Stop! Don't pull that trigger last year's Kindle Fire just yet, new Kindle Fire tablets are coming. One major retail giant just let it slip that Amazon's preparing up to six Kindle Fire tablets for release.
Google's Nexus 7 has no doubt put a damper on Kindle Fire sales. To sum it up best, the Nexus 7 is the best 7-inch tablet to own. Its display is sharper than the Fire, its thinner and it has at least one camera. That's all in the past, because the next Fire will supposedly kick the Nexus 7's heinie.
Don't tell me you didn't see this coming from a mile away. AdAge reports that Amazon is seeking advertisers to splash their ads all over the Kindle Fire's welcome screen — either for the current Kindle Fire or an updated Fire tablet.
Did you receive a brand new Kindle Fire for the holidays and realized its limitations? Want to squeeze more functionality out of that $200 tablet? Why not flash Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on it and turn it into a real Android tablet?
Check your tablets Kindle Fire owners, because a new software update is zipping through the air to fix those glitchy woes. It's a performance booster, but a big one.
You no doubt have seen stories in both the tech and the mainstream media about how Amazon is going to somehow correct the problems with its Kindle Fire tablet/e-reader. At the risk of Amazon proving me wrong about Fire a second time (more on the first time in a bit), I suggest that Fire, in its current form, can't be fixed. For instance, Amazon can't send out external volume control buttons to every Fire buyer. They can't move the bottom sleep switch so you don't keep hitting it accidentally while just balancing it in your hand. But to me, these are niggling issues. What Amazon won't be able to fix is the heightened expectations it raised in the months prior to anyone actually getting their hands on a Fire — especially in its supposed "revolutionary" Silk mobile Web browser, which turns out to be as revolutionary as a silk hankie.
Reading e-books, watching movies, and listening to music with a Kindle Fire is fine, but what if you want to play a game that's not in Amazon's Android app store? How about Super Mario 64 or The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time? Nintendo won't like it, but you can.
One of the major selling points for the Kindle Fire is its Amazon Silk Web browser — a cloud-accelerated browser that turbo boosts page load times with Amazon's supercomputers. Turns out the speed boosts aren't really much to boast about.
I just received my Kindle Fire. It's in this box. Just to be clear, this Fire is my Fire: it's money out of my own pocket. This isn't a unit Amazon gave DVICE for review. Like many, I tossed my name in early for a Kindle Fire pre-order. I was at the unveiling, and got just as excited by the prospect of a $200 tablet as anyone else. That's an amazing price point (and one that's punishing Amazon, at least up front), and even now the temptation is there to tear open this box and play with Fire. But I won't. By the time you read this, the Fire will already be on its way back to Amazon's returns department.
As of yesterday, the Kindle Fire is officially out. Are your still on the fence about the $200 tablet? Perhaps this speed test comparison video against the iPad 2 will convince you that the Kindle Fire is a fairly capable tablet.