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Old 11-26-2011, 04:29 PM   #1
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Angry [Review]: A human review of the Kindle Fire

http://www.marco.org/2011/11/17/kindle-fire-review

Found this puppy in the facebook group today,.

In short, the kindle fire is suffering from most things that chopped down android devices suffer from, and then some. I was considering having a look at this, but after reading this review in full - I'll stick to my apple, and look around for a decent e-ink device as a follow up.

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I expected the Kindle Fire to be good for books, great for magazines and newspapers, great for video, and good for apps and games.

In practice, itís none of these. Granted, Iíve only spent two days with it, so I canít share any long-term impressions. But Iím honestly unlikely to have any, because this isnít a device that makes me want to use it more. And thatís fatal.

A tablet is a tough sell. Itís too big for your pocket, so you wonít always have it available like a phone. Itís too small to have rich and precise input methods like keyboards and mice, and its power and size constraints prevent it from using advanced PC-class hardware, so itís probably not going to replace your laptop. Itís just one more gadget to charge, encase, carry (sometimes), care for, and update. And itís one more expenditure that can easily be cut and done without, especially in an economic depression.

ďTabletsĒ werenít a category that anyone needed to give a damn about until the iPad. It was a massive hit not because it managed to remove any of the problems inherent to tablets, but because it was so delightful, fun, and pleasant to use that anyone who tried their friendís iPad for a few minutes needed to have one of their own.

I expected the Kindle Fire to be a compelling iPad alternative, but I canít call it delightful, fun, or pleasant to use. Quite the opposite, actually: using the Fire is frustrating and unpleasant, and it feels like work.

For most people, every other computer in their life feels like work, and they donít need another one.

Itís not an iPad competitor or alternative. Itís not the same kind of device at all. And, whatever it is, itís a bad version of it.

Thatís probably all you need to know about the Kindle Fire. Below is a detailed account of the issues I ran into, but I wonít take offense if youíre burnt out on long Kindle Fire reviews and stop here.
Read the full story: http://www.marco.org/2011/11/17/kindle-fire-review
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