My thoughts on 7-inch Kindle Fire HD, 2012 edition

23 thoughts on “My thoughts on 7-inch Kindle Fire HD, 2012 edition”

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  1. Good analysis as always.

    It seems to me the Kindle Fire may make a good iPad replacement if you only watch video, listen to music and read books. But it lacks the app ecosystem that iPad offers that makes it a good laptop replacement in many instances. That seems to be a big difference between the two.

    1. Doug

      The point with this device is — its not iPad and as such is limited in its appeal, but that appeal is very strong. If I had never used iPad before, I would have found this something I would consider buying, mostly because I do buy a lot of things from Amazon.

  2. Why would any true geek want to buy a device without Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps, Google Play Store, Google Drive, etc.

    The only way true geeks care about the Kindle Fire is when/if it gets possible to root the device and install a VANILLA Android Jelly Bean installation on it, and that it must have no bugs and be fully hardware accelerated.

    Amazon has one big problem, that is that they seem to think they’d make more money making an anti-Google walled garden implementation of Android, when I’m pretty sure any 19-year-old statistics and marketing intern can prove that Amazon would make WAY MORE money on their Kindles Fire and future Kindle Phone if they quite simply OPEN THEM UP, and make it clear Amazon has no problem shipping Vanilla Jelly Bean with Google Apps on the device, there is NO PROBLEM in all the Amazon apps then also being pre-loaded and quite simply highlighted in the default installed UI. Just let every user know they can get all 700 thousand apps on Google Play Store, 99% of which work PERFECTLY on all Android tablets, and that Amazon’s own Android Marketplace can then have special deals for apps with exclusive pricing perhaps or any number of other ways that’d make people attracted to that. But more importantly than app markets, Amazon should mainly care about how they can integrate Amazon Prime with their Android devices, that means make every Android device the best way to buy on Amazon, include all the worlds content in Prime streaming etc.

    1. I don’t think true geeks are their target market. I use iPad and can use any of the Amazon products on it and I assume their apps are all available on Android, so they do not lose. The true geek you speak of can get his Nexus and still have his Amazon. I think they purposely put their own overlay on Android to create a product that differentiates and acts as a portal to Amazon with an experience they control.

      1. Doug

        Good and fair points. I think this is a low cost front end to Amazon’s digital products. Please note – I don’t think their shop for non-digital goods feels that great on this device. It is a good price tablet and if I was Amazon, I would cut the price for this into half for people who sign-up for Amazon Cloud Player and Amazon Prime.

      2. Jeff Bezos specifically said that customers do not want gadgets (which was even in the mistaken description for this article). He said that customers want services that work and get better over time. That is what he is offering. Geeks can and will always be able to root and install whatever they want (I rooted the first Kindle Fire I received within a week of getting it, and it runs faster (and geekier) on Cyanogenmod. There is nothing wrong with not offering an explicit geek-oriented model (geeks will geek out anyway) or their prices, which are awesome. Wake up and smell the market-share boys!

  3. Solid first take. I’m going to be following the reviews very closely this time around because this is the first tablet that could win my purchase. I’ve been waiting for a 7″ iPad, so we’ll have to see if/when that comes out. But right now leaning towards the Kindle HD. Love the idea of multiple profiles and automated timers for the kids’ activities.

  4. The only thing keeping me from buying a kindle fire HD is that I have the first generation kindle fire which already has a place in my life. The two features I want are the upgraded sound system and text to speech for books.

    But my kindle fire model 1 does what I need in a tablet, casual surfing, music (pandora and amazon), casual video (netflix). I don’t use it for reading except pdf I have a Kindle for reading.

    Also Kindle Fire #1 supports flash — which is nice when casual surfing.

    My wife has ipad 1 and does the exact same thing with her ipad except she reads books on it.

    When we need to work we move to our laptops.

    BTW: Load in Dolphin browser and avoid silk.

    I have never suffered for the lack of apps.

    1. Lochness Lass – Most eBooks are under 1MB in size, which is quite small. The Kindle Fire HD comes with at least 16GB (a.k.a 16,000MB) of storage, so you could download around 16,000 books to read when you’re away from an internet connection.

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