Kindle Fire, 7-inch, $199 media consumption tablet from Amazon started shipping today. I’ve prepared a round-up of most useful articles, so that you can be able to answer a question: is this device for me?
This very detailed review includes analysis of the main interface, content, controls as well as features 28 pictures of the device. Ulanoff: “The Amazon Kindle Fire is a tablet that simply works”.
Fire comes with “thousands of apps” as the official statement says. There are Netflix, Hulu Plus, Facebook, Pandora and Angry Birds on board. Go to Amazon’s Kindle Fire Apps page and use a search box to find apps you’re interested in.
There were lots of “iPad-killer” articles around, but this one makes the point: Kindle Fire can compete with Apple’s famous tablet as a device to read newspapers and magazines. At launch Fire will offer 400 full-color subscription publications.
Those three devices are just released and they are direct competitors. Dear Author has a clean & simple comparison of features and technical specifications.
There are no video reviews of Kindle Fire yet, but if you want to see the tablet in action, here is a good video from live presentation:
Kindle Fire has a 7-inch screen but a second device is on the way, rumored to launch at the beginning of 2012. Some say it will have 10.1-inch screen, some – 8.9. Isn’t 7-inch screen too small? Check for yourself what is a difference in size.
In this review for CNN Money, JP Mangalindan asks questions about the future of Kindle Fire and explains why it is Amazon’s most important product ever.
What analysts say is one thing, what users say – it’s another. Lab 42 asked 500 Americans in the mid-October. More than 50% were hesitating.
Comparison between those two devices is inevitable and if you want to have it in one big picture, this infographic should make thing clear.
Users are apparently missing enough information and this article can answer a lot of questions. This is a simple list from Tech Radar with all important details about Amazon’s brand new device (I love lists like that).
Owners of Kindle Fire will receive with their device a one-month free membership of Amazon Prime. Free video streaming, but most importantly access to Kindle Owner’s Lending Library are good options to check.
A post in Los Angeles Times quotes a report from the Taiwanese news website DigiTimes: “Amazon already raised its order volume once in the middle of the third quarter, up from 3.5 million units originally to 4 million units.”
If you want to go through more reviews, from PC Magazine, CNet, Gizmodo and others, you’ll find summaries and commentary at the wonderful Digital Reader blog.
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As a bonus, some excerpts about Kindle Fire:
The Fire gives me the features I want at a price point that’s less than half of the iPad 2. I can check my email, browse the Internet, maybe play a few games, most importantly, I can read magazines in color on a Kindle.
At $199 the Fire is less than half the price of the Apple iPad, which starts at $499. It is the first tablet from a major company to seriously undercut the iPad in price.
– New York Times
Amazon’s Kindle Fire is likely to be the first successful tablet not sold by Apple, and there are several good reasons for it: the low price of $199, the convenient, portable size of 7 inches, and a rich catalog of books, movies and music offered through Amazon’s Web-based services.
– Ars Technica
This was what others say about Kindle Fire. What does Amazon say? Here’s an official page.