Kindle Fire is an e-reader/tablet hybrid but it’s a bit outdated now. Outdated or not, it has still its usage preference. As we all know, Kindle started out as an eBook reader device, but with the high demands of the consumer asking for more in a gadget, guess they release a pretty much what their audience demand. But with these additional features, they have invited themselves to much bigger competitors in the market. The question is would they compete well with the features they offer?
So, what can we get out of this product?
Appearance. The device has a clean appearance with a minimalist view of design with 2 speakers, power button 3.5 mm headset jack micro USB port found on the bottom. The display is made of Gorilla Glass, which is a highly damage-resistant. It has rubberized back which particularly aids as cushion for fall impact of the device and for much easier to grip but it does not look or feel particularly stylish, but the entire assembly looks solid enough for me. It looks twice as big as I pad thus bigger in size, 7 inch display in high resolution, which precedes ease in reading and watching movies. Color reproduction is good and viewing angles are just as broad as you’d expect.
Performance and battery life. In terms of performance and battery life, it has dual-core 1GHz TI OMAP chip, but here paired with only 512MB of RAM and a mere 8GB of internal storage; meaning it can play movies, stream and download music fast and with ease but has occasional lags during interchanging phase of apps opened. The device supports 802.11b/g/n on 2.4GHz which renders no problem picking up and staying connected to wireless networks. The browser is quick and faster. The Battery life with multiple usage bringing mixed results. Like for rundown movie viewing led to around 5-6 hours of battery life while lighter reading or web browsing mixed with some video watching led to 10-11 hours overall, battery life varies and depends upon the apps that you use or play.
The same old core of purpose as I mention above with this device is the E-READING, the Kindle Fire though is difficult to read in bright day light or on the beach. The Kindle Fire can also handle magazines as well; however the display is just too small to be an enjoyable reading experience. To top it all, Fire also offers COMIC reading; Amazon has a wide variety of collection of comic books available for the Fire.
But what are the lacking features that most of us are looking for in a device? There is no SD slot card or expandable memory which means the data storage is restricted to what is available internally which gives us only 8Gb. But AMAZON provides you with additional storage through Amazon cloud Drive which gives you additional 5Gb free online storage to store anything you want. There are no cameras and no microphone meaning, no video calling available for this device. Moreover, Fire has no access to the Android Market, it lacks the core Google apps such as the Play Store, Google Maps, Gmail and YouTube. Furthermore, it has no Bluetooth which is a little uncomfortable in transferring data wirelessly.
In conclusion, Kindle Fire makes up a pretty decent device for people who still prioritize reading the most than other features available in a tablet. For short, it is still generally an Ebook reader device added with a touch of tablet features such as movie/music streaming and downloading, social hub applications but with boundaries such as video calling. But to compare this to other device such as ipad and Samsung tablet, it still needs more to accomplish. It only has its edge on the eBook reading stuff. The lack in Google features really pulls the device further down, AMAZON wanted to monopolize their product to themselves serving only what’s available on their store directly to their user device which pretty much restrict the users freedom to choose which is best for him/her.