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Member Name: kookaai
Advantages: Cheap, compact
Disadvantages: No flash player
At £129 The Kindle Fire is extremely good value for money. It is easy to hold and fairly slim at 189x120 x11.5mm Not too heavy either weighing 400g. It is also very easy to use and navigate. You have your carousel on the home screen which displays all your recent apps, websites, videos, etc, with the most recent first. Also on the home screen are options to go into other things such as games, photos, music etc. Above this is a search box which you can use to search either libraries, stores or web. My mother is a complete technophobe and she manages to use her kindle no problem. It is user friendly whether the user is young or old.
Unfortunately there are some downsides to the Kindle Fire. The high resolution screen is not the only thing missing in comparison to the Kindle Fire HD. There is also no camera and only 8GB of storage (compared to 16 or 32GB) although there is unlimited storage in the cloud. As well as the poorer quality screen, lack of camera and less storage, the quality of sound on the Kindle Fire is lacking compared to the Fire HD. It is noticeably quieter and there are no volume buttons on the Fire. Instead you have to drag down the screen from the top and swipe the volume up or down.
Another thing about the Kindle Fire that I think is a downside is that you need to have a bank account in order to register with amazon and begin using it.
When you first turn your Kindle Fire on it is fully charged, however you do not receive a charger with it. You are given a USB cable which you can use to charge it by plugging it into your TV/Latop/Xbox etc. Charging your Kindle like this is like trying to fill an olympic swimming pool with a hose...it takes forever and if you use it whilst it is plugged in it won't charge. Amazon recommend the powerfast charger but at £17.99 it's a bit of a rip off. Luckily most phone chargers will fit it (eg my charger for samsung galaxy ace fits and so does my sisters blackberry charger)
For me the most disappointing thing is that the Kindle Fire does not have flash player and most online videos require flash to watch them. For example 4od, ITV Player and YouTube cannot be watched using the Kindle Fire as they all require flash player. Luckily I have discovered that by installing a different browser and using that to go online instead of the Silk browser that is the default browser on the Kindle Fire, I can now watch all videos online. If you would like to know how to do this, message me and I will explain.
Overall the Kindle Fire is a good little tablet, a few disappointments but there are ways to overcome these problems.
Summary: Good value for money
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