The Amazon Kindle Fire reviews are in, and so far it seems they are mostly positive. With the web retailer already shipping these items out, customers have been snatching them up before the holidays. Will this device take out the Apple iPad as the new favorite tablet?
The new Amazon Kindle Fire currently sells at the online retail site for $199, with the device shipping out earlier this week. So far reviews are mixed on the item, mostly because it's not in the same group as the iPad, yet. The website Liliputing.com has given a roundup of the various reviews, with CNET, Engadget, Gizmodo, Mashable and PC magazine among those who are collected. Of note Gizmodo and PC Mag gave the device 4.5 out of 5 stars. CNET gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars.
The good aspects from the reviews are its strong media store integration using the Amazon cloud and it's affordability when compared to other options in the tablet market. The aspects that are disliked seem to be speed, the lack of GPS or removable storage, and no camera or mic. Engadget may sum it up best saying "it's a usable tablet that's best thought of as a device for buying content from Amazon."
Amazon is banking on that last aspect the most, because this device, as explained in the video below, really acts like a mobile cash register for Amazon. Users can head to the site, look up an item and buy it on the fly. There's a few important notes to consider as well. The Kindle Fire will run Flash so that means YouTube videos and other website content can work on the device. There's no camera, and no volume button on the sides, so expect future updates to probably address these early shortcomings. For now, this probably makes a good affordable option for those looking to continue their existing relationship with the Amazon.com website, or those who want a simple tablet for basic needs like web surfing, listening to music, checking out videos, and reading books.
Check out an unboxing of the Kindle Fire by Forbes in the YouTube video below. Will you be getting one of these devices or waiting for the next generation to be released?
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