Below the fold, a review of the Kindle Fire ($199), if you are interested.
I have had the Kindle Fire for two weeks or so now and I think I have formed a pretty good idea on how I will be using this tool.
My initial hope was that this would replace my laptop. That will not be the case. It can still get my email and surf the net on the Fire, but the touch keypad has limitations. I just can’t type fast enough nor accurate enough with it.
Also, when looking at certain sites, the places where you need to push things, such as to access comments are very tiny and hard to “push”. My hands are pretty large – I can palm a basketball so this is an issue for me.
Even in Amazon’s search box I have hit the wrong thing a million times. I am surprised they didn’t include a stylus with the device. I will probably get one, or use a pen or something in the future.
All of that said, I really like the device. The screen and colors are very clear. I think that in the future if I decide to purchase a book (I already bought books from Amazon anyway) it will be through this device. I felt comfortable reading with it laying down, sitting, etc. It is a tad heavier than I would like.
Some titles you can’t buy for the Kindle yet – those, if I am inclined, I will still buy dead tree copies of. But almost every new book is available for Kindle.
I am amazed at the unbelievable amount of free content for the Kindle. I immediately downloaded thirty or so books (all classics) that I need to either read, or re-read. Everything from Mark Twain to the Federalist Papers to The Jungle by Upton Sinclair. There are literally tens of thousands of works that are free.
For me, this device will replace the actual buying of books, if they are available for the device.
I don’t have any experience with any of the other tablets, but I can tell you I am pretty happy with this one. And my kids like playing Angry Birds on it.