To Buy or Not To Buy the Amazon Kindle Fire for US$199 — That Is the Question
Amazon has recently announced the release of its own Amazon Kindle Fire tablet a couple of weeks ago and this has gotten people wondering whether it will be a good buy or not at US$199. If you are one of them and are still thinking whether this new device is worth your money, this post might help. Read on to find some tips weighing the pros and cons of the Amazon Kindle Fire.
- Affordable price. The Amazon Kindle Fire is available for US$199. This is cheaper compared to most Android tablets, which are usually sold at US$300 toUS$500.
- Fast processor and wide screen. Slapping on a faster processor on the Amazon Kindle Fire simply just makes the tablet’s performance, er, go on fire. Add Android as its operating system, and you’re sure to get fuel for a huge conflagration in performance. The processor is just one end of the stick, as far as smooth and fluid tablet experience are concerned. The Amazon Kindle Fire also boasts of a 7-inch and multitouch screen, with an IPS LCD display that gives users 170-degree viewing angles. At sixteen million colors, images are clear, vivid, and almost realistic. The brightness and color saturation are just of the right mix, and its screen resolution is even better compared to the Motorola XOOM’s or the Apple iPad’s. It should also be helpful to know that the Kindle Fire is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass, making it sturdy enough to survive scratches, drops, and falls.
- Amazon store integration. Amazon is known for its large collection of television shows, movies, magazines, songs, and books. These can all be easily accessed and purchased with the tablet’s Amazon app.
- Free storage. Kindle Fire users will enjoy free storage space offered by Amazon Cloud–that is, if the Kindle Fire’s inbuilt 8-gigabyte storage space is too small for your favorite files.
- New browser. Instead of running the stock Android browser, the Kindle Fire will run Amazon’s own mobile web browser: Amazon Silk. Unlike other mobile browsers, Silk is Flash-capable, reduces load times and cache build-ups, and has improved download time for images and scripts. Amazon promises silky-smooth browsing here.
Or Not To Buy?
- No 3G or 4G. The Kindle Fire only has Wi-Fi b/g/n/x support–and that can be the dealbreaker for folks who have grown accustomed to 3G and 4G data speeds anywhere they go.
- No camera. Almost all tablets available in the market has a camera installed. Amazon’s tablet, on the other hand, has no camera installed on the front or back, making it impossible for video chat or taking photos of special moments.
- No Android Market. One of the major downsides of the Amazon Kindle Fire is the lack of access to Google’s Android Market. Kindle Fire users may need to satisfy themselves with the available apps in the Amazon Appstore for Android.
- Amazon Cloud. Amazon integrated Amazon’s Cloud with the Kindle Fire for a superb combination of its Android tablet and cloud-based storage. However, flying in the clouds always requires Internet connectivity. With Wi-Fi connection the only option for Internet connectivity on the tablet (i.e., in the absence of 3G or 4G capability), a Kindle Fire user’s options for accessing her/his files on the cloud can be severely limited.
What’s Your Verdict?
The Kindle Fire’s fast processor, power, and potential will make every penny worth it. Although, this tablet may not be the right one for those who wish for extra bells and whistles such as 4G and camera. However you decide, the Kindle Fire is an awesome Android tablet worth considering.