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Kindle Fire

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UPDATE September 2012 - With the comparatively-priced Nexus 7 tablet out now, and an official announcement of the Kindle Fire 2 expected to be made this month, I don't recommend anyone purchasing the Fire anymore unless you can find it at a discount. It is expected to be replaced with a new version within the next three months. I still think it's a decent e-reader/tablet hybrid and great for Prime members, but it's a bit outdated now.

The first and most important thing that should be said about the Kindle Fire is that this is not an "iPad-killer." It is not designed to be. I have seen so many articles and comments comparing this to the iPad, and surveys where people are asked if they will be buying a Kindle Fire over an iPad this Christmas. If you are expecting an iPad, or even a tablet, you will be disappointed. The main purpose of this device is to deliver Amazon content to you more effectively. It is designed for consumption, not creation. That is the reason it is so cheap and why Amazon is taking a loss on it. They are hoping to make up for that loss through sales of videos, music, books, and apps through Amazon's Web Services. You can also use it to view your own movies and media, but will find that it is more limited in that way than a regular tablet. Personally, as someone who has ordered several rentals from Amazon Video, and had to contact customer support for every single one of them due to problems with Amazon's Unbox player or purchases not appearing in my downloads, I can really appreciate this. But if you don't plan on using Amazon at all to obtain your media, you may want to take this into consideration before purchasing the Fire. Additionally, the reason this product is so hyped, and one of the reasons I like it so much, is due to the ridiculously low price. Amazon reviews shouldn't focus on price, but it is hard not to with this device. On price alone, this is a five star device. However when looked at the Fire overall, and when compared with other touch devices (what little there is to compare it to), I have to give it four stars, since there are a few areas I feel could use definite improvement.

FORM FACTOR - The Kindle Fire feels almost the same in my hand as my 3rd generation Kindle but it is a bit heavier. It might be difficult to hold it one handed and read a book for an hour or watch a movie. You're going to need to rest it on something. The display is made of Gorilla Glass, which is a highly damage-resistant. You can still crack it, but I have used a phone with Gorilla Glass for two years on it and it has zero scratches on it despite being kept daily in my pocket with my keys. The back of the tablet is rubberized, so it won't slide around and won't get scratched easily. It also feels good in my hand. Despite all the companies that will be selling them, I do not think you need a screen protector. I have scratched Gorilla Glass before, but it is very difficult to do.

CONNECTIONS/STORAGE - On the bottom are a headphone port (which will accept external speakers), micro-USB (for charging and file transfer), and power button. The Fire doesn't come with an SD card slot, with good reason. As mentioned, Amazon wants you to get content directly from them. It also reduces the production costs. You can transfer your own content to the device through the USB connection from your home computer. The Fire comes with 8Gb of storage, which is enough to hold about 8 downloaded movies, 80 apps, 800 songs, or 6,000 books. I filled mine up right away so I never checked it out of the box, but apparently it is closer to 6.5Gb as the OS is going to take up some of this. You have to really become adept at managing your content through the Cloud. Books won't take up much room, but magazines are around 250Mb and movies are a little under 1 Gb. Free videos available through Amazon Prime cannot be downloaded, only streamed. So unless you buy a movie from Amazon or transfer one of your own, you must be connected through a wi-fi connection in order to watch your movie.

AMAZON CLOUD - If you have not tried out the Amazon Cloud Drive, you will be pleasantly surprised. You get 5Gb (which they will probably increase in the near future) of free online storage to store anything you want, and you can access it from anywhere. This combines very nicely with the Fire. 5Gb isn't much for my collection, so I upgraded to a higher plan (rates are $1 per extra gigabyte per year). I can upload a playlist to it and listen to it on my home computer, then when I get to work the Fire can access it and pick it up where I left off. Any songs you get from Amazon Mp3 are automatically stored on the Cloud and don't contribute to the 5Gb storage space.

E-READER - This was going to be the big determination in whether I should get a Fire or the new Kindle Touch. Ultimately I ended up getting both since I prefer the E-Ink technology to the backlit display of the Fire. If you are the type of person who reads a lot and expect to spend at least 50% of your use on reading books, I don't think you will be satisfied with the Fire over your Kindle 3 or the Kindle Touch, Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display - includes Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers. It just isn't the same, and after hours of reading, the display would make my eyes hurt a bit (just like with any tablet). However it is nice not to have to use a lighted cover to see my books in the dark. The Kindle Fire is difficult to read in bright sunlight or on the beach. The touch navigation is very nice, but it doesn't function as nicely or quickly as it does on the iPad or even the Kindle Touch. This can be a problem for me, and the main reason I am using the Kindle Touch for reading books. Additionally, the Fire doesn't support real page numbers, even though the Touch does. So you have to use that ridiculous "location 121 of 16077 - 2%" format. A year of that with my last Kindle and I still don't understand what that means. They need to fix this in an update. Being able to touch a word and have it bring up the dictionary is incredibly convenient and takes less than 2 seconds. But still, the Kindle Touch handily beats the Fire for reading.

MAGAZINES - The Kindle Fire can also handle magazines, however the display is just too small to be an enjoyable reading experience. I tried out several different magazines, and the main problem I had was with the formatting. I tried to read an issue of Bon Appetit and my eyes were straining after three pages. There is no way to read a single article without zooming. The Fire handles magazines two ways: with Page View, which shows the original magazine display, and with Text View, which attempts to just provide the text of the article. A lot of magazines these days have several things going on in one page, with multiple columns, little sidebars and boxes everywhere, etc. I couldn't view a lot of this without zooming, the text is just too small. So Page View did not work very well for magazines like this. It is especially tough with magazines like Entertainment Weekly, Men's Health, GQ, etc. I found magazines like that unreadable on the 7" display. Magazines that focused mostly on the article, like Nature, Wired, etc, were handled much better. Some magazines even come integrated with embedded video and audio, which is a very nice feature, and one I can see being very useful for things like Men's Health, but I haven't had as much of a chance to use it yet. Text View is a very nice feature that works mostly well, but seems to get a bit confused with magazines that have complicated formatting, so it pretty much defeats the purpose since those are the ones I need it for the most.

COMIC READER - This is one of the main reasons I purchased the Fire. Amazon has a fairly extensive collection of comic books available for the Fire, including an exclusive deal with DC to publish many of their books. In addition to a proprietary comic reader that comes on the Fire, Amazon also has a Comics by ComiXology app available to purchase issues and subscriptions through. Although I initially thought the 7" display would be too small, it is actually decent enough to serve as a comic reader. I would definitely prefer a 10" version if they came out with one in the future. A 10" tablet is still the way to go for comics, but if you're looking for a cheaper option and portability, the Fire isn't too bad, and definitely beats a smart phone. It has a "panel by panel" feature that lets you scroll through the issue by different panels, which it will then zoom in on. You tap the panel when done, and it moves to the next panel. This is great for getting a larger view and working around the size restriction, especially since some of the text in the comics is just too small to read. Although it is fairly decent, if you are considering the Fire just for comic books, and you are a Marvel fan, you may want to hold off and look at another retailer's device which I think has a few more options. You can load your own .cbr comic files on the Kindle, but you'll need to use a third party app, like Comicat to do it.

AMAZON MP3/VIDEO - Amazon hopes that you will get the majority of your content from them. That is why the Fire is so reasonably-priced. Amazon music is DRM-free. DRM is copy protection. That means that the record labels haven't locked down the music you buy from Amazon to restrict how you use it. Amazon MP3 music is playable anywhere, even on your Apple devices. It also has a very high bitrate so you are getting great quality. You don't have to worry about not being able to listen to your music 15 years from now if Amazon goes under. It's yours forever. As far as video, I have always disliked Amazon's Video services. The prices are very reasonable and they now have a huge selection, but obtaining the videos is a huge pain due to Amazon's terrible Unbox player. That changes with the Fire, as everything is native and streams/downloads beautifully. If you make a lot of purchases with Amazon, or if you have several Amazon customers in your household, you should take advantage of their Prime program. In addition to the large selection of free videos now available to Prime members, the shipping advantages are amazing. I once had a 200 lb exercise bike overnighted to my house for only $3.99. Everything I order I get within 2 days. The Prime program seems expensive but it has certainly paid for itself over the years for me, and now is even better that it is integrated more with the Fire. The only problem I have with video playback is that everything I watched did not fully expand to the screen, and was letterboxed. Considering the small 7" display size, this was an annoyance for me. I know shows have different aspect ratios, but some should fit the display, and I think many users will be annoyed that they can't zoom or stretch the display to fit.

WEB BROWSING - This is another feature I was initially excited about. I like the idea of being able to use the Fire as a netbook. Amazon advertises "ultra fast web browsing" using Amazon's Silk browser. It is based off of technology that is designed to increase page loading times by pre-fetching part of the content. Sounds like a great idea, but doesn't work as well in practice. I tried out the Fire on several different connections and compared page loading times with other devices (all connected wirelessly). The Fire was one of the slowest. Amazon's own web page, which has actually recently been optimized to work with the Fire, takes an average of 7 seconds to load. Other major portals took a similar amount of time or slower. My iPad and my Xoom both load pages much faster. It is not slow enough to be a problem, but not fast enough to impress me or be worthy of Amazon's marketing regarding it. This needs to be improved. UPDATE - As of February 2012, page loading times are much improved. It can still be a bit slow and stutter at times, but you can increase this by following the steps at the bottom of this review. I am mostly satisfied with browsing now, although Silk still occasionally won't recognize it when I touch a link.

BATTERY LIFE - Amazon advertises 8 hours of reading or 7.5 hours of video playback. As an average, that's probably fairly accurate. During testing I got an average of 7.4 hours of continuous reading, and 7 hours of video playback over five tests for each. This is a big change over the roughly 30 days of continuous reading with the traditional kindle, so it may hamper you a bit if you're a voracious reader. I just got into the habit of charging it every night with my cell phone. You can shut down the Kindle or put it in sleep mode. I keep mine in sleep mode all the time because it is so efficient that it uses almost no battery. I can leave it in sleep mode for 2 days and come back and not notice any change in battery life, and since I don't have to reboot, it starts up immediately.

VS IPAD - As said, this isn't designed to be an iPad. I have an iPad and there is so much more I can do with it compared to the Kindle. The Fire serves a different (but sometimes similar) function. I just don't ever see Amazon building up the type of app store that Apple has, and that's where you're going to find the major differences. Additionally, the 10" display on the iPad makes a huge difference to me over the Fire's 7" display when it comes to watching movies and TV, and reading magazines and comic books. However, I think there is definitely room for the Fire to steal some of iPad's market share, as many people (I am one of them), will find the functions they want in a tablet can be covered by the Fire.

USER INTERFACE - The Fire uses a heavily modified version of Android. I really liked the interface, however I don't think it works as well on the Fire as it does on a full tablet device like the Motorola Xoom. Occasionally I would try to make a page turn and have it not register on the Fire, or have it register more slowly than I am used to. If you have a lot of experience with the iPad, you are going to notice that the software doesn't respond as quickly on the Fire as it does with other tablets. Although this is an inconvenience and something I definitely feel needs to be addressed, I can accept it given the lower price point. I will have a problem though if this is not resolved through a firmware upgrade in the future. The Fire's custom version of Android is very nice. The most recent applications or files accessed will display in a carousel format that you can rotate through. You can also set up commonly-used applications as favorites. If you want to access movies and pictures that you manually load onto the Fire, you have to open up the "Gallery" app, rather than accessing them from the "Videos" and "Photos" tabs. The gallery app does not very user-friendly at displaying these files. For instance, it just creates thumbnails for all your video files and doesn't let you view the file names when selecting a video. If you have dozens of videos from a single TV show, there is no easy way to organize them in the gallery. It's clear Amazon wants you to view their videos purchased from them rather than your own. I would really like to see them fix this through a simple firmware update but I doubt they will.

NEGATIVES:

- No bluetooth and no HDMI. I could really use bluetooth for integration with bluetooth-capable speakers and so I can use bluetooth audio in my car. As a media player, I feel this really should have been included, and I imagine it will with future versions. This is especially important since the audio from the speakers is a bit tinny and weak. I have been using headphones with all my media-playing, which significantly improves the sound. There is also no physical volume button, which is a pain when you need to silence the device quickly (EDIT: You can sideload the "Volume Control" app by RubberBigPepper" from the Android Market for a great software workaround to this). I also would like HDMI output so I can take my Amazon video purchases and watch them on my TV. Another big disadvantage in a device that is made for media. This will also likely be included in a future edition, so at $200, I don't feel bad about possibly having to upgrade a year from now to get it.

- Only 8Gb storage space. As mentioned, this device is mainly designed to integrate with Amazon's Cloud, so 8 should be enough, but it would be nice to have at least 16. I imagine Amazon did this on purpose to force people to use their Cloud service.

- Touch capability can sometimes be sluggish. iPad and other tablet owners may be disappointed with the touch reaction time and some aspects of the software.

- Video doesn't include option to zoom or stretch the display to fit the screen.

- Very limited selection of apps from the Amazon App Store. Most of the apps are mediocre games. UPDATE - you can get around this by manually loading apps onto the Fire. Do a search for "sideload kindle fire." It is very easy.

- Web "Accelerator" is not as fast as other tablets.

- No Micro-USB transfer cable included with it. Another way for Amazon to discourage you from transferring your own files to the device. If you want to do that, you will need to purchase one separately, like the AmazonBasics USB Cable - 2.0 A Male to Micro B (6 Feet / 1.8 Meters).

SUMMARY: Bottom line, you will not find a cheaper device out there for streaming music, video, and books than the Kindle Fire. The reason that this device is so amazing is not for what it can do, but for what it can do at such a cheap price. The price tag, not the technology, is the story here. Although I definitely feel there is room for improvement and will be interested in seeing Amazon's second generation of this device (which I think will be significantly improved), the Kindle Fire is a solid start. If you can wait a year or more for Amazon to work out the kinks with the Fire (like it did with its 1st generation of the Kindle), you should definitely do that. The next version should fix a lot of the problems that keep the current Fire from being a "Five Star" product. Unfortunately, reviews shouldn't focus on price, so due to some issues with the form factor and touch interface, I can only give it four stars. It is just not "perfect" enough for me to say it is a five star product without taking price into consideration. But aside for that, there is really only one device you can compare the Fire to - The Nook. So for what it is, I would have no problems recommending the Fire to consumers who can take advantage of it. This product more than lives up to what it is DESIGNED to do. If you plan on getting most of your content from Amazon AND you have a Prime membership, I think you will really find this is a pretty incredible device for the money.

UPDATE 28 Dec 2011: After getting a new case for the Fire that makes it easier to hold, I'm starting to use it more for reading (although I still prefer my Kindle Touch for anything over about 45 minutes). Some magazines are now better adapted to the Fire liked my subscription to Wired, and some are still terrible and just compressed PDFs. An update released last week adds more privacy features so you can delete recent history form the carousel, and does improve noticeably on the touch sensitivity, although it can still be frustrating at times and not as smooth as something like an iPad. Browser loading times are still disappointing, but not as bad as they were at first release, and I don't notice them as much. I am continually impressed at battery usage for this device. Despite using it less than an hour a day, I never turn it off and only charge it a couple times a week. The rest of the time it sits in standby mode which is extremely efficient. If they could improve a couple more options I'd be closer to giving the Fire five stars.

UPDATE 7 Feb 2012: I have been able to update the browser significantly by doing the following: Open up the browser and select the menu button at the bottom, select the Settings button, and then change the following options:

Enable plug-ins: Change this to "off." This will disable Flash, so if you have any web sites that need it you can re-enable it (YouTube works fine).

Accelerate page loading: Uncheck this. If your wifi connection is decent, it's not really necessary.

Mobile (This one is optional, but I prefer to view everything in mobile mode rather than having Silk trying to force a desktop view on a 7" screen."

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great device, you will enjoy it, November 15, 2011

By jjceo (Greenwood, Indiana) - See all my reviews

(HALL OF FAME REVIEWER) (TOP 10 REVIEWER)

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

I picked mine up today at Best Buy. At home I plugged it in and set up the WIFI and my Amazon account and it immediately told me that an update was downloading. After about 10 to 12 minutes it rebooted and started working. I own an iPhone, iPad 2, HP Touchpad and a Kindle Keyboard version. This device compares with the Ipad. The reviews that blast the Kindle Fire as being no good are just not true. I am a retired CEO and computer Guru and have a great WIFI set up in my home. Here is my quick and dirty review:

WIFI fast and easy to set up and use

Keyboard types great, much better than the HP Touchpad and as good if not better than the iPad.

Display high resolution comparable to the iPad 2

The device downloaded my 100 books in minutes. Most books downloaded to the device in 3 to 4 seconds. A couple of large books took 5 seconds and I am talking about books with 800 pages!

Web browsing is extremely fast. I loaded up a dozen sites that I go to with complex screens and they took 2 to 3 seconds to load. The people who are complaining should fix their WIFI instead of complaining about the Kindle Fire. I see no problem and the speed on the sites I tested is comparable to the iPad 2. One site for a local TV station took about 8 seconds and the screens are complex and contain a lot of videos and changing photos.

Apps load and work great, Facebook, Words With Friends and the Weather Channel loaded fast and work quickly.

Scrolling works very fast and responsive on the capacitive touch screen. Better than the HP Touchpad

Video download is very fast and I have no complaints.

Sound is very good on the device. Much louder than on my iPad 2 device. I saw several reviews blasting the Kindle Fire and in my opinion the sound is better than the iPad 2.

I put the Kindle Fire into a case I purchased from Oberondesign and it fit tightly, but it did fit.

The Kindle Fire is more portable and easier to hold than the iPad and HP Touchpad.

The power button is bad. It is easy to bump and it is right next to the power plug. I have already turned the device off 4 times by accident while doing the testing. I was unplugging the power cable and touched the switch every time. This switch should have been on the top of the device.

Overall the Kindle fire is a 9 out of 10. For the price it is a 10 out of 10.

I am not a professional reviewer nor am I a paid reviewer. The Kindle fire is worth the money and it works well. What happens after 5 million users get onto Amazon is a new test that Amazon must prove they can handle.

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Please look at one of my later comments on an excellent WIFI APP tool than could help you test your home WIFI system. Amamzon sells it and it is free!

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Update 12-21-2011

Amazon has made an update to the Kindle Fire operating system effective today. Make sure that your Kindle Fire is fully charged or plugged in and press the power button for about 20 seconds. Turn on the Kindle Fire by pressing the on button again and it will begin to come on slowly. It will be downloading the update. After it starts it will shut down automatically and then restart again. When the swipe arrow comes on, swipe it and enter your password (If you have one) and your Kindle will start. Be patient when downloading this and wait for the Kindle Fire to totally restart!

The new operating system is number 6.2.1 and it was 6.2. You can check this by touching the small gear in the upper RH corner, touch "+More", touch "Device" and then looking at the entry for the "System Version".

Major changes that I can see:

-Memory is now segmented into two parts that are available to you. The first is Application Storage which is set at 1.17 GB. It will appear at the top of the device screen and you can see how much is used for Apps. This is the memory allocated for your down loaded and resident Apps.

- The remaining memory is called Internal Storage and it is now 5.37 GB for your books, movies and other storage besides Apps. It is listed below the Application Storage.

-When looking at the Settings page you will see a new access for "Restrictions" which allows you to enable a password to turn WIFI access OFF or ON. If you enable this you will be asked to enter a password, (Minimum of 4 characters) that will allow you to turn Off the WIFI access. You have now just enabled a "child" mode where you can play games, read books, or do anything that is installed on your Kindle Fire. You will not be able to get new email, browse the internet, buy anything, or communicate in any way to the Web as the WIFI is turned off. You will see a key in the upper RH corner where before you saw the WIFI strength indicator. The key symbol means the WIFI is locked OFF. DO NOT FORGET YOUR PASSWORD! Remember you can do anything that is on your Kindle but you cannot download anything from the "Cloud" so make sure that your Kindle has everything you want to do on it resident in the Kindle memory. In order to enable the WIFI you must touch the key symbol, touch WIFI, touch WIFI "ON", enter your password and click OK. Your WIFI will reconnect in about 5 seconds.

-You are able to remove anything from the Carousel by simply touching it for a few seconds and then selecting "Remove from Carousel". This is a nice new feature and you can still access your books or Apps by using the menu bar items above the Carousel.

- Amazon states that operation fluidity and performance enhancements have be added but it is difficult to see what they are as the device does so much you don't know where to look for the enhancements.

-Amazon states that the touch navigation is more responsive and again it is difficult to see changes. I do seem to notice that the back arrow symbol on the bottom of the screen seems to be more responsive.

There is a post on Amazon to download this update using a computer and a micro-USB cable but I have updated two Kindle Fires using the method I discuss above without a problem. If you would like to look at the Amazon post look here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=hp_k6_updatesi?nodeId=200790620

Many people may not own a micro-USB cable.

I could not use the automatic update mode where it says to touch the "Update Your Kindle" button on the Kindle Fire under the Device page as that selection was grayed out. Cycling the power to do a hard reset forced the download automatically. You should receive this update automatically on your Kindle Fire in a day or two after it begins the automatic update roll-out.

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3.0 out of 5 stars I want to love it, I really do. But I can't., November 15, 2011

By waetherman - See all my reviews

(TOP 500 REVIEWER)

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

As a long-time Kindle fan I was eager to get my hands on a Fire. For the most part I've found that it does what I wanted it to, which is be the one device I can take with me anywhere. There are some great features; the reader app is excellent (though not without flaws), the app store experience is terrific, videos are fantastic, and the device is quick and for the most part dead-simple to use, all thanks to the services Amazon provides. And of course the extras that come with Prime membership really make it a real value - I won't be cancelling my Netflix streaming account just yet (watching Netflix on the Fire works very well) but I imagine within a year Amazon's free streaming video catalog will be just as good as Netflix. The free "lending library" book every month really is the icing on the cake though, and makes Prime membership a no-brainer. The hardware itself is solid and has a quality feel, it's just the right size for one-handed use, and the screen is fantastic (for an LCD screen) with good brightness and excellent color, and a very wide viewing angle. So as a reader, video player and music streaming device the Fire excels, and as an occasional browsing, emailing, game playing tablety thing it does pretty well.

But there are some downsides too; the small bezel size makes holding it without inadvertent page-turns difficult, the lack of buttons makes controls harder, the accessible storage memory is limited to just 5GB, which seems awfully small when carrying my own video content on a trip, and overall the interface of the system is just a little awkward and unfinished. Sometimes the back button doesn't work, buttons are hard to push accurately or launch the wrong function, navigation isn't exactly intuitive, etc. Particularly annoying are things like the way that almost half the screen is taken up by menu bars when browsing in landscape mode, the "momentum" of the browsing not stopping, menu bars that sometimes just pop up randomly while reading, and the navigation of Newsstand content like the New York Times is incredibly awkward. And then there's the jerkiness that happens when browsing or navigating other content; to me, this just shouldn't happen when reading a book. This is a Kindle, after all.

On the missing or unfinished side its disappointing that there isn't even a little bit of social media built in - no sharing clips of books or newsstand material via email, FB or twitter. Also missing is the "read out loud" found on other Kindles, and the new "X-Ray" feature found on the other new Kindles. There is no archiving or syncing personal documents - they have to be mailed individually to the Fire. And there's no page numbers in the books - c'mon, Amazon, this is even available for the old Kindles at this point. The browser lacks some basic functionality like being able to rearrange bookmarks, and other little annoyances. The email application is very basic, and doesn't always format text properly, and doesn't have simple things like a landscape mode to view a list of messages. But the biggest "unfinished" feature of the Fire is the Cloud integration; the Cloud doesn't work hand-in-glove with the Fire in the way you think it might. In order to access features like the video or the docs, you basically have to go through a browser the way you would from any other device. For the most part the Cloud acts only as a digital locker for items purchased from Amazon, not seamlessly as a repository for any kind of content you want to access from the Fire. The way the Cloud seems to be marketed, and the way it should work, is that the Fire and the Cloud should work seamlessly together for all kinds of content; if you upload your own movie from your PC to the Cloud, you should see it in your Video tab on the Fire, and be able to stream it or download it. If you upload folders of work documents to the Cloud, they should be available to browse and download from the Fire's Doc tab. But that's not the way it works. For whatever reason, the Fire's using a Frankenstein mix of the Cloud, Kindle digital library, the app store, and local storage to handle content needs. It just isn't quite ready for prime time, and it isn't what people are expecting when they pick up the Fire.

All of these little things add up to make what could be a great device merely adequate. Many will be able to overlook these problems and enjoy the Kindle Fire for what it is; an inexpensive all-in-one-entertainment device. I only point them out to remind people that they should not expect perfection from the Kindle Fire, at least not out of the box. Over the next few months it's possible (likely) that many of the problems I have could be fixed with software revisions - i.e. the bezel problem could be fixed by making the margins in the reader app non-active, for instance, and the problem with the menus taking up too much room could be fixed by making them accessible via swipe-up or swipe-down. Hopefully Amazon is already working on these things. Until then, I'm trying to learn to live with the Fire as best I can. Maybe I can learn to love it.

NOTE: This review has been edited slightly since it was originally posted for the purposes of clarity and to answer questions that have come up in the comments thread to this review. Please leave a comment if you need clarification or think that something has been missed.

UPDATE NOV 30: a recent software update seems to have fixed several of the above problems, specifically the system speed and page-turning speed are better, and the button response is much improved. Random menus no longer appear when reading, momentum in the browser doesn't seem to be a problem anymore, and the carousel is much easier to use as a result of it having slightly more "friction" in paging through the most recent items used.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Value at $199 and Full of Functionality / Bells / Whistles, November 15, 2011

By Michael Gallagher (Houston, TX) - See all my reviews

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This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

I've had a chance to play with the Kindle Fire for a few hours now, and overall I think it is a great tool /toy when you factor in the cost of ownership and what you get. Compared to $500 minimum for the introductory price of the bottom of the line iPad2 (WiFi only), at $199 this is a great buy.

Using a Wifi connection at two different locations, the speed was pretty fast connecting to the Amazon server as well as to a couple of Internet sites. I had fast connectivity and display on Fox News, CNN, my personalized Yahoo page, and the website of the International Association of Penturners (hey, I do have hobbies!). I had slow connectivity at both Wifi locations with Google, ESPN, MSNBC, the Houston Chronicle, and the Weather Channel - I hope the unique app for ESPN and the Weather Channel are a lot faster, but I haven't loaded them onto the Fire yet. I will point out with the exception of the Google website, those other sites listed as slow are usually slow on my other handheld devices such as my Droid phone and my work iPad2 (yes, the Kindle guy owns and uses an iPad for work purposes). The web browser is called Silk, and it is nice and user-friendly.

Let's talk about what I see as the benefits first:

The screen size to me is just right for what I will be using it for - I have used an iPad and the screen is larger - but I did watch about 15 minutes of an episode of season 3 of 24 on the Fire and I didn't have screen envy or felt like I was missing anything. The sound quality was good, but I listened to it mainly with a set of headphones so I wouldn't wake my kids.

Concerning size of the overall unit - not too heavy or bulky and it fits nice in your hand. I have it in one of the Marware covers and it just "feels" right: that's not a firm statement for a review, I know, but what else can I say? Holding the iPad feels a little bulky at times but the Fire is just a little bit larger than my Kindle keypad, so I was pretty much conditioned to this size over the past few years. Compared to the iPad, the Fire doesn't generate near as much heat.

Speed of the apps as well as reading a book is VERY fast and responsive. I haven't tried a a challenging spreadsheet or Word document with the Open Office app yet, but then again I can't think of too many times where (based on my guesstimated usage) I will be doing those kind of tasks on my Fire: I like to keep my work separate from play. Maybe the time will come when business applications will become more prevalent with the Fire, but that's a story for another day.

Back to the pricing - $199 is an absolute steal for a unit with this many features. Compare that to an iPad2 at more than twice the price for a few more inches of screen space. Some people really want that, but it doesn't bother me. You will also receive a month free of Prime membership and I highly recommend you try out the benefits, which are more than free two-day shipping. You get full access to thousands of movies and tv shows for free. You can give them a test drive on your Fire and see if it is for you or not. I already rent a lot of movies to my Tivo via Amazon, and I can see the functionality of the free movies combined with the for rent options being able to be played on this device as very compelling for when I go on business trips.

And, for those of you I've been playing Words with Friends with, this morning's moves were made on the Fire - the touchscreen worked flawlessly.

I transferred some music to the Fire and it works like a charm. I haven't had enough time to really dive deep into this feature yet and come up with a playlist or jukebox list, but the sounds quality was nice: not too loud and not too soft.

Here are some potential negatives:

I don't think I will be reading too much on this device. Who knows, that opinion may change, but I REALLY like the Kindle for reading with its eInk screen. I read a lot outside or in bright light, and based upon my experiences with reading on an iPad the eInk is better than the full color for reading outside. However, my youngest child really likes the full color resolution as the books he likes to read has a lot of pictures in it (he's in elementary school). So, to each their own. I didn't purchase the Fire for reading, but more for entertainment.

As mentioned above, the screen is smaller than an iPad. That doesn't bother me (see comments above), but it may bother some people where size matters or they have to have the "biggest" of this and that.

I really wish they would have shipped this thing with a micro USB cord: if there is one in the packaging I missed it. Luckily, I have a few of them in the house, so I wasn't too put out. I imagine they did that to keep the overall cost at $199.

There are lots of apps available for the Fire because it uses the DROID platform, but Apple lovers will pound their chest and say "but we have over a million apps" blah blah blah. I think you should look at the QUALITY of the app vs. the quantity, as there is certainly a lot of junk in the iPad app store (as there is the DROID store), but your basic functionality for the apps I want / need are there.

Overall, at $199 this is an extremely great value to me and well worth it: Amazon has hit a home run with this one. If you haven't grabbed one now, get one before they run out before Christmas!

EDIT TO ADD:

Okay, I've tried to add this twice and it bombed, so hopefully the third time is the charm. Email setup was very easy - it took about a minute to setup my main Google account, and I was able to send a test message to another account as well as receive and reply to other emails. I sent a picture via email to the Fire and it showed crisp and clear.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Fire - the FAQ, November 14, 2011

By A. Dent "Aragorn" (Minas Anor, GD) - See all my reviews

(VINE VOICE) (#1 Hall OF FAME REVIEWER) (#1 REVIEWER) (REAL NAME)

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

I tried to make the first 2 sections as informative and as objective as possible, hoping that anyone not yet decided whether they want a Fire or not may find this at least marginally useful. The rest and the star rating should be heavily influenced by my own subjectivity and biases.

PLAYING WITH FIRE (USABILITY)

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[NOTE added on Aug. 1, 2012]

Q: The Fire was released back in 2011. Should I buy this model today?

A: No. The Fire was a great buy during the year it was launched and shortly thereafter but, as time went by, newer and better tablets became available and Amazon is likely to announce an updated and upgraded version before the end of the year. In the second half of 2012 tablets such as the Nexus 7 matched the Fire's price and greatly surpassed it in features: faster CPU, better screen resolution, camera, Blue-tooth, GPS, microphone, open to the larger Android world and running the latest version of Android. The best course of action would be to hold on until Amazon announces its new model(s), then make an informed decision.

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Q: Do I get free and unrestricted access the Web?

A: Yes. The Silk, multi-tabbed browser allows access to just about anything on the Web.

Q: Can I store songs, video, photos on the Fire?

A: Yes. The Fire has about 5GB of physical storage space. In addition, Amazon offers 5GB of free 'cloud' online storage for non-Amazon media.

Q: Is the 5GB of physical storage large enough for, let's say, 50 apps, 1000 songs, 1000 photos and 100 home videos?

A: Yes, except for the home videos.

Q: Does 'Kindle' indicate that this is a true reader, like the other Amazon Kindles?

A: No. The Fire is a customized Android tablet with a backlit touchscreen. While it does come with a Kindle app accessed through the 'Books' tap on the home screen, the reading experience is similar to that from any other tablet.

Q: Does the Fire make it easy to access Amazon content?

A: Yes. The Fire was designed to facilitate that. You will have easy and immediate access to you Amazon-purchased books, music, video and apps and to their related stores so that you may purchase more.

Q: Does the Fire make it easy to access non-Amazon content?

A: No. You can transfer and retrieve/play non-DRM content directly into the Fire via an USB cable. Anything stored on Amazon's Cloud that's non Amazon-purchased shouldn't exceed 5GB or you will have to pay a fee for the additional storage.

Q: If I have another Android tablet/phone, will I have all the already-purchased apps available on the Fire?

A: Yes and No. YES for all the apps downloaded from Amazon's Appstore and NO for all others.

Q: Are 'major' apps such as Netflix or Pandora preinstalled?

A: No but they are easy, quick and free downloads from Amazon's Appstore.

Q: Is the Amazon Appstore the default store for Android apps?

A: Yes. And Amazon would like it to be the only store.

Q: Do I have access to non-Amazon Android app stores?

A: No. Or not unless you are prepared to engage in some serious tinkering. While you can install Amazon's Appstore on any Android tablet from Google's Marketplace, Amazon's Appstore does not carry a Google Marketplace app at the time I'm writing this.

Q: Can I install apps from sources other than the Amazon's Appstore?

A: Yes but it's not easy. A Fire setting will enable the installing of non-Amazon Appstore apps but, without access to third-party app stores, some skills are required.

Q: Are there any Google apps available at the Appstore?

A: Not at the time I'm writing this.

Q: Is it easy to buy Amazon digital or non-digital merchandise through the Fire?

A: Yes, it's very easy. Fire is built to facilitate that.

Q: Is it possible to turn off 1-Click?

A: Yes and No. 1-Click can be disabled for non-digital purchases but it can NOT be disabled for digital purchases.

Q: Can I prevent my kids or anyone else from making purchases while using the Fire?

A: You can password-protect access to the Fire itself but, once in, it's impossible to prevent 1-Click ordering of digital content.

Q: Are there ANY restrictions I can set?

A: You can disable in-app purchases or you can set parental controls with a PIN for in-app purchases if enabled. Post-patch, you can password-protect Wi-Fi.

Q: Are 'parental controls' limited to requiring PINs for in-app purchases?

A: Yes.

Q: Is it possible to make any of my past digital purchases disappear from Fire's 'cloud'?

A: No. (According to Amazon's Customer Service rep.)

Q: Would Amazon allow me to 'return' digital items that I (or someone else using my Fire) ordered by mistake?

A: I was told by a Customer Service person that there is a 7-day refund policy on digital items. Not tested by me.

Q: Does the purchase come with any perks?

A: Yes. You get one-month free Amazon Prime which translates in free 2-day shipping and access to Amazon's streaming video library.

Q: Did the Dec. 20, 2011 patch address all parental control and unrestricted 1-Click issues?

A: No. Password-protecting Wi-Fi access does not address these issues because it's an 'all or nothing', crude and ineffective answer to real concerns. Password-protecting Wi-Fi is not a solution to anyone who would like to allow access to most cloud content but restrict or block 1-Click purchases and access to certain categories of content.

INTO THE FIRE (SPECS AND FEATURES)

Q: Is the Fire display bright and sharp?

A: Yes.

Q: Is battery life on par with today's expectation?

A: About 4 hours of battery life are a little bit less than what competition offers.

Q: How does the Fire connect to the outside world?

A: Fire is a Wi-Fi device. There is no 3G/4G. You can also connect and transfer connect from a PC/laptop via the USB port.

Q: Can the Fire be charged from a laptop or a standard USB charger?

A: Not very efficiently. The charger that comes with the Fire is rated 1.8A/5V. Generic USB chargers output a lot less than 1.8A.

Q: Does the Fire have cameras?

A: No.

Q: Does the Fire have a microphone?

A: No.

Q: Does the Fire have a motion sensor?

A: Yes.

Q: Does the Fire come with GPS, compass, IR sensors?

A: No.

Q: Does the Fire have Bluetooth?

A: No.

Q: Does the Fire have an HDMI port?

A: No.

Q: Is there any way to pair a physical keyboard, speakers or some display device with the Fire?

A: Not at the time I'm writing this.

Q: What are the sound output options?

A: Sound outputs through the speakers or through the headphones port.

Q: Absent volume control buttons, is it possible to control volume through Fire's virtual controls from within an app?

A: It depends on the app. Some apps do not allow it.

Q: Is Fire's storage expandable through memory cards?

A: No.

Q: Is CPU performance adequate?

A: Yes.

KINDLING THE FIRE (my conclusions and rating)

I found the Fire to be a good pick for anyone seeking a small, portable interface into the digital content world 'out there', especially but by no means limited to Amazon-provided content. However, for anyone who would like to share their Kindle, the Fire may be a little too hot to handle at this time, especially if you are sharing it with kids or if it's meant to be used by a kid. Please read my note at the bottom of this review for the details. I also listed Fire's other issues with the hope that I may be able to help anyone not sure whether the Fire is indeed what they want.

After several months of me and my daughter playing with the Fire I can say that I am generally pleased with my purchase. I will be thrilled once Amazon addresses at least the huge problem having to do with parental controls over Fire-made purchases. I also hope that Amazon open the Fire a little bit more to non-Amazon content sources and... please... I want my Gmail app.

The Fire is Okay because it's an inexpensive, easy to use, capable, not fully locked tablet. It makes it easy to buy and 'consume' all kinds DRMed of media, especially that which is stored in Amazon's cloud (free for all Amazon purchases) and I had little difficulty adding my own DRM-free content. The Fire is not a replacement for PCs or laptops but no tablets are. I don't miss an outward looking camera because there are much better alternatives to taking pics with a tablet but a little cam looking at user's face and a mic (video calls) would add significant value to a good product. Then, of course, there are the issues I listed above.

I'm going to grant the Fire 3 stars at this time. Three stars mean "It's Okay." My rating could and should improve once Amazon addresses some of the issues I listed above.

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NOTE on 1-CLICK PURCHASES (playing with FIRE revisited)

It is currently impossible to turn off 1-Click purchases of most media on the Fire. This is quite an issue for anyone who has kids, especially if the user happens to be the kid. The way the Fire is currently set up you are going to get your song or your movie or your book almost the instant you touch them while browsing through the store. This may be okay when you are using a laptop because you can set multiple accounts and make sure that only those authorized can order things but the Fire can be easily shared and I'm not aware of a way that would allow both multiple accounts and the ability to access the purchased media at the same time.

To make the story short, it is possible to set some controls but at the App Store only but it's only for in-app purchases. The other media stores: music, movies, books do not allow for any restrictions such as asking for a password or PIN before completing a purchase transaction. The Customer Support person I discussed this verified that this is indeed the case and she promised to forward my feedback to the higher ups. Until then, I am and I will continue to be very concerned. Not that our daughter would knowingly buy the entire Amazon movie library without my permission but that, possibly, one of her friends would do that without being fully aware of what she is doing. Amazon MUST address this or sell the Fire as an 'adults only' product.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great device and an excellent value, November 14, 2011

By Learn Richly "Learn Richly dot com" (Indiana) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

SHORT SUMMARY: WHO SHOULD BUY A KINDLE FIRE

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The Fire is an all-around excellent device, especially for the price.

DO BUY IT, without hesitation, if you want to consume media by yourself or with one other person (max). For example, if you read books and other Kindle content, surf the web, look at photos and want to watch Amazon Instant Videos (Movies & TV) or web-based video sites, then the Kindle will serve your needs well.

DON'T buy it if you consume as a group or want to do any creation other than the occasional social media post. Watching movies with many other people is hard (7" isn't that big), and the lack of keyboard options, Bluetooth, etc., makes this a very focused device that creators will soon tire of. Doing anything with maps is difficult or impossible, as are all the nifty apps that require a camera, so if those limitations are a deal-breaker then look at a Samsung Galaxy Tab (to stay small) or iPad (big and expensive).

OVERALL STRENGTHS

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+ The IPS screen is nothing short of fabulous. I've spent several hours staring at it now and am still amazed. It makes my friend's iPad 2 look grainy. Using this as a high-end photo frame on your desk is actually tempting because the colors are so rich. The screen is very close to 16:9 (15.36:9) and fits movies much better than a 4:3 iPad screen, which negates much of the 2.7" screen size difference between the two (but the reverse is true for old videos that are not widescreen). Overall, the video experience is good enough that you soon become immersed in the movie and you forget about the medium. Plus, since it's so small, you can carry with you more often.

+ The overall feel and construction is super-solid. The rubber/silicone backing gives such peace-of-mind; at this price, I don't plan on buying a case for mine in the foreseeable future.

+ Compact size. It's about the size of a "steno" pad. You can throw it in your backpack, purse, or coat pocket. Overall the Fire is a great balance between usability and portability--much more screen space than a smartphone (at about the same price) but lacking only one typical phone storage option: in your front pocket.

+ Simplicity and UI polish of the overall experience is tight. I wouldn't hesitate to give this device to a total tablet novice. This is a great gift idea for even the most technologically-challenged individual.

+ Speed is perfectly adequate for anything I've had to throw at it. I've tried at least half a dozen games now and they are buttery smooth. The crisp display and saturated colors make it such a joy to re-examine all my old apps.

+ The email client is slick! I have used apps like TouchDown and want to cry because they are so ugly and complicated. Not so with the Fire! Even though this is not a "creator" device, I am glad that they didn't skimp on a full-featured email client that actually looks nice.

+ Silk web browser! Side by side on the same wi-fi connection vs. my dual-core Android phone, the web browser doesn't seem that much faster. HOWEVER--they were both *very* fast! Keep in mind two things: 1) Silk is taking away bottlenecks, but if your existing wi-fi connection is already super-fast (i.e. no bottleneck), you won't notice the difference. 2) The "cloud" improvements will only begin to work when there is a large group of Kindle users who are sending data to Amazon so that they can start proactively caching. It should get faster and faster as more people start using it, so don't feel bad if you're not seeing any speed change out of the box.

+ Content, content, content. What sold it for me was the new Kindle Owner's Lending Library. For my $79 Prime subscription I'm getting access to a ton of shows that were are least partially available elsewhere, but no one else is giving away a book a month. I've seen at least a dozen titles I want to read, so my schedule is "booked" (sorry, couldn't resist) for a year solid. I was already a Prime member, but had never purchased a eInk Kindle because, so now I will have a "Kindle Device" that will qualify me to read a free book a month.

OVERALL WEAKNESSES

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-No GPS or Google Maps is a disappointment. I wanted this thing to be a huge GPS to take in the car, but without a GPS chip that can't happen.

-No Bluetooth limits its use as a creation device. The $30 Bluetooth keyboard I use for my Android phone is useless for the Fire. Please, someone, make a MicroUSB keyboard that works easily with the Fire or point me to one that already works with the Fire and I'll update this section (I couldn't find any on Amazon).

-Lack of hardware buttons was at first a turn-off, but after the tenth time of accidentally hitting the home button playing a game on my Android phone, I now appreciate this minimalist approach taken by the Fire. There's the power-button that you may occasionally bump by accident, but you just need to turn the whole thing upside down and the power button is then at the top--problem solved. The remaining complaint is the missing volume button, but I can also understand the reasons behind that. The original iPod touch lacked volume buttons, but they eventually included hardware controls on subsequent devices.

-Content Lock-in. This is the flip-side of the coin for having so much Amazon content. Since there's no HDMI, any movies you buy are going to be stuck on the device unless your TV also supports Amazon Instant Video streaming. I think the strength of selection outweighs this, but it's something to keep in mind!

-(Minor) Does not play WMV files. My Android phone does this--why is this codec missing?

-Battery life--The specified battery life is really a best-case: you'll want to charge this device at least every other night. It's terrible compared to an iPad 2 and great compared to a typical dual-core phone. It remains to be seen if the competition from the large bricks and mortar book store's new tablet is any better, but on paper they say theirs is longer.

CREATIVE USES FOR THE FIRE

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+ Fitness. Use your new Fire as an indoors exercise companion for treadmills, stationary bikes, elliptical machines, etc. Make yourself a commitment to not watch TV until you've worked-out first (while watching/listening/reading on the Fire, of course). It's the perfect size to strap-on or permanently adhere to your home fitness apparatus. This device and a Prime membership is about the same cost as two months for a personal trainer.

+ Schools and home schools. With the number of education apps out there (and ease of development), expect the Kindle Fire to become THE device for kids to use in their studies. This device, in 2011 dollars, is about the same price as my fancy graphing calculator in high school during the early 90s, so we can only guess what kinds of cool education-centric applications will come from this new class of gizmo. For parents, see a variety of great sites (like mine, Learn Richly) that make it easier to evaluate very fun products that make learning a breeze!

+ Small business elegance. What if your customers in the waiting room were each given Kindle Fires instead of magazines? How about giving your next sales pitch or presentation as an interactive HTML5 web page that allows your client to engage with the content even as you're explaining it? This also becomes the perfect Kiosk device because it's so open, inexpensive and ubiquitous.

+ Lists and reference. Putting a $700 iPad in your shopping cart while you check of grocery items makes me nervous, but somehow I'd feel safe doing that with my rugged-feeling grippy-backed Fire. Use it around the house for the kids' chore chart or as a "dedicated" to-do list while at work (what good is the task list in Outlook if I never look at it?)--this price point makes all sorts of things feasible, and especially if you buy multiple devices to establish a community of users in your office or home.

APPS INCLUDED & MISSING w/SUBSTITUTE SUGGESTIONS

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Built-in you will find already downloaded:

+ Kindle Reader App (with more layout options, such as line spacing and margins, than the current phone Android Kindle app)

+ Amazon shopping app

+ Integrated Music, Video and Web browsing (Silk)

+ "Docs" tab that takes documents you email to your @kindle email address and puts them in Kindle format

+ Audible audio books app (Amazon subsidiary)

+ IMDB (internet movie database) app for information about movies, actors, etc. (Amazon subsidiary)

+ Contacts app (looks like standard Android with Fire skin)--will sync with GMail contacts and probably others

+ Email app with built-in support for Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL and "other", i.e. POP for my ISP worked (not sure about IMAP). Attention: NO MS EXCHANGE/OUTLOOK :(

+ QuickOffice, which is a *viewer* for PowerPoint, Excel and Word--no editing at all

+ Gallery app for photos--looks like you'll need a MicroUSB cable and a computer to do much with it, though

+ Help & Feedback

+ Facebook--seems to be a link to the mobile site

+ Pulse--good, possibly great, news aggregator/reader

+ Other various popular apps/games that are links (but not already downloaded)--may be trials or ad-supported and you can get them from the AppStore anyway. Thanks for not installing them Amazon! This device is refreshingly free of "bloatware"

Missing:

- Task list & Memo / note- taking--I recommend ColorNote Notepad Notes that has both of these functions

- Alarm clock--I recommend Alarm Clock Xtreme Free

- Calendar--too many choices to recommend a replacement, but you'll probably get one with a paid Exchange email client

- Calculator--I recommend Calculator Ultimate Lite

- Weather--AccuWeather for Android or My-Cast Weather Lite both get good reviews

Anything else I've missed? Comments welcome, thanks!

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5.0 out of 5 stars First Impression...It works well as a tablet too!, November 15, 2011

By DubStep (San Francisco) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

This will be a review that will be updated as I continue to use the Kindle.

SHORT BACKSTORY: I own a 1st gen Kindle, and despite its original design flaws, I have put it to great use. I am a Prime member. When I saw a tablet(ish) device with a modded version of Android, made by Amazon, with a dual core processor and a smaller, more portable form factor than the iPad for sale at the easy on the wallet price of $199, I pre-ordered immediately.

FIRST IMPRESSION: The packaging it comes in is very simple. The Kindle came in a brown cardboard box, which I expected to open and see a Kindle box, but rather opened and saw the Fire itself. Underneath was the Micro USB charger. I immediately plugged it in and fired it up. First thing it asked was to connect to WiFi (it showed every network within at least a 300 ft radius (my office floor is shared with a few others). Connection was hassle free. Then it asked me a few questions, registered quickly with Amazon, and then updated the software. After that 5 minute process, I was free to explore.

OS: Intuitive and easy to navigate. A lot of cool little nav helpers come up to explain the various navigational aspects and preloaded apps. It immediately showed all the books in my library.

TOUCHSCREEN: Seems very responsive. Keyboard typing was easy enough, especially when laid out landscape. I know other Android devices can bring up different keyboards, so I'll be looking into this.

PROCESSING: Haven't opened up anything super intense, but navigating between apps is smooth and doesn't stutter.

INTERNET: Took about 6 seconds to fully load a Reuters news page. I've read Silk gets faster with more use, so I'll expect that, but for now, it's definitely fast enough.

CLOUD CONNECTION: Awesome. I love everything about it. All my content was readily available and I know my usage of this will go up now that I have this device.

MEDIA: I quickly threw on an episode of 24. It looked very crisp and had no trouble whatsoever with streaming. I'll dive into Hulu and Netflix a little later.

That's all I've gotten through at the moment. I put this at 5 stars because it MET MY EXPECTATIONS. I read all about this device before buying it, so I knew exactly what I was getting for $199 dollars. It has met all of my expectations of a small form factor tablet that is intuitive, media friendly, and has great processing capabilities. I did not expect an iPad, so there is no comparison in my mind.

My next update will go a bit more in depth into EMAIL and Document capabilities as well as exploring some apps. I hope you enjoy this as much as I am!

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UPDATE #1

EMAIL

NICE: Email setup is a breeze for GMAIL (including IMAP) and they present a unified inbox view which is nice. However, they don't thread the emails, but that's not a huge issue.

BUMMER: Native Email app doesn't support MS exchange, had to download an app. Again, it's not a big deal, but would have been nice to get work emails on this.

Sent a PowerPoint Presentation to my personal email and opened it on the Fire. It displayed perfectly in hi res...I am a happy camper at this moment :)

UPDATE #1.5

APPS: This is my first Android(ish) device and as such my first experience with the Amazon appstore. App store is coming up shallow (in variety of apps) esp. in the finance apps department. That is just my initial response and I may not be entering the right search strings (for finance, I tried Bloomberg, finance, finance apps). I'm SURE as more and more Kindle Fire's come online, the developer community will focus on improving and optimizing more apps.

Free APP a day program is very cool and I will be sure to set a reminder to look into this every day.

I would gladly take any suggestions for finance (news, stocks, charts etc.) apps or any others.

UPDATE #2

Loving the Pandora app. And the Cloud player! And just discovered that you can upload UNLIMITED MP3 files to the Cloud just by upgrading to the 20GB plan ($20 annually...). For me, that's over 60GB of music available anywhere + 20GB of anything else. Awesome.

UPDATE #3

Now that I've spent a great amount of time with the Fire, I can honestly say that I'm very happy with the purchase. It functions fantastically as a tablet device. It could rival the iPad due to the plethora of media streaming options, portability, CLOUD capabilities, flash availability, and basic functionality (but don't set your expectation on this, it IS NOT positioned to be an iPad competitor).

I downloaded the TouchDown Exchange app for receiving work emails. The Accuweather app is much more functional than the native Weather Channel app. Thompson Reuters News Pro is a great reader, especially for financial news. Netflix and Hulu + both work very well and I have had no issue in streaming content for both. YouVersion still needs some refining, but it looks great on this tablet.

I am starting to realize that the lack of 3g will be a bummer moving forward, but it is not a blocker yet. If the developer community picks up the popularity of the Fire, I will be excited to see a plethora of new apps coming online.

Again, overall, I am pleased at how functional this is as a tablet.

FINAL UPDATE

No issues so far (3rd day of ownership). This thing doesn't leave my side (at home or the office). Amazon's free app a day program is awesome; today downloaded an email app that is normally $10 for my favorite price...free99. My biggest gripe at the moment is that they don't have multiple keyboard options (outside of landscape or portrait). This was available on other tablet devices with Android OS and would make typing a bit easier. But please...for $200, this thing kicks ass.

UPDATE (as of DEC. 19th)

The FIRE is working great. I stand by my initial 5 star rating.

Not thrilled with Amazon's app store, but like I said before, it will get better as more developers come on line. All of my previous comments still stand. Amazon's free app a day program should not be overlooked as its utility has been fantastic. The BEST thing about this is its form factor. I didn't realize how important this was until I found myself carrying my Fire with me everywhere. With the amount I use it, I'm happy that it is light and almost pocket sized. Battery life seems to be about 5 hours with heavy use, 7.5 with reading. I charge this thing every night along side my iPhone, so it's not a burden. This makes a great gift for any electronics fan looking for a reader and mobile media player.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I wanted in a tablet, November 15, 2011

By J. Gower - See all my reviews

(REAL NAME)

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

I've been a long time fence-sitter in the tablet wars, but I finally decided that the Kindle Fire was what I was looking for. I had previously purchased the original iPad for my son, but he never used it so I was very worried about spending that much cash for what I feared would be an expensive toy.

I was primarily interested in tablets for mobile web browsing, watching some videos now and then (I have a ton of digital movies), and that's about it. I have a very small music collection, which I've moved to both Google Music and Amazon's cloud storage, so I'm not what you'd consider a big mobile entertainment guy.

So far, from the time I've spent with it, the Fire is going to fit the bill nicely.

1. WEB. The Silk web browser is fast enough. I don't bother running side-by-side tests, as all I worry about is whether or not I'm going to become irritated by page loads. Thankfully, that's not the case. The text IS a bit dithered (blurry) in some places, which I assume is an artifact of Silk's server-side rendering, but it hasn't seriously affected legibility. Web videos load pretty darned fast, and the entire browser experience just works.

2. VIDEO. I streamed one of my Amazon Unbox videos as soon as I opened the Fire, and was very pleased with the speed at which the video appeared as well as how quickly the controls just got out of the way so I could enjoy the flick. It's going to be an EXCELLENT device for videos.

3. MUSIC. The streaming music store works pretty doggone flawlessly. The only complaint I have so far is that I can't seem to find any difference in the equalizer settings. Beyond that, since I'm not terribly into music, it suits my purposes just fine.

4. BOOKS. Kindle Fire's weak spot, imo, and the reason I give it four stars. But to be fair, it was never going to compete with my Kindle 3. E-ink really is just that much more comfortable to read versus a (relatively low resolution) LCD screen. Text just isn't that crisp and the backlight actually interferes with legibility. I've read rumors that the NEXT Kindle tablet (due in 2012) might just feature a dual LCD/e-Ink display or even a Mirasol display, which would remedy this nicely. For now, though, I didn't expect miracles from LCD and, by golly, I didn't get them. :)

5. APPS. I'm not a big gamer anymore. (I used to be huge on Gameboy, but I got older and slower.) The App store, curated by Amazon, is exactly what I though it'd be. Some might complain about it not having a billion apps, but I really do think everything that the casual user would want is there. (But if you're not sure go browse it and see BEFORE you buy the Fire.) As far as accessibility goes, it's easy to get in and out of.

As far as the Kindle itself, it's a SOLID little brick. It's not fancy, nor would I say it has that "Apple aesthetic" going for it, but it's a shick brithouse of a tablet. Amazon might just decide to advertise it as a personal defense device, if they decide the tablet business isn't working out. It's got a nice, rubberized back. It is, however, a bit heavier than I expected and is likely to be less comfortable for long-term reading than the (significantly) lighter Kindle 3 or Touch. The onscreen controls are easy to get to, which stood out to me since I saw some reviews complaining about the lack of physical buttons.

Overall, the Kindle Fire is snappy if a little quirky. I figure it's early and that we've got plenty of time for Bezos 'n co. to tweak the software. The Silk browser WILL get faster as more users use it--which is the beauty of cloud storage/computing--and in the long run, I really think the whole Amazon/Kindle ecosystem is just plain excellent. If four and a half stars were available, I'd have shaved only a half a star for the e-Reader functionality, since I knew coming in that it simply couldn't replace my Kindle 3.

If you're a Prime member already, this thing's a no-brainer. If you don't have another tablet and you weren't sure about the costs, it's a great time to get your feet wet. Amazon's always been incredible about returns if you don't like it, but I think if you're like me and you wanted a good little media consumption device that works pretty intuitively, does the main things you want it to, and doesn't break the bank, the Fire is a doggone great deal for the cash.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I wanted!, November 16, 2011

By Mike D - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

I received my Kindle Fire yesterday and I have to say that I'm impressed. It's exactly what I wanted and by that I mean it's great for surfing the internet, checking email, reading books, magazines, and comics, and playing the occasional game.

This is definitely a content consumption device and that's exactly what it's advertised as. I'm a little tired of everyone trying to compare it to the iPad. My wife has an iPad and it certainly does a lot more than the Fire. However, I don't need all the extras she has on her tablet. I don't need a camera or extra storage or a Bluetooth keyboard and if I need to do document editing or the like, I just use my desktop or laptop.

This device is perfect for laying in bed and surfing my favorite sites or checking on my RSS feeds. I haven't read a book on it yet but I did bring one up and it looks great. This thing is perfect for sitting at Starbucks and just chilling out.

I have had a few lag issues here and there, brief but noticeable. I know this device will have some growing pains but I have no doubt Amazon will do a great job in providing updates and support. I do not like the fact that controlling the volume requires accessing the settings menu versus having a dedicated control but I can live with that since I won't be listening to a great deal of music on it.

The bottom line is you have to decide what use you'll have for a tablet. Don't buy one with all the bells and whistles if you're not really going to use them. Buy the one that has the features you'll use and go from there.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good value for money, November 14, 2011

By Sid - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

As an Ipad owner I initially had low expectations for the Fire. However, after having played around with the Fire, I have to admit it is actually quite compelling especially if you are a price conscious buyer. Here's why:

- The mp3 apps works real well. I switched to using the Amazon MP3 store fairly recently having used the itunes store for years primarily since Amazon seems to have a larger selection and lower price. I uploaded all my Apple DRM free music to my Amazon cloud drive and now I have access to all my music - both itunes and Amazon MP3. Unfortunately, some of older Apple DRMed music files do not play on the Fire as expected

- The video app is real snappy and I had no issues streaming video at home over wifi. I can honestly say that the Amazon video app is as good as the Netflix app on the Ipad. It seems like the netflix app will be released soon for the fire so I plan to compare them side by side then.

- I don't read many books so I can't really provide much useful insight on the book app. I did like on the Fire that the one book I owned opened up on the last page I had stopped reading on my Ipad from months ago. The screen is a bit glossy so that may put some readers off.

- The Fire is in general very snappy especially compared to most other Android tablets. Not as snappy as an Ipad but oh so close.

- I did notice a slight improvement in page load times in Silk. I am not entirely sure whether that was due to the browser or my internet connection.

- I don't like the placement of the power button as I find myself accidently hitting it all the time. The fire is also feels a bit heavy but it is not intolerable.

Overall, I feel this is a compelling device for the price and the negatives I stated above are minor to me. If I were looking for a 7"" or below $300 tablet, I would say this is the best tablet around. However, if you have $500+ to spend, chances are you would be happier with an Ipad.

I bought my Kindle Fire yesterday after much back and forth, hand-wringing and consternation over the bad reviews that have cropped up about this device, as well as the media coverage of it having "problems" that Jeff Bezos says he is fixing. Here's the thing, I don't know what needs fixed. After playing with the Fire for 24 hours, I can say it is everything I am looking for in a media-consumption device: I can read the Web, listen to music, stream video and enjoy apps. My goal in this review is to debunk, confirm and examine all claims I've read about the Fire.

Question Number One: Whose pond are you swimming in? If you're an Apple devotee, who has an iPhone, keeps all your music in iTunes and doesn't care about e-books, no this is probably not the device for you. Save your money and get an iPad, because flat out, you won't like this as much as I do. But if you happen to keep your music in Amazon's cloud, have an e-ink Kindle and an Android phone you will get much, much more out of the Fire. For one, the music in your cloud drive will pop up on your device as soon as you sign in, as will the option to download the books you're purchased on your other Kindle. Finally the app store has many of the Android apps to which you're accustomed.

Now let's get down to performance:

Let me first say, I feel like the one-star reviews of this device (really anything under at least three stars) are punitive, incorrect and probably people not realizing their Wi-Fi connection sucks more than the fact the browser doesn't work. As mentioned, I am familiar with many of the "complaints" about this device, so let's address them.

1. The Browser is slow: FALSE - it is super speedy. I don't get the complaints. Awesome. No viability to this claim.

2. Volume is too low: FALSE - I would put the volume situation on par with, say, a smartphone. I'd say it is relatively similar to an iPod touch or Android phone. So this complaint just holds no water. I don't know what people expect, but it's plenty loud with headphones.

3. Touch interface is glitchy: LARGELY FALSE: The calibration seems like it may be a bit off AT TIMES (maybe, or maybe I'm just not used to the device), but nothing that ruins or even hurts the experience. VERY MINOR. I'm sure Amazon is looking to tighten this up.

4. Power Button in Bad Place: FALSE: I don't get it. It's not easy to accidentally turn it off.

5. No hardware volume buttons: TRUE It doesn't have any. I thought this would bug me, but here's what you need to think about: This isn't an ipod or a smartphone that you use for listening to music with the device's screen turned off. You're usually listening while doing something else on the device, so adjusting volume on-screen is no big deal.

6. Loose with Privacy: TRUE Too easy to buy stuff, the carousel needs to be editable. This needs fixed and I'm sure Amazon will, as they have committed to.

There is one con: It's a touch heavy, yet still MUCH lighter than the iPad. However, much like the first gen iPad, I'm sure this will be slimmed down in the next generation, but 24 hours after popping the box open, I'm getting used to it and figured out comfortable ways to hold it over long periods of time.

Let's not forget, this device is $199. During the 30 minutes I spent at Best Buy yesterday considering this purchase, I watched eight people walk up and buy one of these. I'm guessing these are moving much faster than iPads. No they don't do as much as an iPad, but if you want to mainly consume media, this device is incredible. Again, I feel like the criticism this device has taken is unfair. It has a couple first-gen issues, but Amazon should be applauded for putting a product like this out rather than taking crap for minor blemishes that do not ruin the experience.

Aesthetically, this is a beautiful machine. It is a pleasure to use. I am so glad I got one.

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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite entertainment tablet, November 15, 2011

By Comdet - See all my reviews

(TOP 50 REVIEWER)

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

I have an iPad and an HP Touchpad, but the Fire has quickly turned into my favorite tablet for entertainment activities. The reasons are simple - it makes it incredibly easy to access movies, TV shows, books and magazines from Amazon, many of which are free under Prime. I can hold it for hours without it getting uncomfortable, the screen is great, and the overall look and feel of the operating system is intuitive. Storing and accessing content on the Amazon Cloud is also a seamless, simple process.

I was concerned about the screen size since I've become used to the larger tablet screen sizes of the iPad and Touchpad. I'm finding that the benefits of a smaller screen size (easier to hold in one hand and light weight) outweigh most of the disadvantages. I miss a larger screen the most when I'm reading a magazine or a newspaper, but the copy remains highly readable even on the smaller screen.

Sound quality is decent with the onboard speakers. Nothing spectacular but workable. I find a decent set of headphones/earbuds to be a worthwhile addition. The touchscreen is also not without an occassional glitch. I get the same "lack of a final polish" feeling using this as I do with my Touchpad versus the more slick feeling of the iPad. But none of these issues impact usability, and I'm willing to let some factors slide in exchange for a more affordable price.

Is it an "iPad killer" or an "Android tablet killer"? No. But why is that even an issue? I wanted an easy way to avail myself of the benefits of Prime membership (most notably being able to stream shows and movies for free) and the Fire accomplishes this very well. It comes at a price that's a lot easier to handle than the iPad, and a level of ease of use/functionality that's easier to handle than Android tablets.

None of the so-called limitations of the Fire detract from my using it. Yes it has limited onboard storage but with the way the Cloud is integrated, I've not had any difficulty using that as a way of storing content. Plus, when Amazon stores it, they deal with the issue of backup. I also don't miss the 3G connectivity. Sure, I'd love to be able to connect anywhere, but I will not pay the prices charged for data connectivity. I never use the 3G on my iPad for the same reason - just costs too much!

I'll certainly keep and continue to use my iPad since I use that a lot for work. But when I'm done with work and want to have fun, the Fire will be in hand. It's cheap, works well, and provides access to virtually unlimited video and print entertainment. For me it's a perfect fit.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Review it for what it is and not what you think it should be, November 19, 2011

By Ryan Mccrea "rymac69" (Ohio) - See all my reviews

(REAL NAME)

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

First and foremost, lets get it out of the way. This is not a iPad, it was not intended to be an iPad, or a Android Tablet made by any manufacture you would like to name. It is a Kindle reader with added functions. I had an iPad and an iPad 2, because I just had to have them. The problem was that after the novelty wore off, as the surveys have said, I found that it was more just a time waster or something that I took to the bathroom with me. I don't want to get into the argument of 10" vs 7" screens, but for me a 10" screen is to big. If I have to carry an added case with me, I might as well take my laptop and have everything I need. is

Ok for the review. This is a great device for what it was made for. A $199 e-reader that allows me to download movies, stream movies, play plants vs. zombies, surf the web, and oh yea...read a book. Yes it has its minor flaws as some have said. For me the only real down side is the lack of physical buttons, but once you get use to it, its getting less and less of a problem. As for storage? I know many have said that it doesn't have enough for those times that you don't have access to the cloud. I am not sure who it is that sits on a plane, or train, or in a car for 8 or more hours each day, but maybe they need to look into the iPad...I can not think of one time during my travels that I haven't been able to access some form of wi-fi, atleast every few hours. I easily can place a couple rented movies, a few books, and more games then I will sit and play during the trip, on my Fire without an issue.

I really was gonna purchase the nook color tablet, just so I could buy a nook2android sd card when they came out, but after playing with my Fire for a few days, I don't see why. I think I may even get a Prime subscription.

The Fire is not a iPad killer...again I do not think it was meant to be...what it is, is a reasonably priced media device for the common man/woman. Something that will allow you to relax and enjoy during your free time without breaking the bank. This is the real world. Nothing is perfect and the Fire is not perfect, but bang for the buck, even without Prime membership, you can't beat it.

So you folks with your ipads, galaxy tablets, and all the other items I see compaired....enjoy them and let the rest of enjoy our Kindle Fires. For some of us, they are enough, and we aren't looking to impress the next guy/girl sitting next to us because we pull out the newest $600 tablet.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Close but not quite there, November 17, 2011

By NFG "NFG" (Washington, DC) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

I'm disappointed in the Fire. I'm an avid Kindle user and there are several capabilities other Kindle models have that this one doesn't.

1. I can't categorize my books. I've accumulated over 800 books in my archive. It's a pain to try to search for one if you can't remember the author or title, without being able to group your books.

2. I don't like the lack of privacy of what's in the cloud or on the device. I won't show people my Fire, because I don't want them to see all the stuff I have on it. Nothing is outrageous--I just don't like having my whole book list out there.

3. It has no text to speech capability. I use that function all the time when I'm on long road trips and it's very bothersome the Fire doesn't have it.

4. I can't delete a few pre-populated app icons on the carousel. I find that annoying because I'm adding a lot of things and I don't like having to sort through stuff I don't want on there.

I also have an iPad. Fire offers three benefits over the iPad: it's much lighter, it's less expensive, and you can watch Adobe files on it. On the downside, Fire only has wireless connectivity, so if you're on a road trip, you can't shop or get to the web on a Fire as I can with my 3G hookup with iPad. It also has fewer application options and the smaller key board makes typing more difficutlt.

The bottom line is, I'll use my Fire occasionally, but plan on sticking with my older Kindle for reading and iPad web surfing and writing for the most part unless Fire software is upgraded to address my issues. I wouldn't buy another one unless they fix these things.

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4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars - Absolutely Well Worth the Cost, November 15, 2011

By Groucho - See all my reviews

(VINE VOICE) (TOP 500 REVIEWER)

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

For me and all the other Luddites still out there, this product is almost better than sliced bread.

I am admittedly the worst when it comes time to following directions and using anything `new' tech (it took me forever to get used to my iPhone). Generally, I balk at using anything new and am really cranky until I get used to it (in two or three months!) But, when this got to me it was as easy to use as I don't know what. Open the box, plug it into the wall and follow the screen directions. It already has my books loaded into it since I have several other types of Kindle. Therefore, that is a plus. I've also tried all the features and am very impressed. The speakers while small are certainly loud enough for one like me who is partially hard of hearing can hear comfortably. For movies-the color is crisp and the screen is just large enough to comfortably enjoy the movie without having to squint. The `keys' on the keyboard are large enough to fit my chubby fingers and I have no trouble even with long nails.

The screen does have issues with your body oil so I will be getting the covers for the screen.

A simple to follow manual is loaded in just like on the older model Kindles

I am very impressed as to how your library is set up. You can choose how you view your books---choose viewing them on a shelf or simply flip through all of the covers at one time. Flipping pages using a button on the side is outdated with the Fire, so you can control just were you want to be in the book at the touch of a slide

Oh dear!!! Facebook is loaded in it so I may be playing games a lot more than I ever have with just my desk/laptop!

Right now the only thing I DON'T like is the cord is way too short. It comes complete with all of the tools for reading we are used to using with the Keyboard Kindle. Although some things prior Kindle owners are used to such as putting your books into specific folders is not possible at this time and I don't know if it will be possible in the nurture.

Without 3G it can be frustrating to use when you are like me and have an iffy signal.

EDITED TO ADD--if you are going to be trying to down-load converted content from Calibre, and are used to doing it Via a USB cord like I am, you will not be able to since there is no USB cord with this package. BUT - you can use the cord (USB) that came with your older Kindle if you have one.

If I compare it to my other Kindles (Kindle DX and Kindle Keyboard w/3G) I can say this-I love the fact that it doesn't weigh as much as the DX and the screen is larger than the 3-G but of course not as large as the DX. It does reflect ( without any screen cover) the lights that you are using around you and while that could be annoying I found that I could ignore whatever was reflected if what I was reading or watching was interesting enough to capture my attention.

For the money, you cannot go wrong. I don't want to pay the monthly charges that I may have had to had I bought an iPad and I don't think I ever would have used half of the iPads features. Therefore, the out lay in cash would have been silly for me.

For a serious reader who wants to dabble in movies, music and the web - this is perfect.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Serious problems, mostly software, but could use better hardware too., November 28, 2011

By Dan - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

The idea seemed like a good one, an inexpensive tablet that delivered all kinds of media content, and in a small lightweight device...cheaper and more portable than the Ipad (which I also own) and based on the Android operating system (which I've used on phones and tablets.)

The reality is this thing has some very serious problems, which should be able to be fixed in firmware, and some hardware limitations, that might get a little better, but put it squarely behind it's main competition, the Barnes and Noble Nook.

Likes:

Brilliant IPS screen, like the one on the Ipad.

Nice simple interface.

Amazon prime content, lots of free movies and TV shows for less than a Netflix subscription ($80 per year.)

Very good battery life including excellent sleep life (a problem with previous Android devices.)

Very clean looking design.

Just OK:

Speakers could be and are too easy to cover/muffle with hand.

Cheap charger with mini-USB integrated instead of separate USB charger and cable.

Dislikes/problems:

Lack of a hard buttons make navigation cumbersome. The device should have a dedicated back button and a dedicated volume rocker (which the Ipad and Nook have)

Lack of purchase password protection means anyone using the device and start ordering stuff with your account (which the Ipad and Nook have.)

Lack of privacy means anyone picking up the device is greeted with a screen showing exactly what you were doing.

Off switch is located in a very unfortunate place...very frustrating to keep turning the device off when watching a Netflix movie.

Screen is too shiny. It has more glare than the Ipad or Nook.

Browser real estate is very limited by menu bars on the top and bottom. (Nook hides bars.)

Browser stumbles on some websites and is sometimes painfully slow.

Touch screen can be frustratingly unresponsive. This is exacerbated by slow browser response. Sometimes I have to look to see if it is doing anything...then poke at it again...and again.

I bought this device to enjoy Amazon content (like movies and books) AND to use as a quick portable web browser, and for other content (like Netflix.)

It works pretty good for the Amazon content, with a few issues; the overly shiny screen and the poorly placed power switch. As a web browser, it works worse than the browser on my EVO Android phone. It's built in Silk browser (you can't download replacements) is slow on some websites and plain doesn't work on others and the menu bars hide too much of the page content. On top of that, Amazon built limitations into this device, that makes it less functional than other Android Gingerbread devices, like limited multi-touch commands.

From a hardware standpoint, Amazon might have skimped a little too much. The Nook, with twice the memory, feels much faster and more responsive. The lack of hard buttons handicaps the device making simple things, like changing the volume, a button pressing, menu wading annoyance. This annoyance is made worse, by the unresponsiveness of the device to presses. I'm not sure if the device isn't as responsive as it should be because of the hardware, or the Amazon interface. I hope, for the sake of people who keep theirs, it is something Amazon can improve with firmware revisions. I miss the mic. It is useful on all kinds of Android applications, including speech to text applications and translators.

The biggest showstopper issue I have with the device, though, is the total lack of security and privacy. Here is a device with no other security or protection other than a screen lock password. Hand this device to a friend and they get to see everything you've been doing with it. Hand it to your child and they can order thousands of dollars worth of content. God forbid this thing gets intercepted in the mail on the way to your house, as Amazon set it up with your account already active.

Another limitation is video content can only be stored on the device's limited internal storage, or downloaded from Amazon's cloud content. You can't upload your own video content to the cloud and view it on the device.

The day after receiving this device I stopped by a Barnes and Noble and picked up a Nook tablet. The Nook tablet is not as "pretty" as the Fire. I was skeptical...expecting something limited like the Kindle, but much to my surprise and delight, the Nook is everything I had hoped the Kindle Fire would be. It's screen is more responsive and has some kind of anti-glare coating that makes it much more readable. Taps work. Double tap zooms in the browser, like it does in all other Android browsers (other than Amazon's Silk browser.) Websites rendered properly. Despite only being a tiny bit lighter, the Nook feels much lighter...perhaps it is the wider thinner bezel or the weight distribution, but it is more comfortable and secure to hold in one hand. The Nook has a dedicated home button, and a dedicated volume rocker...much nicer. The Nook has a mic. Even Netflix looks sharper...like it is being delivered at a higher bit rate. I also learned Nook offers free wifi in stores and free book loans and one can lend books to other Nooks.

Bottom line: Anyone not devoted to Amazon content, should consider the Nook reader as a real alternative. It is definitely worth the $50 difference ($25 if you buy a B&N membership.) I'm returning my Kindle and waiting for version 2.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Nice hardware but software is very limited, November 28, 2011

By Nick - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

I picked up a Kindle fire in the states and am now back in Cayman where I live. The fire seems like a reasonable piece of kit, but if you live anywhere other than the US, or if you happen top travel a lot outside of those shores, you'll find the baked in Amazon version of Android very limited. I have an android phone and I can use the app store etc. On the fire I have no option but the amazon app store (which I would love to have work) but that just gives me an error that I can't download anything as I am not in the USA. Even free stuff can't be downloaded. I wanted to add a simple note taking device, but nope, can't be done.

Basically a neat bit of hardware. I am a developer and really highly rate the Amazon Web Services, which I can use quite comfortably from Cayman, but I'm really disappointed with the fire. I can't even enter a proxy server, so I can't use it at work. Huge let down.

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5.0 out of 5 stars What did I ever do without a Fire?, November 15, 2011

By FantasyReader "Jody" (Indiana USA) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

I halfway expected to be disappointed. $200 is pretty cheap for a tablet, so how good could it be? The answer? Surprisingly nice.

The build appears to be sturdy. It just feels solid. I turned it on, and saw KindleFire on the screen during boot-up, with Kindle in white, and Fire in orange. Then the slide came up. It was pretty intuitive if you've ever used a touch screen device. I slid the orange tab and led step-by-step through connecting to wireless, followed by a short, but effective mini-tutorial of functions and buttons. So far, so good.

I tried out various features. I synced up my g mail (super-easy), downloaded contacts, and everything works great. Much easier to read than on my phone. Next, I looked at my Cloud music and played some. Nice sound for the size of the device. More than satisfactory. Then I started an Amazon Instant Video. While jerky at the start, it soon stabilized and played normally. I think the jerkiness was due to buffering. The rest of the episode played with no problem.

Then I checked out the apps. I downloaded some of the same ones I have on my phone. These were not newly purchased apps, just the very same apps I already had. Every single one worked fine. I opened up Quick Office (obtained free as the free app of the day yesterday), everything works fine.

I have not yet found a single thing I don't like about it. I think I will need a screen protector; the fingerprints might bug me otherwise. But it's no worse than cell phone in that regard.

No issue with glare, at least indoors. Have not tried outdoors yet. The screen is pretty glossy, so glare will likely be an issue outdoors, but I have my K3 for that.

Next, I logged in to Facebook. I have to say I don't like Facebook since the new changes, but I had no problem getting around.

I read some reviews that mentioned it was hard to learn, and not intuitive, but I can't say I found it be difficult at all; pretty easy in fact.

So far, I found nothing that raises any red flags to me. If this is not THE perfect device (for what it is), it's pretty darn close. I think it's a winner.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Fire is a Good Alternative to Tablets, January 26, 2012

By KD "Kyle" (Springfield, MO USA) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

A month ago, I went out an bought the Kindle Fire. I had been debating between the older, e-ink Kindle or saving up for a tablet computer, such as the iPad. I wanted something I could easily read books on, which favors the Kindle, but also wanted something versatile enough to run some of the apps I really like, which favors the iPad.

Then, Amazon announced the Kindle Fire, which retails for $199. This intrigued me, as it apparently did many other people who couldn't afford the $500-$800 price tag for a true tablet computer. After much consideration, and just enough Christmas gift money to cover the cost, I jumped for the Fire.

Initial Thoughts

The Kindle came with a nearly-full battery charge, which was great, since I didn't need to leave it plugged in for several hours before using it. (By the way, the power adapter that came with it is pretty powerful, and will charge quickly. But, it's constructed kind of poorly, feels flimsy, and I have doubts that it will survive with a ton of use.)

My first reaction to the Fire was that it is sleek looking, but heavy. The device in it's black cover is attractive. However, having used the e-ink Kindles, I did not expect the Fire to be that heavy (14.6 ounces). Nearly one pound doesn't sound like much, but it can get weighty when holding in your hand. Eventually, though, a user can get used to the weight.

Initial start up is very smooth, especially if you already have a Kindle account with Amazon. (I did, since I also use the Kindle app for my Android phone.) Once my account information was entered into the Fire, it automatically listed all the books I had purchased with my Kindle account. All I had to do was download them to the device, and they were ready in just a minute or so.

Books

One of the reasons I went with the Fire over the slightly more expensive Nook was that many of the pre-1923 books are free. Amazon says there are two-million of them. That's pretty incredible. The 6 GB of space mean you can squeeze in about 6,000 books (minus all the apps). That's pretty impressive.

On top of that, buying in the Amazon marketplace is extremely easy, and probably the finest example of how to construct an online market.

Apps

I encountered a similar situation with the Amazon app market. I have it installed on my Android phone, and anything I had purchased on the phone was available for the Fire, provided the app had a Fire version available.

And that brings me to my first complaint about the Fire. I can appreciate that Amazon wants to ensure the app experience on the Fire is a good one, but they have blocked third party markets and non-approved apps, even though there is the option in the Fire's settings to install such apps. As a result, the user cannot access any of the apps from Google's original Android Market. This is disappointing, because there are some apps that are only available on the Android Market. Hopefully, Amazon will free up this ability soon.

I assume there are two main reasons for the third party app issues. 1) With Amazon approving apps for the Fire (much like Apple does for its devices), Amazon can guarantee the apps will work. 2) Amazon also prevents users from using competing software, such as the Nook app. That's just business, and I don't blame Amazon in keeping users of its device from going elsewhere to buy books.

To get around these restrictions, some people have rooted their Kindle Fire's to install a clean OS and drop the restrictions Amazon has placed on the device. I have chosen not to go that route, because at this point I am pretty happy with the Fire as it is. And, the issues I have with the Fire aren't great enough to warrant the time I would put into rooting...at least not until I replace it some time down the road.

Functionality

I give the Fire high marks. The screen and resolution are very good quality, and respond properly to touch. The dual core processor really shows itself on some of the more demanding apps. Object flow is smooth within apps, and appearance is above my expectations.

The screen is big enough to easily view video for a single user or a couple of users sitting side-by-side. However, the 7-inch screen is not big enough to view well from a few feet away. Someday, I imagine Amazon will release a bigger version to accommodate parents who load their kids up in the van, and want to use a video to keep them calm.

One thing I didn't expect, but was pleased to find was the built-in speaker. It isn't the greatest quality, but it is what you would expect from such a device. A headphone jack allows you to get top quality if you need it. But, since Amazon went to the trouble to include speakers, I had hoped there would be a microphone. I was disappointed to find there wasn't one.

The speakers come in very handy when running apps or using an audio book. And that brings me back to books. One thing the Fire has that the e-ink Kindles do not is the ability to show color. My kids have really loved the picture books we have downloaded to the Fire. Plus, if you're able to find some books that have interactive parts, the Fire makes the experience even better.

For standard reading, the Kindle is wonderful. Flipping through pages is easy, and can be done in two ways: either a finger swipe in the direction you want to turn, or a tap at the right or left edge of the device's screen. The ability to highlight and bookmark are things you would expect, and the Fire does them well.

Organization

The home screen of the Fire when you first get it has a carousel at the top that shows all of your recently used books, apps and websites. A finger swipe allows you to scroll through these easily. Below that is a bookshelf with all your favorite apps, documents, books, etc. I'm not really a fan of the carousel. It is a bit too sensitive on the scroll, and simply looks better than it actually is.

Each section of the Fire has a bookshelf where all the different items are organized. Apps, Books, Documents, Web and others are all in their separate categories. This makes organization very nice and neat.

The favorites bookshelf is set up similarly, but not as easy to manage.

Network

The Fire uses only WiFi, and has no other networking capabilities. This is a deviation from some of the e-ink Kindle models that provide free 3G service. I assume 3G is not included on the Fire, because data usage would be through the roof. Even still, Amazon should've made it available as either an add-on or a subscription service. I assume that 3G will be on future models with a data plan.

For what its worth, many smartphones today come with the ability to be a wifi access point. If you have that service enabled on your smartphone, then your 3G problem is somewhat solved.

The Silk web browser is okay. It gets the job done almost as good as the default Android browser. Again, this goes back to the third-party app issue. I would rather use a different brand of browser, but the ones I trust aren't available yet. The Fire's browser has a few minor issues that I don't really care for, but overall it will get the job done.

My other apps that use the network seemingly have little problems from the device's perspective. Any lag or other problem is either due to an app programming issue or heavy wifi traffic.

I do notice on my Fire that the device will turn off wifi when not being used. I haven't checked to see if this can be modified. Regardless, I like this feature, as it preserves battery life, and ensures an app on the device isn't eating up bandwidth when you aren't using it.

Other Uses

For all the chatter that the Kindle Fire is not a tablet computer, you can't tell it by some of its functions. One of my favorites is the ability to use the device while giving presentations.

When you register your Fire, Amazon gives you a kindle.com email address that is unique to your device. This is handy when you want to send a document to the Fire. Simply attach it to an empty email, and send to the Fire's email address. The Fire will download and save the file to it's internal memory.

I have used the Fire and this method to do a couple of presentations when I have spoken this past month. By eliminating paper and books, the Fire made it easy to do these presentations.

Final Thoughts

I really like the Kindle Fire. I'm sure that I would really like it if I rooted and did other things to it to make it more tablet-like. But, those things are not in my plans.

The Fire has room to be improved, and future versions will hopefully address some of the more minor issues.

All-in-all, I think it is a great product.

For reference, I am only reviewing the Fire and my expectations for the device. I am not comparing it to any other device unless that device is of similar build, price and capabilities. Hence, the rating above is an opinion based on my expectations. You can view more reviews and thoughts at my blog, [...].

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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5.0 out of 5 stars Would Give Kindle Fire Six Stars If I Could., November 16, 2011

By Amazonian Consumer - See all my reviews

(TOP 500 REVIEWER) (VINE VOICE)

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

Once you see the Kindle Fire in person, you would be amazed that this very high quality tablet has a price tag of less than $200. The hardware and software quality are on a par with Apple.

And the 7-inch form factor, IMO, is actually better for reading than the 9.7-inch iPad which I also have. There are two reasons for this. First, the Fire's dimensions and weight closely resemble a physical book that we are used to read and carry around. Second, when it is held in the vertical position, the default text size and text line width are nearly the same as a real book. I tried reading using the Fire inside my car in broad daylight, and it was quite readable and comfortable.

When I turned on the Fire for the first time, it would ask me to select the Wi-Fi network that I want to use, and the password if the network is encrypted. Afterward, the Fire would update the Kindle software to the latest version.

The Fire is already registered when you receive it, so it will greet you with your name and subsequently present you with a carousel-like shelf which would have all your Kindle book titles. But this shelf is not just limited to books, media of all types (Books, Music, Video, Documents, Apps, and even Web pages) would all appear here, in the order that you have used them, with the last used being on the left and topmost. You can use your finger to swipe left and right to browse all the items. I like this interface very much because it allows you to switch quickly among the seven media types.

Watching movies on the Kindle Fire is fantastic; the video and audio are always smooth and I have not encountered any problem.

The Fire is more narrowly focused on media consumption compared to the iPad. It does not have cameras nor microphone to allow audio/video chatting, picture-taking, and video-making (your cellphone probably can do all that already). But the Fire does very well what it was designed to do. It is more usable in many ways in a 7-inch form factor and it is much more affordable at less than $200.

I highly recommend the Kindle Fire.

If you are also in the market for a Kindle Fire protective case, I'd recommend Bear Motion Genuine Leather Case for Kindle Fire Cover. It is high quality and the price including shipping is less than $20. I demand high quality, but I am reluctant to pay more than 10% of the price of the tablet for a case. Or for slightly more, you can get a more versatile case by AmazonBasics AmazonBasics Leather Folio Cover with Multi-Angle Adjustable Stand for Kindle Fire, Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 (Black).

(I have Amazon's Prime membership, so thousands of the movies and TV shows are available to me without additional cost. If you often buy from Amazon, then Prime membership is worth it, because your stuff arrives in two days, and there is no shipping charge. Consider the movies/TV shows as a great bonus. I discontinued my Netflix subscription ever since Amazon began offering free streaming for Prime members).

Update 12-9-2011

After running the Fire for about three weeks without ever turning it completely off, I encountered something strange: I could not wake it up when I pressed the power button like I used to. The button would briefly flash green then turn off. Thinking that the Fire may have run out of battery power, I plugged in the AC adapter/charger. Normally the power button should then show the color amber/orange, indicating that it is charging, but there was no light. At this point, it looked to be dead, so I called Amazon Kindle Fire support line. The tech person asked me to press the power button while he counted to twenty, then I released the power button. This is called a "hard reset". I don't remember seeing anything on the screen after releasing the power button, so I pressed the power button again. It was then that I saw the words "kindle fire" on the screen, indicating that the Fire is starting up. Everything is back to normal again, and when I plug in the AC adapter/charger, the power button would glow amber like it should. I have described what has happened in detail so that if you encounter this, you will know what to do.

Update 12-23-2011

It has happened again. I was unable to wake up the Fire from sleep just now. The situation was exactly like what happened on 12-9-2011. No problem, just hold down the power button for about 20 seconds to do a "hard reset", then press the power button again to turn it on. I expect Amazon to cure this problem in the near future.

I love this little gadget, it was pretty much what I was hoping for, it's fast, portable, relitively easy to use, it is a tablet, not just a kindle reader. Has a great bright screen, movies look great! easy to surf most of the web. A few things I would change, you cannot organise your books in catagories and I don't like that, I have over 800 books! the on/off switch should be at the top, not the bottom of the device, you can rotate many apps so that you can leave the button at the top, but not all of them will rotate, and it's too easy to accidentally turn it off. And I would put a volume button on the top or side of it, I know you can tap the screen to adjust volume, but it's too easy to do something else!! overall though I am happy with my purchase, and I'm hoping that Amazon can at least fix the organization problem with an app or software upgrade.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Initial Feedback, November 16, 2011

By Take a Walk - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

Have used the Fire for about an hour after initial set-up. First off, I've been thinking that instead of comparing the Fire to an IPAD, it should be compared to the IPOD touch -- (a) it is in the same price range as the IPOD touch, and (b) it will be a gift for my daughter, and I can see this product replacing her IPOD touch. From that perspective, it is an 5-star device, that easily outperforms it's competition.

But, evaluating it on its own merits, I've quickly discovered one, non-major issue: The carousel: Really don't want my entire library on the carousel. Amazon needs to quickly update this UI, and allow users to remove items from the carousel.

Will update this review after spending more time with the device.

11/17/11 Review Update.

Have removed a star from the review for an important reason: Amazon Cloud, which allows a person to store files (documents, photos, home videos, etc.) for use anywhere (which is its reason to be), isn't usefully supported on the Kindle Fire. Music works well, but any other file type which you'd like to store in the cloud, then download to your Fire...you're out of luck....Dropbox could feasibly work (but Amazon market doesn't support Dropbox). I was prepared to upgrade my Amazon Cloud service, but given its limited usefulness on the Fire, I won't be making the upgrade purchase at this time.

Also --- the "official" Youtube app isn't preloaded on the Fire, and isn't supported on the Amazon market.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed; not the tablet for me, November 17, 2011

By Art History Professor (The wonderful Midwest) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

Length:: 5:03 Mins

It is very possible that this will be the perfect tablet for you, but I was very disappointed. To begin, the wireless strength is subpar, and I was woefully saddened that I could not watch the digital versions of Blu-Rays on it. It very much is an Amazon content delivery system, which is fine if that is what you want, but I was hoping for something a wee bit different.

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3.0 out of 5 stars NOT "E-INK", AWESOME Color e-reader; Last Update Feb/2012. Overall Final Rating: 2,5, November 14, 2011

By Luis Angel Betancur F "L.A. Beta" - See all my reviews

(REAL NAME)

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

Final Update: February 06/2012

oK: Almost 3 months with the KF: Didn't return it, I think it is a good e-reader ... not a tablet, but I can stand it; I have been carrying it with me a lot of time and KF is comfortable as a COLOR e-reader that let me do some other basic tasks (mail, web, video & music). JUST a good occasional companion.

I do still think it can be good for small kids who are starting to use electronic devices BUT PLEASE read "Note to Parents".

Outstanding Kindle Fire Features:

Dual core processor (TI OMAP4) is powerful enough for those of us who like the device to run smoothly and fast. I feel it almost as fast as my iPad2 (Dual Core A5), probably sometimes it is slower when it has to perform high speed tasks (downloading HD video). Certainly it is slower than my iMac and Macbook pro (but I think this is not comparable because devices are in different levels).

Color touch screen: Admirable, awesome, outstanding. Screen is 7", resolution is 1024x600 (iPad is 1024x768), and screen pixels per inch is 169 vs. 132 of iPad and here is where it makes a big difference. I like photography magazines that have many pictures with bright colors, and the reliability of colors is amazing.

Price: Change my mind, now I think it is overpriced (Con).

Display durability: It appears to be really durable and tough to scrapes without sacrificing anti-reflective properties which is superb including its use outside with low - mild sun. Let the small children play/read with this one and save the iPad for you. Three months and cero scratches but we are careful users.

Kindle Fire Pros:

Touch keyboard: It is ok for making notes & annotations while reading. Sometimes you have to touch twice the screen but I think it is also that the processor sometimes is busy. oK, must accept that sometimes it is difficult to touch/mark on an exactly point, worst if you have big fingers.

Size: Bigger than other options but worth the effort. It only fits big pockets (I have a cotton coat with BIG pockets where it fits) with the cover on, without cover fits suit pockets but it stands out.

Probably this shouldn't be your choice if what you expect is a very portable Kindle, I will advice to check Kindle, Wi-Fi, 6" E Ink Display - includes Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers

Weight: Comparing it to my iPad2 it is really a HUGE difference, Kindle Fire is much more comfortable, it is easy to handle with one hand, it is much lighter, it is smaller and I prefer it to the iPad when I am in bed. I think this is great but just comparing against iPad.

Kindle tools: highlighting, notes, annotations, public notes. PDF & TXT files.

Surfing the Web: Amazon Silk browser gave me the same feeling as when I changed from explorer/chrome to Safari, just different but oK. Speed is good, but now I don't think that it is getting faster as I use it more, it is just acceptable. Confirmed after 3 months: Browser is just ok (3,0 / 5)

Videos capacity: Yes, you can see any Amazon video &/or other web sites. Downloading speed is good (I think it is almost as good as the iPad).

Screen size might be a little small vs. other devices but for personal use is great (this is a personal decision, some people just like bigger screens and feel uncomfortable with this size), probably won't be good for shared use.

I have been reading outside with bright sun (beside the swimming pool) and I have no problem to see the screen with full brightness. Very good for reading outside.

Games: Speed is really good for this type of apps. Colors are beyond good, definitely this is an advantage of KindleFire.

Amazon content is huge and you can get it as you wish (amazon subscription, pay for item, etc.)

Can be a spectacular option for beginner readers, explore eBooks, etc. I have two daughters, 7 & 5 years old, and they like it a lot and we are more relaxed because it is a cheaper device. Update: After 3 months my daughters have returned to the iPad and barely use the KF.

Kindle Fire Cons:

The WORST: Your content is exposed for everyone all the time and this is not modifiable. The only way to protect your KF is enabling password to unlock when you turn on your device:

* Touch once over "menu", right upper corner.

* Touch once over "more" (+): this will display "settings".

* Touch over "Security".

* Turn on: "Lock Screen Password".

Another security advice:

* Again: go to "settings".

* Search for "Restrictions".

* Here you will find: "Enable Restrictions", "Password Protected Wi-Fi", "Wireless Network (on/off)" and "Edit Password".

This is how you can protect your KF content.

BAD or "Not Kindle" alike: NOT "E-Ink". This is disappointing for Kindle Owners who love "E-INK", YOU WILL MISS IT when you read plain texts in B&W. AGAIN: KF is a luxury for color books/magazines. Although it is a little bit "eye friendly" compared with "conventional" PC/laptop screens, it is not awesome.

Searching books can be difficult: Now I have many books and some magazines and searching for your books can be difficult because there is no classification beyond: "By author, By Recent or By Title" and in: Cloud / Device. Or search in the "home carrousel"..... This is exactly as standing in front of a bookshelf ... you will have to patiently search for the book.

KF screen takes fingerprints awful: Keep a microfiber cleaning cloth at hand or in the cover, I bought Verso Prologue Case Cover for Kindle Fire, Red

Weight: Would be a Con if you compare it to Kindle Touch. Kindle fire is 14,6 oz.( 413 g.) almost twice the weight of kindle touch 7,8 oz. (221 g.). Now I think that it is light enough to carrying it everywhere.

Battery: Obviously won't last as basic kindle, this device works just as other tablets and with multi tasking activities it can consume battery in less than 6 hours depending in wireless usage. It gives above 7 hours of continuous reading. Update (dec.11): I will advice to turn off WiFi when not need it to extend battery life.

Stereo speakers: Just good, don't expect high sound quality, I will advice using a good quality earphones / headphones for better experience with music (3,5 mm stereo audio jack), mines are Klipsch IMAGE S4 In-Ear Enhanced Bass Noise-Isolating Headphones (Black).

No Bluetooth, no GPS: Users of maps or frequent users of Bluetooth connection between your phones, computers, etc. will be disappointed, don't buy it. Travelers: beware of this, you should have another device (smart phone, other) if you need maps.

No camera: If you don't have another device with you (your cell phone) and you need a picture .... Sorry, you will de unhappy, but it happens that I always have a camera with me in one of my cell phones &/or my Nikon D300s, so I don't miss it. When I wan't to get in touch with somebody else I usually use my MacBook or iMac. So, for me it is not a problem but you should take this into consideration.

No text to speech capability: BIG fault for those of us who like this feature.

Kindle fire resembles a tablet BUT don't compare to an iPad/Samsung galaxy, Motorola, etc.; these are two different levels and SO is the price.

Change my opinion: This device is not good for "basic" tablet fans ... it is "too" basic ... save your $200 for a more expensive tablet.

I think that this device is so "Amazon friendly" that price should go down. This is a tool for selling media & products from Amazon, so I expect that Amazon will drop its price. But this is not negative, iPad (iPod, iPhone, iMac) is (are) "Apple friendly" and we are happy with this technology availability and it is a personal decision to pay for the price of these devices. Update (dec.11/2011): Now I am absolutely convinced that price MUST go down, KF is nice BUT it is an AMAZON selling tool.

Final Notes:

1. Note about storage capacity: Storage capacity is limited to 8GB (No SD port, just USB), and is less This is a CON if you are a heavy storage capacity user (movies, HD pictures, etc.) because you will be limited in a certain way, although you can use USB connection. It is highly recommended that you start to use the iCloud storage. I use a lot of "iCloud storage" (mobile me, iCloud from Apple, iCloud-Amazon, etc).

If you feel uncomfortable with iCloud storage (loosing information, not having a WiFi connection, etc.), then my advice is to buy an external high capacity memory. For that, I own a Hitachi 500 GB external memory where I have centralized all my important information that requires a lot of capacity (mainly HD pictures, photoshop archives, etc) and it is easy to share with my other devices.

2. Connectivity: micro-USB port. It is the only way to maintain this device "unlocked" (PRO / CON ?).

3. For reading the classic "black & white" text books is better a Kindle touch / other basic Kindle reader, BUT for colorful text as magazines the Kindle Fire is the best.

NOTE to PARENTS:

Problems with Kindle Fire & children: Kindle doesn't have "parental controls", the 1 click buying option is true and all the kindle content is viewable.

What we do & what we have learned by experience:

1. Turn off Wi-Fi: This will not permit buying options nor accidentally see adult contents on the web, and battery will last longer. Keep your Wi-Fi secured with a password.

2. Actually we don't have explicit adult content on our accounts (my wife and I have separate accounts on amazon and other web sites) so this is not a concern for us BUT it is a valid concern and the only advice I can give is that children ALWAYS have to use electronic devices under adult supervision (their screen computers should always be placed in an open area).*

Recently we had two (2) bad experiences

1. My older daughter (7 years old) with the iMac, which has all the parental controls active and in YouTube has search limits, performed with google a search of "scary videos" and guess what: the search opened a link to YouTube web site and boom .... the most scariest video was unloaded (it almost gave me a heart attack when I lately reviewed the computer). She couldn't sleep alone that night.

2. My younger daughter (5y.) clicked on a "funny video" in YouTube while playing with her sister. The video displayed was from a "t.v. parody" and it was full of heavy gross vocabulary...

Lesson learned: My daughters use the computer devices only with our company (not even with grandparents supervision).

* I have learned to keep my (few) explicit adult items (books, videos, magazines, toys, etc.) absolutely apart and under key.

From 4 stars to 3 stars: Overall Pricey but nice toy.

Final Update (feb/2012): From 3 stars to 2,5. Browser is not good enough for what I want.

Update: Dec.7/2011: If you live or travel outside U.S. you can not download videos nor Apps ..... Absolutely disapointting: 2,5 stars (although it is not KF fault but amazon should warn this issue).

"Disclosure statement": I am a very big Amazon fan. I buy from Amazon almost every week (at least 3-4 times per month), so, this can be biased and you should have this idea in mind when considering buying a Kindle device, mostly the Kindle Fire because you will enjoy it best if you are an Amazon user, if you are not I will advice you to think it carefully, probably you have other options to consider.

There are some other eBook readers devices, some worthwhile to check: Sony Reader Reader Touch Edition PRS-600B eBook reader (Black), Barnes & Noble NOOK COLOR WiFi eBook Reader Tablet with SanDisk 1 GB microSD Card.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Smokes the iPad 1g; a better choice than iPod 4g for some., November 14, 2011

By Samuel Chell (Kenosha,, WI United States) - See all my reviews

(TOP 100 REVIEWER) (HALL OF FAME REVIEWER) (REAL NAME)

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

[Update: I've encountered the following difficulties which I have little doubt will be quickly resolved. 1st, it takes practice to be able to scroll through, say, a supply of Prime movies without inadvertently calling up a movie that posts a rental charge--a matter of knowing how and where to place your fingers on the screen; 2nd, it frequently has been requiring several attempts before a movie downloaded from Amazon (not my Cloud storage) will actually play. Instead, it's common to see the moving bar register the progress of the download, followed by the message: "An error has occurred. See questions under Connections and contact Amazon if necessary"; 3. whereas the visuals of the Fire are as sharp and hi-def as any comparable high-priced screen, the onboard audio is neither as powerful nor full-frequencied as that of the newest iPad or, for that matter, the much smaller iPod. Though the sound is certainly adequate for personal viewing in quiet surroundings, the user will likely require earphones or a remote speaker to be satisfied with the audio under most circumstances.]

The Kindle Fire practically burns away the competition. Not only is onboard storage capacity generous (twice that of the Kindle Touch, which is twice that of the entry-level Kindle), but its speed and instant connection with Amazon's Cloud (not to mention the internet), offer the user inexhaustible access to data of every sort. It's like having the British Museum, the Library of Congress and the American Film Institute--all in the palm of your hand.

I purchased the iPad1 and wish I had waited for the iPad 2, especially after being "spoiled" by the light tweight and convenience of the 11" Mac Air. Now I'm glad I didn't spring for an iPad2, especially given the attractive price, the speed and practicality of the Kindle Fire. Moreover, the Fire offers a distinct advantage to Amazon Prime members, for whom it serves as a personal, dedicated "movie theater," providing instant access to thousands of free movies available to Prime members. I'm still a fan of the Mac Air, especially for composing documents, on-line shopping and doing e-mail. And I doubt that, apart from Amazon downloads, the Fire will replace my iPod Touch as an audio player. But if the Fire isn't exactly an iPad or iPod "killer," it's a most welcome complement to them as well as to previous Kindles.

PROS:

The SIZE and WEIGHT are just right--not so large as to be an encumbrance or so small as to make following a text page or movie a challenge--even for 2 or 3 individuals. (Just be aware that it's about twice the thickness and weight of a conventional Kindle using e-ink technology.)

The SIMPLICITY and CLARITY of operation are more user-friendly even than Apple's, especially given Apple's periodic upgrades and confusing Cloud claims (the trick is to determine whether and when you're protected by their Cloud). And Apple's MobileMe (now being phased out) has been both an extra expense and a pain (the problems are too numerous to mention, but perhaps the preference, even of diehard Apple fans, for DropBox over MobileMe's exasperatingly slow iDisK is sufficient testimony in itself to the shortcomings of MobileMe). With Amazon you know where your books and music are at all times, and whether or not you choose to keep them in the Cloud or on your machine is irrelevant to the number of documentary, media and audio files at your disposal. Moreover, I can't imagine possibly being misled by Amazon's directions into creating 2 user-IDs, as was the case with Apple, and moreover being unable to undo the damage in confusion by reverting to one.

Compared to the heavy and cumbersome iPad 1, the Fire is a JOY to HANDLE. Lightweight, responsive, low-to-no heat, seemingly independent of AC recharging. You're good to go for as many movies, books, pictures, or audio recordings as you (or a child) could possibly handle for a day or more. I plan to retain my Kindle, with less power-draining E-ink technology, for serious reading. But for reading a colorful Golden Book or illustrated Dr. Seuss tale with my granddaughters, the Fire gets the nod. And for movies, the seven-inch screen is ideal for personal viewing. Since the resolution is greater than that of a larger screen, the added sharpness compensates for giving up a couple of inches of screen real estate.

The device is RESPONSIVE and FAST. I have yet to experience frustrating delays and annoying spinning wheels [but see above re: aborted downloads] while the machine is trying to sort out its directions (admittedly, I haven't thrown any heavy duty projects at it, like recording a broadcast, burning a movie, surfing the internet simultaneously (not that uncommon on the iMac). But for the basic uses for which I plan to use this machine, it's practically a flawless, foolproof performer. One thing is certain: the Fire, with its fast, user-friendly, smooth BROWSER (Silk), is bound to be a huge hit with impatient youngsters--or, for that matter, with those of us who find ourselves spending too much time fixing and fussing over our machines and too little enjoying them.

PRICE: Amazon has thrown down the gauntlet. The Fire offers twice the screen size of the Touch (3.5") at the same price as Apple's least expensive model. As usual, Jeff Bezos, who now approaches the combination of vision and practicality that made Steve Jobs a universal and iconic, practically mythic figure, is showing his savvy about consumer needs and expectations. His few missteps--the attempt to sell cars on Amazon, then the Segway--are fewer than Apple's, and none has inflicted serious harm to the company he's built--in great part because he's always put his customers first, willing to risk shareholders' ire and take some near-term hits to Amazon's bottom line in order to keep the company on course for the future. It remains to be seen if Apple and other internet giants are prepared to follow Amazon's lead. At present, Amazon's family of tablets clearly represents the best value on the market, with the stakes higher than ever, thanks to the heated-up environment created by the Fire..

CONS:

None that aren't also pro's. For example, the inclusion of any sort of camera on a device that isn't pocket-sized is, imo, a negative, not a plus. Even the music player, which seems competitive with Apple's, is for my purposes unnecessary. Unless it's a "wearable," or pocket-sized device, I'm unlikely to take the music with me (or slip it under my pillow at night as I do my iPod). I suppose it would nice if the screen size could be increased 2-3 inches and without a loss in resolution or an increase in price and/or weight. Wait for the 2nd generation Fire, if you choose. Seven inches suits me just fine, especially given the advantages just mentioned.

Unlike other Kindles, there's no need for a clip-on light. And before purchasing a fancy case, you may wish to consider the price of the Fire to begin with--spending fifty on a cover seems disproportionate. I prefer to use the device with no cover or, if necessary, a soft, shock-resistant, "grippaple" skin for the back of the tablet. (I was able to find an adequate case for under ten.)

BOTTOM LINE: If you're a movie buff or someone who reads colorful, illustrated books with children, the Fire deserves a central place in your tablet activity. With its illuminated screen, the Fire can't begin to hold as many manuscripts or perform for as many hours on a single charge as any of the Kindle readers with E-ink technology. So serious readers should think twice before setting aside their old Kindles. For my purposes, it comes down to the following: "Keyboard" Kindle 3 for books, iPod for music, Fire for movies as well as illustrated, colorful books and magazines. As for serious computing, a desktop machine like the iMac and/or a notebook computer like the Macbook Air still seem indispensable for my own purposes--perhaps because I grew up with long-hand and typing and am not, as yet, totally comfortable with (or especially good at) texting and touching. Having explained my own niche for the Fire, I have little doubt that it can fill the more "general" needs of those who, primarily because of cost, have had to postpone purchase of an all-purpose personal tablet-computer.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Android Tablet on the Market Period!, November 15, 2011

By Patrick Louise "chaos09" (nj) - See all my reviews

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This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

Just got the kindle fire in the mail at noon. Its a gift for my mom. I gotta say its a amazing product. I messed with it 5 hours Straight adding netflix, hbo go, as well as other apps. Ive been teaching my mom as I was adding apps. Very easy interface and she picked it up right away. (Shes 50)

Ive had a htc evo for over a year and a half so I know android OS pretty well.

For those that posted oh the amazon market is closed off really need to learn there android sites better.

Also honesty there's no tablet out there that handles flash as well as this tablet does. Meaning when I go to espn for example and click on the video on the main page it loads the video right there..when most tablets will 1. either crash or 2.(like my evo) ask to load it in a streaming player.

I was like..ok are you kidding me? This tablet loads everything my pc does. And super fast. Ive seen speed tests on youtube and really the best tests are very heavy flash sites like epsn and cnn. And it loaded in less then a second.

So for those pointing to the ipad. While the screen is of course bigger people ALWAYS wanna forget it doesn't support flash which was always a deal breaker for a ipad for me...that and the price which I think apple is realizing now is too high.

Face it people this is the best android tablet on the market period and I tried them all. Anyone on the fence about this tablet. Don't be. Its well worth it.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Stay at home Mom-My review so far, November 15, 2011

By Melissa Lauderdale "misca" (Jacksonville, NC) - See all my reviews

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This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

FYI- I have only touched an Ipad once, so I do not have any other experience to go off of a tablet! Just received my Kindle Fire about 30 minutes ago, and wanted to share my first impressions of my new kindle. To start, setup was very easy, as long as you remember what your wi-fi password is for your home(dont use it constantly so had to think about it).

PROS:

Colors are very vivid: There is some glare from the inside lights(received mine about 6:30 so it was dusk outside):screen is very easy to use, scrolling and picking out what you need: It does show everything that you have used constantly(I am one of those people that have a lot of the free romance books that Amazon has so it's kind of embarrasing! beware of that if your shy or will use in public.-

Facebook-works great, Pandora-good sound quality, you can play it in the background while you do other things, Youtube-didn't have any problem playing it, but the sound is a down, but I put that to the sound quality of youtube, not the Fire's capabilities

Instant Stream for Prime- Something i was most excited about, it shows up instantly that you touch the videos. Streamed quick, sound all the way up is good enough to listen without headphones as long as it isn't to loud.

Internet-haven't used it for much yet, but the slight, and I do mean slight lag is not a problem.

CONS:

Screen brightness: If you aren't used to a tablet with the backlit screen(like me, I had only the Kindle 3g) it is VERY bright. It kind of made my eyes hurt a little bit, and I don't like how I was changing the brightness level.

Reading: I really hope I get used to this, or I will not be doing reading on this, and instead go back to my Kindle 3g. The screen is very bright, although they give you 3 options to choose from of colors( White/Black, Black/White, or a slight yellow matte background with black letters) the last one I think I will be using for a while until I can get used to the brightness. Screen is also very sensitive, and it will take time to get used to not haveing the buttons on the side.

To stay on the reading, and more of something that I think they should change for options, is we should have the x-ray option, I don't like how you can't check up the book your looking up on the internet, straight from the source, and I would really like the option to rate, and write a review straight from the books' menu.

Overall my impression is that it is a great MEDIA tablet, which is exactly what it is touted to be. I think I will be very happy with this once I get used to it, and I will try and update this once I have more time with it!

UPDATE 1 DAY LATER: The brightness you get used to, thank God! I was reading on it last night and my eyes adjusted. Pictures that you transfer over can be put in your gallery(under apps), and they are so vivid!

Music from your music folder- Easy enough. If you have ever moved over a file to a mp3 or something else, it is as simple as click and drag. Just make sure it is one of the accepted files(look on the product page for this).

Children- I have a 2 year old, and I had a lot of the apps that I downloaded on my Android phone, to let her play with. She loves playing the games, and she stole my fire out of my hands when I downloaded Elmo. It is a perfect size for her to hold on the couch and watch

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2.0 out of 5 stars On the Fence, November 16, 2011

By Brian McGraw "clanmcgraw" (Birmingham, AL USA) - See all my reviews

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This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

First off, I had no expectations that this device would be on par with an iPad. My main motivation for buying it was to have a native player for the Instant Prime movies, and to use to read PDFs. I also had a lot of android apps that I'd purchased over the last year for my EVO.

This was my first kindle - I was very excited, until I got it. My specific complaints:

1) I do not like the Carousel interface, at all. There is no way to turn it off.

2) No physical volume controls. Really? Apple learned from that mistake early on, for their phones and tablets. Lots of the Amazon apps force you to go through the settings to adjust volume (though the Cloud music player does not).

3) Silk = S...L...O..........W browsing, especially on pages with more dynamic content.

The way I see it, I've got 30 days to see how Amazon reacts to the list of complaints. Some of the hardware related items obviously can't be addressed via a software update. I'm on the fence on whether or not to return it and either wait for the next iteration, or just pay more the iPad.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Kindle Fire Rocks., December 19, 2011

By R. Morel (Santo Domngo, Dominican Republic) - See all my reviews

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This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

Is there anything else to say about the Kindle Fire?

I think there is.

First, I was concerned because of a lot of 1 star reviews. In my experience shopping at amazon and reading reviews, anything short of 4.5 stars is a hit or miss purchase. The Kindle Fire (KF from now on) as of this writing has 11.5% one star reviews, and some of them sounded troubling, to say the least.

In essence this is what they said and my opinion about each point:

1. "No Android Market: this is not true". Installing the android market is not what you would call easy, but it's definitely doable. Instructions for this abound on the internet.

2. "The KF is irresponsive very frequently". This is the opposite of my experience. I am a big guy with big hands and I find the KF ability to correctly detect touchs nothing but remarkable.

3. "The SILK Browser is very slow": And it is. Compared to Opera Mini or any other browser, the thing is very slow. I really don't understand what amazon is doing, or how they could market this as something revolutionary. The way I see it, they simply had to install it and let people see it. They made it worse creating and setting high expectations about it. Bad marketing.

4. "Power button is misplaced/placed in a very inconvenient position": I had to start playing the incredibly addictive Angry Birds in order to experience the accidental power off that so many have been reporting. It has happened three times in a couple hundred hours of use. I think it could have been placed somewhere else but I cannot think of a placement where it would prevent the accidental power offs. I think the people complaining need to understand it is a tiny device. Maybe an interruptor could fix this, not necessarily repositioning the button.

5. "No Volume button": it's true. The Volume is two taps away.

6. "Bad wireless connectivity/signals": the wireless range is much worse than that of my Dell Inspiron 15, which has the best range in all laptops I have tried and I have tried a few. Connectivity cannot be simpler: just select the wifi lans and password and you are connected.

7. "No USB Cable": True. Kind of annoying at the beginning and I see how this could be an issue for the less experienced with computers and networking. You definitely need to order the cable. Here is the link http://amzn.to/tE0cgk

8. "It gets hot": mine got hot when streaming a Netflix movie. This is probably the most demanding task the device can handle, and it was much cooler than my laptop or an Ipad I tested. But it does get mildly hot. As I said, it's much less than the heat you get from say a Dell Inspiron 15.

9. "Security, people can buy stuff from your device". This is true and I suppose Amazon will work this out because most users have been complaining about it with (almost all) reason. (more on this later).

10. "No streaming of your video library, just the content in amazon instant video": might be a deal breaker for some. For those of us in parts of the world where internet speed is still cost prohibitive, that's not something we were going to do anyway.

11. "If you are outside the USA, you get a table that is as close to a brick as it can get". Absolutely true and this is something that amazon needs to address now. I took my brand new KF to Dominican Republic and the only thing I could do was download the preloaded apps (they were magnificent; I think everybody need to see and use Pulse and QuickOffice). I did not have access to the Amazon Android App store and was unable to install any apps from the android market. I could download and installed Dropbox, Opera Mini, Adobe Reader and FileExpert, but there wasn't much I could do or that anyone, outside the USA can do, but to ROOT the device and install the Android Market.

12. "Scrolling is jittery and stutters". Not my experience at all. In fact reading PDF books (huge 30-50MB Microsoft Press Books) is simply delightful. My desktop PC jitters and stutters a lot more than the KF. I honestly don't know what they are comparing against. I don't own an Ipad, but from what I can recall, the Ipad is a bit better when scrolling web sites.

13. "The Carousel offers no privacy"... While this is true (no privacy ONCE you are in the carousel), I don't really understand what are people expectations about this. I think of my desktop pc, laptop and now KF as some kind of underware. I don't expect people to be asking for them because the first two devices hold way too important information for me to comfortably letting them go around. I simply don't like lending my computers. This also applies to the KF. I personally don't have anything on it that I don't want people to see, but the device has security feature to password lock the device when you suspend it.

14. "Some books and content from old kindles won't be available to your kindle fire": Amazon put an egg on this one. Seriously. I suspect they are working to fix it, but with the capabilities of the KF, I assume it is only a matter of a small software adjustment, but seriously, not being able to read SOME or ONE of your old kindle BOOKS in your new KF is definitely a major annoyance.

Now onto what's great about the Kindle Fire.

I am in Dominican Republic, so in order to install apps and get the most out of the KF, I had to root it and install the Android Market App. After I did that, I have been absolutely in love.

It is worth mentioning again: You NEED to Root the Kindle Fire and install the Android Market to get the most out of the device, and you MUST do it if you are outside the USA. If you don't, you'll be stuck with a 199 web browsing, news aggregator thingy and not much more.

Some could argue that, because you can sideload apps and download some .apks and install them, but the availability will be simply dismal and not enough. The android market opens the tablet to a whole world of possibilities.

The screen and image quality can be described simply as stunning, and I'm probably falling short. You really need to see it to appreciate it.

The reading experience is awesome. Since most previous kindle users say the e-ink kindle is so much better for reading I am considering getting one of those, since they are now so affordable. But since I am so satisfied reading in my KF, I will pass for now.

I have a huge collection of Microsoft Press Books. Most of them come with a CD with the book in a PDF format. Since we are talking about huge books with 900-1900 pages, those PDFs are handy. The big tradeoff is having to read them in the laptop. Not anymore. Using the kindle app to read PDFs is great. Adobe reader is a little faster at rendering the pages, but the feature of the kindle that remembers where you left the book makes up for it, and it's my preferred... besides, the difference in speed is close to unnoticeable.

Web browsing with Opera Mini, Google Apps, Yahoo Mail App, Netflix, Pulse, Pandora, Google Maps, Angry Birds, aldico ebook reader make the kindle fire shine.

I cannot think of a more responsive screen. I cannot think of a better quality display. The software keyboard is great.

Overall, the Kindle Fire is making my laptop take dust. I'm simply not using it as often as I did. I think about 80% of the time spent in the laptop is now spent in the kindle fire, and I don't think that's going to change, as I am now considering developing a few apps and lean tools I need and can't find anywhere.

The reason why I am giving the KF 4 stars is because out of the box the device was extremely limited. And this makes me tell Amazon something.

I think you guys at Amazon are doubting yourself. And you really shouldn't. Just read even the one star reviews and get a grasp at how deeply rooted the relationship between you and your customers is.

I tell you this because by modifying the Kindle Fire's OS to prevent root access you are doubting the power of that relationship, and worse, you are demonstrating a lack of trust that's bad, and a reflection of your doubts about the relationship you have with us, your customers.

Believe me, if you open the device and let people install the Android Market, you won't lose a great deal of business. In fact, I'm sure the satisfaction levels of all of us, your customers, will go even higher, and that guarantees that we will stay buying from you because it is and feels like the right thing to do, because it is a pleasure to do it, to support a great company like the one you've built and make every day, one transaction at a time.

Prospective Buyers: Remember it is not an Ipad. You won't be able to connect it to a TV, you won't be able to videoconference or even make VoIP calls because it doesn't have a camera or a microphone.

If you live outside the USA and you are not computer literate, then this device is not for you, because (at the time of this review) you wont be able to buy from the Amazon Android App Store, and installing the android Market is not necessarily an easy, light experience. It has a few unusual steps. This is important to know!

In all, The Kindle Fire is a great device at an amazing price. Most one star reviews are from people who didn't take the time to learn to use the device, or a few who were expecting the miracle of buying a 600usd device at 200usd.

Buy one if you need something to browse the web, read books, news, watch some movies every now and then and even play some games. Chances are you wont be disappointed. Read around and learn how to root the device and you will have one of the most amazing devices 199usd can buy.

*** EDIT (Dec. 24th. 2011):

1.- BATTERY LIFE: I didn't mention battery life although I did noticed that streaming movies from Netflix it only gives ~6 hours. I haven't used it only for reading, but based on estimations after noticing that the actual meter of the battery charge is pretty accurate, I think you could get close to 10 hours if used on night mode (my favorite even for daytime reading). For web browsing the most I've been able to get if 7 hours 25 minutes. That should definitely be improved.

2.- AMAZON SILK BROWSER: it needs work. When it is fast it is SUPER fast. But it is mostly slow. Most reports of the Fire having a bad response are probably what users have experienced using the Silk, which at times becomes close to inoperational. A point in its favor is that it really opens everything, a lot of pages that Opera mini, Opera Mobile or Mozilla for Android cannot open, like speedtest .net. Gmail and most Google Apps are much better in the Silk than in any other application (Gmail is beatiful in it, I prefer it to the "real", standard full site display), and that includes the actual Google apps for android, which interfaces I'm not so crazy about.

CONCLUSION: This doesn't take another star from my review. I am still in love with the Kindle Fire. :)

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2.0 out of 5 stars Really Wanted to Like this buuuuuut....., November 15, 2011

By M. Han "fsgirl" - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

When I broke my Kindle 3G and Square Trade reimbursed me the full purchase price I decided to go ahead and get the new Kindle Fire even though my plans were to wait a year or so before actually purchasing it. I really wanted to like this device but I just don't. Most of the features that I loved about my Kindle 3G were not there. There is no privacy settings so everything you have ever opened, i.e. books, web pages, apps, etc is there for viewing on the carousel and you can't delete them...I don't have kids but for people who do that can't be a good thing. Here are some other issues I have with the Fire:

1) sometimes the touch screen feels like I almost have to punch my finger through the screen for it to actually open what I want it to;

2) you can't create collections so you can't sort your books the way you want;

3) text-to-speech is not available for the books that do have that option;

4) Unlike the 3G and probably other previous Kindle devices I have to buy a separate USB connector instead of just removing the electrical outlet connector if I want to connect to my computer and;

5) the length of the adapter is a joke...guess that was my first indication that there would be problems...with my 3G when I was reading in bed and needed to recharge I could plug it in and continue reading because the cord was long enough or I could just remove the electrical outlet connector and plug it into my laptop on my bed...neither is an option with the Fire (check reasons 3 & 4)

The bottom line is it's just not the Kindle I have come to know and absolutely loooooove...I soooo wanted to love the Fire but was just disappointed and became more and more so as I kept using it...printed out the return label already...I ordered the Kindle Touch for my mom for Christmas so I'm going to see what it's like (hopefully it's exactly like my old Kindle Keyboard 3G except with a touch keyboard instead of the physical one) and if I like it then I will order the Touch 3G for myself. If it is also a disappointment then I'll go back to the Kindle Keyboard 3G. Rarely ever disappointed with an Amazon purchase but seriously so with the Kindle Fire. :-(

Having had mine for a couple of hours now and comparing it to my iPad. I can now see why so many iPad and nook fan boys have been so eager to post so many negative comments on a product they haven't even tried yet.

For $199 don't expect a camera or 3G (Obviously, duh).. What you can expect is a well balanced product that will give you tons of entertainment. It's light, small and seems well made. This is NOT going to be lengthy review; there are plenty of those already. I'm just going to give you my point of view as a consumer. For $199 you can't go wrong with this product! Amazon's first attempt at taking a jab at the tablet market is impressive. This product will make a dent in this market like it or not. Leaving negative reviews based on your bias opinions instead of actual use is pathetic. But kind of funny too... people be stupid.... what can I say!

Well... going back to my kindle fire (its so much fun!)... See you haters later!

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5.0 out of 5 stars NOT a fanboy/fangirl review but a realistic look at a very misunderstood product, November 15, 2011

By Raghee Horner (Coral Springs, FL.) - See all my reviews

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This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

Five stars because it does what it is designed and does it well.

Interestingly I have not seen such split between five and one star reviews in a while and I think partly, this is a difficult product to define so here's my take on how I am using it:

This is not meant to replace my iPad. I love my iPad but frankly with my 13" MacBook Air so portable, my iPad sits on the coffee table unless I know I am going somewhere that I know I am likely have difficulty finding WiFi.

I initially bought an iPad with the idea of using it as an eReader but after 15-20 minutes the 1.5lb iPad feels like it's ten pounds and simply becomes too uncomfortable to hold like a nice light paperback. The Fire is much more realistic an eReader. Is it meant to challenge iPad as a tablet? No. Heck it's not even a challenge as an eReader to the Kindle Touch which has the dreamy eInk. But for most people the iPad is so much more than they need. I am not going to sit & write articles on my iPad even though there are some great apps for that - I'll use my (portable!) MacBook Air! The Kindle Touch is very focused on one thing: reading for longer periods of time. If you're a reader who wants to curl up for two-hours with a book and just read, get a Kindle Touch. If you're a little more "short attention spanned" like me, the Fire is perfect.

e.g. I'll read for 15-20 minutes, I may then check out a video that popped into my head as I was reading. Case in point, I was reading Blink on my iPad and then wanted to watch a video on You Tube that Malcolm Gladwell did about spaghetti sauce. Kindle Touch? Can't happen. Kindle Fire? You betcha. It's two different style of media content and that's what the Fire will do: DELIVER MEDIA.

Amazon is not in the hardware business the way Apple is. All my cards on the table, I also trade stocks and the entrance of Amazon into the table-wars is the most interesting because it's not about hardware "fanboys" (or fangirls) but the ecosystem you can now inhabit! Apple's ecosystem serves its hardware sales while Amazon's sole purpose to get the content in your hands quickly and easily.

In fact in many ways the Kindle Fire will improve because of the Cloud and the ecosystem without the need to upgrade equipment every 18 months. Apples NEEDS and WANTS you to do this. Amazon does not. I've heard complaints that Silk is not impressive but it will take some time to harness the habits of our surfing habits before it improves and I have no doubt it will. I also feel that some software updates are likely going to come sooner rather than later which is address the (growing) needs of the user. All companies do this, Amazon which is so consumer-driven will be no different.

Frankly it's going to be a lot easier to toss the Fire in my purse and go than the iPad.

Storage seems to be another issue for most people and while I won't judge why someone "needs" more rooms on a device this is a legitimate concern especially when the Nook does have an SD card slot. Frankly this would have made the Fire PERFECT but again this device is meant to have connectivity to WiFi. I can download what I need very quickly. Anyone who uses a Kindle knows that in less than 60-seconds you have an entire book in your hands. I don't keep ALL my books on my iPad even though with 64gigs I could.

And the WiFi issue: Ask anyone with multiple devices and the 3G subscriptions start to add up. For me personally I have to pay four different monthly 3G subscriptions for the family, I'd love to be in a world where WiFi is more continuous. And I do believe we're heading that. Amazon known this and eventually this will be less of a concern.

Use this device for what it was designed to do: It's not meant to challenge the iPad but I think people will realize that they don't necessarily need a device like the iPad when there is one more focused on content delivery. And if I NEED to play Pocket God or Angry Birds (which I could do on the Fire!) heck, that's what my iPhone is for...

Very poor as a tablet., November 16, 2011

By AM (Frederick, MD USA) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

The Kindle Fire is an interesting little toy, but as it stands, it's about half as useful as my phone, even if my phone couldn't make calls. As a portal into content sold by Amazon, it's absolutely excellent. As an Android device, I'm rapidly coming to the conclusion that my G1, the very first Android device, was better.

Something that was praised in an early review of the Kindle Fire was that, unlike other Android tablets, it told you what it was for. There was no staring blankly at a desktop, trying to determine for yourself what exactly you wanted the tablet for--something that's been a problem for other Android devices. Instead, you've got a friendly menu at boot: Newsstand, Books, Music, Video, Docs, Apps, Web. There's a carousel of recently used things below that, and a row of favorite apps at the bottom. So, what's it for? News, books, music, videos, docs, apps, and the web, of course! With Amazon ensuring you always have options for the first four of these, it's easy to see what you bought that Kindle Fire for.

Unless, of course, that's not what you bought that Kindle Fire for. If your notion was that you'd get a nice, cheap Android tablet for general use, you're going to have some problems. In ensuring that they could provide content to users with zero fuss, Amazon locked much of what Android users think of as "Android" out of the Kindle Fire. Android phones, during setup, integrate tightly with your Google account, and a wealth of Google oriented applications are all ready to go with your phone when you turn it on. That's not so with the Fire, and it's not just a matter of extra setup--the thing is locked down. This means no Youtube app, Google+ app, no Google Maps app, no official Gmail (Fire's mail client can read Gmail, but it's not very impressive), no ANYTHING that Google brought to the table for Android, unless you muddle through the web interface, which is really irritating when there's a perfectly good Android app for that.

If you don't like their browser (Silk), you can't use a different one. This has already presented a problem for me in the way of trying to use JManga, a portal for manga that's run by Japanese manga publishers directly. This isn't an "oh, it doesn't work on mobile," thing: it doesn't work on Silk. Dolphin, one of the best browsers for Android, handled it fine, but isn't available for the Fire, because Amazon said so. Dolphin is in the Amazon Appstore, and they're perfectly happy to let you have it--but only for your Android phones. It's explicitly blocked from the Fire (and so is every other web browser). You can't go to the official Android Market website to get it either. Try, and Silk will kick you back to Amazon's Appstore.

Using Silk to watch videos from sources like YouTube has proven a bit spotty, but doable. When running in the desktop style, framerate problems abounded. Switching to the mobile web based version of YouTube fixed that, but it's awfully stripped down. Again, if Amazon weren't so determined to lock customers out of apps provided by anyone but themselves, this would be a non-issue, as I could just use the YouTube app and have it work fine.

So far, I HAVE found an option in the Fire's OS settings to allow installation of third party applications (which is how the Amazon Appstore works on "normal" Android devices), but I have yet to find a way of doing so, now that I'm allowed.

This is not what it could, or should have been, and the fault lies entirely with Amazon taking a page from Apple's playbook, and trying to maintain an iron fist on the device.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Price and features dictated purchase, November 15, 2011

By AED - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

Purchased at Staples - no preorder to wait for.

Personal benchmark: Kindle DX 3G, Kindle for Android App on Samsung Galaxy TAB 7", Motorola Xoom Wifi, & HTC EVO 4G

Really impressed with the Kindle Fire. For somebody who reads textbooks for studying, the Fire is a much better experience compared to the units mentioned above.

Here's what I like about the "Books"

1. ability to change line spacing

2. ability to change margins

3. seven typefaces (love Vendana)

4. direct one-touch navigation to notes and highlights (this was the dealbreaker for me--this feature does not work or very erratic and cumbersome on Xoom, Tab & EVO)

5. pretty stable (haven't had any force closure compared to constant occurrences on Tab, Xoom & EVO

6. zippy search function compared to nearly standstill behavior on Xoom, Tab & EVO

7. all my eighteen textbooks really look cool on the "digital bookshelves"

The other Fire features are fine with me. My jpegs & pdfs all render nice and mp4s/mp3s play fine.

Bottom line, I bought the Fire for its Kindle reading feature.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Does not open previously purchased Kindle Books., November 16, 2011

By Phil E. (Chattanooga, TN United States) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

CHECK THE BOOKS IN YOUR DIGITAL LIBRARY FOR COMPATIBILITY BEFORE PURCHASING A KINDLE FIRE!!!!!!!!!! My Kindle Fire arrived today and I was anxious to continue reading books previously purchased for my Kindle 2. To my surprise, when I try to open a number of the kindle books on the Kindle Fire that I had begun reading on my Kindle 2, I was presented with a message "THIS ITEM IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR THIS DEVICE TYPE". Should a Kindle book not be able to be read on a Kindle? I can read all the books in my library on my Kindle 2. After paying $16.99 for a Kindle Book (11/23/63 by Stephen King) and $199 for a Kindle Fire, I cannot read the book on this device. Is this not ridiculous? Kindle Fire being returned tomorrow.

Added note: I can view the Kindle book on an iPad and an Android phone, but not on a Kindle Fire. Does that make sense?

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5.0 out of 5 stars It's all about how you use it..., December 8, 2011

By Mike (Westchester, NY) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

I've had my Kindle Fire for about a week now and I have nothing but good things to say about it. I want to first start of by saying that if you're expecting an amazing tablet computer that's going remove all you're daily stresses and give you a new outlook on life, you'll be disappointed. I know that I was expecting the Fire to help me manage my time more efficiently and to have a little fun with. It has not only done that, but much more. Honestly, out of the box, the device isn't very much fun; unless you consider the Kindle Fire User Guide a good read. That led to my initial disappointment with the Fire. I kind of a had a 'that's it?' moment. The more I started downloading books, apps, and uploading my music to the cloud, I found myself using the device much more, obviously. At this point, though, I wasn't really doing much on the Fire that I couldn't already do on my iPhone. I would normally just lay in bed at night at watch Netflix or something and, yes, having the bigger screen is really nice, but the added weight and awkward dimensions made me question my purchase.

I am currently a college student. I bring my MacBook Pro around everywhere with me. There are a few problems with that, though. First, my backpack can get really heavy, especially if I have anything more than my laptop and notebook or two. If I try to bring my charger and a textbook in the morning, my back is hurting by noon. So I usually have to compromise and leave my textbooks in my room, naturally. Anyways, back to the Kindle. More than half my classes have their notes online that you can download as PDF's or Word Documents to you're computer. I recently started downloading them to my Kindle via emailing to my given @kindle.com address and they download right to my device! Now all I do is bring my Kindle to class most days. It's a feather compared to my laptop. The PDF's look great and I'm not as tempted to be distracted as I normally would be with my laptop. Now I'll get into some of the actual uses and pros and cons of the device.

User Interface:

The user interface (UI) for the Kindle Fire is probably one of its weakest points. After only about a week the 'carousel' is so cluttered I don't even try to use it for anything anymore. I either just go right down to my favorites or the section I know that program would be in. If you do chose to use the carousel, though, scrolling through it is pretty fluid. The Fire also allows you to use it in portrait or landscape. I find myself using it in portrait most. Rotating the screen makes it lag (a lot) probably due do the endless carousel of items that need to be rotated. It's still only a few second but it's very, very noticeable. I'm glad the option is there, though, because I often like the use the device in portrait mode but upside down. This bring the power button and headphone jack to the top so you have a less chance of accidentally hitting it. This works in all the standard features but not all apps, I've noticed.

Books/Docs:

I've only downloaded a few samples of books so far. I don't really have much time for leisure reading since it's finals are coming up but it seems great. You have a bunch of options to change the font, type, colors, everything you'll ever want to change. Page turning it pretty fluid, too. Docs are also great. As I said above, I download my lecture notes in PDF or Word .doc format on to the device and they work great. I'm sure there's apps for it (Quick Office Pro, I believe) but you can't edit those from Docs. You also have the 'Newsstand' for magazine but I haven't tried those yet.

Music/Video:

I was a bit concerned about only have 6GB usable memory on the device prior to purchasing it but Amazon believes in the cloud and so do I now. Like I mentioned before, I'm at college and 99% on my university has WiFi everywhere so it's no problem getting a connection. The only annoyance I have with this is that I have to log in to my schools WiFi each time I unlock the Kindle. But that's not the Kindle's fault. Music and videos play back wonderfully on the Fire. Smooth and crisp, usually. Only a few times have I had issues with the music skipping a little but, again, I believe that is my schools WiFi's fault. I'll be sure to check when I go home for Christmas break. I haven't downloaded anything on to my actual device yet in terms of music and videos. For music, you can use Amazon MP3 Uploaded to upload all your files from iTunes into the cloud. I have about 800 songs and it took about an hour. Now I have access to them on my fire anytime, anywhere there's a WiFi connection. That's pretty cool. I only wish there was an easier way to have it sync with iTunes or something because now every time I download a new song from iTunes, I have to manually upload it to Amazon Cloud. Not huge deal but a little annoyance. In terms of video, I mainly use Netflix, which is great, but I did want to try Amazon Video. Amazon Video was also great, if not better, in terms of speed and quality. There selection is a bit limited, though, for free items.

Web:

Reading the reviews for these device, I was really concerned about the web browsing. That's one of the main things I use it for. I had heard it was choppy and slow and laggy but it really isn't. I've had no issues with speed and choppiness in the browser. It also supports Flash which is really great so I can watch a lot of my shows online, too.

Apps:

The Amazon App Store has a great selection of Apps. The only 2 it's missing are Facebook and Twitter but there are unofficial third party apps to get that, or you can just use the web browser. Both those sites have a mobile version that works great. Also, Amazon has a free app of the day. It's a normally paid app that they give away for free. I was expecting really boring, dumb apps but there are actually some really good ones. One was this airplane game which I could, and have, played for hours. Another was a neat and useful calendar. And then there was the drawing app which is a whole lot of fun, too. It's a lot of fun to see which app they're going to have there everyday. The Amazon App Store may not be as big as the Apple App Store, but most of the essentials + many, many more are there with more being added all the time.

Overall:

I really do love the Kindle. It's great to just pick it up and watch some Netflix, play a few games, or just browse the web on my bed without my heavy laptop. I know I didn't say much in regards to hardware before and that's because there's not much to say, and I don't mind that. It took about a day to get used to pressing the home button or adjusting the volume through the menus and it's really not that huge of a deal. So, I would recommend the Fire to anyone really. Whether they're a student, like me, a parent, or a business person, they'll get some use out of the Fire. It may not be the must useful device ever for getting actual tasks done, but once you do accomplish those taks, it's nice to sit back and play with your Kindle Fire. Like I said starting off my review, don't expect too much when buying it. Expect it to work, obviously, but then find out how YOU use it.

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1.0 out of 5 stars FRAUD on the Fire!! Deregister yours before it ships!, November 18, 2011

By guest - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

I am a long-time kindle user. I love my kindle, I read from it every night, faithfully. So when the Fire was announced, I was right on top of pre-ordering it.

Fast forward a few months to this past Wednesday. I was excited - the day was finally here, and when I got a text message from Amazon saying my Fire had been delivered to my front door, I knew I would be rushing to open it when I got home from work.

Home I go, and straight to the lovely box waiting at my door that has 'Kindle Fire' written all over it - only to find that the box was already opened!!!

It was empty - the sad little brown wrapper from what I assume once held the charger or cables staging at me in silence. The box itself was all put back together - the quasi-origami design of the packaging made it impossible to tell it had already been opened until you got up close for a good look. But there was absolutely nothing inside - not even an invoice.

After picking my jaw (and heart) up off the floor, I immediately called Amazon. To their credit, the customer service lady was incredibly nice, efficient and sincere. She offered to ship out a replacement immediately. I was sad at what happened, and at having to wait longer, but it was resolved, at least. Or so I thought....

The next morning, I casually checked my email, and was stunned to find 21 separate emails from Amazon thanking me for my order. (Plus one from my bank, warning me of unusual activity on my card.) Amazon was thanking me for ordering almost $300 worth of mp3s from my brand new kindle fire!!!

So, obviously I didn't order the music, the low-life scum who stole my fire did.

So, 3 days of hell, 2 calls to my bank, 1 in-person visit to my bank, 1 call to Amazon, 2 chat sessions with Amazon later, and at least one more call to the bank to go (because no, they can't do a darn thing about the charges until they finish posting to your account, authorized doesn't count) - I ask this question which every kindle owner should ask:

HOW DID THIS HAPPEN??

It happened because:

a) The fire is shipped in a box that advertised on the outside of the box exactly what it is. "Hello, you, thief, please come steal me!"

b) Although mine was shipped UPS 2nd day (yes, I am a Prime member also), no signature was required. I also kow other people who ordered fires, and they were shipped via smartpost (USPS). Shouldn't something worth $200 at least require a signature?

c) The fire was shipped pre-registered (already connected) to my account. This means that the thief did not have to have any of my personal information. He did not need to hack something or register anything - all he had to do was click 'buy' and my account was charged. Did I ask Amazon to pre-register my fire or connect it to my account when I purchased it? I most certainly did not. Amazon sees fit to do this all on their own, without warning or option, unless you specifically say you are buying it as a gift. So for anyone out there still waiting for their fire or kindle to be delivered, I strongly suggest you go de-register it until you physically have it in your hands. (It only takes a minute to register it again.)

d) And this is the really big one that doesn't stop with delivery issues:

WHY IS NO PASSWORD REQUIRED TO MAKE PURCHASES FROM YOUR KINDLE??

Just think for a minute. Every purchase you make with your kindle or fire is charged to your default card. There's no password, no sign-in, nothing. So anyone who physically has a hold of your device has a direct line to your credit card. Remember this if you lose it or it gets stolen, and you might want to be extra careful who you loan it to.

Really, Amazon - how hard is it to make a password requirement for purchases?

I was thinking of giving my fire to my daughter. The fact that she could purchase anything she wants without a password (and therefore without any oversight) is making me think again.

I return to the fact that I love my kindle. I really do. But this experience has opened my eyes to what is a HUGE security risk with these devices.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Content in the Cloud. Forget it., November 15, 2011

By Paul Williams (Redwood Shores Ca) - See all my reviews

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This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

Two Fire's here yesterday. Two on their way back today.

I posted a review earlier and want to update.

So I got hooked in on this product right away. I upgraded my cloud storage to the 20 gig plan and got unlimited music space also. Already had a prime account. I realized that it didn't have a lot of on board memory. But everything was going to be in the "cloud" so I wasn't too worried. So uploaded a bunch of home movies and music videos I had to the cloud. We all like to watch different stuff at the same time at my house so this was going to be a great little device to do that with. I have Hulu and Netflix accounts but like to watch my own stuff too. So the first thing I did upon arrival was fire it up and see how my videos look. Well to my surprise they don't let you watch you own content. The music worked. But no videos. There is another way to get to your cloud. You can see the directories. If you click the music works and the picture works. But videos do not. I know the movie files are in the right format because they work fine in the web based cloud player. So I called CS because I really didn't think this was right. I figured I had something wrong. But sure enough. They told me that playing videos on the Fire from the cloud is not supported. Only videos that were purchased or rented from Amazon would work. Sorry but this was a deal breaker for me.

Yes I could put the movie directly on the device. But with only 6 gigs of useable memory It would fill up very quickly. Not to mention. No USB cable either. And it's a micro USB. Not nearly as common.

One more strange thing. When I first turned it on. It knew who I was. I never had to log in. It looked like it was preloaded with my profile too. Good thing it came to the right house or I would be closing some credit card today.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Tablet at Perfect Price, November 15, 2011

By R. Perry (Maryland) - See all my reviews

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This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

Is this the best tablet on the planet? No, but by all means ask yourself, for 199, am I getting my moneys worth? Absolutely. The lack of camera, gps, bluetooth, so what? The average consumer does not use any of these features. I own a XOOM and a Samsung Galaxy Tab. I am VERY happy with the K-Fire. It works beautifully, and I can't wait to order 3 more for Christmas presents, just made my holiday shopping SO MUCH EASIER.

Amazon created a tablet that will do very well in the current market, and while it isnt a showstopper, it definately will turn heads when Amazon gets to laugh all the way to the bank for all the doubters. This is a great kids tablet, and for those who aren't tech saavy. I bought one, and I love it, take the dive, you wont regret it.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Fire, September 10, 2013

By Gwen "Gwen" (NH) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

It works fine for the first year, then freezes up and screen goes black. 2 year square trade warranty plus accident protection is not worth the money

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great service, September 9, 2013

By KG - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

My kindle arrived early! And was exactly as described. Thank you for the great service. It was better than expected

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, September 8, 2013

By Sandra N Curry - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

Very fast delivery! Came faster than i had expected. Great condition! No marks or scratches. Came with a red case.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Does not last more than a year!, September 8, 2013

By B. Rakes (Texas) - See all my reviews

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This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

I ordered my second kindle(kindle fire 1) this last August and loved it but.... the Charging Port and battery does not last more than a year. I had to replace the battery and now have to replace the Charging port. I am better off buying a netbook/notebook and use it for my kindle books. The warranty expired a week before the battery stop holding a charge. A week after the battery died and would not charge, received a new battery, which worked for two weeks and then the Charging Port went out. I know how to replace it but think that this is a problem with all the kindle fires. The shotering done at the factory was poorly done and they is a problems with every one I know who has one. I used mine every day so I want a product that will not die on me. I enjoyed it but do not want to have to repair or replace the item every year. Still will buy the books.

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3.0 out of 5 stars too bad it won't charge, September 7, 2013

By Michele Pegg "momstudent" (St. Louis MO) - See all my reviews

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This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

So, I bought one for my son for Christmas. It was wonderful right out of the box! Then we noticed that the Kindle Fire was having difficulty when charging, we had to wiggle the cord to try and get the charge light lit, then we were placing a rolled up sock under the cord to get it to charge. Called Amazon and they replaced it as it was less than a year - Wonderful! Now we are having the same problem again, but we are a month past the second year - so no replacement and Amazon doesn't recognize that the charging area has an issue. So, in short coming in to Christmas - don't buy a Kindle Fire as there are plenty of write ups about the charging issues (I should have listened to them). I love Amazon, but this is not a good product and even though there are multiple issues with the charging pins they will not admit it. So, this year for our other son we are getting a Nook - Barnes and Noble have opened up the Nook for everything so you can get all Kindle content on it and enjoy everything in your account. There are no bad write ups about the Nook and at least it will charge. As for our son with the Kindle Fire - it will soon be obsolete anyway as he will probably get a tablet for Christmas and he can get his content on that.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Small hands on deck, September 6, 2013

By kebs - See all my reviews

This review is from: Certified Refurbished Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (1st Generation) (Electronics)

Large hands small keyboards do not mix. NOT the best at typing anyway,So just buy a chromebook.Thats what I did

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5.0 out of 5 stars My "First" Kindle!, September 6, 2013

By Virginia B Johnston (LAGUNA WOODS, CA, US) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

This was my first experience w/ a "reader"! And I loved it! I still own it and use it for certain trips and the need to carry something smaller! A wonderful experience with a terrific product!

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4.0 out of 5 stars 1 year 8 months old and won't charge, September 6, 2013

By Squwackie "Squwackie" (Ohio) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

What am I doing wrong? can the usb port get damaged? My Kindle won't charge up. no light comes on, won't boot up.help!

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2.0 out of 5 stars will not charge, September 6, 2013

By sara - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

I loved my kindle fire until the charger started giving me more and more trouble. At this point it will not charge. My aunt has the same problem with her's and according to google its a flaw that many people experience. When i contacted customer service about the issue they tried to upsell me. Why would i want to buy another kindle when the one i have malfunctioned in such a short time? This issue started a few weeks after my purchase but with some wiggling the carger would eventually work but that is no longer the case. Spend a little more for a better quality product and customer service.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good tablet, September 6, 2013

By cynthia - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

As a tablet, the KindleFire delivers. As an ebook, I never really got excited about reading. Yes, it was nice to lay on my side and not have to worry about a page getting caught on my pillow or rearranging the book so I could read it the left side and then again to read the right side. However, even with the ability to dim the screen, it still felt like reading an article on the internet, and there's just something irreplaceable about print. maybe I would have been better off with the cheaper kindle designed only to be for reading. I felt like I was constantly charging the thing.

Charging issues purchase extended warranty, September 6, 2013

By Carol A. Beckwith - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

Purchase the extended warranty, after 18 months it's very hard to get it to charge the battery. I wouldn't invest in a new one.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Great device with a big problem, September 6, 2013

By Maria R. Bauer "momdog" (rmechanicsville, va) - See all my reviews

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This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

I have purchased two Kindle fires in the last 2 years. Both of them have had the same problem; the charger cannot be plugged into the device after repeated use. I didn't have a service contract with my first Kindle and the charger failed to do its job after about 5 months. So I bought another one, with the service contract, just in case this problem was not a fluke. Well, the same thing has happened again. So now I am sending it in for repair, but I will not recommend this product to anyone. It seems to me that there needs to be a redesign of the charging port on the device. I am now purchasing an ipad.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Missing YouTube & DISH Anywhere, September 5, 2013

By Evelyn "Grandma Geek" (Yorba Linda, CA United States) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

It is ridiculous that there is no real YouTube app for the Kindle Fire. Also, I can watch DISH on my itty bitty iPhone but not my Kindle Fire. These two things need to be fixed.

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4.0 out of 5 stars OKAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, September 5, 2013

By EMartin (Antioch, USA) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

This is a recap to my first review I bought this Kindle when it first came out in 2012. It work so good the first year it just statred acting up last month (August 2013). First it was the Wi-Fi everytime I turn it on I would have to manually connect to the Wi-Fi. I thought it would atutomatically come on when I used it in my house. Because that was my main connection. Then my battery started dying quick. So if you decide to get the knew one make sure to get the insurance. I had to buy a knew one because I didn't have insurance. I just upgraded to the Kindle fire HD 8.9 so far I'm loving it I will keep you posted if it starts to fail me.

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1.0 out of 5 stars charger usb port, September 5, 2013

By Richard Fournier - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

Charger usb port became detached from motherboard. Could not charge unit. Amazon does not provide replacement motherboard. Item is now useless.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle fire.... Are you kidding me??, September 5, 2013

By ruth - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

I was full of high hopes when it came to my reading; literally, I kid you not, charging the damn thing so I can use it is between reliable and q definite maybe:....

I hv ordered 2 compatible power cords and

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I am reaching

The point after struggling beyond the reasonable

To get

Customer care

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Service

Is rather

Ridiculous and let's just say they are not sorry even if u go through IVF to assist yuu

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1.0 out of 5 stars Defective Product: Don't Buy, September 4, 2013

By Jessie Coty (Livermore, CA United States) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

I bought this Kindle for my elderly mother to keep her mentally active. She loved it except that despite gentle use, it failed to charge after only 17 months of gentle use. Apparently there is a connection issue with this model and it therefore fails to charge (one can google this known issue). Amazon/Kindle does not stand behind their product, rather they ask you to return the Kindle and they charge you $89 to get a refurbished Kindle (meanwhile they keep your Kindle, refurbish it and sell that to another client). It is disappointing that the company prefers to only provide a 12 month guarantee of this product, even for a known defect in the product rather than stand behind their product and replace it for free (even replace it with a refurbished Kindle, but for free).

We will no longer buy any Kindles and recommend you think twice.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I love my Kindle Fire. I love Amazon!, September 4, 2013

By Groo (Coral Springs, Florida United States) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

I love the concept that just about every book that I could ever want can be downloaded to this little device instead of taking up space and gathering dust and mold in a book case.

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5.0 out of 5 stars great!, September 4, 2013

By Heather N. Kruse "Book Mama" (Nebraska) - See all my reviews

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This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

We were given a Kindle Fire as a gift and then purchased one as a gift. Both are great, love to use it. Between my hubby and I and our 2 kids, it gets used a ton!! Great graphics, perfect to watch movies on Netflix, play games, and of course read on!

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2.0 out of 5 stars Decent tablet but lacks quality, September 4, 2013

By I. Torres "guy" (CO) - See all my reviews

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This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

For $200 (in 2012) it is way too expensive for the quality. Not even a year in the battery icon began to show "?" and it ceased running off the battery or charging. Now I have to leave it plugged in to the charger to use it.

We have been careful with the item for the most part. It has been dropped a few times but always with the protective cover and never from a height greater than four ft. Maybe that was enough to dislodge something, I'm not sure.

I also have a Kindle Fire HD and I'm worried the same thing might happen to. For anyone thinking about buying a Kindle Fire I suggest you look into a Nexus tablet instead.

Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

We tried the Kindle Fire twice... once purchasing it locally and once purchasing through Amazon. Both times we ended up returning it. The ecosystem surrounding it is just too limited unless you hack the item which voids the warranties. It is just not worth ti. There are much better tablets to be had for the same money or less and then you have the full support of Android. Great idea, would be ok for some people but not for true power users or tech geeks.

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5.0 out of 5 stars My Mom wanted one of these, September 4, 2013

By Timothy A. Elliott - See all my reviews

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This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

because she loves reading Stephen King books. She doesn't even have to leave the house anymore. Thanks a lot Kindle.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Get a Kindle Fire!, September 3, 2013

By Nicole Barrett - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

Save yourself the money and do not get a Kindle Fire. My husband paid up the ying-yang for my Kindle Fire, he thought he got the best of the best, and it can't do things my old regular Kindle could do. I could get a book downloaded almost anywhere with my old Kindle through WhisperNet. I can't even get into the store to look at books with my Fire because most places do not have Free WiFy which means my Kindle Fire is useless unless I am at home where I have my own WiFy. I was told that I could pay $50/month for a mobile hot spot through AT&T in order to access wireless anywhere but this would require a 2-year contract. It is so NOT user-friendly that I can't even figure out how to get my itunes music onto my cloud even after reading the online forums and speaking to someone from Amazon support. Basically, it's not worth the frustration.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Customer Service, September 3, 2013

By Lori A. Pelissier (St Albans, Vermont United States) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

I've have the Kindle Fire(my third Kindle!) since Christmas 2011. Over the past 4 months it has quickly declined to holding a charge for 8 to 10 hours or less, regardless of use. I contacted customer service and they confirmed it was a defective battery and of course, is outside the warranty period, but they were happy to sell me a used (refurbished) kindle fire at a higher price than the original Fire cost. A new battery would have made me happy.

Amazon's customer service has declined over the past couple of years to the point where it just easier to purchase many items locally. Their lack of interest in coming to an equitable solution regarding the kindle fire has me now pricing other tablets and e-readers to replace the kindle.

I was an enthusiastic and frequent shopper with Amazon but I guess I'll just be joining the ranks of the disillusioned former Amazon customers who are going elsewhere,

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2.0 out of 5 stars Defective port for charger, September 3, 2013

By L. L. Purcell "Loopys Gourds" (Kirksville, MO) - See all my reviews

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This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

I am not the only one that has had problems charging the Kindle. The port is defective and it is very hard to get it to charge. My daughter and two of my friends have had the same problem and some of their friends also. I think I may get a Nook. My other daughter got two for their kids and they are superior to the Kindles with no port issues.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Purchased for my daughter, September 3, 2013

By James L. Van "JimV" (Providence, RI, USA) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Certified Refurbished Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (1st Generation) (Electronics)

Great price...how could I not? I'm an iPad owner/user & am so impressed with its ease of setup and use, features, apps. Thinking about one for myself if Amazon repeats the offer...

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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!, September 3, 2013

By kwall1343 - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

I must say that my Kindle Fire is amazing and it is definitely a must-have item. If you are looking for a reading device, or even just a tablet that you can search the internet with, this is the device to go with. Much cheaper than anything apple related and way better in my opinion. Easy access to all my favorite books. I am on it at least 3-5 hours of my day.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoying my Kindle, September 3, 2013

By Colleen Dyer - See all my reviews

This review is from: Certified Refurbished Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (1st Generation) (Electronics)

Bought it reburbished two weeks ago. Totally enjoying it. My only complaint at this point is the position of the power button (bottom center). I was shutting down the devise while reading - now I flip it upside down.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Won't Charge, September 2, 2013

By Brendan Haley - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

After having this device for a 1.5 years it will no longer charge. I have read this is common with other customers

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1.0 out of 5 stars VERY UNHAPPY PRIME USER--SUBSCRIPTION KINDLE FIRE, September 2, 2013

By Suzan B - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

I recently purchased my 4th Kindle product from Best By (Amazon PRODUCT).... as you can see I like the product, however after the automatic "subscription" on my Kindle Fire (not HD) I am ready to change to a Nook!!!!! I went to the store to purchase a replacement Kindle Fire... first a regular Fire was hard to find (I don't need all the bells and battery sucking whistles of an HD). When I found a Fire I purchased it on the spot. What was MOST upsetting was after syncing all my books the next time I opened by "book" I was confronted with a company AD!!!! I opened it again and ANOTHER AD!!! I found that I had unknowingly purchased a FIre that did NOT come ad free... I didn't even know I needed to ASK about this!!! So I went on-line paid $30 to be told that to change this feature I had to go online and UNSCRIBE then AMAZON CHARGED ME over $15 to TURN THIS UNASKED FOR SUBSCRIPTION OFF!!!! That takes alot of nerve AMAZON!!! I have been so happy with you and all my purchases over the years. I am a PRIME member and this is what I get... I'm going to seriously think about going elsewhere on line for my purchases this holiday season!!! SO SAD about this.

The Kindle Fire is a little bulky thickness wise it is light and easy to carry. I have not had a real opportunity to use it a lot as yet

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5.0 out of 5 stars good, September 2, 2013

By Lorraine Butler - See all my reviews

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This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

I like my kindle fire by now they is a newer version out but i still like this one and i like that i can get internet on it as well as reading books off it.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Lasts about a year, September 2, 2013

By big sciota (North Carolina) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

On the 2nd replacement due to battery charging issues. Once it's out of warranty you're screwed. I have had my ipad 3 years with never a problem. I would suggest avoiding this device.

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5.0 out of 5 stars niv bible, September 2, 2013

By wendie dixon - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

i love that i could download the Bible, it gets me to the chapters fast, i am going to learn how to use the book markers

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4.0 out of 5 stars good buy, September 2, 2013

By James Richard - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

Recieved product in a timely manner and it works great. No issues with this kindle, charges great and has made the wife happy

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5.0 out of 5 stars bought as a xmas gift, September 1, 2013

By OPRedneck - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

the (nephew and his wife )y loved it they took turns whose night it was to play with it. Too, much technonlogy for me !

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1.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE, September 1, 2013

By Arthur E. Bernard (Denham Springs, Louisiana) - See all my reviews

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This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

Had two of these for less than two years and both are now having charging issues. Amazon offered to give me a $20 discount off a 2nd generation model. I am leery to invest any more money into Kindle Fires.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, August 31, 2013

By joyousone - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

For a second hand Kindle I was very happy with how well it worked and how quickly I received it.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Highly Disappointed in Amazon, August 31, 2013

By Theresa Hamilton (Los Angeles, Ca. United States) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Certified Refurbished Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (1st Generation) (Electronics)

I have purchased two of these Kindles because I love them- would have given a 5(in total I have purchased 4 Kindles, 3 versions). I noticed that my Kindle (this version) was beginning to have problems charging, so I called customer service. After troubleshooting with me, I was sent to another technician. Almost immediately he said that the place where the power supply connects inside the device had probably become loose and stated that he could give me 100 dollars off on the purchase of a new Kindle. I really loved this Kindle, and was not looking to purchase another. Unfortunately, Amazon no longer supports this Kindle and my only option (as the technician stated) was to find someone on eBay who could re-solder the connection. I clarified that I was more than happy to pay Amazon for the repair, that I would prefer to keep the Kindle I had, and that I was not expecting anything free. I expressed my disappointment that keeping my Kindle and having it supported by Amazon was not an option, and the technician replied that I had other choices. When I asked what he meant, he stated that I could GO SOMEWHERE ELSE AND PURCHASE ANOTHER DEVICE! Upon asking to speak to a manager, which I seriously doubt was a manager, he apologized and said that he didn't want to address what the previous technician had said to me. He then began to set up my new purchase, and at the end of the interaction I asked what I could do with the Kindle I owned. He told me that I had to return it to Amazon. Nowhere in the conversation was this mentioned! The only way that I could receive the discounted price was to return the Kindle I purchased- and frankly it is like new, except for the internal power connection. I immediately cancelled the new order and have questioned my allegiance to Amazon and their products since. What hurt the most was that I was not valued as a customer (and I have been with them for years). Highly Disappointed.

I loved this device. Clear picture, user friendly, does everything it says it does. After 3 months or so of use, it quit charging. So Amazon replaced it. After a few more months of use, my new one quit charging. Without hesitation, Amazon showed amazing customer service and again replaced it no questions asked, although the CSR claimed they had never heard of this happening to anyone else. Really? Now here we are a few months out of warranty, and my 3rd device has stopped charging. I tried everything from new chargers, hard resets, wiggling the plug, praying. It's shot. No more charging. I'm done. Moving on to another brand and just getting the kindle app. When it worked it worked great, and I'm seriously bummed that the longest any replacement lasted for me was 6 months.

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4.0 out of 5 stars My Girls Love It, August 31, 2013

By Meekasmile - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

I'm pretty pleased with the two Kindle Fires I've purchased this far. I'm now fairly sure I will be buying one for myself. My daughters are truly enjoying them and I Love all the free apps/books.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, August 31, 2013

By April Ward - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

I recieved my Kindle Fire on time and in great condition. I would definately order from this seller again. Great Service!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Kindle, August 31, 2013

By chipmunk53 - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

Great for reading. However, I downloaded Netflix and wasn't loud enough. You have to use earplugs. Also sometimes the words are off like a dubbed Godzilla movie from the 60's. it is light and easy to take with you as opposed to a computer.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gift at Great Price, August 30, 2013

By Nana - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

I was very pleased with the seller. Product arrived before delivery date. It looked like brand new and my grandson is thrilled. Purchased this for my grandson to take to school on technology day. We are both very happy.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't trust Amazon, August 30, 2013

By LikeBooksTooMuch "LikeBooksTooMuch" (Orange County, CA, USA) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

They will update the software without knowledge or warning. So then struggle with figuring out the new menus. I was okay with the old crap.. Didn't want the new stinky crap.

They will remove books without knowledge or warning.. ebooks will be erased when someone decides you are not worthy.

My wife got this for me.. I"m very sorry I have to explain I really HATE it. This is from an 8+ year Amazon+ customer.

Ebooks and Kindles are both bad technology.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, August 30, 2013

By J. H. Fitzgerald (ENCINITAS, CA, US) - See all my reviews

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This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

I have always been a book reader, but until recently I read maybe a book a year because I hated to bring my reading material with me when I went somewhere.

It has been a year since I first received my Kindle Fire as a gift (this recent purchase was a gift for someone else). Since that time, I have read more than 40 books in my spare time!

This is a great gift to buy for the book reader in your family.. as they will most likely not buy it themselves but also will not put it down once they find out all of the reading material at their fingertips.

While on vacation this year we took both our laptops & Kindles, but hardly ever touched the computers and were VERY thankful to have the NetFlix app, which saved us money. Instead of paying $$$ for pay-per-view movies through the hotel, we used our account to access a library of choices without paying a .01 more.

Thanks Amazon for such a great product!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Wouldn't trade my Kindle Fire for anything, August 30, 2013

By Robin K. Carter (Indiana, USA) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

I love my Kindle Fire. It functions as I need it to (primarily to read and surf the web), without having to suck up data on an iPad. This device is perfect for taking on vacation, I have thousands of books and apps on mine. My one complaint is that I would like to be able to sort my books by genre as you could on the original Kindle. I hate only being able to sort by recent, title, or author. Battery life is at least 10 days (unless I am reading pretty much non-stop). Wi-fi connection is fantastic, usually connects better than my phone.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Used about everyday., August 29, 2013

By kasey - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

I got this for my wife as a mothers day present and she uses it for almost everything. I use it as well when I dont have my laptop with me. The color is bright, its functions are simple and easy to use. My only issue is that it has a weak speaker system in it headphones are a must for everywhere except a quiet room.

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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!, August 29, 2013

By karen wescott (Mountain Green, UT) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

I use my Kindle constantly! This is my second Kindle and I have recomended it to everyone! I play music on it while I'm at work, I use it for reading. I have had it in my kitchen when following a recipe I have seen on my Better Homes and Gardens subscription. I've got games, books, magazines, music apps, and Netflix on my Kindle Fire. I still use my 1st Kindle a lot too. I share my books between the two and if my battery is low on one, I grab my other to keep reading. I would purchase this product again and again!

My Fire lasted about 1.5 years then refused to connect to wifi. The tech rep suggested a reset to factory settings and it still won't connect. I tried downloading a book back to it through the USB connection, but it looks like it has to be re-registered before it can do that. To register a Fire, you have to connect through wifi. So all my purchased stuff is gone and the machine is, apparently, toast. Fortunately, I purchased a Touch at the same time and it's still working, so I've got the books (print and audio) still available. I'm just not happy with a product lasting less than 2 years while costing $200.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Great product bad charger, August 28, 2013

By SGT Mannix - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

I received the product early it was in great condition and came with a very nice free case. The charger for this device was fualty and nearly destroyed the kindle. The kindle got very hot and the battery died after only being on the charger for an hour. Now the kindle's battery is weak and it drains quickly even when not in use.

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1.0 out of 5 stars No support for this product, August 27, 2013

By Natasha - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

I have had this product for less than 2 years and the touch screen stopped performing properly. The only support provided was a reset or reset to default. When that did not work they tried to upsale me on a new product...great support! No more amazon products for me!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Quite a surprise, August 27, 2013

By Apalca Man - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

Be careful when oedering Kindle products. There are an awful lot of different models etc. I had a Kindle Fire that was a gift. It got stolen. I went to Kindle store and decided to buy a refurbished K. Fire and ordered. Surprise! I got a refurbished K. Touch. I guess that the Touch will work out, but I did not get what I ordored.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Love the Kindle Fire but not this one, August 27, 2013

By Wanda H. Gray (Somerville, TN United States) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

I ordered this Kindle Fire as a replacement for one that no longer charges only to find that this one will not charge. Not a happy camper right now.

UPDATE:

I have had more luck with charging this Kindle Fire. This morning, I have had no trouble charging.

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1.0 out of 5 stars stopped working the first day, August 27, 2013

By michael Taillon - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

My son waited over a week for it to arrive and when it did he was so happy. he played with it for two hours and it froze. now it will not restart.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Should've bought the extended warranty?!?! That was Customer Services Response, August 27, 2013

By K. McKinney (CO, USA) - See all my reviews

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This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

I bought my Kindle Fire in May of 2012 and just yesterday the battery icon switched from a battery shape to a question mark. I called customer service and did some trouble shooting with them but moments later (about 10 minutes after changing to the ?) the Kindle died and is unable to turn back on. The only help I was then given by Amazon customer service was suggestions for replacing the Kindle that is now 14 months old with a newer version ranging in price from $127 - $190. They said because I didn't buy the extended warranty that there was nothing they could do. He did go on to tell me that "they hope their products last longer" but since it didn't in my case there weren't many options. My question to then is, do they sell the products knowing they won't last? Should an extended warranty become an absolute when purchasing a Kindle device? I had enjoyed my Kindle for the short time I was able to have it and just feel like Amazon/Kindle tied my hands as far as my respect for the company and service goes. They didn't give any options except to spend more hard earned money than I already had. Maybe food for thought in the future for instances where people have this problem, Amazon/Kindle give the person the option to ship you their Kindle so that you can change the battery on it at a reasonable price without having to buy a whole new unit, EVERY YEAR :(

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5.0 out of 5 stars Love My Kindle HD, August 26, 2013

By K. kelly (Illinois) - See all my reviews

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This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

For the money the best tablet around! I found for half price refurbished here on amazon and its like brand new!

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2.0 out of 5 stars Battery lasts 12-18 months - on all 4 we've purchased!, August 26, 2013

By Kindle Mom "mb1231" (Nixa, MO, USA) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

We love the Kindle Fires, but we won't buy another. We've purchased 4 in the past two years and NONE of the batteries have lasted more than 18 months. Amazon replaced one at a discounted rate, but only the apps transfer, not the progress so a lot of the "work" my kids put into building a city or world was lost. I wouldn't be too bothered if this had happened to one of the KF's, but all? That is a major product flaw.

My advice is to get an iPad or iPad mini. The original output of money may be more, but the two we've owned for > 3 years are still running like new. Bummer, because I really, really liked the KFs! But "renting" one for a little over a year is not cost effective.

Either way, remember to get an otter box. Totally worth the money, especially for kids.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great!, August 26, 2013

By Appatight - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

Bough this for my sister 2 years ago for Christmas. She uses it ever single day for watching movies, surfing the web, and e-books. And what I didn't notice is that I got a free year to Amazon prime and didn't take advantage of it. But for the Kindle fire it great and robust. My sister says that the battery life is still as good as when I first bought. My sister was super happy so I'm happy.

I love my Kindle Fire much better than my original keyboard Kindle. However, I dropped it and cracked the glass. Emails to Amazon tells me there are no provisions for repair only replacements with refurbished ones at "a reduced cost"; which by the way are only about $10 less than I can buy new ones at local stores without the shipping hassle, etc. Poor customer support!! Nevertheless, the Kindle Fire is a wonderful device as long as you won't ever have to have it repaired. Charlie

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5.0 out of 5 stars Was pleased with the timely arrival, August 25, 2013

By Dianne Gill - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

My young 4 year old grandson loved having his very own tablet. He doesn't have to share his mom's iPad with his two older brothers.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Tools, August 25, 2013

By Suzanne Strohm - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

Granddaughter loves it she streams movies and videos from youtube and does email so I am happy for a good tool

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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!, August 24, 2013

By Margie Castillo - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

I truly love this item. You can read, play games, surf the net, and almost anything else you can do on a computer. I downloaded a version of Microsoft Office and now I can read Word & Excel documents.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reader and music source, August 24, 2013

By Sam Lynch - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

As a reader and music handler it functions without flaws, however it has limited utility for me in other areas.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best gift I ever bought, August 24, 2013

By lori carl - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

My husband is an avid reader and this was the perfect gift for him. He has bad eyesight and you can change the font size and there is a light. He can reader with the bedroom lights out. He downloads hundreds of books so he does not have to go anywhere to get more material. He loves it....

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1.0 out of 5 stars I hate it., August 23, 2013

By Kim - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

The screen is horrible. The navigation is clunky...several swipes and clicks to close out apps. The wi-fi doesn't stay connected. AND the charger doesn't work any more.

iPad...here I come.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Web browsing very poor, August 23, 2013

By Ted Mowery (Chicago, IL) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

Web browsing was primary reason I bought this unit: It displays random content poorly and often doesn't pull up websites correctly. The wireless is okay if you have a really, really strong signal. It works okay for buying stuff on Amazon - however - it often CAN'T EVEN DISPLAY AMAZON.COM correctly.

#2 problem: Smallish screen.

Am glad I didn't pay a huge amount of money for one of the higher-end Kindles. At least with one of those, I would be able to output the video to HDMI and have Dolby sound.

Parting thoughts/shots:

Tablets have improved little since the last time I used one (Looks like laptops are still the way to go, but you have to spring for an ultrabook or be prepared to drop $500-600 for an ipad to get a usable tablet).

Kindles are priced at least $100 more than they should be.

If I were buying a pure e-reader, I would probably get the Barnes and Noble new color HD Nook, which is only $120 - the amount of content available on Amazon Prime (videos, primarily) is limited and doesn't present a compelling value.

You also can't view status of your current order or returns very well with this unit and it lacks bluetooth.

For the $75 I paid, I will give it an okay, and not a hair's-breadth more of a star. I'd be seriously upset if I'd paid full price for this.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Fire 1st Gen, August 23, 2013

By Jason S. - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

Greetings,

I bought the Kindle fire for my then 7 year old daughter. At first it was a great way and start to get my daughter to read books and play games while of course supervising what content she had privilege accessing. The table was great I ended up buying one more and then later on a Kindle HD Fire. I now had the 1st generation for 2 years and find that the usb port is loose and one already it does not charge. Called Amazon and they say they cannot offer replacement because almost 2 years old and only offer was refurbished 2nd generation for $100 dollars off original price and or a Kindle HD 8.9 priced at $269 take $100 off. Well im used to at least some devices having a lifespan worth of over 3yr lifecycle. I couldn't get a better offer from rep or at least replacement so will most likely be buying Ipad Mini. The mini has a better power plug design which will translate to longer lifecycle and a happy daughter again. Sorry Amazon i really do wish you could have offered better option. So in the beginning 4 starts now had to knock down a star due to hardware lifecycle and most importantly customer support. Who by the way quote was when i told him saw alot of people complaining about the usb port going bad online say "Don't believe everything you read online". Hmm he should take a look a these reviews then since amazon im sure relies on this type of reviews.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good., August 23, 2013

By Andrea - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

Pros:

Fast

Convenient

Cons:

Some trouble with Internet browsing/opening pictures, etc.

Awkward size to hold in hand

Overall, I like the product, but there are definitely improvements to be made.

The product was shipped promptly and was just like the description. I would definitely do business here again in the future.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Packaging, August 22, 2013

By Gamer - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

Item was shipped in an envelope, not a box, and the Kindle was badly damaged upon arrival. The supplier, however was very professional during the return process. Also, the charger was not the same typically received when buying a kindle new (wall charger), rather, it was a USB port charger. Not what I expected for my sons birthday present.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Can not be repaired, August 22, 2013

By tracyd - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

I bought two kindles a couple of years ago. I have been happy with them until now. Neither one will now accept a charge. So today I call Amazon to make arrangements to send them in for repair--knowing that they were not under warranty and that I would have to pay for repair. I was told that they don't repair them, that you just have to buy a new ones. I find that a bit shocking--I had no idea when I bought the Kindles that they would be "throw away" items. This is irritating on several levels, one of which is that nothing can be repaired anymore it just gets thrown into a landfill. So, as you are considering buying a kindle, just keep in mind that the device will not be repairable in the future.

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5.0 out of 5 stars great gift, August 22, 2013

By C.W. - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

Anniversary gift for my wife she loves it, it was easy to use and connect to home wifi. great gift

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4.0 out of 5 stars 4 Kindles stopped charging, but I loved it while it lasted, August 22, 2013

By 4paws (North Central Florida) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Certified Refurbished Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (1st Generation) (Electronics)

I bought a Fire when they were first released, along with a 3 year warranty from the store. I thought it was grand and didn't go anywhere without it, but... The first one made it about six months before it stopped charging, the next two about a year each, and the last one, refurbished, only two months. I hope this isn't the case with the next model up, the Kindle HD 7, because I just bought one on a lightening deal. Other than the charging issue, I really enjoyed owning it for reading, light web use, music with external speakers, and playing Words with Friends.

I did notice that my eyes became tired and blurry using it, whether reading or playing Words with Friends, which I didn't notice with the Kindle Touch.

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2.0 out of 5 stars 2nd Kindle Fire Won't Charge, August 22, 2013

By Wendy Hendricks "Princess Woo" (Pacific Grove, CA) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

The Kindle Fire is great-when brand new. Our first Kindle, purchased as a Christmas gift for my daughter, stopped charging after 5 months. Amazon replaced it free of charge. This second Kindle stopped charging a little after a year. We tried swapping chargers, but had no luck. Since the warranty expired, Amazon offered several options at a reduced rate. I told the customer service rep that I wasn't interested in replacing it AGAIN, my daughter would stick with my old problem free iPad. He told me that as long as we had the Kindle, we'd qualify for the reduced rates, so maybe I could use it to get someone else a Christmas gift. Well, anyone I'm buying a gift for I like too much to get them a defective product! Thanks, but no thanks, Amazon!

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1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Fire Color 7 Horrible Charging issues, August 22, 2013

By Viletta Webb - See all my reviews

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This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

received this Christmas 2011 by July 2012 I had to get a new one because the charge would hold. Here it is now Aug 2013 and I’m having the same issues. I didn’t get the extended warranty so basically I'm crap out of luck. It doesn’t matter how good the product is if you cant use it.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good for price and convience, August 22, 2013

By cameron mccullough - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

The Kindle Fire is a great device for reading or even for reading the news of the day. For the price well worth it.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!, August 21, 2013

By Janelle Palmer - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

This was a gift that has been used daily since I gifted it. This is a smart operating system, super fast, very convenient, and battery life is great!

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1.0 out of 5 stars dont buy it, August 21, 2013

By thomps - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

we are on our 3rd 1 they just stop taking a charge, and you wont get your money back! just another 1 that will last 2 months.

This came way before it was suppose to due to the seller upgrading my standard shipping for me at no extra cost and didn't even tell me they were going to do it, just did it and I was so excited to receive the kindle as soon as I did, well protected in great packaging!!! This seller-- I would definitely purchase from again, as the item page said it was in great condition with minor wear and tear, but I found NO Scratches, NO Scrapes, NO Wear or Tear in any part of the product!!! It looks BRAND NEW to me!! And a price I could not beat anywhere! Thank you Outofbox!! Highly Recommended!!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Fire, August 21, 2013

By Sarah Jeanne Rountree - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

I love it & so do my children. The parental controls work well for us and I love the brightness controls.

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5.0 out of 5 stars kindle fire, August 21, 2013

By nancy A. - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

It is very handy to have. It is just the right size. It lets me do everything a laptop does.

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5.0 out of 5 stars My grand daughter loves it., August 20, 2013

By Joanne Bergeron - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

The only problem I had was recharging it. It sometimes takes a few minutes for the connection to occur. We just had to learn to be patient!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle fire, August 20, 2013

By Meaghan - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it, But Don't Read Much On It Due To Apps, August 19, 2013

By Wendi Barker "Wendi's Book Corner & What Wend... (Seattle, WA) - See all my reviews

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This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

I've always wanted a great eBook Reader.... and I've got one in the Kindle Fire (Gen 1). BUT, my problem comes in that I enjoy the apps ... a LOT... so I don't actually end up reading much.

On the up side, it is easy to browse and buy/download new books, and I love that it is full color! I also review books and ebooks, so I love that Amazon made it easy to send content and ebooks (unprotected) to your Kindle via the free email. I've never had a fee to-date for sending docs and ebooks to my kindle on the free service.

Now I'm trying to talk hubby into getting me the HD for Christmas... fingers crossed...

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1.0 out of 5 stars It's a waste of material, August 19, 2013

By L. Zhou (Gainesville, FL United States) - See all my reviews

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This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

Purchased the Kindle Fire in February 2012, out of warranty in March 2013, and it stopped working in August 2013. Tried the restart many times and it always hangs with the words "Kindle fire" on the screen. Piece of junk now. This my second and definitely the last kindle.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Was Great When it Actually Worked, August 19, 2013

By M. Bryant (Lincoln, NE USA) - See all my reviews

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This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

Just a few months in had to get a replacement for my original Kindle. After receiving the replacement, the battery completely quit on the replacement within a year. Got on with customer service via Chat who gave a few things to try, but it never recovered. I never received another replacement so there was $200+ down the drain.

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4.0 out of 5 stars

Battery doesnt last long, August 19, 2013

By Destiny Gauthier - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

Although I do love this product the battery life doesnt last long and it takes a long time to charge.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed, August 19, 2013

By Renee Magnuson - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

I received the Kindle Fire in December of 2011 and enjoyed it while it worked. A year and a half later I began experiencing charging issues and discovered it was the charging port itself that was faulty. Amazon could not/would not repair it. They offered me a small discount to purchase a new one, but I have decided not to replace it for fear that the same situation will occur again. I was very disappointed in the quality and the fact that the product did not last for very long considering the amount we spent on it.

You probably already have a smartphone that can do far more then this irritating piece of junk. If you want a larger tablet do yourself a favor and save a little more money so that you can get a real one.

VERY limited app market and rooting the device only takes you so far, there are far to many limitations.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Gift!, August 18, 2013

By Claudia Barclay (Albany, Oregon) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

I got this for my fiancé as a Christmas gift and he hasn't put it down since! The price was great!

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1.0 out of 5 stars Charging issues, August 18, 2013

By Udaya Adusumalli - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

Looks like lot of them have charging issues. If the issue develops after your warranty period, you are out of luck. Amazon would not stand behind their product to offer a replacement or at least provide a better discount on purchasing a new one.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gift, August 18, 2013

By M. Williams "MBW" (USA) - See all my reviews

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This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

If you aren't ready to sell your newborn child to buy an ipad, this is a great first step alternative. It gives you the feel of what a tablet is like and has awesome features. There is a benefit of having a prime membership and this Kindle. I have the original and other later versions as I love to read, I bought this for my sister and niece as they like the other features (web, videos, games, etc). I love how it encompasses everything into one tablet.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good with a few caveats, August 18, 2013

By Matthew Faulkerson "Guitarist and PC Geek" (Cuyahoga Falls, OH USA) - See all my reviews

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This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

The kindle fire works fine when it comes to browsing, reading, and watching videos on Hulu but the flash player contained within will crash and quit back to Youtube every once in a while saying "This video is in an unsupported format." The fix given for this on the amazon help page is to switch the setting for flash player to on demand. This does not work to stop the problem all of the time. Very often you will have to shut down and restart the kindle to get rid of this glitch.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Enough, August 17, 2013

By Sunshine "Sunshine" (Haines City, FL, United States) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

This device is good for reading ebooks, checking email, twitter and surfing the web. It is best when used indoors. Impossible to use outdoors as the glare will blind you. Kindle is easy to use.

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5.0 out of 5 stars FAST SHIPPING, August 17, 2013

By Dan - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

RRIVED AS EXPECTED. WOULD DEFINATELY ORDER FROM HERE AGAIN. PACKAGE WAS IN GREAT CONDITION UPON ARRIVAL. DESCRIPTION WAS VERY ACCURATE.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Can't belive it's broken already!, August 16, 2013

By Stacey L. DaPrato - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

Really liked it when it worked, but a little over a year later and it won't charge. Amazon can't fix it, and won't replace it. $200 wasted. Very surprised that Amazon won't stand behind their product.

5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT, August 16, 2013

By Anonymous Buyer - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

I got this for textbooks in college to cut back on costs, but it's great for so much more! I LOVE IT.

1.0 out of 5 stars kindle review, August 16, 2013

By mary guinn - See all my reviews

This review is from: Kindle Fire, Full Color 7" Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi (Electronics)

I have had my kindle for a few months now and thought that I would grow into it and start to like it more. The only thing that I find it good for are the books I download from Amazon.com ( although that is pretty pricey if your a avid reader)

I is terrible for web browsing it go to random pages that are not tap on. When reading my daily local paper on the web it constantly go to articles that are not tapped and makes reading the paper frustrating. It also inadvertently changes settings. SURPRISE your keyboard is now in a different language or your starter page is no longer there. I have had experience with the ipad and wish I would have spent the extra and purchased that instead.