Kindle Fire – tell

March 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

The soon to be launched new tablet from Amazon which was recently announced by Jeff Bezos on 28th September has been creating a huge buzz amongst tech enthusiasts. The Kindle Fire offers the functionality of a tablet and also a color e-Book reader, but at a very keen low price.

The Fire is designed primarily as a media consumption gismo which runs on a modified version of the Android Os. Does the Kindle Fire have what it takes to scorch the competition in the tablet world and be the tablet to beat or does it fall short? Read on to find out.

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Features of the Kindle Fire

Kindle Fire – tell

7 inch color (Ips) touch screen (1024 x 6000 display resolution)
8Gb internal warehouse memory
802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity
Amazon Cloud for unlimited warehouse of content
Lightweight, weighs just 413 grams
A particular payment provides up to 8 hours of usage
Headphone jack, built-in stereo speakers
Free 1 month trial of Amazon Prime

Design

The Kindle Fire bears a strong resemblance to the BlackBerry Playbook in terms of the weight and feel of the device. The invent itself is very streamlined, together with just a power button on the unit. With its relatively small dimensions of 7.5 x 4.7 x 0.45 inches, the Fire is small sufficient to fit in a reasonably sized pocket or be held one-handed.

Display

The 7-inch multi-touch display with Ips (in plane switching) provides a maximum resolution of 1024 x 600 at 16 million colors. The Isp technology used provides an exquisite range of viewing angles, allowing the display to be viewed at 178° and greater.

Despite having a lower resolution than the iPad, text on the Fire’s display looks crisp and sharp. The display doesn’t use e-Ink technology though however, so if you want a Kindle primarily for reading I propose one of the earlier models which feature an e-Ink display to minimize eye strain over extended periods.

Connectivity

The Fire isn’t too strong on the connectivity front. There is hold for Wi-Fi, but no hold for Bluetooth, 3G or Gps. The headphone jack is very handy for when you want to watch movies or listen to music in private.

User-interface

Amazon has taken a leaf from Apple’s book and opted for simplicity when designing the Fire. The user-interface is very easy and provides easy sailing via the touch screen. There is a screen to flip straight through all your digital content plus an icon tray to store your favourite items.

Final Thoughts

When all is said and done, the Kindle Fire isn’t an iPad killer, but it sure packs a punch with its spec and is a great entry for Amazon into the tablet market. The lack of cameras, extra internal warehouse options and 3G connectivity will be off-putting to some habitancy who are after a full-fledged tablet experience, but for many who are after a pure media consumption device, what the Fire delivers will suffice.

The low price point of the Fire and its media capabilities are hugely appealing, development it worth serious consideration for anyone interested in enjoying media on the move.

Kindle Fire – tell

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