading a Kindle book on my iPad right now :) Thanks, Amazon!)

    Cheap dedicated e-readers will have a market for a nice long time; same with digital cameras, music players, and other low-cost special-use gizmos. They don’t have to be an iPad: they do a job.
     
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    just read my first full length book on my iPad and was going to consider a kindle or fire, but not with these reviews-take the time to save the extra $200 and get an iPad...(read the book Born to Run by Chris Mcdougall, it SHOULD change your life!)
     
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    "Usually," but in this case I expect the Fire will be sticking around. As long as Amazon doesn't panic and pull an HP I expect the Fire will grow to be a compelling platform.

    Personally I would go with an e-ink Kindle for half the price.
     
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    If it wasn't mostly negative, I don't think MR would have posted these reviews. Go figure.
     
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    A positive review from MSNBC:

    Kindle Fire review: Yes, it's that good

     
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    This means trouble for Netflix too, if you think about it. My Amazon Prime is only $39 a year since I'm a student and have 6-months free. It's $79 for everyone else. That means you only pay like $7 a month. Netflix just bumped up their prices.
     
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    They are so kind to its many shortcomings. No one was really expecting much. After all, you get what you pay for. And the $200 is a loss for Amazon.
     
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    "The Kindle Fire can handle about 80 percent of what I want to do on an iPad, for 40 percent of the price. And much of what's missing won't be missing for long."

    - You just have a 50% worse user experience to contend with ...:rolleyes: No thanks. I'd rather read a book on my kindle iphone app.
     
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    So what if they are a good company?? They don't deserve ur empathy at this moment lol
     
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    So the moral of the story kids? You get what you pay for.
     
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    I'm still more interested in those e-ink readers, just so I can carry PDFs of datasheets around.
     
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    THANK YOU. Why do people keep comparing this vastly different device to the iPad when there are plenty of other tablets that match the size, functionality, and overall offering a million times more. What's next? "That's a cute baby you had, but it's not Jesus." :rolleyes:
     
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    People want the best quality product, not a mediocre imitator.
     
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    The Amazon Kindle Fire is sure to be popular this holiday season among parents who always buy the wrong thing.
     

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