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Fantastic Product at a Fantastic Price
Member Name: DanB7290
Advantages: Does everything iPad does at a cheaper price, perfect size
Disadvantages: iPad is still a better all rounder, only 8GB storage available
The original plan was to buy one of these for the girlfriend, so she'd stay off my iPad. I've ended up buying 2 of them, as I found it so good I just had to get one myself.
It's a bit smaller than the iPad, at 7", but considerably cheaper. Yes, it won't win a spec war with Apple's mighty machine, but if that's all you look at, you are missing the point.
I don't normally like Android tablets, I find them too cumbersome and clunky in the way they operate. But this one has Amazon's own customised Android software on it, and it's much better for it. It's very intuitive and easy to use, although comparing it to iOS, although not fair on price difference, Apple still comes out on top.
The way this thing works is you have just 8GB of built in storage, much less than any iPad, but as it's tied into your Amazon account, you have unlimited Amazon Cloud storage, so if you find yourself buying too much for it, you can delete some stuff, but it'll still be on Amazon's servers so if you do download it again, it won't cost you a penny. Furthermore, if you're connected to a wifi network, you won't need to download it, as you can just view it online. It's all very clever, and is another reason why it costs as little as it does.
Most of the tablet functions; music playing, emails, web browsing, and the apps, while they are very good, are still no match for the iPad. However, considering the iPad is 3 times more expensive, it isn't 3 times better, if that makes sense.
Setting it up is a doddle, you just link it up to your Amazon account, much like you would an iPad to iTunes, and away you go. Its as simple as that!
Now, what it does best; books. Amazon have had Kindles which just serve as an e-reader for years, and now they have added the name to a tablet. Books are downloaded from Amazon straight onto the Kindle Fire, and your Amazon account is charged (same with music and films; it's very similar to Apple and iTunes). Even though 8GB is not a lot compared to other tablets, it is plenty enough for nearly 10,000 books. While the functionality of the book reader is pretty much the same as the iPad, the 7" screen size makes it a lot more manageable when out and about. Certainly, when on the bus, it is a welcome change to fumbling about with the much bigger iPad. However, Apple will now sell you a 7.9" iPad mini, which will offer the much better overall experience of the iPad, with the perfect size of a Kindle Fire. It is however, more expensive.
Battery life is OK. Not great, but by no means poor. I find I charge mine every day with medium-heavy use, and the girlfriend is finding that she does the same. In comparison, my iPad (1st Generation) lasts 2-3 days between charges, with relatively heavy use.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that the Kindle Fire is bad, I wouldn't have bought one if it was, I'm just saying that the iPad is a better bet for heavy users. But that low price of the Kindle Fire, and it's seemingly perfect size make it a very viable alternative if you can't quite afford the iPad.
Summary: While the iPad is better overall, this is mighty good for the price
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