The Kindle Fire reviews are pouring in. Overall, the consensus seems to be that the device is very solid for the $199 price.
But with that low price point come trade-offs. So no, it’s not an “iPad killer”.
I haven’t played with one yet (aside from a near-complete prototype a few months ago), but I’m gonna hold off on getting one for now. Why? Because I’m fairly certain that Amazon will have a better one out there soon — maybe just a few months from now.
I did just put in my pre-order for a Kindle Touch though. My Kindle was three years old and accumulating fingerprints from the number of times I tried to turn the page by touching the screen. It was time for a change.
The most interesting aspect of the Kindle Fire remains Android. This is going to quickly become the most popular Android tablet on the market. But it doesn’t look like Android at all. Google’s fingerprints are nowhere to be found.
Google can say all they want about how that’s a “win” for the ecosystem and for “open” — but this has to piss them off.