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Tablet on FIRE
Member Name: mattconnect
Advantages: Cheap compared to the iPad, does everything you really need it to,
Disadvantages: Could have more apps in the store
The Kindle Fire is Amazon's latest offering of tablet devices. The once popular E-reader giant is now investing in the tablet market, with the Kindle Fire expected to compete with Apple's iPad.
My sister recently got a new mobile phone contract which offered a free Kindle Fire and she has kindly given me free reign on her new toy.
Amazon's tablet boasts a 7 inch screen which is a reasonable size for all content. I thought that it was a sleek shape and has a nice solid black border around the screen. The crisp edges really gives it a smart look and the single on-off button on the base next to the headphone jack gives the device a sleek design.
Upon unpackaging, it was extremely easy to set up. After a quick charge, powering on the device was simple and the setup process was straightforward. I was a bit hesitant at setting up one click shopping for applications (you have to link it to your amazon account like you would for an iPad to apple store).
The connectivity of the device to the internet is adequate. Everyday things such as email, Facebook, Youtube and searching for information is quick fire and instantaneous but don't expect it to run powerful websites at ease.
Having not owned a tablet before, the most convenient function is the direct access to the app store full of games, media, music etc. At the moment, the catalogue for free apps is not huge, but the popular Angry Birds, Mega Jump and Temple Run are available as just some of the games on offer.
Personally, I have just gotten addicted to Triple Town, a cute strategy game which has left me fighting over the Kindle. Within a few short days I was downloading loads of games to try and there are even some good two player ones which me and my sister have been playing together.
One of the negative aspects is that reading on this device is harsh. Unlike the original Kindle e-reader, this tablet functions as a normal LCD screen, so it would just appear to be like reading on a computer screen. This takes away from the originality of the Kindle brand, and I don't foresee myself reading anything on this device as I prefer the physical copy. That said, a great range of free books are available to download, especially some great classics. However, when browsing the free books, many dodgy erotica popped up which was shocking as a child could easily have searched the same section and been exposed to inappropriate content!
You can also do multiple things at once such as listen to music whilst playing games or reading and it has definitely been a delight to cook whilst listening to some music!
The battery life was surprisingly good as it lasted a good part of the day (when not in constant use), meaning about a charge every night will be sufficient for the next day.
Our usage of this device is purely for light entertainment and internet browsing, which this device ticks all the boxes for. As it came with a mobile contract, this was a free gift, but it can be bought from £129 from Amazon, which compared to the iPad is a real steal.
Overall, if all you want to do is to check your email, get addicted to a few apps and just general entertainment instead of using a laptop, then the Kindle Fire is perfect for you. But for the tech wizards and those who want the latest and best devices, Apple may have better products more suited to you.
Summary: Good for light entertainment and internet browsing
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