The soon to be launched new tablet from Amazon which was not long ago declared by Jeff Bezos on 28th September has been creating a big buzz amidst tech enthusiasts. The Kindle Fire offers the functionality of a tablet and likewise a color e-Book reader, but at a very beautiful low price.
The Fire is designed primarily as a media consumption device which runs on a modified version of the Android OS. Does the Kindle Fire have what it takes to scorch the contest in the tablet world and be the tablet to beat or does it fall short? Read on to find out.
Features of the Kindle Fire
The Kindle Fire bears a strong resemblance to the BlackBerry Playbook in terms of the weight and feel of the device. The design itself is very streamlined, including just a power button on the unit. With it is comparatively little dimensions of 7.5 x 4.7 x 0.45 inches, the Fire is little sufficient to fit in a somewhat sized pocket or be held one-handed.
The 7-inch multi-touch display with IPS (in plane switching) provides a greatest or most complete or best possible solution of 1024 x 600 at 16 million colors. The ISP engineering used provides an splendid range of observing angles, permitting the display to be viewed at 178° and greater.
Despite having a lower solution than the iPad, text on the Fire’s display looks crisp and sharp. The display doesn’t use e-Ink technology though however, so if you want a Kindle primarily for reading I commend one of the earlier models which feature an e-Ink display to minimize eye strain over extended periods.
The Fire isn’t too strong on the connectivity front. There is help for Wi-Fi, but no support for Bluetooth, 3G or GPS. The headphone jack is very handy for when you want to watch movies or listen to music in private.
Amazon has taken a leaf from Apple’s book and opted for simplicity when designing the Fire. The user-interface is very simple and provides easy navigation by way of the touch screen. There is a screen to flip through all your digital content plus an icon tray to store your favourite items.
When all is said and done, the Kindle Fire isn’t an iPad killer, but it sure packs a punch with it is spec and is a outstanding entry for Amazon into the tablet market. The lack of cameras, extra internal storage choices and 3G connectivity will be off-putting to a great deal of humans who are after a full-fledged tablet experience, but for some who are after a pure media consumption device, what the Fire delivers will suffice.
The low price point of the Fire and it is media capablenesses are hugely appealing, making it worth severe considerateness for any person fascinated in enjoying media on the move.
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Many people have mentioned this case does not fit their 7-inch tablets, but there is a VERY EASY fix. Before placing your tablet into the 3 prongs, first bend the prongs downward (toward the case backing) a little further than they are currently seated. I did this and my 7-inch Kyros (which originally just slipped right in) now fits snugly in the 3 holders. I even held it over my bed and vigorously shook the case up and down while it was open and my tablet never fell out or even slipped at all. It’s much easier and less “messy” than one other reviewer’s suggestion of using Velcro – and much easier to get the tablet in and out this way.
Finally, when I first connected my adapter that came with my tablet to the keyboard adapter I was very disappointed that nothing happened. I tried several different browser pages, mashed all the buttons on the keyboard, clicked on the Function key and snooze button twice in case it was in sleep mode, etc. but nothing happened. I finally kept reading reviews on here and noticed on about page 3 or 4 that someone mentioned they changed their USB settings and their keyboard finally started working. So, I immediately went to my Settings, Advanced Settings, and then USB BUS MODE and changed it from DEVICE mode to HOST mode and VOILA – the keyboard immediately started functioning. Not only that, but I can have it connected or not connected and both the external keyboard and my device keyboard still function normally. For anyone that hooks it up to their tablet and thinks it is not actually working – please try this and it might save you the time and hassle of sending it back to the manufacturer.
I have so far been able to browse faster, type more quickly and get through many more screens faster using this keyboard and cover than I was ever able to do with my fingers and stylus with the tablet and device keyboard in the past. I am going to LOVE this purchase!!
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