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Old 11-14-2011, 11:39 PM   #31
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One of my favorite reviews so far in from Chicago Sun Time's Andy Ihnatko. IMO he just "gets" the Fire.

http://www.suntimes.com/8816567-417/...er-device.html
Yeah that is the one I liked as well.
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From a B&N employee maybe?
Almost certainly not. People just get really attached to their purchasing decisions. I also don't believe the five-star reviews are by Amazon employees.

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Amazon reviews have gone down hill this past year. It full of people who don't even know what they talking about. They haven't even tried the product. Amazon needs to have stricter guidelines.
Well, there has been a steady trend to rating down products where the packaging of the product is not desirable. Games that have super-restrictive DRM, eBooks that have lots of typos, products by companies that provide terrible customer service. I don't disagree with them, but I understand people that trust the reviews less.

Amazon has introduced some product breakdown categories as well as the Amazon Verified Purchase, but I'm not sure if there is an easy way to filter yet.
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There reviewers can be divided into some broad groupings. The spec freaks who want the fastest processor, the highest resolution, the fastest browser, etc and don't consider cost. The fanboys who view it from Apple colored glasses (aka Kim Komando) - The first two groups will mostly dismiss the Fire if not outright hate it. Others will pretty much weigh it on it's own merits like Ihnatko and Josh Topolsky. One must review the reviewers to determine if their biases match one's own (you can see I am biased towards the last two).
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One reviewer got Mantano to work so I'm happy just having it. I can use Dropbox through the browser if the app doesn't work. My apps are Mantano & ColorDict, Dropbox, ES File Explorer (This one prob wont work) and Opera. I don't need any others to be happy with the Fire.
? Do you mean you can upload Mantano to Dropbox and then directly from Dropbox, install it into your Fire? Please, please, please say YES!

This would solve my problem of not being able to D/L apps from the Amazon AppStore...
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I think you can report reviews on Amazon, or at least thumb up or down on the helpfulness. When looking at electronic devices, I tend to look for the longer reviews with a pro/con list, workarounds, little activity tests, etc. Straight up YAYS! I LUVS IT! reviews and THIS SUX!! reviews I'd love to just delete, because they're not helpful. Give me details, comparisons, etc. Preferably with decent grammar and spelling, too ;-)

There's a lag between when you write a review and when it gets posted, but I don't think Amazon has people who read every single review. There are probably trigger words and phrases that then puts the review under scrutiny, like swearing and what not (though I've seen a few curses in reviews). Plus, even if they did have an army of review reviewers looking over every post, you're going to have the Lazy Guy who just sends them through. But, yes, Amazon has every right to take down obviously fraudulent or useless reviews.

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Old 11-15-2011, 10:15 AM   #36
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Teleread says it will not do a rush review on the Fire, because a few hours is not sufficient to get a thorough review of such a device. The writer brings up an excellent point about current reviews slamming the browser performance:

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I think if reviewers said it's an unboxing/first impression review, that would be one thing, and then follow-up with a longer road test review, like Edmunds.com does with a lot of vehicles (initial review, followed by the long road test review months or a year later, though a true road test of a car would be years down the road ...)
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Old 11-15-2011, 01:55 PM   #37
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I can't believe how many reviews give the Fire a 1 when the writer doesn't even own one. In my opinion, Amazon should delete reviews like this one...
Amazon, and all similar sites, should limit reviews to those who have purchased one through their website. And no reviews should be allowed until after the item ships.
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Old 11-15-2011, 02:03 PM   #38
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? Do you mean you can upload Mantano to Dropbox and then directly from Dropbox, install it into your Fire? Please, please, please say YES!

This would solve my problem of not being able to D/L apps from the Amazon AppStore...
Well If the Dropbox app works. I think it will because ES File Explorer works. Just load the apk file into your dropbox and download it that way on the fire. I did this on my other tablet I sent back and it worked fine.
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At first I was worried about some of these reviews. But when I received my fire today those worries were shattered. This is an amazing device. I'm so glad I got it. I posted my 1st impressions in the 1st impressions threads. I think the update that happened today helped with some of the reports about sluggishness, etc. Because to me it's pretty snappy, not as quick and smooth as my iPad, but it's great. I have no complaints. I hope to see some more reviews that address the way it currently is set up. Should be glowing reviews on it soon.
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At first I was worried about some of these reviews. But when I received my fire today those worries were shattered. This is an amazing device. I'm so glad I got it. I posted my 1st impressions in the 1st impressions threads. I think the update that happened today helped with some of the reports about sluggishness, etc. Because to me it's pretty snappy, not as quick and smooth as my iPad, but it's great. I have no complaints. I hope to see some more reviews that address the way it currently is set up. Should be glowing reviews on it soon.
That's good to know because it appeared to be a dud according to some. I found that hard to believe, but anything's possible.
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That's good to know because it appeared to be a dud according to some. I found that hard to believe, but anything's possible.
That's because they expect it to outperform an Ipad. It's like comparing a Lexus and a Corolla.
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That's because they expect it to outperform an Ipad. It's like comparing a Lexus and a Corolla.
Yeah, that was my take away as well.
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Thanks! She had one thing wrong you can sideload the Nook app on it. A few have already done it. No rooting needed.

I was a bit surprise the sideloading wasn't mention more but all in all good review as always.
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