To Buy or Not To Buy the Amazon Kindle Fire for US$199 — That Is the Question

October 10, 2011

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.

To Buy?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Comments

  • lebog

    Pre-ordered and then cancelled. What made me change my mind is the lack of Android market, not being able to side-load apps and lack of SD card. I probably will end up getting one, but want to see what the Devs can do to open it up a little more first.

    • http://www.AndroidAuthority.com Darcy Alexander LaCouvee

      Well, probably a wise move. The marketplace for tablets is going to to reach epic-levels of competition, and with Quad core tablets coming, manufacturers are all going to be racing to produce them as inexpensively as possible. Plus, after the mod/development community gets their hands on the Fire, it will be opened up – guaranteed. That will be the perfect time to buy one, if ever.

  • Anonymous

    i love the idea of the device. the ecosystem seems a little closed for my tastes but i’m sure the dev community will fix that issue in no time. i really don’t see many cons with this tablet though. with most carrying smartphones these days, i really don’t know why you need to have 3G or 4G built into the tablet. it’s just an extra data bill when wireless tethering would get the job done just as well. also, who takes pictures with their tablet? again, if you have a smartphone, i would assume that would be the preferred device. video chat would be nice but it’s not a dealbreaker IMHO. overall, i think this tablet will do well since it seems to match the couch surfer ideals to a T.

  • Globalwad

    I’ve never seen anyone taking pictures with any tablet. I think phones have that area covered. Glad to see Amazon leading that change.

  • Kevin Kerr

    Do not buy. Only 8GB of storage and cannot take it outside of the house (anyplace where there’s no WiFi).

    • LadyUnion

      If you get your own mifi hotspot you can take it almost anywhere.

      • darkwave420x

        you guys are missing the point of the fire. if one can afford 3G/4G then there is no point in buying this. it’s meant for people who can’t afford the xoom, galaxy or ipad. the marketing made it sound like you should get this because it’s an ipad only cheaper. it’s a media hub (similar to roku) that happens to have web,email and flash support (nothing more).

    • http://profiles.google.com/leonhallza Leon Hall

      You can tether it to an Apple iPhone’s Wi-Fi but then may as well stay with Apple and get an iPad too..

  • Anonymous

    I have ordered the Fire because:
    I have the Kindle 1; I bought the Kindle 2; I wanted to sale one of them and the Kindle 2 sold first.
    That leaves me with a rather old Kindle 1 and so, the Fire will simply be an enhanced update as a book reader and, at $199, if I get more than a reader then that is a bonus.

  • http://profiles.google.com/leonhallza Leon Hall

    Don’t for get the most important thing… you have to be living and banking in the USA to get full use of this tablet. I am in Aus and can basically only buy books. Music, movies etc are all off limits to me because my credit card and address is not American. I am thinking o using the Kindle from now on as a door stopper or paperweight. I am not happy.

    • Someone

      Root the Kindle and then it is a fantastic buy. Run it through a wifi hotspot with unblockus and a prepaid us cc or setup a new amazon account with us address and send yourself gift vouchers and it works a treat. Its one of the best value for the money tablets on the market.

  • Puacham

    this dumb thing have over 5 million user :)
    so what do you expect on 200$ device ?