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Should I Buy A Kindle Fire Or Some Other Android Tablet?

April 20, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 163

Odds are, if you're here, you are looking at buying the Kindle Fire. Perhaps you are a Kindle owner wanting to upgrade, or maybe you are checking out the Fire as an e-reader and tablet. As far as pricing, it does not get better than the Kindle Fire. Amazon unveiled their custom Android tablet in November of 2011 with a price tag under $200. It truly was a calculated move just before Christmas. In no time, it was on Amazon's top sellers list.

The very first Kindle was released in 2007. The gadget was about the size of a moderate paperback book designed specifically for reading. When Amazon made available the 3rd generation of Kindle, which basically mirrored the 1st with the same E-Ink technology found in black and white only, Barnes and Noble introduced the Nook Color. People started customizing their Android powered Nooks not only to read books, but to play 3D games and run programs in color. The Nook Color totally changed the 7-inch tablet market.

It seemed to be a no-brainer for Amazon to respond to Barnes and Noble with the Kindle Fire. The Kindle Fire runs a custom version of Google's Android Gingerbread os. The extremely useful and user-friendly interface, known as the Carousel, makes it a straight forward gadget for everyone. The Kindle Fire is the first Kindle with a fully functional web browser. It isn't just any old browser either. It's known as Silk and provides users a very computer-like Internet experience.

Since Amazon happens to be a web-based store of books and music, they have used the Fire to monopolize entertainment. Along with the Fire, they rolled out a free month of membership for their Prime program allowing users ability to access more than 20,000 videos and TV shows. Users can get just about any type of content for the Kindle including Android apps. There is a large selection of this content that can be found completely free, consequently it fits any budget.

The Fire retrieves content in just a few seconds using a Wi-Fi connection. There is plenty of storage capacity, but any limitation is squelched by means of the free cloud storage supplied through Amazon. The content downloaded to your Kindle is backed up online using your Amazon account. The focus on reading has not faded. Kindle books are now full color, and you don't need an external light to read the screen.

You might be thinking "what's bad about the Kindle Fire?" Why is it so inexpensive? Amazon designed the Fire to take on the big boys such as the iPad and also other popular tablets. The cost alone makes it a competitor. The functionality is fabulous. The negative would have to be in the restrictions put on the Kindle Fire by Amazon. Users can only download apps from the Amazon App Store unless you sideload them by connecting the Fire to your personal computer. Amazon conveniently does not include the cord necessary to do this with the Fire. Luckily, if you own a third generation Kindle, the cord provided with that device works or you can purchase one separately on Amazon's website.

The biggest provider of Android apps, the Google Android Market, won't work on the Kindle Fire without major manipulation which will void the warranty. Also, people who have used an iPad will see the lag in the Android Os. Then again, the performance has been drastically improved in the Android 4.0 OS. Many will determine this makes the Kindle Fire a substandard device. Others will determine that such small things make it well worth its low price. If you can get around those few things, then the Kindle Fire might just be the device for you.

To get more info about the Kindle Fire and Android tablets visit Android Tablet Reviews HQ. Uncover the lastes Android tablet reviews of the most current devices getting released.

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