Kindle Fire

Kindle Fire HDX

Amazon Kindle Product Review

Kindle Fire
When Amazon launched the original Kindle tablet, it marked the first time you could buy a decent tablet without paying hundreds of dollars. It succeeded in putting a dent in the Apple iPad market and let Apple know there was a new player in town. Obviously it doesn't offer everything the iPad does, but thsat's the whole point. Not everyone needs everything the iPad offers...

What It Is...

The Kindle Fire software is based on the Google Android system but without Google's apps and services. Amazon has pre-loaded the Amazon suite of digital stores and services so the device is ready to go out of the box. You can instantly download eBooks, apps and games, purchase music, stream video, browse the web, eMail, listen to locally stored music or read ebooks.

The design is a bit different than your typical tablet with a group of app icons. Instead, you get a "carousel" view of apps, movies, books, etc. that you've recently used or viewed. You can access your entire collection of content by using the navigation bar at the top of your screen.

What It Has...

The Amazon cloud storage and processing is a key component to the Kindle tablet experience. It provides free storage for all your Amazon digital content. Achieved media such as eBooks, movies, music and apps are available at the touch of a button.. Additionally, the Cloud Drive service offers another 5GB of storage for photos, music, documents, etc.

The Kindle uses Amazon’s Whispersync technology to automatically sync your eBook library, bookmarks, notes and highlights across your devices, and even extends to video. You can start streaming a video movie and then pick up right where you left off on your eBook or TV show.

Amazon’s unique Web browser (Silk), is cloud-accelerated and splits the work of loading Web pages between the Kindle Fire and the exclusive Elastic Compute Cloud system to leverage computing speed and power.

More often than not, cheaper tablets offer poor screen quality, but the Kindle tablet counteracts this by providing a 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution display (323 pixels per inch) using the same wide-angle IPS screen technology as the iPad.

Although the Kindle Fire is smaller than the iPad (7" vs. 10"), the smaller size and weight offers the capability of being held with one hand for hours without fatigue and is small enough to be carried in a purse; but might not be as ideal for watching movies or playing games.

The Kindle HDX 7" has a front facing HD camera. The 8.9 inch model has front and rear facing cameras. Includes Dolby Audio, Dual Stereo Speakers asnd Built-in Microphone

The biggest new feature is a built-in customer service tool called Mayday that connects you directly to an Amazon customer service representative via video chat.

The Kindle HDX hardware is top notch and the 7" screen is sharper than the Apple iPad Mini so that games, text and video's look much better. Amazon made the back of the device more angular making it fit more comfortably in your hands.

Should You Buy It?

The number one item is the price, which offers a great incentive and it won’t put a huge dent in your pocketbook. It doesn't have the same app selection and capabilities of some of its competitors but the Kindle Fire HDX is the best Amazon tablet yet.

Amazon’s reputation with the Kindle eBook Reader along with the solid suite of services they have built for the Android, the device’s ties to Amazon’s storefronts, and the vast selection of movies, TV, books and music set the Kindle Fire apart.

If you’re looking for an extremely portable, fun device for media consumption, e-mailing friends, and surfing the Web, the Kindle Fire looks to be the best thing out there for the price.

Click here for the Amazon Fire HDX web page.

To your success,
Diane Thomas

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