The tablet market has grown rapidly recently with the Apple iPad leading the way. Many companies have brought out devices that have been looked on as an iPad killer, but then fail to make an impression and see prices fall or to be discontinued. Now there is a new kid on the block from Amazon that could prove to be quite successful. Today we are looking at the Amazon Kindle Fire against the iPad, and asking if it’s a Christmas bargain or a waste of money?
Amazon has had its eReaders available for a while now that have improved and continued to sell well. Now Amazon is getting into the tablet market and according to BGR, instead of building an iPad killer has built the Kindle Fire. Many other devices that have been released with the term iPad killer normally fail to sell many units.
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But with the new Kindle Fire it is looking to be a totally different proposition considering Amazon already has its own app store, and the low entry price for the tablet PC. Starting at $199 the Fire is $300 less than the entry model iPad, but Amazon does have bigger and more expensive versions in the pipeline. The current model isn’t really competing directly with the iPad, but obviously many people will still compare the two.
The iPad is designed for a certain type of customer while out performing and outclassing much of the competition. But unless you have quite a bit of spare cash sitting around you won’t purchase one no matter how much you want to. The Kindle Fire on the other hand is aimed at the lower end of the market and while maybe not as good as the iPad, is still a dependable unit.
Using the device it was found that the hardware was good, but not exactly great. It is comfortable to hold in the hand but with the type of battery the Fire has, it can become heavy after prolonged use without resting it on a leg or table. Software wise it has a simple to use interface with the performance found to be good. There were some little niggles found opening certain apps though, while game play and video playback were good.
For the money the Kindle Fire was found to be worth it with good integration into Amazon services. The home screen has four sections with a status section along the top with notifications, time, Wi-Fi status, and battery life. There is also access to settings and a menu section lets you navigate between other features such as the apps menu, video player, music player, and book reader.
Another nice feature with the device was the web browser that was found to be quite quick in operation. The device will offer users a good experience and will be very easy to use for all ages of people. It should be expected to be met with the odd niggle from the first version of the operating system, but nothing to get too worried about.
There is room for improvement but for the price it is a worthy tablet PC to consider especially if your budget won’t run to an iPad. Are you thinking of getting the Kindle Fire?