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Good: The price
Bad: pretty much everything
Comment: if your happy enough buying from amazon, and only amazon then its def for you. but the moment you try to step outside the amazon shopping centre, this is were you will incur many problems. Interface is terrible, you need to use amazon for everything, i bought two, and within two weeks, they were sold by me! save your money, get a nexus 7.
Good: bright, easy to use, light, brilliant overall
Bad: apps availability in Ireland is a disaster! When will this change?
Comment: Amazon should really re-think its policy on regional availability of products. Just because I am 100 miles away from the UK I cannot get a pile of things, not even a simple calculator app. I don't believe it is a question of copyright. If this can be resolved it will be the most brilliant product ever.
Good: Solid feel,good screen resolution
Bad: Spoilt by ads and lack of apps
Comment: Really disappointed by the poor Amazon apps many of which are selling gimmicks. Nexus7 is in a different league
Good: Great HD screen resolution which is easily adjustable to reduce reflection.
Bad: Really cheeky not including a charger. No simple access to Google Play
Comment: I bought the Kindle Fire to suit my needs - I wanted a quality ebookreader and to have email, FB and Skype access while travelling so for those reasons I'm really happy with it. I was annoyed after having discovered that many useful apps are only available via Google Play. I've seen procedures on how to root it and make Google Play apps installable but it seems that results are mixed and I'm not game to start fooling around with the OS. Most of my app needs are met by sideloading Android ones.
Good: Great HD screen resolution. Scrolling seems fine despite media criticism. NoEasy adjustments to reduce reflection when reading ebooks.
Bad: Really cheeky not including a charger. Many decent apps are only available vis Google Play which for the moment are incompatible.
Bad: Several things (see below)
Comment: Although Amazon have a starting point in the tablet market, it is not the best start. The lack of cross-platform support is disappointing (if you have content from iTunes there is no simple way to play it on a Kindle, meanin you may have to rebuy content), the browser is no where near as streamlined as Safari and Chrome, being unable to download from LoveFilmis poor and the OS could do with some serious work - the main problem with this is the carousel feature - all your content is jumbled in together! Apart from its many flaws, the kindle does have a nice, solid design and feel to it, perfect for users who have no allegiance to Apple or Google yet!
Good: Great screen, good sound, it's the best Kindle ever
Bad: no mains charger, limited app store
Comment: After weighing up the HD Fire against the Nexus 7, I went for the HD fire. Mainly because, already having an iPad in the house, a tower pc, 2 laptops, 3 smart phones, and a kindle keyboard, I decided that it was a kindle upgrade I wanted. and it does exactly what it claims. IT'S A KINDLE, not an ipad (and doesn't claim to be!) or main stream tablet. The apps are nice and useful. the kindle store is the same as it always has been. I can listen to music and load films on it for the kids. but people, lets remember, it's a kindle. leave angry birds alone, watch big brother and Jeremy kyle another time. down load a book and read it, you never know, you may even learn something
Good: Excellent sound, Screen, HDMI out
Bad: No easy access to google play apps. Some such as SkyGo won't work. No GPS
Comment: I own both a 32GB Kindle Fire HD and a 32 GB Nexus 7. On balance I prefer the Nexus 7 but there are some things the Kindle Fire HD does better.
1. The screen is easier to read outside
2. Sound quality is MUCH better
3. It has an HDMI output
4. The Kindle store is really easy to use - but that's also a limiting factor
It is possible to install non Amazon approved apps on the Kindle Fire. You need to look up 'sideloading' for how. I've even managed to install the Nook reader on mine. That is probably only an advantage if a book is only available on the Nook because Amazon generally sells books for less.
Some applications such as Sky Go can be installed but won't run however
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