Amazon Kindle Fire

Category: Tablets - Date: February 12, 2012

Some of the reviews you’ll see for the new Amazon Kindle Fire are longer than ‘War And Peace’ and cover all the minute details like size – “it fits in my hand” – and speed – “it was pretty fast.” Rather than bore you with another ‘expertly detailed analysis’, let’s just cut right to the chase.

The Kindle Fire has 8Gb of storage which is really more like 6.5Gb after you allow for the OS. At that capacity the Fire can potential store 8 downloaded movies, 80 apps, 800 songs, or 6,000 books. While it might seem highly improbable that you’d ever reach that 6,000 book mark, the limit of 8 movies might be a little iffy , especially if you’re a huge movie lover. Don’t worry, though. Because you also get an additional 5 GB of storage in the Amazon Cloud Drive. If you’ve ever used Amazon’s Cloud then you’ll know this is a big plus. You can access it anywhere, anytime, with any device.

Of course, the most talked about feature of the Fire is the touch-screen/display. Finally, you can use a Kindle to read anything , magazines, comics and books, and even your own personal files and spreadsheets. The 7” Vibrant Color display provides crisp, clear images and your own photo downloads look like professional photography. And even gamers enjoy the rapid response of the touchscreen.

But the real reason the Fire is the talk of the town is the ability to upload MP3s and the way it handles videos. If you’re a music fan and you’ve been purchasing all your downloads from the iTunes store then you know you can only play your music on an iTunes compatible device, unless you go to the hassle of removing DRM and converting to MP3. And even then you’re risking quality. And what happens if Apple some day goes under? Your music is gone and you’re out all that money.

Amazon music isn’t protected by the producers, though, which means you can play it on any device , including anything made by Apple. With the Fire, the music you purchase belongs to you and you can use it on any device you want, forever. As an even bigger bonus, all the Amazon MP3s you purchase are stored automatically in the Cloud so they don’t take up space on your Fire. Create a playlist that you can access from anywhere, using any device you want.

And if you’ve never been impressed with Amazon’s video services, you will be now. Renting one of their movies online is sometimes impossible. That Unbox player is a real hassle. But videos stream seamlessly from the Cloud directly to your Fire.

At only 14.6 ounces (less than a pound!) the Amazon Kindle Fire actually weighs less than the Kindle DX. However, it does weigh a couple of ounces more than the popular Kindle Keyboard. But what’s 6.1 ounces among friends, right? It fits in your pocket, purse or briefcase – 7.5″ x 4.7″ x 0.45″ , and you’ll hardly know you’re carrying it. And with that famous Gorilla Glass display you’d actually have to smash it to the ground and stomp on it if you wanted to make a scratch.

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