Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Review of Kindle Fire

by Johnny Parker, Spring Valley Library
edited by Lauren Stokes, Virtual Library Manager

The Kindle Fire $199

I’ve owned a Kindle Fire for approximately six months so this is what I have discovered.

There are no written instructions included with the Kindle Fire.There is a brief onscreen demo and introduction. This can be intimidating to first-time handheld/portable device consumers.

The display is bright and most of the viewable content appropriately sized for the 7” inch touch screen. I'm a little surprised at the weight of the device. It’s not heave by any means, but you’ll definitely notice the difference in weight between the Kindle Fire and other tablets on the market.

The operating system of the Kindle Fire utilizes a modified Android system. One of the Amazon-specific changes is the app store. It uses Amazon’s app store as opposed to the Google Play Store. Keep this in mind as the Amazon apps are limited. The positive to Amazon’s Android inclusion is that it’s backed by Amazon’s customer service which has always been helpful with any issues I had downloading an app.

Internet browsing with the Silk browser is fast when using my home Wi-Fi access. This changed dramatically as I attempted numerous times to use public Wi-Fi access. A quick Google search identified turning off the enabled plug-ins, unchecking the accelerate page loading, and opting for mobile view as the solution.

Instant streaming of videos is very impressive and the touch screen integration is compatible with just about every website. The battery life is not bad and the average charge time (for a full charge) is under three hours. It’s nice to have the Kindle Fire handy when I want to quickly checkout a website without the hassle of turning on my PC. This device can’t replace a PC, laptop, or netbook and neither can an iPad in my opinion. 

For eBooks from the Library, you download them from your Kindle Fire via your Amazon account. Delivery can be via a WiFi network or using an USB cable and computer. For tech savy users you can get ePub Books using the OverDrive Media app. (see eRead Me Vegas - Kindle fire and Library eBooks)

In conclusion, the Kindle Fire is a nice leisure device for Internet browsing and eBooks that can be had in minutes. So overall, I’m impressed with this iPad alternative.
4.5/5 rating

Learn more about Library eBooks for Kindle eReaders at eRead Me Vegas - FAQs, tips & Tricks - Kindle


jack said...

There are no written instructions included with the Kindle Fire.

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Lauren said...

The instructions can be found on the device. I have also noticed this with other eReaders and tablets - no written instructions. I think the manufacturers are telling us if we are going forward into the digital age then we need to paperless as well.