The Kindle Fire, Amazon’s first foray into the tablet market, has got to be one of the most discussed devices not on sale in the UK.
We’ve been hearing all about it from our friends across the pond: how good it is, how cheap it is, how everyone is rushing out to buy one.
We still have no word on a UK release date for this tablet market ‘game changer’, and we’re starting to wonder if it will ever make an appearance.
But we love a good deal here in Britain, so Amazon will surely be waking up to this untapped market before too long.
But is the Kindle Fire really as good as the yanks say it is? Surely there are some drawbacks to device? So what are the good, the bad and ugly aspects of the Fire?
Amazon Kindle Fire: the good
One obvious good point is the Kindle Fire’s price. On sale for around $200 dollars, we should see a similar price in pounds over here (tech companies tend to ignore exchange rates).
But the low price does not mean low specs, as Amazon has done what other manufacturers cannot: create a powerful tablet at the right end of the price scale.
The OS (a breed of Android) works superbly, and the touchscreen and display quality are better than the price suggests. And with all that Amazon content at your fingertips, who needs iTunes?
Amazon Kindle Fire: the bad
With such a low price tag, Amazon obviously had to cut some corners somewhere. So you’ll find some hardware omissions that should really be standard on any tablet.
So you won’t find a camera or a microphone, and there are some speakers of very dubious quality. The amount of storage is also very low, but the cloud options do make up for this a little.
Amazon Kindle Fire: the ugly
Amazon has tried to keep the Fire in the same vein as the rest of the Kindle series. While we can’t fault Amazon for this, the look of the Fire does not do justice to what’s inside it.
Once the screen is activated, the 1024×600 IPS LCD display brings the Fire to life in an explosion of vibrant colours and crisp pictures.