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Does the Kindle Fire Need More of a Spark?

by J. Vegerano As I heard Amazon was going to release the Kindle Fire a few months ago, I must admit, as an Android fan, and with the mass disappointments (Excluding the Galaxy tabs) in the Android tablet market, I was hoping the Fire would light the “spark” needed to finally offer a legitimate challenge Read more

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by J. Vegerano

As I heard Amazon was going to release the Kindle Fire a few months ago, I must admit, as an Android fan, and with the mass disappointments (Excluding the Galaxy tabs) in the Android tablet market, I was hoping the Fire would light the “spark” needed to finally offer a legitimate challenge to the almighty iPad.

Overall, I have mixed views, here are my thumbs up and thumbs down points:

Thumbs up: I like the size (7.5in H x 4.7in W) for a commute on the NYC subway. The 7” screen can prove your eyes to squint a bit, brightness was a bit of an issue. But, with its graphics powered by the Power VR SGX540 GPU, I enjoyed Angry Birds and short videos. The rubber grip backing gave my hands the sense of security – no dropping it if it was bumped during rush hour! With its 1Ghz TI dual core chip, I was impressed by its speeds and flow while multi-tasking and multi-resourcing. Lastly, battery life was amazing, barely charged it at all.

Thumbs down: First and foremost, the power button/headphone port design flaw. I accidently hit the button about 7 times before I was used to the design fail. Also, as an Android fan, the “bookshelf” desktop was a bit odd if you’re expecting the usual Android OS interfaces. There was definitely an adjustment period with the Fire’s OS. With 512mb of RAM, as with most Android devices, it was unfortunate not to see an expansion slot for additional memory. I enjoy the fact that I can store, transfer and backup data to my micro SD.

So, as I see it, its good for your daily commute, and to keep the kids busy for a while, but its no iPad killer. Definitely worth a few hacks in my opinion.

After reading our three reviews (from Dan, Sven and myself), have you given the Fire a try? What do you think?

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